10 STEPS TO A HAPPIER, HEALTHIER YOU
1. THINK POSITIVE.
Negative thinking drains you, negative people drain you, negative movies and stories drain you – get rid of them, you do not need them in your life.
Replace every negative thought with a positive one, i.e. instead of thinking ‘I do not have many friends’ go for ‘I have 2 fantastic friends who will stand by me whatever happens, I am so happy to have these people in my life’. Mirror your negative thoughts with positive ones.
2. EAT HEALTHY
This is so trivial but it’s so true! Without digging deep and going into too much detail – healthy people are happy people. The healthier you eat the more energy you have, the clearer you think, the more proactive you are.
Yet again… very trivial but true.
– Exercise makes you happy. – Exercise and happiness both release endorphins (happy hormones). – Exercise makes you less anxious, more positive, less stressed – Exercising helps you to stay in shape – Exercising make you feel better about yourself (the more you exercise – the more you achieve, and the more you want to achieve)
4. HAVE A PASSION
You have to have a passion in life, whether it’s your job, bringing up your kids; or something you like doing, such as running, swimming, sawing, knitting, being creative in other areas etc. People with a passion are happier people; they do not concentrate on overthinking stuff, they live a life rather that just exist. Passion gives you purpose. In my honest opinion, passionate people are more attractive (not physical attraction); they have that something in them that is drawing people towards them.
There are a few categories of people:
i. ‘Empty’ people – those with no drive in life, they merely float through life being stuck in a rut with having no purpose in life…Empty people attract empty people…These are mostly negative people who like to gossip, to have an opinion about everything and everybody instead of concentrating on their own self growth.
ii. ‘People in the middle’ – these people are trying to find themselves
iii. Passionate people.
These are the people you want to surround yourself with. Pick 5 people most close to you, and you are (or you will be) a representation of what these people are. The conclusion is: surround yourself with the people that represent what you want to be. This is not a universal rule, but if you think about it – it works! We choose whom we like and whom we do not like by this or that criterion…
5. HAVE SOME ‘ME’ TIME
However busy you are (kids, jobs, pets, housework etc) you should always have some quality time for yourself.
6. HAVE A HOBBY
It’s great when you can turn your hobby into your job (my case… almost! ;)) Fitness is my greatest passion in life, but I still treat my job as a job though I love what I am doing, that’s why I have a few hobbies to keep me sane. Having a hobby takes your mind off your everyday routine and it’s cute to have a little hobby or two 😉
Smile is contagious. Smiling helps make you feel much much better emotionally, because it releases endorphins, brain chemicals that relieve pain and increase your feelings of contentment. Moreover, smiles are contagious, which means you can increase the happiness of others around you simply by sharing one, whether or not you know the person. If you’d like a very easy and effective way to lighten your own mood and the atmosphere around you, try smiling more, all for the sake of happiness. (http://www.wikihow.com/Smile-for-Happiness)
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ― Dr. Seuss
8. TRY NEW THINGS
We only live once – and there are so many things in life we can try out, so many places to see, so much to experience! Don’t just live a life – have a life!
9. FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS
This is a big one for me… I am a very strong believer that we should follow our dreams …You do not know until you have tried…Sometimes we just have to take a risk and do it or we will regret not having done that for the rest of out lives!
10. BE YOURSELF
This is another biggie for me. Fake people drain you. Don’t you feel that sometimes you are simply wasting your time by talking to somebody who is fake? “It is better be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not” Have a lovely happy healthy day!
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