A friend linked this on Facebook yesterday and I thought it was really interesting.
Now, here's what I noticed, you could replace happy with healthy for almost all of these. And in fact, many of these will probably have the effect of making you healthy as well as happy.
Surround yourself with other happy people.
I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that this is part of why I'm so happy at my new job. Everyone is happy and positive. And oddly healthy (my boss competed for the 35+ men's soccer provincials and there are many many runners). But It's the happy, positive attitude that makes me look forward to coming in to work and it's the same with the friends you keep.
We're all familiar with this. Most of us have tried and failed at weight loss before. Heck, right now I'm struggling with my diet a lot, but I'm still coming here and trying to improve it. When we fall down, we pick ourselves up and keep going. Apparently this can also make us happy as well as healthy. Go us.
Be mindful of the good.
It's no secret that focusing on the negative can be a bummer. Like focusing on the poor choices we've made on our road to being healthier (curry twice yesterday, imagine how I smelled for my Victoria's Quilts meeting!!!) can make us feel like we've failed, focusing on the good (personal best in my 5K on Sunday, no running pain, still having my morning smoothie every day) can make us realize that even if we aren't perfect we're still better than we were and dammit, we can DO THIS!
Make Exercise a Priority.
Just so you know, every time you get out there and exercise? You're not just getting healthier, you're getting happier. And less stressed. And fitter. Is there any excuse not to?
Get Your Sleep.
When you don't get enough sleep - everything suffers - mood, energy, healthy choices, all of it.
I just wanted to add that I've had comments before on how I turn negatives into positives in my blog a lot of the time. I do that because I sometimes use my blog to work things out and talk to myself about what I'm doing and how I can improve. And I'm trying really really hard not to focus on the negatives. Because sometimes I feel like I need to be perfect. And other times I feel like I'm doing good enough (when I'm not) but the more I focus on what I'm doing wrong, the less I do right.