Do these 5 things to have a happier, healthier life

Everyone from advertisers to the media outlets we use are telling us what we must do to be happy people. If it’s not enough sleep, it’s too much sugar or not enough water. Happiness is truly up to the person seeking it. But if you’re looking for ways to foster some positive energy into your space, try these 5 things starting today.

Get rid of clutter

“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live you life,” said Marie Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Even if you’re not a full-fledged hoarder some of your stress may be coming from inability to get rid of things in areas that pack up quickly like a closet or your office. Kondo adds that the best way to decide is to figure out which items bring you joy. If they do not, get rid of it.

Exercise at least 4 days a week

How many times have you ever heard, “I just don’t feel the same when I’m not working out”? They’re right. That post-workout feeling can’t be duplicated by anything else. Getting active does just as much good work n your mood as it does on your body. When you look good, you feel good. Exercising gives you more energy and it releases a healthy dose of dopamine into your body, making you feel like you’re ready to take on the world.

Find small ways to be more active every day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or get off the train or bus a few stops earlier and walk.

Stop complaining

I knew my nagging and complaining wasn’t getting me anywhere even though it felt good. What I realized is that the real happiness came when I suppressed the urge to complain. Regurgitating negative events made me feel angry and agitated. Replace complaining with getting things done yourself or look at the bright side of things.

Foster forgiveness

Holding a grudge can weigh a ton on a mood. This feeling begins with a pain caused by someone, and replaying the situation over and over only brings up newer thoughts, digging deeper into an anger zone. To pull yourself out it, try empathizing with the person who hurt you. Try to see things from their point of view, even if you’re sure they’re wrong. Take time to put how you feel into words to effectively communicate.

Engage in meaningful activities

It’s not easy detaching from our devices. We use some sort of computer to stream, email, text, browse, and play all day long. However, “connected” may be the wrong word to describe the state you may find yourself in after those first 20 minutes on Instagram. Take some time to nurture the offline relationships you have by getting out and playing a sport, or hiking with friends. Activities that have teams or require you to show a hidden skill allows you to build and learn from other people.

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