By: Colleen Hammann
Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
(4 Min Read)

By: Colleen Hammann
Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
(5 min read)

What Makes You Happy
What makes you smile? Laugh? For some, its a trip to the beach or a walk barefoot on the grass. For another, a good book, or workout or time with family or a good friend. The list goes on and on and its not the same for everyone. So...when was the last time you did something that makes you happy? If it’s been a while, consider this: Happiness lowers stress levels, increases immune system, and lowers your risk of disease. It also makes life easier.

The Magic Formula for Daily Pleasure

Doing one pleasurable thing per day (or more!) is the most important antidote for gray, boring, or stressful days.


 Make an “I love” list. List everything that you enjoy - nothing is too small or too big, if you enjoy it, get it on the list


Take a look at how you spend your days. When could you fit in a little pleasure? Perhaps you could step outside for a walk at lunch time. Maybe you could play your favorite music while making dinner?


One of the most important commitments you will ever make is to proactively and continuously improve your circle of influence. Always seek seek out people who believe in you, admire you, and add value in your life and bring out the best in you. Nurture these relationships. And of course, be that person for others as well. Who you spend your time with be be the single most determining factor in the person you become and want to be and in your quality of life.


Live in the moment. One of the best ways to get to a place to truly live in the moment is to meditate. It will help you become more aware of your thoughts and feelings, which can then increase the amount of time that you spend in the present moment.


Take care of your body. (Of course this is on the list!) If you want a happy day, exercise will help you get it. And if you find a way to do it in the morning, even better. Exercise floods your brain and body with happiness-boosting chemicals and lift your mood for up to 12 hours. It’s as simple as a 30 min walk everyday.


Generate feelings of gratitude. The habit of being grateful starts with appreciating every good thing in life and recognizing that there is nothing too small for you to be thankful for. Even if its as simple as appreciating the weather. Keep in mind gratitude is not only about being thankful for positive experiences. In fact, many times I look at situations that one could deem as negative and practice gratitude for them as there is always much to learn from challenges and many times what you think is a challenge actually turns out to work in your favor.


Manifest what you desire. An abundant life is attracted to the essence of our being. Affirmations are essential to a life lived well. Journaling is a great way to attract authority to re-gain control of your emotions and it vastly improves mental health. It can be easy to get swept away in the fast lane and forget to stop and show your appreciation for what you have. A life well lived is one of gratitude and thankfulness.


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I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I learned about more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. Drawing on this knowledge, I will help you create a completely personalized “roadmap to health” that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals.

Learn more about my training and my unique approach to health coaching on my website and follow me on Instagram.
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