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CHAPTER 7 - TAKE TIME TO ENJOY THE SIMPLE THINGS IN LIFE
One of the perils of living in an always connected world is falling into the trap of thinking that our happiness rests on the latest technological marvel or gadget. That getting more Facebook "likes" will somehow make us more happy and successful.
This is far from true as anyone who has pursued those things could tell you - if they're being honest.
Now the simple things in life, that's where happiness lies. When you take the time to acknowledge them you can become almost instantly a more happier and less anxious person.
Here's a few of the simple things I'm grateful for every day. Are any of your favorites on the list?
Talk about a great morning companion that never lets you down. Now some may prefer tea, but the principle is the same. Having that little harmless boost in the morning is something to be enjoyed and relished. Think about how much less we'd get done without it!
A Good Book.
Sitting back and relaxing with a good book in hand is something that, thankfully, the digital age still hasn't managed to take from us. Novel or non-fiction alike the effects of reading are to not only make us a bit smarter, but also serve as a sort of meditation. I love a good
movie as much as the next person, but reading and happiness truly come hand in hand.
A Good Laugh.
Yes, laughter is the best medicine. Each and every day there's the opportunity to enjoy a good laugh. This is a simple pleasure even babies get to enjoy! This may be one of the simplest pleasures, but it's also one of the best. When things are tough finding something to laugh about can break a downward emotional spiral and have you looking at the bright side of things again. Laugh loud and laugh often!
Spending Time With A Pet.
Dogs and cats can both be man's best friend. Did you know there's been studies that spending time playing with a dog or cat has even been shown to lower high blood pressure? If this doesn't prove my point nothing will! A dog or a cat are an important reminder to the simple pleasures of life and the joys of unconditional love. Give yours an extra treat today.
Watching the Sunset.
It's hard to explain why watching the sunset can bring so many of us peace. Maybe it's a throwback to our days when man (and woman) lived closer to nature. Rather than rushing home to get dinner ready, why not take a minute to look outside and bask in nature's beauty. It's a simple joy we should all be happy to be able to witness again and again.
An Uncluttered Home.
Call me a neat freak, but I love the serenity that comes along with having a neat house or apartment - especially the bedroom. This always inspires a smile and the ability to cool down from life's stresses more effectively. If you surround yourself with chaos, it may be a simple and cost free way you can free up some energy blockages and experience more happiness every day. Why not give it a try?
If you take the time to enjoy the simple things in life more happiness is the end result. And after all that's what our Guide is all about obtaining isn't it
CHAPTER 8 - EXERCISE AND NUTRITION BREEDS HAPPINESS
One of the most important parts of my life is health and fitness. Without any doubt training and eating well bring me a ton of happiness. Back in the early days of planning this Guide this love for exercise left me wondering is this just a personal hobby of mine or was something deeper occurring.
Well I dug into the topic of exercise, nutrition and happiness and the research is really exciting stuff! We could probably devote a whole new Guide to it one day its so important!
There's been a stack of recent studies from some of the top Universities in the world that show without a doubt the more we exercise the happier we'll be. Just as a quick example, Stanford University's research showed that the act of moving around (running or walking) and some resistance training, almost killed incidents of depression in the students studied. These weren't full force athletes either. The level of athletic performance was irrelevant. Just being physical was enough for them to have happier lives!
The rest of the studies I've looked at are just as positive. Maybe more importantly, this research is backed up by my own life experiences as well as those of the people I know. I'm sure yours confirms it too.
So if we'd like to really achieve happiness, we need to adopt a lifestyle where exercise and nutrition are truly a priority.
Keep these things in mind, especially if you've been sedentary for a period of time and need some extra guidance in getting back into shape.
If you are out of shape, start off slow. This makes it much more likely you will be able to stick with your new approach to exercise and fitness. Even walking thirty minutes a day and doing pushups and crunches while cutting out junk food is a nice beginning. After this join a gym and get even more serious.
Don't Be Afraid To Ask For Help.
Many people aren't sure how to put together a workout program or diet. This is hardly an obstacle at all, unless you allow it to be one. There's no shortage of good Guides on the subject that will tell you all you need to know and do. You could even hire a personal trainer for a few sessions if your finances allow. You are investing in both your health and happiness so believe me this is money well spent!
Expect Sudden Benefits.
Just through the dopamine boost from regular exercise sessions you can expect almost instant mental benefits. It may take some time to see the results in the mirror, certainly, but feeling happier will likely hit you right away!
Dopamine is the so-called "happy chemical" and nothing brings it on like breaking a sweat.
More Energy Will Equal More Opportunities To Be Happy.