So this year, here are a few simple things that anyone can do on New Year’s Day (or any day of the year) to make sure you’re starting 2017 with a whopping great big smile…
Instead of spending New Year’s day in bed nursing a hangover and watching the box sets you were given for Christmas, make sure you get outside in the fresh air and go for a walk. Aside from the general pleasantness of the whole thing, going for a walk actually does make you happier. Like any exercise, walking releases dopamine, which is a chemical that makes you happy. It also works wonders to boost your energy, no matter how tired you are, boosts your confidence, eases anxiety, fights insomnia and is one of the most effective ways to manage your weight.
It feels like this has been a form of bodycare advice for years, but the simple addition of a body brush to your daily shower routine really does work wonders. Body brushing is most talked about in relation to cellulite and it is known to help support the lymphatic system, responsible for detoxing the body and keeping everything fit and healthy (your skin is your largest detox organ). It’s also a good way to exfoliate without being too aggressive on your skin, clean pores and increase energy and blood flow. Alternatively, go for the more luxurious option and treat yourself to a body scrub at a spa to start the new year in happy, healthy style.
If any of you have a cat or dog, you will notice that the first thing they do instinctively in the morning is have a good old stretch. It looks remarkably like a yoga pose/downward dog come to think of it. Well, it turns out, they’re onto something. Stretching isn’t just about decreasing your chances of injury during exercise, it’s also about making you feel good – elongating the spine, releasing tension, increasing or maintaining flexibility – it’s a great way to start the New Year. Actually, it’s a great thing to do at any time.
Ok, so we would say this, but whether it’s your partner massaging your feet or a pro giving you a full body massage, touch is a wonderful and healing thing that works wonders when it comes to happiness. Massage is a great way to foster wellbeing and smooth away the effects of anxiety and depression. It reduces stress levels both physically and emotionally, but it also releases endorphins (natural mood elevators) and decreases the levels of stress chemicals, says the University of Maryland Medical Centre.
It’s no secret that aromatherapy is a wonderful way to feel good, but equally, things that smell nice are generally a joy to have around. It’s a very nice thing to walk into your home and smell beautiful scents. Spas the world over have been clued up on this for centuries, but the right scents really will make you happier. So whether you’re burning essential oils in a diffuser or lighting a candle, choose your oils wisely with orange, rose, Jasmine, ginger, cinnamon and geranium all featuring amongst the oils best used for happiness.
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