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Friday Find – Adult Colouring Book

I was chatting with my friend the other day and she told me that she had just ordered an adult colouring book for herself online. I asked her why she ordered an adult colouring book (I had recently heard about them online), and she said she was really stressed out and wanted to see if colouring would help relieve her stress.

I find myself stressed sometimes, and I do love art. I really enjoyed drawing and colouring as a child, and maybe it would help relax me too. Will I pay extra for a special “adult” colouring book? I don’t know. Check out this article on them, and tell me what you think!

Is Happiness Preordained or do we Have a Choice?

Do we have a pre-set level of happiness? Or is it something we can control?

Joan digs deeper into what makes us happy.

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Is it really this simple?

On a daily basis, it’s not difficult to notice that some people seem to be naturally happier than others. (Ever seen Jessica’s Daily Affirmation Video? – You can’t teach that!)This has resulted in much speculation as to the reasons behind these variations in levels of happiness within the population. This also begs the question as to whether these people are happier because of genetics or merely a positive attitude on life.

Genetics

Igfenef you’re wondering what the secret to happiness is, you’re not alone! There have been many published studies that show happiness could be due to genetics. Some association between genetic influences and personality differences are apparent. During a person’s lifespan, the human genome is passed from the parents to the kids through self-replication and sexual reproduction. Though the process is normally precise, problems and mutations may form. These mutations in the genes could either benefit the child or create potential defects. This genetic variation leads to complex psychological and personality traits but allows for personality traits to be inherited. The study says that part of the genes that children inherit from their parents are neutral and that they have no effect on the survival of the specific trait but they accumulate in the genome. This leads to the assumption that personality traits could be passed along. However, there are factors in the physical and social environment that may or may not select for specific genes and traits to be carried on.

Attitude on life

While some people might argue that a person’s baseline level of happiness is predetermined from their genetic makeup, I believe that your overall happiness might not be so simple to determine. The role of your environment on your happiness likely plays a large role.

Consider two identical twins with identical genetic makeup placed in completely different situations at birth; one is adopted into a middle class and financially stable Canadian family, while the other is forced to remain living in a war-torn third world country with little food and wealth security. It would be assumed that the first twin would have an easier time being happy as the second twin faces loss to violence as well as a lack of education and other resources because of their absolute poverty. This, however, may not always be the case.

We must also call attention to the power of a positive attitude toward life and its presumably large role in our personal happiness. Each person has the ability to awake in the morning with the motto that “Today will be better than yesterday” and look on the bright side of every situation. Remembering that negative feelings and bad days are perfectly normal for even the most positive people is also important to your personal perception of yourself. A recent study suggests that negative feelings may actually be important indicators from your body that you need to make a change within your life.

10 Ways to be happier

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  1. Exercise/ Getting outside for some fresh air – as little as 7 minutes of moderate physical activity releases happy hormones
  2. Getting enough sleep at night – makes you more resistant to negative emotions throughout the day
  3. Spending more time with friends and family – focusing on the little things that money cannot buy
  4. Helping other people in your life – even doing something small to help another person can become contagious
  5. Practicing smiling – similar to wagging a dogs tail making the dog happier
  6. Meditate – taking the time alone with your thoughts to rewire your mind
  7. Practicing gratitude – being thankful for the things in life that you do have
  8. Take time to catch up on things you have been neglecting – whether it be calling up an old friend or painting your nails. Take the time to remove some of the clutter in your life
  9. Be true to who you are
  10. Cut the negative and toxic people out of your life