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Welcome to DAY 6 of 7 DAYS OF HAPPINESS.

      Today we are going to talk about one of the most common impediments to happiness – our health. Ofter, in the daily grind of life, our health gets sacrificed. After all, we have to prioritize it. Preparing healthy food is time consuming so we eat out or skip meals. We postpone hitting the gym and getting enough sleep is a rarity. Taking time out to give our racing minds a break becomes a fantasy. Life takes over, our health falls and we wonder, why aren’t we happy?  The benefits aren’t always visible but our health directly correlates to happiness. 

1. To start, exercise is one of the most effective instant happiness boosters of all time. Study after study shows that regular physical activity increases happiness, reduces anxiety and stress and eliminates depression. In addition to strengthening your muscles, joints, lungs, heart and memory, the endorphins that are released enhance your mood and sleep. So, as you can see there are plenty of reasons to get active. 

2. Getting rest is also very important. Considering that a simple sleepless night can make you irritable and moody. It’s no surprise that chronic sleep deprivation leads to depression and anxiety. When we don’t get enough sleep, we are less focused, less attentive, less creative and inpatient. So, if you want to be happy getting enough rest at night should be your priority. 
3. A healthy diet is also vital. When we fuel our stomachs with refined sugar, artificial sweeteners and processed foods it leads us to feel tired and cranky. In contrast, healthy food choices help combat depression and boost our mood.
4. Last, it’s important to give our minds a break from overstimulation and stress, and there is no better way to do that than through meditation. It’s proven that meditation has a multitude of positive effects that directly impact our happiness. It’t one of the top tools from managing anxiety, ill health and depression. Meditating helps us feel more calm, clear and centered providing a sense of wellbeing that can last all day. 

Take a few moments to consider how well you make your health a priority even when you can take only 10 minutes of your day. You’d be surprised how much you can make it count. You can fit in a quick meditation, do some basic stretching or go for a quick walk. By prioritizing your health, you will notice an invisible improvement, energy, focus and happiness.