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Creating a Healthier and Happier New Year Every Year

By Brandi Swieter 

A healthier and happier new year can be achieved if everyone does their best to make it so. Continuing the same bad habits or staying isolated will only lead to loneliness, poor health, and negative feelings. Happiness and health should be the goal for everyone looking to make changes in their lives as the new year approaches and continues on. 

Surround Yourself with Friends and Family

Being alone can take its toll. A feeling of isolation starts to set in with you've been alone for days on end with no social interaction. Surround yourself with friends and family in the new year, making as much time as possible for visits and special outings. 

Incorporate Exercise into Daily Life

Too many people believe they head to the gym in order to exercise. There are little things you can do in your daily life that allows you to get some exercise time in. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator is one option. Dancing around the house more often is another. It starts with the little things to get the body and brain feeling well and wanting to continue the efforts in a bigger way down the line. 

Choose Nutritious Foods and Snacks

Eating unhealthy foods and processed junk leads to weight gain, feelings of guilt and self-loathing, and poor health. Choosing nutritious foods and snacks is a small change people can make to start living a healthier and happier life. The right foods make people feel generally better. They can improve mood and boost energy instead of making you feel sluggish and bloated. Fruits and vegetables, water, whole grains, nuts, and protein-rich foods, such as lean meats, are best to eat and all provide benefits.


Volunteering and finding ways to help others is a great way to help yourself. It will boost your mood and help you to see how good you really have it. Giving back feels good and makes people feel as though they're doing something that matters. It's a simple and productive way to lead a happier life. 

Living a healthier and happier life in the new year is possible. Follow these tips and see how drastically things can change for you. It will take time, though, so have some patience and continue to make efforts toward better health. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Wilmington, N.C.

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