KEY TO LASTING HAPPINESS
Put a little more ‘happy’ into your Happy New Year with help from Lifeshape Clinic dietitian Nicola Moore
Start by looking within, be mindful, and savour moments,” says Nicola. “Notice the vibrancy of the colours as you chop vegetables for dinner or admire a beautiful sunset. While you are busy being mindful, you might begin to feel appreciative or grateful.”
The more you give, the more your life satisfaction and sense of purpose will increase.
“Be generous and empathetic towards others,” says Nicola. “This builds social connection. The more socially connected we are, the happier we feel.”
The ‘feel–good’ factor that comes from a moderate-effort exercise session lasts well beyond the session time.
“This means there’s potential to achieve a whole day of bliss for less than an hour of effort,” says Nicola. “I don’t know about you, but in my book that’s an excellent return on investment! Look for walking groups, yoga or Pilates in parks, outdoor pools or bike to work.”
If we feel a need for ‘comfort’, we may seek out foods that are highly processed and high in fat and sugar. While this kind of eating can reduce uncomfortable emotions in the short term, the joy doesn’t usually extend beyond the first few mouthfuls.
“Vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts, salmon, and olive oil support a glass–half–full approach to life,” says Nicola.
“The gut and the brain are connected when it comes to mood, so think about including onions, leeks, asparagus, garlic, fermented foods, and yoghurt in your meals which contain prebiotics, probiotics and fibre to maintain a healthy gut microbiome.”
Don’t be disheartened if you’re not feeling the vibe at day one.
Research suggests lasting happiness isn’t borne out of a one-off event.
It’s about being consistent with behaviours that become habits and help us to feel content.
Set realistic goals and, soon enough, savouring the sunrise will become your ‘happier’ choice!
For more details contact Lifeshape Clinic on 1800 567 348 or via www.lifeshape.com.au
EVEN A SMALL AMOUNT OF EXERCISE WILL HAVE YOU FEELING GREAT