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3 Bedtime Habits to Increase Happiness, Sleep

By Amber Page

Did you know that optimistic people sleep better? According to a new study in the Behavioral Medicine Journal, it's true. And while some of us aren't naturally "happy" people, it is possible to train your brain to be more optimistic. 

When you're winding down for the day, try using one of these strategies for increasing your happiness level and you'll be rewarded with better sleep.

Think About What Went Right With Your Day

Instead of dwelling on everything that went wrong, spend five or 10 minutes thinking about the things -- small or big -- that made you happy. Did you score a great parking spot at work? Hear your favorite song three times? Laugh with a friend over a funny text exchange? Let those moments roll around in your mind.

Thinking about the good parts of your day will put you in a better frame of mind as you drift off to sleep -- making your dreams happier and your sleep more restful.

Focus on Positive Affirmations

Often used as part of a meditation practice, positive affirmations are just what they sound like -- positive statements that help you feel better about yourself. They can be anything, from general statements like "I am enough," to more specific messages, like "I will create the change I need in my life."

To use this strategy, just sit quietly, close your eyes, and repeat your chosen affirmations. If other thoughts get in the way, acknowledge them, let them go, and return to your meditation. It takes a little while to get the hang of this, but keep at it and you'll succeed!

Write in a Gratitude Journal

Feeling grateful for what you have can go a long way toward making you happier overall. Every evening, spend a few minutes writing about things you're thankful for. You could create a daily top 10 list, or focus on something specific, like a family member, your community, or even your job. 

There's no right or wrong way to go about it, as long as the resulting entry reminds you of what's good in your life -- and helps you look forward to starting another day. 

These are just a few ways you can train your brain to become more optimistic. Taking good care of your mind and body can also go a long way toward improving your mental and physical health -- and helping you feel happier and sleep better.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in McKinney, Texas.

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