Be happy in 2017
Being genuinely happy is easier said than done, positive habits take time to become a natural part of our character.
If you are looking to start 2017 in a positive and happy way, don’t give up! It actually takes us as humans 28 days in a row for a specific task to become part of our daily routine and part of our personality, so don’t be so hard on yourself if you are tackling your own happiness and their are still bad days.
If you focus on using the 'intellectual' part of their brain (this is the part of the brain that we're in when life is “OK”), you won't be feeling negative. This will shift your thoughts or perspective to a more positive focus.
Here are some tasks I recommend trying:
Take five minutes (best done in the morning) to focus what you are happy with or grateful to have in your life, at first this can be difficult especially if you suffer from low moods. This could be a person, an animal, an specific event coming up or recently attended, it can be an object or even looking forward to cooking your favourite meal for tea later on that day.
Do this everyday for one month and you will definitely notice the difference in your happiness.
Traits of this kind of person include: Someone who always has drama in their life and thinks that the world revolves around only them. They constantly complain or are very negative about life. These kind of people will only drag you down and when you are around them you may find it difficult to stay in a happy frame of mind. It could be a work colleague, family member or friend. My advice is keep them at arms length till you are in a good place mentally. Surround yourself with positive, upbeat and happy people that make you laugh, people that make you feel good when being in their company.
Researching a holiday
Whether you have the money to book or not, researching your favourite holiday destination or a specific place that you want to visit for more than 15 minutes. This will put you in your 'intellectual' (happier part) of your brain, which will automatically make you feel good. Flights, boats, accommodation, excursions, festivals, gigs, restaurants, activities, bars... this list is endless. What do you enjoy doing on holiday?
Not only does it help us physically, mentally it produces hormones us as humans need to survive. After exercise we produce chemical responses serotonin and dopamine which will keep us in a good mood for up to four hours after. Ask yourself, have you ever felt bad after exercise? Don’t feel like exercising, take a walk outside and get in touch with nature.
If you set yourselves achievable and realistic goals, that you know with a bit of determination you can achieve, this is great for our mental health. Once you have reached your goal, our good friends serotonin and dopamine will be produced and can keep you feeling good for days. This could be anything from running your local 10k, learning a new sport, doing that DIY around this house that you have been putting off for ages, making something creative or even baking your favourite meal or cake.
If you are struggling to be happy, hypnotherapy will help change your mindset. It can take up to just four sessions to see a difference. Hypnosis is simply a trance like state. A trance that we use on a daily basis, like when you are watching television or maybe driving.
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About Gemma Gibbons
I hold a diploma in solution-focused hypnotherapy (DSFH) from CPHT Manchester and HPD (Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma) from the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) I offer treatments for a variety of anxiety related disorders, hypno-birthing, fertility issues and smoking cessation.