How to Listen to Your Body and Become Instantly Happy

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Trust your gut.

The most important thing you can do for your emotional and physical health is this: stop and listen.

Stop whatever you're doing take a deep breath, and pay attention to your thoughts. What do your body and mind tell you?

Are you unhappy at your job? Is your relationship suffering? Is a certain part of your body in pain? Are you tired?

It's usually our bodies, in moments of stillness, that tell us everything we need to know about ourselves. All the answers are already inside of us.

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When it comes to listening to our bodies, According to Oprah.com, you should;

  • Feel what you feel

  • Accept what you feel

  • Be open to your body

  • Trust your body

  • Value spontaneity

  • Enjoy what your body wants to do

Here's how listening to your body can affect different aspects of your life.

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Your health

We frequently (especially in Western medicine) cover up our ailments with medication and antibiotics instead of getting down to the root cause or finding a long term solution.

For example, "When your nose gets stuffy, throat gets sore, or your eyes get puffy, do you consider the pizza-and-ice cream fest you had over the weekend as a key indicator for your sniffles and sneezes? Or allergies. When your nose gets stuffy, throat gets sore, or your eyes get puffy, do you consider the pizza-and-ice cream fest you had over the weekend as a key indicator for your sniffles and sneezes? Or do you take your inhaler, pop your Claritin, and fire up the humidifier?"

Listening to your body and paying attention to what it needs is probably the key to optimal health.

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Your job

Take a moment of silence to think about your work situation. Get quiet with yourself. Maybe meditate. Are you happy in your work environment? Is it causing you an undue amount of stress? Is it making you truly happy, or is it coming at a sacrifice- perhaps happiness at home, or with your significant other, or even your mental health?

Do you commute? That can be bad for your health. Couples who commute long distances to work are 40% more likely to divorce. Additionally it can lead to weight gain, depression, and is bad for your general health and stress levels.

Is it worth it?

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Your relationship

Is your relationship making you happy? Is your relationship making your partner happy? Do you laugh when you are together? Do you smile? Do you physically show affection to one another? Or is it causing you undue stress in your life?

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Your Happiness

Are you stressed? Well, stress can lead to: "IBS, constipation, weight gain, insomnia, high blood sugar, and hormone irregularities—for women, missed or absent periods, severe PMS, and fertility issues."

So if you're experiencing some of these conditions, you might want to ask yourself if unhappiness or depression might actually be the root cause.

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