We quickly fall into everyday routines and let work or other chores take over our lives, while longing for the weekend or vacation. But what we really should do is create positive routines and find the small things in our everyday life that will bring us joy.
Follow these five, very simple steps and increase your overall quality of life.
Yes, every single day! Not only is it FUN, but it also triggers healthy changes in your body, like strengthening your immune system, relives pain, makes you able to handle stressful situations and best of all; it gives you energy! And don’t forget that laughter is contagious, so don’t be scared to laugh out loud. The world needs more laughter and smiles anyways.
Quit what doesn’t add value to your life
Hate your job? Unhappy in your marriage or relationship? Have a friend that drains your energy? Then do something about it! If you’re unhappy you can either complain about or set out to make a change. Remember; it’s your life!
Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.
– Dalai Lama
Reading has so many health benefits, like mental stimulation, stress reduction, improves your memory and the list goes on. Some light reading before bedtime is always a good idea! Read more about the power of books here.
Connect with nature
Research shows that spending time outdoors, surrounded by nature increases energy in 90 percent of people. The smell of fresh flowers, grass and trees promote relaxation, lowers anxiety and gives you energy. And don’t forget the great health benefits of fresh air! It cleans the lungs and brings more oxygen to the cells and greater clarity to the brain.
Do at least one thing you love
Give someone a hug, kiss a loved one, write, draw, listen to music or dance! Whatever makes you happy, make sure to do it once a day. No matter how cliché it may sound, we only live once, let’s make the best of it.
By Henriette Danielsen