Doctor Oz discussed how important it is for every one to be happy. If you are upset or in a bad mood, it can hurt your relationships (both personal and professional relationships) and ruin your self esteem. So try Dr. Oz’s 28 day plan to become a happier, healthier and more up-beat person! Send this to anyone who is a “Debbie Downer”!!! Sonja Lyubomirsky said that pro baseball players who had genuine smiles in their photos lived 7 years longer on average!
Dr. Oz’s Find Happiness in 28 Days Plan:
Week 1: Keep a Daily Diary
At the end of each day, write in a diary what activities, people and experiences made you the most happy. This will help you to identify the people and activities that make you happiest. Becoming more self-aware will help you to identify what makes you happy so that you can increase the activities and experiences that boost your happiness. Very simple things can make you happy like talking on the phone to a friend, hanging out with family, or even hearing your favorite song on the radio.
Week 2: Fake It Till You Make It
This concept was originally proposed by Darwin. Try to smile as much as possible… even if you are feeling sad or in a bad mood, fake it and smile! Facial Feedback sends a signal to your brain whenever you smile that tells your brain that you are happy. Plus, have you ever heard that smiling and laughter are contagious? It is true! See how many times you smile at a person and they smile back at you… you will be improving not only your mood, but the mood of the people that surround you. People need many more positive interactions from others to counteract a fewer number of negative interactions… so lets boost the positive experiences and smile all day long!
Week 3: Create a Diversion
If you find yourself thinking negative thoughts in your head about how you look, your weight, or other self-deprecating thoughts… stop the cycle dead in its tracks! Whether you are in a social situation or all alone, stop thinking these thoughts as soon as you notice them by listening to your favorite song and singing it or talk a walk… or find some other diversion that will get your mind off of the negative thoughts. If you are at a party or with a group of friends, try to focus on their conversation rather than have a monologue with yourself in your own head. Dr. Oz said you could wear a rubber band or hair band on your wrist, and snap it on your wrist whenever you start to have your negative thoughts… or if you are in a group, count the number of times a person says “um.”
Week 4: Random Acts of Kindness
Do at least one random act of kindness every day. Some examples that Dr. Oz gave include sending a thank you note, paying someone else’s parking meter that is overdue, giving someone a compliment, or any other act of kindness you can think of. By doing these random acts of kindness, people will perceive you (and you will thus begin to perceive yourself) in a more positive light. Plus, what a great way to boost your self-esteem by helping other people!
Here is the Oxford Happiness Quiz that Dr. Oz referred to. I could not find Dr. Oz’s hapiness quiz to test how happy we are… but as soon as Dr. Oz posts it, I will update this post!