Getting happier

January 27, 2009 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

So much of why we overeat is linked to our emotions.  So, it would make sense that if we are feeling happier, we will probably eat better and may even exercise more.

Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., from Prevention magazine, offers some ideas on how to improve our moods through productive socializing.

  • “Team up for chores” – It’s like barn-raising for the modern age. Get a group of friends together, pick a tough chore, and alternate helping each other out getting that chore accomplished.
  • “Hold a swap meet” – Before donating outdated clothes and shoes to charity, gather everything up and invite your pals over for a swap party.
  • “Have a dinner exchange” – Exchange dinners with friends once a week. Keep it simple by making the meal a surprise. No pre-planning necessarily required.
  • “Share a journal” – Write letters or free-form entries in a journal that you then pass along to family or friends. It can be a great way to keep in touch if your support system is far away.
  • “Retreat once a year” – Take an “adopted family” trip once a year where you and your like-family friends get away together someplace fun.

Entry filed under: coping strategies, tips & techniques.

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