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29 oct

Ten Tips for Staying Up When the World Is Down

Marci-Shimoff“How can I be happy when the economy is tanking?”

It’s a question I hear a lot lately. It seems that as the financial picture becomes more depressed, so do we. That’s why now, more than ever, it’s important to be happy from the inside out, or what I call Happy for No Reason.

Doing the research for my book, Happy for No Reason, I interviewed scores of scientists, as well as one hundred unconditionally happy people, and discovered 21 core happiness habits that anyone can use to become happier and stay that way.

Here are 10 simple and effective tips to get you started:

1. Incline Your Mind Toward Joy. Have you noticed that your mind tends to register the negative events in your life more than the positive? Reverse this by consciously savoring the positive experiences you have as they happen: the sun on your skin, the taste of a favorite food, a smile or kind word from a co-worker or friend. Let the good feelings sink in!

2. Lighten Your Load. To make a habit of letting go of worries and negative thoughts, start by letting go on the physical level. Cultural anthropologist Angeles Arrien recommends giving or throwing away 27 items a day for nine days. This deceptively simple practice will help you break attachments that no longer serve you.

3. Get Your “Happiness Rest.” One sure-fire way to boost your happiness level is to go to bed by 10 p.m. for three consecutive nights. You’ll find that the world is a different place when you’re rested and fresh.

4. Become an Inverse Paranoid. Choose to believe that this is a friendly universe—one that’s out to support you, rather than out to get you. When you find yourself facing a challenging situation, ask yourself, “if this were happening for a higher purpose, what would it be?”

5. Hang with the Happy. Study after study indicates that happiness is contagious! Spend as much time as possible with people who are supportive and upbeat to amplify those qualities in your own life.

6. Don’t Believe Everything You Think. Interrupt the downward spiral of worry and anxiety by questioning your negative thoughts. Just because you think something doesn’t make it true.

7. Seek Out Silence. Prayer, meditation, and being in Nature have long been recognized as ways to access a deep place of peace and strength inside.

8. Move Your Body. All the experts agree that some form of exercise is essential for maintaining optimal well-being. The next time you start to feel glum, get your blood moving faster—even if it’s just by standing up and moving around while you talk on the phone, or parking farther away from your destination and “going the distance.”

9. Ground Yourself in Gratitude. Research shows that thinking of the things that you’re grateful for in life definitely raises your happiness level. Writing them down is even more powerful. So start a Gratitude Journal today.

10. Wish Others Well. Try “beaming love” to people—your friends and family, as well as strangers you pass on the street. It fills your own heart in the process.

Join the ranks of the resilient by becoming Happy for No Reason. Though you may not be able to control the markets, these ten tips will help you make regular deposits into your own “happiness account.”

By Marci Shimoff. Based on The New York Times best-seller Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out, which offers a revolutionary approach to experiencing deep and lasting happiness. The woman’s face of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and a featured teacher in The Secret, Marci is an authority on success, happiness, and the law of attraction. To order Happy for No Reason, newly released in paperback, and receive free bonus gifts, go to www.happyfornoreason.com/mybook.

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