Is your enemy outside yourself, or is it within? Although it’s hard to admit, we are in control of our feelings and choices. Instead of looking outside for quick and fast solutions, we need to look inward for our answers. The keys to finding lasting happiness are gratitude and choosing forgiveness. Learn my insight for overcoming this constant, lifelong process here on Eco Arts Living.
“Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”
Finding happiness may be a process, but you don’t have to wait to find it; it is something you are capable of experiencing right here and right now! When you’re having a bad day and life is getting you down, achieving happiness may be equivalent to the highest mountain you’ve ever climbed. Luckily, there are several tactics you can employ to change your mood and transform your attitude. How can you hack your way to happiness? Read on for my insight.
6 Strategies to Hack Your Way to Happiness
- Eat Your Vegetables
“Healthy plants and trees yield abundant flowers and fruits. Similarly, from a healthy person, smiles and happiness shine forth like the rays of the sun.” – B.K. S Iyengar
The way your body functions internally can have a large impact on your mental state of being. Eating lots of healthy and nutritious food will not only make you feel healthier and happier, but it will boost your immune system, reduce depression and improve your mood. Leafy greens like spinach and kale are high in folate, which helps produce dopamine (a happiness chemical) in the brain.
“F-E-A-R has two meanings: ‘Forget Everything And Run’ or ‘Face Everything And Rise.’ The choice is yours.” ~Zig Ziglar
At one point or another, we all experience some level of social anxiety. Feeling uncomfortable in unfamiliar situations or around those we don’t know well is perfectly normal, and there is hope for overcoming it. Instead of running from your fears, you can find empowerment and inner strength by facing them head on.
What is Social Anxiety?
Unlike general anxiety, which is characterized as a discomfort, fear or paranoia of the world around you, social anxiety is a subset of anxiety that is triggered through interactions with others. Many who suffer from social anxiety describe a fear of being judged or scrutinized and often report feeling alienated by those around them. Here are three tips for moving forward.
Happiness is like the air we breathe; it’s all around and in abundant quantities, but can feel very elusive and is hard to grab onto. When you aren’t feeling happy, it may seem like everyone around you is having the best day in the world and you have no idea how to harness the power for yourself. Happiness is a state that you can live in every day; read on for the guide to finding yours within.
The Complete Guide to Gaining True Happiness
Most of the goals and resolutions we create for ourselves often have to do with increasing our happiness, but knowing where to start can be like taking a shot in the dark. Here are some signs that it’s time to invest in your own happiness.
6 Signs You Should Invest in Your Happiness
- You Feel “Stuck”
Do you feel like you’re stuck in a rut while everyone else is moving forward? Instead of belittling or feeling sorry for yourself, you should use this as an opportunity to take stock of your life and try and pinpoint why you feel that way. Maybe your career isn’t going forward like you planned or maybe it’s been a while since you’ve been on a date. Use this feeling to propel yourself into seeking true happiness instead of remaining stuck.
I frequently speak about the importance of self-love for finding happiness in my conversations with radio hosts and in my most recent book, Exuberant Women Don’t Age – No Time To Waste. Self-love is something that can seem elusive, but you know it when you feel it. It’s a deep appreciation for the unique quirks that make you, you. It’s the lack of doubt you feel when moving forward with your convictions. It’s knowing when to say no, and knowing when to say yes. Self-love is found first by fostering courage and toughness from within.
Find Your Mental Power
Finding inner strength begins with mental power. To achieve this, you must be consistently clear about your desires with others, but most importantly, with yourself. If you feel uncomfortable in any given situation, it’s important you recognize this sign from your mind and listen to it. When you trust your brain and its ability to make decisions for the good of yourself, you will find that it is your closest friend who can reassure you, comfort you, and give you the strength needed to enter the world like a force of nature. I like to call this inner power, “I Can Do It” power.
Surely you know the plot, direction and content of your book, but do you know what genre it falls under? There are hundreds of categories and subcategories that books can be labeled as; just imagine yourself standing amongst the shelves of a library. To best determine what genres you want to read and write, it’s important to first know the difference between fiction and non-fiction.
Fiction vs. Non-Fiction
Fiction is literature that is purely fantasy, created from the imagination of the writer. Although fiction books can be based on facts, they often embellish details and use creative license to change past events as the author sees fit. Non-fiction, however, must be factual and not based on fantasy. Non-fiction writing is very broad, with many subcategories; read on for a guide to the most popular non-fiction book genres.
I believe it’s a joyful experience to free yourself from judgment; have you ever tried to relate to others first as a human before thinking of them as a member of a race, creed or religion? I recently discussed self-love and love for others with Robbie Cornelius on NSOL Radio and the experience was both emotional and incredibly inspirational. Listen to the interview below to learn how managing your fear, removing prejudice and avoiding negative stimulation in your life can free your spirit and help you to be truly happy with who you are.
Forgiveness: it’s a lifelong process. I had not given forgiveness much of a thought before I left life as a nun in a protective religious community; a life I had been living for more than two decades. I only began to think about the difficulty of forgiveness when I returned home to a family that I thought would respect me and welcome me back with open arms. Instead, they disowned me after a short time back, for reasons too troubling to put down into print. I became instead what felt like an orphan, someone who was shunned from family events for years.
I struggled to overcome my resentment and anger. I sought in vain for ways to embrace forgiveness and find happiness, without success. I prayed. I paid visit to counselors and spiritual advisors. I did not realize that my efforts to release my anger made a significant impact in my emotional and spiritual healing. I did not accept the fact that forgiveness is a lifelong process that cannot be hurried.
Where do you turn for writing help? If you’re like me, I enjoy making the most of available resources and using them to get inspired for my novels. There are countless ways writers can learn to hone their craft, including websites, meetup groups, workbooks, writing prompts and more. Read on for the definitive guide to the best resources for writers.
Great Resources for Writers
Websites are great, free resources for budding authors. Here are some of the best.
- National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Reference Desk: A forum for writers, and by writers. Topics range from penning fantasy genres to crafting a plot map. Check it out here.
- Daily Writing Tips: With a new tip each day, you’ll never run out of new advice to incorporate into your next novel. Learn more here.
- Copyblogger: Not sure how to create engaging content? Copyblogger is a site that can help writers learn about marketing, Search Engine Optimization, blogging and more. Click here for more info.
- Reference for Writers: An engaging Tumblr account for authors, Reference for Writers helps with character development, tense, editing and more. Check it out here.
“Names have power.” ― Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief
How do you decide what your characters will be called when writing a new novel? Although Shakespeare may have suggested names don’t make the person or object what it is, the names of people acting in your novel do make a difference and you should focus on giving them good ones. However, naming fiction characters doesn’t have to be hard; read on for three tips to help with your selection.
3 Tips for Naming Fiction Characters
- Make Sure it Matches the Era
Naming fiction characters may be pressure-filled, but making sure the name matches the era or time period your novel is set in can help simplify the decision. If your novel takes place in the past, it won’t make sense to have a character with a unique or highly modern name, or the book won’t feel authentic. Browse through your public library or other famous novels from the era to get some ideas.