Happiness, or well-being, is a state that affects every cell in the body. This feeling lives within but can become buried in the debris of self-doubt, depression, low self esteem, environmental factors, unhealthy choices, poor diet, and just about everything else our modern lifestyles throw at us. Human beings are saturated with the negativity that can be transmitted from television, the Internet, cell phone texts, social networks, traffic and much more. The good news is, there are many safe techniques designed to help people to not only cope, but to take control of their unbalanced conditions. One such technique is self-talk, or self-hypnosis.
Get Happy Using Positive Mind Work
We are all masters at self-hypnosis as we actively participate in the time honored practice of either telling ourselves how good we are or how bad we are at any given moment.
According to licensed hypnotherapist Carrie Apap, “The subconscious mind is like the hard drive in a computer; everything gets stored here, both good and bad. We are being programmed since birth and our hard drives begin storing information immediately after the first breath of air from perhaps the safest place – the womb.”
So, the more you feed your mind/computer with positive thoughts, the higher you may function and the happier you will feel. The more you engage in negative feedback, the worse you feel. The subconscious mind loves repetition and it’s always alert to new thoughts, therefore, if you continue feeding this part of your mind with negativity, guess what’s going to happen? But if you reach for a higher thought and focus only on good things, you can clear the bad and make way for the good.
One woman shared the story of how she spent most of her adult life in great physical pain, therefore she could not feel a sense of well-being because of her physical ailments. She went through the course of doctors and medications and finally made the decision to try affirmations, or positive self-talk, after reading how this technique could help.
“At first, if didn’t feel true,” she admitted.
“Here I was in constant pain and I was telling myself that I was in excellent health. It was a battle between the physical pain and the affirmations I was using.”
Affirmations are tricky because initially, they feel like big, fat lies!
We’ve been taught not to lie. Most of us have been conditioned to believe that we can’t simply think our way to better health. Self-hypnosis is not a replacement for a medical professional, rather a tool to get the mind moving in a better direction in order to facilitate healing.
Remember, the conscious mind:
The subconscious mind:
- is like the hard drive of a computer
- is programmed with thought and emotion
- loves repetition
- is always alert whether sleeping, in a coma, or under an anesthetic
Below are a few quick tips on achieving a happier state of mind:
This term seems to be trending pretty steadily – it’s basically the art of paying attention to your thoughts. This word also can mean tapping in to what you are thinking and how these thoughts make you feel. One can say being mindful is akin to meditating. Living a life on autopilot robs us of the day-to-day experiences of enjoying the air we breathe or the sound of the wind. Noticing the little things throughout the day help with staying focused on living in the present and appreciating our lives just a little bit more.
Taking this idea to another level, let’s just say that if you can live in the present and stay focused on what is going on now, rather than earlier in the day, last night or even five years ago, then you’ve learned how to live in this very moment.
Listen to positive materials. Instead of music, try an inspirational audio book or series and listen to the messages while driving or in your home. In time, it will be possible to override the negative feedback loop playing in your mind.
Don’t be embarrassed to get professional help. Unloading your burden onto the shoulders of an unbiased person who can listen without judgment can often work wonders.
Be aware of what you are doing now. Pay attention, breathe and live in the moment.
Whether at work or at home, take five minutes to sit with your feet planted on the floor. Sit up straight and take a deep breath. Hold that breath for several seconds and slowly exhale. Repeat this simple task several times a day while being mindful of your thoughts.
It’s a medical fact that staying hydrated boosts physical and cognitive performance. Dehydration can cause mood swings, among other problems. Drinking plenty of fluids helps with short-term memory, too, and naturally operating on an even keel helps with maintaining a state of happiness. Proper hydration also helps prevent fatigue and confusion.
Physical activity, even in short bursts, does wonders to lift the mind and spirit. Experts reveal that Exercise releases endorphins, which create feelings of euphoria. Studies show that a little physical exertion may alleviate depression and anxiety. Just a few minutes of some form of healthy activity can boost your mood.