10 Easy Ways To Be Happy & Healthy Today

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I'm a Certified Heath Coach, longtime blogger, and host of The Elizabeth Rider Show. In addition to writing recipes (I love to eat!), I believe that embracing your personal evolution and taking responsibility for your happiness are the keys to living a fulfilling life.


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Here are 10 easy ways to get happy & healthy today:

1. Spend at least 15 minutes outside. Every. Single. Day.

Fresh air, sunshine (even when it’s cold) and connecting with nature are key to any person’s health & happiness. A deficiency in Vitamin D can cause depression and a whole host of other health issues, so get outside as often as you can.

2. Call an old friend and reminisce.

Feed your soul with some friend time. Genuinely caring how your friends are doing in life and listening to what’s new with them will warm your mind, body & spirit.

3. Play with a pet.

Because, really, has petting a dog or cat ever made you sad? It’s been proven many times over that people who own pets are healthier than people who don’t.

4. Volunteer.

Being of service is one of the most gratifying things you can do with your free time. Volunteer your time and skills to make someone else’s life a little brighter and lighter.

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5. Sweat.

Aerobic exercise releases stress and boosts serotonin levels, which gives you that mood boosting “high” after a workout. You’ll get a double dose of physical and mental health from even just 30 minutes of physical activity, so get on it asap.

6. Give a someone a compliment.

Feel good by making other people feel good.

7. Make some green juice.

All of the vitamins and minerals in green juice will make flush the body of toxins and give you a mood-boosting energy kick.

8. Indulge in a little self-care.

Our minds are running 24/7, put down the technology and indulge in something that allows you to relax and let your mind go. Choose something that’s right for you – it might be meditation, hiking, a long hot bath with a gossip magazine – whatever just helps you let your mind go.

9. Eat some chocolate.

But choose wisely. Chocolate contains powerful antioxidants and mood-boosting compounds – just make sure it’s at least 70% cocoa and choose organic if you can. Skip the milk-chocolate and candy bars, they’re mostly sugar and will actually make you feel depressed about an hour after you eat them.

10. Forgive someone.

I once heard a quote that went something like this: “Holding a grudge is like letting someone live rent-free in your mind.” Well isn’t that the truth!? Finally letting go of a grudge and forgiving someone will melt tension out of your body. Maybe it’s a close friend, maybe it’s yourself? Whoever it is, let it go. Life’s too short to let a grudge take up space in your beautiful mind.

Now it’s your turn. What makes you happy? Let me know in the comments below to inspire other readers to find happiness, too.


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  1. Thelma Harvey says:

    I have made the choice to be ” healthfully selfish” – releasing the people/places/things that do not contribute to my overall Happiness. In the long run, I KNOW this is in my best interests and all good is coming my way now.

  2. love this.. I have also made a huge point to get out of my chair every 50 minutes I sit at my desk writing, and do some yoga.. it’s made all the difference in how tight i feel the next morning.. ; )

  3. Dawn says:

    The smell of fresh cut grass, the laughter of my children, the aroma of the Sunday dinner my grandmother use to make, the chaos of family gatherings, music……

    • So beautiful 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

      • gazi says:

        Happiness and health are inextricably linked. Maintaining both of these states at the level is not so difficult. 6 ways to be healthy and happy. The ticking of the clock, hot showers, low-fat cottage cheese, and other things that are best left out in order to be healthy and happy.

  4. Cheryl Magby says:

    I really needed this, this morning! Thanks

  5. lauryce moore says:

    Such a cool quote, but so very true. You can’t be happy when you are not feeling your best! great tis as always 🙂

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