These daily habits to live a happier and healthier life aren’t so hard to implement. It’s about practice, mindfulness, consistency, and the RIGHT habits, of course.
It would be great if we were automatically born being happy and healthy, like our body knew how to breathe or sleep without us even trying.
Sadly, this is not the case, and we have to learn how to create habits that are physically and emotionally supportive.
Happiness doesn’t come easy for most of us. We think that external things like having a smoking hot body or financial success are going to bring it to us, but they rarely do when we actually have them.
If they did, we wouldn’t see so many rich and famous people go down the dark road of suicide and drug addiction.
We’re all looking for something more. Something deeper than the surface level.
Even being super healthy doesn’t always bring a sense of joy, but studies do show that there is a link between happiness and health. The happier you are, the healthier you tend to be.
If you’re ready to make changes in your life to make it brighter and more blissful, here are 10 daily habits that are going to help.
Nourish Your Soul by Eating Healthy
You know that a healthy diet is good for your body, but what you eat also has a lot to do with whether you’re a happy camper or just a plain grouch. Noshing on comfort food like pasta or sweets might make you feel warm and fuzzy for a little bit, but it can have an adverse effect on your mood later.
In fact, diet is so important to your emotional well-being that there is even a field of medicine called nutritional psychiatry that’s devoted to studying and healing mental illness with food.
There are so many studies about this that researchers had to compile them all into one meta-analysis to get the big picture.
They found that people who eat diets high in processed meat, sugar, refined grains, dairy, and carbs like potatoes are at an increased risk for depression. People who have diets with oodles of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, and lean meats are generally happier and have less risk of depression. (1)
Show yourself a little love and put the donut down. You deserve more happiness than the ten minutes of joy you receive from a sugary treat.
Become More Flexible with Yoga
Yoga isn’t just for a slim, strong, flexible figure that fills out yoga pants oh-so-nicely. Science shows that a regular yoga practice can make you happier.
A study published in the International Journal of Yoga found that “yoga leads to an inhibition of the sympathetic area of the hypothalamus,” which causes the fight and flight response that makes us anxious. (2)
We tap into our nervous systems while we’re doing yoga, and it’s not some exercise-induced high. It actually changes us on a cellular level.
The mind-body connection that yoga creates is good for the soul.
Try this video below by Yoga by Adrienne:
Day 17- Happiness Boost Yoga by Yoga by Adrienne
Start a Gratitude Practice
Appreciation for the things and people in our life always makes us feel better, and there is plenty of science to back that statement up. In one study, keeping a daily gratitude journal caused a 15% increase in participant’s optimism. (3)
What’s interesting about this, is that people who wrote in their journal weekly instead of daily only saw a 5% improvement. It appears that practicing gratitude daily really makes a difference!
Writing all the things you’re grateful for five minutes a day is going to improve your attitude and help you appreciate what you DO have, instead of what you don’t.
This can have an impact on how optimistic you are, and how happy you are in your relationships with others. On top of that, it’s good for your health because it reduces stress.