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Seven Foolproof Feel-Good Strategies

Seven Foolproof Feel-Good Strategies

Shana Aborn | BettyConfidential

June 09, 2011

Bring nature into your life. Getting in touch with the earth is a time-honored stress reliever, and spring, when nature comes back to life, is a fabulous time to start. Have breakfast on the porch or in the backyard and watch the birds gathering material for their nests. Pick a tree in your neighborhood and look at it daily to see buds turn into leaves.

Write it down. For her book, Gore asked women to keep a journal of the best moments in their day. This mindfulness will get you into the habit of noticing the good times as they happen. “Focusing on the moments of flow and happiness in our daily lives instead of focusing on what went wrong just has a refreshing effect,” Gore says. “We notice the natural joy more easily, and we remind ourselves and sometimes even begin to relearn what we want to be spending our time doing. “ Buy a notebook and keep it on your nightstand so you can write just before bed. Your entries don’t have to be long; a few lines are plenty.

Get out of the rut. Many women Gore spoke to found that they were happiest doing something that took them out of their day-to-day routine: working on an art project, going on a hike, playing with the kids during a time when they didn’t have to rush off to school or sports. Shake up your schedule: Go for a walk at lunch hour instead of eating at your desk. If you spend your nights in front of the TV, turn it off and reach for your journal, a book or a paintbrush.

In short: Don’t wait for joy to come to you – go out and grab it with both hands!

Shana Aborn is a former editor at MAMM and Ladies’ Home Journal and a frequent contributor to BettyConfidential. She’d like to find happiness in a vacation to Fiji or a sprawling country estate, but at the moment she’ll settle for a good cup of coffee.

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