13 July 2023
Despite the “overflowing sea of resources” about happiness, finding advice that can easily be applied to daily life is not as easy as you would think. The review says happiness is not just the pursuit of pleasure. Elation (great happiness and exhilaration) fades. Many of us come to believe we have “no choice in life but to suffer.” Happiness, it seems, is investing in tasks that challenge you, as well as in nurturing those around you.
- Relationships: “the ability to express genuine interest in what people say, and respond in encouraging ways” can “powerfully enrich relationships.”
- Exercising and eating well have a large clinical impact on your daily activities.
- Finding your character strengths and using them for a purpose beyond your own goals is “an essential component of human flourishing.”
- A mind-set of optimism and gratitude leads to “greater positive emotion.”
Physical fitness: what your kidneys would like you to know
We don’t really think about our kidneys. They don’t make us aware of them the way our stomachs do. But we need to care for them because we can’t survive without them. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains that your kidneys are each the size of a computer mouse, yet they filter all the blood in your body every 30 minutes. They help control blood pressure and remove wastes, toxins, and excess fluid in the form of urine.
Below are a few guidelines on how to care for our kidneys:
Stay hydrated. Your urine should be straw-coloured. A darker colour could be a sign of dehydration. Be especially careful in very hot weather, very hot places, and when exercising strenuously. Take care and drink more water in these situations.
Eat healthily. Fruits and vegetables have valuable minerals and vitamins. Eat whole grains, but go very easy on fat and salt.
Keep an eye on your blood pressure. High blood pressure is a hard thing, impossible actually, to feel because it has no symptoms. But it’s easy and painless to check by going to your doctor. Many pharmacies will also check it for you, and it’s usually free of charge.
Cut out smoking and drink less alcohol (or none at all). These activities contribute to a rise in blood pressure, and high blood pressure is “one of the most common causes of kidney disease.”
Stay fit. Extra weight also raises blood pressure. Keeping your body weight in check by doing moderate exercises every week will help your health. Simple activities like walking, cycling, jogging, aerobics, or yoga can certainly help you in the long run.