summer

Jun
06
2013

happy-girlFinding new summer activities require excessive time, effort, and money…right? Wrong. Something like going to the park may seem like a repetitive, unoriginal idea for getting out of the house, but it can easily become new and exciting by simply adding a new spin to it. Try these five ideas to make a simple outing or activity something to be happy and excited about!

Pack a picnic or barbeque! Whether you take the family, some close friends, or even some coworkers, a picnic is a social activity that is both fun and delicious. It creates an atmosphere for bonding and learning, and it can serve as a small escape from the hum-drum routine of everyday life. Most importantly, it’s a thoughtful way of saying, “I’m happy I’m here with you today.”

Bring a Frisbee or lively activity! The park is a perfect place to have a fun pick-up game of soccer, volleyball, or football. Not only can you reconnect with friends or teach your children how to play a sport, but you can also rediscover your love for a sport and burn a few calories while doing so! Summer is the perfect time to be active and outdoors, and the park serves as a great environment for doing so.

Have a water balloon fight! We all remember how fun and exciting this was when we were young, so why can’t it still be fun now? This is a great way to connect with the children in our lives or even to embrace our own inner-child. Beat the heat this summer with some water balloons and maybe even a super-soaker water gun!

Learn how to slackline! Slacklining is a recreational activity that not many people know about. It originated as a form of tightrope walking, and it consists of walking on a taut length of webbing between two stationary points (such as a couple trees at the park). Although your first time trying it may be challenging, it is an excellent way to develop better balance, posture, and focus. If this is not for you, lengthen and strengthen your body with pilates, it does wonders for the spine and toning your muscles for a sleeker figure.

Meditate or join a yoga class! Meditation and yoga are fantastic de-stressors that can be done individually or in a group. Instead of cooping yourself up in a stuffy room, breathe in the fresh outdoor air and bring your yoga class to the park. This will help you relax while feeling refreshed from the summer air.

Summer is the time to let your inner shine out and explore the possibilities of living a healthier, happier life. It all starts with a decision to make the best out of your day, your summer, and your life! Remember that the littlest things can make the biggest difference, and take control over your life today!

Share your thoughts for living in the moment with us!

 

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“America’s Happyologist” Jackie Ruka is a lifestyle expert who founded the Get Happy Zone (www.gethappyzone.com) personal development organization. She is also the author of the soon-to-be-released book, “Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, a Toolbox for Rapidly Activating the Life You Desire.” Contact Jackie and take her Become Fearless Quiz online at www.tinyurl.com/HappinessQuiz.

 

Filed Under: 2013, How To, Life, Live, summer
May
05
2013

happy womenWith the end of school, graduations, changing schedules, and work, it’s hard not to feel stressed as we head into summer. Summer should be a time to get some sun and a little relaxation, but often times we get caught up stressing about both the little and big stressors that lead to living hectic lives. What can lead to a happier, stress- free summer entails being the champion to your own happiness and health.

Instead of drudging through each day of the week, give yourself something to look forward to each day! This will give you a sense of renewal every day and leave you feeling refreshed and excited. When we get caught up in the same routine, day in and day out, it begins to lower the value and potential that we see in each day (and I admit, I am a victim of this myself).  Our immune systems remain low and cortisol levels go up with hanging on to stress, both positive and negative stress. The power behind your own creativity becomes stagnant, so STOP going down the path of stress and up spiral your thoughts through positive action.  Here are a few suggestions to boost your days:

Have lunch with a friend! This is something you can do any day, even in the midst of work, school, or just another busy day. This will allow you to forget about the deadlines for a little while and enjoy the company of a person you care about. Even better, use this time to meet new people and friends, like that coworker you’ve never really had the time to get to know.

Have a mini spa day! Take a day (or even part of a day) all to yourself to dedicate to pure relaxation. If money’s a little tight, make your own spa at home! Have a long bubble bath with relaxing music or your favorite TV show, and you can even add in a few candles to create that serene, calming atmosphere. Ahhh, just breathe in the positive and breathe out the negative, carve out some special time for you.

Go for a swim or a beach run! Summer is a time to be in swim suits and minimal clothing, which can be a bit stressful in itself. Since summer is also the time of the best weather, use it to get outdoors and do something active. Walking, running, swimming, and creating your own workout are all things that don’t take a lot of time but will help you get the beach body that will boost your confidence!

Your life becomes exponentially more exciting and fulfilling when you create each day to be a great day!  Take the next step in creating a happier, healthier, lifestyle for yourself, and make this summer the best one yet!

Comment below to share your thoughts, questions and ideas.

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“America’s Happyologist” Jackie Ruka is a lifestyle expert who founded the Get Happy Zone (www.gethappyzone.com) personal development organization. She is also the author of the soon-to-be-released book, “Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, a Toolbox for Rapidly Activating the Life You Desire.” Contact Jackie and take her Become Fearless Quiz online at www.tinyurl.com/HappinessQuiz.

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