The ABC of genuine happiness – W

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The ABC of Genuine Happiness

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W – Walk. Write. Watch the sunset

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Walk more today, think clearer tomorrow

Look for outside motivation

Walking is still one of the best exercises you can do.

Walk to better brain health

In a recent study from Maryland University, researchers asked two groups of volunteers age 60 to 88 (half with cognitive impairment, half without) to take a daily walk on a treadmill at moderate intensity.

After 12 weeks of walking activity, the volunteers underwent tests and scans to check cognition. Amazingly, the group with cognitive impairment showed improvements in memory, learning and recall tasks, and better efficiency in areas of the brain linked with Alzheimer’s.

To better the effects, try taking your walk in a green area – in one 2012 study published in Environmental Science & Technology , researchers found that just five minutes of exercise in a green space was enough to benefit mental health and improve self-esteem.

Let’s not forget that getting outside for a stroll does more for your mental well-being than boost your memory. Exercise boosts your happy factor, reduces stress, improves productivity and can reduce symptoms of depression.

And if you think there’s just not enough time in your working day, consider this; in a study of office workers led by Bristol University, those who exercised during their lunch break reported better mood, improvements in time management, better concentration levels and mental performance.

They also felt more able to deal with stress and experienced higher levels of motivation. Sounds like a good excuse for a lunchtime walk!

 

 

WRITE

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Most of you are fantastic writers… I am more of a reader and enjoy written word!

So keep on writing your good stories!

Watch the Sunset

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What better way is there but to watch a sunset!

Every sunset brings you the promise of a new dawn.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

… to be continued ….

Wishing you  a wonderful and warm day!

 

 

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41 responses »

  1. I remember at school we were always made to go outside at lunchtime, and for morning and afternoon breaks. If it was good for children it must also be good for adults!

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  3. Wonderful words of wisdom Ute!

    I love walking in nature, but I love dancing more! :-)
    Writing is one of the reasons I love blogging.
    I saw some of the best sunsets when I lived on the river for two years. I have very rarely seen the sunrise, I’m not an early bird and you know what they say …

    The early bird catches the worm,
    but the second mouse gets the cheese.

    Warm, wonderful wishes!!
    <3 carmen

  4. I love walks and watching the sunsets and sunrises but writing is out. LOL! I think of lots of things and the minute I want to write it down, they all get jumbled and then I have no clue what to write down first. LOL!

    Lovely post and stunning photo’s Ute. Have a great weekend. :D ♥ Hugs ♥

  5. Great post Ute. Getting out and about is so much better than staying in all of the time. Even if you are walking to go somewhere, like work, or the cinema, it’s much better than going by car, bus, or train.

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