Let's all try to add some more happiness to our lives this week with these eight helpful tips!
1) Flower Power
Having flowers in your house or apartment not only brightens the room, but your mood as well. Flowers tune us in to the beauty of nature around us. An article on aboutflowers.com says, "Participants of a behavioral study conducted by researchers at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital confirmed that they feel least positive in the early hours, but reported being happier and more energetic after looking at flowers first thing in the morning." Another study found that having flowers in your workplace can improve your productivity and creativity. Now that's what we call flower power!
2) Cram In The Organic Plant Food
Eating lots of fruits and vegetables everyday is associated with feeling and thinking positive. Having the right nutrients in your body will keep your hormones level and allow your body to run optimally. Dr. Drew Ramsey says, "Emerging research in the fields of neuroscience and nutrition show that people who eat a diet of modern processed foods have increased levels of depression, anxiety, mood swings, hyperactivity, and a wide variety of other mental and emotional problems." Like Dr. Ramsey we believe the solution is cutting out processed foods and opting to eat more organic foods to boost your body's absorption of nutrients and minimize the amount of harmful ingredients entering your body. Don't know where to start? Try adding these 19 foods that boost health and happiness into your weekly diet.
3) Move Your Body and Practice Yoga
Exercise has been scientifically proven to combat depression while also giving individuals a long term sense of well-being and happiness. Even a short workout of just 7 or 8 minutes can release enough endorphins to boost your mood and brain activity. Yoga specifically has been linked to decreasing stress and elevating your mood. Visit our group fitness class page to find an exercise class that works with your schedule.
4) Rest Your Body
Getting at least 8 hours of sleep each night leaves you alert and ready for anything you may encounter throughout your day. Moreover, The Happiness Study reports that a bad night’s sleep was one of the top two reasons for being in a bad mood at work. Another article from WedMD says that without adequate sleep (7-9 hours a night) individuals will have increased tension, vigilance, and irritability. Additionally, you will be fatigue which will make you not want to workout (another happiness booster). The morale is that getting enough sleep should be a big priority in your life for both increased happiness and productivity.
5) Spend Time With Family And Friends
Studies have found that healthy relationships with your family and friends are linked with living longer and happier lives. "Having a better social life can be worth as much as an additional $131,232 a year in terms of life satisfaction," according to the British Household Panel Survey. Spend some time with or call a loved one today!
6) Viva la Color Yellow
The color yellow is associated with happiness, joy, and sunshine. Just by painting your walls yellow or decorating a room in your house with yellow pillows or decorations you can boost your daily happiness. Try adding a little more yellow in your life today.
7) Put Good Into The World
Do something nice for someone else everyday, volunteer for a cause you are passionate about and say thank you often. By spreading positivity and appreciation you will find that your mood and actions will be contagious. On top of that, by thinking about all the things that you are grateful for you can boost your outlook on life.
8) Be Selfish
Our last tip is to really think about the things or people that make you happy in life and then to make those things and people your priorities. Worry less about what others think will make you happy and do what you think will make you happy. The more that you put your emotional and mental health first, the happier your life will be. Happiness starts and ends with you.
We hope that these tips will offer you new ways to enjoy and thrive in life!
EFC staff. We want to share our fitness knowledge with you!