As adults, we all need to devote time to ourselves and improve the quality of our lives. In most cases, this has a lot to do with how we decide to live our life and the choices that we make on a daily basis.
The benefits of having fun and loving life are endless – and there is no person that would say that happiness is not healthy. Being happy is good for you and having fun, smiling, laughing and playing are all activities that improve the quality of your life – but also extend it. Most importantly, they are all habits that will make you look and feel younger but also make you younger in the eyes of others.
1. Practicing The Art Of Zen
In times when stress and exhaustion are present more than ever, people are not aware that too much of the two can be detrimental to their health. Stress affects every part of our body and brain physically, emotionally and mentally. So, how to deal with it?
It's simple – have fun and practice the art of zen as the best way to being healthy.
When you are stressed, your immune system weakens and increases your chances of getting sick. We can all recall times when we are stressed and when we feel that our head is about to explode. Being in a stressful situation triggers our entire body to the natural fight-or-flight response and causes physical changes from a rapid heartbeat to an increase in blood pressure. The anxiety overextends the stress response and causes the body harm.
And we now know that stress also reduces the length of our telomeres which causes disease and premature aging.
So, de-stressing is a must if you want to protect your body from diseases and ensuring that it is in tip-top shape. If your heart is healthy, your memory improves and you are sleeping well, de-stressing will also prevent obesity. Your mental health will improve as much as your physical appearance.
2. Time Management: How Scheduling Your Time Helps
Time management has a lot to do with de-stressing, according to many successful people who have been in overly-hectic situations during their lifetime. The importance of having a schedule goes a long way. If you are working, attending endless meetings, emails, conference calls and to-do lists can be overwhelming – but can also provide a lot of structure if you maintain it well.
It goes without saying that you should make time for yourself, your family and friends. A lot of people don't do this and are trapped in a never ending circle of work and more work, They have no time for anything and are in a constant state of stress, which leads to faster aging and eventually death. Most importantly, this leads to an unfulfilled and unhappy life.
3. An Endorphin Boost Is A Great Way To De-Stress
Playing sports can give you an endorphin boost – but also give you a sense of belonging. Playing for a team will teach you the values of team work, loyalty, respect as well as discipline. Of course, these are all secondary benefits of keeping your body fit and healthy – but they are also benefits of de-stressing and unwinding your mind and body.
Sports is linked to fun in a very simple way. When you are playing sports, your mind is focused. If it's a sport or activity that is to your liking, it will be hard to keep the natural grin off your face. Time goes by so fast, and you want to do more of it. After the sport or activity comes the reward that you want – a relaxed mind and body that is ready for sleep (or a productive day at work).
Whenever you are engaging in sports activities, your endorphin levels are rising. The ‘happy' hormone levels are also rising and you are feeling good, just like your mind and body during and after the activity.
4. Patience Is A Virtue – And Happiness Is A Habit
It's true that stress and impatience are close friends. However, this is not the case for people who take the long view in life. If you are patient and see the forest as more than just trees, you will know that the real value of life is all about having fun. There is no setback that could be deadly for you – and with the right attitude – you can get over it and focus your mind on the long view.
Similar to patience is happiness. The key to it, according to many, is to not see happiness as a destination, but as a journey that goes on during every moment of your life. If you know that you can be happy at every moment just because you are alive, you can actively look for what you can do to become even happier as the days go by.
So, be grateful for what you have instead of focusing on what others have or what you don’t have. Make the most of your belongings and your mindset. Be patient, be happy and always practice gratitude so that you see yourself as plentiful rather than empty. Believe it or not, these mindset changes can help you a lot when de-stressing and making your life worth living.
You may not believe this but being patient and being happy are just a choice that you get to make. The old saying is so true – Its not what happens to you, but how you react that determines how you live your life
5. Spending Time With Friends And Family
As we grow older and life takes its twists and turns we often lose our closest relationships through break ups, divorces or death. Being left to live alone. It is essential that you have a group of great friends to then share your life with. There are a lot of really lonely people out there and it is just not healthy.
According to a Harvard happiness expert named Daniel Gilbert, one of the biggest sources of happiness in our lives comes from our relationships. They are worth more than you think – and not feeling socially connected can definitely make you less intelligent and end up killing you.
Loneliness leads to heart attack, stroke and diabetes. If you ask people who lived the longest on our planet, they will all tell you that social engagement and good relationships are what matters most – even more than exercising.
So yes, friends are key to improving your life. Sometimes, telling your friends how you feel, sharing good news and enthusiastically responding to their good news can improve your relationships and the quality of your life in general.
Want to instantly become happier and look and feel younger? Build relationships and do kind things for your friends and family!