5 Ways to Live a Happier Lifestyle

We are already i10570373_10205913409945289_2253624670747502705_nn the second month of 2016, and if you are like most people, you’ve probably set a list of goals you want to accomplish this year. Over the past few years, I have learned that it is not what happens to us that matters, but what we do about it that truly produces happiness.

Let me explain….

Life happens to us all. With the way of the fast paced world today, it seems like one thing after the next. We are forced to make decisions quickly and have more distractions today than anytime before us. We are quick to blame others for our faults, and try to change things that we often can not change.  But what if we took another outlook on life? What if we start making changes within the same set of circumstances that we know we cannot change? Do you think things will begin to change around you once you have a different outlook on life?

Last week we had our first baby, and while I expected life to be a little crazy in the beginning, there was truly no preparing for the sleepless nights, diaper change after diaper change, and all of the crying.  With all of the things that I have experienced in my life, I can honestly say that this is the toughest but most incredible change once can encounter.

Baby Melina Kalantzis

Here are 5 things you can do right now to help you live a happier lifestyle. 

1) Be Part of Something Bigger

In his book Start With Why, Simon Sinek talks about having a meaning behind your life and finding your true purpose. Why would you think this is important? Research has shown that people who live their life with a purpose live a more meaningful and happier life. In addition, not to mention experiencing less stress and anxiety throughout life.

Whatever it is your purpose may be, live your life to the fullest and start finding something to live for.  Golden Circle

2) Appreciate the World Around You 

This one hits home for us since Melina was born last week. There is more to life than you may think, and once you can open up your mind and realize the little things in life matter, good things will come. I’ve been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq as well as  some 3rd world countries that always make me appreciate the smaller things in life. If you can learn to appreciate the things we take for granted everyday like having a job, running water, and a roof to live under, you can learn to live each day in the moment instead of dwelling on the past worrying about what comes next.


3)  Exercise

You only have one life to live, so you should start treating your body with care. One of Shawna’s favorite quotes is “treat your body like it belongs to someone you love.”  Would you be happy if an important person in your life was treating your body the way that you treat yours? Engaging in physical activity everyday makes us more connected with our minds and allows us to be happier. Exercise has shown to reduce depression and increase sex drive. The American Heart Association recommends just 150 minutes a week for moderate aerobic activity and 75 minutes of vigorous activity. Get out there and start taking care of your body.

Muckfest Boston 2015

4) Eat Real Foods 

What is real food exactly? We consider real food: whole, unprocessed, unrefined food. Processed and refined foods may contain chemicals, which can slow your body down, and make you feel like crap. Embrace real food and feel your energy change. Some of our tips for eating real foods are: eat fruits and vegetables, stick with lean, quality meats, preferably grass fed when possible, eat fewer packaged foods, and drink lots of water! These simple changes can make all the difference in living a happier, healthier lifestyle, not to mention much more energy!

5) Get Better Every Day 

Learning new things affects our wellbeing. Finding ways to get better everyday exposes us to new ideas and helps us stay engaged and curious throughout life.  When you find out ways to improve your life, you also get a boost of self-confidence.  Why wait to learn something new? Start today and your mind and body will thank you later on.

These guys are some of the guys that help me get better everyday , surround yourself by people who will encourage you to grow !

SNHU Graduation The Gang








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