YES if you believe Charlie Brown and Peanuts!
"This is my "depressed stance." When you're depressed, it makes a lot of difference how you stand. The worst thing you can do is straighten up and hold your head high because then you'll start to feel better. If you're going to get any joy out of being depressed, you've got to stand like this." - Charlie Brown
So what's the Happiness Stance? How can you hold your body to induce and encourage happy feelings?
As you are sitting or standing, imagine a string attacked to the center of the top of your head pulling gently straight upwards. Stretch gently straight upwards along the lines of that string as far as you can and relax. Notice that you can't breathe easily or deeply in this position.
Now drop your shoulders very slightly backwards so you can breathe easily, freely and deeply.
This is the Happiness Stance - A straight spine and relaxed body balanced easily and effortlessly upwards so you can breath easily and deeply.
Practice getting into the Happiness Stance in both a standing and sitting position. Feeling balanced and being able to breathe easily is powerful. It's the first step to summoning up an energized, relaxed power you can use to brighten your spirits.
Now try some Breaking Wave Breathing™ - Shut your eyes and place yourself on a beautiful ocean beach. Wiggle your toes and feel the sand beneath your feet. Listen to the sound of the sea birds in the distance. Hear the waves crashing on the beach. Step into the Happiness Stance.
Slowing inhale to the sound of the incoming waves. Fill your lungs with air then relax and exhale effortless as the wave crashes on the beach. Do this repeatedly. Inhale bright blue sky and exhale rich, warm, relaxed well-being.
Becareful you don't get too light headed, slow down or stop if you do.
With each breath inhale bright blue sky and exhale rich, warm, energized relaxation.
Smile, beam brightly and feel good.
You feel more relaxed, energized and powerful with each breath.
With practice you will be able to step into the Happiness Stance with two or three Breaking Wave crashes on that beautiful beach. Wiggle your toes and enjoy it. You will feel wonderful!
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