Happiness is a Lifestyle

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“Jotting down just five things you're grateful for every day can lead to a healthier mental state…” Or at least this is what Julian Kesner from Prevention Magazine wrote in an article from 2008. Although happiness is something which is not yet measureable by science, most people would agree to experiencing happiness one or more times throughout their lives. Some people may even say they live in a state of happiness. Even though happiness is a relative state, people should follow through with the practice of being happy because happiness helps to keep people healthy, wealthy, and successful.
There is no denying that there is a direct correlation between being happy and being healthy. There is power in positive thinking, which has been proven in many different studies, and thinking negatively often manifests illnesses and maladies. Doctors Oz and Roizen had this to say in a 2013 Huffington Post online article; “Physical activity improves mood, so if working out makes you feel better, that’s great. It does us. The other side of this two-headed coin is that feeling happier and more optimistic helps motivate you to engage in healthful habits”. Even if there is no physical evidence to prove that a person’s health benefits from positive thinking, clearly goals are much easier to set and follow through without negativity clouding the mind. Negativity and unproductive thoughts can create a very stressful environment. This is where goal planning and documenting results becomes very helpful. A few moments of meditation with clear thinking of goals and how to achieve them and also focusing on progress which has already been made goes a long way to clear out any stressful or unproductive thoughts.
Unproductive thoughts have stifled many a ...

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...truly happy. Happiness is important because happy people are generally healthier, wealthier, and more successful than those who do not accept their circumstances and who choose not to move to a more harmonious state of being. Plain and simple, happy is the new trend. Catch it!

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