Developing Happiness is an Inside Job
Aug 31, 2020 06:00AM
By Kris Urquhart
Most mornings, I head outside for a walk before the temperature climbs too high, pop in my earbuds and enjoy an inspirational podcast while exercising. I recently discovered a walking path that takes me through a shaded area surrounded by trees and the sounds of nature. The opportunity to experience this little natural oasis motivates me to get moving in the morning. In this spot, I take a few minutes to breathe in the scents and sounds of nature and just let it surround me. This practice helps to lower stress and gives me a sense of balance that has been very grounding this year.
In our tips for building up our happiness quotient, psychologist Rick Hanson recommends we, “Take in the good. It could be a flower blooming, birds singing, or a nice exchange with another person. Slow down, take a few breaths, and let it sink in for a minute or two.” I certainly find nature to be a balm for the soul.
Each month I interview local practitioners for our new video podcast. This month I learned two easy exercises I am already incorporating into daily life. One is a simple body position that takes about a minute to reset the vagus nerve and activate the parasympathetic system restoring calm. And the second is a little tip to communicate with my subconscious so it can work on a problem for me such as finding my keys. Enjoy these tips and more at myNaturalAwakenings.com/ToolsForHappiness.
In this issue, we explore self-care strategies for tough times that can help us rewire the brain for positivity. In celebration of yoga month, learn adaptive ways to ease pain and immobility plus reach out to our local yoga resources for virtual and in-person classes. Discover natural antivirals you can use to help fortify your defenses. Improve the mood of your dog or cat with the right kind of music. Use herbs for flavor and to restore and maintain health with our herbal-aided recipes. And help kids confidently weather change with our tips for raising resilient kids. I hope this issue brings you inspiration and practical ideas to find your happy moments and enjoy some calm.
Here’s to choosing happiness,
Kris Urquhart, Publisher