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    5 Things Happy & Healthy People Never Do

    With the New Year finally here many of us are working on ourselves. We are going to the gym, going on diets and trying to be a bit nicer to others (hopefully). Perhaps the most overlooked resolution is improving your mental well-being. The path to happiness is certainly not always clear. But, have you ever considered that maybe you could achieve a happier you by what you don’t do? I’ve compiled a short list of things that mentally healthy and happy people never do. Follow these and you’ll be on the path to being your best.   1. They don’t think about the things they don’t have If you’re reading this, odds are your life is pretty good. Think about it. You live in a country that is well off and provides you the opportunity to be connected to the internet. That alone is something to be thankful for! If you spend your time focusing on the things you wish you had, you are setting yourself up for sadness. Instead, be sure to focus on all of the good things in your life. You will be much better off and the world will brighten up around you! Try it. It works.   2. They don’t make excuses for physical health You know you should go to the gym. You know you should go for that run. So, do it! Regardless of the obvious physical benefits dragging yourself out of bed or off the couch to achieve a personal fitness goal will do wonders for your happiness. I guarantee that you almost always feel incredible when you are finished with a workout. This is no accident. The chemicals released from your body during a workout pay enormous dividends for your mental well-being. If you want to be happier, force yourself to get out there and be active. You’ll feel great after you accomplish your goal, no matter how small.   3. They don’t spend time with negative people People can bring you down. It is nearly impossible to stay up-beat when surrounded by whiners and complainers. Some people simply see the bad in everything and they are toxic to your happiness and health! The key is to avoid spending time with these people. I’m sure some of them are close friends or loved ones. I know this to be the case with me! You should not cut these people out of your life, but rather keep time with them to a minimum. You can try your best to sway these people to the light side of life, but more often than not you’re wasting your time. Don’t let them bring you down. Surround yourself with people who smile and laugh!   4. They don’t compare themselves to others This is a big one. Social media makes this more relevant than ever before. Stop trying to make your life like someone else’s. It is imperative you don’t look at other people’s successes and negatively judge yourself. Again, reflect on the positive aspects of your life. There will always be someone else who you perceive to be luckier, more successful or happier than you. The best way to avoid this is to cut out looking at other people’s lives altogether. Get off of social media unless you are connecting with friends and family. If you do see success in someone else’s life, embrace it! Be happy for them and it will in turn make you happier as well. Odds are people are a little jealous of your life too!   5. They don’t sweat the small stuff You’ve heard this before. If you start embracing this idea, life will become some much more fulfilling and positive. If you think something has gone wrong in your day, take a step back and ask yourself: “Is it really such a big deal.” Take a deep breath and count the blessings in your life. You will quickly realize that this is really a miniscule mishap in the grand scheme of life! Life is good. Remember, these are little things. Don’t let them get to you!   Keep a positive outlook on life and good things will consistently come your way. It is all about your attitude and the angle in which you view everyday occurrences. Happiness is obtainable for everyone, but it starts with a conscious effort to make it so. Make sure you are doing things to make you happier and also avoiding doing the things get you down. The road to a happier you starts with just that: YOU.   By Pat DeRiso Sources: Prevention Magazine

    6 Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

    Let’s face it, Thanksgiving is a time for feasting. As much as we are happy to give thanks, what most of us are looking forward to is the meal itself. This isn’t a bad thing. But wouldn’t it be nice if we found ways to stay healthier on the annual day of overeating? Here’s a small list of ways you can feel a bit better as you push yourself away from the table this year.   1. Get Out and Play Having the family over for Thanksgiving is the perfect time to get out and be active together! Would you rather catch up with everyone huddled around the TV or outside over some fun backyard games? This is a great way for you and the family to get some much needed exercise before or after the big feast! Create memories for a lifetime and burn some calories in the process of creating a new holiday tradition.  

    2. Go Heavy on the Veggies
    It’s easy to eat too much of the bad stuff on Thanksgiving. And you know who the culprits are: Stuffing, finger foods, chips, etc. The list goes on and on. I’m not saying to avoid these delectable holiday staples, just be sure to ration them. Go ahead and enjoy your favorites, but be reasonable! If you are still starving come time for the big meal, be sure to eat plenty of the vegetables at the table. You will feel better about the delicious desserts that are on their way!
      3. Slow Down! One of the biggest reasons for weight gain on Thanksgiving is over-eating. Sure, you may think this is a staple of the holiday. But, it certainly doesn’t have to be. You’ve waited all year for this moment. Shouldn’t your goal be to savor the meal? Eat as slow as you can. This will give your body time to realize it’s full and control its caloric intake. Be sure to put the fork down when your body says it’s had enough!
      4. Lose the Diet for the Day Don’t try to stick to a strict diet on Thanksgiving. It is simply unfair to your mental health to put unreasonable constraints on yourself during the holiday meal. Instead, focus on weight management. Don’t be thinking about weight loss on Thanksgiving, but rather an objective of maintaining your current weight. Save your diets for after the holiday when you can realistically achieve your goals.
      5. Don’t Skip Breakfast
    The big meal of the holiday is daunting. You know you are going to eat. And despite my advice, you will probably eat too much! That’s fine. But, the worst thing you can do is skip the most important meal of the day! Many people will opt to skip breakfast when the big meal is on the way. However, eating a healthy breakfast will kick-start your metabolism and prepare your body for the feast. Not eating in the morning will actually cause greater weight gain. So grab a light breakfast and your body will be thankful!
      6. Take Time to Be Thankful This may seem very straightforward and a bit cliché. However, there are few better ways to improve mental health than reflecting on what it is you and your family are thankful for. Take time out of the chaotic day to reflect on all of the good in your life and your mind will certainly be grateful.
      These are just a few ways for you to be healthier this Thanksgiving. The important takeaway here is to have fun and not worry about your diet or weight gain so much. Follow these simple tips and you can feel confident about your health this holiday weekend!   By Pat DeRiso Sources: webmd.com, huffingtonpost.com