Tuesday, July 19, 2016

10 Ideas to Make Your Day a 10

I call it the "blue zone of happiness."  The idea comes from research about the places on earth where people live to be about one hundred.  They don't fit the common stereotypes we may have in our heads about old age.  As I get older I find myself living on the upper end of the happiness scale.  Most of my days are 10's.  Here are ten ideas to help you raise the bar on your happiness scale and make each day a ten:
  1. Fill up your kitchen with plenty of fruits, veggies, nuts, beans and seeds.  These foods will give you abundant energy throughout the day.
  2. Stop buying processed foods at the grocery store.  Your headaches will disappear.  The little things that get under your skin will no longer bother you.  Your food cravings will disappear once you stop eating anything with food labels on the package.
  3. Start each morning with a Mulligan Big Cup.  Click here for the recipe.
  4. Bookmark this blog and visit at least once a week.  I promise to keep it positive here in the blue zone of happiness.
  5. Take a hike.  Strive for 6,000 steps or more daily.
  6. Join a group.  Choose wisely.  You will take on the attributes of the people you spend the most time with.  My tennis buddies are helping me to reach my fitness goals while having fun at the same time.
  7. Make time for your favorite things.  You may need to give up certain things in order to free up time.  Do you really need to spend 3 hours a day on Facebook or in front of the TV?  You will be happier doing the things you love.
  8. Turn of the TV while you're eating.  Your food tastes better and your conversations are more meaningful.
  9. Practice random kindness.  You will feel better when you're helping others have a better day.  Keep it anonymous.
  10. Practice gratitude.  When someone does something nice for you, say thank you. 
Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you share this story with a friend or loved one.  May this day be a 10 for you.  Have a great day.

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