Micro-Moments of Happiness
Happiness does not have to come from huge life-changing events, accomplishments, or milestones. There are so many brain health benefits in finding joy in the little things: feeling the warmth of the sun, hearing a song you love, laughing at a joke, hugging your friends, etc. Teaching your brain to focus on these small positive moments each day can reprogram your brain to start thinking more positively.
If you want to start reprogramming your brain to think more positively, make a Micro-Moments note page on your smart device and start writing down your Micro-Moments each day!
"How often do we spend time complimenting others? But how often do we spend time complimenting ourselves? When was the last time you spoke to yourself kindly? Would you ever speak to a loved one the way you criticize yourself? Your homework today is to compliment something you like about yourself. Start each day saying something nice to yourself. It can be as little as I appreciate my kindness and work ethic. Mental health is a daily practice, positive self-talk is like a muscle you have to work it every day." -Dr. Amen
Start and End Your Day Right
At the start of each day, it is important to tell yourself "Today is going to be a great day."
At the end of each day, it is important to write down and reflect upon all of the things that went well that day. Even if it was one of your worst days, always try to find the good. Practicing gratitude is essential for optimal brain health!
"Where you place your attention about others determines their behavior. What do you do when the important people in your life do not do what you want them to do? Do you criticize them? Or do you just pause and decide to notice what you like more than what you don't like? This is a critical point and important to changing behavior: Focus on the behaviors that you like more than the behaviors you don't. This is one of the secrets to having great relationships. Noticing what you like encourages more of the behaviors you like to happen." -Dr. Amen