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26 Practical Actions to Be Healthy and Happy All Through the Year

26 Practical Actions to Be Healthy and Happy All Through the Year

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As we look forward to the new year, we may be wondering what we can do to help to make our new year healthy and happy.

Most things are easy and they can make us or others for whom we care happy and healthy too!

There are things we can all do each day.

They aren’t that hard and can make a big difference in our health and outlook!

Attitude is Everything

Studies show that when you have a positive attitude, your health is impacted positively.

Happy people get sick less often (yes, really!).

Depression and even anxiety can lead to illness but good attitude can protect us from diseases like heart disease, asthma, diabetes and maybe even cancer.

Even sick people who have a positive outlook recover quicker.

Dr. Ellen Idler, an Emory University professor, who studies attitude and illness states “People should occasionally turn their attention away from risks to their health and focus on the resources they have to stay healthy.”

Ways To Be Happier And Healthier Everyday!

Here are some actions you and your senior loved one can take each day to improve not only your health but also your happiness!

  1. Smile — it will make you feel better and it’s contagious
  2. Dress right for the weather
  3. Visit the dentist regularly
  4. Get plenty of rest
  5. Make sure your hair is dry before going outside
  6. Eat right
  7. Get outside in the sun every once in a while
  8. Always wear a seatbelt
  9. Control your drinking of alcoholic beverages
  10. Brush twice a day! Don’t forget to floss!
  11. Don’t over indulge yourself
  12. Bathe regularly
  13. Read to exercise the brain
  14. Surround yourself with friends
  15. Stay away from too much caffeine
  16. Use the bathroom regularly and drink a glass of water each time you go
  17. Get plenty of exercise
  18. Have your eyes checked regularly
  19. Eat plenty of vegetables and enjoy a rainbow of nutrition
  20. Believe that people will like you for who you are
  21. Forgive and forget
  22. Take plenty of vacations
  23. Celebrate all special occasions
  24. Pick up a hobby
  25. Love your neighbor as yourself
  26. Have a nice day and spread it to others!

Most of these things are easy to do and we already practice them at times.

Getting a reminder to incorporate these activities into our daily routines, so that they become habit, can help caregivers and their seniors obtain a better quality of life.

We hope you all enjoy spreading your attitude with others as we begin a New Year and continue it throughout the new year!

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