Studies show that on average, Americans spend 75-80 percent of their waking time complaining. When you complain, your body interprets that as a stressful situation & releases adrenaline.
Dr. Frederic Luskin, a consultant in Health Promotion at Stanford University, says “Stress is a perception that I do not have what I need to satisfactorily handle my life,” “Stress is wanting what you do not have, and happiness is wanting what you already have.”
Seems simple enough, right?
As I shared in my previous post, Should I Stay or Should I Go?, today’s emotional stressors trigger the same “fight or flight” response that our long ago ancestors used to feel when running away from wild animals that wanted to make them dinner!
When that happens, stress hormones are released causing your heart to beat faster and your blood pressure to rise (among other harmful things).
We need to learn to slow down a little, practice mindfulness, and taking note of what causes us to feel stressed out.
One way to stress less is to make happiness a goal. Cultivating happiness means nurturing personal relationships, practicing gratitude, helping others, and shooting for your dreams.
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