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Live a longer and happier life. Tuesday December 31, 2013

"Find something to be happy about every day, and every hour, even if only for a few minutes, and if possible moment-to-moment. This is the easiest and best protection you can have." Gregg Braden

Research would show that happy and content people live approximately seven years more than people that are not so happy.

So if our lives are the most important things to us - although many forget to look after the one thing that will keep them alive - their bodies, then how can we not only live longer but also happier?

One habit that is always identified is the appreciation exercise.

Before going to sleep each night, have a little booklet by your bed and fill in five things that you have been grateful for that day.

Nothing long or fancy - just a word or phrase for each and thus ensuring your mind is in a place of appreciation as you fall off to sleep - thus allowing your subconscious to work its merry way to becoming happier.

Once you start doing that - you'll also start to look for things that your are grateful for - thus bringing it into greater 'view' and opening up that all important self-awareness I have mentioned in previous blogs - which is the start of all personal growth.

Right now - write down five things that you are grateful for in your life.

How was that?

How did it feel?

Buy that small booklet; put it by your bedside, start being more grateful for what you have tonight.

The greatest happiness lies under our feet.

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment on our Blogspot:

http://moodscope.blogspot.com/2013/12/live-longer-and-happier-life.html


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Julia Tue, Dec 31st 2013 @ 9:06am

Coincidentally Les, I bought a notebook yesterday for this very purpose. Also..Suzy and Lex, I drew our bedroom mirror in it.

Anonymous Tue, Dec 31st 2013 @ 1:31pm

Julia, now you just need to get started on some daily meditation and you will have scored your hat trick.
BW Julie.

Julia Tue, Dec 31st 2013 @ 1:42pm

You could be right Julie! I had temporarily forgotten about meditation and mindfulness. I still haven't managed to get to grips with either (or maybe they are the same thing?). I can concentrate on the now for very small periods but I think the books suggest spending 30 to 45 minutes daily, practising mindfulness and I am not quite sure I know what it is. I started to watch the youtube clip but it was an hour long. I wish mindfulness could be learnt in ten minutes and be as effective in that short time as writing down 5 things that made you happy or drawing every day. But I know you are right Julie. I should work on this.

Anonymous Tue, Dec 31st 2013 @ 2:08pm

Excellent blog Les. I have also checked out HeadSpace and I am trying out their free Take 10. I have tried two meditation sessions and I must say they have helped.
Neil

Lostinspace Tue, Dec 31st 2013 @ 2:50pm

I tried this once before and gave it up when I couldn't think of 5 things which was either very depressing or indicative of the depressed state of my mind. However, I am going to try again but restrict myself to 3 things, surely I can manage that. Today I realised that I like best the blog on Moodscope and I think it helps me to put my opinion out into the ether anonymously and any reaction to what I say is because of what I write and not who I am. Ha! anybody out there now wondering if I am famous?!! Filling out the score is a bit of a mystery to me and I wait for the result like somebody down at the bookies, often surprised that my horse didn't win that day or get a place and left wondering why?

Silvia A Tue, Dec 31st 2013 @ 3:57pm

After reading these comments, I chose these links to post here:

Three Minute Meditation by Dr. Susan Taylor
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=No0LkzKpm0k

http://www.freemindfulness.org/download

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/mindfulness-in-frantic-world/201202/beating-stress-downloadable-three-minute-breathing-space-me

http://oxfordmindfulness.org/learn/resources/

Julia Tue, Dec 31st 2013 @ 4:07pm

Thank you very much for these Silvia A.

Anonymous Tue, Dec 31st 2013 @ 4:47pm

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/minding-the-body/201203/four-good-times-day-meditate-and-one-avoid

Anonymous Tue, Dec 31st 2013 @ 6:20pm

Hi Julia - I forgot to say that I have also found meditation very helpful - I learnt at my yoga class; no, you don't have to spend 30 - 45 minutes from day one - start with five minutes only - one way could be to sit and look at a flower or a candle - observe each part of it - then close your eyes and visualise it; or visualise yourself outside in a place where you feel good (by a stream, on a beach, on a mountain, in a wood) and focus your attention on what you can see, hear, smell, feel (soft breeze/warm sun/sound of water/ smell of seaweed or flowers). For the first few times if you struggle it might help to describe out loud what you are visualising. I have "revisited" many beautiful places in the early hours of the morning! Good luck with the ampytryptyline - give it 3 or 4 days at least of taking it; when I am due at work the following day I take 2.5 mg (we have a pill cutter) as I find 5 mg means I sleep to gone 8 am. I do hope it works for you! Frankie

Anonymous Wed, Jan 1st 2014 @ 7:52pm

i'm going to record my in the annotations once i've done my score, its a good idea to appreciate even 3 small things

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