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How to be happier in 2023

“What if I told you there was a way to be happier in 2023? A way that didn’t involve spending more money, or waiting for the perfect job, relationship, or body? Intrigued? Keep reading.”

Wake up earlier to enjoy the peace and quiet of the morning.

As many science experiments have demonstrated, it would seem that those who wake up earlier in the morning are more likely to experience the unique type of peace and quiet that can only be found at that time of day. After a good night’s rest and before the world starts spinning faster, life is slowed down and that sensation of inner relaxation is palpable. Rising with the sun also sends out signals to your body to increase alertness, sharpen focus and put you on course for a more productive day. All this is amplified by being one of the few people up so early, allowing you to enjoy every precious moment in silence. If a peaceful start to your journey each morning sounds appealing, try it soon – you’re sure to be charmed!

3d render of young gen z happy looking up looking at possibilities of life how to be happier

3d render of young gen z happy looking up looking at possibilities of life how to be happier

Make time for yourself every day, even if it’s just 10 minutes.

Even if it feels like you don’t have the time, taking 10 minutes to yourself every day can do wonders for your well-being. Studies show that taking even a brief amount of time each day to relax can reduce stress and anxiety, boost creativity and memory, and give us the energy needed to push forward with renewed enthusiasm. So make sure you find those 10 valuable minutes for yourself – it might just change your life!

Get outside in nature, even if it’s just a walk around the block.

Did you know that spending time in nature can actually have demonstrable health benefits? According to a study published in Environmental Science & Technology, taking a walk outdoors can reduce stress levels and heart rate while elevating mood. In this day and age of technology and convenience, we often forget the immense value of the natural world around us! So don’t be shy – the wonders of nature are ready for you to explore! Pack a picnic, take your pet, or just step outside with no agenda – it really is just that simple to get yourself out there for some fresh air and sunshine (bonus points if there’s also wildlife watching!). No matter how big or small, getting outside into nature is always worth it.

Exercise regularly, even if it’s just a brisk walk

Exercise is known to be a panacea; it’s the key to living a longer and healthier life. While big feats of athleticism might be inspiring, exercising regularly doesn’t have to mean breaking sweat at a gym or training for a marathon – even just going on a brisk walk can help your health in several ways. Studies have shown that regular low-intensity exercise has tremendous potential to reduce inflammation, improve cardiovascular health, stimulate memory function and protect brain health, along with many other benefits. So why not lace up those shoes or step outside and enjoy the fresh air? You don’t have to push yourself too hard — just get up and move!

Connect with loved ones, even if it’s just a phone call or text message

Who would have thought – just one phone call or text message can instantly make you feel so much better! According to recent studies, staying in touch with our loved ones is good for our mental and emotional wellbeing. Research also shows that communicating can help reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep quality, and promote overall happiness. So why not take the time to stay connected? Pick up the phone or shoot a text message – it might just be the best thing you do all day. Who knows? You may even have you laughing so hard your stomach hurts!

Do something you enjoy every day, even if it’s just reading your favorite book

If you’ve ever asked yourself why there never seems to be enough time, the answer is likely simpler than it seems: you’re not doing what you love every day. Adding something enjoyable to your routine has been seen to increase endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine levels in the brain – all of which have positive impacts such as better concentration, positivity and motivation. Remember, a happy  and fulfilling life can take many forms – badminton at sunset could be considered just as soul-nurturing as reading your favorite book with a cup of tea in hand!

It turns out that there are some benefits to living a slower-paced life after all. If you want to enjoy the benefits of a slow pace lifestyle, try incorporating some of these tips into your everyday routine. You may be surprised at how much better you feel when you take the time to care for yourself. And who knows, maybe you’ll even inspire those around you to do the same!

by Jace A.

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