5 Ways to Rewire Your Brain for Happiness

So there's only two types of people in this world, right? Pessimists and Optimists? May be true, but did you know that if you have previously been labeled as a "pessimist," you may actually be able to change that label and become more of an optimist in just five easy steps? Here's the thing though... the choice is yours and yours alone. If you're willing to make the move and look at life through a more positive lens, than I encourage you to give these five steps a try! If you are willing to live life more positively, I can assure you the benefits and accomplishments that accompany an optimistic outlook on life are AMAZING!

1. Expressing Gratitude - Try acknowledging things you are grateful for everyday. What are things to be grateful for? Anything in your life that bring meaning, value or simple happiness to you! Taking a moment each day to acknowledge things you are grateful for will allow you to habitually see all of the good and all of the graces that constantly surround you.

2. Journaling - Everyday, or as often as you can, try journaling. This can include the good and the bad, but as much as possible, try to only journal about something positive you've recently experienced. As you are writing, you will relive that positive experience and rejuvenate those positive vibes!

3. Exercise - It is SO important (to mentally and physically) add exercise to your daily routine. It makes a big difference to get up and lay out your mat, lace up your sneakers, or pump up those bike tires and get out there - even if its just for 30 minutes. Take control of your life!

4. Meditation - So you have a crazy schedule at work and life gets even more hectic when you get home, right? Kids, grocery shopping, homework, laundry... you name the chore. Since your attention is constantly being pulled in so many directions, it's super important to take a minute and meditate. Retrain your brain to focus on one thing at a time for a more peaceful and concentrated frame of mind. 

5. Random Act of Kindness - You know when someone holds the door for you or compliments you on your outfit and it feels so nice? Why not try to intentionally complete an act of kindness for someone else to brighten up their day? Try to do something like sending a friend a note thanking them for something you appreciated or give an extra thanks to your Starbuck's barista. I believe in karma and if you start showing the world some kindness, the world will be kind back!

Blog post inspired by And Here We Are (http://andhereweare.net/2014/10/5-ways-to-rewire-your-brain-for-happiness.html/).