Cut Down Snacking at Work!

Are you one of those who likes to munch snacks while working? Well, welcome to our squad!

We all are victims of meaningless snacking at work during the odd hours.

Be it the ever-so-friendly vending machine or just boredom, we all are guilty of consuming extra calories even when we are not hungry. Result – we tend to add weight and feel uncomfortable in our own bodies.

Not anymore! Here are some ways which would help you in cutting down your habit of snacking at work.

  • Have an amazing breakfast

One of the reasons why you might tend to continuously munch something at work is probably because you skipped your breakfast or didn’t take lunch.

Thus, make it a point to consume regular meals. Further, ensure that you consume fruits in between the meals to ensure that you are not binge eating while working.

  • Brush after you take lunch

Toothpaste works as a great weapon against constant munching in office. This is why it is often recommended to brush your teeth after lunch at work. How does this help? When your mouth retains the minty smell and freshness of the paste, you would not want to consume something sweet or chocolaty. It acts as a distraction and ensures that you do not go around snacking post-lunch in the office. You could experiment with different toothpaste flavors and tastes to bring in the desired results.

  • Chew sugarless gum

Sugarless gum can also have the same effect as a minty toothpaste. When you are chewing a gum, you are less likely to eat snacks. There are two reasons behind this. First, your mouth is already in motion and you do not need anything else to keep it active. This reduces your craving.

Second, since the mouth is feeling fresh and minty with the gum, this satisfies your cravings. Thus, keep a sugarless gum handy and chew whenever required.

  • Keep healthy snacking options        

When you are hungry at 3 p.m. and badly want to consume some snacks, what do you do? You look inside your workstation drawer to see if you have something to munch on. If not, you go and eat the pretzels from the nearby workstation and that satisfies you for a while. But, what if your drawer had something healthy to eat, like some dry fruits or bananas? You would not go to the next workstation at all in this case, right? Thus, the best way here is to keep the snacks stacked up in your drawer. This would keep you away from the unhealthy food!

  • Take proper protein

As a matter of fact, consuming protein-rich foods will keep you satiated for long. This will prevent you from consuming any junk food at work. Wasabi peas are a great snack and are also rich in protein. Further, you can also keep a jar of almond butter in your cabinet.

Your Turn

These healthy foods would not only satisfy your food cravings but would also limit your calorie intake. Any other ideas? Do share with us in the comments.

Success Is In Your Attitude

Who doesn’t want to be successful? We all do.

But, it seems, that at the end, it is your attitude which determines your success.

A study conducted at Harvard showed that a person’s attitude is often the deciding factor if they will be successful or not. Your attitude contributes to 85% of your success. So, it is quite necessary that you have the right attitude and the correct mindset.

Like many things in life, attitude is temporary.
It is something that you can always change.

You can always judge if your attitude is a boon or a bane.
If you feel that your attitude isn’t helping you move forward in life, then it is the right time to change it.

Importance of Having a Positive Attitude

Having a positive outlook on life is extremely important.

A woman who has a positive outlook on life is generally liked by everyone.
This outlook is usually attainable if the woman has a positive attitude in life. Like having a positive outlook, there are many benefits of having a positive attitude.

  • It helps you reach your milestones.
  • It helps you become a favorite among co-workers and makes you instantly likable.
  • You start seeing the good in everything.

You would agree that a happy attitude is better than a high IQ.
People who are successful do not always have a highly intelligent quotient, but they have a happy attitude.
This allows them to conquer their fears, be more self-dependent and be more confident.

If we’re to talk about a few very successful people, there are many things that are common among them.

  • They all are confident.
  • They never lost hope
  • They are happy

All these things are achievable in life only if the person has the right frame of mind and the right attitude.

Positive Attitude vs Negative Attitude

Having an unfriendly or a dull attitude would never make you a social person.
People with a dull attitude are seldom successful and usually crib about their problems in life.
And no person likes to stick with a person who always complains about their problems.

Everyone faces at least one problem daily, but the people who are happy and have a positive attitude never whine about their problems.
No matter how big the problems are, a person would never crib about it because they know that crying over something won’t solve it.

Success doesn’t mean being utterly rich or being the most famous.
It means that you’re content. You might be working at a day job and you can be successful at it.
Success just requires the right attitude, not money or fame.

Here are some ways by which you can achieve a happy attitude and be successful.

  •  Be happy.
    A happy mind is always fresh and reduces stress.
  • Stay Motivated.
    Many times, life throws hurdles at you.
    It is best that you stay motivated in those hard times and look for a silver lining and hence not lose hope.
  • Mediate.
    Meditation helps reduce stress and keeps the body and mind rejuvenated.
    It helps you boost the morale and helps you in developing a positive attitude towards life.

 

Take charge of your Health

What did уоu еаt yesterday?
How far did уоu walk?

Thеѕе quеѕtiоnѕ seem ѕimрlе, but mаnу оf us dоn’t know the answer without really thinking аbоut it. Whу is this nоrm fоr us?
Wеll, we have a lot tо dо оn a dау-to-dау bаѕiѕ and it is оftеn a сhаllеngе to kеер thеѕе thingѕ in the frоnt оf оur mindѕ.
Work, еrrаndѕ аnd other tаѕkѕ have bесоmе mоrе important tо us than our hеаlth.
Our mindѕ and bоdiеѕ hаvе bесоmе afterthoughts and it is nоrmаl tо gо dауѕ, mоnthѕ, еvеn уеаrѕ without being conscious of the way we treat ourselves.

Nоrmаl dоеѕn’t mean gооd.
In this саѕе, nоrmаl dоеѕn’t еvеn mеаn okay. Thiѕ is асtuаllу a real рrоblеm fоr us both аѕ individuаlѕ аnd аѕ a ѕосiеtу.

Nоrmаl nееdѕ to сhаngе.
Wе nееd to рut оur hеаlth highеr on thе list оf priorities.
Personally, thiѕ is the most imроrtаnt thing we саn dо fоr ourselves аnd оur families.

Awаrеnеѕѕ iѕ the kеу. All wе hаvе tо dо iѕ рау аttеntiоn.
You can trу thе nеxt diet trеnd, new health сrаzе оr even tаkе an old-school аррrоасh. Yоu can ѕееk professional hеlр or gо at it alone, but the key component is increasing your аwаrеnеѕѕ.
Evеrу day we dо thingѕ out of hаbit thаt impact our lives significantly. One minutе оf еаting саn аdd enough calories to уоur dау tо саuѕе weight gаin.

Onе minutе оf planning саn аlѕо prevent thiѕ frоm hарреning.
That’s right, it gоеѕ both ways.
By bеing aware оf whаt уоu want to do, уоu аrе аblе tо ѕtаrt mаking dесiѕiоnѕ. If you set a goal to be healthy, you will make healthier choices so as to achieve your goal.
If you dоn’t have gоаlѕ, you will have a tough timе dесiding whаt tо dо.
Sо, ѕеt a gоаl аnd notice how уоur сhоiсеѕ ѕtаrt tо match thе раth уоu need to bе оn tо reach that gоаl.

And thаt iѕ whаt аwаrеnеѕѕ can dо fоr уоu.

Juѕt by thinking аbоut your health, уоu can роѕitivеlу impact it.
Yоu аrе in control.
If you are driving a car уоur аwаrеnеѕѕ аѕ a drivеr kеерѕ your hands оn thе whееl to mаkе sure уоu ѕtау on the rоаd.
Tаkе the wheel, рау attention and you will bе on thе rоаd tо gооd hеаlth.

Yоur bоdу аnd mind аrе your mоѕt vаluаblе аѕѕеtѕ ѕо tаkе control оf your wеllnеѕѕ.
You muѕt bе аwаrе оf thе right fооd tо еаt and the рrореr activities tо dо.

At the ѕаmе timе, you muѕt bе wаrу оf thе thingѕ that аrе ruining уоur hеаlth.

Having a ѕеdеntаrу lifеѕtуlе, such as sitting in front of the computer or television for extended periods of time, lеаdѕ tо mаnу health рrоblеmѕ likе obesity.

In linе with this, trу tо avoid ѕtауing uр lаtе аt night.
Lасk of ѕlеер increases thе rаtе оf аging, wеаkеnѕ thе immunе ѕуѕtеm, аnd kеерѕ уоur brain from funсtiоning at full сарасitу thе nеxt dау.

Lаѕt оn thе liѕt is ѕmоking.
It iѕ реrhарѕ thе most сruсiаl itеm оn thе liѕt оf things thаt could ruin уоur health. Smoking саuѕеѕ a host оf hеаlth рrоblеmѕ, including lung cancer and vаriоuѕ heart diѕеаѕеѕ. Smоking iѕ ѕо dаngеrоuѕ that еvеn ѕесоnd-hаnd ѕmоkе саn alter a person’s health.

It iѕ сruсiаl to kill thiѕ hаbit before it kills уоu.

These are just some tips to becoming healthier.

Ultimately, it is your body and your health, so begin your journey to a healthier you today!

Secrets to A Forever Marriage

While it is an important achievement to stay married in American culture where more than half of all marriages end in divorce, it is even better to nurture a marriage that grows stronger with time.

That said; trust is an important keystone of any relationship. Despite all the great things that we say about being honest… like honesty is the best policy or that the truth sets us free – studies have revealed that we are not great at being honest.

According to a study conducted, dating couples lie to each other once every three times, while married couples lie once in every 10 interactions.

This is something to worry about. Needless to say, we cannot create trust if we continue to lie with our closest and favourite people.

Thus, the question arises, what can you do to build an ever-lasting marriage and to promote trust between you and your partner?

  • Know yourselves better

In order to be honest with your partner, the first thing to do is, to be honest with yourself. You should try to understand the world around you and analyze what you think and feel about others.

It is important to protect yourself from the bad influences and to make sure that the harmful personalities around you do not reflect themselves on your behavior.

When you are true to yourself, chances are high that you would be able to stay honest with the people around you.

  • Respect your beloved

A man should respect his woman, and the woman should respect her man. It is a necessity if you want to be in a successful marriage.

Respecting your partner not only makes them feel confident and satisfied, but it also reflects a united front to the outside world.

Naturally, when both man and woman respect each other, there is more peace and harmony in a home. Some practical examples which demonstrate respect include controlling your tongue from speaking ill and keeping a friendly tone while speaking.

  • Maintain an open communication

No matter what, never stop communicating with your partner. Furthermore, make sure that you are not only talking with each other but also communicating honestly and respectfully.

Don’t surprise your spouse by taking crucial decisions of your life alone, or don’t do anything which might impact your lives greatly without your partner’s consent.

Marriage is a sacred institute wherein both man and woman should contribute equally to make it successful. Thus, do not forget checking with your partner regularly.

  • Choose your battles wisely

Do not let minor problems ruin your relationship. Ignore the weaknesses of each other and love them no matter what.

You should only invest your time and energy in resolving big issues that might be detrimental to your marriage and should be taken care of at earliest for the health of your marriage.

  • Keep your anger under control

Let not your anger control you. Avoid hurting your spouse by speaking harsh words or insulting them. Ask God to bless you with self-control such that you can redirect your anger in productive ways.

When you are arguing up with your spouse and the conversation gets heated up, it is always better to take a break and stroll around before resuming again and discussing the things.

How to Stop Sabotaging Your Fitness Goals

Ugh.. you’re tired of being out of shape.

You stumble across that new popular fitness plan, and decided to commit.
This time it’s no sugar, low carbs, and an hour of exercise a day.

Everything goes great on day one. You have the veggie platter for lunch, chicken and veggies for dinner, and you nail your workout. You’re pumped.

A few days later, you begin craving sweets. You tell yourself, “just once won’t hurt.” Next, you crave something greasy. You skip your next workout, order fast food, and binge eat in front of the TV.
Soon, you begin feeling guilty.
You wonder how you’ll stick to your plan, and just like that, you’re back into your old habits.

Sound familiar?

This is one of the four most common ways that people sabotage their fitness goals. Learn to tackle this challenge, as well as three others, to set yourself up for success.

1. Expecting perfection

That one sweet? Not so bad.
The fast food binge? Not great, but manageable.
Letting a few setbacks ruin your fitness plans? Definitely bad.

Don’t expect perfection in following your new diet or workout plan.

Instead, we suggest that you look for progress and allow yourself one cheat meal a week while you learn to create new habits.

2. Expecting too much too soon

Everywhere you turn, fitness ads claim instant success. Results now. One-week weight loss.

In reality, these promises are too good to be true.
If you are unhappy with your current fitness, it likely results from years of bad habits. How can you expect to turn it around quickly?

Start your fitness journey with the right expectations.
There is no instant gratification.
Fitness is a process that takes time, goal setting, and commitment.

3. Focusing on that single big goal

Goals are a tricky thing.
Setting fitness goals is great, but focusing on a single big goal can be paralyzing.

To avoid being paralyzed by your goal, break it down into smaller goals.

Create attainable goals for each day, week, and month.
Then focus on one goal at a time, and create a plan for attaining the goal.
What will your actions be? How often will you take these actions? How will you measure your goal?
When you accomplish a single smaller goal, then set your sights on the next one.

For example, if my overall goal is to lose 30 pounds, my first goal might be to lose one pound a week.
This is a trackable, attainable goal.
To achieve that I plan on working out 3 days a week. After sticking with this plan for two months I might increase my commitment by following the nutrition plan and adding a 4th workout each week.

4. Fixating on what you can’t have

When you begin a new diet, it is easy to focus on the things you can’t have: cookies, chocolate, fast food, and sugar.
The problem is this often makes you want them even more. To counteract this, quit focusing on what you can’t have, and start focusing on what you can have.

At first, you might fell limited by all of your dietary restrictions. However, while searching for tasty, healthy foods, you will soon realize that the list is actually endless. Options include chia seeds, flax seeds, quinoa, amaranth, millet, and more.
There are so many possibilities!

Healthy eating can taste great, and isn’t as hard as it seems.
Just experiment with healthy recipes to find the foods and spices that work for you.
Combine healthy grains, spices, meats, fruits, and veggies for tasty meals that don’t take hours to make and give you great nutritious meals.

How to achieve your fitness goals

OK, enough about sabotaging yourself.

Just like that last point, we don’t want to focus on what not to do. We want to focus on what you should be doing. To wrap things up, here are four ways to think about your fitness goals that improve your chances of success:

  • Work on making progress. There is no perfection; only progress (and the occasional setback!).
  • Have patience. Change takes time. Fitness is a lifestyle, which takes a lifetime to achieve and maintain.
  • Take small steps. Set small achievable goals and tackle them one at a time
  • Focus on the cans. Spend your time and effort on what you can have, and what you can do.

Lastly, enjoy the ride and look at this as a new adventure!

Fighting The Effects Of Aging?

The sleep hormone, melatonin, could be crucial for people as they get older because of the roles that sleep and the body’s daily rhythm play in brain health.

Certain diseases and natural aging affect that rhythm or are linked to disruptions in it, but melatonin, in its role of regulating our internal clocks, could have benefits for those conditions, according to a new review in the British Journal of Pharmacology.

The hormone has been shown to improve sleep disorders such as insomnia and jet lag, sleep quality and the neurodegenerative Alzheimer’s disease.
The relationship between melatonin and health, as it is connected to aging.

With age and certain diseases the robustness of the circadian system decreases and melatonin production is diminished or shifted.
And that could be hazardous to health in many different ways.

Melatonin could be important for people as they get older because of the hormone’s role in sleep and circadian rhythm, which might be related to Alzheimer’s disease.

Irregular circadian rhythms and poor sleep quality are associated with increased risks of cardiovascular, metabolic and cognitive diseases, as well poor quality of life and increased risks of premature death.

We still don’t fully understand sleep, and we certainly don’t have a complete understanding of the human brain.

However, previous research suggests that melatonin supplements helps to realign a person’s circadian rhythm and sleep, and can improve cardiovascular and cognitive health, including in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, who may start producing less melatonin in the early stages of their illness.

Research has also shown that sleep, while crucial for biological function in general, is important for cognitive function in the elderly — including one study that found a one-hour nap in the middle of the day could be key for seniors.

Melatonin represents a promising investigational route for early intervention to promote healthy physical and mental aging.

A Men’s Guide To Wrist Watches: Which Is The Right Pick?

Supposedly, you are in a business meeting or maybe in an interview.
You are confident, well-prepared and wonderfully dressed.
Just before it was going to start, someone asks the time by your watch, and there it is.
A sports watch with a rubber band.

FAIL.

This is how a watch can make or break your look.
Yes, okay, the above scenario might be a bit exaggerated, but we’re sure, you must have understood what we are trying to convey.

When it comes to watches, there is an array of them out there, the only limitation being taste and budget. But, choosing a right watch for your outfit is an art.
A perfect watch should not stand out and catch all the eyes, but rather should just compliment your outfit and be a mere extension of it.

So, how do you select the right watch?

Let’s find out.

  • Just one watch or a range of them?

The first step in order to match your watch with your outfit is to determine your interest level in watches. Do you want just one watch or a range of them?

If you are not too much passionate about watches, and would just like to have one, you should buy a watch which is stylistically neutral – one which will go with almost all your outfits. It can be a simple watch with a plain metal band and a face.

If a leather watch interests you, make sure that you pair it right. A black leather watch will look best with black leather shoes and vice versa.

If you love to have multiple watches, you can explore and experiment a bit around. You can buy a sleek watch for formal meetings, sports watch for a casual look and so on.

 

  • Choose between leather strap and a metal band

Metal bands are more neutral but should go with all the jewelry that you wear. As a matter of fact, men don’t wear a lot of jewelry, so you only need to match it with your belt’s buckle and cufflinks. Thus, pair a silver metal band with silver belt buckle and the likes.

If you are going for a leather watch, it should perfectly match with your shoes and belt.

Thus, choose the one which suits your wardrobe and style.

 

  • Watch dial

The dial of your watch also dictates the style of your watch to an extent. Does it have Roman numeral indices or  numbers?
Roman numerals or stick are found in most of the watches and look formal. On the other hand, the presence of numbers makes it look a bit casual.

Further, more the functionalities and complexities in a watch, the more casual it is.

 

So, Which Watch Is The Right Pick?

The answer to this question is dependent on your taste and budget to an extent. However, to play safe, here are a few pointers which should cover you up:

  • It is easier to match watches with a metal band than with a leather strap. But, then watches with leather strap look more formal and dressier.
  • The colors of your strap and metal band should match with your outfit. As a rule of thumb, colors of all metals in your outfit should match, (and correspondingly, colors of all leather items in your outfit should match as well).
  • The busier and colorful the dial is, the more casual it is.
  • If you are wearing formal shoes, go with a formal looking watch and if you are flaunting sneakers and casual shoes, go for a casual watch.
  • A simple dial with roman or stick indices and a simple leather or metal band stripe would make your watch formal.
  • A watch with a rubber strap and digital interface is a sports watch and should be paired accordingly.

8 Ways to get in Shape Without Trying too Much

Are you planning to improve the shape of your body, but not able to take out time from your busy schedule? Just remember that your life can always be what you make it to be.

So, wait no more, and get started in the right direction and get a body shape of your dreams, that too without hitting the gym!

Check out.

  • Say good bye to stress

Stress makes you eat even when you are not hungry, thus making you gain weight.  Thus, whenever you are in a stress, go outside and have a walk in fresh air. It will not only help you in relieving stress but will also help in burning extra calories from your body, maintaining your body weight and will help you to come in shape faster.

  • Stay active throughout the day

You might have a 9-to-5 job, but let not your busy office schedule interfere with your body health. Stop being a couch potato and make sure that you are doing enough physical activity throughout the day. A simple two-minute brisk walk or small exercises and lift-ups in your workstation can increase your fitness levels.

  • Eat right on right time

Try to take your food on time and never skip your meals. Don’t live in misconception that skipping meals would help you achieve your body shape quickly. This way your body will only find it difficult to function properly, thus making you weak and dull.

  • Balanced diet is the key

Avoid taking junk foods and plan your food according to the demand of your body. Incorporate foods items that are low in calories and boost your energy and activity levels. Eat food from each food group every day such as pulses that are rich in proteins, fruits and vegetables rich in fiber and whole grains.

  • Watch your water intake

Water is an important constituent of our body. This pretty much explains why you should drink enough water daily along with other liquids. Drinking enough water would not only keep your skin glowing but would also help you in cutting down extra calories from your body.

  • Go for gardening

This might sound a bit weird, but gardening is a strenuous exercise that doesn’t require any investment. You may choose to grow fruits, vegetables and flowers regardless of your choice, without knowing that you are burning enough of your calories. It is also one of the easiest ways to take a break, forget about all your troubles, connect to nature, and get in shape faster.

  • Enhance your sitting skills

Regular sitting for more than 6-7 hours on office chairs may lead to spine and other health problems. Thus, it is highly recommended to sit on a stability ball as it activates the abdomen, hip and the back muscles and balances your body perfectly.

  • All work and no play?

Do you remember when you had played your last game? Try to remember your childhood memories and play your favorite game whenever you are free. This will not only relieve you from stress but would also help you burn calories.

Wait no more. Get started today.

Eat and Feel Good

With unhealthy food choices easily available around us today, it becomes pretty difficult for us to successfully break out of the clutches of junk food, which contain high amounts of starch and carbohydrates.

Some reasons why these types of consumables remain our best choice is: they’re both appealing and easy to get.

You can easily buy a candy bar or potato chips when you are hungry; and when you do, you are satisfied both by how it tastes and how it’s packaged.

However, this kind of meal should be eaten sparingly, because they don’t really help us. The brain needs about 25 grams of glucose circulating the blood stream to function best and maintain alertness; this is the same amount found in one banana.

By consuming a high-sugar and high-carbohydrate meal, your body is given too much glucose at once, which won’t last as insulin kicks in to regulate the sudden spike in sugar levels.

You will be left hungry and weak few moments after consuming these kinds of food, which leads you to eat some more without actually solving the issue.
Therefore, part of the key of being healthy is finding the kind of meal that not only supply your body with the glucose it needs, but can leave you feeling satiated for a longer time.

Food like beans, fish, meat, and some types of vegetables are the kinds of food you want to eat if you intend to eat healthy.

Unlike foods that are high in carbohydrates, these kinds of food don’t just release all the glucose they contain at one go; instead, they release this glucose slowly in the body, ensuring that every time the hypothalamus in your brain checks your blood, there is a good amount of glucose to keep it going.

Having established the above points, its time to cultivate some good methods to help you make the shift from unhealthy eating habits, to healthy eating.

Its all in making good decisions, one step at a time.

Train Your Brain For Happiness

There’s a lot to be said for being happy.

It makes you better at your job, healthier, likelier to have good relationships, and can even extend your life. Plus, if you’ve tried being both happy and unhappy then you already know being happy is much more fun.

Knowing that happiness is good for you won’t make you happier, of course.
If you’re unhappy to begin with, thinking that you’re missing out on all the benefits of happiness, can just make you feel worse.

There are times in our lives when it’s normal to feel sadness, and we shouldn’t try to talk ourselves out of it.
If you’ve just lost a loved one, are going through a breakup, lost your job or have suffered another adverse life event, feeling sad is healthy and natural.

Conversely, if you’ve been unhappy for a long time and don’t know why, or you think you may be battling depression, it’s smart to seek out a professional therapist or counselor to help you sort things out.

But for many of us, happiness is a habit that we can cultivate.
That’s because, thanks to evolution, the human brain is designed to pay more attention to negative thoughts and stimuli than positive ones.
It’s worth learning how to pay more attention to the positive thoughts in our brains and stimuli in our lives because our natural tendency is to downplay them. That makes us unhappier than we should be.

In a thought-provoking post on the Psychology Today website, Tchiki Davis, Ph.D., a consultant and expert on happiness technology, offers several simple techniques that will get you thinking positive and increase your general happiness.

These are some of my favorites.

 

1. Ask yourself if you’re thinking positive.

It’s an important issue to consider.
The simple act of asking the question will help you start thinking more positive thoughts more often.

That’s because of a phenomenon called metacognition, a fancy word for thinking about thinking, which is a powerful memory aid.
Asking yourself regularly whether you’re thinking positively will help you remember to focus on the positive. That’s a great first step.

2. Memorize a list of happy words.

It may sound unlikely that simply memorizing lists of words associated with happiness would be enough to make you happier, and yet it can.

It’s because when you force your brain to use positive words frequently, you make these words (and their basic meaning) more accessible, more connected, and more easily activated in your brain.
So when go to retrieve a word or idea from your memory, positive ones can come to the top more easily.

I’m guessing you can come up with plenty of words that you associate with happiness, not surprisingly, “love,” “joy,” and “baby” are among the highest scorers.

3. Use associations.

Ivan Pavlov famously trained his dogs to drool whenever he rang a bell, by associating the sound of the bell with food in their minds.
You can train yourself the same way, creating associations that you can use to your own advantage.

Here’s a simple example :
“After a weekend meditation workshop I wanted to give myself random reminders to be in the moment and enjoy the world around me.
So I assigned that function to crows, both because I see them fairly often in the rural/suburban neighbourhood where I live, and also because they are very special, extremely intelligent birds.
Even two years later, every time I see crows while driving down the road, I get an instant reminder to live in the moment and enjoy this life while I can.”

4. Practice gratitude.

There’s plenty of evidence that being grateful for the good things in your life, even very simple things, will make you happier.

So every morning before getting out of bed, try mentally listing three things you are thankful for.
We ask each family member to say something they’re grateful for before eating dinner every evening.
There are all kinds of ways to give yourself a daily reminder to focus on something you have to be grateful for.
Pick one that works for you.

5. Spend a few minutes each day writing about something that made you happy.

In a fascinating experiment, subjects were asked to spend 20 minutes every day writing about an “intensely positive” experience.
A control group was simply asked to write about a neutral topic.
The group who wrote about positive experiences reported greater levels of happiness–and made fewer trips to the doctor over the next three months.

So it’s well worth the time to spend a few minutes each day writing about something that made you truly happy.
When someone gives you a gift or pays you a compliment, to stop and dwell on how good these things make you feel.
Or else, spend some time thinking about a delightful experience from your past.

6. Celebrate your own successes, even the small ones.

You can begin with the suggestions on this list.

If you’ve started practicing gratitude on a regular basis (even if it isn’t every day) or if you’ve spent some time writing about positive experiences–take that as a win, and an event worth celebrating.

We have a tendency to minimize our own accomplishments (I know I do), and that we should fight that tendency by going out of our way to congratulate ourselves when we do something right.

She also recommends giving up the all-or-nothing thinking, which is a great way to make ourselves unhappy unnecessarily.
Say you decided to write about a positive experience every day last week.
But then you only did it on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Our human tendency is to berate ourselves over the three days we missed instead of congratulating ourselves for the four days we met our goal.

So fight that tendency by congratulating and even rewarding yourself for the four days you did do the exercise rather than focusing on the three days you didn’t.
This is the nature of success.

There will be detours and missed opportunities and I can pretty much guarantee that you will fail to meet your own expectations.
It’s almost never a straight line from where you are to where you want to be.

Making sure you enjoy the small achievements along the way is one of the surest ways to make yourself as happy as you can be.