I guess it’s true that we all need more of something in our lives because life can be a balancing act on a set of wobbly scales. The thoughts I am gathering together here are in no way unique – I’m not claiming to be either a scientist, nutritionist or healer but I am fascinated by brain science (the easily understood version), and the way in which the choices we make about what we put into our bodies, our thought patterns and our actions can trigger brain chemicals such as dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and endorphins – all of which add up to a natural high, a feeling of well-being and peace with who we are and where we’re at in life.
It’s happened before and it’s happening again. Instead of reaching January and writing a list of unattainable resolutions, I’ve reached January and began again to ponder the nature of happiness. I even bought a book, Happy This Year by Will Bowen, which falls firmly under the category of ‘self-help’ (after last year buying The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin). According to Bowen, the more you think about happiness and the more time you spend assessing your own happiness level, the happier you’ll become, because happiness is inherently a choice we make regardless of all life’s ups and downs.