8 Things That Have Surprising Health Benefits

Self care comes in many forms, and is the best thing you can be doing for yourself, and those around you. Most of us are aware of the obvious things that are good for our health; fruits, exercise, fresh air, etc. But there are some things that have health benefits one might not have been aware of! Scroll down to read about them:

Playing An Instrument

If you want your brain to have an intensive workout, pick up an instrument right now because while playing any instrument, you’re using almost all parts of our brain! There are an abundance of benefits; it improves your memory, boosts creativity, patience, and releases stress.

Hugs And Cuddles

Research shows that hugging someone for more than 20 seconds lowers anxiety and stress hormones, along with our blood pressure as our body releases oxytocin (also called the ‘cuddle hormone’) when we hug or cuddle someone – even our pets!

Practicing Photography

Studies suggest that photography helps with mental well being as it helps you to be more present, connect with others deeply, and makes a person happy by preserving a memory and a moment they will later chrish.

Reconnecting With Old Friends

There’s nothing like seeing old, familiar faces that we have so many memories with. Meeting some old mates now and then is always a good idea; research suggests that it can make you live longer by reducing feelings of depression, stress, and loneliness.

Laughing

They say laughter is the best medicine, and it couldn’t be truer. When we laugh, our body releases endorphins, which is the human body’s natural feel good chemical. Endorphins help in the general well being of people. So, whenever you feel low, just think of the last funny thing your friend said to you and release those chemicals!

Crying

While laughing is what one does when they feel good, crying too releases the same ‘feel good chemicals’. Research suggests that crying is actually very healthy as it lowers stress levels by releasing oxytocin and endorphins – the same chemical we release while laughing!

Flowers

It’s no lie that flowers can immediately boost up one’s mood with their scent. They naturally distress you as they oxygenate the room, and create a natural environment (even if you’re indoors!)

Eating Dark Chocolate

We have some good news for you chocolate lovers – dark chocolate actually has a handful of proven health benefits! It has antioxidant properties, which may help in cancer prevention, reduces cholesterol, and keeps the heart healthy. All the more reasons to reach for that bar of chocolate asap – but remember, moderation is key!

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