8 Things To get Happy You Can Do Right Now
WHEN IT COMES to health, a lot of people like to make grand plans, perfectly scheduled programs, and lofty goals that — more often than not — won’t last. Our failure disheartens us and programs us to fear trying anything new. It’s a self-destructive pattern that’s difficult to break.
But what if you only had to focus on one thing? What if you could find success simply by doing one thing for your health? Today? Right now? A Lifestyle Transformation starts with a single choice, but can lead to huge results. So here are 8 options you can choose from.
1. Just move.
Stop reading this post and go for a 10-minute power walk. Come back when you’re done. Don’t worry; I’ll still be here, I’m patient, go ahead. You’ll thank me later.
Finished? Great. Feel better? You’re welcome.
Daily movement — even as simple as walking — is essential for health. When you move, your muscles act as pumps and circulate blood, nutrients, and oxygen throughout the body, making you feel good as a result. The connection between daily exercise and longevity is as certain as the sky being blue, but if you need more evidence, here are two studies for good measure. Movement is important today, tomorrow, and every day for the rest of your life.
Why does Snoop Dogg carry an umbrella? Fo’ drizzle.*
Did you hear about the Mexican train killer? He had loco-motives.*
Why don’t you ever see hippopotami hiding in trees? Because they’re really good at it.*
Did you smile? Oh well, we tried.
Even if you didn’t find those jokes funny, smile anyway. Even if it’s fake, your smile will reduce stress levels. That’s precisely what researchers learned in a study aimed at determining if smiling was good for your health. Short answer, it is. Smiling is associated with slowing the heart rate, reducing stress, and increasing happiness. So even if you don’t feel like it, stretch those lips from ear to ear and fake it till you make it.
3. Sit quietly and breathe for 10 minutes.
Shhhh. Be quiet. Follow these instructions:
- Close your eyes and just breathe.
- Focus on your breath. Focus on your stomach expanding and contracting with each breath.
- When your mind drifts towards the random and chaotic thoughts of your day, bring it back to the breath.
- Repeat steps 2 & 3 until 10 minutes pass. This may happen a few…hundred times.
The benefits of meditation have been known and practiced for thousands of years, but they may be new to you, so here’s a recap. Meditation reduces anxiety, battles depression, and diminishes pain. Meditation even impacts your genetic expression6, so it’s high time to schedule some ‘ommmm’ time into your day. It takes time to build a meditation practice. Start with manageable steps. Like 5 or 10 minutes.
4. Lift something heavy.
Have you ever experienced the true ecstasy of lifting something heavy? You know, the type of heavy that makes you groan and make facial expressions you wouldn’t want to see posted as a selfie on your Instagram?
The excitement you’ll feel afterwards is only one of the associated benefits. Heavy resistance training, aka lifting heavy stuff, correlates with physiological and hormonal responses that improve the function of your nervous, muscular, cardiovascular, and even bone density. Don’t be scared of lifting heavy. It can be uncomfortable if you’re new to it, but in the end, it’s good for you.
Side note: Keep good form and warm up first. Lifting heavy with bad form is asking for an injury.
5. get outside.
The benefits associated with daily sun exposure are much greater than the risks of overexposure, especially if you have a good sunscreen. This is mainly due to the vitamin D we get from the sun. Researchers found that the annual number of deaths due to cancer, multiple sclerosis, and even osteoporotic hip fracture could have been prevented with sufficient levels of vitamin D. Sunshine has also been found to lower blood pressure and boost heart health.
Getting outside is more than just getting sunlight. Spend time in parks, on hikes, and in nature. Research suggests taking time to step away from the asphalt-laden urban landscapes can improve mental health and battle depression.
6. Hug someone.
It’s time to invade someone’s personal space! Researchers have found that popping your personal space bubble and hugging others impacts hormone production — namely of oxytocin, the happy hormone — and lowers blood pressure. Hugging is an investment that keeps on giving. The more frequent the hugs, the greater the health benefits. If you’re single, hug a stranger! It’s probably best you ask permission first.
7. Add sea salt to your water.
You need water for healthy body composition, energy, organ function, cellular integrity, and metabolism. Just drinking a big glass of water would provide an easy and effective strategy to improve your health right now, since most people don’t drink enough water.
Pinching a little Celtic or Himalayan Sea Salt into your drinking water takes it to the next level. The salt will aid with absorption as well as provide essential trace minerals. Just remember that regular table salt isn’t what you’re after here. Go for Celtic or Himalayan Sea Salt. Mineral water will never be more cost-effective!
8. Give something.
There’s hardly a substitute for the fulfillment experienced when giving to someone or some cause. When you’re busy helping and giving to others, you don’t have time to stress about some of the trivial and monotonous daily details currently invading your mental landscape. When you add in the appreciation and gratitude you receive from the other side, it’s no wonder many dedicate their lives to altruistic causes.
Exciting new research shows that giving behavior is also tremendously healthy, being associated with increased levels of happiness, lowered levels of depression, and even beneficial to those suffering from chronic diseases. So do something or give something to someone and enjoy the health benefits associated with selflessness.
Peace and Blessings
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