Aristotle already knew that happiness depends upon ourselves. But way too often we search for it in others, in the outside world, in short-term distractions. But we also hold the power to be truly satisfied. It’s in the way we think, the way we choose to spend our days, and who we choose to spend them with. Here are 18 simple steps you can take to increase your inner happiness in a natural way and boost your mood naturally.
Did you know that the tree Buddha meditated under was a mango tree? He reached enlightenment, and the fruits of the tree that provided his cool shade can almost send you to nirvana too. Not only is mango delicious and refreshingly-filling, it also carries a lot of goodness inside its flesh, and can take you on a path of health and wellness. It truly is food fit for the gods.
So, let’s take a look at why mangos are such a smart and healthy choice for your diet.
Bipolar disorder, otherwise known as manic depression, is a condition that plagues the life of almost six million American adults every single year. Victims of the disorder are forced to live in a shifting world of emotion which they have absolutely no control over. It often affects the friends and family of the person with the disorder as well.
Banana and citrus peels can be as useful as the fruits themselves. Making use of the peels can create some great results, so instead of tossing your citrus peels or banana peels away, put them to work and give them a second life. Although there are so much more things you could do with your kitchen scrapes, here are a few suggestions to get you started:
Good posture is as important as eating right, exercising, getting a good night’s sleep and avoiding harmful substances. Without good posture, you can’t really be physically fit and over time your poor posture will cause you to develop problems such as a painful back, aching neck and shoulders, joint pain and it will also have negative effect on your knees. Not standing and sitting up straight can set you up for some surprising health problems such as tension headaches, fatigue, reduced lung function, gastrointestinal pains and it also makes you look older than you are.
Coconut water, coconut milk and coconut oil are the products we often associate with palm trees and tropical climate. Coconut water is packed with nutrients that yield an array of health benefits. It is 95 percent water and is extracted from young coconuts. There is usually some soft meat on the inside walls of the coconut which you can happily spoon out and enjoy the jelly-like treat. Coconut milk is what is used in Asian cuisine to thicken all those yummi curries. To get coconut milk, coconut meat is grinded and diluted with water.
Papaya is a special fruit – loved by some, an acquired taste for others. The lucky ones can pick it from their gardens, but the majority will probably need to venture to a supermarket to get one. We live in the age when the first thing we need to check is the origin of the food we’re about to buy. Sad but true. Papayas are naturally very healthy, but the goodness is somewhat diminished when we buy from an unsustainable source. It’s even worse if we go for the genetically modified fruits, which have had their genetic-code changed in order to resist viruses and increase production numbers. Genetically modified papayas have been approved for consumption both in the USA and Canada, while Europe is still resisting. If you want to avoid a snack full of potentially harmful substances, pay attention to the fruit’s label. Most genetically modified papayas come from Hawaii, where they have been grown since 1999.
Salvia hispanica, or Chia, is an herb in the mint family. This small plant, is an absolute gold mine of nutrition; it yields the precious chia seed. I consider the chia seed one of nature’s most efficient super foods. Two tablespoons of the tiny seeds contain 138 calories, 9 grams of fat, 10 grams of fiber, 5 grams of protein and a relatively large amount of calcium. The seeds are jam-packed with omega-3s. Chia seeds contain the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-lipoic acid that your body can convert to EPA and DHA.
We know that our heart is one of the hardest working and important organs in the body. We also are well aware of habits that are terrible for it. Harvard Medical School recently released five strategic ways to avoid destructive habits and potentially save your life by:
Soy is one of the largest cultivated crops in the US and used as the main protein source by most vegetarians or vegans. There seems to be a lot of confusion whether soy is good for your health or not. For decades the mainstream media has been telling us how healthy soy products are. But have those million dollar campaigns tricked us into believing something that’s not true?