Wellness Now: Your Oasis in a Hectic Day
Recently I was driving behind a car with an interesting vanity plate: “TEE HEE” it said. That made me smile. Then it made me think of the word “giggle,” which – c’mon, admit it – is a very funny word. That reminded me of some silly moments in my life, and that made me laugh…at basically nothing, laughing, well, because I can! I felt pretty darn happy…and not only in that moment but for the rest of the day.
 
The license plate was a reminder of how simple it is to make yourself happier. With the days getting shorter, I’ll take all the help I can to boost happiness, optimism and glee! Below are a few more suggestions. tee hee
 
May you be well,
Olivia (aka, Ohm)
Relaxation Coach, Workshop Facilitator, Author
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HAPPY TALK
Put on a happy face. A smile is one of the best ways to lift your mood. Studies show that facial expressions can strongly influence feelings.
 
Use your nose. The scent of orange can improve your mood while lavender helps reduce anxiety. Peel a clementine (they’re in season!) and take a sniff. Place some dried lavender in your pillowcase to help you drift off to sleep.
 
Flower power. Studies have found that looking at flowers can result in an instant mood boost, reducing anxiety, negativity, and depression.
 
Express gratitude. Think about something you’re thankful for. It’s impossible to be unhappy when you feel grateful. Get in the habit of starting and ending each day with a grateful heart.
 
Just be nice. Give compliments, hug a friend, smile at a stranger. Making someone feel better makes you feel better, too. To quote author James Barrie, “Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”
 
Be aware of minor miracles. Cultivate a sense of awe by noticing life’s small treasures: a flower growing in a sidewalk crack, snow glittering in the sun, the full moon rising. Awareness of the wonders that surround us promotes happiness.
Romeo wants to remind you that hanging out with animals is a great happiness booster (for man & beast!). Simply petting a dog or cat can decrease blood pressure and anxiety. Plus taking a dog for a walk is good exercise and gets you outside...another way to increase health and happiness!
" When it rains, look for rainbows.
When it’s dark, look for stars. " – Unknown