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Simple Lifestyle Changes for a Happier Life

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...
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Emotional Awareness

How to Be Healthy and Happy the Mindful Way

If you're like me, you have to make an effort to slow down, be present, and unwind.

We live in a fast paced world with incessant activity and multiple points of attention.

This is why learning and practicing mindfulness is such a wonderful tool for experiencing greater emotional and physical health.

Mindful practices and interventions such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and general mindfulness mediation have been shown to benefit people with...
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Happiness

Make Your Goals Engaging and Meaningful this New Year

As you consider any habits or unhealthy behavior you want to work on this New Year, there are two questions to ask yourself before making any resolutions:

First, why do you want to reach your resolution?

What's the purpose you want to lose weight, quite smoking, or give up caffeine?

I imagine you believe it will make you happier and more fulfilled. For many people, enhancing our well-being is a major reason we make lifestyle changes.

Secondly,...
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Health

Do You Take a Holiday Vacation to Enhance Your Well-being and Health?

Over the year stress can add up at work, and that once far off holiday vacation starts to look really appealing.

For most professionals the end of the year is an ideal time to take a vacation and get away from the responsibilities and demands that have consumed most of the past 11 months.

Holidays can be stressful in themselves, however, if we don't organize some free time and plan how we're going to manage...
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Health

How Does Going for a Walk Offer Psychological Benefit?

Exercise and physical activity has been shown to have great psychological benefits, and most likely this is nothing new to you.

However, due to a busy life and natural changes in our physical ability we may not find time or feel too exhausted to engage in a strenuous workout.

A simple solution is to go for a brisk walk. Walking is pleasurable for most people, it isn't excessively demanding, and it's a...
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Health

Do We Get Happier as We Get Older?

Most people don't look forward to the changes that come with old age. It's easy to focus on decline in cognitive ability, and the potential health problems and physical limitations. These notions can make old age seem less than satisfactory.

However, some research reveals that despite these general deficits, people may actually become happier as they age. Specifically, emotion regulation skills may improve with age, leading to decreasing negative affect, and more stable...
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Health

Lack of Sleep Getting you Down? Research Provides Tips for Better Sleep

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,
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Health

How Our Thoughts and Emotions Can Physically Heal or Harm

There are many things we can do to improve our physical health. We can exercise, eat a healthy diet, and get adequate sleep - just to name a few.

However, an often overlooked aspect of optimal health is how our emotions and thought life plays in role in our physical health.

Think about a time when you were emotionally exhausted and distressed. How did you feel physically after all was said...
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Health

7 Factors that Predict Positive Aging

The increasing number of older adults will be staggering over the next two decades. In order to have positive well-being, it is paramount that "baby-boomers," as well as future generations, consider the consequences of their lifestyle on mental and physical health.

This means having a healthy dose of positive emotions, the absence of physical disability, and general life-satisfaction as the people reach the second half of their life.

What can people do then...
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