Is Happiness a State of Mind

If you haven’t heard the saying, “Fake it ’til you make it,” it’s when you put on a happy face, thrust your shoulders back, and act supremely confident - even if on the inside, you’re scared half to death. “Fake it ’til you make it” could very well be the non-medical way of saying we've proven that positive thinking can be a very effective treatment for a variety of mental and physical conditions that keep us from being the best we can be. It might finally be the key to helping people reduce or avoid taking expensive medications - not to mention dealing with their unintended side effects. 

Study after study - yes, actual research - proves it. The power of positive thinking isn’t just some pie in the sky pseudo-science. In the last few years, over 1,000 articles on the power of positive psychology have been published in peer-reviewed journals with evidence that substantiates the mental and physical health benefits of positive thinking.

Psychologist William James said, “The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human can alter his life by altering his attitude.” Indeed he or she can!

For starters, think of your brain as a computer. Of course, your brain has many more powerful attributes than a typical computer - things like imagination, goal-setting abilities, humor, passion, the list goes on. But, if you think about how you can program a computer to analyze the data it receives in order to produce answers, your brain does function like a computer. It’s been programmed over the years. It runs almost all of those programs without you even consciously thinking about running them.

That's good news. Because just as you can download a new app for your iPhone® or Android® phone, you can download a brain app to increase your happiness. OK, OK, it’s not really an app. But, positive thinking can bring changes into your life - from the ability to accomplish work and life goals, to easing stress and pain, to relieving depression, to even helping with weight loss and smoking cessation.

Positive thinking exercises can include practicing meditation, hypnosis, guided visualizations, breath-work, affirmations, listening to upbeat music, volunteering; there are so many creative ways for producing a better outlook and ridding oneself of negativity.

Dr. Rick Hanson, author of Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence says, “On average, about a third of a person’s strengths are innate, built into his or her genetically based temperament, talents, mood, and personality. The other two-thirds are developed over time. You get them by growing them.”

So, let's talk about those two-thirds that we can re-grow, or re-train. The brain is the only organ in your body that can learn. You can take those negative things that impact your life and get rid of them by replacing them with positive thoughts. That's re-training your brain. We'll show you how.

We're going to show you simple, proven, scientific techniques to teach your brain to fight stress, anger, sadness, worry, and more. We'll help you become more relaxed, more fulfilled, more positive - and ultimately - the person you want to be!

Professional athletes have coaches to train their swings, their throws, and their every move. The most successful executives in the world have coaches to train their thinking. Now, you can benefit from the same kind of mental training and positive reinforcement they have.

Fear. Anger. Depression. Disappointment. Loneliness. Stress. Pain. Addiction. Learn how to get rid of them. All of them.

Change your brain. New York Times best-selling author of The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness Dr. Shawn Achor spent 12 years studying positive psychology at Harvard and he discovered something very surprising: Success does not actually bring happiness. Nope, to the contrary. Happiness brings success.

Luckily, happiness is something we can all learn. It’s something we can practice. Every single day. And with each day, the benefits of optimism, of training one’s brain to be positive, to counter stress and boost energy will positively impact all the areas of our lives.

We're going to give you two quick happiness exercises right now just to get started so you'll see how easy re-training your brain can be.

Number 1. One, listen to this song.

See? That was easy. Sometimes, just listening to a song that is uplifting can break start your day on a positive note that truly lasts the whole day!

Number 2.

Think of someone who went out of his or her way to show you kindness. Maybe it was just a genuine and friendly smile from the bank teller (who actually remembered your name!). Or, perhaps a co-worker took the time to show you a nifty computer short-cut or Excel spreadsheet trick that really helped you do your job. Stop what you’re doing and be thankful for that person who impacted your life positively. That’s it. Be thankful for small acts of kindness for they are all around us if we take the time to notice them. And appreciate them.

Come back next week. We’ll show you some bigger steps to re-train your brain in the art of positive thinking! To be honest, it's learning a new language – a language your brain is entirely unfamiliar with right now.

You have everything you need inside. We'll guide you in bringing all those inner strengths out so you can live up to your highest, happiest potential.