2015: 365 Days of Good Health and True Happiness
Tuesday 30 December, 2014 – Living Aveda Blog
‘Tis the season of lights, trees and hopefully peace, love and good will on earth. But it’s also a time for resolution-making; a staggering 45 percent of us are making commitments to be happier, healthier, thinner, richer, smarter—you name it—as we speak. But a mere 8 percent of us will realize these objectives.* The problem may lie with the length of the list. “Taking on too many resolutions at the same time is difficult and often derails our goals,” says Marc Zollicoffer, Aveda Director of Spa Education. “We will have more success if we focus on achieving the one thing that will make the most difference in our lives.”
Since Zollicoffer is one of the most balanced people we know, we asked him for some other suggestions on how to have a wonderful new year. Here, some of our favorites:
Don’t Worry. Be Happy.
Instead of worrying about what we need (money, a vacation, a new car, a bigger house) to be happy in the future, Zollicoffer says that concentrating on the positive things in our life will make us feel more upbeat and help us to reach our targets. “Successful people are typically happy people,” he says. “If we focus on the positive things in our lives and strive for being happy in the moment, things come easier.”
Deep breathing is proven to ease anxious outlooks by triggering the parasympathetic nervous system—our body’s built -in relaxation and digestion mechanism, Zollicoffer notes. He suggests taking three conscious breaths every hour at least 3-4 times daily. “By focusing on the breath, it brings your awareness to the moment and allows you to take on one thing at a time,” Zollicoffer says.
Free Your Mind
Still it can be hard to stop negative thoughts from swirling around in our heads. To keep them at bay and help us all to live in that ever elusive “moment,” Zollicoffer recommends getting into a daily meditation practice. “Set aside at least 15 minutes every morning to just focus on your breath,” he advises. For added inspiration, Zollicoffer suggest reading Sally Kempton’s “Meditation for the Love of It.”
*According to University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology (1-1-2014) http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/