Springtime ignites a whole new attitude in city dwellers. The heavy layers shed, the Frisbees start flying, and a state of happiness sets in! With sunny weather comes happy days!

This spring season, amp up your good vibes with my zen in the city tips for happiness.

1. Spring Cleaning for Your Mind
The spring season offers an awesome opportunity for clearing. Rather than put so much emphasis on spring cleaning your closet, why don’t you clear out some of the clutter in your mind. It’s likely there’s a thought (or several) that has been holding you back and keeping you stuck. Get honest with yourself about the negative thoughts that are limiting you and commit to a mental spring cleaning. The simplest way to begin the clearing process is to start each day with a more positive intention. Each morning, affirm your desire for the day by saying: “Today I choose to perceive my life with positivity. I am willing to release the negative thoughts that have been holding me back from happiness.” This simple mantra will jumpstart your day with powerful energy and a commitment to happiness. Making the conscious decision to choose happiness will begin your mental clearing process.

2. Take a Sun Break
If you work at a desk or spend too much time indoors, make a point to step outside to soak up the sunshine. The sun has many healing elements. When you’re exposed to direct sunlight, you produce endorphins. Take a sun break once a day and let happiness shine upon you!

3. Plan a Picnic
City dwellers spend too much time eating takeout or obsessing over the latest hot restaurant. This spring, take advantage of the park and share an awesome picnic. You’ll find joy in preparing a meal for a friend and saving some cash while you’re at it.

Bring your fresh new attitude to the park, soak up the rays, and enjoy your picnic! Take these steps into your day-to-day life, bust out of hibernation, and spring into happiness!

Featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday as a next generation thought leader, Gabrielle Bernstein is making her mark. Gabrielle is the New York Times Bestselling Author of the book May Cause Miracles—A 40-day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness. Her earlier titles include Add More ~ing to Your Life—A Hip Guide to Happiness—and Spirit Junkie—A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles (published by Random House). Gabrielle is also the founder of the social networking site HerFuture.com for women to inspire, empower, and connect.

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