A Healthier & Happier Lifestyle

Good morning and Happy Thursday! Well, my eye appointment went well, just long. This specialist is so fantastic that people drive from different states just to see him. As a result, he tries to pack way too many people in each day. We arrived at 10AM, my appointment was at 10:15AM, and we saw the doctor around 1:15PM. We finally got home with some lunch at 2PM. Not really how I planned on spending my day. He took most of the stitches out of my cornea but left two dissolvable ones in there. I go back in 5 weeks and hopefully at that time will get my eyes checked and a prescription for glasses (which was the end goal of this surgery).

Healthier and Happier Lifestyle

4 Essentials to a Healthier & Happier Lifestyle

Most of us would like to live a long, happy and healthy life. Numerous studies conducted over the years have provided at least some clues as to how to achieve that goal. There are even certain places in the world, referred to as Blue Zone Areas, where residents are known to be particularly healthy and live longer.

Loma Linda, California, is one of them. Most of the city’s inhabitants are very health conscious. They don’t smoke or drink alcohol, eat mainly a Mediterranean diet and also score higher when it comes to mental health and well-being. The other Blue Zone Areas include Karia, Greece; Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; and Nicoya, Costa Rica. This research reveals some of the essential factors for a healthier lifestyle and thus, greater happiness and longevity.

Mediterranean Diet

Following a nutritious diet is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and many of the longest living people tend to consume a Mediterranean diet. A study of over 9,000 Adventists, who place a healthy lifestyle as a major tenet of their religion, revealed that foods typically found in a Mediterranean diet like fruits and vegetables, healthy grains, beans and nuts, fish and limited amounts of meats and dairy were linked to positive health effects.

On the other hand, Western foods such as fatty dairy products, refined grains and processed foods were shown to have a low positive effect and even negative effects in women, according to a study in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research.

Swedish scientists studying the diet’s effects on older people found that they have a 20 percent chance of living an estimated two to three years longer than those who don’t.

Vigorous Exercise

Numerous studies have found that regular exercise contributes to a longer and happier life. Researchers from The University of Western Australia found that those who participate in 150 minutes of vigorous physical activity each week added two to three years to the lives of men who sustained this activity level for the duration of the 13-year study.

Study participants also were shown to reach old age with better mental health and physical function, meaning they were able to live independently. After all, living longer isn’t much of a goal if you can’t enjoy your later years, too.

Good Hygiene

There are numerous health issues that can be prevented simply by engaging in good hygiene practices. Poor hygiene, on the other hand, can worsen problems like asthma, allergies, arthritis and even contribute to Alzheimer’s disease because it can wreak havoc with the immune system, states an abstract from Kenneth Seaton. Furthermore, the dysfunction of the immune system is said to be one of the main factors in developing progressive dementia.

Proper hygiene includes simple things like washing your hands frequently with warm water and soap as well as regularly laundering your bed linens to eradicate bed bugs. These tiny critters are drawn to sheets that offer protection from discovery while allowing them to feast upon their host during the night. Things like bathing regularly, brushing and flossing and keeping your nails trimmed are also good hygiene basics.

Stress Reduction

In limited amounts, stress can be healthy. But, too much can lead to poor physical health and mental health problems like anxiety or depression.

One way to reduce stress is with meditation. Researchers from the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences found that just three consecutive days of 25 minute meditation sessions provide dramatic results. Exercise, cognitive-behavioral therapy and treatments like hypnosis and acupuncture also offer stress reduction benefits.

What are your essentials for a healthier and happier lifestyle?

Have a healthy day!


3 Responses to “A Healthier & Happier Lifestyle”

  1. MOVING! even if itz “just walking” (which is what i do now with my babe), i feel so much healthier and happier! and water. lots and lots of water 🙂

  2. MHA (Missy)

    Most of us need some creative outlet, I think, so part of stress reduction and happiness maximization would be to make time for creativity.