Sunday, August 10, 2014

5 Daily Wellness Actions to Make You Happier

Our daily happiness is influenced by our thoughts, decisions or actions. This can manifest itself in positive or negative ways that can affect our short and long range goals. This is a short list to follow to help frame your attitude to create a positive frame of mind so you can enjoy life at its fullest.

1. Daily affirmation upon waking.
The moment you wake up in the morning repeat a daily affirmation in your mind to help set the foundation for your attitude.  An example might be one of the following: "This is the day that the Lord has made, let me rejoice and be happy in it."   "Today I celebrate the gift of life and will be grateful for the experiences I learn and the people I meet along the way."

2.  Morning walk or exercise.
Even if you only have 5 minutes to walk to get the paper, walk your kids to the bus stop or walk the dog, you need this time to cleanse your mind.  Get your heart rate up a bit and get your body moving. The physical movement can have chemical effects in the brain that improved mood.  If you cannot get moving in the morning, then move throughout the day repeating your daily affirmation to reset any negative thoughts that have creeped in.

3.  Drink water.
Drink water to improve digestion, ward off unnecessary hunger pangs, and help improve skin.  Make it a goal to drink 5 bottles of water (16oz) throughout the day free of caffeine and sugar.  Add fresh lemon or lime to improve taste or help cleanse the liver.

4.  Eat more veges.
Eat vegetables with every meal. Raw veges are easy to pack and carry.  Carrots, snap peas, cucumbers, and other veges will definitely help curb hunger and aid digestion.

5.  Get regular sleep.
Sleep is important to help reset the brain and heal the body.  Recommit to your daily affirmation and think about what you discovered about yourself, and express gratitude for these lessons learned.

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