New, Healthy Habits to Improve Your Life
Does your daily routine leave you yawning? With the fast pace of society today, one day often blurs into another. We get up, go to work, come home, make dinner, sleep, repeat. These repetitive tasks may seem unimportant, but it turns out that these daily habits have a surprising effect on our happiness.
These five tips will help you live your life to the fullest, even on the most average of days.
1. Laugh when you wake up
Start your day on the right foot by laughing as soon as you wake up. Laughing makes you happy because it tells your brain to release dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin. Even self-induced laughter can make your day brighter. Try it tomorrow for a happier morning.
2. Make your bed
Making your bed each morning can increase both your productivity and your happiness. Navy Seal William H. McRraven explains it like this, “If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed. If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another.”
3. Walk or run
Adding a little bit of exercise will keep you fit, help you sleep better, and make you happier. If you can walk, run, or bike in a natural area, the benefits are even greater. Humans are part of nature, so getting out in nature every day keeps your soul satisfied and your mind content. When you exercise, endorphins are released into your brain, making you happy. Health benefits soar in the first 20 minutes of any workout. Get out and exercise at least 20 minutes a day to be fitter, healthier, and happier.
f your mind is racing during the day, set aside at least 5-10 minutes to practice meditation. Sitting cross-legged is not required. To meditate, watch your thoughts come and go, observe your breathing, and let go of any problems that need to be solved. Daily life is crowded and hectic. Take time to yourself each day to calm your mind. Meditation will help you prioritize, relax, and be more productive.
5. Be grateful
Say thank you to someone who helps you during the day, and mean it. Give someone a compliment. Tell your friends and family how much you care for them. Giving thanks will spread love into the world, making it a better place.
Add these habits to your routine to brighten your day, boost your productivity, and make the world a better place!