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50 Easy Ways to Be a Healthier Person

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Go to the park every day

Achieving happiness can be as easy as a walk in the park…literally. So next time you need a little boost in mood, spend time outdoors. Spending time outdoors can also help lower blood pressure and heart rate. As little as 20 minutes will do the trick. Some research also found that green spaces are linked to a lower risk of developing a psychiatric disorder.

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Exercise for 10 minutes

Most people have heard of “runners’ high.” This high applies not only to runners, but to all people engaged in a physical activity. During exercise, the body releases endorphins, which trigger a positive, happy feeling, just like morphine. Some research suggests that even just 10 minutes of exercise is enough to induce feelings of happiness. People who exercise about 10 minutes a day are more cheerful than those who never exercise. Physical activity can help protect against depression regardless of age and geographical region, according to a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

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Meditation has been associated for a long time with physiological benefits such as lowering blood pressure and helping to ease migraine headaches. Some studies have found that meditation has certain cognitive benefits as well, such as preventing brain cells from dying, helping people focus, and dealing with stress. Meditation helps reset the happiness point in the brain, rewiring major parts of it.

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Turn TV time into fitness time

It’s easy to be lazy as we stay home during the pandemic because we can’t go to the gym and instead spend days and nights binge-watching television series. You can use this time at home to work out and still watch your shows. Work out during commercials and do stretches or jumping jacks. Instead of munching on a snack, do some pushups. If you have to watch your show through the credits crawl, do some sit ups. Exercise while watching replays of great games of the past by running in place.

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Turn off tech

Technology has become an addiction. A Pew Research study found that 84% of cell phone users say they can’t go one day without their device. It stems from FOMO — the fear of missing out — a psychological condition connected with our need to be connected to our devices. To keep from being ruled by your devices, start your day without going on your phone. Power down your phone for a brief period, say lunch or dinner, and do so on a regular basis. Use tools available on the internet to block distracting websites, and manage your time more wisely.

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