5 Science Backed Ways For a Happy & Healthy Year
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands!
Even as children, we’re taught to recognize and celebrate feelings of happiness—and it’s no wonder. Not only is happiness one of the most positive emotions we can experience, but being happy is also the key to a fulfilled, healthy life. While some factors that affect happiness might be outside of our control (such as genetics or certain life circumstances), there are always actions we can take to amp up our own good feelings.
In this article we look note down 5 Science Backed Ways For a Happy & Healthy Year.
1. Break A Sweat
Recent studies has shown that running just 5 to 10 minutes every day can add several years to your life.
Your heart rate increases and blood is delivered to your muscles. You start burning calories for fuel and get an almost immediate mood boost.
As little as 30 minutes of cardio three to five days a week will add six years to your life, according to research at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas. Do that plus a couple of days of resistance training and you’ll not only live longer but also look younger, feel happier, have more energy, and stay slim. Ready for some inspiration for getting your move on? Keep reading for our timeline on the quick and long-lasting benefits of regular exercise.
Your lungs are getting stronger. When you do cardio, your brain sends signals to them to help you breathe faster and deeper, delivering extra oxygen to your muscles.
Your motivation is at its peak. Thanks to a flood of endorphins, which trigger the classic runner’s high, you feel psyched and energized.
You’re fighting flab. During typical cardio exercise, your body taps mainly fat for fuel.
Try our home workout exercises to get going!
2. Start A Journal
Writing for a few minutes each day about stressful events, or things you’re grateful for, can show improvements in both phychological and physical health.
There is increasing evidence that show journaling has a positive impact on physical well-being. University of Texas at Austin psychologist and researcher James Pennebaker contends that regular journaling strengthens immune cells, called T-lymphocytes.
Other research indicates that journaling decreases the symptoms of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. Pennebaker believes that writing about stressful events helps you come to terms with them, thus reducing the impact of these stressors on your physical health.
Furthermore, the act of writing accesses your left brain, which is analytical and rational. While your left brain is occupied, your right brain is free to create, intuit and feel.
In sum, writing removes mental blocks and allows you to use all of your brainpower to better understand yourself, others and the world around you.
3. Keep Track of Your Financials
A recent poll has found that stress caused by debt and money problems can lead to higher levels of depression and anxiety.
Using simple tools, easily accessible to your phone or tablet, can contribute to allieviate stress and headache over financials. Plan your spending and make daily budgets to fit your lifestyle. When buying groceries, be smart and look for offers. Cook your own food and make extra for lunch the following day.
500gram of oats and a litre of almond milk will set you back £5, but provide you with 3-4 healthy breakfast’s in return.
Stress caused by financials can be very tiering and lead to lack of motivation to exercise. This will in turn have a direct impact on your overall health and fitness goals.
4. Spend Time in Nature
Nature offers one of the most reliable boosts to your mental and physical well-being. Spending time in nature can lower stress, help restore mental energy levels and provide a creativity boost. Here are just a few potential benefits:
- Improved short term memory.
- Restored Mental Energy. Get your mind back into gear by exposing it to resstorative environments. Research shown that just looking at pictures of nature will boost your mental energy – imagine what the real thing will do.
- Stress Relief. One study found that when you spend only two days in the forest, your levels of cortisol – a hormone often used as a marker for stress – were significantly reduced.
- Improved Concentration. The attentional effect of nature can be so strong it can have a direct impact on your ability to concetrate in everyday life. The natural environment is “restorative” and can improve your attention to details, as well as memory.
5. Commit To Your Lifestyle
Think about the life you want to experience instead of the “status” you think you want and portray. Imagine your perfect day, detailing every moment, and start making choices towards having that day, every day.
Never compare your lifestyle, success rate or way of being with anyone else. First and foremost, be comfortable with who you are and what goals you aim to achieve. Thereafter, its easier to stay focused on a clear path towards your target.