World Health Day: 7 Valuable Tips to Live a Happy Life
The unparalleled benefits of good health are celebrated on World Health Day. On this day, the World Health Organization promotes and celebrates physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing worldwide. Joining the WHO, we’re also celebrating this beautiful day by sharing seven tips to lead a happy life.
#1. Eat a healthy diet
Include a variety of foods in your diet, such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts. By eating healthy, you’ll reduce your risk of malnutrition, stroke, cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Healthy eating helps you live longer, boosts immunity, strengthens bones, builds muscle, and boosts your digestive health.
#2. Tame unnecessary stress
We’re living with constant stress; there is news about wars, famine, pandemics, and more wherever you turn. As if that’s not enough, your mind is bombarded with stress in the workplace and family.
To lead a stress-free life, follow these simple tips: practice guided meditation and deep breathing, reduce your social media time, and connect with others. Spend time visiting your friends, reading a book, and enjoying the beauty of nature.
#3. Learn a new skill
As humans, we’re meant to stretch, extend, grow and expand. Learning a new skill improves your confidence and sense of wellbeing, and you can positively affect others with your new skills.
Research says that adults need to keep their minds active. Learning a new skill improves your brain health and memory, increases mental wellbeing and happiness, fosters connection with others, keeps you relevant in the modern world, motivates and keeps you flexible in accepting new opportunities to progress in life.
#4. Practice gardening
As city dwellers here in Dubai, we have less time to spend time with Mother Nature. What if you could bring Mother Nature into your home? Gardening has many health benefits; it enhances mood, helps combat loneliness, is an enjoyable form of aerobic exercise, increases vitamin D levels, and reduces dementia risk by 36%.
Research says that gardening fights stress even better than other hobbies. In the study, participants completed a stressful task and went to study or do gardening. The gardening group reported better mood, and their blood tests showed reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Regular exercise is good for you, and the good news is that it’s never too late to start. You can start slowly and find more ways to fit physical activity into your life. Moreover, exercise helps you lose weight, reduce your risk of heart diseases, and help your body better manage sugar and insulin levels.
Also, it increases your mental health, helps quit smoking, strengthens your bones and muscles, reduces your risk of some cancers, improves sleep, and allows you to live longer. What more can you ask for?
#6. Detox your body
As the name suggests detoxing helps get rid of toxins from your body. Urbanization, exposure to pollutants, preservatives, heavy metals, and pesticides has taken the average toxin consumption to an all-time high.
So detoxifying your body has many health benefits. It helps in weight loss, improves digestion, boosts liver function, reduces inflammation, enhances energy levels, improves skin health minimizing the signs of aging.
Drink lots of hydrating drinks like coconut water, sugarcane juice, and buttermilk to detoxify. Likewise, eat more salads and reduce carbs and saturated fats in your diet.
#7. Get enough sleep
A good night of deep slumber has many health benefits, including enhanced immune health, preventing weight gain, improved heart health, better mood, high energy levels, increased productivity, increased exercise performance, and sharp memory.
A research study says that sleeping for less than 8 hours could increase your danger of accidents while driving. And if you sleep for less than five hours, the threat could quadruple because good sleep improves hand-eye coordination, reaction time, and muscle recovery.
Celebrate this World Health Day by making some health resolutions and sticking with them. Life is short, so taking time to help others, a bit of self-love, being with nature, finding joy in little things, and enjoying beautiful friendships make it more meaningful and happy.