5 ways to make a difference to your health and happiness

 | By and Sarah Jordan  |  1 comment

Is the noise of modern life making you ill? Well according to new research it just might be. Let these easy activities help you feel better and a little bit perkier.

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Recently, the world's experts met to discuss what noise is doing to our wellbeing and reported that all that noise of modern life is causing us to have higher blood pressure, heart disease problems and even affects babies in the womb.

Sometimes we need to get away from the uncontrollable racket but it's not really practical for we city dwellers and are constantly bombarded with it.

With this in mind, we've got these activities for you to try that'll help boost your health and happiness.

Get some air
Being outside naturally helps you to relax, disconnect from your worries and achieve a clearer state of mind.

The production of Vitamin D is triggered by sunlight and, although there's not much around at the moment, it's crucial for fighting obesity, reducing inflammation and boosting your immune system.

Time spent outdoors has been shown to increase your quality of sleep too.

Get active
A study in The New York Times showed that even short bursts of activity that raise your heart rate have a positive effect on your health.

The American College of Sports Medicine's Health & Fitness Journal created the 'seven minute workout' that consists of 12 exercises using just your body weight, a chair and a wall.

The punch line - push yourself with some high intensity exercise for 7 minutes per day and feel fitter, stronger and happier (the endorphins will take care of that).

Give back
Findings have shown that donating reduces the risk of heart attacks and even cancer because it removes some of the body's iron content and thins the blood, not to mention the feel good benefits of helping others.

A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute also found links between iron and free-radical damage in the body.

It burns 500 calories in the donor too. Wow.

Get the giggles
There's nothing more contagious than a giggle, so it's hardly surprising that laughter is brilliant for your state of mind and your energy levels.

According to research, laughter helps the pituitary gland release its own pain-suppressing opiates while lowering blood pressure, and reducing the amount of stress hormones in blood.

Some studies show that long-term laughter can increase your memory and protect your body from respiratory infections - there's never been a better excuse for laughter lines and eye crinkles.

Eat energising foods
If you're having the day from hell and need a boost these energising, hydrating and mood-boosting foods are exactly what you need.

Think bananas for potassium, oranges for vitamin C and dark chocolate for antioxidants.

Make a list
Now's the time to make a clear and concise to-do list that puts all of your jobs in order of importance.

Not only will you feel on-top of a stressful situation, but you'll be able to prioritise tasks and get the satisfaction of crossing them off the list when they're done.

List making is bound to make you a more productive person and you could do so much with that free time you've bought yourself.

Any suggestions to add to the list? Tweet us @handbagcom

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