That post-lunch slump always getting you down? Little changes in your daily routine can help put more pep in your step.More
The combo of protein, healthy fat, and fiber provides lasting energy. So if you're not getting enough of these important nutrients throughout your day, your food may be zooming through you.
The fix: Aim for a mix of protein (from lean meat, eggs, and beans), healthy fat (from avocado, olives, and nuts), and carbs (from whole grains, vegetables, and fruit) at every meal.
"Pessimism is by definition exhausting," says Michelle Gielan, author of Broadcasting Happiness and founder of the Institute of Applied Positive Research. "Pessimists don't believe their behavior matters in the face of challenges, and that is a debilitating thought that can leave us stuck and unmotivated to take positive action." On the other hand, optimists expect positive things to happen in the face of setbacks and believe that taking action is necessary to success. "Just knowing there is potential for good things to happen fuels productive energy," says Gielan. One study confirms this: Optimistic sales professionals outsold their pessimistic counterparts by 37 percent, according to research at the University of Pennsylvania.
The fix: Get in the habit of creative problem solving—recognizing an optimistic belief and talking about solutions is energizing. "Simply listing a handful of things we are grateful for ahead of a workout or a project can put our brain in a more energized state," says Gielan.