Boost Your Happiness in 6 Simple Steps!

Boost Your Happiness in 6 Simple Steps!

Gabrielle Bernstein is a life coach, author and all-round spiritual gangster of self-love. Bernstein has written three books including Spirit Junkie and teaches a practical application of self-love, forgiveness, and a holistic approach to spirituality (primarily from from the metaphysical text A Course In Miracles, by Marianne Williamson). In 2009, Bernstein was featured in the New York Times as a “guru” for the next generation and I absolutely love her recommendations on boosting happiness. #1 Be Nice To Yourself “Sometimes the biggest bully you know is you,” says Gabby. “Every thought is an affirmation either lifting you up or knocking you down—your thoughts speak louder than words and you should use them wisely.” The most important thing to watch out for? Negative thoughts that you might not even realise you say over and over in your head. “Do your best to reframe those thoughts in an empowering way,” says Bernstein. “For instance, if you’re constantly thinking, I’ll never reach my desired weight, change that thought to, I am taking powerful steps towards my desired weight; it’s that simple shift in your thinking that can create a miracle.” #2 Stop Binging On TV “We can spend hours sucked into a show or series rather than use that time for creative projects,” says Bernstein, who suggests taking a TV break and replace it with something more inspiring. “Go for walks around your neighbourhood, write in your journal, read a new book, or try a fun new fitness routine,” she says. The higher purpose: To reclaim lost hours while on your couch and get stimulated in more complete ways, so that in the...
Stress Transformation; 7 Tips from Deepak Chopra

Stress Transformation; 7 Tips from Deepak Chopra

If you were to eavesdrop on the conversations taking place around you, stress would likely be one of the most common words you would hear. People talk about feeling stressed about their work, the economy, global politics, deadlines, their relationships, and just about everything else. Many suffer from the emotional and physical consequences of chronic stress, which include accelerated ageing and increased rates of heart disease, anxiety, cancer, depression, migraine headaches, and other serious disorders. While stress is considered an epidemic problem, I’ve never believed that it exists in the environment or in external situations. At the Chopra Center, we define stress as our response to what is happening. It’s not the overdue payment, traffic jam, or fight with our spouse that causes stress – it’s our thoughts and the story we tell ourselves about an event or circumstance that create the emotional upset, racing heart rate, shallow breathing, surging adrenalin, and other symptoms of the stress response. The analogy of a surfer is useful here: If you’re a skillful surfer, every wave is an exhilarating adventure or at least an opportunity to learn something new. If you’ve never learned how to surf, on the other hand, every wave is a terrifying potential disaster. Surfing the Waves of Change Fortunately, learning how to deal effectively with stress doesn’t require any athletic ability – it’s a skill that anyone can learn. With a little practice, instead of continually being triggered into a stress response by outside situations and thoughts in your mind, you can learn to spend more time in your own natural state of well-being. Here are a few...
5 Life Commandments

5 Life Commandments

There comes a time in each of our lives when we come face to face with our own mortality. Be it through the development of illness or injury in ourselves or in the ones we care about, or the loss of someone we love – we all arrive at a point where we realise we’re mortal and accept life does not last forever. Bronnie Ware is someone who was blessed to share some of life’s most intimate and intense moments whilst working in palliative care. The people she cared for were living the last of their days and had essentially gone home to die and, as such, she gained a unique insight into what people experience when facing the final chapter of their life. As a result of her experience Bronnie wrote The Top Five Regrets of the Dying – A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing. It is a memoir of her own life and how it was transformed through the regrets of the dying people she cared for. “People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learnt never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.” When Bronnie questioned her patients about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the Life Lessons that came from those conversations. Have the Courage to be True to Yourself Bronnie found the most common...