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If I want to feel happier and more contentment, I try to increase positive emotions, engage in meaningful activities, meditate, and spend time with loved ones. All of these ideas work pretty well, though there are also other aspects of well-being I don't always consider. For instance, I'm not the type of person who counts calories and watches what I eat. Frankly I can still eat about anything I want without it negatively affecting my appearance (though I think my metabolism is finally starting to slow now that I'm 28). Because of this I tend to disregard how my diet and related lifestyle impacts my mood and mental health. By no means do I eat unhealthy, I'm just not highly restricted. However, over the past few months I have set some goals in this area and have now started to incorporate a more well-rounded diet. Coincidentally, I notice a positive difference in my energy level and attitude.
If you're like most people, sleep is crucial for your well-being. Research increasingly reveals that people do not function optimally when they are sleep deprived. Sleep gives us energy, a positive attitude, and better ability to cope with daily stress. We need adequate sleep for physical restoration, growth, adaptability and memory. In general, Americans, particularly adolescents and aging adults, don't get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation can decrease our cognitive ability to focus, problem solve, and maintain attention, and it can cause irritability and emotional irregularity. All of which can interfere with positive well-being. So, what can be done to help us sleep better and be more rested? Often, sleep disturbances are related to excessive worrying and general arousal during bed time - this could be from our drinking and eating habits, or a general inability to relax and wind down.