How To Be Happy: Activate Your Natural Hormones

How To Be Happy: Activate Your Natural Hormones

Imagine waking each morning and switching on feelings of joy and happiness simply by activating your natural hormones. With this technique you’ll have the power to lift your mood - just like adding a vitamin supplement to your morning routine or exercising can.

While the scientific answer to activating your natural hormones is longer (and way more complex), the short answer is that you CAN do this easily. In this article you’ll see the simplest and fastest ways to give yourself a daily D.O.S.E. of joy and happiness that will lift your mood, orient you towards feeling brighter and support you in positive ways.

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How To Calm Stressful Emotions In Your Body (Even If You’re Feeling Trapped In Worry & Anxiety)

How To Calm Stressful Emotions In Your Body (Even If You’re Feeling Trapped In Worry & Anxiety)

What if this worry and anxiety never stops … what if I can’t change things … what if my worst fears are true. Those thoughts can feel like time bombs in you mind that are ready to go off at any moment. Here’s how to break the cycle of worry that leads to anxiety welling up in an uncontrollable way with simple somatic techniques.

What Are Somatic Techniques?

Somatic techniques help you raise awareness of what’s happening in your body and responding to this through movement.

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How To Manage Anxiety With A Breathing Exercise by Dr Stephen Porges

How To Manage Anxiety With A Breathing Exercise by Dr Stephen Porges

Learn how this breathing exercise (designed by Dr Stephen Porges - author of the The Polyvagal Theory) helps you manage anxiety by regulating your body.

When your body experiences anxiety it does what it’s primed to do: react to the state of fear you’re sensing.

As Stephen Porges says, “Anxiety is our higher brain structures interpreting a bodily (lower brain) response as needing a defense.”

If you’re familiar with anxiety or stress y

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5 Ways To Find More Meaning And Purpose In Life

5 Ways To Find More Meaning And Purpose In Life

“You are learning how to live. Because you want to be freer, fear less, and achieve a state of peace.” — Ryan Holiday, The Daily Stoic.

That’s what learning is. Opening a door, one leading from an ordinary world to a journey unknown. They’re rarely smooth. I’ve taken them before. It will challenge me. Sometimes drag me through fire. At other times I’ll feel as if drowning.

And every step of the way will open another opportunity. Another view. Yet one closed, if I hadn’t turned the handle.

Without seeking, nothing is found.

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10 Tips To Manage Tough Times

10 Tips To Manage Tough Times

Change is inevitable. While you may want things to remain the same, that’s like asking for it to be sunny every day. It wouldn’t take long for the world’s seasons to be out of whack and drought to be the new norm.

Change brings new opportunities, even if it doesn’t feel that way in the beginning.

To manage this inevitability, building the resilience to ride the waves of change – through all the ups and downs – will help you not only survive, but thrive.

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How To Set Positive Goals For A Happier And More Successful Life

How To Set Positive Goals For A Happier And More Successful Life

Change begins with hope of what's possible in your life. Hope leads to a sense of expectancy. Combine this with setting short term goals and the likelihood of being more happy and successful moves from possibility to reality.

Short term goals, when created with well-formed criteria, offer incremental steps towards successfully achieving your bigger goals. In this step-by-step guide you'll discover the secret to creating short term goals that will set you up for success and help you sail past challenges of staying motivated easily.

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A Solution Focused Approach To Greater Joy and Happiness

A Solution Focused Approach To Greater Joy and Happiness

Imagine getting up every morning and starting your day with 'Purposeful Intention'. Moments that fill your belly with excitement so you leap from the bed aroused and bursting with energy.

Rather than worrying about problems or concerns, imagine the best version of you experiencing something different.

What's the first thing you'd notice on opening your eyes that would tell you this day was different to any other day you've had in a long time?

If your first answer is 'I wouldn't be feeling tired' or 'I wouldn't be feeling lost' or 'I wouldn't be worried' - that's a good start ...

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Have a problem? Find a snail. Learn from it. Life Lessons From Nature’s Original Backpacker.

Have a problem? Find a snail. Learn from it. Life Lessons From Nature’s Original Backpacker.

I carried a backpack for a long time. Not a literal one. More a ‘case history’ of life’s wrongs caused by choosing partners I could have, should have and (would have) avoided like the plague if only I’d watched and learned from the humble snail.

Years gathering this library of ‘evidence’ created an attitude that kept me stuck in a problem state of mind.

In hindsight, it was a case of mismatched values. Mismatched life goals. Mismatched attitudes.

Here’s what a humble snail taught me.

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How To Change Your Life With Mindfulness & Meditation

How To Change Your Life With Mindfulness & Meditation

Jon Kabat-Zinn was the first to cleanse mindfulness of its Buddhist roots and use it as a tool to help manage stress in a Boston clinic, which was part of University of Massachusetts Medical School. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) - an 8-week program teaching outpatients how to change their relationship with pain after medicine had done all it could, was born.

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How To Beat 'Resistance' To Change

How To Beat 'Resistance' To Change

“I believe in the resistance as I believe there can be no light without shadow; or rather, no shadow unless there is also light.” 
― Margaret AtwoodThe Handmaid’s Tale

When starting my first garden, I couldn’t get the old spade to make a dent in the ground.

Each jab into the hard-core earth jarred my shoulder. No yielding.

I found the spade rusting under a pile of ‘one-day-useful’ junk in the back shed. Someone’s warrior garden tool.

A few more sharp jabs, angling the spade the way I saw my father do, and a splinter of soil cracked.

I looked at the spade. And it at me.

One of us wasn’t cut out for this job.

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How To Break Free From Your Inner Bully: Stop Being A "Placater"

How To Break Free From Your Inner Bully: Stop Being A "Placater"

Virginia Satir (1916–88) was a family therapist with an eye for seeing what those she worked with couldn’t.

In her work with families, Satir categorised 5 types of behaviour she noticed people defaulting to. These behavioural defaults emerged in times of discomfort — around arguments or moments of emotional charge.

In this article, we’re looking at one category: the placater. You may see yourself here. Or not.

How a person acts during times of high emotion says much about his or her emotional adjustment and emotional intelligence — their EQ (emotional intelligence quotient).

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5 Steps To Master Anything. Like A Pro.

5 Steps To Master Anything. Like A Pro.

Being top of the class used to be a predictor of success. Along with your IQ — a they offered a passport to … anything you wanted.

That was then.

These days your school record and IQ score are as good a predictor of success as your hair colour is.

In fact, having a high IQ slows many down. Keeping the ‘must-learn-more’ loop of academia alive. Not so smart.

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Your Next 7 Seconds Count. Starting Now. 7 Seconds To Control Or Let Go. Decision Time.

Your Next 7 Seconds Count. Starting Now. 7 Seconds To Control Or Let Go. Decision Time.

If Your Life Sucked Yesterday; It Will Again Today Unless …

“Where then do I look for good and evil? Not to uncontrollable externals, but within myself to the choices that are my own …” — Epictetus.

No one ethically knows the outcome of a game. We cannot make someone love us. We cannot dictate the weather.

The only control any of us has is around 3 things:

  1. Whether you let yesterday influence today
  2. How you let your environment influence your beliefs
  3. The choices you make
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5 Ways To Live A More Successful Life

5 Ways To Live A More Successful Life

That’s what learning is. Opening a door, one leading from an ordinary world to a journey unknown. They’re rarely smooth. I’ve taken them before. It will challenge me. Sometimes drag me through fire. At other times I’ll feel as if drowning. It's the path to a more successful life.

And every step of the way will open another opportunity. Another view. Yet one closed, if I hadn’t turned the handle.

Without seeking, nothing is found.

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7 Super Smart Ways To Reach Your Goals — Without Adding More Stress

7 Super Smart Ways To Reach Your Goals — Without Adding More Stress

Animals Know What We’ve Forgotten

  • How to focus, then let go of disappointment fast
  • How to release muscle tension when stress passes
  • How to be in the present moment.

Reaching goals can bring out our best and worst. The thrill of leaning into a goal needs weighing against the angst of making slow progress. It can be a stressful business.

And while 75–90% of all visits to doctors are stress related (estimation), it’s time to take onboard these 7 ideas:

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How To Build Your Self-Leadership. 5 Ways To Start. 3 Minutes To Take Action.

How To Build Your Self-Leadership. 5 Ways To Start. 3 Minutes To Take Action.

Compliance is a costly mistake bred into education systems. It’s where masses of young people first learn group-think, permission-seeking and how to fit-in.

Those who don’t follow the rules are treated harshly, ostracized from the group or ‘managed’ through a process of fear designed to ignite the reptilian brain and destroy individuality.

Breaking out of this mindset can be a challenge. Because on one hand we’ve got the reptilian brain monitoring personal ‘safety’ and releasing fear when out of its comfort zone. And on the other hand the social rules of ‘compliance’ creating invisible boundaries of a pre-ordained life.

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How To Set Goals With These 7 Tips

How To Set Goals With These 7 Tips

Most big ideas begin with a notion. A simple ‘what-if’. What happens next determines whether their embryonic state matures or gets buried under another to-do list.

… What if you could take that embryonic notion and place it an environment that guarantees its tiny beating heart enough oxygen for it to expand and grow?

These 7 proven steps show you how:

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