5 Ways To Increase Your Happiness Now!

sun_avatar_clip_art_12767We all want to be happy.  Did you know there are steps we can take to be happier?

Here’s How To Increase Your Happiness!

1.  Invest time in your family and friends.  Studies have shown that strong family ties reduce rates of depression, suicide and stress, and may even help you live longer.  Happiness Action Steps:  Create a family ritual such as a weekly family meal or an annual vacation, and schedule an afternoon playing golf or wine tasting with friends.

2.  Find your purpose.  Happy people have a reason to get up in the morning, are able to live their values and use their skills and talents to fuel their passions in their professions, the community and their personal lives.  Happiness Action Steps:  What’s your “why”?  If you’re not sure, ask:

  • When do I feel fulfilled or happiest?
  • When do I feel that I am maximizing my full potential?
  • What do I want my life to look like in a year?  Five years?  Ten years?

3.  Have faith.  Religious people tend to be happier than nonreligious people and may even deal with setbacks better.  Additionally, having faith helps people find perspective.  Happiness Action Step:  Take a few minutes to pray or meditate every day.

4.  Get your financial house in order.  The happiest people may not be rich, but they have enough money to be comfortable.  Take control of your finances, and put the stress to rest.  Happiness Action Steps:  Create a spending plan that accounts for all of your income and expenses, make a plan to get out of debit, and enroll in an automatic savings or investment plan.

5.  Exercise and eat right.  Exercise releases endorphins, the ultimate mood booster.  Eating a healthy diet full of vegetables, fruit, beans and nuts has been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.  Happiness Action Steps:  Take a walk during your lunch hour, or join a gym or recreational sports team.  Write a shopping list that includes mostly healthy foods and stick to it.

Naples Florida has many health food stores and excellent healthy exercise options.  Whole Foods is located at the Mercato where our office is and offers a great variety of healthy foods.  Come shop at Whole Foods and then visit our office.  We can look at properties that are available in the Naples area and plan your dream retirement.  Healthy, happy living in Naples Florida.  What could be better?

Remember, it is always toasty in Naples and you deserve your piece of Naples sunshine.

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