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Common Mistakes That Prevent You From Being Happy and Healthy Today, Backed by Science

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Common Mistakes That Prevent You From Being Happy and Healthy Today, Backed by Science
I'm fascinated by the link between the way we live our daily lives and the health and happiness we enjoy. There are choices that you make every day, some of which seem completely unrelated to your health and happiness, that dramatically impact the way you feel mentally and physically.

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Connection and belonging

Connection and belonging

These are essential for a healthy and happy life.

Humans need close connections to be healthy, no matter the form they take: friendship, marriage, or family.

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Meditation reduces stress and anxiety

Meditation improves your quality of life and boosts your immune system.

Research showed that meditation decreases anger and improves sleep, even among prison inmates.

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The positive health effects of religion and spirituality

People with strong faith release control of their struggles and worries to a higher power, which helps to relieve anxiety and stress.

Religious groups also offer a

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Making a contribution to the world

Contribution is an essential part of living a life that is happy, healthy, and meaningful.

Too often we spend our lives consuming the world around us instead of creating i...

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Eat well. Move often. Go easy on the vices. Take care of your mind and body, and your spirit will require less heavy lifting.

Joy

You find it in moments of action and novelty, connection and capability. When you create, learn, experience and share. 

It's the thrill and happiness that requires no reward, no validation to receive. 

Peace

This is your inner calm.

You can find it in nature, but you also nurture it yourself: by tidying up, taking care of your mind and your heart, saying thank you, forgiving others, accepting what has passed and who you are, staying genuinely true to yourself and aligning with your moral standards. 

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