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5 Happiness tips: How to engage wellbeing

Updated: May 26

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Ever wondered what the happiest age is? It's a question that seems impossible to answer, but researchers have delved into a treasure trove of data from long-term studies involving nearly half a million people (460,000+ to be precise) to unveil the secrets of happiness across the lifespan. This groundbreaking study, known as a meta-analysis, is the most reliable way to tackle tough questions that often yield different answers in individual studies.

The Happiness Journey: A Lifelong Exploration

Here's what they discovered:

↘️ Decline from ages 9-16: The teenage years, a period of immense change and self-discovery, prove to be a challenging phase for happiness and life satisfaction.

This is when we really need to engage wellbeing!

↗️ Increase until age 70: Encouragingly, happiness sees an upward trajectory until the age of 70, indicating that there's much to look forward to in the later stages of life.

↘️ Decline again after 70: This decline post-70 might be related to overall health, underlining the intricate connection between physical well-being and happiness.

Happiness: More Than Just a Number

While the pursuit of happiness may seem like a vague concept, the good news is that you and your kids don't have to adhere to these trends! Happiness, as it turns out, is intertwined with various aspects of health, meaning that the steps you take to enhance well-being might just have a delightful side effect.

Your Happiness Toolbox to engage wellbeing : 5 Happiness tips and one bonus!

Here are some activities that can contribute to your and your family's happiness:

1. Eating Vegetables: A balanced diet doesn't just fuel your body; it nourishes your mood and happiness.

2. Going for Walks: Physical activity is a natural mood booster. Whether it's a stroll in the park or a brisk walk around the block, it can do wonders for your well-being.

3. Drinking Water: Hydration is key to overall health, and a well-hydrated body contributes to a happier mindset.

4. Journaling: Putting pen to paper can be a therapeutic way to express thoughts and emotions, promoting mental well-being.

5. Meditating: Mindfulness and meditation are powerful tools to cultivate a sense of peace and contentment.

6. Doing Things Your Family Loves: Engaging in activities that bring joy to your family fosters connection and happiness.

What's Your Happiness Plan to engage wellbeing Today?

Happiness is not a one-size-fits-all concept. It's about embracing the unique journey of you and your family. So, what are you doing today for your happiness? Whether it's savoring a hearty salad, taking a leisurely walk, or simply spending quality time with loved ones, each step contributes to a richer, more fulfilling life.

In the quest for happiness, remember that it's not just about reaching a particular age; it's about savoring every moment and making choices that resonate with your well-being. What's your happiness plan today? Share your joyful activities and inspire others on their journey to a happier life!

Dr. Ellie

When you're ready here's how Dr. Ellie can help: 

When your child, teen or young adult child is grappling with focus issues, hyperactivity, sleep problems, anxiety, depression, or perfectionism you know they are suffering.  Tummy and headaches, getting sick a lot, trouble in school, and feeling run down take a toll on your child and on you. 

You want to help the ones you love ease their suffering and alleviate their symptoms by 

addressing their underlying medical conditions without going straight to adding pharmaceutical medications that can come with their own set of adverse side effects and complications.

As a holistic pediatrician, I uncover and treat the underlying root causes of symptoms while working to reduce the need for medications so they can get back to being a kid and reclaim their childhood joy. 

With advanced diagnostic testing and a personalized treatment program I take a thoughtful,  thorough, and caring medical approach to address your child’s health.  We will address genetic factors, diet, gut health, lifestyle as I walk hand in hand with you and your child toward sustainable well being, resilience, and joy.

For more information on brain health check out my other posts:

Dr. Ellie MacGregor is a holistic integrative and functional medicine pediatrician who specializes in the treatment of ADHD, ADD, anxiety and depression without medication.  She is the owner of Middle Path Integrative Pediatrics with over 14 years of experience.  Dr. Ellie MacGregor helps readers separate fact from spin to make informed decisions about their health and the health of their children.

Get Dr. Ellie’s Guide to Brain Health via the gut for more information or view her website to get in touch. 


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