22 Simple Ways To Live A Healthier, Happier Life (Who Doesn’t Want That?!)

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More than likely, you made a great many New Year’s resolutions this year. How many of them did you actually keep?

Don’t feel bad, you aren’t alone.

Unfortunately, most people made general resolutions that they could never fulfill. Things like “I will save money this year.” Or “I will lose 75 pounds by summer.” Those are not realistic goals.

If you look at most people’s desires, they are mainly focused in the areas of happiness, health, and money. Who doesn’t want to be happier, healthier, and wealthier?

We have 22 of the best ways you can attain those things. Better still, they are simple to do. You don’t have to do every single one of these, and you don’t have to try to do them all at one time. Try adding just one or two of the following each week. Prepare to be amazed!


1. Stay In Touch — Literally

Scientific studies have shown that being in physical contact with someone you love is a great way to relieve stress and feel happier. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published a study finding that even a simple massage can leave people not only feeling more content, but actually increased their immune system.  Get and give more hugs from those you care about. Stay in touch with those you care about — literally!


2.  Look Up From The Phone

Smart phones are super fun and convenient, but they seriously messed up our ability to look up. Be present where you are; look up at the sky, look people in the eye, look around at the people who are sitting or standing close by (they won’t notice, they are probably on their phones),  notice the weather, birds, flowers, and everything around you, rather than staring at your phone. Cell phones are kinda like a supermarket, you can get substantial brain food form them, or you can cruise the junk aisles.


3. Be Generous

Look for way in your day to day life to give to others. You don’t have to give hundreds of dollars to charity or spend hours helping friends move, it’s the little things that go a long way. Listen to a friend who needs a sympathetic ear. Help an elderly person carry groceries to the car. Offer to babysit one night for a single mother. Offer to help out at a local school or charity. Donate items to a homeless shelter. This puts our problems in a new light and allows us to feel good about making a difference, not matter how small, in the lives of others.



4.  Buy These Each Week

Want to be healthier in an instant? Print out this list and buy these things each week:

  • Walnuts or almonds
  • Cruciferous veggies such as cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower
  • Dark leafy greens such as spinach, bok choy, and kale
  • Avocados
  • Eggs
  • Blueberries or raspberries or strawberries
  • Salmon or tuna

Oh yes, don’t forget to eat them, not just buy them!

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