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Healthy Ways to Stay Happy
Being healthy and being happy aren’t too far from one another. In fact, they may be best friends. Numerous studies have shown that if you are healthy – eating right, at the right weight, getting exercise – you aren’t just going to live longer, but you are actually going to enjoy living longer. When you are healthy, you are more energetic, you sleep better, and in general, have a more positive outlook on daily life. In other words, healthy equals happy. Here are a few ways you can stay happy and live healthy (see Healthy Living Blogs for more).
Eat well. The type of foods we eat determine our moods because they often release chemicals in our brains. For example, carbohydrates (bread, pasta, cookies) are known to stimulate the release of the brain chemical serotonin. Serotonin regulates appetite, mood, and sleep, which is why people often turn to carbohydrates if they are feeling down. Another favorite is chocolate, which boosts brain chemicals, including phenylethylamine and anandamide, which give us the feeling of being “in love” or satisfied. Additionally, the fats found in most fish change brain chemistry to make us feel happier and smarter while the fats found in meats clog our brain’s blood vessels and therefore confuses our thinking, and our mood.
Another food-related item to be aware of is stress. When you are stressed, your brain releases a chemical called neuropeptide. This same chemical makes us have an appetite for carbohydrates, which causes us to gain weight. When we gain weight, it adds more stress and the cycle is very hard to break. If you know which foods are good for you and which messages they will send to your brain, you can choose wisely and stay happy and healthy. You can learn more about the importance of proper nutrition at the Nutrition Degree Online.
Exercise. It’s a known fact that exercise releases the feel-good chemical in our brains called endorphins. Endorphins are our body’s natural way of telling us it likes what we are doing, and in turn makes us feel happy. Exercise also boosts our immune system, which means we are able to ward of diseases and illnesses more effectively. With consistent exercise, we can make our bodies healthier, stronger, and more resilient – all items that lead to happiness. Additionally, it has been proven that exercise reduces tension so you feel less stressed and more relaxed.
Get outside. Aside from the benefits you’ll get from breathing fresh air and being active, when the sun is shining outdoors, its rays give us vitamin D, which we need to keep strong bones. Getting a moderate amount of sunshine (about 20 minutes per day) will help you stay happy because the sun also gives us endorphins. With these endorphins, we have more energy and feel positive – all from a stroll outdoors.