Reasons To be Cheerful

Studies at universities in Miami and California have found that practising gratitude can help us feel more optimistic which in turn can make us healthier. It doesn’t have to be huge life changing things, simply acknowledging what you are thankful for – whether in daily lists, notes in a jar, or just in your head – makes us more content.

Psychologist Emma Kenny says that “Our brains are adaptable, and by practising new habits and way of thinking we can “learn” to be happy’. So lets get started then!

Focusing on the positive – get on board with initiatives such as #100happydays or #lovemelovenotes which will help you to focus on the great things that are happening in your life on a daily basis.

Use your time online to inspire – use the power of positive affirmation to boost your mood by changing your passwords to positive phrases like ‘I@mawe$ome’, ‘Ic4nd0it’, ‘I@men0ugh!’ etc

Money can buy happiness – according to recent research the simple act of having something that you enjoy to look forward to can make you happier, so rather than heading off for a spot of retail therapy for material objects, buy experiences such as concert tickets, days out, or a manicure.

Do nothing – as our lives get ever busier, it’s essential that we take time out and just ‘be’. Turn off technology and tune into your senses; savour being in the moment.

Practice acts of kindness – abundance is a high vibration so giving or doing something to/for someone else without expecting anything in return changes your thinking.

All sounds great doesn’t it, but the best part about shifting our thinking and raising our positive energy is, the happier you feel, the more you will draw happy experiences (and people) to yourself because you are operating at a different frequency.  So what are you waiting for?

Lose lbs not £££’s

As the sun makes a more regular appearance, often our thoughts lean towards losing some weight and getting fitter ready for baring all during the summer.  But many lose more £’s than lbs in their attempt to shape up, so here are a few ideas for you to try that won’t break the bank…

Work Out at Home

Subscribing to the latest fitness craze classes can work out expensive, so why not shift the furniture about in your living room and make space  to work out at home.  There are numerous channels on YouTube that you can subscribe to in order to get your daily fitness fix, try starting with BeFIT or FitnessBlender.

Join A Running Club

Running is free and burns fat fast, plus research shows that taking part in cardio activity could add three years to your life.  Trouble is, it’s too easy not to go, so join a local running club, or sign up for a charity run to give yourself a goal to work towards.

Save on Gym Contracts

Swanky gyms are not everyone’s cup of tea, so save yourself some money by opting for your local council-run facilities.  Membership of one public gym often means that you are free to use any of the facilities run by the group, so take advantage, and you can spend the cash you save on your favourite spa treatments!