The secret to losing weight? Find your happy

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Want to lose weight? You know you have to eat right and exercise. But that might not be enough.

Jackie Drennan from Weight Watchers says your emotional well-being is an important component of losing weight and getting healthy.

Weight Watchers offers these five tips to find your happy:

  1. Do something nice for someone: It might sound simple, but even a small act of generosity will boost your spirits.  Send a coworker an email praising his or her work on a recent project; surprise your friend with his or her favorite cup of coffee.  Again, this small gesture can boost your happiness level all day.
  2. Take ten: Set aside ten minutes out of every day to reconnect with yourself. We live in a fast-paced culture where we're all moving quickly with endless responsibilities, emails, text messages and to-do lists.  If we take time to be quiet, we can get in touch with our values and priorities.
  3. Be thankful: Gratitude is linked with positive emotions including contentment, happiness and hope.  At some point during the day, make a simple list of three things that you are grateful for in your life.
  • Shake it off: Sometimes, we put too much emphasis on what others think.  Try not to take things personally. Instead, develop the habit of looking at other people's actions as just the way they are and less of a personal statement about you. Keep in mind that you can't make another person change but you can change your own thoughts.
  • Get better sleep: When you wake up feeling rested and refreshed, you’re more likely to have a happy day ahead of you.  A study published in Mental Health and Physical Activity found that people who logged 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a week (the amount experts recommend for health benefits) enjoyed a 65 percent improvement in sleep quality.


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