When your happiness depends solely on external factors, it can be hard to stay positive in difficult situations. This can change by learning to access happiness from inside of yourself. By focusing on your intuition, intention, and inspiration, you can better recognize your personal triggers for happiness.
Recognize your intuition
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It’s easy to get overwhelmed and frustrated at work if you don’t keep a tight rein on your stressors. Thankfully there are a few documented ways to maintain a happy mood. First, put gratitude at the forefront by writing down several things you’re thankful for each day. Spend time journaling about meaningful moments so those stand out from the other sometimes mundane details of the day. Practice mindfulness to keep your mood stable. Try attention training as well by taking your hands off the keyboard and focusing on your breathing for two minutes. This trains your brain to focus intently on one activity instead of multitasking.
Contrary to popular belief, fitness doesn’t require a gym membership. There are plenty of ways you can exercise conveniently at home while saving money in the process. First, take advantage of the resources of your town, like the school’s track, local parks or paths through the woods. Consider using workouts on videos for guided exercise. There’s always free play with your children or pets as well. Finally, take advantage of the gaming systems your kids use by purchasing dance, zumba or fitness games that get you moving.
New research looking at old recommendations regarding heart disease has found some claims aren’t necessarily true. One major point is that saturated fat is no longer viewed as the cause of heart disease. Similarly, scientists believe the EKG, a test typically done during a yearly physical, is often overused and not necessarily effective at catching heart disease. While new data suggests even more people should be taking statins, this isn’t due to high cholesterol, but based on heart disease risk. Try lowering heart disease risk by changing lifestyle factors like fitness and diet, as this may eliminate the need for a statin.
We aren’t born craving sweets, but rather learn to desire them over a period of conditioning. That’s good news, because it means the same can be done for vegetables and other healthy foods. When adults were placed on a healthy eating plan, brain scans showed cravings for celery over cinnamon rolls. Researchers suggest the shift could be due to a change in behaviors related to diet. The diet consisted of nutritious foods that were filling at the same time.
While countless studies detail the negative consequences of sitting for too long, a new study shows that walking regularly can make a difference. Researchers found walking for just five minutes each hour was enough to reverse the damage caused to arteries in the legs as a result of sitting. Blood pools in the legs when the body is seated, impairing their function and preventing blood vessels from expanding. Participants who sat experienced 50% impairment after just one hour. Those who got up each hour to walk saw no decrease in function of their leg arteries.
While the mind is focusing on tasks at hand, the unconscious mind is running in the background, processing emotions and thoughts. Music can actually help it work through these feelings and process them easier. This is apparent if you’ve ever noticed yourself humming a tune and aren’t sure where it came from. In addition to working through feelings, music also has the power to change how we feel. Consider putting on some mood-appropriate music next time you’re feeling stressed or upset and aren’t sure why- it might put your unconscious mind at ease.
Just because you don’t have access to the equipment of a gym doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze in a workout. Lay on the floor with your legs against the wall or door jam for a great stretch. You can also use the wall for wall sits, which work the legs. Sit on a chair and then scoot forward so your arms are supporting you, then dip your body down and back up to work the triceps. Gather soup cans or laundry detergent bottles for makeshift weights. If your house has stairs, try lunges on the first, second or third steps, or do some cardio by stepping up a couple and back down.
Hanging on to some false pieces of advice can impede your workout progress. A good example is the idea that you need to be sweating to make any difference. Sweating is only a result of body heat, not how hard you’re working. Another common misconception is that you should push through the pain. While slightly sore muscles might take some effort to loosen up, you should not keep exercising if you feel true pain, as it could be an injury. Finally, exercise doesn’t wear down your joints. It can exacerbate pain, but you aren’t limited to a certain amount of moves before your cartilage wears away. Sore joints can benefit from low impact activity like walking, swimming or biking instead.
Ditch the fads that promise a younger look and turn to foods that are proven to have a positive impact on your body. Carrots and tomatoes not only supply nutrients, but can also brighten skin to give you that youthful radiance. Soy in foods like edamame and tofu has been shown to even out wrinkles. The healthy fat in coconut oil is responsible for softening dry skin. Eggs amp up vitamin A intake, which improves the body’s defense against UV rays.