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8 Healthy Habits That Make You Radiant

How to Achieve a More Youthful Appearance, Naturally

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Hold Your Head High
Sometimes, looking radiant is all in the way you carry yourself. If you walk into a room with your eyes on the floor, shoulders slumped, of course you’re going to look older--and probably pretty miserable. Now that you know how to practice perfect posture, it should be even easier to hold your head high and command any room. No matter where you're going, walk like you have purpose--even if you’re just going on your weekly grocery run. Good posture, smiling and looking people directly in the eye when you speak shows confidence, strength and can result in a younger, more alert appearance. So go ahead and live with some gusto!
Live Happy, Stress Less
It goes without saying that changing negative thoughts into positive ones will help relieve stress and make you happier. And guess what? Younger-looking people are typically those who do, in fact, stress less! When you’re stressed out and anxious, your body produces more cortisol, adrenaline and other chemicals that can make you feel depressed, tired and worn out. Plus, ongoing stress doesn’t do your immune system any favors. Too much stress can cause your glands to produce excess oil which can worsen skin conditions like acne and even eczema. So, take a deep breath and time to relax every day--even if you have just ten minutes. Learn how to live a stress-free lifestyle by trying some simple yoga posess, meditation or enjoying a spa treatment in the comfort of your own home. You’ll look and feel better before you know it.  
Do Nothing At All
Sometimes, we just need to relax for a while to gain youthful energy and be more productive later. Taking time to do nothing also plays a big part in stressing less in order to improve our appearance. But sometimes, when we think about everything we need to accomplish each day, taking time to do nothing can sound absurd. But, rest assured, freeing your mind of unwanted thoughts and stress will help you feel rejuvenated, rested and downright blissful.
Not sure how to go about doing nothing? You’re not alone! These three easy tips will help you master the art of doing absolutely nothing. You can always start small, devoting just five minutes to this necessary act each day to live a happier, healthier, more youthful existence.
  1. Find a spot where there are no distractions, noise or people that can interrupt you. Heck, close yourself in the bathroom if you must!
  2. Unplug everything. Turn off the television, your mobile phone, computer and any other electronics that can cause distractions. Better yet, don’t allow them to be in arm’s reach.
  3. Sit or lay in a comfortable position, close your eyes and focus on the sound of your breath.
Adopting just some of these natural, healthy habits will help you achieve a more youthful appearance and keep you looking gorgeous and radiant from the inside, out!
Source List
Cleveland Clinic, "Posture for a Healthy Back,", accessed on April 15, 2013.
Kunst, Jennifer, Ph.D., "The Lost Art of Doing Nothing," Psychology Today, August 8, 2011.
Watson, Stephanie, "Are You Getting Enough Beauty Sleep," WebMD, accessed on April 15, 2013.
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Natalie lost nearly 30 pounds the SparkPeople way before becoming a health and beauty contributor to the site. A self-proclaimed "girly girl," Natalie couldn't bear to break a sweat when she was younger, but now can't imagine living a life without exercise. In her spare time she practices yoga, enjoys cooking and stays involved in her community. Leading by example, she hopes to inspire others to live healthier and happier lifestyles, too.

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  • I agree with many of the posts but will add that whatever makes us love our body more is good for us both inside and out. I do see a difference from drinking lots of water and its effect on my skin - which becomes less dry and itchy - so that pleases me very much. When people are in love, their whole body glows - I think loving ourselves well (however you personally define it) makes us glow too! - 8/25/2015 6:40:50 PM
  • I'm with MIAMIAMIA20. Why did you sneak in the "gluten-free" concept? This is the first time I have ever seen a claim of global benefits attributed to this fad, which is a legitimate dietary restriction for a very few people. There is no reason for the average person to buy gluten-free products and there is no proof of a benefit.

    I also agree with KB42AND FIT. I am disappointed that you join in the culture that celebrates superficial youthfulness and implies that women are not attractive if they don't look like those airbrushed magazine covers. "Green with envy"???? Wow. What are we, in junior high school? - 4/25/2015 7:40:07 AM
  • I agree with most of this article although I feel some of the claims lack scientific evidence. I would like to see some citations for them. Specifically these points:

    - gluten-free grains instead of other, wholewheat options (there's really no reason to avoid gluten if you don't have any gluten-related disorders such as celiac disease, and they are quite rare)

    - exactly how much water a person needs (the 8 cups per day guideline we often see is really just a guesstimation that isn't scientifically proven), if it really has an impact on your appearance and whether other beverages really dehydrate the body - 4/24/2015 5:59:54 AM
  • I think a lot of the comments are right, genetics plays a role! I got lucky hitting the genetics jackpot myself. However, I think being careful with sun exposure was left out. Getting sleep, water, eating clean, exercising and reducing stress are the most helpful ideas! Anything you do to keep the body in great shape has to be helpful and keep you feeling optimal~ - 11/4/2014 3:08:04 PM
  • I used to smoke, I used to drink, sure social, but I was a party girl, long after the girl was very much a women. And there were the social indulging in drugs. How did this affect my skin, hair, general look? I didn't know until I quit. I looked healthier, younger, every part of me was more radiant. Yes I have good genes. but you can take the most beautiful women and subject her to bad habits, and see how she declines in appearance.
    Not everyone who is eating healthy, exercising,gettin
    g sleep, are going to turn into a knockout beauty. But they are going to look a lot better than if they didn't.. That's what this article is saying.
    When I don't sleep, I'm under stress, i show it right away. And since i am vain, yeah, I admit it, that's why I hated myself when I became obese. I take one look at the circles, dull hair, and know that I have to take steps to get back on track.
    there's nothing wrong in wanting to look attractive, as long as that isn't all a person is about.
    As women and men, we should do everything to keep ourselves looking and feeling the best we can.
    I'm happy to say I'm near 73.
    I'm too afraid of scars, blood and pain to have any nips and tucks. So I gotta work with what I got and that's the way it is. - 10/8/2014 12:18:04 PM
  • I have to agree with KB42ANDFIT in this is a VERY gender sexist post. However, I also have to say it's a pretty useless post as well. I'm not trying to be the bearer of bad new but I do all those things and I still look my age. LOL (happily so) Sorry ladies and gentleman (see Spark?? THAT's how you include..) but genetics plays a roll in this...and if you're truly vain, plastic surgery :o)

    Now, the article WAS great for daily living habits. and I think THAT's what the article should have been geared for. I'll take my 5 points though. :o)
    - 10/2/2014 12:15:12 PM
  • Thank you very much for this inspiration post.

    Sometimes we forget to relax and take some time off, even when we are relaxing!

    Great article! - 9/29/2014 2:33:01 AM
  • Oh, excellent, excellent, EXCELLENT points. Thanks so much for putting all the ducks in a row! I am sixty, have always consciously practiced each of these directives thanks to the teachings of my wonderfully wise mother and her mother and her - well, you get my point :) People are always shocked when I tell them my age, guessing me at early 40's at the outside. Yes, I am very pleased lol. The best advice is the simple stuff, so keep preaching it, girl! - 8/12/2013 10:59:24 PM
    Would you write this article with the lede in male pronouns? If not, don't write it for women either. Why shouldn't I celebrate my achievements of having lived 40+ years successfully and happily? - 8/12/2013 10:33:56 AM

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