1. Do some laughter exercises every day. This ensures that you have some feel-good hormones circulating and this helps avoid depression. You CAN pretend to be happier and, your brain doesn’t know the difference.
2. Walk. Every day. At least 15 minutes and walk in nature. Smile at the trees and the flowers. Take your dogs and let them run off lead. Watching them run for the sheer joy of being alive will do your heart good.
3. Investigate a ketogenic lifestyle if you want to reverse T2 diabetes or shed weight permanently.
4. Stop watching scary stuff and watch highly entertaining things like Jane The Virgin on Netflix.
5. Write in your journal for ten minutes every morning. Carry it with you. Write down things that you notice, things that irritate you and, drill down to see what’s really going on.
6. Make a gratitude list every night before you go to sleep: 10 things, minimum. And it has to be different every day.
7. Stop texting and start talking. Meet a friend for coffee. See your friends often. Nurture them. Epicurus had four rules for a happy life. Look them up.
8. Send a card of gratitude to your friends. Let them know how much they mean to you. Post it by snail mail and, forget you’ve done it. Don’t expect anything. Expectation is resentment just waiting to happen.
9. Stay hydrated. Carry a refillable glass water bottle with you everywhere and drink at least two litres a day to nurture yourself. We often confuse hunger with thirst.
10. Stop eating sugar.
11. Turn off the wifi at the power point every night before bed and charge your phone in another room. Removing EMF (electro magnetic frequencies) from near your head is proven to be better for health and sleep hygiene.
12. Investigate 12 step programmes. Doing one will change your life. I promise.
14. Learn to count…