Three Healthy Ways to Find YOUR Happiness

THE MEANING OF HAPPINESS

Happiness refers to either a state of being or an experience and means something different to everyone.

It doesn’t arrive in a magical bottle and takes a tremendous amount of time and energy to find. People often find it in unexpected ways, but it doesn’t seem to last for long.

I believe it can last. You just need to search the right places.

FINDING YOUR HAPPINESS

So how do you find it? I believe there are several key components.

Approach the concept with a positive, healthy mindset.

This requires a certain level of self awareness, which sounds harder than it is. First, open your eyes to see your problems and what’s making you unhappy. Then, figure out how to positively resolve these issues (one at a time) with your happiness in mind. Only your happiness matters right now.

I know I’m making this sound a lot easier than it actually is. This takes time and patience to master, and you might need help along the way.

Once you begin to open your mind up to happy solutions, you’ll feel the peace within.

Three Healthy Ways to Finding YOUR Happiness

Explore healthier eating habits.

Unhealthy eating habits eventually lead to unhappiness, even if it makes you feel happy momentarily. For example, binge eating a bag of Doritos tastes delicious at first, but later on you experience a stomachache. This is neither healthy nor happy for your body.

Give your body the nutrients it craves, and it will reward you. You’ll find your energy levels increasing as well as other improved changes you didn’t realize you were missing.

Eating healthier also provides a confidence boost. The healthier you eat, the better your body looks and feels. This also takes time and patience, but the end result is completely worth it. You’ll see your self image improve vastly. Most importantly, you will not want to binge eat bags of Doritos anymore. You will eat what makes you happy permanently.

Three Healthy Ways to Find YOUR Happiness

Surround yourself with healthy relationships. 

To me, this sounds easier said than done. Sometimes people turn out to be different than initially expected. They end up leaving you, and you’re left either feeling happy they’re gone or miserable for losing them.

The ones who love, understand, and communicate with you are the ones who will always stay. Love isn’t enough to keep a relationship going by itself. Lack of understanding and communication can lead to unhappiness within the relationship and eventually break it.

Also, do not enter relationships where you become overly dependent on the other person (or people). Co-dependent relationships are unhealthy and often result in emotional and financial abuse leaving one or both sides brokenhearted and alone in the end.

You need people who will be by your side and support you through both good and bad times. It doesn’t matter if it’s your family, friends, or significant other. Work on building loving, lasting relationships because they will play a significant role in your continued happiness.

Three Healthy Ways to Find YOUR Happiness

 

Three Healthy Ways to Find YOUR Happiness

The First Step to Becoming Healthier: WATER?!

I know what you’re probably thinking. Isn’t it common sense the first step to becoming healthier is water? Just hear me out and read on before you make any judgments.

The first step I took in my journey to a healthier life was drinking water. And no I don’t mean drinking more water.

I am twenty-five years old, and at twenty-four years old I began to officially drink water for the first time. EVER. How is that possible?! 

Growing up I always heard drinking water was essential, but I was a very stubborn child. I actually hated the taste of water, and my parents never forced me to drink it. As long as I was getting enough fluids in my body, I was okay. Right? WRONG.

I hit my rock bottom drinking mostly caffeine and/or sugar filled beverages. Finally, I decided after my long absence to take the first real drink of water. I maintained I would drink only one glass a day as a start to get used to the taste of it.

Today I pretty much only drink water most days. Every once in awhile I’ll drink juice or soda if I’m dining out somewhere. In the span of a little over a year, I’ve completely changed my drinking habits. If I can do it, you most certainly can too.

Just try taking slow steps. If you actually like to drink water then it’ll be easy!

So now let’s talk about why we should drink water.

Water is undoubtedly the base for all life. Humans are primarily made up of water, so why do we drink anything else?

Drinks such as sodas, juices, and sports drinks (ex. Gatorade) provide very little nutritional value to our bodies. So why do we drink them? That’s an obvious answer. They taste good.

Even though these drinks may taste better, water has exponentially more benefits such as the following:

  • Keeping our bodies hydrated (probably the most important benefit)
  • Flushing out toxins in our bodies
  • Improving digestion, moods, and complexion
  • Providing more energy and weight loss
  • Supporting kidney health
  • Preventing headaches and hangovers

As we see from the examples listed above, there are no negative effects of drinking water, and those are only a few reasons. It’s simple when we think about it: drinking water helps our bodies in ways no other beverage can.

So next time you go out to eat consider getting a water instead of a coke. It only takes one cup of water to begin a healthier journey.

REFERENCES

  • The benefits of water listed above were referenced from Lifehack.

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