According to Abraham Lincoln “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be” And I couldn’t agree more. We have more to do with our state of mind than we think.
I’m not saying that you have to smile every time to encourage yourself to be at ease in problematic situations. Or to laugh incessantly until the bad feeling is gone. No, nothing like that in here. What I’m saying is, it can be done and you can practice it. And you can use your body to help you achieve that level of happiness to help you get through the day.
Have you noticed that whenever you feel sad, your emotions get so welled up that you tend to be highly sensitive about a certain situation which in general is actually nothing? Or what about a time, when you feel so happy upon waking up that nothing can ruin your day not even a friend with a bad mood?
This reaction is brought about by our response to our environment and how much value we give to it. Because in reality, in times of both sadness and happiness we are unguarded and vulnerable. We don’t say to ourselves “Okay, today I’m ready to laugh at any joke I will hear from anybody”. Then we puff out our chest, smile our widest smile and face the world. We don’t do that. Nor do we face the crowd to cautious to make a mistake to avoid uncalled for criticisms, right?
But, we can do something about it, and that’s the best thing.
Our bodies, like machine, works in synergy with our thoughts and emotions. And whatever the brain thinks, the emotions follows therefore the body shows it.
So how can we stay happy and not be too affected with what’s going on around us?
We make up our minds to do it and once we have that mental picture of what we want then we make our bodies do it.
Based on studies, there are activities which can boost hormones in our body responsible for happiness. These hormones in combination are known as endorphin.
Endorphin is responsible for several functions of the body such as sleep – wake pattern, reaction and sensitivity to pain, response to stress, fatigue, sex, and anxiety.
The right amount of endorphin in the bloodstream can help you think clearly and better. This also contributes to having a positive outlook in life thus the feeling of “Happiness” and a lack of endorphin contributes to “Sadness”.