The Secret to Being Happy: Be Healthy

Get ready to glow inside out

by Anna Dixon | Mon, March 05, 2018

Being happy and being healthy are absolutely related. We all know about endorphins, the chemicals your brain releases when you exercise, make you feel good, but that alone may not be enough. Eating well, getting enough sunlight, staying hydrated, and generally taking care of ourselves is so important to overall happiness.

We always make sure the ones we love stay healthy and eat right, but as parents, while we’re busy taking care of everyone else, it's easy to forget about ourselves. Here are a few small changes we can all make to ensure we’re glowing on the outside, and the inside.

Start the day with a homemade juice

This sounds like a total chore, but actually it only takes a few minutes out of your morning and the benefits are huge. We need a varied diet, and whether we’re sick, tired or stressed, our body needs different things to feel better. A fruit base will always give your drink some sweetness, but try adding yogurt, avocado, cucumber, coconut water, ginger or carrot into your daily drink for a burst of delicious goodness. Experiment with flavors and get the whole family involved. You can also sign up for a package of juices from Farmhouse Juices.

Sneak in some veggies


It’s not just kids that need persuading to eat well. Sometimes all you want to do is hunker down on the couch and eat pizza, chips and chocolate ice cream. Of course, every once in a while that’s more than OK, but not great as part of a daily routine. Eating veggies every day doesn't have to be bland or boring – there are many ways you can sneak vitamins and minerals into your family’s diet without anyone noticing. Here are a couple of our favorite stealthy veg injections.

Fresh pasta sauce

If you’re craving some carbs, make your pasta sauce at home instead of using a jar. Use tomatoes, peppers, carrots, onions, greens, anything you can lay your hands on and whizz it all up in a blender.

Pumpkin pancakes

Throw some pumpkin or squash into your pancake mix and not only will they taste just a little sweeter, they’ll also come out a cool orange color which the kids will love.

Zucchini noodles

Zucchini noodles or “zoodles” – you’ll need to invest in a spiralizer but it’s worth every penny. You can make noodles from basically anything including carrot, cucumber, potato, onion, whatever you like! Salads, hot dishes and snacks just got a whole lot more interesting!

Wash your hands

Of course we want to avoid getting sick as much as possible, but it can feel totally beyond our control a lot of the time. Well rest assured there are a few things we can do to stop germs in their tracks.

Wash your hands and sanitize

This may seem obvious, but actually you probably aren’t washing your hands enough. Think about the amount of times you touch something that will absolutely have germs on it – money, the handrail on the subway, your steering wheel, a taxi door or shared bike handlebars...not to freak you out, but you can get sick from all of these things and more if the person before you sneezed, blew their nose or coughed into their hands. Wash, wash, use hand sanitizer and wash some more.

Wipe your phone

It may surprise you to learn that we touch our phones on average over 2,500 times a day. Yep. That’s a crazy number, but a very real one. With that in mind, give it a little wipe every now and again. Or ideally, a few times a day.

Be the crazy parent

If someone else’s kid is sick, don’t be afraid to keep your child well away. Remember, a cold can be contagious for over 10 days, so although your child might be mad at your for not allowing play dates for a while, it’ll be worth it when the whole family isn’t snotting and sneezing all over the place.


We all know how hard it is to get anything done when we haven’t had enough sleep. Being a parent, getting a good night’s kip is often easier said than done, but we can change some habits to make sure we’re doing all we can for a really decent snoozefest.

No electronics

Don’t look at your phone before bed, as tempting as it may be. The screen will keep you alert, and even when you nod off, your sleep won’t be as good as it would be if you’d read a book.

Climate control

Get the temperature right – Again, something we do with the kids, especially when they're little, is get the temperature in the room perfect, so do the same. If it’s too hot or too cold, you simply will not sleep as well.

Easy on the nightcap

"Drink less alcohol." The sentence no one ever wants to hear. It is true that if you have one too many drinkies before bed, you may fall into a deep, deep sleep, but actually, your body won’t be rested nearly as much as a booze free snooze. Cut down alcohol consumption in the week and you’ll be surprised how spritely you'll begin to feel within in week or two.

Get moving in a different way

How many more times is someone going to tell you to move more? If taking a stroll or going to the gym isn’t really your thing, try something a little different to get those muscles working. Aerial yoga, rock climbing, skiing, ice-skating or hitting some balls at the batting cages are all super fun ways the whole family can get out of the house, burn a few calories, and have fun together! Check out our list of 23 ways you can get your game face on!

We all get different kinds of happiness, and being active ist just one way to improve your happiness. Being available is another. Whilst you can't always be available for everyone, take a look at what you can do to fit in those important to you.