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International Day of Happiness!

Happy International Day of Happiness! To celebrate, our lovely Hub Hypnotherapist, Sasha Holden wrote a blog all about positivity!

“We are hardwired to want to be happy and much of our lives are spent in pursuit of happiness but what’s the best way to find it? For my three top tips and the reason why they will make the biggest difference to your feeling of wellbeing and happiness read on…”

1. Think Positively

Try to notice the good things in your life. Not just the big things like having great kids and good health but also the little things – did you really notice, appreciate and feel grateful to that kind someone who let you out at the traffic junction this morning?

Also, try not to expend emotional energy worrying about situations you can’t control. As hard as it sounds, put those worries to one side until something changes that you can control – whether it’s an action you can then take, or a reaction & response you can craft that can shape events.

Every worry and negative thought we have creates anxiety and has a negative impact on our brain chemistry – events never happen exactly as we think they’re going to so make a concerted effort to put the worries aside until there is a concrete reality to deal with.

2. Act Positively

What do you enjoy doing that makes you happy? Do more of it!

Whether it’s curling up with a good book, gardening, seeing friends, sailing or doing jigsaw puzzles – give some thought to what really makes you happy & make an effort to carve out a bit of time to do it more often. It may sound simple but when was the last time you consciously did something you love?

3. Interact Positively

We are designed to connect with other people – it makes us happier & safer. As the saying goes, ‘no man is an island’…

Interacting positively with others doesn’t mean saying yes to things you don’t want to do or putting yourself in situations you’re not comfortable with. If you enjoy large groups & throwing yourself into activities then that’s great but, if that’s not for you, then why not just pick up the phone & make that catch up call you’ve been meaning to make for ages. Or smile at someone in the street and watch their face light up as they smile back…!

So how does all this work to make us happier?

By doing one or all of these positive things you will literally change your brain chemistry by releasing increased amounts of the neurotransmitter Serotonin which helps us cope with all the minor irritations & major curveballs that life throws at us. This in turn acts as a chemical catalyst for the release of other neurotransmitters like Dopamine and Endorphins which actively make us feel happy and motivated to carry on with these positive behaviours.

The more you do to consciously build this positivity into your life, the happier you will naturally feel & the easier life will become.