Happiness Through Self Acceptance

This article was originally published by Coach Omar of Gostrong,  I'm sharing it with you because it has some really useful tips on how to achieve a happier more balanced state. 

I was listening to Pharrell’s "Happy" the other day and decided to share with you some data and an article published by the Hertfordshire University in the UK on the subject of happiness.

The Action for Happiness Organization (yes, they exist) has identified 10 habits which lead to happier living and put them together in an acronym which spells GREAT DREAM:

Giving: do things for others
Relating: connect with people
Exercising: take care of your body
Appreciating: notice the world around
Trying out: keep learning new things
Direction: have goals to look forward to
Resilience: find ways to bounce back
Emotion: take a positive approach
Acceptance: be comfortable with who you are
Meaning: be part of something bigger

In 2014 they ran a survey where 5,000 people rated themselves from 1-10 on the GREAT DREAM attributes and found the two highest averaging habits were “Giving” and “Relating”, both tied at 7.4 points. Meanwhile, habits focused on self-care and acceptance averaged lower with “Acceptance” averaging 5.6 points and “Exercising” with an average of 5.9. Seems like a lot of people are more preoccupied with pleasing others (or what others think of them) than attending to their own needs in physical and mental health. 

This negligence on self acceptance and self care is a bit alarming because it reflects how we often let society's expectations get in the way of just enjoying life. It’s important that we learn to love ourselves for who we are and start enjoying who we are, make the best of each moment and share our joy around. Taking care of yourself are actually a healthy cycle where your body will actually feel good by releasing endorphins every time you do something positive for yourself. Some things you can do every day which will aide in increasing self acceptance and activity are:
- Exercise at least 20min every day, even if it is just walking
- Make an affirmation every day out loud on why you are awesome
- Get a box and write two things down for which you are grateful every day
- Sign up to the "Do Happiness" program on the link below to get reminders on why things are great every day

Check out the full article on the link below and let us know what you think on the FB page. 
Check the full article at: http://www.stonehearthnewsletters.com/self-acceptance-could-be-the-key-to-a-happier-life/human-behavior-happiness/
You can also check out the Action for Happiness Org here: http://www.actionforhappiness.org/resources

Gbemi Giwa