Five things to boost your happiness

The coast of Gloucester, MA. Picture by Nicole Bauke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Nicole Bauke

1. Start with your digestion

The more stressed you are, the worse your digestion gets, according to Shanda Combs from the Nutritional Therapy Association.

“The biggest thing about health starts with digestion,” she says. “The best diet really is one with balance. Try to do as organic as possible.”

Combs encourages buying from local farmers and avoiding junk food. She cites the importance of Vitamin D, fruits, vegetables, and whole grain. People naturally eat better in the summer, according to Combs, because they increase their salad and water intake, which are cooling foods, and decrease cooking meals to beat the heat.

 

2. Work to make other people happy

“Those who are happy will make others happy,” says Blake Leland, the president of Northwestern’s Happiness club. “But don’t try to please everyone.”

The Happiness Club does random acts of kindness throughout the year, to make people smile for even a second or two, according to Leland. If the Happiness club can reach people for even a moment it makes a difference, he says.

“It’s hard to define happiness because it’s so different for everyone else,” explains Leland, so simple actions like smiling or high-fiving are best to try and brighten a stranger’s day.

3. Do the things you love.

“Find a direction, a purpose,” Leland says. “Find what you love and it won’t feel like work.”

Do what you enjoy, says Leland, and find happiness out every part of your life.

“What percentage of your happiness can you actually control?” reasons Leland.

4. Find time to relax and do things you wouldn’t normally do.

Tori Nelson, president of Northwestern’s Outing Club, loves seeing people on camping trips, a place where there is no pressure to have experience or knowledge.

“It’s a lot of fun to see them in a place that’s not their normal environment,” Nelson says.  “People are a lot more relaxed.”

5. Be active

“When people are active, it changes your priorities,” says Nelson.

She says that when she sees people on camping trips they act more relaxed, because their work is behind them and they get to do new and different things.

“It changes what you’re worrying about, thinking about,” Nelson says. “People are thinking about their body and they take the time to look at themselves and think about why they think that way.”

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