Can your beliefs affect your happiness level? YES. Beliefs and happiness go hand in hand.
Our beliefs and happiness are both things that we have some control over.
People who focus on choosing positive beliefs over negative ones tend to feel happier. This is because our thoughts affect our feelings. And our feelings affect our behaviour and ultimately how we experience the world.
Your subconscious mind tries to support you in whatever you do. So, whatever beliefs you choose to hold, your subconscious mind supports you by finding evidence to support those beliefs.
For example: if you are running round the house saying “I can’t find my car keys,” your subconscious mind takes on this belief and raises your feelings of stress. The feelings of stress affect your behaviour: you become less observant, and so are less likely to spot where your keys are. Your belief becomes true – it has determined how you experience the world.
On the flip-side, another example: research has shown that people who believe themselves to be lucky actually tend to be luckier – the reason behind this, scientists suppose, is that they tend to spot opportunities that people who consider themselves to be unlucky do not.
So, what can we do? Change the way we think!
Whenever you catch yourself thinking something negative, grab hold of the thought before it can take hold, and replace it with a thought that will be more helpful to you.
So, for example: if you catch a thought that says “I am rubbish at X,” stop yourself and replace it with “I am getting better at X,” or even, “I am great at X” and keep repeating these positive thoughts so that they sink in and your subconscious can find ways to support them – it really makes a difference!
So too with happiness. A thought like “life sucks” can be replaced with “my life is getting better” or “I am making my life better” or “I am feeling happier every day”.
The aim isn’t to become a grinning loon and get carted off by men in white coats – no one wants to be smiling 24-7. It’s about creating more positive thoughts, to change our perception of the world and allow us to get more out of life.
Incidentally, when you are feeling down, try adopting the posture of a happy person (shoulders back, sit up straight, chin-up), and smiling. It is amazing what a difference that can make to how we feel. Even the simple act of smiling releases ‘happy chemicals’ that elevate our mood.
So beliefs and happiness are strongly linked.
What positive beliefs can you take on, to improve your happiness?
And, tell me what you think – share what beliefs you have taken on to put more happiness into your life, and how you felt afterwards – it’s great to hear your experiences, and I feature some of them in my newsletters.
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