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Exercise - Regular exercise has been associated with improved mental well-being and a lower incidence of depression. The Cochrane Review (the most influential medical review of its kind in the world) has produced a landmark analysis of 23 studies on exercise and depression. One of the major conclusions was that exercise had a “large clinical impact on depression.”
Flow - If we are deeply involved in trying to reach a goal, or an activity that is challenging but well suited to our skills, we experience a joyful state called “flow.” Do you ever find yourself so completely immersed in what you’re doing that you lose track of time? All of a sudden you look up at the clock and realize that hours have passed and you missed dinner time? Think a minute about this. When does this loss of time and total engagement typically occur for you? In a yoga class, we flow through the poses while focusing on our breathing. We immerse ourselves in a moving meditation and before we realize it, an hour has passed. This is the main objective of yoga is to create flow, bringing the mind and body into alignment.
Positive Thinking - Are you grateful and optimistic? I wasn't so happy and positive before I decided to take charge of my life a few months ago. Grateful people have been shown to have greater positive emotion, a greater sense of belonging, and lower incidence of depression and stress. “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” One of Winston Churchill’s most famous quotes suggests that optimists and pessimists have fundamentally different ways of interpreting the world. Martin Seligman defines optimism as reacting to problems with a sense of confidence and high personal ability. Specifically, optimistic people believe that negative events are temporary, limited in scope and manageable. Yoga taught me to be confident and believe that I can handle a negative experience with equanimity.
Relationships - People who have one or more close friendships are happier. It doesn’t seem to matter if we don't have a large network of friends or family. What seems to make a difference is if and how often we cooperate in activities and share our personal feelings with a friend or relative.
Spirituality - Studies demonstrate a close link between spiritual/ religious practice and happiness. Spirituality and prayer also provide people with an opportunity to engage in a meditative act. Meditation and yoga have been shown to have a strong link with well-being because it calms the body, reduces stress and anxiety, and also supports positive thinking. Finally, both spirituality/ organized religion and yoga can help provide people with perspective, hope, and a deeper sense of meaning.
Strengths and virtues - Studies by experts in the new field of Positive Psychology show that the happiest people are those that have discovered their unique strengths (such as critical thinking) and virtues (such as humanity) and use those strengths and virtues for a purpose that is greater than their own personal goals. Do you know yourself and utilize your many talents for good?
(Adapted from Science of Happiness) - http://www.pursuit-of-happiness.org
Yoga is the Secret to Happiness
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