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A new year brings new opportunities, new ideas, and sometimes new stressors.  As we dive into 2017, it is important to take the time to remember that happiness is a decision and state of mind.  There are various things you can do to help you focus on the mindset of happiness, remain calm when times are uncertain, and achieve weight-loss success.

Keep a Gratitude Journal: One of the best ways to remain happy is to have a grateful heart.  A great way to keep gratefulness on the forefront of your thoughts is to keep a gratitude journal.  Consider recording something you are grateful for daily or weekly.  Make it easy for yourself.  Just jot down a couple of sentences.  When you are having a rough time, look back at your journal as a reminder of how fortunate you are.

Take a Break from Social Media: Social media can be entertaining and also helps us stay connected to the world around us.  There are times when news is overwhelmingly frustrating or sad.  These are times when you may need to disconnect for your own mental health.

Perform Random Acts of Kindness: Consider taking an oath to perform a random act of kindness daily or weekly.  Helping others can be fulfilling and help boost your mood.  Challenge yourself to do something kind for someone else on a day when things are not going very well for you.

Rid Yourself of Toxic People: Having friends to help you get through tough times is important.  Having friends that are “takers” and never “givers” can be draining.  Cutting ties with anyone you have built a relationship with can be tough but sometimes can be the difference between a full tank and an empty one.  This is especially true for those who are not cheering you on for weight-loss success.

Get More Sleep: Rejuvenating is key!  When you sleep, your body rejuvenates.  This is vital for your weight-loss and overall health.  Most adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep daily. Do. Not. Skimp. On. This.

Go for Walks: Like other forms of physical activity, walking at a steady pace helps you release endorphins.  Endorphins are linked to the feeling of happiness.  If you take your walks from indoors to outdoors there is an added bonus, as being connected to nature has shown to alleviate symptoms of depression.


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