A Habit to Happiness

Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to
look beyond the imperfections.

Very often, I hear people say things like “I’ll be happy when I lose weight, I’ll be happy when I finish college, get a promotion, find a spouse, have more money etc.”  The truth is that if you’re waiting for happiness in the present, you’ll be waiting for it in the future.  According to Harvard University Professor of Psychology, Daniel Gilbert, “people believe that if good things happen, they’re going to be ecstatic and that joy will last a very long time, in fact they are ecstatic and the joy quickly dissipates”.  Although it’s human nature to want more, a movie I watched over the weekend suggested a habit to prevent the aforementioned.

The documentary “Happy” (check it out on Netflix) conducted a study which asked students to make a weekly list of five things they were grateful for.  After a few weeks of reinforcing their blessings, the students who counted their blessings the most became happier than the students who had forgotten to write them down. Other studies asked people to commit random acts of kindness (i.e. putting change in someone else’s parking meter, assisting another with a project, or volunteering at a nursing home) on a regular basis.  The studies showed that committing altruistic acts had the most positive effect on happiness levels.  Last month, I volunteered at a soup kitchen and was so overcome by the amount of happiness I felt, that I committed to volunteering once a month.

Begin writing your list of five things you have to be grateful for, and set a weekly reminder on your calendar or cell phone to re-write the list each week. I guarantee you have more than five blessings!

Until tomorrow,

Suzanne

p.s. excuse any grammatical errors on this post (my original was accidentally deleted forcing me to remember and re-write everything all over again) .

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Size Matters

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“Start measuring your progress by the steps you climb versus the mountaintops that you reach”-Robin Sharma

I was making Tuna salad for lunch yesterday, and reached for a spoon to get my mayonnaise out of the jar. I realized that my spoon was somewhat large and wondered if this was more than the “tablespoon” that I thought it was. To compare, I grabbed my set of measuring spoons and realized I was WAAY off. Normally, I would’ve added two regular spoons (the spoon on the right) of mayo to a can of tuna and calculated it as 180 calories of Mayonnaise in my calorie count. When I used two actual tablespoons (on the left) only then, was it actually 180 calories of mayonnaise. I was cheating my calorie count by 100-150 calories because I didn’t know what a tablespoon of mayonnaise or (anything for that matter) looked like.

It’s amazing how far off we can be when we assume portion sizes so I would suggest buying a set of measuring spoons and dry measuring cups to help you along the way. The measuring cups that I have, I bought at Weight Watchers many years ago. They look like big serving spoons and I think that they still make them today, so drop into a Weight Watchers, tell them you’re a member at another location, and see if you can find them.

Bottom line, small changes will amount to big differences.

Hello world!

Hello and welcome to my blog! I am really excited to be starting this but before you think this is “just another weight loss blog”, think again. My posts will provide you with weekly motivation which will include my specific weight loss journey as well as articles about healthy eating.  In addition, I will be throwing in my “foodie” flair and blogging about the delicious restaurants, foods and recipes I come across.  W150271_10152243358120282_146057916_nhether you are trying to lose 5 pounds or 500 pounds, I hope my posts will inspire you along the way .