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7 Often Overlooked Ways to Make Yourself Happier

Do you know how to make yourself happy? We often overlook the simple things in life that can provide us with pure joy and happiness, no matter the situation. By mindfully adding one of these simple actions into our everyday lives, we can experience an overall boost in happiness. Start with these 7 under-appreciated tips for brightening your day.

Stargaze. How do you feel when you look at the stars? Small, insignificant, in awe of their majestic span? Studies have shown that awe significantly boosts our own happiness. People who view the night sky with wonder and spend time in beautiful nature were more generous and trusting and experienced higher overall levels of satisfaction.

Stroll through the woods. Walking through a forest has been shown time and time again to lower stress levels. The less stressed you are, the happier you are. Nature walks also boost your immunity and can help you feel more refreshed after a seemingly never-ending week.

Listen to music. Listening to music is a form of meditation, which has long been touted as a happiness booster. Studies have surprisingly shown that listening to sad music is especially mood enhancing. This may be due to the cathartic experience we have when we connect with emotional music. But, music in general is fuel for the mind and increases productivity, so turn up your favorite playlist to keep your outlook bright.

Practice hobbies. Exploring a new interest and developing a new skill makes you feel significantly better about yourself. Extra bonuses if you get exercise with your new hobby or take it on with a good friend—both powerful happiness boosters. Some ideas are tennis, knitting, home coffee roasting, bouldering, making jam, biking, card games, woodworking… whatever piques your interest!

Drink coffee or tea. In a pinch, caffeine is a terrific mood booster. It has also been shown to decrease the risk of depression in women. No one’s saying you have to get addicted by drinking multiple cups every morning, but having some green tea in the afternoon or a small amount of coffee around 11am can actually improve alertness, mood and productivity.  For some, drinking coffee first thing in the morning can be an overload, especially because cortisol levels are at their peak in the first hour upon waking. Try sipping a small amount throughout the day for prolonged benefits without a big crash.

Read a good book. Rather than just mindlessly scrolling through Netflix for a new comedy series to binge watch, pick up a good book instead. Reading fantastical novels about adventure and exploration can increase your happiness and even inspire you. Need a go-to to get you started? Try one of the Harry Potter series or Cheryl Strayed’s Wild.

Se daily goals. Making a list of what you’d like to accomplish each day can make you feel more accomplished. Even if it is something as simple as waking up and making yourself a healthy breakfast, accomplishing small goals throughout your day will make you feel self-satisfied, powerful and in control of your life.

SOURCE: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/7-often-overlooked-ways-to-make-yourself-happier.html


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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