15 Easy Ways to Be Happier and Healthier in 2015

By on February 1, 2015
15 Easy ways to be happier

By Sandy Getzky−

You don’t need to overhaul your entire life to become happier and healthier this year. Try these easy changes to improve your well-being instead.

Eat More Plant-Based Foods

Fill up your plate with carrots, spinach and other plant-based foods, and stick to smaller portions of meat and starchy side dishes.

Slow Down at Dinnertime

Take your time eating instead of scarfing down a meal while standing. This helps you enjoy your food more and makes you more mindful about what you’re eating.

Stand Up

Spending all day sitting raises your risk of all kinds of health problems. Stand up at work or at home whenever you can.

Get Involved

Join a local community group or volunteer at a non-profit organization. Being social and helping those in need helps keep you emotionally healthy.

Take Care of Yourself

Make self-care a priority. Whether it’s eliminating stretch marks or getting regular facials, make sure you look and feel your best.

Do Deep Breathing

Practice deep breathing exercises daily. Deep breathing can help you feel calmer and less stressed.

Do Jumping Jacks

Being physically active helps boost your energy levels. Do some jumping jacks when you need a pick-me-up.

Lower the Volume

Music can lift your mood, but it can also hurt your hearing. Protect your ears by turning the volume down on your MP3 player.

Count Your Steps

Use an app or device that lets you track your steps throughout the day. This can help motivate you to stay on your feet more.

Random Acts of Kindness

Surprise others with random acts of kindness, such as paying for someone else’s coffee, for an instant mood booster.

Go Outside

Spending time outdoors each day helps you unwind and gives you a chance to enjoy the fresh air.

Try Something New

Novelty can keep you feeling happier and healthier. Try a new food, sign up for a class or learn a new skill.

Think Positive

When you’re feeling stressed, try to focus on the positive. Finding the silver lining in any situation can help you feel more relaxed.

Take a Break

Don’t overload your schedule. Give yourself time to step away from your to do list and just enjoy relaxing for a bit.

Sleep Better

Whether it’s buying a new mattress or hanging up room-darkening curtains, do what it takes to make sure you’re able to sleep peacefully each night.

The author Sandy Getzky is an associate editor at ProveMyMeds, a public health and education startup focused on producing helpful resources concerning the treatment of common ailments.

 

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15 Easy Ways to Be Happier and Healthier in 2015