By Joy Ogide
Scientific researches have shown that the happiest people in the world show a similarity in several habits. These are the ones that have the longest life span and enjoy good health also. They experienced little or no significant sicknesses throughout their lifetime and it was a pretty long one. Some of these tips are what I would be sharing with you in this article.
Do you know that nine times out of ten, satisfaction was found to be the main source of happiness in relationships, right in front of money, sex and everything in between. Just the single act of embracing what you have and being satisfied with it.
Here are five things you should do every day to make yourself happy.
TALKING TO YOURSELF;
I know. Sounds crazy right? But in actuality, taking personal time everyday to talk to yourself about yourself helps a lot. Instead of talking about people or spending time meddling in other people’s affairs, why not spend time on yourself. Reflect, think about what you’ve been doing for the past 3 years, months, weeks. Check if it helps you or not. Just talk to yourself about things. You may have heard that the best advice you can get comes from yourself. I also recommend you take time to talk to your creator. For those that pray you may have experienced a sudden lift in your spirit each time you talk to your creator. It really does not take much, try to also talk aloud to avoid deviations, open up your darkest secrets, talk about what you are thinking about venturing into. It helps, you should try it.
This is the part that everyone skips because your tired bones just won’t hear of it. You don’t have to start lifting rocks or running 30 miles a day or carrying weights. No! Exercise is just a form of healthy living. Truth is that most of us are around 20 to 30 years but our bones and muscles are already 60. That’s unfair to them. Try the little things like touching your toes, try jogging, stretching your thigh muscles, Instead of dragging your feet to class, why not try running. That faster rate of heartbeat you feel afterwards that makes you say you are tired is actually your bones celebrating. Give your blood a faster circulation rate and you would notice a wonderful change in no time.
Ever walked past a person and noticed how nice his shoes look? Next time you notice, try telling him and watch the reaction. It goes both ways. Expressing gratitude for things you love or just generally for your life makes it all better for both parties. The please, excuse me, sorry and thank you truly are magic words. Be more polite, smile more often, your case is not the worst. Try saying thank you next time the doorman holds the door open for you.
Growing up most of us went through the compulsory siesta time, either in school or at home, especially as African children. You would wonder why children are so happy. Good sleep helps boost the immune system, increase alertness and performance and purge negative emotions. Let’s not forget the peace you get in that unconscious state. Try sleeping an hour earlier than your usual sleep time if you can. There is always a way to manage time that’s why it is called change. If you get the chance, take short naps in the afternoons.
You have heard that we should eat like a king in the morning, a prince in the afternoon and a beggar at night. I would stress the ‘beggar at night’ part. Indigestion is a very common problem that we ignore thereby leading to distorted shapes and bulging stomachs at an early age. Scientists say that we should wait at least three hours after our last meal before going to bed. How do we achieve this after eating dinner by 10 p.m? Also, avoid heavy meals at night to give the stomach little work to do. Your diet is also important.
Reading is good, but what is the point if you read and do not practice?.