With the hustle of the world today, it’s easy to get lost in the busyness of everyday life. Unfortunately, the busier we are the less we pay attention to ourselves, our health, and our enjoyment of the world around us. Here are three simple elements to incorporate into your life to feel happier, healthier, more satisfied, and maybe even more sexy!
We all know that exercise is essential. But do you have any idea why it is so important? Exercise helps every part of your body. It helps to reduce stress, regulate mood, and it can even decrease symptoms of depression by increasing endorphins within the brain. Endorphins are hormones associated with happy and positive thoughts. So exercise will not just help you feel happier at the moment; exercise can help you be happier in general. Many people think incorporating an exercise program into their daily lives means spending countless hours sweating away at the gym, but it doesn’t have to be so scary!
Although working up a heavy sweat now and again is important, the Mayo Clinic finds that simple daily changes to your activity level can also induce positive changes in all aspects of your life, with some that may even surprise you:
Mindfulness is a fancy word for being focused and present in the moment. We spend so much of our time thinking about what could happen, contemplating the “what ifs,” and being plugged in that often we forget to live in the moment. Believe it or not, scrolling through your Facebook feed, taking selfies, or texting with your best friend is not living in the moment. Mindfulness does not necessarily mean sitting cross-legged and chanting “Om” repeatedly, but it does mean giving full attention to your current thoughts and your breath. It means actually being in and feeling the moment.
Even Pitbull once sang “I just want to feel this moment.” I’m pretty sure he was talking about meditation! By now we have all heard of the numerous benefits of mindfulness, like reducing stress and alleviating symptoms of anxiety and depression. A study done by a neuroscientist at Harvard Medical School found that daily meditation can literally change your brain. These are some of the awesome benefits of daily mindfulness practice:
The idea of gratitude is straightforward. It is taking the time to reflect on and feel thankful for good things in your life. These “things” don’t have to be things at all. They can be people, moments, experiences, objects, accomplishments, the night sky, the morning sun, laughing with friends, a glass of wine, anything! The positive benefits that come with practicing gratitude are endless, but some include:
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