Recently a couple friends sent me messages about the Yale online course The Science of Well-Being. They thought I would be interested in the course for a variety of reasons. The main reason is the topic fits with the intent of my blog. It is interesting that they contacted me as I have mentioned this course a few months ago on Facebook. Last week the Today Show aired a segment with Happiness Lab’s professor Laurie Santos. In the interview she shares 5 ways to feel better.
In the interview Santos discusses 5 tips that can help elevate your mood and help you feel better during this stressful time.
Learning to draw and sketch has been on my “wish I knew how to” list for a couple of years now. I had an idea!!
Disclaimer: Drawings below are suitable for all audiences…HA…however, they may not be worthy of posting on your refrigerator…HA!!
Santos Tip #1: Belly Breathing – to deactivate (sympathetic nervous system or fight or flight mode).
Santos Tip #2: Kindness – in addition to self-care, do an act of kindness or helping someone.
Santos Tip #3: Focus on what you can control – actively try to be healthy and mindful of your well-being.
Santos Tip #4: Exercise, eat healthy, sleep enough – back to the basics
Santos Tip #5: Actively practice gratitude – mood and resilience improves when you focus on blessings.
Her current course “The Science of Well-Being” starts TODAY…I’m enrolled!!
In this course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life.
Blooms to Blossoms
Wrapping Up & Looking Forward
Another friend sent this to me last week. I hoped I’ve passed along a little kindness and love to my readers.
Breathe, be kind, stay focused, be healthy, be grateful.
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