10 Decisions that will make you happier and healthier
There is a great amount of surprises and serendipity in life. This is what makes it thrilling and enjoyable. On the other hand, we can also dare say that “it is what we make it” to mean that our decisions shape our path, our journey. Are you happy where your life is heading to? Are you satisfied of how you live your life right now? Are there things you want to change perhaps?
If you want to be happier and healthier, that’s indeed a wonderful start. To have the dream to be a better person is already a good beginning to carve a better, well-lived life. So, here are the 10 decisions you should consider to achieve this aspiration:
Goodbye additives and other bad stuff in my food!
Food coloring, preservatives, and magic sugar – they are everywhere in processed food these days. You don’t need them for nourishment. Be aware and be wise enough to keep a fresh, simple, and healthy diet. Food nourishes you and if you take in preservatives every meal, you are only feeding yourself with toxins. Try this: get an item from your fridge like a bottle of instant drink or a pack of instant soup, read the ingredients. Can you even understand what those names are? If you are not careful, you can also feast on GMOs each day and even share these toxins to the rest of your family. Check out these apps that can help you in identifying the bad food in your groceries.
Let’s sweat it out
You don’t have to enrol yourself in an expensive gym session to stay fit. You can sweat it out at home while doing chores or while spending time with your family and loved-ones. The idea is to stop sitting too much, to stop lounging around on the couch for many hours. Exercise is a must for a happier, healthier you. It is the best way to boost your immune system for it does not only let your blood circulate well but also it lets the toxins out of your body through the sweat. Find time for exercise (ideally, even for just 30 minutes to an hour each day)– the easiest means is to take long walks. Other ways you can do is to enjoy a sport or to just have fun outdoors moving and enjoying the moment.
I’ll spend more time with nature
The modern life may have led you to ways where you spend most time indoors and in front of the TV or computer. But, here’s something you have to ask yourself: when was the last time I enjoyed solitude with beautiful nature around me? When was the last time I feel at peace just being by the sea or under the starry skies? Time with nature heals. It’s a cost-free therapy you can have for yourself. According to studies, the quietness, vastness, and freshness of nature serve as a catharsis, a flushing of negative vibes and thoughts. Spending time with nature allows you to clear your mind, rejuvenate your energy, and makes you feel motivated to go on and do better.
Today, I am more grateful
Gratitude is a simple value that people seem to set aside these days. Unknown to many, carrying gratitude for the smallest to the biggest things you have each day gives us a special kind of energy. Gratitude makes you feel happier with what others do to you, what life offers you and what you have deep within you.
I’ll shutdown and make real human moments
How many hours do you spend each day sitting and just using your gadgets? How many hours do you waste away checking others out through social media? The harm of these gadgets is this – you spend too much time on these online hubs and you forget how to live your life offline – eating well and eating on time, getting some good sleep, and moving around. Also, it’s easy to get carried away with all these and forget about the beauty of making real connections and real moments (conversing, hugging, smiling, exchanging and collaborating). It is healthy to shutdown from time to time and just be outside, out there living life at its purest.
I’m giving sleep more time
For a healthier, happier you, sleep well. Good sleeping habits boost your immune system, refreshes your mind, body and spirit. Sleep is a must for all of us and it is recommended by experts that you have to be asleep from 1am to 3am as these hours are necessary for optimum development of body cells. Healthy teas like tarragon and lemongrass can aid you in getting good sleep. You can prepare relaxing teas like this at home.
Hello, appreciation and gratitude
Whatever you are going through each day, make it a habit to be appreciative and be grateful. As you do this and it becomes part of your life, you become more positive and pro-active. As you become more open to others, your social life blooms and you welcome positive vibrations as well as goodness in your heart. Looking at life with lightness brings you joy, fulfilment, and warmth.
Let me take it slow
Why is everyone in a hurry? It is because most people think glorifying busy is right. What everyone seems to forget is this –life is meant to be savoured. The more you hurry through life, the more you miss out on so many vital things and non-things. When you eat fast, you are prone to weight gain. When you are not in the moment while meeting others, you fail in making real connections. Rushing will one day make you feel empty. As you take it slow, you also feed your system with wellness, enjoyment and harmony.
Simple is my new fountain of joy
Have you ever felt contented? When you get A, you’d long for B, C, D and so on… it seems like a never-ending craving. This is because we are mold into creatures of acquisition. Have you forgotten the beauty in simplicity? Have you forgotten that you need enough only? Excess can mean insecurity, fear, and envy. When you have more stuff, you want to keep them safe from getting broken or stolen. When you have so many things, you feel cluttered at home and in the mind. Simplifying your life brings peace of mind, mindfulness, and enjoyment. Own things but don’t let things own you. Less is more.
To be reminded that I am love
You are LOVE, you carry the light. When you love yourself, you only do things for your good. When you are reminded of how you love yourself, you eat food that is healthy. You are love; you have the power to share light, hope, and beauty to others by living a life of simplicity, gratitude, appreciation, mindfulness, and love. As you carry love, share it and radiate it, you become stronger, happier, and healthier.