Whether it’s the rush of hormones you feel after working out or that feeling of relief when you burn off stress, you’ll not only feel better, you’ll boost your mental well being. Healthy goes with happy in other ways besides just modifying the flood of hormones in your body to give that temporary feeling of a high and relief from the pressures of the day.
When you think about it, you’ll realize it’s hard to be happy when you feel awful.
It doesn’t take much to be out of sorts enough to spoil a good mood. If you’re feeling bloated, tired or have medical issues, but doing your best to stay healthy can help elevate your mood and make it easier to smile. One way to do this is to program yourself to exercise regularly and even make certain that you do other active things, such as take the stairs rather than the elevator and enjoy an active lifestyle.
What you eat can make you both happy and healthy.
If you cut back on caffeine and sugar products, you’ll first experience a headache from the lower caffeine intake, but eventually find yourself with fewer mood swings, particularly when you cut out sugar. Mood swings can make you become a grumpy old man or woman, no matter what your age. One Australian study showed that people changed their diet from limited fruits and vegetables to at least eight servings a day had a boost to their satisfaction in life. Your body reacts well when you feed it right.
Which came first, the happiness or the healthiness?
It’s like the chicken and the egg, it’s hard to tell which came first. If you feel good about life, you’ll live longer and do the things that make you healthier. You’ll be less apt to grab a snack of crunchy potato chips or a comfort food to help you make it through the day. You’re more apt to eat when you’re hungry, not out of emotional need. However, eating healthy and exercise can also make you more aware of your body needs and feel good about yourself.
- Stress is the precusor of poor health. Happy people feel less stress. However, if you’re under constant stress, make yourself happier with exercise.
- Being overweight can cause many serious conditions, it also can lead to a poor self image, which isn’t conducive to happiness. Shedding pounds will make you happier and healthier.
- You need to be fit to enjoy all life has to offer, which can include active things like bicycling and hiking with the family. If you start out slowly, you can do those things and start to enjoy life to its fullest.
- Getting adequate sleep helps you stay healthier, but it also can make you a happier person the next day too.