Life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows…
Some days are full of temper tantrums, bills to pay, deadlines to meet, disagreement with your spouse, piles of laundry, traffic jams, emergencies and struggles with your health.
And some days your circumstances are so awful that it can seem impossible to put a smile on your face and keep moving forward. But as Gretchen Rubin taught me years ago it’s almost always possible to be just 1% happier.
In fact, she inspired this week's article with what I shared in last week's office newsletter.
So here are 10 suggestions that I know will make you even 1% happier. Some will give you an immediate boost (like what going to the park does to my daughter Mila), and others are well worth the wait for the effects to kick in...
1. Look at old family photos or videos.
2. Donate to a family less fortunate than you (like our Holiday Adopt-a-Family campaign.)
3. Tidy up a small space (drawer, desk, cupboard) that you’ve been procrastinating on.
4. Start supplementing with vitamin D (especially now that we’re entering the winter months) as it has an affect on serotonin levels (your happiness hormone) in the brain.
5. Go for a walk (even a short one around the block will do).
6. Increase the amount of anti-inflammatory foods in your diet (vegetables, fresh fruit, fish, seafood, avocado, nuts just to name a few). Inflammation is a normal physiological response to injury or stress, but if it’s left “on” for too long, it can cause problems in the body, including changes in mood.
7. Delegate something (buy your lunch or morning coffee, get a car wash, hire someone to clean your house). Sometimes we just need something simple taken off of our daily to do list when we’re feeling overwhelmed.
8. Come into the office for a chiropractic check up and adjustment. A headache, injury or general pain can really bring your mood down. This is just one of the reasons patients regularly report better mood and more positive attitude on their progress examination paperwork.
9. Take a nap (or just lay down and close your eyes for a few minutes.)
10. Take a probiotic supplement or increase the amount of fermented foods in your diet. A healthy and happy gut equals a healthy and happy brain (due to their connection via the vagus nerve.)
I hope you found these happiness boosters helpful.
Make it a great week.
-- Dr. Jenna