Happy Monday to you all! Today we want to talk to you about happiness. The Dalai Lama said, "happiness is not something ready made, it comes from your own actions". As we grow and mature, we are realizing more and more how true this is.
Often we think that happiness is something that people just have or just are. Or we think, if I have a boyfriend, I will be happy; if I get that job, I will be happy; if I lose five pounds, I will be happy. And sure, all those things can contribute to happiness, but first and foremost, happiness has to come from ourselves. We have to make a conscious choice to be happy, to choose happiness.
It can be a hard thing to do though, so we like to follow the Dalai Lama's lead and engage in certain actions that promote happiness. And these don't have to be big, huge major things. Actions that we take to promote our happiness are things like journaling, going or a run on a sunny morning, having coffee with a friend, practicing yoga etc. This can sound overly simplified, but sometimes in our lives we get too bogged down by obligations that we forget to do the things that bring us joy, and while all of our grown up responsibilities are important, laughing with a friend is really important too!
So, this week, we challenge you to take action, to do one thing every day that makes you genuinely happy. Whether that is getting a latte or watching an episode of FRIENDS, do it, and be present in your moments of happiness.
Have a great week.
I know you know that eating breakfast is good for you since it starts your metabolism and gets you energized for the busy day ahead. The truth is, eating a healthy breakfast will improve memory and concentration levels , reduce stress levels and make you generally happier in the morning. I know I can use all the extra help I can get in the morning, so check out one of my favorite breakfast options.
Did you know that often times when we crave sugar or a salty snack it is just because we are dehydrated? Opt for a glass of water before heading to the 'snack cabinet' at the office and you might not need that bag of chips you have been dreaming about since lunch after all.
Adding lemon to your water also makes it more hydrating and gives it a little kick.
Cut Back on Sugary Booze.
Summer bbqs, outdoor concerts, pool parties are all slightly better with a glass of rosé or champagne right? As tempting as that sounds, try and stay away from alcohol that has a high sugar content and lots of gas and opt for a cleaner alcohol such as vodka, white tequila or mezcal. Those alcohols tend to have very little residual sugar or toxins. Your waistline and boss will thank you for it.
Try and take 2 nights off for every 1 night of drinking. Do you have to have that drink with dinner every night? This practice will help you notice when you are mindlessly drinking and give your body time to repair itself.
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.