In a world that often feels stressful and overwhelming, finding ways to increase our happiness and well-being can be a valuable pursuit. Fortunately, there are many ways to boost your mood and improve your overall sense of contentment. In this article, I’ll explore seven proven strategies to help you be happier and healthier, the scientific evidence behind them, and how to easily incorporate these tools into your life.
By Steven Michael Krystal | Featured Contributor
I have a friend, so do you,
We share laughs and smiles all day through,
For all of my life, telling me what to do,
A small voice from within, tried and true.
When we are kids, fun and play,
Days of bliss, all is okay,
As we grow up, things don’t go our way,
Life turns amiss, a steep price to pay.
By Yvonne Aoll | Featured Contributor
Last June, I went blind in my left eye from a laser eye surgery gone wrong.
It would take a speedy instinctive quest for a second opinion, three more months, an older more experienced surgeon and another agonizing correction surgery, for my left eye’s vision to be restored. Thanks to the top-notch, wildly skilled, second ophthalmology surgeon I visited, I can see much clearly now with both eyes, with no need for spectacles or contacts. However, the months during which my left eye remained blind, while filled with unspeakable worries, also served as a crash course in mindfulness.
By Cara Amy Goldthorpe | Featured Contributor
I take, and another
Towards this light
Pulling me on
Through a tunnel of shadow
Pain and burden
I feel before I rise
By Birdie Fudge | Featured Contributor
Not too long ago, I went on medication for the first time for my major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety. I wrote poems every day, starting from the first day I took the pill. I used my poetry to track my mood and the timeline of the medicine taking effect. When I look at the poetry written during the beginning of that journey and compare it to now, it’s as if two different people are speaking. This poem is how I feel now. My other poem, “Happy Pill,” reflects how I felt in the beginning of my journey.
By Lori Zybala | Featured Contributor
Calmly – you push back the linen curtain
Filtered light brushes along your face
Stillness greets the day
Pericardium envelopes the heart
One step back
Taking in your surroundings
Nowhere to be, but in the present
this very moment!
By Don P. | Featured Contributor
I had a heart transplant in 2007. But I suppose I can’t really explain what my rebirth has been like until I told you what my “old” life was like to some degree.
Therefore, here is my story…