Five Minute Zen

From pissed to blissed in no time flat

Welcome to Five Minute Zen. The mission is simple – to assist busy beings who may be preoccupied or overwhelmed while on their journey to balance, bliss and a healthy meal now and again. Whether you’re looking to reduce stress, alleviate sorrow, find balance or improve the quality of your life through self care, we’re here to assist. Come on in, relax and find tips, tricks, recipes and so much more.

Want more happiness? Insert gratitude here.

Looking for more happiness? I mean, who’s not, right? Recent studies have shown that how much gratitude you show directly effects your happiness level. Here is your assignment for the day: Call, visit, write, text or send smoke signals to your significant other, family member, former teacher or friend today. Yes, TODAY! Let them know how you feel about them, how they make your life richer, how much sun they bring to your days.

Need more proof? Watch this video:

Did you notice that the person who had the greatest increase in happiness was the one who was the least happy upon arrival? Now that’s something to think about.

Want some other gratitude to happiness tips? Use apps, such as the Gratitude Journal by Happy Tapper. Keep a journal close by and write in it throughout the day or when you need a pick-me-up. Perhaps create a routine where you write three to 10 things you’re grateful for right before you go to sleep and when you wake up in the morning.

How much gratitude you show directly affects your happiness level. Need a jump start? Listen to the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. Ah, yeah. Crank it up.