By Barton Goldsmith
McClatchy-Tribune News Service.
1. Get outside more often. It has been said that if you want to live a long life, you should spend as much time outdoors as you can while doing things that are not too physically stressful. Taking a half-hour walk every day will help you avoid depression and decrease any anxiety you may be feeling.
2. Trust your gut. Tune into your own feelings, look at them, and work on understanding where the pain is coming from. All of the answers you need are there inside you.
3. Make a new friend. You may think you have enough friends already or that you don’t have time to make new friends, but there is always room to add a positive person into your life. I’m not saying go online and look for friendship there. The idea is to get closer to people you may already know or see on a regular basis.
4. Get involved in your community. It’s hard to open a paper and not see the charity events going on close by. If you have the desire to help out, act on it. You will make a difference in the lives of others, and you will feel better, too.
5. Slow down. We rush so much of the time, and it’s understandable with all that’s going on around us. But if you relax for a moment here and there, just to take in your surroundings and what you are doing, it will make you breathe easier and help you enjoy whatever you are doing more.
6. Appreciate what you have. We all want things, and that’s good, but when not getting what you want when you want it makes you sad and angry, you may be asking for too much too soon. Look around at your life and focus on the good stuff, see what you have, and don’t focus on what you lack.