Happiness 101

Believe it or not, there are some very easy things you can do to become happier and more optimistic; it isn’t a science.
Text by Carla Torres | June 7, 2018 | Lifestyle

However, you do have to be committed. There are 9 basic emotional needs that need to be in balance. The key is to focus on which areas you may need to improve on. Categories are: 1.) Giving & Receiving Attention (family, friends, colleagues); 2.) Mind/Body Connection (rest, sleep, exercise, diet, fresh air); 3.) Safety & Security (job/home/relationship); 4.) Sense Of Community (clubs, associations, organizations); 5.) Challenge & Creativity (learning new skills, being creative); 6.) Intimacy (a loving partner, close friends); 7.) Sense Of Control (finances, emotions, relationship decision-making, long-term goals); 8.) Sense Of Status (clear roles at work, in a relationship, in a family or community, having a basis for positive self-esteem); 9.) Sense Of Meaning & Purpose (feeling that your plans for the future are worthwhile and you can achieve them). It’s essential to set goals and a course of action for each need. Quality sleep is also very important, as well as exercising regularly, a balanced and healthy diet, daily meditation, volunteering for a non-profit/charity, maintaining a clean and tidy home and being surrounded by supportive, positive people. But most importantly, do what you love!

Catherine Patrick is a Holistic Life-Coach & Hypnotist who is a graduate of the Holistic Learning Center & Weiss Institute. She has a studio in Miami and facilitates workshops at The Standard & Soho Beach House; 786.277.9835;

Silver Linings
Having a hard time switching the pessimist light switch off? Common belief is that your thoughts create your reality, so feed your brain some food for thought and optimistic jargon. These reads are sure to cross you over from the dark side to the bright side.
Text by Carla Torres

Liberate Yourself
Philosopher Beatriz Bruteau is known for taking her readers on a journey that unravels the truth about their inner being. Radical Optimism: Practical Spirituality In An Uncertain World will teach you how to organize yourself in order to be able to achieve spirituality in this fast-paced society without having to escape the daily demands of your busy life.

Basic Thinking
As the father of the new science of positive psychology, Martin E.P. Seligman dives into decades of clinical research to uncover the secret to well-being and happiness in Learned Optimism: How To Change Your Mind & Your Life. Originally published 20 years ago, the book continues to prove how optimism enhances the quality of life and how anyone can learn to practice it.

Brighter Side
How do the brains of optimists and pessimists differ and why are we hardwired to look at the bright side? Find out with Neuroscientist Tali Sharot’s The Optimism Bias: A Tour Of The Irrationally Positive Brain, which takes an in-depth look at how the brain generates hope and what happens when it fails.