StarFire Teja’s Three Tips to Help You Gratitude Up

Do you practice gratitude? Did you know that gratitude is good for the immune system?

Are you feeling more hungry and more tired than usual? Perhaps the winter cold and dark is getting you down? If so, you can improve your mood and help your immune system through these tips to Gratitude Up:

1. Make gratitude lists on colorful pieces of paper. Write down every little thing you can think of. These can be big things like mountains and sunsets or very small things like cups of coffee and glowing candles. These things can include people, places, objects, and also unseen spiritual forces, like God or love of nature. Place these colorful lists where you will see them often, such as in your kitchen, bathroom, and car.

2. Pick a color and intend that every time you see that color you will think to yourself, “Gratitude Up” and then quickly think of at least three things you feel grateful for. For example, let’s say you picked the color red. As you go about your day, when you see a stop sign or some red flowers, think “Gratitude Up” and feel gratitude for at least three things.

3. In bed each night, remember at least three things from that day that you feel grateful for, and then pick a color and imagine those three things glowing in that color. If you are feeling some depression, imagining those items glowing in a bright golden yellow shade, like sunlight, can help you to happy up.

You may have noticed a theme here with the use of colors in these tips. That is because colors bring joy. Check out this uplifting and inspiring video about the joy of colors here: “How to Fill Your Life with Joy” with Ingrid Fetell Lee. (This is an excerpt from her longer TED Talk, “Where Joy Hides and How to Find It”)

I hope these tips help you to spark more joy in your life.
May you Gratitude Up and Happy Up!

May All Beings Be Happy!


StarFire Teja’s Ten Tips for Happy-ing Up During the Wintertime Blues

Whether or not you officially have SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), you may sometimes feel down-in-the-dumps on dreary winter days. Try out some of these tips to cheer your mind…

1. Regular use of a light therapy energy lamp. I love my Happy Light! Each morning while I’m eating oatmeal and checking emails and online accounts, I have the Verilux Happy Light turned on, shining into my eyes, for about 10-15 minutes.

2. Walk Anyway: Rain or shine or cold! Even when it’s raining, I bundle up with lots of layers, including long underwear, a good rain suit, and sturdy waterproof boots, and I go for a brisk 30-minute walk. Rather than feeling bummed that it’s too cold to walk, I take charge and feel triumphant over the weather!

3. Regular use of an Amethyst Crystal Biomat. If you have the money, treat yourself to this amazing spa in a mat. It is definitely worth the expense. The amethyst crystals transfer Far Infrared Rays into your body, so it’s like you have your own private sauna in a pad! It comes in a regular full size and also in a mini size. The mini is ideal for using in any chair or even while driving. Learn more about this amazing health tool in my next blog article. (And if you order one by clicking on the link here, please tell Amoraea that Teja sent you!)

4. Bright, colorful, sparkly decorations. If you haven’t yet taken down your holiday decorations, the simplest option is to just leave them up until later in February! But, if you did not decorate this year, or if you very efficiently packed away those decorations already, then you could purchase some new ones. The brighter and more colorful the better, because the bright colors counterbalance the grey skies outside. I still have my red and green sparkly holiday decorations up and they are really helping me to keep my merry on and to Happy Up my mind!

5. Read uplifting and inspiring articles and books. To really elevate your consciousness big-time, order my new book today! Click on the title here: The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes. This book is a new version of a very old story from India. The Ramayana is one of the two major epics in India, and it is loved and adored by millions of people. This ancient tale is very fantastical and I’ve added some sacred science fiction spins that make it really fun to read. I hope you will enjoy it!

6. Himalayan Salt Lamps. These amazing little purifiers are not just chiseled salt with a light bulb inside them. Rather, they are like little healers who create a warm nourishing glow in your environment.

7. Gratitude lists. When you are feeling really low, try writing down everything you feel grateful for. Include every little thing you can think of. Save these lists, and then on days when you feel too bad to write, go back and re-read a gratitude list that you wrote on a happier day.

8. A cup of hot coffee or tea. Recently I posted a blog about the benefits of coffee. You can read it here: “Coffee Is Good Medicine.” If you can’t drink coffee, then green tea is a great alternative. If your system cannot tolerate any caffeine, then try these teas: rooibos chai, tulsi, chicory, and peppermint.

9. Sing. There is something so primal and so healing about singing. I love to sing along with chanting music. One of my favorite CDs is Trust in the Heart, by an American kirtan artist named Krishna Das.

10. Choose to be happy. Per the Upanishads (a collection of wisdom by the ancient mystics of India), the mind is the means to happiness. We really can decide to be happy. This doesn’t usually happen immediately, but if you regularly tell yourself that you are choosing to be happy, then over time it will become true for you.

After trying out some of these tips, please share (in the comments below) about your Happy-ing Up experiences!

May All Beings Be Happy!


Disclaimer for the above list of tips:

Please note that Teja Shankara is not a licensed physician. She is not qualified to prescribe medication, diagnose medical or psychological conditions, or treat mental disorders. Any suggestions here are alternative or complementary to standard medical care services. If you have any questions about any of these tips, please consult your primary care physician.