Happiness and Recognizing Happiness

This week I challenge you to be mindful of your mood state…for this reason. It seems more often than not I hear people talking about why they were stressed, angry, anxious, enraged during the day. With any shift in mood state we experience a shift in physiological response and typically the response to any uncomfortable (read anger, anxiety, sadness) emotions is more recognizable than with comfortable (read happy, excited) emotions. Thus, we tend to focus more on those emotions, especially when you add in the negative thoughts that typical accompany, for example, an angry mood. So, be mindful of your mood state and try to catch yourself feeling happy, cheerful, amused, joyful, gleeful, delighted, ecstatic, etc. You’ll be happy you did!