To be happy greatergood.berkely.edu suggests we should give thanks, drop grudges, exercise, practice kindness, pay attention and play with our friends. Yet, many of us continue to dine at the all you can eat negative buffet.

This smorgasbord includes, but is not limited to:

  • Bad moods and attitudes
  • Guilt
  • Stress
  • The 24-hour news cycle
  • Violent TV shows which leave you with the sense that everyone is evil
  • Your negative friend who wants to have dinner
  • Your elderly aunt that makes racist comments

What if you replaced the steady diet of negativity with something more palatable?

You might be surprised.

When you replace a steady diet of greasy burgers, fries, pizza and candy bars with vegetable based soups, healthy grain based salads and sweet fruit you lose weight with seemingly little effort.  You also experience the added benefits of more energy, better health, improved sleep and the ability to deal with the stress that is often at the core of our over-indulging.

If you replace a steady diet of guilt, shame and fear with gratitude, kindness and play you feel happier with seemingly little effort.  You also experience the added benefits of better health, optimism, improved immune function and better sleep.

Creating a new habit is easiest if you start small so what would happen if you replaced an unhealthy meal this week with a healthy one?  Would you notice a difference?

What if you replaced one violent TV show or one bout of guilt with a bit of gratitude, uplifting book or positive talk with a friend?  Would you notice a difference?

You might be surprised.

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