Get-Happy Checklist

*Research-backed mood boosters*
Found this list in Glamour and liked it.
– Exercise
Some studies say this is as good as anti-depressants, due to the endorsements it releases.
-Eat Breakfast
Prevents grumpiness and helps you preform.
-Speak up
Enhances self-confidence and shuts down feelings of helplessness.
-Do Less
Sometimes it’s just nice to take time to be.
-Focus on Making Memories
57% of people found that they were happier when they spent money on an experience like a vacation, rather than buying stuff.
-Go Outside
Pretty self explanatory.
-Hug It Out
Physical affection is critical in your life. Power of touch.
-Face Your Challenges
Actually do things on your to-do list. The more you put things off, the more anxious you’ll feel about them.
– Say Something Nice
Making someone else happy usually transfer back to you.
– Be Grateful
Writing down the things you’re grateful for helps you focus on the good things in your life.
– Set a Smart Bedtime
You’ll recharge your body and mind for the next day.
– Savor Your Snapshots
Putting up pictures helps you remember good times and good friends.
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Sleeping and Dieting

In Allure Magazine, there was an article about a study done comparing sleeping and dieting. I thought it was kind of interesting.
55% less body fat was lost by dieters who slept 5.5 hours per night versus 8.5 hours.

Apparently, sleep deprivation is associated with increased body fat even when you’re dieting. Volunteers slept 8.5 hours a per night over two week sessions and then slept 5.5 hours per night in another. During the day their diet and activity were controlled. When they got less sleep they lost less fat mass (1.3 pounds compared to 3), were hungrier, and had high levels of ghrelin, which is an appetite-stimulating hormone. A professor at University of Chicago said these people will also have a harder time keeping weight off because their metabolism was slowing down due to lean muscle loss.

SO…moral of the story, sleep more…you’ll lose more fat if you’re dieting and you’re less likely to cheat!
Plus you’ll probably just be happier 🙂
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