Tips for a Happy and Healthy New Year

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Be Grateful

Simply put, gratitude is the feeling of being thankful. It’s been shown to improve sleep, reduce cortisol levels, treat depression, and can even prolong your life. To put gratitude into practice, consider thinking and/or writing down 3 things that you are grateful for every day. Developing gratitude is a skill. Studies have shown that after doing this small act, by day 4 or 5 you start having a positive outlook and notice more things you’re grateful in your everyday life.

80/20 Rule

Try to do most of your grocery shopping along the perimeter of the store and avoid the processed/sugary foods in center aisles. Most of the healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, proteins, meats, nuts & grains can be found along the perimeter of the grocery store. Most of the unhealthy processed/sugary foods can be found in the aisles. Try to make sure 80% of your shopping cart contents consist of healthy foods found along the perimeter. By The Way, the Bakery is not included in that 80%, but you can count it in your 20%!

Make Weekly/ Daily Goals

Win each new day! Look at each day as a new challenge and do whatever you need to make sure that you see each day as a success. It can mean daily goals in your personal life or in your fitness regimen.


Developing a good sleep routine is key to numerous aspects of health. Lack of sleep has been shown to increase heart rate, decrease metabolism, and even lead to pre-diabetes. It is recommended to get at least 7-8 hours per night with the most important hours being 10:00pm-2:00am.

There is no magic pill, just consistency

The best form of exercise is one that you will do consistently. Fill your fitness regimen with classes and exercises that you will actually do, not ones that you dread and talk yourself out of.

Meditate to relieve stress

Take 10 minutes per day to close your eyes, breathe deeply and relax in a quiet environment. Think about the positive direction you want your day to take and what actions you need to take to make that happen.