"Are you happy?"
"Do you think other people are more happy than you?"
"Are you a smiler
or a frowner?"
A branch of psychology called positive psychology focuses on helping people to be more happy. Here are some tips:
- Express gratitude: let others know you are grateful for their deed, word, or just being them.
- Challenge yourself: Use and develop your strengths, whatever they might be.
- Be optimistic: it can reduce mental and physical illness, and increase coping abilities.
- Laughter: appropriate laughter releases endorphins that relax and decrease stress.
Do you remember the song "Don't Worry, Be Happy"? Here are the words: sing along and let them fill you with happiness. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DWgm48jIFE
Positivity was, and continues to be today, a very important coping tool for facing ovarian cancer. I know gratitude, challenging myself, optimism, and laughter work for me...I am HAPPY!
Proceeds from Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir go to ovarian cancer research.