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The Pursuit of Happiness

Posted 18 April 2019
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If we were all asked what makes us happy in life, the chances are there would be plenty of repeat answers. A good bottle of red, running a PB, nailing a presentation and five minutes peace are all popular things – but do they really bring us happiness?

In a world with almost endless options we can be rather hard to please. So is there anything we can do to pursue that little bit more happiness?

Last month the Royal Mail officially announced that Winchester is the happiest place to live in the UK. The company used eight different criteria to measure projected happiness including life expectancy, earnings, carbon emissions and access to health services. These indicators were then indexed together to leave the leafy city of Winchester in the winning position. So does happiness actually lie in a move to the ancient capital of England? Probably not. As pleasant as Winchester may be, there is likely more to feeling cheerful than the Royal Mail’s rather soulless indicators. Which thankfully means happiness available nationally.

We are all wired differently, have different jobs and live in different places with different people. Life would be boring otherwise, after all. Despite these differences though, it is generally accepted that adopting a few habits could bring us all more long-term happiness.

Firstly, we should get exercising. The thought of regular physical exertion may leave some of us feeling far from happy, but it can do us the power of good. When we exercise our bodies release happy chemicals called endorphins, so whether you gym, swim, spin, dance or go for a walk, exercise can be great for your health in more ways than one.

Another happy habit is to practise hygge. The Danish term is hard to translate, but involves experiencing happy times through cosiness, intimacy and soothing moments. Creating a relaxing environment, getting together with friends and making good memories are all things that will help us experience some hygge happiness.

Remembering gratitude can also help us to feel good. It is widely believed that when we stop to be thankful for small things, we feel a greater sense of happiness about our lives as a whole. A sunny sky, the smell of coffee and a chat with a friend can all count.

Finally, we need to consider our self-esteem. So many negative thoughts come from comparing ourselves with others. Among smiling selfies on social media we can quickly forget our friends also burn the toast, pay bills and get their greys done. Concentrating more on how we look and feel ourselves may make all the difference. Getting a new outfit, a qualification or a treatment can all leave us feeling more positive. The key is to do something because you want to.

From losing inches with 3D Lipo to losing lines with Botox, I offer a range of excellent and effective treatments that can increase your self-esteem. Contact me by phoning 01722 632633 or 07493 520517 to arrange a free appointment and start one or two habits in the pursuit of happiness.

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