One of the keys to living a happier life is to boost your Emotional Resilience. There was a great report on the topic of Emotional Resilience in Time Magazine. Check it out if you want to read more about the research. Here are the 10 tips they recommend that you can start practicing right away.
- Be optimistic – every situation has positive and negative sides. Focusing on the positive will help you recover faster.
- Face Your Fears – Drum up the courage to do something that scares you every day. It’s like exercising a muscle. The more you practice the easier it will get.
- Have a Moral Compass – Determine a clear position on any given situation. That will help you make the right decision for you.
- Practice Spirituality – Give yourself the time each day to ‘sit’ with yourself. Tune into your body to sense what feels right.
- Get Social Support – Everyone needs a friend. Connecting with others releases oxytocin which calms your mind and can provide a different perspective.
- Have Resilient Role Models – Look at the people around you and decide for your self which is a good role model and which as a bad ones.
- Maintain Physical Fitness – Increasing your blood circulation helps your body and your brain recover faster. The stress of exercise helps us cope with life in general.
- Keep Your Brain Strong – Be a lifelong learning. Keep up to date with current events. Get some help to train your brain to adapt to happiness.
- Be ‘Cognitively Flexible’ – Find a number of ways to adapt to challenging situations. Make a list of things that make you feel happy and keep your sense of humor.
- Find Meaning in What You Do – Resilient people know there is a higher purpose that pushes us forward. Follow your calling to overcome the challenges.
Now it’s time to make a plan. Emotional resilience takes practice. Every little bit counts. What are you going to do first. Each step is a step in the right direction. You can train your brain to bring more happiness and success into your life. My friend offers this cool product that gives you the 4 Secrets of the Happiest, Wealthiest and Most Successful. Sounds good, right. Check it out his program Thought Elevators. The methodology is derived from research by Stanford University. The practices they teach are breakthrough technology that only takes 3 minutes a day. Seems like a no-brainer to me.