10 Ways To Greater Health Starting Right Now

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The healthier you are, the longer you’re likely to live. Since you’re also going to be happier because you’re healthier, that makes a lot of sense! The problem is, most people don’t take the time to be happy or the many steps that will lead to greater fulfillment in life. Here are ten things you can do to improve your health, beginning today.

1. Get Rid Of Stress

stressStress is one of the most common problems in society today, and one of the deadliest.

Unfortunately, stress is just part of life, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do something about it. Take up yoga, where you work toward greater mental and physical strength and flexibility.

Consider meditation as a way to relieve stress or exercise with a total focus on healing your mind as you improve your body. Whatever your choice, take it very seriously and stay committed to keeping stress from harming you.

2. Socialize More

Ask your doctor how having more good friends can help your health and how those that enjoy the company of others tend to live longer, leading more fulfilling lives. You don’t have to have a ton of friends, just good ones you can depend on and whom you keep in contact with frequently!

3. Stock Up On Chia Seeds

omega 3Cutting things like salt and fat out of your diet will surely make you healthier, even helping you lose weight and increasing the energy you have, but what do you use instead?

Chia seeds are loaded with fiber, omega-3 and antioxidants, all of which will help you to greater health in the short-term. Make them a permanent part of your diet and you’ll be fighting life-changing diseases off, such as diabetes, cancer and heart problems.

4. Sleep Better

This is not just a cliche, it’s serious science. Take the steps to make your bedroom relaxing and free from distractions. Invest in a good mattress that takes care of your body and meditate right before bedtime so that your mind isn’t tied up with a million things, keeping you awake for hours on end.

5. Do Something You’re Passionate About

gardeningIf you’ve ever seen an artist at work, you know they’re completely absorbed and enthralled, and that’s something you should find yourself doing.

Whether it’s gardening, painting or scrapbooking, find something that lights your passion and make a point of doing it often.

6. Volunteer

Helping others is one of the best ways to help yourself, and the good feeling you get will last longer than if you bought yourself a new pair of jeans or some tech gadget. Volunteering gives you something to keep looking forward to and offers new purpose to your life. Stop by a local animal shelter or that nursing home down the street; visit a literacy center or food bank and see how you could be of help.

7. Adopt A Pet

Pets are proven to lower blood pressure and improve your mood, and they’re also great to come home to if happen to live alone. Even a little parakeet livens up your house and the interaction with it brightens your day in funny and lighthearted ways.

8. Stand Up For Yourself! Literally

computer screenScience is discovering that all the time we are spending behind desks and computer screens is really harmful.

Too much sitting hurts your bones, including lower back. It can also effect your digestion, as your intestines are constantly crunched and contorted.

If you’ve been experiencing this lately, reach for those chia seeds. They aid in digestion, along with many other health benefits, but that doesn’t mean you can continue to sit around all day: Get up every hour to stretch and take a walk or run on your lunch break!

9. Laugh More And Let Go Of Inhibitions

Watching a funny movie or stand-up comic can do more for you than a bottle of antidepressants, especially if you do so often. Getting a good dose of daily laughter is healthy for your heart and brain and can keep you feeling more optimistic about everything. Bring a friend to see a new comedy and share those silly jokes you hear at the office, because you’ll be helping others be healthier, too, as laughter is contagious.

10. Reach A Goal, Then Set Another

goalThe daily grind can feel very monotonous, which may leave you feeling stagnant and unfulfilled.

Set a goal for yourself, such as to run a few more miles every week, finally clean out your garage or start donating your time to a worthy cause.

Goals show you how you’re accomplishing more, which gives you that “Good for me!” feeling. Keep setting and meeting them and more of life will fall into place, including your health.

Life can be hard, but the more you let it get to you, the longer you are held down. Start realizing what really makes you happy and strive for more of it in your life. Nobody wants to be miserable, yet so many people simply let time fly by without being proactive about their own happiness and well being — don’t let that be you!

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