Mindfulness Mini – Happiness #2

The life in front of you is far more important than the life behind you.

Joel Osteen

Find Something to Look Forward To – Just thinking about something that you are looking forward to can raise your endorphin levels by 27%.

  • Plan coffee with a friend.
  • Plan to surprise a family member with a visit.
  • Plan to watch your favorite movie.
  • Plan a real date with your significant other.
  • Plan a hike on your favorite trail.

(Source: The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor, p. 52)

Time to take out your calendar and to plan something that you will enjoy! When my husband and I get bogged down by the day to day, we like to talk about our vacation plans. Sometimes those plans are rooted in reality and sometimes they are not, but either way, we feel better when we’re done. What is rooted in reality is the time we will take off to do something together.

20 thoughts on “Mindfulness Mini – Happiness #2

  1. I love this one. Makes me excited to think about planning a vacation or something to look forward. Right now Im still at work but Im super excited to come home because there’s a delivery waiting for me at home πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ thus online shopping delivery day counts? πŸ™‚

    1. Yep, let’s count online shopping! 😊 I was just thinking about this same thing this morning. My daughter has been eagerly awaiting a package, and today is the day it arrives. She shares your joy. 😊

  2. Lovely post! I love this. They say the “warrior” pose is a good indication of what a person’s holding onto. The more a person leans forward–the more they want the future; and the opposite is true–the more a person leans back means the more they are holding onto the past.

    1. I hadn’t heard that, love it! Warrior II used to be one of my least favorite poses, and now it is one of my favorites. Warrior I has become more challenging recently. I wonder what all that means…

      1. I am new to yoga and that was one of the first things I learned about the warrior pose. Yoga is such a good way to remain calm in such a crazy world lol

        1. Yoga is very important to me for the same reason. Enjoy the process of stretching your limits, falling down with a sense of humor, and discovering new capabilities previously dormant. πŸ’—

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