6-Step Morning Ritual to Nourish your Body [Infographic]

We all have our morning rituals, and while some deserve to be called ‘nourishing’, others leave something to be desired. Oversleeping and brushing your teeth while trying to get dressed doesn’t really sound like the best possible way to start your day, and beginnings count for more than we give them credit for. When you start off your morning right, chances are your entire day will go swimmingly as well.

That’s precisely why it’s important to make the time and nourish yourself every single morning so that each and every one of your days would be filled with joy, positivity, and productivity. So let’s uncover this secret recipe so you can start reaping the benefits as of today.

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Health Hacks [Infographic]

Today’s post is about having a healthy lifestyle, and to achieve it, you need to pay attention to your Body, your Mind and your Energy. Cotopaxi provided this infographic about it. Continue reading for 3 different ways you can start your journey to good health.

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Pilates or Yoga [Infographic]

Originally Published on northwestpharmacy.com

Which Practice is for You?

Pilates and yoga are two popular workouts that, to the untrained eye, may appear like the same thing. Although they do have some similarities their difference make them two separate workout styles. Pilates’s slow and controlled movements vs. the held positions of yoga are just one way these two workouts differ.

If you’re looking to increase your muscle strength and tone, yoga may be the workout for you. If you’re looking for a workout that improves core strength and stability, then try out pilates. Take a look through this infographic to figure out which one is right for you.

Practical Ways to Feel Happy

25 Science-Backed Ways to Feel Happier

Originally Published as 25 Science-Backed Ways to Feel Happier on Greatist.com

Even as children, we’re taught to recognize and celebrate feelings of happiness—and it’s no wonder. Not only is happiness one of the most positive emotions we can experience, but being happy is also the key to a fulfilled, healthy life. Plus, cheeriness is linked to living longer, how hard we work, physical function as we age, and an improved immune system, among other health benefits.

While it’s hard to define (especially since it varies from person to person), some experts describe happiness as “a combination of life satisfaction and having more positive emotions than negative emotions,” while others view it as consisting of three parts: feeling good, living a “good life,” and feeling part of a larger purpose. There’s also a distinct difference between short- and long-term happiness: The former is a fleeting feeling, while the latter applies to how we describe our own lives.

While some factors that affect happiness might be outside of our control (such as genetics or certain life circumstances), there are always actions we can take to amp up our own good feelings. To smile wider, be more satisfied with life, and feel altogether better—both in the present and the future—try introducing any (or all!) of these practices into your life. Continue reading “Practical Ways to Feel Happy”

The Meditative Power of Swimming

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The meditative power of swimming

When I was 25, I went on holiday with my boyfriend to Cinque Terre, a protected marine reserve on the Italian Riviera. The relationship was not a good one, and the holiday was not a seamless week of intimacy. However, one memory will always stay with me. We were on the beach, arguing about some triviality, and my parting shot was to walk away in a huff and dive into the sea. A couple of minutes later, my mood had changed completely.

Treading water in a clear, azure Mediterranean, craggy cliffs surrounding me, I felt a wonderful sense of wellbeing. As I swam further out and immersed myself in the salty water, this sense of contentment got stronger. By the time I returned to the beach, I couldn’t remember what the argument was about – let alone care who had won.

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