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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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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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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