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    4 years ago · · 0 comments

    How To Be Happy In Life

    How To Be Happy

    The answer to ‘How To Be Happy’ is to view the pursuit of happiness as part of your life. Just like you brush your teeth, eat lunch, get dressed and have a shower every day, it’s important to do one small things every day to ensure your happiness lasts. By looking after your body, mind and spirit on a continual basis and building your self-esteem, you life will improve beyond your dreams.

    how to be happy - build self confidenceYou may think you don’t have time to work on improving your happiness, but what are you living for if it’s not to feel your best? Isn’t that really the pursuit of all your goals? Everything you strive for has an underlying desire to please you.

    For example, you search for the perfect partner to make you feel happy. You strive for a career you love so that you can feel excited every day going to work. You exercise so you can have more energy and feel healthier and happier.

    How to be happy is an underlying goal whether you are conscious of it or not. Even things you do that are not good for you are undertaken in the pursuit of happiness. For instance, when you eat chocolate when you are feeling down, you are doing so to boost your mood and to feel happier. If you avoid doing exercise today, it’s because you believe you will feel better staying home. Further, if you drink too much at a party, you do so thinking you will have a better time drunk. These underlying goals are often subconscious, but nevertheless they are still very powerful.


    By changing the way you think about how to be happy, you will ensure that it’s a part of your very core!

    This diagram below ‘Never Sick Again’ highlights certain foods that can help manage some health issues you may be experiencing. Of course, it is always best to seek professional help if you suffer from physical or mental ailments. However, this diagram gives you an idea of some things you can take control of in your life to improve your overall health and wellbeing .

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    How To Be Happy – Taking Back Control

    Learning how to be happy comes from within. Seeking happiness externally from you often leads to disappointment. Relying on others to make you happy means your moods are not in your control. By committing to living a happy life, eating healthier foods and making time for yourself every day, you take back control. There is a huge connection between food and mood too, so the way you eat has a huge impact on your happiness levels aswell. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to how you feel after you consume particular foods. We pay attention in children, but we often neglect to look at how foods are making us feel. So, committing to how to be happy also involves paying attention to what is impacting on your moods too.

    how to be happy - lizzie o'halloranLizzie O’Halloran, Founder of Help For Mums and Author of Perfect Mum & Refresh Your Life


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    4 years ago · · 0 comments

    The Pursuit of Health and Happiness

    The pursuit of happiness

    In the pursuit of happiness it’s very easy to neglect your physical body and to ignore the impact that your health is having on your ability to achieve and maintain a happiness and a successful life.

    Lizzie o'halloranAs adults, we spend a lot of time trialling various behaviours that may lead to short term feelings of euphoria (such as excess drinking, watching TV, smoking, and eating junk food). However, whilst you may experience an immediate positive feeling from these behaviours – long term these behaviours tend to lead to negative emotions. Therefore, short term gain can lead to long term pain.

    What is even more interesting, is that short term gains in mood are also likely to lead to short term pain. For instance, eating junk or drinking excess coffee can lead to feeling bloated, tired, agitated, stressed and anxious. These negative moods can leave you feeling unmotivated, unsociable and cloudy headed. Yet, in the moment, junk food and coffee can satisfy an immediate need for an energy boost. So, we can easily fall victim to pleasing immediate needs without thinking about how they will make us feel later and in particular how they will affect our goals.

    Ignoring the steps for a healthy life

    So why do we ignore the nourishing mental and physical needs of our bodies – only paying attention when something really breaks down?
    I believe we often ignore our body because we justify that other activities in life are more important, however if your body is not working efficiently, you will find yourself losing motivation, feeling too tired to achieve your goals and losing confidence in yourself if your physical body is not operating as well as it should/could be.

    In addition, the message we have been receiving from the media for many years now is that the purpose of our external bodies is to portray a (pre-defined and culturally defined) beauty. As a result, MANY men, women and kids find themselves comparing their bodies to those they see in the media. Unfortunately these images tend to be well prepared and photographed (or air brushed), giving most people the belief that they could never measure up to these images. Thus, it’s easier to give up trying to reach such an unrealistic goal and enjoy the here and now instead.

    The problem with this defeatist attitude is that internally these media images “stick”” and as a result people often feel guilty for not engaging in healthy behaviors in order to try to emulate the beauty stereotype. This guilt leads to feeling down and so the search for an instant ‘pick me up’ strikes again.

    So what can you do to stop this behavior?

    In order to fight against this way of thinking you need to start viewing your physical body as your tool to achieving success and happiness in life. This means looking after it and treating it well, so that it will in turn assist you when you need it most (eg, when you want to play sport with the kids/friends, brainstorm great ideas for a new project, perform well at work, present your best ‘self’ in an interview or on a date, or stay up late to complete an important project).

    Living a healthy lifestyle is much more about giving you the best chance to achieve success, than it is about you looking good.
    Let your body be your best tool to drive you to achieve your goals and desires in life.

    Lizzie O’Halloran, BBSc, MASR, NLP Prac

    Founder of Help For Mums