For some people, happiness is not an easy concept to master.
Life in general can easily drag us down, and make days difficult to get through. For those of you who obsess about your weight and appearance, happiness and motivation can be even more difficult to obtain.
Luckily, there are actions which we do in our daily life which can easily release beneficial endorphins and increase our chances for happiness! Exercise, eating certain foods, and taking a designated moment to relax can all improve our daily ability to be happy!
Exercise and Endorphins Help with Motivation
Exercise is one of the greatest stimulants of positive endorphins in the world.
Lucky for you, the type of training that you do to release these endorphins is not necessarily specific to one type or another! The key to releasing positive endorphins from exercise is to choose an activity that you enjoy, and do it with a strong amount of intensity!
This does not mean that you need to push yourself to exhaustion, but you should be doing exercise intensely enough that it is your sole focus at the moment.
High Intensity Interval Training has been proven to release higher amounts of endorphins, but any form of sustained activity will achieve positive results as well. Whether it is weight lifting, bicycling, swimming, or playing a certain sport, pick your form of exercise and give it your all!
Foods Which Increase Happiness
Food itself can be a great mood booster, in a few different ways! It has been proven that eating high carbohydrate meals has positive effects on the balance of your brain, and your mood overall. However, there also is satisfaction to eating a consistent and healthy diet that you have planned for yourself.
Cheat meals are necessary for a mental break from the struggle of dieting day in and day out, and should be used wisely.
Sticking to a consistent diet over time with an appropriate amount of cheat meals will have you feeling both accomplished, and satisfied; allowing for more happiness in your life overall!
If you want more information on which foods can have the greatest effect on your overall level of happiness, I highly suggest this guide. Certain foods can have even more of an effect on your brain than others, and this guide does a great job of explaining a few of them!
Yoga and Meditation for Self-Acceptance
Yoga and meditation are both less about improvement of self, and more about acceptance of health.
Although yoga certainly is a form of exercise (and can even be intense exercise), it is much more geared toward learning to be happy in who you are. Taking the time for yourself to practice yoga, or meditate, will help you gain inner happiness daily!
Regardless of the way that you live your life, I think that we could all use some extra happiness! For some people, happiness is a much more natural state than for others. These tips can help you find a great balance and keep you happy and motivated, each day!