Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Is your glass half empty or half full?

So what's your answer to this age old question?

Just stop and think about it.  Are you really enjoying your life at the moment or not?

Mark yourself on the scale of happiness below, zero being lowest and 10 being the highest:

0 -------------------------------------------------5-----------------------------------------------10


And don't be mistaken, a 10 on the scale is not winning the lottery, finding the love of your life or jacking it all in to travel the world (although interestingly a client of mine did achieve two of these things recently). No, a 10 on the scale is how fulfilled you are with your life as it stands right now, relationships, work, finances etc., 

Maybe this moved you up a little on the scale or down, but if your answer is still not 10 or even close to it, then why not? Why shouldn't you be up there on a high nine?

If you want to be higher up your scale then obviously something needs to change, and I'm not talking about New Years resolutions here. It is estimated that less than 50% of us keep our resolutions beyond six months anyway and a whopping 25% of us give up before the first week is over. There's nothing like setting yourself up for failure to put a dent in your happiness scale!

So instead of burdening yourself with the millstone of a resolution and beating yourself up for it if you slip, instead why not look for smaller life changes that may help lift you up the scale a point or two.

These could be as simple as smiling more often, sorting out that kitchen drawer, making more time to listen to your favourite music, getting up 5 minutes earlier, saying something good about yourself or about others once a day, deleting unwanted emails (top tip: type 'unsubscribe' in your email search facility, this makes me v. happy), listening to birdsong, paddle in the sea or whatever it is that floats your boat.

Stop depriving yourself of these little pleasures, individually they may only lift you up 0.25 on the happiness scale, but they soon all mount up. The more you treat yourself to these simple life treasures and really sit back, notice and enjoy them, the happier you will become. 

You may find these small changes or being 'kind' to yourself difficult at first but practice and repetition strengthens neural pathways, so before long a habit will start to form and you will almost certainly begin to see your glass half full, and when that happens just about ANYTHING becomes possible.

Seeing a Hypnotherapist could also help you move up your scale faster and stronger, visit The Hypnotherapy Directory for a reputable Hypnotherapist near you.