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Greetings. Happy St. David's Day, as I did not get my newsletter out on March 1st when it is celebrated. St. David's Day is a Welsh holiday recognizing the date of the death of the patron Saint of Wales. It makes me happy to celebrate a holiday that my mother kept dear to her heart being from Wales. But what makes you happy? March 20 is the International Day Happiness. How can you celebrate that day? Celebrate who you are and what you can contribute to the world. Check out my feature article about How to Support Your Own Happiness. March 20 is also the First Day of Spring! 

Check out my video: Are You Feeling Stuck?  https://youtu.be/zaEnld2-FqU

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How to Support Your Own Happiness
 
When you were little and the teacher asked what you wanted to be when you grew up, you surely didn’t answer “miserable!”
 
At every stage in life, unhappiness is not a state to which we aspire. But with the economy rolling downhill, the vision of our own prosperity can seem like a tiny, inflatable raft in an ocean of fear. In such unstable times, the pursuit of happiness can feel like a taunt rather than an inalienable right.
 
Still, it’s worth the effort. Emerging research shows that while trauma has a profound impact on the brain, the brain is not as hard-wired as previously thought. We can learn to be happier. In fact, the most popular class at Harvard University is one in which students learn to train their brains to cultivate what instructor Tal Ben-Shahar calls the ultimate currency: happiness.
 
Why Happiness Matters
Medical evidence suggests being unhappy affects our memory and our capacity to learn, while increasing the risk of illness.
 
On the flip side, happier people are more likely to:
•  be more creative, confident and productive.
•  have a stronger network of allies and friends.
•  be sick less often and get well faster.
 
How to Support Your Own Happiness
If you would like to train your brain for happiness, consider some of these ideas:
 
Decide that you want to be happier. When you make that decision, you start to notice choices for happiness that you may have missed before. Those choices may be small, such as lying down for 10 minutes when you’re tired rather than powering through a task, but you start to create a habit of seeking happiness that grows.
 
Acknowledge your feelings. When you feel distressed, don’t make it worse by beating yourself up for being upset. Do your best to accept your feelings. When you give your feelings respect and attention, they usually begin to shift on their own, and you start to feel better.
 
Work with your thoughts. If you’re having thoughts that are hurtful to you, try reaching for a better thought or scenario that you can actually believe. For instance, if you’re worried about losing your job, recall something stable in your life, whether it’s your partner’s income or your healthy savings account. When your mind returns to the worry, bring it back to the better-feeling thought.
 
Celebrate success. Whether it’s the achievement of a major goal or a week when your children got along, take in the accomplishment, and give yourself and your children a pat on the back.
 
Seek meaning. Happiness comes from doing something that gives us pleasure and meaning. If your job doesn’t provide that, find something that does. It could be a hobby, volunteering, taking a course, or allowing time to read a book or cook something tasty.
 
Express gratitude. Be grateful for everything that makes your day better, from a colleague’s smile to your morning latte.
 
As you practice happiness and make it a habit, you’ll find yourself in a lovely upward spiral that will support you through challenging times.

Upcoming events

Reiki I Class
Sat. March 9 ·  9:30 am – 4:30 pm
$199

Reiki II Class
Sun. March 10 ·  9:30 am – 4:30 pm
$299

Reiki Share
Mon. Mar. 11 · 10 am – 12 pm
$15 at the door.

Access Bars Class
Sat. Mar. 16 ·  9 am – 5 pm
$370

If you are unable to make the above dates, but interested in a Reiki or Bars class, please contact me and we can make arrangements for a mutually agreeable date.

Let Wanda know if you are interested in having her speak at your event or organization. Wanda offers Employee Wellness Programming.  Call 226-374-9045 to discuss what customized programming could be available for your business.
 
My latest coauthored book, Are You the Missing Piece? is here! You may order either the Kindle form or paperback version from Amazon at this link: https://www.amazon.ca/Are-YOU-Missing-Piece-Winterton-ebook/dp/B07691ZFKD/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1509065633&sr=8-1&keywords=are+you+the+missing+piece. This book “is an incredible wellspring for readers looking for daily support and encouragement to achieve business and personal success in today’s unpredictable world.” I also have copies of the paperback version available for sale in London for $30 (P.S. less expensive than Amazon!). Please let me know if you wish to purchase a copy and we can meet up for delivery in London.
 
Getting Well: Mind, Body & Spirit for sale. Contact me directly or if you wish to have it shipped please visit my website.
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