5 tips for instant health and happiness
In the midst of the holiday season, we shared seven tips for living a happier life. Now that it’s springtime and the sun is shining, it’s easier to feel a bit more upbeat, but here are five more ways you can feel instantly happier both at work and in your personal life.
No devices at mealtime
If you’re out to lunch with work associates or having dinner at home with family, immediately disconnect from your device. Sometimes we don’t notice how attached we are to technology but it can put a real damper on our relationships. So, instead of staring down at a screen, have meaningful interactions with others; you will quickly notice how being social can put you in a better mood.
Live in the moment
It’s easy for us to say, “I’ll be happy when I make more money,” or “I’ll be happy when I go on a vacation.” The truth is, sometimes those daydreams don’t become reality exactly when we want them to. Instead of waiting to be happy, choose to live in the moment. Decide to be happy on a daily basis and make an effort to incorporate things into your schedule that will bring you small joys.
When the weather is cold and dreary it can directly affect our mood, and make us feel down in the dumps. Now that it’s finally springtime, get outside and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. Studies have overwhelmingly shown that vitamin D affects our temperament and that those living a more outdoor lifestyle are less likely to feel down or depressed.
Sometimes we spend so much time trying to impress our boss, a competitor, or another colleague that we don’t actually remain true to ourselves. Constantly stressing about being someone or something you’re not is exhausting. Make the decision to live an authentic life and you will soon realize how much happier and calmer you will be when you’re not trying so hard.
Parents often talk about the need for “me time,” or time they spend doing something for themselves. Even if you’re not a parent, occasionally “treating” yourself is an excellent way to pat yourself on the back for the hard work you put into your home and work life. Buy yourself something you’ve been eyeing at the store, take time to get yourself pampered, or just let yourself relax and enjoy Netflix and a cocktail.