“Time And health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted.” Denis Waitley
Health and happiness are tightly woven together. People who exercise are going to benefit from the post-exercise benefits for as much as 12 hours according to an article in U.S News and World Report. Twelve hours of positive benefits from moderate exercise (20 minutes) per day helps increase brain mood, or happiness.
How much exercise are you getting on a daily basis?
Another important factor is sleep. Regular, routine sleep of 7-8 hours. That makes a big difference. People with adequate sleep experience less stress and are able to handle stress better. The Huffington Post gives 11 reasons why sleep is beneficial. Creating new sleep habits, having regular times for sleep will provide long-term benefits. Instead of reading one more email, watching one more movie or doing one more extra thing at the end of the day, stop and go to bed instead. Getting the sleep you need will have long-term and short-term benefits and will improve your happiness as well.
How much sleep do you get each night?
Finally, diet. How many times in an average week do you find yourself at the counter of a fast food restaurant and most food chains qualify as fast food? In the US obesity is an epidemic. Cheap high calorie food for those who sit more at work and at home is contributing to increases in lifestyle diseases such as type II diabetes. In one report it is estimated that the current generation of kids is likely to have a shorter lifespan than their parents, reversing a long trend of longer lifespans. Eating cheap, available high calorie foods is not helping our kids, our families or our health. It may be convenient to stop and get a quick meal in the rush to cram a little bit more into a day, but eventually there is a high price to pay, and that will be quality of life. Lifestyle diseases are not easy to or cheap to fix. It pays to spend time preparing and eating healthy meals.
How much fast food is in your diet?
Health is a choice, getting 30 minutes of exercise per day, getting enough sleep per night and eating the right foods are all choices people make. Some people make those choices without thinking about the long-term consequences of those choices.
Being healthy leads to greater happiness, and it also leads to a higher quality of life. Think about your health habits, what could change to make your life better?