Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Good Housekeeping: A to Z Guide to Feeling Happier Part 1
A: APPRECIATE the present. When stressed think about something that's good about your circumstances right now (it's called "SAVORING"). Shift your focus on something positive instead of negative. B: BAKE Research shows it's emotionally therapeutic. C: CHANGE your commute. If you can walk or bike instead. If that is not possible, listen to an audiobook to give your brain a mental get away. D: DANCE Researchers found that depressed individuals who took Salsa lessons improved their moods. Individuals who learned to Tango, had less depression and insomnia and greater life satisfaction. E: EXPERIENCE Experiences, especially those shared with others, make you feel more connected. F: FLIP through photos. People who focus on good things in their past are happier. Look at vacation snaps and baby pics. G: GRIN This stimulates smile muscles and sends nerve signals to your brain that you are happy. H: HIKE Spending time outside makes you feel less tired and more alive. Studies show 20 minutes of outdoor exercise is all it takes. I: INHALE Breathe in through your nose for four counts, hold your breath for one and exhale through your mouth for five to lower heart rate and blood pressure. Try for 3 mindful breaths an hour. J: JOURNAL Research shows writing down what you feel grateful for at the end of the day makes you feel optimistic. It can be a physical journal or even texting yourself a reminder of what you're thankful for and why. K: KISS Kissing stirs up positive feelings. L: LET the light in. If the sun is shining, go out. One study showed, people who increased their exposure to bright light argued less and felt happier. M: MAKE your bed. Gives you a sense of order. N: NOSH on fruits and veggies. Research shows a link between improved mental well-being and eating 5 or more portions daily.