What’s the secret to creating happy healthy people? Well, that’s the million dollar question.
I read about health, wellness, Ayurveda and yoga a lot. I follow blogs, read posts, books and most of all, I use my personal experience and wisdom gained from watching my incredible clients transform their lives.
I discovered that happy healthy people have a few things in common, and if you learn to apply these habits in your own life, there’s a good chance you’ll find your vibrant living too.
We have talked a lot about sleep being one of the 3 pillars of health in Ayurveda and for good reason. Adequate rest is vital for good health and well-being. Lack of sleep can make you:
Seven to eight hours of sleep is ideal. Try to go to bed and wake at the same time every day.
Simple and effective, drinking plenty of water:
This is a big one! People who are grateful for what they have are better able to cope with:
The best way to harness the power of gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal or list, where you actively write down exactly what you’re grateful for each day.
Ayurveda is rooted in the wisdom of nature and the belief that Food is Medicine. Eat real organic, non-processed food, but indulge in dark chocolate as needed. Real food is medicine and will change your life, but an as Kathryn Budig says “an awesome, decadent treat from time to time is irreplaceable and fantastic for the soul.”
It goes without saying that finding daily movement you love is a huge part of creating a healthy happy lifestyle. Shoot for at least 30 minutes a day. It could be a simple walk with your dog or a few sun salutations.
Laughter is the best medicine, ever hear that one? I’ll never forget a Simpson’s episode where Marge is taking bowling lesson and gets a small crush on her bowling guru. He tells her “laugh out loud Marge, you’ll lose weight!”
Research shows that laughter has a positive effect on your physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
Enjoy life and don’t hesitate to laugh out loud.
Surround yourself with people who make you feel good. We all have enough drama and stress in our lives and that is a huge drain on our energy and health. Your tribe – the friends, partners and family you spend your time with – are critical to your health and happiness. Invest your time and energy in the positive peeps in your circle.
Take time for yourself. It’s easy to get wrapped up in to-do lists and projects, but true happiness lies in the small, simple supportive things you do for you like reading a book, eating your favorite food, or taking a long bath. Do at least one thing for yourself every week that brings you joy and renews your Spirit.
Creating a daily meditation practice has far reaching effects on health and happiness. Studies show meditation increases:
Wishing You Vibrant Living!
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