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Happier, HEALTHIER by Katie Chung Hua

Simple Tips to a Happier, Healthier Life

Make Small Changes

Even little changes can improve your health, like finding healthy alternatives to your favorite goodies or adding more super foods to your diet. Eating healthy doesn’t mean food has to taste bad or you can’t enjoy yourself. For example, when baking, use applesauce instead of sugar or when having a BBQ have hummus dip in place of ranch. Also, adding lemon to your diet can do amazing things! Lemon helps decrease inflammation, aids digestion, provides a ton of vitamin C and flushes out toxins; among other things. Experiment with new foods and ingredients to find what works for you and your body.

Set Attainable Goals

Don’t let yourself get discouraged. Set short term goals along with your long term ones. Reaching those goals will give yourself a sense of accomplishment and keep you motivated. Ultimately, those small goals add up to get you where you want to be.

Focus on yourself

With social media these days it's extremely hard not to get wrapped up in what others are doing. That being said, stop comparing yourself to others. One of the best things I heard was that we compare our weaknesses to others’ strengths. Focus on your goals and your progress and you will find yourself a lot happier with the results. Instagram and Facebook have new features that allow you to mute a someone but stay friends. Pay attention to what you see and how it makes you feel. If you need time to step back from someone on social media, mute their stories and posts for a while until you feel ready to come back.

Buddy System

I always have a great time working out with my friends! Go take a workout class together or take a friend to the gym and sweat, even if it’s only for 15 minutes. Working out releases endorphins and relieves stress. Adding a workout partner to the mix holds you accountable, but make sure to find someone that’s encouraging and wants to see you succeed.

Photo by Mitul Shah from Burst
Find Something You Love
Whether it be working out, painting, or volunteering, find something you love and make time for it. Enjoy yourself. At the end of the day life is meant to be lived and to be happy.

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