With all that is going on right now, we cannot deny that we are all stressed and this is taking a toll on our overall well-being. That is – our mind, our heart, and our body’s health.

How are you?

How is your heart? We hope you are keeping things bright (the word we’re trying to say is positive, but it just has a bad rap right now so…) because your mental health is a big factor in your overall well-being! If the mind and heart are happy, the whole body follows – you’ll have more energy and you’ll be able to do more things that are, well, positive not just for you but for everybody around you! This is the kind of positive we’d like to have around!

Do you know that physical activity like simple stretching every day can up your mood? We encourage daily exercise – it doesn’t have to be strenuous, just make sure you get that blood circulating and you’re good! Instant mood boost!

The health benefits of positive thinking

Researchers continue to explore the effects of positive thinking and optimism on health. Health benefits that positive thinking may provide include:

  • Increased life span
  • Lower rates of depression
  • Lower levels of distress
  • Greater resistance to the common cold
  • Better psychological and physical well-being
  • Better cardiovascular health and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
  • Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress

It’s unclear why people who engage in positive thinking experience these health benefits. One theory is that having a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body.

It’s also thought that positive and optimistic people tend to live healthier lifestyles — they get more physical activity, follow a healthier diet, and don’t smoke or drink alcohol in excess.
Source: www.mayoclinic.org

How does exercising make you happy?

When you exercise, the body releases chemicals that boost your sense of well-being and suppresses hormones that cause stress and anxiety. Among the chemicals released are endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine neurotransmitters which are related to pain and depression emotions.

Source: https://www.athletico.com

These foods will boost your mood and make you happy

  • Quinoa
  • Salmon
  • Mushrooms
  • Dark chocolate
  • Foods with probiotics
  • B6 vitamins
  • Grapes
  • Folic acid – bok choy, turnip greens
  • Vitamin C
  • Magnesium

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