I don’t wake up every morning happy. When I was around twelve, I remember watching a friend who was naturally happy most of the time and thinking, “How does she do that?” “What’s wrong with me?” “I want to be happy!”
When you’re in a joyful state, everything feels more comfortable, less painful.
I wanted to stay in Pleasantville, but couldn’t get myself to stay there very long. During my first year of med school, I was so depressed I sought counseling. I don’t remember how that helped, but it clearly did, because I’m here!
As a pediatric physician and wellness expert, I’ve learned two things about moods:
- Those genetically prone to depression and anxiety can overcome it
- We all can get happy fast
Know Your Genetics
Ages ago, I read The Mood Cure by Julia Ross. This book transformed the way I thought about mood and addiction from something out of our control to manageable through diet and lifestyle.
If you haven’t tested your genetics yet for methylation, do so!
Methylation is the process of adding methyl molecules to enzymes, hormones, and neurotransmitters as well as to DNA. Think of methyl groups like cash. Your bank account needs positive cash flow, and your body needs positive methyl flow.
Some of us are genetically low on “cash” (methyl groups.) This can impact both our physiological health and psychiatric health, including our mood, memory, concentration, and sleep!
Optimizing my methylation through methylated B vitamins has been a total health game-changer for me and my mood. Learn how you can genetically test yourself and those you love here.
Get Happy Fast
All of us can get happy fast in 3 ways:
- Move Your Body
- Move Your Focus
- Move Your Meaning
MOVE YOUR BODY
Have you ever been in a down mood, and a song came on that reminded you of a happy time? You instantly smile. You might even laugh, sing it as loud as you can, and dance like nobody is watching. Music and moving my body is my absolute favorite way to get happy fast. But now, instead of waiting for the song, I purposely keep a running list of songs that make me instantly cheerful and play one when needed. Instant happiness.
MOVE YOUR FOCUS
But what if you’re grocery shopping and find you’re on the gloom struggle bus? You can move your focus away from what’s bringing you down to at least ONE thing you’re grateful for. I can be in the worst mood, think of one of my daughters in their happy state, and come out of it. Ever notice how watching a baby makes you instantly happy? S/he shifted your focus.
MOVE YOUR MEANING
The last way to get to happy fast is to change the meaning you’re giving to what’s making you down and out. As Tony Robbins says, “Nothing in life has any meaning except the meaning we give it.” You decide what something means. If you’re making up the story anyway, make up a story that empowers you. I do this all the time with those I work with through health challenges.
Wash, Rinse, and Repeat for a Lifetime
If I didn’t optimize my genetics for happiness and move my body, focus, and meaning regularly, I’d be stuck in sadness. I value grief, but I don’t want to stay there. I want to learn from it and keep growing, so I can continue to serve others and help millions of children live happier, healthier lives.
Why do you want to get happy fast?
#WeAreInThisTogether for #HealthyChange
P.S. Have a friend who wants to get happy fast? Share this post. Learning how to optimize methylation genetics could be their best next step for health!
About the Author: Dr. Sue McCreadie
Sue McCreadie, MD (aka Dr. Sue) is a board-certified pediatric physician and mom of three, with two decades of experience helping thousands of families achieve vibrant health naturally. In her pediatric practice, she helps children achieve health naturally by adapting their diet and lifestyle to optimize their genetics. Since transforming her health and wealth through a science-backed nutritional system, Dr. Sue helps other women and healthcare practitioners live their best life fit and financially free. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her husband, Dave, and their three children, Kaitlin, Elle, and Addison. www.FitFemFree.com