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Health | The eight steps to being happier

Trying to create more happiness in your world will have a big impact on your health and wellbeing.


Add some feel good behaviours into your day and see the difference it makes.


Wish someone good. At least once a day, look at a random stranger and wish them all the best. You don’t have to say it out loud, but you can say it in your head and make a little good luck wish for them.


Free more time up to eat. Take the time to savour each bite and chew your food slowly. Be mindful of everything you eat and if you are with other people, spend more time talking and making meal times last longer. Your digestion will thank you so much more than rushing! Digestion begins in the mouth and if you are stressed and emotional you cannot digest properly, let alone absorb the nutrients that your body needs.


Keep in touch. Once a week, or once a month, call or write a message to someone you haven’t spoken to in a long time. It’s the little things in life that matter and knowing that people care enough about you to be in touch can make someone’s day.


Meditate for five minutes a day. Sit in a comfortable chair, lean back and close your eyes. Focus on your breathing for five minutes and see how it transforms your life. When you do this regularly you feel so different and no longer sweat over the small stuff.


Cultivate resilience. Internalise the belief that failure is not the end, and adversity is an opportunity to grow stronger. The stronger you become, the less stressed you are whatever your circumstances.


Look for the good in others. You can almost always find a reason to like someone or dislike them. Which one you look for is up to you, but it’s much better for your body to be subjected to pleasant feelings, rather than negative.


Listen. Focus entirely on what the other person is saying to you. Give them eye contact, give them your time. Don’t think about what you’re going to say next. Don’t change the subject. Don’t interrupt them in a misguided attempt to ‘actively listen’. Just listen.


Stand up straight. Miserable people have a certain look to them. So do happy, confident people. Stand and walk like someone who feels on top of the world and you will soon attract people who feel exactly the same.

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