#Good Ideas: Simple Life Hacks For Better Living
Turn to nature for happiness, update your beauty routine, and more
Your living space should serve as a relaxing retreat from the stress of everyday life. Indeed, a growing body of research called ‘sensory science’ supports the notion of home as a sanctuary. Experts have found that the environment you create has a big impact on your outlook and sense of well-being. “Everything from the pictures on the wall to the slipcover on your couch can have a positive influence on your mood and attitude,” says artist Niladri Paul, who has studied colour psychology and symbolism. Make these small changes to nourish your senses and turn your home into a healing haven. A view of nature—whether it’s a panoramic vista or a simple houseplant—can lower blood pressure by 11 per cent and boost feelings of contentment, studies show. Try opening your windows if you have a garden view; if not, forest and beach pictures have a similar effect. Or scatter potted plants throughout your home.
Brighten up with a facial scrub to shed dead skin cells. Apply a moisturizer made with hyaluronic acid, which attracts water to the skin’s surface, restoring volume and radiance.
If you wish to lose weight, don’t camouflage the bulges by wearing black or loose-fitted clothes all the time. Otherwise, you will never get into exercise mode. Give yourself the mental kick-in-the-pants by putting away all your ‘fat’ clothes.
Did you know that just as hot cars can be dangerous for pets in the summer, cold cars pose a threat as well. Leave your pets at home. Only take your pooch in the car if it is absolutely necessary, and don’t leave them unattended.
Place for Pineapple
If want to prolong the life of pineapple, refrigerate the whole fruit without chopping it. Or store pineapple slices in an airtight container in the freezer. It can stay for up to 12 months in the freezer.
Collated from articles previously published in Prevention magazine
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