As human beings we are forever looking for ways to be happy. Most of the time we try to seek pleasure through materialistic things or try to find that happiness through others. But there are simple steps you can take right now that doesn’t involve either one of these that can bring you happiness. Here are some of life’s simple pleasures that can make a huge difference in leading a healthier, happier and more fulfilling life.
Read a book
Not everyone is a book worm like me but reading for just thirty minutes a day can help people live an average of 23 months longer compared to non-book readers. It doesn’t even have to be a book, it could be a magazine, a newspaper article or anything else.
Learn to laugh
When was the last time you had a proper belly-aching laugh? Life is not supposed to be serious and it is good to laugh regularly. Research shows that while children laugh up to 400 times a day, adults only do it 17 times a day. Laughter boosts your immune system, relives pain, boosts relationships, relieves depression and much more. Seriously, do you need any more reasons to laugh?!
Get a dog (or borrow one)
The old adage ‘a dog is a man’s best friend’ has some truth in it. Dog owners are less likely to die of cardiovascular disease. Plus, you will get all the benefits of exercising and being close to nature. Who can’t look at a dog bounding around and not smile?
Take a brisk walk
If you aren’t a dog owner or just not a dog person, you can still take a brisk walk. Brisk walking has a myriad of health benefits both physical and emotional. It does not have to be a long walk either. Just 30 minutes of walking daily can potentially increase your life span by two to seven years according to studies. Try walking during your lunch break. Not only will you get much-needed exercise, you can avoid the afternoon slump.
Switch off the TV
Most of us are addicted to our TVs and can waste hours glued to the box (yes you Love Island fans out there!) Now there is nothing wrong with watching programmes you enjoy – it’s the mindless TV watching that is the problem. Watch the programmes you want to watch and then turn it off. You will find you have a lot more time in the day to do all the things you wish you had time for.
Practice yoga and meditation
Yoga and meditation is a great way of destressing and taking time out for ourselves. It’s chance to re-evaluate our lives, strengthen our minds and bodies and live a more conscious life. It’s ok to ‘just be’ and not fill every waking moment doing things. Practice self-care by listening to your inner self and find out what you truly want in life.
What we put in our body has a lot to do with our happiness. As the saying goes ‘eat crap feel crap’. When we eat well we feel good about ourselves. You will feel a lot more energised when you eat food as close to nature intended. Chemicals in foods can react in our bodies and make us feel sluggish and moody. Remember the 80/20 rule. Be good 80 per cent of the time and have a treat the rest of the time. Life after all is about balance.
Find a satisfying job
I am very fortunate to be a travel writer and blogger but it didn’t just come to me. I worked for it having spent years working behind a desk in several newsroom. And while I have always enjoyed my job as a reporter, it was time to do something even more fulfilling. So, find a job that satisfies you so you don’t have that dreaded Sunday night feeling of having to get up for work on mundane Monday.
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