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Happiness During Tough Times

Mental Health is very important to me. I think it is essential to take care of one's mental health in order to be able to take care of everything else life can throw your way during the journey.

However, when I think about my mindset and my mental health, it can at times bring me to ask myself, am I truly happy? Now, for me happiness is relative. I know I am not happy every moment of the day nor do I expect that from myself, but I do hope and pray that I am for the most part happy overall. I was reading an article released in Forbes released on April 8, 2021 by Greg Orme titled "For Happiness In Touch Times, Be More Grateful". He started the article off by telling a story about his family and how they would play a game with their children called the Grateful Game. The game entailed each person describing at least one thing in their day they were thankful for that day. When we think about it, it is something even in our adult years that is essential, to be thankful and express gratitude. It does something for our Mental Health, yes, I said it, it does something for our Mental Health.

According to the article, studies show that practicing gratitude for just 5-minutes each da can make you 25% happier. Appreciative people feel more joy and optimism in their existence, which leads to more and more general happiness about life overall. Additionally, it can lead people to become more generous, compassionate, and forgiving towards others. I definitely believe this because I experience so much joy from seeing others happy, from giving to people in need, from just stepping out into the sun and allowing myself to truly express gratitude for nature.

In addition, the work of psychologists Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough goes further, and shows people who are more grateful build stronger immune systems, experience less pain, and have lower blood pressure. They tend to be better at maintaining daily exercise and taking care of their overall health. If we accept that gratitude increases our levels of happiness, we also know that thankful and joyful people are more curious, creative and resilient. Honestly, that is enough said for me right there. I am always for being more curious, creative and I hope you are too.

So, let's practice this way of life...being more grateful and expressing gratitude. I think we all can use more of this in our lives daily. Let me know your thoughts on this.

Have a blessed day!

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