04 Dec 5 healthy hacks for happiness!
via Fulfilment daily by Corinne Keating
The Challenge: Sometimes the grind of life can make us feel worn out.
The Science: There are small ways to tap into your body to help you feel energized.
The Solution: Try these 5 hacks to boost your mood!
Feeling not-so-swell at the moment? No need to wait it out! With these simple, science-backed tweaks to your daily routine, you’ll feel perked up in no time.
1. Do a Power Pose or Work Those Abs
Confidence often seems like it flows from the inside out. But did you know it flows the other way, too?
Movement can decrease stress in minutes. Research by neuroscientist Peter Strick shows that abdominal strength in particular, can help calm down our adrenals. In other words, doing a few crunches actually may decrease the stress levels in your brain. And if you can’t start crunching right there and then, try breathing. Research shows that slow breathing can change how you feel in minutes, lowering your heart rate and blood pressure.
2. Smile Like You Mean It
The operative word here is “like.” Even though it’s best to give a genuine or Duchenne smile, faking it can already tone down your body’s stress response. Also, when you look at a smile, it’s the emotional equivalent of receiving 2,000 chocolate bars or 16,000 pounds (approximately 20,000 U.S. dollars). “A smile is your best makeup,” indeed!
Luckily, it doesn’t take much to turn your frown upside down! All you have to do is visualize one event that brought you joy, or “think happy thoughts,” if you will. Practice your smile in front of the mirror, and do it as often as you can until you’re comfortable…
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