Tips for Increased Happiness and Productivity

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Everybody faces different challenges within their lives, and, when this happens, it is sometimes all-too-easy to fall into a bit of a rut. Rather than letting that happen to you, here are a few tips that will no doubt help you to increase your happiness and boost your productivity at the same time.

Reflect on Your Life
It is always important to take some time out of your busy schedule every once in a while to reflect back on your life. From the good points to the bad, start keeping a journal of your reflections, as this will help you to see where all of your decisions lead you to, and can really help you to make beneficial changes in the future.

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Improve Your Diet
The food that you put into your body has a direct impact on your state of mind, as well as your energy levels, meaning that a few tweaks to your diet could really help to boost your happiness and productivity. While junk food may be easy and convenient, this will zap you of energy and dull your mood, so try to stick to a diet that mainly consists of fresh and whole foods.

Regular Exercise
If you tend to avoid exercise as much as possible, then this will be slightly harder to implement at the beginning, but you will also notice huge changes quite quickly. Exercise releases endorphins within the body, and these trigger the happiness impulse in the brain. In addition to this, regular exercise will leave you with so much more energy during the day, which can then be used to make your day more productive.

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Learn to Relax
Many people think that they simply do not have time in their busy day to relax, but human beings were not designed to be continuously expelling energy. Instead, the body works best when it experiences periods of recovery and restoration, which is exactly why you need to be dedicating sufficient time each day to relaxing and unwinding. This will have a significant impact on your happiness and productivity, so make sure that you schedule in regular breaks throughout the day, and spend this time actually relaxing, rather than thinking about the next task you need to do.

Wake Up Earlier
If you really enjoy lying in, the idea that waking up earlier each morning can lead to an increase of happiness, as well as productivity, may sound hard to believe, but do give this a try. Waking up just an hour or so earlier in the mornings will make it seem as though you have so much more time in your day, and will give you the chance to take part in more activities that make you happy, whether this may be meditation, reading, or walking your dog.

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With the increasing stressors that people are now facing in their day to day lives, seeking out ways to boost happiness and productivity are important. From learning how to relax to reflecting on your life, following these tips will soon result in significant changes when it comes to having a positive outlook on life.

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Three Aspects of Healthy Living

While there are many different aspects to consider when it comes to healthy living, there are three that are absolutely key. From physical health to mental well-being to social relationships, make sure that you place a priority on each of these parts of your life.

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Physical Health
There are a number of factors that contribute to an individual’s physical health, but two that you can have full control over are diet and exercise. In today’s world, it is all-too-easy to get the diet part wrong, especially since supermarket shelves are lined with unhealthy, processed foods. Improving on a diet can often seem daunting, so take this one step at a time, making easy and gradual changes rather than dramatic, difficult ones. For example, incorporating a new vegetable into your meals each week could be a great first step, as could making your own healthy smoothies at home. Exercise also plays a huge role in physical health, with the majority of people out there not getting enough exercise at all. Again, this is something else that can seem challenging to initially get motivated about, so begin by picking a few forms of exercise that you genuinely enjoy, such as a certain sport or a dance. Once your fitness levels begin to improve, it will be much easier to branch out and see what else is out there.

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Mental Health
Mental health is an extremely broad topic, but one of the key causes of poor mental health in today’s world is stress. When you experience stress, this triggers an emergency response in your body, which sends the hormone cortisol coursing through you. Chronic stress, which means consistently elevated levels of cortisol, will increase your risk for so many mental health problems, from depression to other forms of mental illness. When it comes to keeping your stress levels under control, you may need to experiment with different tactics before finding one that works for you, whether this may be doing some form of exercise, spending an hour gardening, or spending time on a new hobby.

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Social Bonds
Healthy relationships are a vital part of healthy living, and there is plenty of research out there that shows that strong social bonds are linked to a longer and happier life. Not only do healthy relationships mean that you are 50% less likely to die prematurely, but they can also boost your immune system and help you to deal with stress better, which, in turn, will be a boost to your mental health. If you are looking to expand your social circle but do not know where to begin, look into local groups or clubs where you can meet people that share similar interests to you, or ask your existing friends to introduce you to some new people.

When it comes to healthy living, there are always areas in which you can improve on. Whether this may be making improvements to your diet to support your physical health, or expanding your social circle to support both your physical and mental health, be sure to pay close attention to each of these three aspects of healthy living.

Inspiring Beauty Quotes to Live By

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The topic of beauty is one that has been debated for centuries, mostly due to how subjective it is. No matter what your opinion on beauty may be, there are always those days when we could each do with a little beauty confidence booster, which is why OROGOLD has put together some truly inspiring beauty quotes to live by.

“There is no exquisite beauty…without some strangeness in the proportion.” Edgar Allan Poe
An American author and poet from the romantic movement, Edgar Allan Poe was one of the first well-known American writers to try to make a living solely from writing. This led him to have quite a financially unstable life, but, dedicated to his craft, Edgar Allan Poe went on to become one of the most respected writers of his time. His wise words on the topic of beauty are similar to a more recent quote by fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld; “I don’t like standard beauty – there is no beauty without strangeness”, and both emphasize that, rather than stemming from perfection, exquisite beauty is found within ‘strangeness’ – those imperfect little quirks that many try to hide rather than embrace.

“Beauty [is] a kind of radiance. People who possess a true inner beauty, their eyes are a little brighter, their skin a little more dewy. They vibrate at a different frequency.” Cameron Diaz
Like many world-famous actresses, Cameron Diaz is constantly trying to bring attention to the fact that true beauty comes from within. Audrey Hepburn once said “true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she knows.” OROGOLD challenges you to think of some women that you find beautiful, and, other than their physical attributes, try to work out what it is that makes them beautiful. More often than not, you will find that it is in the aura that they emanate, and in their infectious positive energy. As Taylor Swift said, “happiness and confidence are the prettiest things you can wear”.

“Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” Franz Kafka
This quote from Franz Kafka, one of the most influential writers of the 20th Century, brings a really important point to attention – the fact that our perception of beauty changes as we age. While young, society has not yet been able to influence the way in which the world is seen, but, as we age, we start to only see beauty in line with societal norms and expectations, which only brings about detrimental effects. As Marilyn Monroe put it, to all the girls who think you’re fat because you’re not a size zero, you’re the beautiful one, it’s society who’s ugly. OROGOLD urges you to constantly re-evaluate and challenge your own personal concept of beauty, ensuring that you are always able to form your own opinions rather than being heavily influenced by what society tells you is beautiful.

Beauty comes in so many different forms, and is one of the most subjective terms in the world. OROGOLD hopes that these inspirational beauty quotes help you to see that beauty really does come from within, so keep this in mind the next time you find yourself struggling with the concept of beauty.