Is There a Secret to a Happier Life?

7 strategies for truly restorative rest

Allowing yourself to appreciate beauty, such as going for a hike in an inspiring landscape, is a form of creative rest, according to physician Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith. Shown here are the Italian Alps.

Many people suffer from a chronic sleep deficit, and that was the case even before the pandemic hit — bringing with it stress, fear and anxiety.

A third of us get fewer than seven hours of shut-eye a night, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — and that’s before you factor in the 50 million to 70 million Americans suffering from sleep disorders like insomnia and sleep apnea.

Poor sleep has been blamed for increased stress, weight gain, a decrease in our ability to be creative and a reduced ability to solve problems. For those people who get the recommended amount of sleep yet still feel tired, however, it’s possible that we’re not resting our bodies and minds in the ways needed to restore them…

Is There a Secret to a Happier Life?

In recent years, many countries around the world, namely Canada, France, and Britain have implemented a citizen happiness index as a key indicator of the nation’s prosperity in their official national statistics.

But what are the decisive factors that contribute to this emotion and how can we identify, gauge, and employ them to improve the quality of our lives? How can we contribute to our happiness but also to that of the people around us? Most importantly, is there a secret to leading a happier life?

..if you think you’re not as good as other people, then you will internalize that idea as a fact, and this ‘fact’ will constrict your perception of what you can and cannot do..

Amanda Da Silva, Personal Growth Coach

However, these chemicals are typically balanced in individuals who eat balanced diets, get regular physical activity, and are able to manage their stress levels.

On the other hand, people who lead unhealthy lifestyles often allow stress to take over, in the form of a dangerous chemical called cortisol. This hormone, produced by the body’s adrenal glands, can inhibit the neurotransmitters responsible for our levels of chronic happiness…

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