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7 Ways to Find Happiness Instantly

7 Ways to Find Happiness Instantly

Some days are just rough. Like, really rough. You know the feeling: you’re dragging at home or work, plagued by inertia, laziness, and lack of motivation. You might be going through a tough time because of a particular event or just feeling the end of a really long winter. Or your coffee machine broke — for the third time this week! No matter what caused this case of ‘the blahs’…

Don’t settle for feeling down! It doesn’t have to be that way. There are lots of quick, easy, free, and simple ways to pick yourself up. Here are 7 ideas to boost your happiness. Try one, or better yet, try all 7!

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1. Remember a win.

We often are so busy beating ourselves up that we forget to remember what we’ve done well. Think back to your most recent success — it could be as small as completing a work or school assignment on time, or as big as winning a major award. You. Are. AWESOME! Feel that sense of accomplishment come rushing back instantly.

2. Be grateful.

Gratitude is one of the most powerful feelings that exists. It makes us feel lucky and wealthy. What do you appreciate — a family member or friend, the ability to be healthy, your fabulous guitar skills? How much better is your life as a result? Be grateful for the people you love, the roof over your head, or even for the fabulous ideas you find on Lifehack! Then sit back and bask in the warm fuzzies.

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3. Clear the clutter.

Clutter is a mood killer. For an instant pick-you-up…pick up! It’s not as painful or time consuming as it sounds. Start by looking around you. Find five things that are out of place at your home or office. Put them back in their right place – or if you no longer use them, get rid of them! Restoring to a sense of order will immediately make you feel more calm and in control.

4. Give yourself a mental boost.

Make yourself better than you were just five minutes ago. Learn something new! (It’s up to you whether it’s something useful or not.) Search “how to make a DIY bookcase” or “astrophysics 101” or “migrating birds”. Knowledge engages your brain and makes you focus on something beyond yourself. So go ahead…add a little more savvy to your already brilliant self.

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5. Spike your energy.

Let’s get physical! In as little as two minutes, you can affect your body chemistry, which can makes you more optimistic. For those of you non-exercisers, physical does not have to equal z-sprints across your living room. (In fact, if you live in an apartment it’s better if you don’t. Just don’t.) DO, however, bust out your best moves, get your downward dog on, or pretend you’re jumping rope (extra points for double dutch). Promise you’ll be perking up faster than you can say “hula hoop”.

6. Get inspired.

Tap into your inner artist to draw a picture, play an instrument or do a little dance. Art not your thing? Read a book, or listen to a podcast by someone who inspires you. Try searching online for “most beautiful buildings” or “most inspiring people” — you can’t help feeling uplifted by great stories of people who’ve done remarkable things. And guess what? You could be next!

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7. Set a goal.

Goals don’t seem that exciting at first glance. But they’re actually one of the most extraordinary motivators in the world. Why? Dreaming up something you’d like to achieve focuses you on your future self –a you that’s even better than the one today. As yourself what you’d like to accomplish in your work, family, community, or your personal life. Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn to kayak, write a book, or deadlift 150 lbs. You can do any of these things! Don’t be afraid to set big goals. But even small ones can help get you started — something as simple as run 10 minutes a day for the next 3 days is super empowering as long as you write it down, then take steps towards it immediately! Because at the end of the day, what boosts your happiness more than knowing the best is yet to come?!

Featured photo credit: Camdiluv via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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