Jersey Girl, Texan Heart: My 5 Keys to Happiness // Healthy Habits
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My 5 Keys to Happiness // Healthy Habits

3:30 AM

"I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person." –Audrey Hepburn

For today’s Healthy Habits link up I want to do something a little different.  I want to talk a little more about mental health rather than physical health.  I wanted to talk about the importance of happiness and laughter.  You know the saying misery loves company?  It’s not great for your health either as researchers say.  Negative emotions can cause higher levels of stress as I’m sure we all know and stress causes so many health problems that I’m sure a lot of us would love to do without.  I did a little research, and this is what I found.

Happiness has been correlated with better health, both in individuals and communities.  Some studies have even suggested that states of happiness may be associated with lower stress-related hormones and better immune function. (via)

A Harvard University study found that optimists are not only happier but are 50% less likely to have heart disease, a heart attack or a stroke. It turns out that keeping a positive outlook actually offers protection against cardiovascular disease. (via)

Research shows that laughing doesn't just signal happiness, it produces it. When we laugh, our stress hormones decrease and our endorphins rise. Endorphins are the same brain chemicals associated with the "runner's high" you get from exercise.

Laughing is also good for your heart. A study found that only 8% of heart patients who were made to laugh daily had a second heart attack within a year, compared with 42% of the non-laughers.
Studies show our bodies can't differentiate between fake and real laughter; you'll get the health boost either way. So you can even fake it until you make it. Laugh in your car, in the shower -- force yourself to start laughing a few minutes every day. (via)


Don’t get me wrong with the day time job I have (Marketing) it gets super stressful and sometimes I have to get up and walk away from my desk because I can feel my mind just spiraling out of control.  I still remain as happy as I can be.  Outside of work I have decided that I won’t carry whatever happened at work with me, and on top of that, whatever happened the day before is history because it’s a new day.  So how do I stay happy?  I want to share with you, 5 ways that I stay happy.

1.  The Past is the Past

As I stated previously that what happens the day before is exactly the that.  It’s the day before so whatever happened leave it there.  Today is a new day.  It’s a new beginning.  Think of today as a fresh start.  Even if there are unresolved issues from yesterday, at least you can look at them with a clearer view now.  If you have unresolved issues whether it be personal or work, try to take care of these the day before.  You’re only going to stress yourself out and worry until it is resolved, at least I know I do.

2.  “Happy girls are the prettiest girls.”

Yes, this is another Audrey Hepburn quote.  This can also be the same for guys so happy guys are the most handsome guys.  Audrey Hepburn really knew what she was talking about with this quote.  I mean just look at yourself in the mirror when you’re happy and when you’re upset.  You just don’t look the same.  When you’re upset you don’t look approachable and people don’t want to be a part of the negative vibes that you have going on.  However, if you have a smile on your face or even if you’re laughing you just look so much better and nicer.  People want to be around positive energy because they can think of you as the sunshine that makes their day brighter.  I don’t like to take life too seriously.  Now hear me out before you start shaking your head.  Certain situations I’ll be serious but other than that, why do we all have to be so serious all the time, loosen up, joke a little!

3.  Take a deep breath and exhale

I don’t care what anyone says, sometimes doing this really helps.  You exhale all of the negative emotions and feelings and carry on with life.  Whether this be actually physically exhaling, or just taking a mental break from your everyday life.  When you're stressing out you need to find at least 5 minutes to sit down and relax.  Sometimes even just walking to the bathroom at work can be used to de-stress.  

4.  Experience

I really can’t stress enough how important it is to experience new things. This keeps life interesting and you won’t be stuck in the same monotonous routine because let’s face it, routines are no fun.  After a while everything just gets boring and where’s the fun in that?  Over the past few years life has changed so much and once I took that leap of faith to start experiencing different things my days became a little brighter and exciting.  Even with my blogging, it’s been such an amazing journey with all of the things I’ve done and all of the people I’ve met.  You don’t have to spend money on traveling or something to experience new things either.  How about taking a hike at your local state forest?  Or what about going to that winery you pass by all the time and attending grape stomping?  It’s little experiences like this that don’t cost you a $1200 plane ticket (well maybe not that much depending on where you’re going) that are so much fun and definitely worth it.

5.  Learn to let go and move on

I know that letting go is hard.  Trust me, I know.  Whether it be something happening at work or something happening in your personal life let it go.  Reevaluate your life right now.  What is driving you absolutely bonkers?  Is it really worth it?  Is it really worth getting worked up over?

If you’ve read down to this point I applaud you because that is A LOT of reading! 

“Don’t worry, be happy.”

Linking up with Katie Did What for Healthy Habits!


**Please note, I am not a licensed trainer, nor do I claim to know about health and fitness.  I am not a licensed nutritionist.  These are things that I do and in my opinion work for me, I do not know if they are harmful.

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  1. I have the hardest time with #1 and #5 but I'm working on them!

    1. It really is a lot harder than I wrote it. It took me many years to learn how to do that and when I finally did it I felt so much better!

  2. LOVE love love!!!!! Seriously, thank you for making me HAPPY this morning!! :)


  3. I love this so much!! I try to be happy and positive everyday as much as possible! I especially believe in the past is the past! I don't want to get caught up in things that don't matter anymore!


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