Can you believe it? Winter is almost over and St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! While St. Patrick’s Day is traditionally known for leprechauns and an immense pot of gold, the celebration is much more. Every year people of all nationalities gather to celebrate Ireland and its distinctive culture. Even if you are not of Irish lineage, you can still learn vital life lessons from Irish customs and sayings.
For example the following quote, by an unknown author, suggests that there are three important aspects of life.
“For each petal on the shamrock, this brings a wish your way –
Good health, good luck, and happiness For today and every day.”
Health, luck and happiness can universally ensure a prosperous life. If you desire to know just a few ways to be happy, healthy and lucky follow these simple quick tips.
“Eat your veggies!” A saying we heard over and over at the dinner table while growing up. Or for some of us, still as adults! Although your mother may have forced you to eat every brussel sprout on your plate, vegetables have a long lasting physical effect that reduce the risk of developing cancers, according to the website GAIAM Life (http://life.gaiam.com/article/15-easy-ways-be-healthier). “Shoot for five servings of vegetables a day — raw, steamed, or stir-fried… And many of the most powerful phytonutrients are the ones with the boldest colors — such as broccoli, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, grapes and leafy greens.”
Exercise. Get your body moving! It helps by improving eyesight, normalizing blood pressure, improving lean muscle, lowering cholesterol and improving bone density. Do yoga, go walking or join a dance club. Take the 65 to 90 year old group from New Zealand. They call themselves Hip Op-eration Crew (http://www.hipop-eration.com ) and they are the oldest hip-hop group in the world according to BBC news. If they can do it, so can you!
Luck is actually a frame of mind. According to Oprah.com, you should do these simple things to have this frame of mind.
- Prepare your mind. “Don’t leave chance encounters entirely to chance.
- Give chance a chance. “Eat your lunch on a different park bench. You never know who will be sitting next to you. “
- Relax. “If you’re anxious, stressed, or preoccupied, Wiseman believes, you probably won’t notice good things waiting to happen. You’ll walk right past money on the ground or miss an opportunity to speak with someone in a coffee shop. A laid-back attitude can lead to all sorts of possibilities, but you have to be ready to go with the flow.” Read more at (http://www.oprah.com/relationships/How-to-Get-Lucky/4#ixzz2v7Q2djae).
Don’t worry! Be happy! I think Bobby McFerrin said it best! Last in order to live a cheerful life you must be happy! According to Wiki How, forgiveness is the first step to happiness. “In a study of college students, an attitude of forgiveness contributed to better cardiovascular health.” Therefore forgiveness can actually heal the heart. So if you have been keeping something inside for years, take the advice from the oh so popular song from the Disney movie Frozen – Let It Go!
And number two on the list is stay close to friends and family and keep strong relationships. Strong positive relationships are bound to make you happy. Having lunch and playing bridge with your friends always leads to laughter and good times. Dinner with the family, time for sharing and keeping everyone up to speed on the hectic pace we all call life. Slow down, share, laugh, and be happy.
Finally to be happy means to smile! “Science suggests that when you smile, whether you’re happy or not, your mood is elevated.” Think about that first spring flower bloom. The song that makes you think of your first love or the solo your grandchild played at the school concert. Those will make you smile. And while we are in the spirit of the movie Frozen, just think of Olaf the snowman. That’s a sure way to make anyone smile and be happy!
So this St. Patrick’s Day think about being healthy, lucky and happy! And while you are thinking about all of those, keep an eye open and maybe just maybe a shamrock or even a FOUR LEAF CLOVER will come your way. Happy St. Patrick’s Day !