7 Ways Starting a Blog Can Make You Happier and Healthier

Written by Kelly Paxson

Blogging has become a huge phenomenon in the past decade. People blog about everything from their lifestyle, to travel, to the practice of blogging itself! With the ability for anyone to go out and start a blog of their own, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t. In fact, having one of your own can make you happier and healthier in a lot of different ways.

Today I’m going to show you 7 different ways your blog can improve all aspects of your life and your health. By the time we’re finished, you’ll be convinced that a blog is right for you.

7 Ways Your New Blog Can Make You Happier and Healthier

Here’s a question on many people’s minds: What is the definition of a blog? In the beginning, a blog was simply a collection of posts that were typically online journal entries. All of that has changed in recent years, however. Today, blogs can be about anything and anyone.

They allow people to truly express themselves in ways we never could before. It is through this, and today’s 7 different topics, that blogging improves both your mental and physical health, while also making you a happier person. Let’s find out how it works!

1. Write About Your Passions

We all love talking about something that we are passionate about. Think of your favorite topic or hobby. Now, if you were asked about it how many things come to mind to talk about right away?

One of the greatest things in life is doing what you love, so what better to blog about than something you have a passion for.

Another great thing about writing a blog on a topic that you are passionate about, is that chances are you will always have lots to say. Therefore, you will never run out of content to write about, and your readers will love having new posts to read.

2. Connect With Others

Blogging is also a great way to connect to people who can relate to the topic of your blog. For example, if your blog is about healthy cooking, you will mostly likely be connecting with people who have this similar interest.

A blog creates a community of like-minded people who can share and learn from one another. Maybe you want to write a blog about your weight loss journey.

Many other people could benefit from reading about what worked for you to lose weight. This sense of community also provides people support and advice, and you can feel good about helping others succeed.

3. Make Money With Your Blog

One of the best things about starting a blog is that you can make money writing about what you love. They say if you love what you do you will never work a day in your life. So what better way to make money than by working from home!

You can make money with your blog a number of different ways:

● Affiliate Links

● Donations

● E-Books

● Hosting Webinars or Workshops

● Offering Services (Coaching, Design, Training, etc)

● Selling Ad Space

● Selling Merchandise

● Premium Content

Now money may not make you happier, but having extra money to do more of the things you love can make you happy. The extra money you make could pay for a vacation with friends or family, or even allow you to quit a job that is making you miserable.

4. Improve Yourself

Blogging can help you improve yourself and your skills. One way is by helping you hone your writing skills. Writing is one of the most important forms of communication, especially when it come to the internet.

People who have excellent communication skills experience more:

● Attraction

● Happiness

● Intimacy & Love

● Relaxation

● Success

● Self-control & Assertiveness

● Understanding & Self-understanding

Blogging also causes you to become an organized thinker. Bloggers must organize their thoughts, and translate their thoughts into a cohesive written post with structure. Being an organized thinking creates mental thought processes that are in order and have structure, which minimizes mental stress and anxiety. Less mental stress and anxiety will most certainly make you happier and healthier!

5. Shared Accountability

Blogging is also a great way to create shared accountability within an online community. For example, if you have a blog for your weight loss journey, you are constantly documenting your progress. Blogging about your progress will keep you motivated and accountable to yourself and to your readers.

As well as providing you with accountability, your blog can also help motivate people reading your story, and help keep them stay on track. This type of blog will also provide a place where people can ask you questions about your weight loss, and may be even provide useful advice for you.

6. Time For Work and Play

Now this may not be one that you think of right away, but starting a blog can give you more time for work and play. By turning your blog into your main job you become your own boss. Being your own boss means you set the schedule! Not a morning person? No worries, your work day can start whenever you want.

By setting your own schedule, you gain the opportunity to take breaks when you want for working out or meditation. By making more time for physical activity, your body will becoming healthier. Working out creates endorphins in the body and endorphins are the body’s happy drug.

You also gain the option to take days off when you want or need to, for doctors appointments or family time. You can listen to music while you work and play it as loud as you want. It’s total freedom!

Having a more flexible schedule means working hard some days and having the chance to play hard on other days. This benefit of blogging can definitely improve your entire life in a meaningful way.

7. Boost Your Career

Whether you are trying to work full-time from home with your blog or you’re a professional who likes their 9 to 5, a blog can help boost your career. With a blog that begins making money, you may have that opportunity to work from home. You may even make more money than you were at your other job.

A blog is similar to an active resume on your life and what you know about your niche topic. A successful blog can make you a well-known authority on a subject, and with this experience there are new career possibilities.

People may ask you to host webinars or come to speaking events. Your experience and knowledge becomes an asset that people will pay you for. A successful and stress-free career can make you happier and healthier!

Final Thoughts

Blogging is a viable career for anyone who has a passion and wants to be heard. More than that, it’s a practice that promotes a healthier and happier lifestyle. How does your blog make your life more fulfilling? Let us know in the comments!


Kelly Paxson is an experienced blogger who loves promoting the healthy and happy lifestyle that blogs provide.

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Ayurvedic tips for the Fall Season

Written by the Art of Living Foundation

Autumn has arrived. Trees are turning colors, daylight is waning, and the nights are becoming cooler. Summer’s sun and heat are surrendering to the cool, soft embrace of fall weather.
At the change of seasons, we automatically change their thermostats and wardrobes. Yet, many of us do not realize the importance of changing their fitness regimen, self-care routine, and food choices.
Ritucharya: The Seasonal Routine
According to Ayurveda, seasonal and weather changes significantly affect the physical and mental body. Factors like temperature, humidity, wind, rain, and daylight hours, all influence the body’s natural cycles and vital systems. So, we must know how to adapt diet and lifestyle in order to maintain balance in digestion, sleep, immunity, and energy.
As the seasons change, so must our daily routine. This practice is known as a ritucharya. “Ritu” means “season” and “charya” means “routine”. Ritucharya is a seasonal regimen for diet and lifestyle that helps maintain health and well-being.
Autumn from Ayurveda Perspective
In Ayurveda, each season is associated with a dosha, with autumn being linked to vata dosha. The qualities of fall weather and vata dosha are dry, mobile, subtle, and cool. Plants and leaves dry up and turn color. The sun’s light is subtler. Temperatures become cooler.
In the body, excess vata manifests as dry skin, cracking joints, irregular digestion/elimination, and stiff muscles. In the mind, brisk winds and shorter days create feelings of restlessness and spiciness. Suddenly you want to do a bunch of fun projects, and find yourself starting them all, yet finishing none.
Here are five easy, effective, and enjoyable Ayurvedic self-care tips to create optimal health, vitality, and creativity in your life this fall.
Five fabulous fall self-care tips
1. Do a seasonal cleanse. As summer turns to fall, it’s important to remove excess heat from the body and mind, and prepare your immune system for winter. Observe nature and notice how trees naturally shed their leaves. Autumn is the perfect time to shed habits and foods that no longer nourish your body and mind.
2. Grounding Yoga Poses. Take a cue from nature, where her pace slows down in the amount of daylight hours and by the waning of plant life. Slow down the pace in your life. Start doing some gentle yoga practice.

3. Warm Oil Massage. The Ayurvedic fountain of youth is Abhyangha –( warm oil massage). Abhyangha pacifies the dry, subtle, and cool qualities of fall. It nourishes the body, calms the mind, relieves dry skin, improves circulation, and maintains the skin’s youthful glow. Abhyangha self-massage is easy to do before showering. A Harvest of Nourishing Foods. During autumn, nature provides the perfect foods to nourish the body and ground the mind. Enjoy the harvest of root vegetables! Roast or sauté carrots, turnips, beets, and parsnips using organic oils like coconut, olive or ghee, for extra support for the nervous system. Use spices to warm the body and stoke circulation. Enjoy kitchari once a week. Kitchari, an easy to digest dish of mung dal, rice, vegetables and spices, gently detoxes and powerfully nourishes the body.

4. A Harvest of Nourishing Foods. During autumn, nature provides the perfect foods to nourish the body and ground the mind. Enjoy the harvest of root vegetables! Roast or sauté carrots, turnips, beets, and parsnips using organic oils like coconut, olive or ghee, for extra support for the nervous system. Use spices to warm the body and stoke circulation. Enjoy kitchari once a week. Kitchari, an easy to digest dish of mung dal, rice, vegetables and spices, gently detoxes and powerfully nourishes the body.

5. Ayurvedic Date Shake. Cooler weather creates a stronger appetite. An Ayurvedic date shake is a fantastic and filling snack. Date shakes are easy to make, boost energy levels, and nourish the bone and muscle tissue. Date with tahini 5 dates, pitted 1 ½ cups cow, almond, or coconut milk 1 tbsp tahini ¼ tsp vanilla ¼ tsp cinnamon Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. This shake is perfect for vata types because it warms their delicate body type and calms an overactive mind. Tahini is high in protein and rich in calcium, potassium, Vitamin B and iron. Cinnamon improves circulation, which tends to run low in vata types. And vanilla has a relaxing effect on the mind. Fall in love with Ayurveda this fall season Celebrate fall’s colorful changes by welcoming Ayurveda into your life. Honoring baby steps when implementing change in daily habits is the best strategy to long-term success. So start with integrating 2-3 of the Ayurvedic self-care tips into your daily routine. During Autumn, many trees stop branching out and shed their leaves. With less daylight hours, it’s more effective to receive nourishment from their roots. It’s a great reminder of the sacredness of letting go. Clear your calendar to make room for rest and reflection. Reflect on what you wish to let go of in your life. Root into Ayurvedic self-care and enjoy autumn and a lifetime of health and happiness.


Written by Marni Levitt

In a digital-age, in the modern world, we have (or so it seems) access to so much personalized, individual choice in how we spend our time, who we interact with, and what we purchase.  In the business world, people speak about hyper-segmentation of markets, niches, and specializations.  It seems that we can get very very specific indeed about who and what we want to interact with, both in the virtual and the real world.  At the same time, in this hyper-individualized culture, there seems to be a growing unease, loneliness, disconnection, and despair.   It seems as if the time we used to use to connect with nature, our families, our friends, our selves, has all but disappeared.  Our communities, families and neighborhoods can be the fabric that holds this thing called “life” together.  Without it, or with only bits and pieces of it, daily life can seem to have less meaning, less purpose.  It is only in context of living in a way that reflects our interconnections, that we can thrive.

The great leader and mindfulness teacher, Thic Nhat Han, refers to this state of interconnection as “Interbeing”.  My yoga practice has, over and over again, helped me to get in touch with the magic web, or fabric of connections that impact my lived, daily experience.  Coming home from a yoga class, I have intuitively sensed that the plants in my apartment need watering – I have been able to “see through” the actors on TV in my favourite sitcoms, and notice them “acting” – I have been able to sense who was the right person at work to speak with in order to resolve a difficult situation.  The connection of mind, body and emotions (or spirit), through yoga and mindfulness, has facilitated my awareness of our “interbeing” with each other and our ecosystem.

These ancient, tried-tested-and-true practices (and now scientifically-studied to boot) have given me practical tools, over and over again that have dramatically improved the quality (and the intelligence!) of my life.  I hope you can enjoy some of those benefits too.



Marni Levitt B.A.(Hons.), B.Ed. OCT, RYT
Founder Move-N-Music
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Body-Full- Ness

Written by Marni Levitt

Mindfulness has become a popular word, used widely to describe the mind’s awareness of what is happening in the present moment. A state of being that can improve our health, relationships and work. I believe it should be called ‘Body-Full- Ness’. Part of the reason the word has become so popular in modern western life is because we can relate with the word ‘mind’ that is in ‘mindfulness’. We love anything to do with thinking and cognition. Mind over matter. What I have learned from my years of self-study and learning in mindfulness meditation and personal growth, is that my emotional experience resides primarily in my body. ‘Mindfulness’ is a paying attention, not just to thoughts, but (perhaps more importantly) to the direct physical experience that locates itself in the body.

The body is the resonator for emotional experience. Like the body of my guitar that reverberates when I pluck the strings, my bodily experience resonates and responds along with my thoughts, perceptions and experiences. When I really pay attention to what is going on in my bodily sensations, and the emotions swirling inside, I have a natural built-in compass that directs my course in the day-to- day and in life. Easier said than done in a culture that so values the cognitive (thinking) aspects of experience. It is all related and interconnected. When I practise ‘mindfulness’ in my modern western lifestyle, I am getting acquainted intimately with my thoughts, but even more importantly, tuning into my body and the multiple facets of emotional experience and knowledge. Every time I do that, I access a whole self, with a full range of awareness – not only of what is going on inside myself, but what is going on around me. You could say my ‘Body-Full- Ness’ is a key that opens the door to a whole universe.

Today, see how many times you can notice physical sensations: the air going in the nostrils, the abdomen rising and falling, the feeling of your foot touching the ground with every step, the feeling of your hand touching a doorknob, the taste of the food in your mouth. Simple. Not easy, but simple. This basic awareness sets a baseline for noticing when emotional ups and downs come rolling through the body like waves in a storm.


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Marni Levitt B.A.(Hons.), B.Ed. OCT, RYT

Founder Move-N- Music

Wellness Educator, Animator, Speaker


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5 Surprising signs and hidden symptoms of mental disorder

Written by Sophie Addison

The modern world is defined by agitation and stress, with those things taking a toll on those who have a frail frame of mind. Mental disorders are a common staple of modern days but, unfortunately, not many people are open to admitting that they have a problem. In the paragraphs below, you will find five surprising signs and symptoms of mental disorder. Read the information presented on them and stay informed, so as to be able to help the person (or persons) in which you will recognize these signs.

#1 Energy

Here, we are talking about those people who exhibit a lot of energy, out of nowhere. They are the ones who pick up one idea after the other, always being on the edge and searching for a new stimulus. The energy that you see on the outside might be accompanied by a racing mind on the inside. This may be a symptom of a mental disorder, and it is important to acknowledge it for what it truly is before it is too late.

Such a person will not recognize that he/she has a problem, stating that his/her energy is simply there because you are talking to a creative person. There is also the risk of that person hiding their energy and displaying a peaceful appearance in front of others. In such situations, it is important to talk to that respective person and find out about his/her thoughts and feelings.

#2 Pretending

Depression is indeed one of the most common mental disorders throughout the entire world. When you read about the symptoms of depression, you find out a lot of useful information. But no one tells you about the people who manage to hide their depression in an excellent manner, pretending in front of others that everything is fine. This often happens because those people consider that society would not accept them if they were to show their real feelings.

Putting on a brave face might work out for a short period but not forever. It is always important to get to the root of the problem and discover the real reason for why the depressive feelings have appeared in the first place. The more time a person pretends, the harder it will be to get in touch with his/her real feelings and solve the problem.

#3 Social isolation

Society has always shunned those who had a mental disorder. When a person experiences such symptoms for the first time, it can be a genuine shock. As the condition progresses, social isolation appears as a natural consequence for that person. He/she will begin to avoid social outings, either because such experiences are too aggressive or because that person fears he/she will be judged by his/her, peers. Moreover, when a person goes through such problems, mood swings are common, and they can prevent the respective person from fully enjoying social interaction.

#4 Affected sleeping or eating patterns

While it is normal for every person to suffer from insomnia or indigestion from time to time, a person who suffers from a mental disorder might present such problems more frequently. It is possible that they sleep for a prolonged period or, on the contrary, go on days without sleeping. As for eating, the same extreme situations are found, suggesting that intervention is required for that person in question. Because of such extreme changes, one might easily resort to alcohol and drugs, to compensate for such problems. Only immediate intervention can prevent a drug overdose or alcoholic intoxication in that case.

#5 History of brain injury

Brain injuries can range from easy to serious but, nevertheless, they cause certain changes in the way a person thinks or acts. A lot of people who have been diagnosed with a mental disorder have had a brain injury at some point in their lives. When you encounter a person who is suspected of a mental disorder, the most important thing is to take his/her personal medical history. Inquire about accidents that might have led to brain injuries and recommend imaging studies, to find out if there are any sequelae to worry about.

If you know a person who might have a mental disorder, watch out for the signs and symptoms we have presented in this article. Inquire about his/her medical history, obtaining information on similar cases within the immediate family and also about accidents that might have caused brain injuries. Based on this information, you can recommend a specialist for that person to visit.


Author Bio:

Sophie Addison is a popular blogger and skincare expert. She is very passionate about writing on skincare and beauty. She has posted articles on tips for fine lines under eyes, top memory pills, weight loss and fitness news. Apart from work she likes gardening and listening music. You can also contact her on Facebook, and Pinterest.