The U.S. has dropped to #14, while Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, and the Netherlands all rank at the top. I need to go visit those countries! The USA is a story of reduced happiness. In 2007 it ranked 3rd among the OECD countries while in 2016 it ranked 19. The reasons are due to declining social support and increased corruption. Our country may be rich in finances but we are poor in mutual trust, shared purpose, generosity and good governance. It's fascinating that with the rise of social media our country as a whole feels more isolated, depressed and anxious. I'm extremely passionate about being a certified Health & Life Coach. Our people need help in being happy. At first it might seem funny that I would call myself a Happiness Coach, but these reports prove the need for it in our country.
Did you know that as of June 2016 the new Happiness Index, recorded by the Harris Pole, in the U.S. is only 30%, down from 34% the prior year? That is not a promising number. To make it worse, it is believed that people self-reported that they were happier than they may actually be. Our society as a whole is unhappy.
According to the World Health Rankings, Americans are killing themselves far more often than they are killing each other.
Even with all our technology and social media, our society feels more disconnected than in the past.
There are many benefits to breathing properly, such as increased energy, improved health, greater harmony, less anxiety and fear, better relationships and an overall feeling of calm and happiness. We must be more conscious of our breathe so that we can reshape our habit of breathing. Every single one of the processes in the body is dependent on oxygen. Our brains, heart and muscles all rely on oxygen to work optimally. Did you know on average we take about 25,000 breathes a day? Breathing effects our daily emotional state, concentration and stress level, as well as our sleeping patters. You can now see why proper breathing technique is so important. With a few little tweaks you can be on your way to correct breathing.
1. You should breathe in and through your nose. Your nose acts like a filter for the oxygen entering your body.
2. You should be breathing through your diaphragm. This means the air you inhale should travel all the way to your belly. The movement should not be coming from your chest or shoulders.
3. Breathe in a relaxed manner.
4. Breathe rhythmically.
5. Breathe silently.
6. Have good posture while breathing by keeping your back straight.
When you breathe properly your rib cage and stomach should expand, like a balloon being blown up. Think of inhaling as filling up a glass of water. The first thing to be filled up is the bottom of the glass (lower abdomen), then the center part of the glass (the middle abdomen), and finally the top of the glass (chest). The exhale is like drinking from the glass. We drink the water top down, from the chest to the lower abdomen.
As with all things, proper breathing takes practice. As you practice making your exhales last longer, your lung's capacity starts to expand. You will become calmer, more balanced and have better concentration. Our lives are full of stress and digital distractions. Conscious breathing is a great way to get back on track and relax.
You can search on YouTube for videos on proper breathing techniques.
Cheers to Happy Breathing!
Did you know we are hardwired to help and give to others? Did you know that giving makes you happy? Your hormones kick in. Your oxytocin levels rise. Oxyctocin is a powerful hormone that acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain. It is also knows as the love hormone. It underlies trust and is an antidote to depression. It's also a natural anti-aging remedy! When you give to others you experience a helper's high. No drugs needed! No dangerous side effects. Can you imagine not being depending on drugs to be happy?
When you help others your serotonin levels increase, which reduces depression and regulates anxiety. Your cortisol (stress hormone) levels drop. So you as you can, giving makes us happier. You can be happy on a daily basis. It's simple. Making giving and helping others a part of your daily routine. It has a ripple effect on our families, communities, and the world we live in. Let's create a happier world together, one day at a time. I challenge you to participate in 365 days of giving!
Gratitude: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
I challenge you to participate in 365 days of gratitude. Every day write down something you are grateful for. It will program your mind to focus on all the good in your life. By writing down what you are grateful for and the good things that happened that day, you are reliving the experience.
I invite you to involve your entire family. At the dinner table have each person talk about what they are grateful for. By doing this daily it will become a positive habit. You are literally rewiring your brain to see the good things in your life. What you focus on expands. It is mental training. This in turn leads to happiness.
Effective Communication can improve and deepen relationships. It involves active listening. We are given 2 ears and only 1 mouth for a reason. People want to be truly heard and understood. Only when this occurs does the person feel cared for; and in turn can trust you and have a connection with you. If they feel heard, then they will be more likely to listen to you. This forms a cooperative dynamic relationship.
“Rules” for Effective Communication