3 ways to spring into happiness

It’s time to toss around the Frisbee instead of the snowballs.

Springtime ignites a whole new attitude in city-dwellers. The heavy
layers come off, the Frisbees start flying and a state of newfound
happiness sets in. This spring season, amp up your good vibes with my
tips for happiness.

Spring clean your mind
: Spring offers us an awesome opportunity for
cleaning house. Rather than put so much emphasis on spring-cleaning your
closet, though, why don’t you clear out some of the clutter in your
mind? There’s likely a thought (or several) that has been holding you
back and keeping you stuck. Get honest with yourself about the negative
thoughts that are limiting you and commit to a mental spring cleaning.
The simplest way to begin is to start each day with a more positive
intention. Each morning, affirm your desire for the day by saying:
“Today I choose to perceive my life with positivity. I am willing to
release the negative thoughts that have been holding me back from
happiness.” This simple mantra will jump-start your day with powerful
energy and a commitment to happiness. Making the conscious decision to
choose happiness will begin your mental clearing process.

Take a sun break: If you work at a desk or spend too much
time indoors, make a point to step outside to soak up the sunshine. The
sun has so many healing elements. When you’re exposed to direct sunlight
you produce endorphins, which bring about a burst of positive energy.
Take a sun break once a day and let happiness shine upon you!

Plan a picnic: City-dwellers spend too much time eating
takeout or obsessing over the latest hot restaurant. This spring, take
advantage of the park and share an awesome picnic. You’ll find joy in
preparing a meal for a friend and saving some cash while you’re at it.
Bring your new attitude to the park, soak up the rays and enjoy your
picnic!

— Gabrielle Bernstein is the author of “Spirit Junkie.”

Metro does not endorse the opinions of the author, or any opinions expressed on its pages.



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