5 Simple Ways To Increase Your Happiness This Winter

With shorter days and less sunlight, colder temperatures that make it difficult to enjoy any time outside, and the holidays over, it is easy for us to lose sight of our health and happiness.

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Here are 5 ways to become happier this winter season:

1. Enjoy nature.

Although nothing can beat laying out on the beach in the summer, the winter is exceptionally beautiful and can offer some very unique experiences.  Try snowshoeing in a woodsy area, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, skiing, or even gather some friends and go sledding.

This could SO totally be you!!

This could SO totally be you!!

2. Break a sweat.

The cold weather makes our muscles tense up.  Moving your body releases those muscles, which feels amazing.  Plus, exercising releases endorphins, which comes down to a happier you.

3. Be social.  

While it often sounds daunting to go out in the cold weather (especially here in the frozen tundra known as Minnesota), getting together with a friend for coffee, a hockey game, or going to a spin class together is important to stay happy.  Engaging with other people can make this time of the year feel a lot less lonely.

Taking an hour out of your day to grab coffee with a girlfriend can boost your mood instantly.

Taking an hour out of your day to grab coffee with a girlfriend can boost your mood instantly.

4. Eat right.  

Enjoy the food you eat, and make healthy choices that you will feel good about after you have eaten.  Everything in moderation…including moderation.

5. Find silence.

Sometimes all we really need this time of the year is a little quiet time to reflect.  Whether it’s through meditation or simply sitting in silence while working or driving, taking a break from the hustle and bustle of life can do wonders.

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What are some things that make you happy throughout the winter season?

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Beauty Routine: 4 Things You Should Add To Your Morning Smoothie

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A while back, I did a post regarding a DIY Banana Date Smoothie, and want to let you lovely readers how to make your morning smoothie even healthier.  While I usually start my day with a Green Smoothie (i.e. spinach and/or kale/chard/various green base), I also add various energy supplements and superfood powders to enhance its optimum health power and start my day right.

1. Green Superfood Powder

Green Superfood Powder, $29.99 for 30 servings

Green Superfood Powder, $29.99 for 30 servings

Taking a green supplement, especially when ingested in it’s powder form, is a convenient way to include your daily intake of green vegetables in your daily diet.  Chlorophyll helps to aid in cell-repair, and helps to detox the damaging cells in your body.  It also helps to reduce inflammation, aid in restoring a healthy acid-alkaline balance in the body, and helps to neutralize free-radicals, among other benefits.  Altogether, this helps to keep your energy levels up and makes your skin appear brighter and healthier.

2. Chia Seeds

Nutiva Organic Chia Seeds, $10.99 for 12 oz.

Nutiva Organic Chia Seeds, $10.99 for 12 oz.

They aid in weight loss by reducing food cravings and provide hydration for your body.  They are the richest plant source in Omega-3, therefore reduce inflammation (ahem, bloating!), as well as protect against heart disease and arthritis.  Although they are about the size of a poppyseed, once they are ingested, they expand in your stomach to make you feel fuller longer!

3. Maca Powder

Maca Powder, $14.99 for 8 oz.

Maca Powder, $14.99 for 8 oz.

Maca powder is rich is Vitamins B, C, and E.  It is great for women, as it relieves mood swings, cramps, body pain, depression, menstrual issues, and menopause.  As a bonus, it totally increases sexual libido and increases endurance.  Not only so, it helps to balance your hormones and promote fertility.  Another bonus for your skin: it helps to clear acne and blemishes, and will help to reduce sensitivity, which causes redness.

4. Acai Juice

Zola Acai Juice, $29.99 for 12 servings

Zola Acai Juice, $29.99 for 12 servings

The Acai tree is a palm tree native to the Amazon rainforest.  Brazilian natives discovered the healing properties of Acai thousands of years ago when they found it boosted their energy levels.  It has extremely high antioxidant levels (more than blueberries, raspberries, or any other fruit), as well as contains the highest levels of anthocyanin, which is found in red and purple fruits (such as grapes and berries), than any other fruits.  Also, it helps to boost immune and metabolic function and removes free radicals from our bodies.  The Acai berry contains more protein than an egg, which helps to keep your hair shiny and skin glowing.

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Some other great boosts to add to your smoothies:

Cinnamon

Natural Vanilla

Cacao Powder

Coconut Oil

Note: All or most of these products can be found at your local natural foods store (i.e. Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe, etc.).

What are your favorite things that give you an energy boost?