Simple ways to live a healthy, happy life

Everyone wants to be healthy and happy. Here are some simple changes that will make a huge difference in the quality of your life.

Reach out – Increasing physical contact can be an automatic stress reliever. Look at hugging and holding your loved ones more often to lift your mood and theirs.

Be giving – Offering to help others, however small, will give you new clarity on your problems and make you feel better about yourself as you realize that you can make a difference in the lives of others.

Nourish a network of friends – Connecting with friends on a regular basis will help you handle the challenges of life better as you always know that you can speak to your friends when things get rough.

Do something different – Weekend activities should recharge your mind and body. Look at inexpensive ways to meet friends, get exercise and to learn something new.

Explore your spirituality – If you don’t follow a religion, look at other ways to improve your spirituality, by meditating or taking up yoga.

Enliven traditions – Traditions help build a strong extended family, and this can be a confidence booster. Try your best to continue traditions and look at fun ways to improve activities and events.

Move more – Sitting all day is unhealthy. Look at taking up a workout class, visiting a gym or including a daily walk or run outdoors.