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4 Ways to Create Happiness

We all want to live happier lives, but happiness is not something that is acquired through getting what you want. Happiness is something that we create.

Feeling happy is a choice that we get to make every day. In just the same way, feeling unhappy is also a choice we get to make every day.

While some days don’t warrant feelings of happiness, if we find ourselves continually choosing unhappiness day after day, eventually we may find ourselves leading a life that is unfulfilling and unrewarding.

The good news is that all of us have the ability to create happiness in our lives no matter what situation we are in.

Here is your recipe to create happiness in 4 ways:

1. Take Responsibility for your Actions and for your Life

Everything that has happened in your life you have agreed to, whether it be consciously, subconscious or in the spirit world.

Before coming into your physical body, your soul made an agreement over what life lessons and experiences it would come to have.

This agreement is your soul contract and is almost like a map of your destiny. How you choose to fulfil and get to your destiny however, is up to you.

We are all given free will and choices to make every day and these choices will determine where we will end up.

These choices are your responsibility, your actions are your responsibility and it is only when you learn that it is not anyone’s fault for the circumstances in your life, that you can start to feel at peace.

When we blame others or circumstances for our happiness, we instantly take our power away and fall into the victim mentality.

From this space, we further spiral into feeling low self-esteem, poor self-worth and unhappiness.

No one else is responsible for your life but you, no one can make you feel a certain way or influence your actions without you allowing them to.

Taking full ownership of your life is also the only way that you can fully claim your power back and be in a position to make changes.

Taking responsibility for your life and the circumstances can feel difficult, but when you stop the blame game and understand that you are in control of how you react to things, creating happiness becomes a whole lot easier.

2. Trust and Listen to Your Inner Calling

Trusting your inner-calling is about listening to your intuition, feelings, needs and desires.

We all crave and need things and certain times and often when we ignore self-care or our feelings, we can start creating unhappiness in our lives.

Some days we need to be gentle with ourselves, some days we need to be firmer with ourselves and some days we just need to cuddle up on the couch and cry.

When you tune into your inner-calling and get in touch with your needs and what you really desire, you make space for creating happiness and fulfilment.

Try asking yourself or meditating on the question, – “What do I need to feel better in my life?” and then see what message your inner-calling delivers to you.


3. Practice Gratitude Daily

One of the main ingredients in creating a happy life is gratitude.

Gratitude instantly raises our vibration and our mood and allows us to focus on feeling good and what is working in our lives.

As law of attraction states, what you focus on expands, so when you focus on gratitude instantly you will have more things to feel grateful for.

To practice this, start by writing down at least 7 things you feel grateful for every day.

If you are struggling to think of things, start with the basics like – “I am grateful for the clean air I get to breathe.”

When you make your list, try to feel the emotions that stir within, as this will help bring the vibration into your body.

4. Do Something You Enjoy Every Day

We all have things that we enjoy and love doing. They may be simple things like taking a walk, crocheting a blanket, or they may be more elaborate like travelling overseas.

Either way, filling your day with things that you enjoy can definitely help stimulate your ability to create happiness.

Start by making a list of all the things that you love to do, then work on incorporating at least 1-2 (or more) of these things into your daily life.

When you make room in your life for doing things that you actually enjoy, no matter how busy or demanding your schedule is, it puts you in a better frame of mind for creating and feeling happiness in your life.

Remember, you may not have control over the external circumstances in your life but you always have control over your internal world.

It is not what you do, but how you do it that determines how much happiness you are creating in your life at any given moment.

by Tanaaz – Creator of Forever Conscious and other things


Keep Busy! Stay Sharp!

Study suggests a full schedule may enhance your mental prowess

By Amy Norton    HealthDay Reporter   WebMD News from HealthDay

TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) – Although people complain when their schedule gets too busy, new research suggests that being overbooked might actually be good for the brain.

The study of older adults found that those with packed schedules tended to do better on tests of memory, information processing and reasoning.

Researchers said the findings don’t prove that “busyness” makes us smarter. For one, sharper people may seek out more mental stimulation. These people may also have more resources, such as higher incomes, that allow them to lead active lives.

On the other hand, past research has found that learning new skills can improve older adults’ overall mental acuity, said study leader Sara Festini.

“We think it is likely that being busy is good for your cognition,” said Festini, a researcher with the Center for Vital Longevity at the University of Texas at Dallas.

She and her colleagues reported the findings in the May 17 online issue of Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.

The results are in line with those from many previous studies, the researchers said.

Past research has found that older adults who are more active — mentally, physically or socially — tend to have better mental function and a lower risk of dementia. In fact, the Alzheimer’s Association recommends all three types of activity for maintaining better brain health.

According to Festini, busyness could be a proxy for people’s “cognitive engagement” in daily life.

For the study, she and her colleagues had 330 men and women rate their “busyness” levels — asking questions such as, “How often do you have too many things to do each day to actually get them all done?” The study volunteers were between 50 and 89 years old.

The researchers also gave the volunteers a battery of tests that gauged memory, information processing speed, reasoning and vocabulary.

Multi-ethnic group of adults practicing tai chi in park.  Main focus on senior man (60s).

Multi-ethnic group of adults practicing tai chi in park. Main focus on senior man (60s).

Overall, the study found, the busier people were in their daily lives, the better their test performance — especially when it came to remembering specific events from the past. The findings were not explained by age or education level.

Still, there are other potential explanations for the connection, said Debra Fleischman, a professor of neurological and behavioral sciences at Rush University Medical Center, in Chicago.

“Occupation, income, ethnicity and race are all important factors that can influence accessibility to resources that support an active lifestyle,” said Fleischman, who wasn’t involved in the study.

Plus, she added, people’s health – physical and mental – could affect both their daily activities and their scores on tests of memory and thinking (“cognition”).

Festini said she was interested in studying the subject because people often talk about their tight schedules, but there’s little research on how our “busyness” relates to health.

On one hand, a packed schedule could cause unhealthy levels of stress; on the other, busy people may have more “effortful engagement” with life, the researchers suggested.

According to Fleischman, it would be interesting to know whether the busy study participants were stressed out by their schedules. And that, she noted, could vary by age.

Older adults might tend to see a hectic schedule as a good thing – a sign that they have purpose in life, Fleischman said. But, she added, it’s possible that younger people could view busyness in a more negative light.

The current findings say nothing about the types of activities that are related to sharper mental skills, Fleischman pointed out. But past studies have already shown there may be benefits from physical exercise, mental tasks — such as crossword puzzles and reading — and social activities, she said.

“Daily activity is important to promote cognitive health in people over age 50,” Fleischman said.
Festini agreed. “[This study] provides further motivation to seek out additional activities and to keep learning new skills throughout adulthood,” she said.

Article Sources 
SOURCES: Sara Festini, Ph.D., postdoctoral researcher, Center for Vital Longevity, University of Texas at Dallas; Debra Fleischman, Ph.D., professor, neurological and behavioral sciences, Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago; May 17, 2016, Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, online

source: HealthDay www.webmd.com

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20 Everyday Activities That Keep Memory and Thinking Sharp

These 20 activities have been linked to reduced risk of developing memory and thinking problems.

Computer use, as well as socialising and doing arts and crafts in middle age may help preserve memory in later years, a new study suggests.

The research, published in the journal Neurology, asked 256 seniors to report how often they took part in various everyday activities (Peterson et al., 2015).

None of the people, whose average age was 87, had memory and thinking problems at the start of the study.

The artistic activities included:

  • drawing,
  • sculpting,
  • and painting.

Crafts included:

  • pottery,
  • quilling,
  • woodworking,
  • ceramics,
  • quilting,
  • and sewing.



Socialising included:

  • socialising with friends,
  • trips to the movies, theatre or concerts,
  • book clubs,
  • Bible study
  • and travel.

Using the computer included:

  • conducting web searches,
  • online purchases,
  • using the internet,
  • and computer games.

Around four years later just under half had developed mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

MCI may include problems with memory, planning, language and attention which are relatively subtle in comparison to dementia.

However, those who had participated regularly in arts, crafts, socialising or computer use were less likely to develop MCI.

The activities which appeared to have the strongest protective effect were artistic.

People who engaged in artistic activities in middle and old age were 73% less likely to develop memory and thinking problems.

For crafts the reduction in the chance was 45%, for socialising it was 55% and for computer use it was 53%.

Professor Rosebud Roberts, one of the study’s authors and an expert on the causes of dementia, said:

“As millions of older US adults are reaching the age where they may experience these memory and thinking problem called Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), it is important we look to find lifestyle changes that may stave off the condition.

Our study supports the idea that engaging the mind may protect neurons, or the building blocks of the brain, from dying, stimulate growth of new neurons, or may help recruit new neurons to maintain cognitive activities in old age.”

source: PsyBlog