Today I had the pleasure of chatting with Milana Perepyolkina [bestselling international author of Gypsy Energy Secrets] about how to trick your mind into being happy.
Milana had some amazing advice and tips that I wanted to share with you guys. So let me hand this over to Milana, who will explain how to trick your mind into being happy. You can use her tips to gain mental strength, and to force yourself into happiness.
How To Trick Your Mind Into Being Happy [from Milana Perepyolkina]
There is a way to work with your brain to get it to do what you want in a different manner than you might suspect.
You can tell yourself a “lie” briefly: a lie that becomes a truth quickly. If right now you don’t feel happy, PRETEND to be happy. Borrow the wisdom from the world around you.
It helps a lot if you imagine that you are some part of nature.
Play this game at home when you are confronted by unhappiness: Pretend to be a flower, the sun, a big wave, your favorite animal, a bird. How would you behave? What kind of thoughts or emotions would you have? Facial expression? Body language? How would you relate to those around you? Try it; it will bring you a lot of fun. Or just imagine what you would feel if you were a tree. What kind of tree would you be? Why?
I am always amazed and delighted by the trees in the spring. There they are, leafless. One day passes, another, and another. Nothing looks different. Then, all of a sudden, there is a subtle light-green cloud surrounding the tree. It is growing quietly and quickly. That’s how you will change. That’s how your life will change when you learn to live in the now. Life will open up her beautiful secrets.
No matter what caused you great sorrow in the past, leave it there and focus on creating a beautiful future for yourself, now. Play and grow! You will trick your mind into being happy.
When you are doing something, anything, think about what you are doing in a positive way. When you are eating, think about the food on your plate with gratitude. Smell it, taste all the different flavors, look at the rainbow of colors on your plate and enjoy every bite. Don’t think about plans for tomorrow and don’t replay the events of the past. Just think about the food on your plate. This will bring you emotional and physical benefits as you eat. You will feel great and the food will digest much better because part of what you are eating is your joy in the eating.
You have the personal power to choose to be happy here and now–any second you choose, no matter what happened in the past. Mindfulness allows you to live in the present moment. The future is not here yet, why worry about it. There is also no use in regretting the past. It’s done and complete. Now is all we have. It is precious.
Many people postpone life. They think, “I will live fully when…” When the kids are older, when I get a new job, after I lose weight, or whatever nonsense they invent to delay joy. Yet time passes and one condition they set up changes for another. Life passes by like a train while they wait on the track, and they feel they are living a not-right-life, waiting for a perfect moment to embrace a new life but never finding that perfect moment.
Now is all you have. The past is gone and the future is the sum of your “nows.” You can create it as you wish if you stop focusing on your thoughts and instead focus on your sensations as you explore the world around you. Use all of your five (six if you read my books) senses as if you are using them for the first time. Experiment with walking blindfolded. Experiment with using different essential oils. Experiment with touching different textures. Experiment with listening to your heartbeat. Experiment with tasting different edible flowers. Yes, edible flowers. There is so much beauty for you out there. Time to explore!
AUTHOR: Milana Perepyolkina
Milana Perepyolkina is an international bestselling author of the book Gypsy Energy Secrets, and its corresponding blog.