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Simple Ways to Boost Your Joy

By Donna Stark

Are your days long and hard? Do you feel down in the dumps more often than not? Would you like to start feeling better? If so, keep reading! Your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic agree it's been way too long for your life to be absent of joy, and they want to help you get some of it back! Take a look at the following list of their favorite suggestions on how you can boost your overall happiness.

Add Some Scent

It really is quite incredible how a single scent can trigger a specific memory or keep you safe from harm, but that's not all scents can do. Some scents can even reduce stress, anxiety, and depression! Lavender, jasmine, vanilla, and citrus are four scents you should try to incorporate into your daily life. You can do so very easily with flowers, sachets, and essential oils.

Head Outdoors

Did you know that exposure to sunlight can increase the levels of serotonin in your body? It's true! But that doesn't mean you can stick to the little bit of sunlight that shines through your windows at home. What you should do is head outdoors and spend some time enjoying everything that Mother Nature has to offer. Hop on your bike, go for a walk, or simply sit on your porch swing with a glass of iced tea. It won't take long for your mood to be boosted.

Get Your Body Moving

Speaking of heading outdoors, why don't you double your ability to reduce your stress and increase your happiness by using that time for your daily exercise? It's been shown time and time again that exercise releases endorphins, your body's feel-good chemicals. And the good thing about that release is that it doesn't take hours at the gym for it to occur! A moderate hike, a brisk walk, or even a couple of yoga poses will do the trick!

Practice Gratitude

Did your friend surprise you with a special treat? Do your children help around the house? Did your boss give you the day off, just because? Whatever it was that brought relief and joy to your life, take the time to really appreciate it. Practicing gratitude may take some time to get used to, but once you do it regularly, your days will be better and your spirit will be lifted.

Boosting Your Joy

In addition to the tips above, don't forget to consume a well-balanced diet, get plenty of rest, and share your hugs freely. You can also head in to visit your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic for more ideas, too. Good luck!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Temecula, Calif.

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