Follow these simple rules to make this year your healthiest, happiest & most productive year to date!
1. Be happy. Studies have shown that 50% to 80% of our baseline happiness is genetically determined, but the rest is in your control. Happiness may be hard to measure, but it sure is easy to recognize. To boost your mood think about or do what you love or brings you joy and contentment. Smile, laugh and think happy thoughts, essentially fake it until you make it. Studies in the Journal of Positive Psychology have shown that when people actively try to be happy, their mood improves and it leads to genuine happiness. The benefits of happiness are big, from improved health and overall well-being to improved immune function and lower levels of the stress-hormone cortisol. Meditation and writing down positive experiences are proven methods of increasing your baseline happiness. In 2015, make being happy a priority each and every day.
2. Try new experiences. Each month try something new. Travel to new places, learn a new language, learn to play a musical instrument or try new workout routines. New experiences keep us young at heart. Getting out of your comfort zone allow you to feel the sense of accomplishment from learning something new. Your body and mind will thank you for all those happiness-boosting endorphins.
3. Get cooking. Eating at home and packing lunch are generally healthier than grabbing things on the go. But life gets complicated. Thanks to Plated https://www.plated.com/and Blue Apron http://www.blueapron.com/things just got a little simpler. Skip the grocery store by picking out your meals ahead of time and let the ingredients and easy recipes arrive at your doorstep. Plan three nights a week to turn up the heat in your kitchen.
4. Work out for 10-minutes a day. Sneak in 10-minute workouts when you wake up, after work, or while the kids nap in your home “gym”. A yoga mat and light weights can be easily stored away and quickly set up for home circuit. “I don’t have time” to spend 10-minutes a day at home moving is not a very good excuse. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that adults engage in at least 150 minutes of moderately intense exercise each week. Commit to 10 minutes every day and plus and an hour and 20 minutes on the weekend and you’re set. Up your daily workout to 20-minutes and you’re a mere 10-minutes shy of 150 minutes. Reap the daily benefit of all those athletically- released endorphins that are natural stress and pain relievers. Find your home personal trainer by logging into The Daily Burn http://dailyburn.com/m28?s1or Share It Fitness https://shareitfitness.com/. Get your heart rate up and your sweat on today!
5. Embrace Change. Being able to adapt to change is a skill and a strength. Whatever life throws your way, accept it, give your self time to adjust and then focus on the positives. Ask yourself what you learn from new challenges or blessings. As Cara Delevnigne wisely tweeted “Don’t worry about the future or worry but know that worrying is as affective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum.”
Cheers to 2015!