An abundance of joy - it is your birthright - but sometimes it needs to be cultivated with gratitude practices. I've set up 'gratitude triggers' so that when they appear, I pause momentarily, and take a quick inventory of all the things I am grateful for. I have quite a few gratitude triggers, for example, when I see 11.11 on my phone I pause and evoke gratitude (yep, cheesy but it works for me). The trick is to pick a trigger and firmly anchor it by immersing yourself into deep gratitude while holding that trigger in mind. Try it and let me know how you get on. Jayney xx
Choosing to be happy - or even joyful - is vitally important to your health.
Here's why . . . Our brains rewire themselves constantly to reflect our most frequent thoughts and emotions - it makes it easier and quicker for us to access those states in future. So, if, for example, you dwell on sad, dark and depressing thoughts, your brain will wire itself to be better at accessing those thoughts faster and more easily - obviously, we don't want this! It is also true that if you associate with depressed or negative-thinking people, your brain will 'mirror' these states - again, allowing you to be able to access these down states more easily. Allowed to continue, this becomes your default brain state.
So, it is extremely important to take responsibility for accessing positive brain states, such as happiness and joy - and the more you practice these states, this will become your default - so that you just become naturally happier overall - more easily and more sustainably.
Jayney's top happiness tip: I use Metta Meditation for example to help me in my happiness practice. It is a form of meditation in which you send loving kindness to yourself, others and to our beautiful planet. There are many free to access Metta Meditations all over the internet and please check back as I will be posting a Metta download here later for you. With love and happiness! Jayney xx
The original text of the poem Ode to Joy by Friedrich Schiller - 1785 which was later used by Beethoven for his 9th Symphony.
Jayney Goddard is one of the world's leading experts in the field of complementary medicine and natural healthcare. Her passion is natural anti-ageing; Jayney teaches people how to rewind their biological clocks so that they are more resilient to the diseases of ageing. The strategies Jayney uses are grounded in excellent science and have been shown to halt and even reverse those conditions we associate with ageing.