Here’s a great tip: Smile.
Feel better? You should; smiling releases endorphins that improve your mood, no matter how low you feel, or how forced the smile is.
On that same strain, if you force yourself to laugh for long enough, you’ll actually burst into genuine, uncontrollable laughter. And laughing reduces anxiety, tension and is even rumored to inhibit cancer cells from developing.
Now, we can’t all walk around laughing and smiling all the time (although, wouldn’t that be a wonderful world to live in?), but there are dozens of positive life changes we can make to maximize the happiness in our lives.
Don’t Trust Me Because I’m A Doctor
There are plenty of healthcare “professionals” out there with quick-fix diet plans that promise an immediate boost in self-esteem, energy and happiness, with no risk and a massive price tag.
You know who else will try to sell you on their product with this kind of rhetoric? A drug dealer.
You don’t need to put chemicals into your body to increase your well being. In fact, a great deal of diet shakes, pills and powders only serve to temporarily (if at all) enhance your mood, only to beat down a few hours later with a terrible crash.
Again, a lot like a drug.
Out With The Bad, In With The Good… Food!
The first thing you can do to immediately increase the happiness in your life is slice out unnecessary and harmful foodstuffs; that includes sugary energy drinks, coffee, and alcohol.
While cutting out the bad, make a simultaneous effort to introduce the good. Eat fresh fruit and vegetables; if you’re a carnivore, only purchase organic, free-range meat; cut back—or entirely avoid—unnatural sugar, and drink plenty of water.
What you put in your body determines how your mind functions. If you want to increase happiness, it’s imperative that you improve your dietary health.
Happiness Is Healthy
I don’t think there are too many people out there who would pass up on the opportunity to live a happier life. Life today is riddled with stress and disappointment, so a little extra boost is something everyone’s self-esteem could use. However, there are wrong ways to increase your emotional well-being Pumping foreign chemicals into your body is definitely one of them. Plus, it’s totally unnecessary; your body has everything it needs to boost itself up naturally.
Just like smiling and laughing can improve your health, studies have shown that happier lives tend to be longer ones—sure, the good may die young, but the happy live to ripe ages.
Not only is it an important social and emotional move to increase the happiness in your life; it’s crucial to your health.
Sculpting your body is as much an internal endeavor is it is external; In one particular lifestyle program, The Truth About Abs, reviews of lifelong diet and exercise plans will tell you that being healthy and happy does just as much to improve your outward appearance as it does your inward perception.
So, want to ramp up the stores of happiness in your vault? Do a few sets of sit-ups and a then head out on a run (as far as you’re able to go). You’ll get an immediate burst of positive energy, as well as the long-term payoff of a healthier body.
It’s As Easy As 1-2-3
It’s important to recap: When it comes down to it, three minor adjustments to your daily routine can add a world of happiness, even if you already inhabit a happy world. And if you’re frequently unhappy, stressed or overwhelmed, well… you need to make these changes, and incorporate them into your normal lifestyle habits.
Thinking back to what we just went over, I’d bet that simply:
- Cutting chemicals, like coffee, processed foods and sugary treats out of your diet
- Fitting an hour of physical activity into every day, and
…will have your well-being flipped into high gear no matter how helpless your emotional state may feel.
Happiness is one of the most important aspects of being alive;
It helps you realize and appreciate the things that make life worth living, and exudes energy that attracts people to your presence. The happier you are, the happier you will be.
About the author: Dr. Mike Tremba looks for ways to find happiness in everyday life. In addition, one of his other passions is helping others eat well, exercise, and lose weight as he’s done himself. His website at http://www.NaturalWeightLossTruth.com is one place where he gets to share that passion to the countless people he’s served. In addition, he loves spending time with his lovely wife Shari near the beaches of the Gulf Coast.
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