Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Two low-effort things to do for a happier and healthier you

I saw this on Doctor Oz. I don't normally watch his show but every couple months I will watch this or The Doctors and I take away a little something from these shows. Yesterday's show had something interesting that I want to share. It's really two tiny things that take almost no time and no effort that you could add to your day SO EASILY.


Breathing exercise that you would do FOUR times, twice a day. Goes like this:

Breathe in to the count of 4
Hold beath to the count of 7
Exhale loudly to the count of 8

Don't count mississippi, OK. Quick, normal counting.


A gratitude journal. 

The doctor giving this suggestion on the show said it's scientifically backed up that taking a few minutes each day to think about what you're thankful for helps a person be happier within a few weeks. I never heard of this study but from personal experience, IT'S TRUE.

I haven't written down my gratitude for a while now but I think I will start again. I'll get myself a fancy little notebook that I will be motivated to write in and at the end of the day I will jot down a few things that I'm thankful for.

This can be done whether you're a theist or atheist or agnostic, WHATEVER. It will work.


  1. the gratitude journal...sounds great.i do have a journal and now i will add gratitude page to it.nice work

  2. The breathing thing I've done for years, so helpful. Well, actually I count to 5 on the in breath, because it makes it an even 20 (count 1-5 breathing in, hold from 6-12 and breathe out from 13-20).

    Gratitude is definitely important, but research has actually shown that physically smiling is more likely to change how we feel.

    1. Ooh yes, smiling really is wonderful! It's hard to smile without creating that feeling inside yourself.