A 20-year study revealed that we should not spend money on things because the happiness they provide fades quickly. Researchers also found that experiences, though short-lived, deliver more lasting happiness than materials iitems they are a more significant part of you than possessions.
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Harvard began a study in 1938 that is still ongoing. It began with 724 volunteers with 60 of the original still participating. After biometric tests, and brain scans and questionnaires, the clearest message that came from this study is good relationships keep us happier and healthier. Period.
Winter is finally over, and the outdoors is beckoning us to come on out and get the fresh air and sunshine. Harvard Medical School stated that spending time outdoors benefits our physical and mental health.
As the new year approaches and you are making new goals for 2019, try making a goal to look at your life and goals with fresh eyes.
Holiday season brings many diverse feelings from great joy and happiness to full-on depression. I've listed some tips for those who are joyful, such as spreading joy to others as well as tips for those not wanting to face the holidays, such as volunteering.
I look forward to this time of year when the air is more crisp and leaves are beginning to change. October is recognized as National Walking Month which focuses on gettng people to make a habit of walking which gives you energy and improves health.
This month we are focusing on self-care. You might wonder what “self-care” really means and if it is being selfish to think about yourself. Honestly, it is about maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself. Make sure you are able to produce positive feelings and boost your confidence and self-esteem. We can get so busy taking care of our families and friends but never stop to think of our own needs. One action of self-care is to remind others as well as yourself that you are important and you have to take care of your own needs too.
Vacation: Consider it a Big Investment in You
Do you think of yourself as an asset worth investing in? Think of taking vacations as an investment to increase the value of that asset (YOU).
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State employees have been participating in recreational sports leagues for three years now. The original goal of these leagues was to provide an outlet for stress, get some movement and build social well-being. Everyone seems to be having fun and enjoying getting to know people from other state agencies.
As kids we played in the dirt, digging holes, making mud pies. Sometimes we even helped our parents plant flowers or a vegetable garden. We didn't realize how much we were helping our immune system become stronger. Come to find out, studies now show how gardening and touching the earth promotes overall well-being.