We’re all on a quest to find the things in life that will make us happy, healthy, and fulfilled. For most of us, we seem to keep looking for external sources of joy: that one thing to own that will make us complete, or that one supplement that will solve all of our health problems.
In reality, we all know it’s not that complicated. It’s about following the advice we already know and inherently understand. It’s about simple, daily activities that keep us on track and help us stay focused on the important things.
Here are our top five things we do to live a happier, healthier life. We recommend these to everyone who asks. They’re simple, but so important to a life filled with abundance and joy.
When it comes to feeling your best, there’s nothing like a walk, a run, or even just sitting in the great outdoors.
OK, we recognize that not everyone can go for a walk in the countryside every day. But being cooped up in a house, apartment, office, and car all day every day is really hard on your system. Aside from the fact that you’re breathing a lot of recycled air, you’re also denying yourself the healing benefits of exposure to sunlight and contact with nature.
Find a park. Get with some trees. Just get outside and breathe the fresh air.
Break a Sweat
Everyone is looking for the magic bullet workout plan that will keep them lean and healthy. But with the overwhelm of all the research and information available on the internet, many people actually find it difficult to get started.
It’s called “program paralysis,” and it’s a serious issue when it comes to just getting started.
Let’s simplify: it doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned gym-goer or a newbie. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to lose weight, build muscle, or run a marathon. What matters is that you move.
Break a sweat every single day. Of course there are specialized programs you can follow to reach specific goals. But if you miss a workout or find you’re pressed for time, or if you’re between programs (or haven’t even started yet) and are just taking some time off to figure out what you want to do, keep moving! Your body and mind will thank you for it.
Have a Grateful Heart
There is not a single self-improvement guru, life coach, trainer, or billionaire who doesn’t advocate some form of daily gratitude practice. For some, it’s a scheduled ritual of writing out three things they’re thankful for every night as the go to bed. For others, it’s as simple as saying grace at dinner with their family.
Whatever the ritual, the message is clear: keep gratitude in your heart.
It’s easy to become overly focused on where we’re lacking in our lives. Too much debt. Not enough time. Not enough money. Last year’s wardrobe. Focusing on areas of deficit creates a deficit mentality. We wind up comparing our lives to those of others, and we forget that there are things they also feel they’re missing.
Forget about that. Stop thinking of these as things you lack, and instead begin thinking of them as goals to work towards. Each day remind yourself how abundant your life really is. Develop a gratitude practice, and watch how quickly your daily life becomes less frustrating and more joyful.
Make Someone Smile
We’re here for a purpose, and it’s our belief that our purpose is to improve the lives of other people. Whatever your gift is to give this world, be sure to give it freeling and plentifully…and if you don’t know what your gift is yet, well, we all have an abundance of love to give.
Sprinkle that shit everywhere. There is an old song by Malvina Reynolds called “Magic Penny” that reiterates the concept we’re trying to get across here. It says, “Love is something if you give it away, You end up having more.” The more you give of yourself, the more you will get in return. It really is impossible to feel bad when something you’ve done makes someone else smile. One of our favourite tricks for this is to practice random acts of kindness. You don’t have to deliver a smile by making someone laugh, but you can brighten the day of a total stranger with a simple gesture.
Feed the meter before you drive away.
Pay for the coffee of the next person in line.
Hold a door for someone.
Give their dog a drink of water.
Go ahead, try it! You’ll be amazed at how much your day picks up when you feel you’ve made a difference. It could just be the best thing that happens to them all day!
Eat Your Greens
Your mom was right: you need to eat your vegetables. A healthy diet does wonders for your health and well being, and a big part of it should be fresh, green vegetables.
Obviously we don’t intend for you to exclude the red and orange and yellow ones. But greens are especially packed with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and fibre. They’re low in calories, but pack a big nutritional punch that can give you a ton of energy without the worry of overeating.
Every nutritional plan we’ve tried, individually and as a couple, places some sort of control on something: carbs, fats, overall calories, grains, fruits, dairy. The one thing that’s always counted as “free?” Vegetables. This is because while they are carbohydrates in the strictest sense, the calories burned digesting vegetables and the net nutritional benefits make them a virtually dietary free pass. Plus, all the extras in green vegetables help you use the nutrients from other foods even better.
Basically, if you want to feel charged up, full of energy, still feel full throughout the day, learn to love your green veggies!