The Wellness Habits Project: Start Your Wellness Project, Introduction and Overview

The Wellness Habits Project is an opportunity for you to start incorporating new habits into your life to improve your physical health, mental health, relationships, and community.

Starting in January 2017, a new suggested habit will be posted every week along with researched information about how the habit can help you make choices that improve your wellness. No fluff, folklore, or fads. We select and present each habit based on peer-reviewed, scientifically supported studies. Each habit is small, achievable, and easily combined with other habits to help you develop new routines.  Choose the habits that work for you, modify them as you like, or develop your own wellness habits. … Read the rest of the article

Socialize or Say Hello to Someone at Least Once per Day (Wellness Habit of the Week)

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Socializing and saying a friendly hello to people daily can actually boost your wellness. Loneliness has been a problem since the beginning of the human species. It has been the source of inspiration for philosophers, poets, political leaders, and religions. Humans biologically need each other, and to meet those needs, we crave connection with people.

Adopt the Habit: Why You Need to Say Hello to People to Improve Your Well-Being

Positive social relationships are good for your health (Kok et al., 2013). Social interactions, like wishing another person well, are related to an increase of positive emotions. These positive emotions can increase your ability to interact socially, creating a cycle of improved well-being.… Read the rest of the article

Being Good Enough: Discovering Your Self-Worth and Living a Worthy Life

Self-worth is the evaluation a person has about their own value.  We talk about it so much that it sounds cliche. It is a concept that gets mocked as a source of arrogance and undeserved entitlement.  Yet without it, we cannot truly have a sense of self as a member of society.

Our understanding of self-worth begins when we are infants and toddlers. We notice how we are treated and how people treat others then associate behaviors with rewards. Quickly, we learn who will help us and who will hurt us. As we develop empathy, we learn that we have the power to help or hurt others.… Read the rest of the article

Walk Non-Stop for an Additional 5 Minutes Every Morning (Wellness Habit of the Week)

Walking in the Morning

Walking is good for you, really good for you. Walking is what the human body evolved to do for long periods throughout every day, but many of us don’t walk much in our modern lifestyles. Our bodies and brains thrive when we walk. Without it, we may watch our health and happiness deteriorate. You don’t need to start marathon walking to get better health. It can start with simple steps that you can incorporate into your day.

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If you find yourself feeling worried about your health, walking is one of the best things you can do to improve your physical well-being.… Read the rest of the article

Trade One Sugary Drink for Unsweetened Beverages (Wellness Habit of the Week)

Lots of people insist they are trying to cut sugar out of their diet. We often hear from health professionals that sugary drinks, even juice, are unhealthy. But it can be difficult to kick the sweet-drink habit. We are surrounded by sugary sodas, artificially flavored and sweetened shakes, and juices that claim to be healthy but aren’t. To resist the temptations, switching your eating and drinking behaviors requires a change in habits.

Adopt: Why Sugary Drinks May Not Be Good for You

If you want a healthy mind, sugary beverages may be enjoyable to drink but may cause challenges to mental health.… Read the rest of the article