Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Happiness Checklist: 3 Ways You Can Practice Positivity

Happy Woman Smiling
They are easy to spot. In crowded restaurants, you can hear their laughter break through the din and chatter of fellow patrons. At the office, they are always ready to lend a helping hand to coworkers and never seem to complain. Why is it that some people seem to exude an aura of perpetual happiness while others find it hard to just get by?

While some are lucky enough to be born with a “congenial gene”, many people have learned how to build their lifestyle in a way that reduces their risk of depression, improves their quality of life and boosts their positivity.

If you are on a journey to addiction recovery, you may periodically experience self-doubt, guilt and depression, but you can learn how to support your emotional health and reduce your risk of relapse. By adopting a few of the most common strategies that many happy people use to boost their mood, you can improve your outlook on life and become more positive about your future and your sobriety.

(1) Prioritize your social connections. 
Multiple studies have shown that meaningful relationships with friends and family members can offer a wide variety of mental and physical health benefits. Researchers have found that individuals who are socially isolated with limited face-to-face social contact are twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression.

(2) Practice gratitude.
Individuals who experience gratitude on a regular basis are more likely to be confident and happy with their lives and report feeling less stress. Want to incorporate more gratitude in your life? Set your alarm 15 minutes early each day and make a simple list of the things, experiences and people that you appreciate.

(3) Develop healthy coping mechanisms. 
You might think that the people around you who seem happy were dealt a better hand. But, that may not be the case. They may just be addressing issues in a different way. While everyone is on a different journey in life, it’s important to exercise healthy coping mechanisms when problems pop up. Instead of turning to drugs or alcohol, use positive strategies to work through the situation.

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At Rising Roads Recovery, we can help you find sobriety and learn new life skills to create a vibrant, fulfilling life – one that includes profoundly meaningful relationships with friends and family. We are here to help; we are here to plan, support, and love. To find out more about Rising Road Recovery’s treatment program for women, call today: (866) 746-1558.

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