Calm, Exercise, Happiness, Music, Reading, Walking, Writing

Ways to Happiness…

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Are you looking for the ever elusive happiness?

How do you find it?  

Well, it’s there under the surface, very well hidden at the moment but if you delve deep you will find it.

Following on from my previous post about happiness I’m looking at possible ways to find it.

‘I think the best way to experience happiness is through a calm mind. Helping your mind to become calm and relaxed at the moment is not an easy task, but it is the best way to experience happiness.’

Five popular ways to calm the mind

1 Music

Listening to music can have a calming effect. Classical music is generally recommend to be better at helping concentration and mood, although other types of music are also good if you like listening to them. I tend to listen to particular radio programs because they give a good mix of thought provoking music and some chat which can move your day along.

2 Reading 

Reading a book is another way to find some calm in your day. Searching out an interesting book that will grip you and will get you instantly absorbed by the plot, can be really exciting. Your mind is transported off to another place and taken away from your worries. Check out books available online from your local library.📚 

3 Walking

Walking every day even if it’s for a few minutes can make a huge difference. I usually try to walk for about an hour a day; even on a cold day it’s really helpful. It can help to stimulate the brain to look at a world outside your four walls and experience natural surroundings. It’s also a great form of exercise for most people and it can help you keep fit.

4 Meditation 

Meditation can help to calm the mind and experience happiness in some form. I enjoy meditating as this gives me some form of relief from any anxiety I maybe feeling. My page Meditation and Mindfulness gives more tips.

5 Learning something new

Trying out a new skill like learning a language, or starting to learn painting in watercolours. I started learning french recently and have found I remember a lot from my school days. I have been able to use it to help me write poetry in french. A creative skill is a very useful tool and are great ways to be totally absorbed by something you enjoy doing.

I hope you’ve found my post helpful and can explore your own ways to happiness.

Blog, Fibromyalgia, Happiness

Unlocking #Happiness….

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Happiness is a bit like searching for a key. The skill is in selecting the correct key and unlocking it. 

So, What would it feel like?

Could you imagine yourself being really happy?

Is there a way of finding happiness and achieving it throughout life?

There seems to be immense pressure on us to be happy. It’s perceived that unless we can find happiness, perhaps we are not achieving all our goals in life.

It’s ingrained in us from a early age.

As a small child, I remember singing the song,

‘I am H-A-P-P-Y,  I am H-A-P-P-Y,

I know I am,  I’m sure I am,

I am H-A-P-P-Y’

and then thinking to myself,

I’m really tired, cold and it’s too early in the morning for singing; this is stupid! …There’s nothing to feel happy about at this moment in time.’

Being happy is an important factor to take on board with a invisible illness like fibromyalgia. Living with pain and illness is exhausting and difficult.

If we can find a way to seek out happiness every day; it could make a difference to our lives.

So what is happiness anyway?

It’s different for everyone but it’s not the unobtainable, some perceive.

Maybe for us with long term health conditions it’s not something we can feel every moment but we should be able to find some moments that can be happy in a small way.

How do we find it?

By focusing on the senses sight, sound, smell, feel.

These are some of mine:

Sight

Looking at nature; seeing Autumn leaves on trees changing day by day into more beautiful, rich colours.

Sound

Listening to the sound of birds singing in the morning, or the sound of rain drops falling gently onto a window ledge.

Smell

Holding a freshly baked roll in your hand and feeling it’s warmth and smell.

Opening up a jar of coffee and letting the aroma fill the room.

Feel

Walking in the snow and catching a snowflake on your face.

Sitting by a log fire and feeling it’s warmth surround you.

None of these are difficult or complicated to experience and can bring a sense of happiness to a monotonous day.

However you choose to look for happiness; I hope your able to achieve happiness, even if it’s only in just a small way with some of my suggestions.

Blog, Happiness, Love, Poetry, Sonnet, Wedding Day, Writing

It’s #Christmas with a twist!

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Christmas time is a very special time.

For couples getting engaged or married it’s not only special but also filled with love and happiness. With this in mind, I have always wanted to write a sonnet but never had a good enough excuse to!

If your trying to recall; sonnets are written in 14 lines, the subject matter is predominantly about love. Each line of the stanza should have 10 syllables and the rhyming pattern should be ABAB, CDCD, EFEF, GG. It’s quite tricky to get right; so here’s my attempt…

 

Wedding Day 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

One day, two people, three wishes, four hands,

Joining together on this special day

In a dwelling the congregation stands

The new bride enters clutching her bouquet 💐

 

She’s dazzling in her sumptuous dress

Above the guests flies a white turtledove

With a bright, sparkling ring, she says, Yes!

Her husband’s relieved; now focused on love 💕 

 

To the reception for a feast for all

Going away outfits are ready now

Toasts and speeches dissolves into a ball

Spain we’re off to soon, Yes, sunny Bilbao 🇪🇸

 

For you, will cherish in the early days

Your enduring love and happiness always 💕 

by Nick