Do you struggle to get out of bed in the morning? Maybe you hit the snooze button several times before dragging yourself out of your nice, warm bed, or maybe you sleep through your alarm altogether. I’ll admit, I’m not really much of a morning person. Waking up to this cold, rainy Oregon weather makes me want to burrow under my covers and stay there until summer.
Since that’s not exactly realistic, I decided that I needed to find some easy ways to start my day with energy and excitement. My morning routine consists of these 5 surprisingly simple habits with amazing benefits: Continue reading
2017 is going to be a great year. Your resolution is to get healthy, so you bought a gym membership, new workout clothes, and a giant tub of protein powder. You’re ready!
You arrive at the gym and circle the parking lot for 10 minutes until you finally find a spot. You hurry inside, excited for your first spin class, but quickly discover that all of the bikes are taken. You sigh, get on the only available treadmill, and force yourself to keep moving for 40 minutes. It’s not fun, but once you’re done, you’ve worked up a sweat. You decide to try your protein shake, but after one sip you wish you hadn’t bought that giant tub. It’s terrible!
After a few weeks, your attendance at the gym is dropping off, and you only sporadically remember that you even set that resolution. You’ll work out when the gym is less crowded. Or maybe when the weather is nicer.
Sound familiar? This scenario is common, but there’s something you can do about it!
Here are 5 steps to take to stick to your resolutions in 2017: Continue reading
Are you just starting out on a quest for better health and wellness? If so, you might be struggling to figure out where to begin. It can be overwhelming to make sense of all the information out there about how to live a healthy life.
The good news is that you don’t need to have it all figured out before starting. There are many simple things you can do that will make a difference. And with each small step you take, you’ll gain confidence to keep moving forward.
Here are 15 effortless ways to get started right now: Continue reading
It’s human nature to pay more attention to the negative things in our lives than the positive – after all, it’s how our ancestors survived! But while it may be natural to focus on our difficulties and the things in our lives that don’t go as planned, spending too much time stuck in those thoughts can lead to problems. You may not be able to change the situations that arise, but you can learn to look at the bright side, and boost your happiness in the process! Continue reading
Denmark is consistently at the top of the United Nations World Happiness report. In a country with often dreary weather and long, dark winter days, what’s their secret?
In a word: hygge. Pronounced “hoo-ga”, hygge doesn’t have an official translation, but refers generally to a feeling of coziness and contentment. It’s about having a sense of well being and enjoying life’s simple pleasures, both by yourself and with the people that you care about, and it’s an integral part of Danish culture. Continue reading
For more than 75 years, The Harvard Grant Study has been studying human development. It is the longest study of its kind and there are many key findings, but what may be the most important piece of learning is that happiness is not the result of having money, fame or any of the things that we typically associate with “the good life”. Continue reading