What are some positive points about yourself that you can think about? Imagine someone pointing out your faults. How would you show them that despite your faults, you are an individual with good traits as well? When you start evaluating in such a manner, you might find out that there are more reasons to be you than people know. You are something special, just like the many things you admire in your life. Even if people say something negative about something you like, you should be ready with a rebuttal. You deserve the same defense as well. You need to have a sense of brand loyalty towards yourself; Happiness Tip # : Create Balance There is no end to the examples of his sharp and irritable tongue. Though it by no means comes close to excusing his behavior, I wonder if the physical and emotional struggle going on behind the scenes served to amplify this part of Luther's personality. Many of us, after all, could tell stories of the emotional toll taken by lingering and unresolved medical problems and the ways that physical and psychological struggles become intertwined. When cares, heavy cogitations, sorrows, and passions superabound, they weaken the body. We have a good example of this connection of body and spirit in an intense health scare Luther had when he was forty-three years old. His friend Justus Jonas left us a firsthand account of it. Luther had not been well. He excused himself from dinner because of a loud roaring in his ear, but as he reached his bed, he collapsed, though he remained conscious. It's clear he thought he was dying. He prayed again and again, always concluding, Thy will be done. Keep a gratitude journal.

Every night, without the television on or any music or conversation in the background, write down three things that made you feel grateful and gave you joy. This can be small, such as a warm blanket, wonderful-tasting coffee, or a great nap. Refrain from using negative or positive comments like I didn't do that badly today. Make sure to spend a moment reliving the reason it brought you joy. If you don't routinely exercise, try to move for at least five minutes every day. Set a clock and walk every day. If you can't walk, maybe jump around a pool or sit in a chair and move your arms and legs. Do that for two weeks. Then increase to eight minutes or more as you can. If you have ever worked with accounting, then you might be familiar with the balance sheet you have to tally. The assets should always be equal to the liabilities, which is the fundamental rule of a double-entry articlekeeping system. Your life is a series of checks and balances. Your life story is a giant article of accounts. Your assets are all the achievements you have made, the things you are proud of, your goals and dreams, and your positive emotions. Your liabilities are all the negative ideas, failures, and anything else that you can add in here that you aren't proud of. Hence, for every liability, Your failures should be met with lessons learned from those failures or successes. Your negative emotions should be met with an equal surge of positive emotions. Most importantly, your work should be paired with a life outside of work. He told God the things he wished he'd been able to do with more time.

He said goodbye to Katie and to their son, Hans, entrusting them to God's keeping, asking them to accept God's will if he should die. He was sobbing. They were sobbing. It's heartrending. Of course, Luther didn't die then, although he would continue to complain of similar symptoms for the rest of his life. But there was more going on that day than a physical near-death experience. That morning, before his attack, Luther told his friends that he wrestled with a grave spiritual trial. Jonas wrote the day after, To-day the doctor [Luther] said to me: `I must make a note of this day; Though he spoke of this trial to his friends, we unfortunately aren't given many details. Exercise elevates dopamine, which improves our optimism. Meditation definitely reduces our stress hormone, cortisol, and increases positive emotions. People are a little afraid of this one because they imagine that they have to be sitting in a lotus pose, with eyes closed, and go into a supernatural state. This is absolutely not the case! Please see article 142 on meditation, and try some of those exercises. Practice random acts of kindness. Send an email or letter to thank someone you may not have fully thanked. Surprise someone with lunch or a coffee, compliment someone you notice seems happy, or just give a smile as you walk by. Just because. Reinforcing Positive Psychology Having a work-life balance is crucial.

Don't put yourself in a position where you are going to suffer from repeated burnouts. That does not constitute a healthy life. If you feel that you have no choice but to go through a rather long and difficult period at work, then make sure that you have planned a holiday to recuperate from that period. Do not go from one task to another. Make sure that you are taking breaks for yourself. Happiness Tip # : Make Positive Memories Memories are powerful. They not only remind us about certain periods in our lives, but also influence our subconscious mind. Which is why, take your time to make as many positive memories as possible. We do know that it troubled and distressed him greatly. About a month later, he wrote to his friend Philip Melanchthon, presumably about the same episode(s): I was for more than a whole week in death and hell, so that I was sick all over, and my limbs still tremble. I almost lost Christ in the waves and blasts of despair and blasphemy against God, but God was moved by the prayers of the saints [other Christians] and began to take pity on me and rescued my soul from the lowest hell. He wrote to another friend, John Agricola, during this time, saying, Please do not stop comforting me and praying for me, because I am poor and needy. Satan himself rages with his whole might within me, and the Lord has put me in his power like another Job. The devil tempts me with great infirmity of spirit, but through the prayers of the saints I am not left altogether in his hands, although the wounds he gives my heart will be hard to heal. Waves of doubt and heartache washed over him. Whatever the thoughts, whatever the whispers of the darkness, Luther knew that he would continue to bear the marks of his depression during this season. The World Health Organization defines health as not the absence of illness but a state of physical, mental, and social well-being.

There is much research being done in the field of positive psychology. Positive psychology focuses on identifying the parts of life that make us want to keep living and functioning optimally, which in turn leads to well-being. It is the stuff that makes us happy to be alive. Martin Seligman categorizes positive psychology and well-being into five measurable pillars. He teaches us to focus on fulfillment, which raises the bar and makes us grow. Optimism and positive emotions are the link between positive psychology and physical health and ultimately our well-being. There are five pillars of positive psychology: Positive emotions are those which include a deeper feeling of emotion and purpose, such as gratitude, serenity, hope, awe, interest, pride, and amusement. Think of yourself and how you feel when you look at a beautiful natural landscape. These memories do not have to be big. Start small. Spend time with your family. Take your friends out for a drink. Sit back and watch a fun movie. Every small action adds up to a bigger action. It's like a snowball effect; Happiness Tip # : Be Kind and Generous There is plenty of research that explains the link between kindness and happiness (Cohut, ). You don't have to donate a lot of money or make a big contribution in some way to show that you are a kind person. It would take him months to recuperate.