We do most of our activities as a routine, out of habit. When you practice making healthy choices over and over again, they also become habits—habits that can increase your happiness.
Half of your happiness depends on the conscious choices you make every day, choices that over time become habits. Several healthy habits can help increase your happiness. By choosing healthy habits, you can reduce your stress and increase the energy you have each day, making it easier for you to do the things that bring you joy.
We become what we eat
Physically, and to some extent emotionally, you become what you eat. This makes your diet extremely important. The three aspects to pay attention to are what you eat, how much you eat and how you eat.
What you are eating
Have a balanced diet. Choose whole grains, nuts, fish, vegetables, protein and fiber. Eat a variety of foods to get a wide range of nutrients. Avoid refined sugars, saturated fats and high calorie foods. Eliminate trans fats.
The amount you eat
Stop eating when you feel a little full. If you pause for a few minutes after feeling slightly full, you will soon feel comfortably full.
how you eat
Eat slowly, chewing your food well. Take small bites. And savor every bit. Eating slowly and savoring the tastes of food can help you get the most out of your food and help you lose weight, if that’s your goal.
Keep your body nimble
Almost anything you want in life will be easier to achieve if you are more physically active. Every week, most healthy adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, in addition to muscle-strengthening exercises. These ideas will help you get enough exercise:
Find practical ways to get in shape
Park your car further from the store, walk up the stairs, walk to your colleague’s office instead of calling, schedule a meeting outside of your office, walk to where you choose to eat, walk while talking on the phone in the office or at home, schedule a walking meeting or join a sports club.
Associate physical activity with cheerful attention
Walking in nature is one way to do this. As you walk, look at the green grass, the blue sky, and the size and shape of the clouds. Look at plants and trees as selfless sages who stand quietly where they are as if holding the ground in place and giving us beautiful flowers and fruits without asking for anything in return.
Get enough good quality sleep
More than half of us do not get enough sleep and often our sleep is not restful. Your brain and body age faster with lack of sleep. Sleep is food for the brain, so consider sleep a sacred time. Make restful sleep a priority with these tips:
– If you can, try not to take your worries with you to bed.
– Relax your body and mind before falling asleep. A relaxing routine can include a warm bath, calming reading, deep breathing.
– If a worry is bothering you, write it down in a journal or do your best to put off thinking about it until the morning.