At Blisstree, we’re all about trying to get happier and healthier in order to live better, and we hope to help you do the same every day. But, of course, it’s not always easy to know how to make that intangible dream of happiness a reality. And even if you do know how to do it, it’s pretty challenging to keep all the parts of your life in balance so that often-elusive health and happiness last as long as possible. So I asked M.D., board-certified psychiatrist, and Blisstree contributor Dale Archer to give us ten steps we can take to promote and achieve lasting happiness in our own lives (and these are tactics he actually shares with his patients). So what are we waiting for? Let’s get happy — and healthy.
Even if you’re not a gym rat, walking for just 30 minutes every day increases the same chemicals in the brain that antidepressants do.
2. Eat properly and healthily.
The better you feel physically, the better you’ll fare mentally.
This is how the brain recuperates from stress; most people require seven to eight hours of solid rest a night in order for it to be effective.
It may sound cheesy, but do this as much as possible; studies have shown that smiling boosts mood, even if you really don’t like it when people tell you to smile!
5. Talk to others.
Connectivity is critically important for stable mental health, even if it’s just a “Good morning’ or “Hi, Paul.”
6. Subdue stress.
Make a list of stresses in your life; then take steps to address them one at a time.
7. Keep a journal.
Writing things down really helps. Skeptical? Just try it; it works.
8. Maintain your relationships.
They all take nourishment, so make sure you put time and effort into all the really important people in your life.
9. Love your work.
More than one-third of most adult time is spent in job-related activities. So if you don’t like your job, look for another. Or consider changing careers completely.
Sure, helping others helps them, but it actually helps you more, because you have the opportunity to become more empathic and self-aware.
Dr. Dale Archer is a medical doctor, board-certified psychiatrist, and Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association who has helped thousands of patients for more than two decades. His focus is to give good common sense psychological advice. Specialties include chemical imbalances of the brain, relationships, and personal responsibility.