All you need is one minute to get healthier, connect with others, and ratchet up your emotional wellbeing. Here are some one minute fixes for all aspects of your life.
When you first get to work. Instead of logging on to your email or getting stressed about the size of your workload – spend 60 seconds checking out a funny website. Like StuffOnMyCat.com. Research shows that a moment of funny increases your body’s production of immune boosting growth hormones and feel-good endorphins.
Next, here’s a one minute fix is for a skinned knee: Save a Band-Aid and dab some honey on it. A study in the International Journal of Clinical Practice shows that honey can speed healing, reduce pain, and reduce the risk of infection. That’s because it has natural disinfectants. Just apply a thin layer over small cuts and scrapes.
How about a one minute fix when it’s 3p.m. and you’re yawning: Choose coffee over cola. Not only does coffee have fewer calories – it has more antioxidants. Also, according to a study from Finland, people who drink three cups a day are half as likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.
A one minute fix for when you’re craving a cigarette! Drink milk! In a recent study of smokers conducted by Duke University, the participants reported that milk made cigarettes taste bad. So the thinking is – if you drink milk during your smoke break, your brain will eventually connect the bad milky taste in your mouth with a decreased desire to smoke!
One final one minute fix – this time on your way home from work: Stop by the florist. New research from Harvard University shows that even people who say, “I’m not a morning person”, report feeling happier and more energetic after looking at flowers first thing in the morning. So grab a bunch and stick them on your nightstand or in the bathroom so you get that a.m. energy kick.