This is a Guest Post by Dan Petraglia

The pursuit of happiness in life can sometimes prove to be more challenging than initially expected. Some claim that financial security is the key while others claim that friendships provide all the happiness they could ever need. Sometimes, it isn’t so much an outside influence that can truly give you peace a mind. Many times it’s the things in life that can only affect you and you alone that can make you truly happy. Your health is one of these things. Today let us explore 6 ways where leading healthier lifestyles can translate into happier lifestyles.

– Specified Exercise

Exercising is a way to not only look healthier, but feel healthier. It is my firm belief that both are of equal importance. Exercising can act as a sort of tension release at times. This release of endorphins and adrenaline through vigorous body movement can help with eating, sleeping, and even your general mood. Its good find a specific workout routine that you are 100% comfortable with, and then sticking to it. You do not want force yourself into types of workouts that you’re not overly fond of, just for the sake of sweating. Instead do what you want to do!

– A Kinder Diet

Your diet is indescribably important in terms of your health and overall wellness. Ever hear the old expression “you are what you eat”? Well in a sense this is true. Foods can even influence feelings believe it or not. What’s even more whacky is that food can influence certain patterns of behavior. For starters, cutting out obvious foods are a must like fast food for one. Foods that are greasy, processed, fried, and heavy in fat (trans, poly, mono) are usually ones you want to stay away from.

Foods that contain the dreaded “empty calorie” or foods that don’t provide much of any nutritional value are also red flags to steer far and clear from.  Alcohol is a prime suspect of the empty calorie along with the food types just previously mentioned. So be kind to your body by paying close mind to your diet. You don’t necessarily have to be on a diet to lose weight. As long as you’re getting lots of good whole foods, rich quality protein, vegetables, and fruits, these kinds’ of things will promote outstanding and more importantly lasting good health.

– Enjoyable yet Demanding Activity

Sometimes when we think of actual exercise we think using lots of weights and machines in a gym is the best or most effective route to take. This isn’t necessarily true as fitness can be as fun as you make it. First off you don’t have to be alone as the more the merrier I say. Incorporating friends into your exercising patterns not only ups the fun factor, but helps motivate one another to keep up a good pace. Along with friends, finding a physically demanding activity that you and they can all agree on would prove to be most beneficial for all of you in the end.

– Cook for Looks

Cooking is something can actually be kind of fun. It gives me a great sense of pride, productiveness, and accomplishment. The more you cook the better because like anything, the more you do it, the better you’ll become. Cooking though has a few added bonuses. Generally cooking for yourself is far less expensive than eating and ordering food out. It also influences weight conscious decisions that can lead you to leaner appearances overtime.

Also, cooking promotes healthier ideas as you see what you’re making versus it being handed to you on a silver platter. Most people that cook often become more nutritionally familiar with the foods they eat because of their level of involvement in preparation. In the long run, the more you cook, presumably the healthier you’ll cook.

– Learning to Grow

Just by being on this site right now you’re doing yourself a good service. The human brain is like a big sponge just waiting to soak up all the information you put in front of it. The more you learn and teach yourself about healthier principles and practices, the more likely you’ll do them, or at least attempt (hey trial and error never hurt anybody here). A common mistake that I should point out here while on the topic is that some like to overly obsess and dwell too much on what they should be doing instead of actually doing it! This is a big mistake you should try to avoid, and rather try to balance the learning process with the actual applying of what was learned evenly.

– Identifying Issues and Growing From Them

No one has or ever will lead a perfect life. Acceptance of this is shouldn’t be too hard. Some of the most successful movie stars and rock god’s have more issues than we could ever possible imagine. But only on the surface do their lives seem charmed. Life has hurdles, and its best to confront them head on. In terms of one’s health, whether it’s a broken arm, deer tick, a bad flu, weight problems, or anything that makes you feel down emotionally, just remember that there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. Through sickness and good health, it’s always good to learn and grow from past obstacles throughout the course of your entire life.

About the Author

Dan Petraglia runs a weight loss and fitness information blog. Unique exercise, dieting, and nutrition information, products, programs, and services are provided. For more information, visit