HAPPINESS: Turning Up Your Levels For Optimum Health

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 “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”Mohandas Gandhi[1]



You come equipped with a quotient of emotions and values necessary to your well-being. Where does your happy gauge sit? Twenty five percent happy most of the time or seventy five percent happy some of the time. Maybe your happy gauge swings back and forth between the two. As you observe in your day-to-day living, people differ in their levels of happiness.  This is true for other emotions and values. You may know some people who seem to be ‘super happy’ all the time.

It is a scientific fact that people who are happy live longer and are healthier. How can you enhance your happiness? Scientists have been studying people who live the longest throughout the world and documenting their levels of well-being. National Geographic documented the nine characteristics common to the Blue Zone areas of the world. Learn how to live longer and healthier by following the lifestyle lessons outlined of people living in blue zones.



It’s not necessary to travel the world to find ways to change your happiness level, your ability to be positive and ‘rock and roll’ with life’s challenges. Although your personality is in part what you were born with; you have the ability to change where your happiness meter runs and how you perceive and respond to your world, people and events.

It is much easier to be positive and optimistic, which are crucial to well-being, when you are happy. Numerous emotions and values have the potential to promote a positive and optimistic attitude, and ultimately well-being. Other emotions and values require monitoring in terms their negative impact on well-being.

Emotional intelligence is a form of social intelligence that influences your ability to cope and guides your thoughts and actions. SEL, social and emotional learning,[2] is the process through which you can learn to increase your emotional intelligence. Countless programs and tools are available to enhance the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to recognize and manage your emotions, be more caring and positive in relationships, make responsible decisions, and handle challenging situations constructively. Social and emotional learning programs are often part of workplace training, improving work relationships and productivity. Healthy emotional intelligence is a key primary ingredient in rejuvenation.

You have the ability to increase your default happiness meter setting to provide you with increased happiness and health benefits. Learn how to become a happier version of you.




Following are just a few resources to aid you in enhancing your emotional and value quotients.

ENJOY more happy today! You can become more happy, one step at a time! Start today.

Need help in your journey to a ‘happier you’?  Consider hiring a well-being coach to keep you on track.

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca, elisabethlhines@gmail.com

[1] Mahatma Gandhi. BrainyQuote.com, Xplore Inc, 2012. http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/m/mahatmagan134953.html, accessed February 10, 2012.

[2] Collaboration for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, http://casel.org/, ©20111-12, visited May 28, 2012.

[3] The Hawn Foundation, http://www.thehawnfoundation.org/mindup-studies, ©2010, visited May 29, 2010.

[4] Victor Frankl Institute, http://www.viktorfrankl.org, visited June 28, 2011.

The Ultimate Gift:  www.theultimategift.com

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/

The Pay It Forward Foundation http://www.payitforwardfoundation.org/



GRATITUDE AS A THERAPY: A Powerful Well-being Tool


” Gratitude ~

Seeing your life, relationships and the way you were parented as a ‘glass half full'”

Some mornings when you open your eyes, your mind may pick up where your brain left off when you went to bed – replaying your life’s challenges. Starting your day with a new strategy will help you to cope with your challenges and can also help you to see them with new perspective.

Tack a ‘thank you’ or ‘gratitude’ note to the ceiling above your bed, your bathroom mirror, refrigerator door, dashboard and office computer so that when you open your eyes  or see it, your first thoughts are about the blessings in your life. Make a habit of bringing to mind five things that your are grateful for.

Gratitude therapy, when practiced regularly, can change your thinking, perspective and brain chemistry – a powerful well-being tool.

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ENJOY better health today!

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca, elisabethlhines@gmail.com

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