3 Tips for Turning Your Personal March Madness into March Happiness

By: Jaime Kulaga, Ph.D., LMHC

march-madness_OMTimesThere’s a lot of hype about March MADness, and if you’re an NCAA fan (or married to one) you know it well.

But I’d rather think in terms of March Happiness; training mind and body, just as those basketball players train, to remain positive even when faced with stress, sadness and the cyclicality of life. You can create a habit of happiness.

During March Madness, 68 teams in the College Basketball Association compete the national championship. Sixty-eight teams, one month, 12,000 games – or that’s what it feels like to me.

All those teams are vying for that one feel-good moment they’ve worked so hard to achieve. They’ve dedicated a large portion of their lives to training body and mind, and when the final two teams compete, one team, each team member, and thousands of fans experience fulfillment and happiness.

This March, compete against yourself. Train your mind and body to be healthier and happier than ever before. At this point in the game, you may feel the odds are against you. About 40 percent of people who set New Year’s Resolutions have already quit trying. But this month, you are powering up, not gearing down.

You can do it. Here are my Top 3 Tips for being happy in March and all year long:

3 Tips for March Madness

1. Smile and Wave Goodbye to the Toxic People: Waving goodbye has never made you smile so big. In a world where everyone faces uncontrollable stressors and negativity every day (no matter how happy of a person you are), you must get rid of the things and people that are only going to bring you further down. Rid yourself of the toxic people in your life, the haters and the hurters. Take control of your happiness by not allowing others to steer your emotions up and down, or steal them altogether. If you can’t completely rid yourself of the negative people, you can definitely set boundaries to minimize your interactions with them. Saying goodbye means saying hello to happiness.


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  • Bill Edwards

    Jaime, your point of ‘Forgiveness’ is the best, I feel. Since, it banishes all the other concerns and compel us to concentrate on happiness utterly.