Apr 2023

Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20)

Don’t you enjoy being around someone who makes you laugh? Then how about being that person who people will want to be with? There is humour to be found in every situation.  Find the humour. Laugh and makes others laugh. Laughter lightens our burdens and builds bridges between people. It’s also said to boost our immune system. Warning:  In trying to be funny, don’t be insensitive to people and situations.

Taurus (Apr 21 - May 21)

There are enough and more studies to show that spending time in nature improves not only our physical health, but has a direct correlation to our emotional and mental wellbeing. Spending just 20 minutes in the outdoors not only boosts a positive mood, but helps broaden our thinking and improves our memory. Make time to go outside and take in fresh air to nourish your mind and body.

Gemini (May 22 - Jun 21)

Giving is a wonderful way to lift one’s spirits and feel happy. Give, and give a little more. They don’t need to be expensive gifts –  an appreciative note, a poem you wrote, a thoughtful email that will brighten someone else’s day, and yours. Share what you can give to all the wonderful people in your life. In making them smile, you will add smiles to your own life.

Cancer (Jun 22 - Jul 23)

Often, unwittingly we are most critical of ourselves. That’s a real downer.  Drawing our attention to our strengths lifts our spirits. Appreciate yourself. It’s not about boasting to others, it’s about becoming aware of what’s good in you. Think of one thing you’ve accomplished or handled well today or focus on a good quality you’ve demonstrated – sticking to your time-table, rising early or even an honest talk with a family member that ended well.

Leo (July 24 - Aug 23)

Lack of physical activity makes us sluggish and dull, consequently making us feel low.  Exercise reduces stress and releases endorphins that make us feel good. When was the last time you went to the gym or worked out? If you don’t like to work out, take up sports. Playing is a fun way to exercise, be it kicking around a football, shooting hoops or skipping rope. Do what you enjoy.

Virgo (Aug 24 - Sep 23)

It’s a well-known fact that sleep helps our body recover and repair itself, making us fresh and more productive. Well, in case you didn’t know, sleep is also important for our feel good factor, our happiness quotient. When we sleep enough, we are less sensitive to negative emotions and consequently happier. So it seems it’s not without reason we’re told that early to bed and early to rise makes us healthy, wealthy and wise.

Libra (Sep 24 - Oct 23)

There is always, always something to be thankful for. Find something in your day that triggers a feeling of gratitude. It can be as simple as having had a good breakfast, or that you have a cosy home, or you slept well. Absorb that feeling of gratitude for a few moments. Lingering on a positive experience helps embed it in your brain and changes how you feel. It’s a sure way to a happier you.

Scorpio (Oct 24 - Nov 23)

Quit waiting for others to change your life. You are the compass and steering wheel of your life. Take charge, now. If you sit back and wait for others to solve your problems, you are in for big time disappointment. Find out what you need to do and do it yourself! If you need to exercise, make time for it; if you need to meet up with friends, go, meet them; if you need rest, go ahead and take it.

Sagittarius Nov 24 - Dec 21)

To feel better, pull your body upward and sit straight. Studies show that people who slouch experience more bad moods, lower self-esteem, and poorer confidence than those with upright postures. Sitting up straight can cause positive emotional states—a sense of confidence, assertiveness, and a happier mood. Besides, good posture improves our physical well-being and prevents many types of neck, shoulder and back problems.

Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 20)

You seem to be in a mad rush all the time. When we rush through the day, we end up putting aside all the things that add meaning to life – being kind to people, stopping to greet or help someone. At the end of the day, what matters is not how much got done, but how much of your time was spent lovingly and how many lives you touched. Slow down. It’ll be worth it.

Aquarius (Jan 21 - Feb 19)

To see an individual as an individual, without assigning adjectives is a skill that is highly recommended, though not easily acquired. But practice can surely get us there.Neutrality keeps stress to a minimum and happiness to a maximum as it enables us to allow others to have completely different beliefs and opinions without any judgment. What others do and think or how they live their lives is really no business of ours, so just let it be and live stress free.

Pisces (Feb 20 - Mar 20)

Of the various thoughts that race through our mind, some are facts and many are assumptions that eventually build into a story. The story then keeps repeating in our mind, tricking us into believing the story to be true. Make time for just ten minutes a day of meditation. That can significantly slow down thought patterns and identify the negative stories before they take hold of our mind.

Chinmaya Udghosh