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10 Simple steps to get happier and healthier

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Being grateful, performing acts of kindness, and enhancing one's health will pay off.
 
The year is already half gone and however, here's another resolution to add to the list: improve your health. This refers to your emotional and physical health as a whole, for which many individuals award low grades in national polls. However, we have recommendations to assist you in improving both.


 
1. Get happy
According to Dr Ronald D. Siegel, assistant clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and faculty editor of Positive Psychology, a Harvard Special Health Report, you have control over approximately 40% of what defines happiness. In comparison, only about 10% can be attributed to good or bad luck. According to Dr Siegel, it is not the events themselves that define our level of happiness, but rather our reactions to them. He suggests the following methods for enhancing your emotional health:
 
2. Be present in the moment
 When you're completely involved in something, you'll enjoy it more and worry less about the past and the future.
 
3. Be appreciative. 
Keeping a daily journal of gratitude increases pleasant emotions, optimism, life satisfaction, and social connection.

4. Do something for other people. 
Happiness is most reliably achieved by interacting with others and avoiding excessive self-focus. Try to engage in activities that benefit someone or something besides oneself.

5. Make a list of your skills and then utilize them in novel ways in your daily life. 
For instance, if you consider curiosity a strength, you should read about a new topic. Try something that causes you anxiety, like public speaking, if you consider yourself courageous. 


6. Savor the delight. 
Think back on good times, celebrate great events with people, and be proud of what you've accomplished.
 
7 Get wholesome physical health is a component of well-being.
 If poor health or harmful behaviours are hindering your well-being, fixing these issues will enhance your well-being. That may appear intimidating, but it need not be. Dr Edward Phillips, founder and director of the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine at Harvard Medical School, asserts, "Two-thirds of all diseases are caused by our lifestyle choices." He is also the faculty editor of another Harvard Special Health Report, Simple Changes, Big Rewards. Here is his counsel:

8. Accept personal responsibility for your health. 
This entails visiting a physician and following his or her instructions. Additionally, do not miss necessary checkups or screenings, such as a colonoscopy. Apply your personal strengths to your health. For instance, if you are a diligent and organized professional, use your organizing talents to construct a precise chart to track your medication. If you are resourceful, you can devise a healthy menu that will not bore you. If you are daring, try a new form of exercises such as tai chi or yoga.

Creating acceptable and modest first objectives "Find a tiny adjustment, such as walking 10 minutes every day." Walk during your lunch break and when you're on the phone. What is the smallest adjustment you can make with full confidence that you will succeed? I've encountered very few patients who cannot do so, "says Dr Phillips.
 
9. Take ownership of your changes.
You will perform far better if you track and report your progress to a loved one or friend, a website, or a mobile application. You will view your effort as obligatory rather than voluntary.

10. Pay close attention to the benefits.
The value of the change, such as sleeping better as a result of exercise, can serve as motivation to continue and make more changes. When you know that change is possible, you will be more likely to make more changes.

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