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  1. Carol Ebert

    The Happiness Factor Can Save Your Life!

    Now that you are on the cusp of your retirement years, or contemplating jumping out of nursing, what does the Happiness Factor have to do with this? Well guess what - Everything! You were put on this earth to be happy and feel good, and if that is not happening for you, then your next phase of life is a great chance to have a do-over and seek out what truly makes you happy again and then go after it! So Let's start building a case for why you need to activate your happiness factor before you enter your next stage of life. If you are happy your physical health improves and you live longer, and I know that is an issue as you age! Here's what The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley says about why being happy is so important to your well-being. Lowers risk of heart disease and blood pressure and reduces heart rateLowers cortisol (stress hormone) so you are better able to deflect stress and not let it get to youCombats disease and disability and you have fewer aches and pains·Improves immunity so you are less likely to get sick and, if you do, you have fewer symptomsAnd from Dr. James D. Baird, author of Happiness Genes, Happiness can alter your genes! The new science of epigenetics reveals there are reserves of natural happiness within your DNA that can be controlled by you, by your emotions, beliefs and behavioral choices. Yes you are in charge of your own happiness and if you activate it, your well-being improves. But wait - there's more! If you live a healthy lifestyle you will be rewarded with the release of Happy Hormones. Serotonin - regulates mood, prevents depression, makes you feel happy Endorphins - makes you feel good, reduces anxiety and sensitivity to pain Dopamine - makes you feel mentally alert Are you impressed with these benefits of being happy? And you can achieve this with NO DRUGS! So as you face your next chapter in life, arm yourself with "happiness" so whatever you choose to pursue, you will be ready, willing, able and "happy" to do it. Let me help you get started by sharing my 10-Step Prescription for a Happier Life. Mindfulness. Being in the moment allows you to correct any negative situation right on the spot and shift your thinking toward positivity.Connect socially, especially if you are retiring and feel like you are leaving your support network behind. This is a great time to join new groups and expand your circle of friends. And try to find "happy" people while you're at it!Exercise daily. This is a great stress reliever and provides that endorphin rush which is one of those happy hormones.Balance your blood sugar by eating frequent small meals of organic, mostly raw, low glycemic foods and healthy fats like coconut oil and avocado. YUM!Practice forgiveness. Free yourself from past grudges. After all, the person you hold a grudge against may not even know you are carrying around all that angst, so guess who suffers? YOU not them. Let it go.Practice loving yourself. Be selfish and put yourself first (finally) and ease up on that caretaker role that always puts you second. This is your time to shine!Pursue goals that excite you, bring you joy, reveal your true gifts and make you want to get up every morning in anticipation of having fun.Surround yourself with positive people so you can catch the wave.Live a life of meaning and purpose. You have already done that in your nursing career, but this time it's on your own terms so go out there and set the world on fire!Start every day with a happy practice. Write down 3 things you will do during the day that will make you happy, and your days will be filled with happiness.Now it is your turn to take action on what will make you happy. Which one, or more will you select and how will you put it into action? Or maybe you already have adopted a life of happiness. We would love to hear what you are doing and what difference that has made in your life. Please share your thoughts!
  2. You probably know happiness when you feel it. As a nurse, you may feel those positive emotions that come with a deeper purpose when an acutely ill patient turns the corner toward better outcomes or a patient living with cancer finds out they are in remission. You also feel happiness in everyday life when you reach goals, spend time with loved ones, or enjoy a nice dinner with friends. However, happiness isn’t something that comes easy for everyone. According to the World Happiness Report, the United States ranks nineteenth in the most satisfied countries in the world, with Finland, Denmark, and Iceland ranking in the top five. American adults have been experiencing a decrease in happiness since 2000 and reporting more thoughts of suicide, depression, and acts of self-harm since 2010. These statistics are scary. Nurses can experience high levels of stress-related to work environments, short-staffing, and the emotional aspects of working with ill and injured individuals each day. Combine your work with the statistics about happiness in the U.S., and you can see why it’s critical to take your happiness serious and plan out ways to increase your happiness quotient daily. Here are ten ways you can increase your happiness today. Create Happiness Goals Ok, you might think this sounds silly, but we live in a country where happiness is dying. So, having a goal to meet up with friends once a week for happy hour or planning a date with your partner is good practice. Find a Hobby Finding a hobby can be challenging. If you are looking for a hobby, think about what you loved to do as a child. Did you enjoy painting or crafts? If so, this might be an excellent place to start. If getting started on your own feels like a daunting task, find a class to take that can get you started with the basics. Use Your Vacation Time A recent report revealed that a record 768 million vacation days went unused in the U.S. in 2018. This is an increase of 9% from 2017 and adds up to billions of dollars lost in benefits. Dedicated nurses can sometimes feel guilty about taking vacation days and leaving their coworkers short-staffed. However, your vacation time is critical to your health and ability to refuel so that you can continue caring for others. Stay Healthy Nurses are skilled in educating patients on ways to stay healthy. You teach about diet, exercise, and chronic disease management. But how well do you keep you with your own wellness? Make your health your number one priority. Get plenty of sleep each night, eat a well-balanced diet, and get at least 30-minutes of activity daily. Practice Gratitude Each of us has many blessings in life. Expressing our gratitude can boost your mood and remind you of reasons to be thankful. Try telling the most important people in your life how you feel about them. Or, keep a gratitude journal to jot down two to three things you are thankful for each day. Ask for Help When You Need It Whether you need a little assistance with an admission or a patient who needs a PRN medication, asking for help can make your day run a little smoother. You should also ask for help outside of work when you need it too. If you feel that your happiness tank is getting dangerously low and you are struggling with symptoms of depression or suicidal thoughts, make an appointment to talk to a counselor or psychologist. Take a Walk Getting outside can boost your spirits. Feeling the sun on your skin and the wind in your hair is an excellent way to inject a little bit of happiness in the middle of a busy day. If you’re having a stressful day, take a 15-minute break to get outside and get a little sunshine. Volunteer Your Time Nothing can boost your mood quite like giving freely of your time and gifts. Find a charity organization that aligns with your purpose in life and spend some time working with others who may be less fortunate than yourself. Have a Good Laugh Did you know that laughing releases endorphins, the feel-good chemical, into your bloodstream? Laughing also relaxes muscles and can relieve built-up tension and stress. So, the next time you are looking for ways to boost your happiness, catch a comedy show, hang with your bestie who knows just how to make you laugh, or play a fun game with your family. Practice Mindfulness Life is busy. Whether you’ve received your fourth admission for the day or you’re trying to balance work and family life, taking time to connect to the present is critical to your happiness. The good news about mindfulness is that you can practice it pretty much anywhere. Find a quiet place like the breakroom at work or your bedroom at home and sit down in a comfortable position. Then, close your eyes and take ten deep breaths. As you breathe in, silently and slowly count to four, then hold your breath for a count of four, followed by a long exhale for a count of six. Do this for at least one cycle, but preferably two to three times. Happiness is a much-needed emotion. If you don’t plan ways to increase your happiness in your everyday life, you can start feeling sad, depressed, or disconnected from those around you. What other ways do you increase your happiness? Comment below to let us know what activities bring a smile to your face.