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**Exercise: When you wake up, spend the first 2 minutes envisioning your day the way you want to see it. If you can see it (in your mind’s eye), you’re more likely to achieve it! 3. Change the unhappy stories (in your head). I’m sure we all have at least a few disappointing memories – you know the ones – the stories we tell ourselves about things that just shouldn’t have happened. But, if they keep frustrating us or leaving us depressed, why do we keep re-telling them? What if I told you much of what you remember isn’t even true? In Dan Gilbert’s book, Stumbling on Happiness, this author reveals how the brain often fills in the many gaps of our memories with false facts in order to create a believable story! Since we can’t rely upon the brain to tell us the truth about the past, why don’t we spend the majority of our time creating a happy moment today that we’ll want to remember tomorrow?

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**Exercise: Whenever your mind starts to replay an old, unhappy story, ask yourself if you could use the same facts to tell a more neutral or positive story – then, each time you are triggered to remember the old story, replace it with the new one. 4. Take action – using only the resources you currently have. When you wake up in the morning, ask yourself this one question: “What can I do today to make myself happy?” Be sure to include only those things that can be accomplished with resources that are already in your possession. The reason why this question is so powerful is because it is realistic happiness. Too often, we tell ourselves that we would do more things “if only” we had the resources to do so. The truth is, most of us have more than enough resources to be happy. Research shows us that once our basic needs are met, having more (money, resources, etc.) does not significantly increase the amount of joy or happiness we will experience. 5. Invest in self-care. One of my favourite reminders for my clients is: “YOU are the only person you are guaranteed to live with for the rest of your life.” Others will come and go. You won’t. Therefore, make self-care your highest priority. Most of us don’t hesitate to spend hundreds (even thousands) of dollars to fix our car’s transmission when it’s broken, but cringe at the idea of spending the same amount to enhance our health, or quality of life. We often see it as a selfish act. If this is you, take a moment to reflect on the positive effect you’ll have on others when you feel better and your general mood is happier… Being happy is the best thing you can do for both you, and others! **Exercise: Give up a costly bad habit for only 30 days, and use the money you would have normally spent on that habit on a new book, course, or treatment for your better health. Investing in your self-care always results in the greatest returns. Invest in yourself generously.

Dr. Christian Guenette has one goal: to help alleviate the unnecessary suffering on this planet. He is a holistic chiropractor, life-coach, and co-author of the bestselling book: The Thought That Changed My Life Forever. Dr. Guenette shares the art, science and philosophy of being happy in an 8-week program called Happyness Unlimited – starting January 7th, 2015 in Vancouver, BC. For more information, go to www.happynessunlimited.com. References available on request from Vista

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Vista issue 97  

VISTA Magazine is a bimonthly publication dedicated to nutrition, health and wellness.

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