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How happy are YOU?

- October 4th, 2011
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Sam Graci says there are three components to happiness: pleasure, engagement and meaning. (Photo by Cary Castagna)

(Note: The following guest post is courtesy greens+ guru Sam Graci.)

The Path to Phenomenal Health

How to Feel Good for Life

By Sam Graci

According to today’s research, there are three components to our happiness: pleasure, engagement and meaning. Of the three, engagement (the depth of involvement with one’s family, friends, work, romance, faith and more) and meaning (how we use our personal strengths to grow and become more aware and mindful), are of greater significance to our happiness than pleasure alone.

Regardless of what component you value most, what’s most important is that you acknowledge your power in achieving happiness. Only you can determine how you feel based on the choices you make every day.

With this in mind, ask yourself: How happy are you in your life? According to Dr. Edward Diener, happiness doesn’t necessarily come with financial freedom, youth, education, job satisfaction or external beauty.

To help measure your own current state of happiness, take Diener’s Satisfaction with Life Scale:

MEASURE YOUR HAPPINESS

Diener’s Satisfaction with Life Scale.

Read the following five statements. Then use a 1 to 7 scale to rate your level of agreement.

1. In most ways my life is close to my ideal.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

2. The conditions of my life are excellent.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

3. I am satisfied with my life.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

4. So far I have received the important things I want in life.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

5. If I could live my life over, I would change almost nothing.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

TOTAL SCORE______

Scoring:

• 31 to 35: you are extremely satisfied with your life

• 26 to 30: very satisfied

• 21 to 25: slightly satisfied

• 20: neutral

• 15 to 19: slightly dissatisfied

• 10 to 14: dissatisfied

• 5 to 9: extremely dissatisfied

After you have tabulated your score, you may wish to consider any or all of the following steps for increasing your current level of energy, happiness and vitality.

TWELVE “FEELING GOOD IS GOOD FOR YOU” BOOSTERS

1 Let life’s joys linger

Pay close attention to all your daily wonders and pleasures. Take “mental photographs” of happy moments to review in less happy times. Sit quietly, go for walk in a park, play with your children, adopt a pet, visit relatives, volunteer for a cause you believe in.

2 Learn to forgive

Let go of any resentment or anger. For example, try writing a letter of forgiveness to a person who has wronged or hurt you. Forgiveness allows you to move on, while resentment negatively impacts mood, attitude, energy level, physical and emotional well-being.

3 Daily meditation and prayer

Daily meditation and prayer can help raise your “youth hormone” otherwise known as dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), which is responsible for reducing stress while boosting the “feel good” neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin in your brain.

4 Take time for family, friends and community

Strong, loving, personal relationships are among the most important factors in our lives. Be a good and faithful family member, friend and world citizen.

5 Count your blessings

Keep a “gratitude journal” in which you write down three to five things for which you are currently grateful for — from the mundane to the magnificent. Do this every evening for immediate and long-term results.

6 Practice acts of kindness

Whether it’s caring for an elderly person or letting someone go ahead of you in a line-up, acts of kindness are not only generous to others but can bring personal joy and satisfaction. It’s contagious too! So be kind to others whenever you can.

7 Take care of your physical well-being

Consume a healthy diet that’s rich in fruits, vegetables, supplements (including vitamins, minerals, Omega-3 essential fatty acids, and Green Food supplements), lean sources of protein, and fibre too. Other tips to consider: try to exercise regularly — even if it’s a daily walk, get plenty of sleep, read, meditate, drink lots of pure water, limit caffeine consumption and stretch daily.

8 Cope with stress and life’s challenges

Did you know that optimism and faith have been clinically proven to help people cope with hardship and other life-challenging events? Try slow, deep breathing, acupuncture exercise, Tai Chi, hatha yoga, relaxation therapy, massage, saunas and quiet time to further help reduce stress too.

9 Seek out a wise elder

Express your appreciation to someone you respect for their generosity and wisdom such as a parent, a friend, a companion, counselor or teacher. Let them know you appreciate their positive influence with your expression of thanks!

10 Be persistent. Be committed. Be tranquil.

Life is characterized by impermanence and constant change. If you can pay close attention to daily changes in your life and self-manage them, you will have lifelong joy, peace, equanimity and spiritual maturity.

11 Invest time to breathe, smile and laugh

Breathing deeply and slowly, smiling and laughing out loud can all help enhance your mood instantly and release stress hormones. Practice them daily. Not only will you feel better, but life’s challenges won’t seem so difficult.

12 Recycle and care for the environment

Awareness of the environment can make you feel responsible, capable and connected to Mother Nature. When possible, try using natural body care products and biodegradable home cleaners. Reduce, reuse and recycle wherever possible. Every effort counts!

Regardless of the steps you choose to follow, remember that your state of happiness can be enhanced and improved based on your efforts. A little goes a long way, as does a positive attitude. Don’t delay. See and feel the difference a happier life can make today!

Sam Graci
Since first introducing Canadians to greens+ in 1993, Sam Graci has remained one of North America’s leading experts on nutrition, specifically focusing on the importance of eating healthy, fresh foods for achieving optimal health. Sam is a true believer that eating well and living well go hand-in-hand. And through Sam’s expertise and inspiring educational approach, he is on a mission to inspire all of us to lead a more energetic, vibrant life.

Without question, the award-winning and research-proven success of greens+, based on over seven years of intense research, helped make Sam a natural leader in the development of a whole new and dynamic category of products known as ‘green superfoods’. Continuing on this path, Sam recently took his expertise two steps further with the development of two new green formulas: greens+ extra energy and greens+ daily detox. Working together with Genuine Health (the company that makes greens+, proteins+ and other leading health supplements), they enhanced greens+ for even more specific health needs.

Always a source of healthy inspiration, Sam is uniquely recognized for his endless energy and vitality. He is regularly featured as a guest speaker at a number of consumer shows, in addition to his popular appearances on a variety of television and radio programs. Sam continues to write many informative articles on nutrition and health for magazines and newspapers, and has authored three books: The Power of Superfoods (1998), The Food Connection (2001), The Path to Phenomenal Health: An Inspirational Journey to Vitality and Wellness (September 2005).

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