Thank YOU! And 2017’s Best Of List.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Thank you for being part of A Better Way Wellness. Thank you for helping me share real, truthful, and action-oriented health information. Thank you for making living a happier and healthier life a priority.

It’s been a year for the books and I wouldn’t be doing what I  am truly passionate about without you.

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So THANK YOU!

And as a small token of my appreciation, I am giving you a list of my most popular posts this last year.

It’s A Better Way Wellness’ Best Of 2017 List. It’s short, sweet, and full of health boosting tidbits. So have at it!

1. How to Use Supplements to Boost Happiness

If you want to be happier and want supplements to give you a boost, this is the post of you.

2. Healthy Happy Hour Part I and Healthy Happy Hour Part II

Do you love happy hour? And love feeling great? If so, click the links above to find out how.

3. How to Burn Fat in 15 Minutes

Who doesn’t want to burn fat fast? I know I do . . . if you do, too, check out this one.

4. How to be Happier at Work

Do you want to feel better and happier in the workplace? If this is you, I have actionable tips to help.

5. The Smoothie that Tastes Like Dessert, But Feels Like Medicine

Yes, please! Recipes that taste rich and luxe, but make you “feel like a million bucks” are my favorite. This one is easy-peasy. Give it a try!

6. My Fall Beverage Secret: The Sunshine Latte (Recipe Included)

I know it’s not technically fall anymore, but the Sunshine Latte will still please your mouth, mind, and body.

7. The Truth About Chocolate (& the Best Way to Eat It)

Chocolate lovers rejoice! Chocolate is GOOD for you and I show you the best ways to have it in this post.

8. 5 Products to Change Immediately to Decrease Exposure to Carcinogens and EDCs

Consider a New Year's resolution around this one. Swap out one (or all!) of these products to protect yourself from carcinogens and endocrine disruptors.

HOW TO BE HAPPIER AT WORK

If you are reading this, you probably have a job. If not, you wouldn’t be learning how to be happier at work.

Maybe you love your job. Maybe you despise it. Or perhaps you are somewhere between those two extremes. Or somedays you love it and others you despise it.

However it is you feel about your job, did you know having a job makes you happier than someone that is unemployed?

It’s the truth.

Wellbeing is higher in those with jobs compared to those who are unemployed.

Pretty cool, right?

But how do you become happier at work?

I’m going to tell you.

And so you know, this information comes from the 2017 World Happiness Report.

Select the Right Type of Work for You

What you do for work matters.

Some jobs are associated with higher levels of happiness and satisfaction.

Those with the highest reported levels of happiness were managers or executives. This is closely followed by professional workers, clerical or office workers, and service workers.

Those with the lowest levels of happiness? Farming, fishing, and forestry workers. Construction workers and miners closely followed.

So if you are dissatisfied by your work, consider this information before choosing a new direction.

Be Actively Engaged

According to the 2017 World Happiness Report, active engagement is extremely important to job satisfaction.

The more engaged you are in your job, the happier and more satisfied you are with it.

What does it mean to be actively engaged in your work?

Actively engaged workers are passionate about what they do and feel committed to their job or employers.

Disengaged workers are are “checked out” and put in time without much energy or passion.

According to a Gallup poll, only 30% of Americans are actively engaged in their work.

How do you get actively engaged? Change your mindset or change your responsibilities/job.


Negotiate for a Raise


Higher wages are predictive of greater wellbeing.

This goes counter to advice or graduation speeches you’ve heard.

But the facts are those in well-paying jobs tend to feel happier and more satisfied with their lives compared to those in lower income brackets.

This isn’t a purely linear relationship, though. The lower you are on the income spectrum, the more a raise will contribute to your wellness.

Likewise, the HIGHER you are on the income spectrum, the less a raise will contribute to your happiness.

This is a tricky subject, because you have to consider work-life satisfaction. A higher paying job that substantially increases your commute time or causes you to worry at home will leave you LESS happy. Read the next tip for more details.

Leave Work at Work

This is a fascinating one.

Even though you may be enticed with the idea of job-flexibility or work you can do from home, this may detract from your happiness.

If your job interferes with your ability to spend time with loved ones, your happiness level goes down.

If your job causes you to worry about work matters when you are off the clock, your happiness level goes down.

If your job leaves you too tired to enjoy non-work factions of life, your happiness decreases.

Volunteer for Variety & Learn Something New

Variety is more than the spice of life — it is a key to job satisfaction and happiness.

Those with jobs that entail variety and the need to learn new skills are generally more satisfied with their work AND their lives.

So volunteer to learn something new or take on a new project — your happiness may increase!

Take Control Over Your Day

Having control - or autonomy - over your work is a significant contributor to happiness.

If possible, exert control over your workday and your pace of work. Workers that do this have higher wellbeing outcomes.

Find Your Work Tribe

Keeping your nose to the grindstone and staying to yourself at work may result in less happiness.

The level of social support you receive at work is strongly predictive of wellbeing.

Finding social support, and even being a member of a union, can increase your happiness at work.


Work for Someone You Respect and Feel is Competent

Your boss has a big impact on your job happiness (some of you may be thinking “duh” on this one).

When you work for someone you respect and feel is competent, your work wellbeing increases. Bosses and supervisors make a HUGE impact on satisfaction.

Data aside, I can personally attest to the importance of this one. I’ve been lucky to have mostly wonderful bosses. And in those circumstances, my team and I were happy and thrived. I can think of one situation where this was not the case — where I did not feel confidence on my boss. Instead of my team thriving, we were unhappy, stressed out, and overall lacking in wellbeing.

Turn Information Into Action

Information is only so helpful — it is action that will transform your life.

So take inventory of your job and life. What changes can you initiate to make you happier at work?

Write one or two down and commit to incorporating them into your life.

The Happiness Series

Do you want to be happier?

If so, read parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 of the happiness series!

Sending you health and happiness,
Skye

Get Happy . . . NOW - Part I

Do you want to be happier? Have you ever thought:

  • “I just want to be happy.”

  • “How come s/he always looks so happy? How come I can’t be like that?”

  • “I’ll be happy as soon as I have a new job/a new partner/a new house/a new outfit?

  • “Why can’t I just be happy?”

My guess is yes because most of us desire happiness. And most of us feel like we aren’t as happy as we should be.

If this is you, you are not alone. Most of us desire happiness and feel like we aren’t as happy as we should be.

 

The pursuit of happiness surrounds us. Americans spend millions of dollars each year searching for happiness. From self-help books to medications to material possessions, it is likely you have purchased something to enhance your happiness.

What you may NOT know is that happiness has been studied and there are evidence-based ways to improve your happiness.

Sounds pretty cool, huh?

So if you want to be happier NOW, keep reading. I’m starting this series with BIG picture happiness hacks.

The 2017 World Happiness Report

The 2017 World Happiness Report was recently published. This extensive report ranks countries on happiness and objectively ascertains determinants of happiness and misery.

What was the happiest country in 2017?

Norway.

And the least happy?

The Central African Republic.

How does the United States rank?

14th, after countries such as Iceland, Canada, Australia, Israel, and Costa Rica.


What Makes You Happy

For the purpose of this article, I am focusing on happiness in the United States. This is because the majority of my readers are American. If you are interested in happiness information on other countries, please reach out to me and I’d be glad to share.

According to the 2017 World Happiness Report, income, years of education, employment, partnership, and health all contribute heavily to happiness and satisfaction. Another factor that contributed to happiness: being female.

Why Health Matters

Of all the happiness factors, health was the highest contributor.

This research mimics my personal experience as a clinician and practitioner. I have firsthand experience and have witnessed the transformative impact of wellness on individuals, families, and communities.

This is one of the reasons I am incredibly passionate about helping others lead healthier lives and focus so much effort on prevention.

Preventing physical and mental illness IS possible.

Really, this is the unofficial theme of A Better Way Wellness.


How to Improve Your Happiness

This series will take a close look at how health impacts happiness and provide you with real, evidence-based, actionable ways to improve your own health and happiness.

What you need to do in the meantime is take an honest assessment of your happiness and health.

Not sure where to start? Don’t worry! I’ve got you. I’ve put together quizzes that will help you gauge both happiness and health.

Happiness Quizzes

Health Quizzes

What’s Coming Next Week

Next week, we will specifically discuss the impact of mental health on happiness. Part of this will include ways to prevent the most most common mental health disorders. Stay tuned!

Sending you happiness and health,
Skye

3 Recipes to Get Your Detox On

Now that you’ve thoroughly enjoyed your (well deserved) Thanksgiving holiday, it’s time to get back to business! If you feel like your belly could use a little detox to get back on track, you are not alone. Feeling a little bloated? Or like your clothes are a smidgen tighter than they ought to be? If so, I’ve got you! I’m giving you three recipes that will leave you feeling healthy, happy, and detoxed. Did I mention they taste great, too? I call this a win-win-win!


1. Skye’s Detox Smoothie

This smoothie is packed full of nutrients, protein, antioxidants, and omega-3s! And the best part is it tastes naturally sweet and can be a breakfast, snack, or dessert.

Also, I’m loving my new Glass Dharma reusable glass straws (a gift from my husband). These beauties can be used for hot or cold beverages and are dishwasher safe (a necessity in my household).


2. The Oh She Glows Eat Your Greens Detox Soup

I LOVE this soup recipe! It takes 20 minutes to make, tastes amazing, and is full of vitamins, greens, and anti-inflammatory spices. It’s included in the original Oh She Glows cook book. If you don’t have it, head over to Vegan Miam’s blog for the full recipe.



3. Quinoa Collard Wraps from The Sprouted Kitchen

This is the perfect recipe for lunch or dinner. Fresh collards filled with quinoa, tahini, carrots, and more deliciousness. They transport well and are a snap to make. The recipe is from The Sprouted Kitchen (an amazing cook book). However, Golubka Kitchen’s blog has the recipe posted here. You can thank me later for this one!


This week I encourage you to try one (or all three!) of these quick, delicious, nourishing, and detoxing recipes. Your body will thank you.

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