10 Foods That Unclog Arteries Naturally And Protect Against Heart Attack

The following 10 foods can unclog your arteries and prevent cardiovascular diseases.
  1. Avocados
Replace mayo in your sandwiches and burgers with avocado. According to studies, regular avocado consumption can lower your bad (LDL) cholesterol levels and increases your good (HDL) cholesterol.
  1. Asparagus
Asparagus cleans the arteries naturally while lowering blood pressure and preventing blood clots. This healthy vegetable is rich in fiber, minerals and vitamins such as K, B1, B2, C and E.
  1. Pomegranate
This tropical fruit contains certain phytochemicals and antioxidants that protect the arteries’ lining. Drinking pomegranate juice regularly will stimulate the body’s production of nitric oxide which can maintain your blood flow and keep your arteries clean.

  1. Broccoli
Some people love it and some hate it, but the fact remains that broccoli is an incredibly healthy vegetable. It’s rich in vitamin K, which prevents calcium from damaging the arteries and it also contains fiber, which can lower your blood pressure as well as your cholesterol.
  1. Turmeric
This popular spice has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can lower inflammation in that way preventing arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Adding it to your meals can reduce the damage to the artery walls and lower the risk of blood clots.
  1. Persimmon
Persimmon is full of antioxidants and polyphenols that can lower your cholesterol and triglycerides while also being a great source of fiber which will keep your arteries clean and normalize your blood pressure.
  1. Spirulina
Spirulina is rich in proteins and contains all the essential amino acids. It can regulate the lipid levels in your blood, relax the artery walls and regulate your blood pressure while balancing the blood fat simultaneously.
  1. Cinnamon
Besides being a sweet spice, cinnamon can lower your cholesterol levels and clear any plaque build-up in the arteries. It contains antioxidants which protect your cardiovascular health and keep the blood from oxidizing. Put some in your coffee or tea, on your toast or any other meal to benefit from its properties.
  1. Cranberries
Cranberries can lower your LDL cholesterol levels while raising the HDL cholesterol, and regular consumption of cranberry juice can lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases by 40%.
  1. Green tea
Green tea contains catechins, compounds that can delay the cholesterol absorption during eating. Drink a cup or two every day to regulate your blood lipids and clean up the arteries. Green tea will also boost your metabolism which will result in weight loss.

How To Achieve Good Mental Health? Here Are Some Tips

The overall mental health of any individual greatly depends on their psychological and emotional wellbeing. Everybody is well informed about their own physical health but they rarely take care of their mental health as the symptoms are not easy to differentiate.


According to studies 20% of adolescents have a diagnosable mental disorders, one in four adults suffers from a mental illness. Not to mention that suicide is the third leading cause in death too. Hence to create a sense of awareness about mental problems and to counter the misconceptions, the month of May has been observed as mental health awareness month since 1949.

Why is mental health so vital?

Mental health plays a vital role in overall wellbeing of a person. Instable mental health adversely affects the person’s decision making ability, ability to grab opportunities and ability to perform responsibilities towards family, friends, workplace and community. Physical health is highly dependent on mental health. A good mental health involves a sense of happiness, confidence, self-esteem and it renders a sense of contentmentThe positive mind-set helps people to form positive relationships to evolve one’s potential and make them ready for challenges.

Categories of mental ailment

Mental problems or mental illness occurs due to the complex interactions or imbalances occurring between body, mind and environment. It affects people from all walks of life. It ranges from small worries to severe long term ailments. The five major categories of mental ailments are as follows.
Anxiety disorders: These are inability to control the normal routine functioning due to the excessive anxiety. It includes phobias, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and generalized anxiety disorder.
Mood disorders: These are caused when people lose quest of living. This involves severe depression, dysthymia and bipolar disorder or manic-depression.  Suicide is the most dreaded complication of mood disorders.
Schizophrenia: It is a life threatening brain ailment which is caused by chemical imbalance in the brain leading to hallucination, delusions, slurred speech and impaired reasoning.
Dementia: It is characterized by memory loss and abrupt physical functioning caused due to drug abuse, alcohol abuse, inhalants, toxin exposure and some medical conditions like HIV, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, head trauma and vascular dementia.
Eating disorders: These are caused due to abnormal eating behavior like extreme reduction of food intake or extreme overeating. The three major eating disorders are anorexia nervosa (self-starvation), bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder or uncontrolled consumption of food.

Factors which cause mental illness

– Severe acute stress
– Biological factors like genetics and hormones
– Low confidence, low self-esteem and negative thinking
– Social factors like isolation, financial problems, and family problems.

How to achieve good mental health?

Creatingawareness for mental ailmentsis a key step towards achieving a good mental health as it is said, prevention is better than cure.A good mental health is subjected to the person’s ability to take out different activities and vital functions involving ability to express, feel and manage positive and negative thoughts or emotions, ability to learn, ability to socialize and ability to cope with most difficult situations, unwanted changes and uncertainty of the life.
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Follow some simple steps:


– Keep yourself physically and mentally active with the help of exercise, yog-aasana, proper sleep, meditation, reki and vipashyana.

– Eat healthy and nutritious food since some food items such as caffeine, sugar, and alcohol may have long lasting adverse effect on the mind.

– Be socially active. Meet friends and family at regular intervals as it gives a sense of security.

– Take some time off from the work to rejuvenate body and mind.

– Try to develop some hobbies that may boost self-confidence and self-esteem.

– Accept yourself with the flaws as no one is perfect in this world.

– Consume magnesium-rich foods like seeds, nuts (pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seed, almonds and cashews), beans and legumes (black beans, navy beans, soybeans), leafy vegetables (spinach, kale, Swiss chard, and collard greens) and whole grains to boost the mood.

– Vitamin C may control symptoms of depression. Eat citrus fruits, strawberries, melons, pineapple, berries, bell peppers, tomatoes and leafy vegetables.

The Four Qualities of Love Taught By Buddha

“The teachings on love given by the Buddha are clear, scientific, and applicable… Love, compassion, joy, and equanimity are the very nature of an enlightened person. They are the four aspects of true love within ourselves and within everyone and everything.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh


The following is a description of the Buddha’s teachings on the four qualities of love, from the first chapter of Teachings on Love, written by Thich Nhat Hanh…
“Happiness is only possible with true love. True love has the power to heal and transform the situation around us and bring a deep meaning to our lives. There are people who understand the nature of true love and how to generate and nurture it. The teachings on love given by the Buddha are clear, scientific, and applicable. Every one of us can benefit from these teachings.
During the lifetime of the Buddha, those of the Brahmanic faith prayed that after death they would go to Heaven to dwell eternally with Brahma, the universal God. One day a Brahman man asked the Buddha, “What can I do to be sure that I will be with Brahma after I die?” and the Buddha replied, “As Brahma is the source of Love, to dwell with him you must practice the Brahmaviharas—love, compassion, joy, and equanimity.”
A vihara is an abode or a dwelling place. Love in Sanskrit is maitri; in Pali it is metta. Compassion is karuna in both languages. Joy is mudita. Equanimity is upeksha in Sanskrit and upekkha in Pali. The Brahmaviharas are the four elements of true love. They are called “immeasurable,” because if you practice them, they will grow in you every day until they embrace the whole world. You will become happier, and everyone around you will become happier, also.
The Buddha respected people’s desire to practice their own faith, so he answered the Brahman’s question in a way that encouraged him to do so. If you enjoy sitting meditation, practice sitting meditation. If you enjoy walking meditation, practice walking meditation. But preserve your Jewish, Christian, or Muslim roots. That is the way to continue the Buddha’s spirit. If you are cut off from your roots, you cannot be happy.
If we learn ways to practice love, compassion, joy, and equanimity, we will know how to heal the illnesses of anger, sorrow, insecurity, sadness, hatred, loneliness, and unhealthy attachments… Love, compassion, joy, and equanimity are the very nature of an enlightened person. They are the four aspects of true love within ourselves and within everyone and everything.

LOVE (Maitri/Metta)
The first aspect of true love is maitri (mettain Pali), the intention and capacity to offer joy and happiness. To develop that capacity, we have to practice looking and listening deeply so that we know what to do and what not to do to make others happy. If you offer your beloved something she does not need, that is not maitri. You have to see her real situation or what you offer might bring her unhappiness.
Without understanding, your love is not true love. You must look deeply in order to see and understand the needs, aspirations, and suffering of the one you love. We all need love. Love brings us joy and well-being. It is as natural as the air. We are loved by the air; we need fresh air to be happy and well. We are loved by trees. We need trees to be healthy. In order to be loved, we have to love, which means we have to understand. For our love to continue, we have to take the appropriate action or non-action to protect the air, the trees, and our beloved.
Maitri can be translated as “love” or “loving kindness.” Some Buddhist teachers prefer “loving kindness,” as they find the word “love” too dangerous. But I prefer the word “love.” Words sometimes get sick and we have to heal them. We have been using the word “love” to mean appetite or desire, as in “I love hamburgers.” We have to use language more carefully. “Love” is a beautiful word; we have to restore its meaning. The word “maitri” has roots in the word mitra which means friend. In Buddhism, the primary meaning of love is friendship.
We all have the seeds of love in us. We can develop this wonderful source of energy, nurturing the unconditional love that does not expect anything in return. When we understand someone deeply, even someone who has done us harm, we cannot resist loving him or her. Shakyamuni Buddha declared that the Buddha of the next eon will be named “Maitreya, the Buddha of Love.”
COMPASSION (Karuna)
The second aspect of true love is karuna, the intention and capacity to relieve and transform suffering and lighten sorrows. Karuna is usually translated as “compassion,” but that is not exactly correct. “Compassion” is composed of com (“together with”) and passion (“to suffer”). But we do not need to suffer to remove suffering from another person. Doctors, for instance, can relieve their patients’ suffering without experiencing the same disease in themselves. If we suffer too much, we may be crushed and unable to help. Still, until we find a better word, let us use “compassion” to translate karuna.
To develop compassion in ourselves, we need to practice mindful breathing, deep listening, and deep looking. The Lotus Sutra describes Avalokiteshvara as the bodhisattva who practices “looking with the eyes of compassion and listening deeply to the cries of the world.” Compassion contains deep concern. You know the other person is suffering, so you sit close to her. You look and listen deeply to her to be able to touch her pain. You are in deep communication, deep communion with her, and that alone brings some relief.
One compassionate word, action, or thought can reduce another person’s suffering and bring him joy. One word can give comfort and confidence, destroy doubt, help someone avoid a mistake, reconcile a conflict, or open the door to liberation. One action can save a person’s life or help him take advantage of a rare opportunity. One thought can do the same, because thoughts always lead to words and actions. With compassion in our heart, every thought, word, and deed can bring about a miracle.
When I was a novice, I could not understand why, if the world is filled with suffering, the Buddha has such a beautiful smile. Why isn’t he disturbed by all the suffering? Later I discovered that the Buddha has enough understanding, calm, and strength; that is why the suffering does not overwhelm him. He is able to smile to suffering because he knows how to take care of it and to help transform it. We need to be aware of the suffering, but retain our clarity, calmness, and strength so we can help transform the situation. The ocean of tears cannot drown us if karuna is there. That is why the Buddha’s smile is possible.
JOY (Mudita)
The third element of true love is mudita, joy. True love always brings joy to ourselves and to the one we love. If our love does not bring joy to both of us, it is not true love. Commentators explain that happiness relates to both body and mind, whereas joy relates primarily to mind.
This example is often given: Someone traveling in the desert sees a stream of cool water and experiences joy. On drinking the water, he experiences happiness. Ditthadhamma sukhavihari means “dwelling happily in the present moment.” We don’t rush to the future; we know that everything is here in the present moment.
Many small things can bring us tremendous joy, such as the awareness that we have eyes in good condition. We just have to open our eyes and we can see the blue sky, the violet flowers, the children, the trees, and so many other kinds of forms and colors. Dwelling in mindfulness, we can touch these wondrous and refreshing things, and our mind of joy arises naturally. Joy contains happiness and happiness contains joy.
Some commentators have said that mudita means “sympathetic joy” or “altruistic joy,” the happiness we feel when others are happy. But that is too limited. It discriminates between self and others. A deeper definition of mudita is a joy that is filled with peace and contentment. We rejoice when we see others happy, but we rejoice in our own wellbeing as well. How can we feel joy for another person when we do not feel joy for ourselves? Joy is for everyone.
EQUANIMITY (Upeksha)
The fourth element of true love is upeksha, which means equanimity, nonattachment, nondiscrimination, even- mindedness, or letting go. Upa means “over,” and iksha means “to look.” You climb the mountain to be able to look over the whole situation, not bound by one side or the other. If your love has attachment, discrimination, prejudice, or clinging in it, it is not true love.
People who do not understand Buddhism sometimes think upeksha means indifference, but true equanimity is neither cold nor indifferent. If you have more than one child, they are all your children. Upeksha does not mean that you don’t love. You love in a way that all your children receive your love, without discrimination.
Upeksha has the mark called samataj├▒ana, “the wisdom of equality,” the ability to see everyone as equal, not discriminating between ourselves and others. In a, conflict, even though we are deeply concerned, we remain impartial, able to love and to understand both sides. We shed all discrimination and prejudice, and remove all boundaries between ourselves and others.
As long as we see ourselves as the one who loves and the other as the one who is loved, as long as we value ourselves more than others or see ourselves as different from others, we do not have true equanimity. We have to put ourselves “into the other person’s skin” and become one with him if we want to understand and truly love him. When that happens, there is no “self’ and no “other.”
Without upeksha, your love may become possessive. A summer breeze can be very refreshing; but if we try to put it in a tin can so we can have it entirely for ourselves, the breeze will die. Our beloved is the same. He is like a cloud, a breeze, a flower. If you imprison him in a tin can, he will die. Yet many people do just that. They rob their loved one of his liberty, until he can no longer be himself. They live to satisfy themselves and use their loved one to help them fulfill that. That is not loving; it is destroying.
You say you love him, but if you do not understand his aspirations, his needs, his difficulties, he is in a prison called love. True love allows you to preserve your freedom and the freedom of your beloved. That is upeksha.
For love to be true love, it must contain compassion, joy, and equanimity. For compassion to be true compassion, it has to have love, joy, and equanimity in it. True joy has to contain love, compassion, and equanimity. And true equanimity has to have love, compassion, and joy in it.
This is the interbeing nature of the Four Immeasurable Minds. When the Buddha told the Brahman man to practice the Four Immeasurable Minds, he was offering all of us a very important teaching. But we must look deeply and practice them for ourselves to bring these four aspects of love into our own lives and into the lives of those we love.”

~From Teachings on Love by Thich Nhat Hanh~
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12 THINGS THAT APPEAR IN YOUR DREAM HAVE SECRET MEANING IN REAL LIFE

It is always great to have a good night sleep that comes with an amazing dream. They claim that it is another dimension which is not controlled by the mind.
But others claim that there is more to it than just being a picture that appears at night. There are some things that appears in your dream that has a connection and hidden messages towards the life that you are living right now.

HERE ARE 12 THINGS THAT APPEARS IN YOUR DREAMS THAT HAS A MEANING:
  1. Boxes – Disappointment, secrecy and mystery
  • If you see a box in your dream then there is a secret that your subconscious is trying to reveal. An empty box means that there are disappointments while a box being opened means that you have a will to open up your secrets to others.
  1. Falling – Worry, loss of control and risk
  •  The feeling of falling in your sleep means that there is a chance that you are losing control and has a fear of failure.
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  1. Cats – Power, Feminity and Spirituality
  • It means strength, the subconscious gives hints that there is a connection in the spirituality.
  1. Teeth – Health, aging and appearance
  •  Getting a tooth out means that you fear getting old and aging. Be sure to live your life to the fullest.
  1. Ants – Irritability, support and hardwork
  •  It symbolizes connection and strong relationship towards the loved ones. There are others who is pressuring you and trying to cuse problems in your daily life.
  1. Hair – Freedom, sexuality and marital status
  • It gives you an idea on how you should express yourself towards your partner.
  1. Water – Uncertainty, ambition and risk
  • It means that you are a risk-taker and that you are willing to get opportunities if there are chances.
  1. Flying – Positivity, courage and freedom
  • It means that you are making a big decision in life and has a optimistic view in life.
  1. Roads – Simplicity, fate and travel
  • This means that you are fond of travelling and that you needed to achieve your long-term goals and desires.
  1. Mud – Unrest, immobility and growth
  • There might be something that is worrying you or the feeling that you are stuck in a situation. It is the time to keep moving. 
  1. Green Color – Passion, love and healing
  •  When a color green appeared in your dreams in just means that you are contented and perfectly happy with your life
  1. In public without clothes on – Acceptance, assessment and vulnerability
  •  It means that you are willing to accept what others tell about you. You are vulnerable.

Are You Worried? Are You Miserable? Here's The Buddhist Way To Cure!

Worries and miseries are twin evils that go hand in hand. They co-exist in this world. If you feel worried, you are miserable! If you are miserable, you are worried. We must face facts. Although we cannot run away from them, we must not let these twin evils of worry and misery overcome us. We must overcome them. We can do so by our own human efforts, correctly directed with determination and patience. With proper understanding and carefully applied intelligence, we should be able to subdue our emotional feelings and do away with worries and miseries.



Egoistic feelings
Our worries are of our own making. We create them in our own minds, through our inability or failure to understand and appreciate fully our egoistic feelings and our inflated and false values. If only we could see things in their proper perspective we would realise that nothing is permanent in this world and that our own egoistic self is a wild imagination running riot in our untrained mind. We have to go a long way to find the remedy to eradicate our worries and miseries. We must cultivate our minds and hearts to forget about self and to be of service to humanity. This is one of the means whereby we can find real peace and happiness.

Mundane world
Worry and fear are quite natural in life. No one is free from these unfortunate states of the mind as long as one’s mind remains in this mundane world. MTF
One who does not like to have worries and fears must try to purify oneself and attain perfection; hence if one was wise enough, one could make up one’s mind and subdue worries and fears by realising the nature of life.
Many people have longings, fears and anxieties which they have not learnt to sublimate and are ashamed to admit them even to themselves. But these unwholesome emotions have some force. No matter how they may try to bottle them up, they seek a release by disrupting the body resulting in chronic illnesses. All these can be repelled by correct methods of meditation or mental culture, because an untrained mind is the main cause of such worries.

Ignorance
The Buddha says: “Your sorrow is caused by your own actions, arising from your own ignorance. I will teach you how to remove that sorrow for yourself. But you must work to gain it.” Therefore, your strong will-power plays a great role to overcome your worries. Again, the Buddha says: “From attachment springs grief, from attachment springs fear: for him who is free from attachment, there is no grief much less fear.” Here, too much of attachment to different things in this world is another main reason for worries and fears. Further, the Buddha advises us: “Let us guard the doors of the senses. Let us be restrained in our eating. Let us vow ourselves to earnestness and arm ourselves with an intelligence clean and unclouded and be free from miseries. Here it clearly shows that there is a method
for us to adopt to be free from all these unfortunate worries, miseries and fears.
You may blame others for your worries but others cannot create worries in your mind if you know how to guard your mind.
They may create troubles but you can face them bravely if you are wise enough.

Smile
Whenever you have worries in your mind, do not show your sulky face to each and every person you come across.
You can reveal your worries only to those who really could help you. How nice it would be if you could maintain your smiling face in spite of all the difficulties confronting you.
This is not very difficult if only you really try.
Many teenagers worry too much when their friendship with the opposite sex is lost.
They often plan even to commit suicide compelled by the plight of frustration and disappointment. Some find place in lunatic asylums. Many broken hearted youths lead miserable lives. All these unfortunate events take place due to lack of understanding of the real nature of life.
Somehow or other, departure or separation is unavoidable. This may happen at any stage of life. When such things happen, one must try to find the cause of it. However, if the separation is beyond control, one must have the courage to bear it by realising the nature of life. But on the other hand, it is not difficult for anyone to find new friends, to fill the vacuum if one really wants to.
May all have the wisdom to realise the Four Noble Truths, preached by the Fully Awakened One.

Drink Lemon Juice Instead Of Pills If You Have One Of These 8 Problems

Lemon juice is an amazing natural remedy that can prevent high blood pressure, diabetes, indigestion, fever, constipation and improve the quality of your hair, skin and teeth thanks to its flavonoid content. According to the American Urological Association, lemon juice or lemonade form urinary citrates that can prevent the formation of crystals and eliminate kidney stones.
8 problems that lemon juice solves:

Weight loss
Lemon juice can support weight loss according to a recent research. The pectin found in lemons is a fiber that helps you burn fat easier.
Skin problems
Lemons contain antioxidants which can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, blemishes and acne scars. They will also detoxify your blood and improve the quality of your skin.

Detoxification
Lemon juice and water is a powerful detoxifier and can be used for various cleanses, detoxes, renewals, etc.
Bowel movements
The pectin content in lemons will stimulate bowel movements and clean your colon. Lemon juice is also a natural anti-bacterial agent.
Imbalanced pH
Drinking a glass of lemon water in the morning will reset your pH and make it alkaline, even besides the fact that lemon is an acidic fruit.
Digestive issues
Lemon juice stimulates bile production in that way improving your digestion.
Bacterial overgrowth
Lemons can help you stop bacterial overgrowth in the body.
Inflammation and pain
Lemon juice helps relieve pain and inflammation in the joints and knees. It can dissolve the uric acid in the joints and prevent gout.

7 SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN STEPS TO ACHIEVE LASTING HAPPINESS

You can increase your happiness right now by applying any or all of these scientifically proven tips. Here’s what the outcome of research and experimentation has to say about creating your own happiness.

1. Be active but let your body recharge

Physical activity can increase happiness and will make you healthier. The Happiness Advantage explains a study wherein three groups of patients were treated for depression separately with medication, exercise, and a combination of both. All three groups showed increased levels of happiness.

Six months later, they were tested for relapse assessment. The relapse rate for those who took medication alone was 38%. The combination group had a rate of 31%. Guess what the relapse rate was for the exercise group? Only 9%!

There must be a psychological explanation here somewhere where relying on medications to make someone happy releases a person from any kind of responsibility to take charge. It could have made them feel that the happiness depended on a pill and wasn’t something that they can genuinely claim as their own.

Shifting to an active lifestyle need not be hard. You can even start with just seven minutes a day — just a tiny fraction of how much time people waste on average on social media.
You can even let your phone in on it by downloading one of the many popular fitness apps that keep track of your daily activity.

But remember, working out is secondary to sleep. Don’t abuse your body with too much activity that deprives it the opportunity to rest and recharge.
During sleep, our body recovers and repairs itself for the next day. Getting enough sleep gives us more focus and makes us more productive.

It also affects how sensitive we are to negative emotions. Sleep deprivation increases activity in the amygdala, the part of the brain that processes negative stimuli.
Lack of sleep can lead to poor work performance, irritable behavior, anger, and even depression. A 15-minute power nap in the middle of the day can work wonders because it helps reset your system and gives you a burst of energy.

So stop putting off sleep. Put on your nightcap and nap-cap instead.

2. Find an alternative to long commutes

A few hours after the day begins,  it’s already ruined for those who endure tumultuous commuting to work.

It was discovered that commuting affects marriages as well. If one partner in a marriage commutes for more than 45 minutes a day, the marriage is 40% more likely to end in divorce.

If you’re looking for a new job, take into consideration how much time it will take you to get to and from work, especially if you’re married. Given this scientific discovery, it would be counter-intuitive to go about creating the same mistake that took a lot of marriages as casualties.

If you already have a job, move closer to your office and say goodbye to commuting woes. 
You will definitely be happier.

3. Adopt a furry buddy

Having pets has been found to increase joy and self-esteem, and can also reduce depression.

That is why pets are often prescribed as part of a therapy regimen. Pets come with responsibilities, but they reciprocate it with feelings of purpose, being needed, and even love.

Having a dog requires taking it for a walk from time to time. This helps the owner experience the outside world at a more relaxed pace, and forces them to be at least a little active.
And visiting areas like parks and other relaxing, nature-ridden sites is not only physically but likewise psychologically healthy for the individual.

4. Appreciate what you have and be kind to others

Being grateful and finding contentment is a journey in itself, but it’s something achievable with baby steps. You can start the habit of seeing the good in every day by keeping a journal of 10 things you can be grateful for. It can comprise both random and significant events.
During particularly tough days, you can revisit earlier entries in your journal to see how much good and happiness have already come your way. This becomes an instant pick-me-upper, an investment for the gloomy rainy days.

Keeping this journal will help you be more perceptive about your surroundings. It keeps you alert and optimistic which then translate to positive emotions. It also reminds you just how many good things happen to you all the time, even though your brain tends to focus on and therefore remember the negative.

Oh, another thing: write, not type. People who write remember more and have a deeper understanding of the material compared to those who type with keyboards.
To up the ante, try being the giver and not just the documenter of happiness. It’s very enriching to take part in giving happiness to someone else.

Random acts of kindness, good deeds, and helping people can contribute greatly to how you feel. Researchers found out that people are happier when they are engaging in these kinds of activities.

Some feel that people will be happier if they have more. The truth is, people feel happier when they themselves serve as the source of happiness of others.

5. Meditate. Get in the “Zen”

Meditation helps improve focus and attention span. Further research has shown that, after meditating, people find a sense of calm and contentment.

In Massachusetts, a study was conducted on people before and after a course in meditation. Results showed that the parts of the brain associated with stress shrank, while parts of the brain associated with compassion grew.

Meditation gives you the power to “rewire” your way of thinking, proving that a change in perspective allows us greater happiness.

Aside from happiness, meditation can also give you more than 70 scientifically proven benefits. How’s that for maximum mileage on an hour’s session?

6. Exercise your brain

Learning is a psychological need for humans.
Learning a new skill or a new fact can lead to more happiness as well. It can be as simple or complex as you want it to be, like cooking a new dish or learning a new language.

The brain is also a muscle, which means that it needs exercise. When people are engaged in learning new things, parts of the brain responsible for happiness also benefit from the process.

You also feel certain levels of accomplishment every time you succeed in something new.

7. Smile!

Practice smiling genuinely — not only with your lips but also your eyes. Smiling makes you feel better, improves your attention span, and reduces pain.

When getting used to the practice of smiling, revert to happy thoughts and things you can be thankful about. This will help make the habit more of a response rather than a chore.
A study reported that just thinking about something good has the power to make you smile. So saturate your mind with memories and thoughts that channel positive vibrations enough to keep those lips upturned.

In fact, don’t limit it to smiling. Be generous with your laughter, as it works miracles in boosting your mood, not to mention fighting off wrinkles as it exercises your facial muscles.
Laughter is potent enough to reduce anxiety and decrease symptoms of depression.
So start showing off that gorgeous smile. Who knows? It might brighten more days than just your own.

People think of happiness as a response rather than a disposition. That’s why many people miss out on the secret because they are always looking for reasons external to them to be happy.

Find happiness within yourself, with who you are. Once you see your life in a brighter light, it heals something in you.

Parting with the words of Leo Tolstoy, “If you want to be happy, be.”

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