(NaturalNews) Our lives are getting more and more cluttered every year.
Running back and forth between a hundred different things every day can
make it difficult to remember to stay positive and upbeat. But being
happy influences us and everyone around us, and it`s something we can
control through our choices. Here are seven simple tips to help you stay
happy and positive every day:
#1 Get Plenty of Sunlight
Even during the winter, going outside for a short walk will help boost serotonin levels and vitamin D levels and regulate your natural
circadian rhythm. Find a way to spend some time outside every day. If
nothing else, you can park a block or two away from work and walk the
#2 Eat a Balanced Diet
Eating some fresh fruit every day is a great way to help your body out. Try to avoid heavily processed foods
and snacks, and instead focus on eating more natural foods. Fresh,
whole foods are often overlooked in the rush to finish off a dozen
trivial errands, and we pay the price with our energy and mood.
#3 Deep Breathing
Set aside a few minutes to practice deep breathing
every day. You can do this any time, whether it`s just after waking up
or in the afternoon when the stress of the day has started to build up.
Focus on your breathing, and take about twenty deep and slow breaths.
You`ll be able to focus more clearly afterwards and the extra oxygen
will naturally lift your spirits too.
#4 Practice Communication Skills
Learning to communicate with others is one of the most important ways to reduce stress and boost your happiness.
Listening is one of the most important skills we can learn. Listen not
only to what people are saying, but also to what they mean by it. Many
arguments are started when we take what someone says too literally,
instead of hearing what they really meant by it. Slow down before you
respond and think about what they`re really saying. This is also a good
time to take a deep breath or two!
#5 Be Grateful
and show appreciation for others. Set aside a few moments every day to
think about what you are truly thankful for. Then take action on those
feelings of gratitude. Please and thank you will go a long way in
building lasting relationships with people around you. One forgotten art
is sending a hand-written thank you card. A hand-written note will
stand out in the age of text messages and emails and really show how
much you appreciate someone.
#6 Embrace Spontaneity
spontaneous. Do something you`ve been putting off and do it right now.
Call someone you`ve been out of touch with or plan for that trip you`ve
wanted to take. We sometimes get so caught up with the daily tasks and
routines that we forget to actually live our lives.
#7 Learn to Give
a cause and volunteer to help out. There are lots of charity and
non-profit organizations that need help. Use your skills to help them
with their mission, or learn new ones as you volunteer. Finding
opportunities to give of yourself is a great way to bring true
fulfillment and connections with others into your life.
About the author
Elizabeth Walling is a freelance writer specializing in health
and family nutrition. She is a strong believer in natural living as a
way to improve health and prevent modern disease. To learn more about
getting healthy and fit through a nourishing diet and healthy living, visit Elizabeth’s blog: www.livingthenourishedlife.com