Anyway, given my current state of mind, I was intrigued when I saw a link called 10 Ways to Have a Happier Life. Dr. Andrew Weil, Founder and Director of The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, wrote a book called Spontaneous Happiness about ways that can help people achieve and maintain happy lives. He says that "happy" does not mean "endless bliss" but "a state of contentment and serenity" from which someone can still have emotional highs and lows, but be able to easily return to a pleasant state of mind. I found it very interesting that I was already practicing all of the first five points in part one and most of the last five in part two.
|The anti-inflammatory food pyramid|
The first five suggestions include:
- anti-inflammatory diet
- fish oil and vitamin D
- anti-depression supplements
- breathing exercises.
The last five suggestions include:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- limiting media exposure
- practicing gratitude
- I'm grateful that I feel much better than I did six months ago
- I'm grateful that my son will be coming home from college for Thanksgiving
- I'm grateful that the power is on and I can type up this post
- I'm grateful to be writing the holiday gift guide for my local paper
- I'm grateful that no one was hurt in the fender bender I had in a parking lot
What are you grateful for?