5 ways to feel happier / Thich Nhat Hanh (Jan 11 / March 08 / 2005
Tuesday, March 08, 2005

(I was over at Kate's pad couple weeks ago and found this article from her magazine and she got me
into Thich Nhat Hanh)

5 ways to feel happier

Try one of these suggestions the next time you're down. They really work.

WORK OUT - Exercise distracts you from sad thoughts, works tension from your muscles, and triggers
the release of endorphins and serotonin (natural mood lifters). Just a 10 minute walk can make you
feel more hopeful and think more clearly.

LISTEN TO MUSIC - Any kind of music stimulates the amygdala, the part of your brain that creates
happy feelings. Your heart rate can also increase with the beat of a fast song, which can energize
you. So pop in an upbeat CD, even if you don't feel like listening to it at first.

EAT HEALTHY CARBS - Carbohydrates provide energy for you body and brain. If you dont eat
enough of them (like you're on a low-carb diet), you can feel tired and crabby. Try to get at least one
healthy high carb food (something rich in fiber, like whole wheat bread) at every meal.

OPEN THE BLINDS - Getting more sunshine (directly or through a window) lifts your mood, though
experts aren't sure exactly why it works. So go outside as often as you can. Or try sleeping with the
shades up so you awaken to a brighter bedroom.

MAKE YOURSELF LAUGH - Research shows that laughing, even if it's forced initially, helps you feel
better because the act of laughing triggers your brain to produce endorphins. So try watching a
sitcom and chuckling along with the laugh track next time you're down.

(Mood lifter: Eating carbs, like whole-grain pasta, may help you feel more energetic. Another way to
cheer yourself up: Wear something you really like! Knowing you look good puts you in a better mood.)

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Thich Nhat Hanh

These words are from Thich Nhat Hanh (author of Living Buddha, Living Christ). These quotes are
from his book ; ANGER -Wisdom for Cooling the Flames

"Our enemy is not the other person. Our enemy is the violence, ignorance, and injustice in us and in
the other person. When we are armed with compassion and understanding, we fight not against each
other people, but against the tendency to invade, to dominate, and to exploit. Ghandhi was just one
person. He did not have any bombs, any guns, or any political party."

"When a person's speech if full of anger it is because he or she suffers deeply. Because he has so
much suffering, he becomes full of bitterness. He is always ready to complain and blame others for his
problems. To understand and transform anger, we must learn the practice of compassionate listening."

"Listening with compassion can help the other person to suffer less. If you can sit down quietly and
listen compassionately to that person for one hour, you can relieve a lot of his suffering.
You listen not to judge or to blame. You listen just because you want other person to suffer less."

"Being compassion does not mean allowing other people to do violence to themselves or to you.
Being compassion means being intelligent. Non violent action that springs from love can only be
intelligent action. "

"The most basic condition for happiness is freedom. Here we do not mean political freedom, but
freedom from the mental formations of anger, despair, jelousy, and delusion."

"To be happy, to me, is to suffer less. Many people look for happiness outside themselves, but true
happiness must come from inside of us."

"If we follow the instructions and learn to take good care of our suffering we can help others do the
This is Katie
she is vegan
+ buddhist
Thich Nhat Hanh
Thich Nhat Hanh was in L.A. and me
and Kate join the Peace Walk with him
and it was awesome   :)
I made this web site for Katie last year - we lived together for a year.
we are best friends now :)