Expert Advice: 11 Tips for Boosting Your Daily Happiness| The Health Sessions

Expert Advice: 11 Tips for Boosting Your Daily Happiness

“Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” – Margaret Lee Runbeck

Do you wake up in the morning feeling positive about life?

Most of the health advice we receive encourages us to eat healthily, be physically active and avoid bad habits like smoking. But it may be time to add “be happy” to the list of standard health recommendations.

An overwhelming amount of scientific studies have found that optimistic people who enjoy life have stronger immune systems, lower stress levels, less pain and even a longer life expectancy than unhappy people.

You might be wondering how you can start to feel happier when you’re struggling with daily hassles and life’s difficulties.

Being happy doesn’t mean you have to be cheerful and smiling all the time. Happiness is an overall satisfaction with your life, as well as the sum of the fleeting feelings you experience every day.

Research by Barbara Fredrickson shows that, in order to flourish, we should have three positive emotions for every negative one. To feel happier, we shouldn’t focus on avoiding bad moments, but on finding ways to increase the positivity in our lives.

So what can you do to cultivate more positive emotions like joy, love and gratitude? What small change can you make that will have a profound impact on your daily happiness? 

Six experts on emotional wellbeing share their best tips on how to be happy.

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40 Delicious Ways to Eat More Vegetables Every Day | The Health Sessions

40 Delicious and Easy Ways to Eat More Vegetables Every Day

Your mother, doctor and diet books have all been saying it for years: eat your vegetables.

We all know that greens are packed with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that boost our health. Research has linked eating plenty of vegetables to a lowered risk for heart disease and cancer, better weight management and even happiness.

But often a busy work – and social life get in the way of eating those five servings a day. Not to mention that eating 200 grams of vegetables on a daily basis can seem like a lot to chew on.

And it’s not just you. Studies have shown that only 1 out of 10 British and American adults eat the recommended amount of veggies a day.

So how can you add more green to your diet?

These 40 delicious ideas will show you how you can easily slip in more vegetables, even on days when you have little time to cook.

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How to Relieve Pain Naturally | The Health Sessions

How to Relieve Pain Naturally

Waves of aching pulsing through your brain.

Sharp sensations shooting in your backside.

Intense cramping in your stomach.

Being in pain can seriously ruin your day. It’s no wonder most of us are quick to take a painkiller to stop the aching so we can get on with our lives. But mindlessly popping a pill can carry potential risks that may make you want to consider (complimentary) natural ways to ease your pain.

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19 Quirky Ways to Fit More Physical Activity Into Your Busy Day | The Health Sessions

19 Quirky Ideas to Fit More Physical Activity into Your Busy Day

Have you ever realised how many hours you spend sitting down each day?

Most of us drive to work, sit behind a desk all day, before we go home again to chill out on the couch. Apparently, the average adult spends 9,3 hours sitting down – and it’s slowly killing us.

Research has shown that for every hour you spend in front of the TV or computer, your life expectancy lowers by 21,8 minutes – even if you exercise the recommended 30 minutes a day.

Every time you sit, the electrical activity in your muscles immediately slows down. This causes a chain reaction of damaging metabolic effects: your calorie-burning rate drops sharply, while your bad cholesterol and blood sugar levels go up. That’s how a sedentary lifestyle increases your risk of weight gain, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

So how can you reduce your daily sitting time when you’re not able to move around all day? Even if you work in an office, or you limited energy and mobility, there are ways to lead a more active life without having to make drastic lifestyle changes.

The simplest solution is to fit several short active moments into your busy day. Have a look at some small habits you can build to move more often.

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What My Favourite Fictional Heroines Taught Me About Battling With Chronic Illness | The Health Sessions

What My Favourite Fictional Heroines Taught Me About Battling With Chronic Illness

Here’s a little secret for healthy readers: Living with a chronic illness can feel a lot like starring in your own action hero movie.

Just like the on-screen stars, you’re faced with seemingly impossible challenges when you have serious health problems. Everyday living can seem like a quest, demanding extraordinary willpower to complete simple tasks and to achieve your goals.

Unfortunately, unlike our movie heroes, in real life you don’t always get inspirational speeches during those moments you’re struggling to hang on. So in my battle with chronic illness, I’ve often turned to action thrillers and epic adventures to fuel my motivation. Now I love all kinds of films, but the movies with a female protagonist literally kicking ass hold a special place in my heart.

Stories about a young blonde girl fighting (her) demons and struggling with the loneliness of being ‘different’? You don’t have to be Freud to understand why I could relate to heroines like Buffy when I first became ill as a teenager.

After countless hours of watching, here are the 5 most important lessons that my favourite fictional heroines have taught me about battling with chronic illness:

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