Can Going Green Make You Happier?

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Going green can benefit more than just the planet – it may also improve your mental health!

Choosing sustainable and healthy lifestyle options such as eating organic, using fewer chemicals, and spending more time enjoying nature can certainly improve your physical health, but what about your mental health?

By reducing our consumption, simplifying our lives, and becoming more mindful of our impact on the planet and those around us, there is some evidence that we may actually find more peace and happiness in our lives.

Best of all, you can do all of those things without causing yourself the stress of a huge lifestyle change! All it takes is a few simple switches in your daily habits to make a positive difference in the world – and in your own mental health.

Here are 4 ways that going green may help improve your health and your outlook on life!

1. Consuming less saves you money.

Being comfortable with your finances is an essential part of good mental health. Research shows that financial strain is a strong risk factor for mental health problems, and most of us can relate to feeling stressed about our savings.

Forgo the urge to upgrade your car, clothes, or iPhone until they break beyond repair or truly no longer meet your needs….

2. Less clutter is better for mental clarity.

Decluttering your space means less mess to clean up, less time spent looking for things, and less energy stressing out. But don’t be quick to throw it all in the trash! Refer to this flow chart to figure out how to make money and do the most social good with your clutter!

3. Being resourceful is a great way to connect with your community.

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4. Simplifying your life could have far-reaching results.

Once you have tidied up and tapered down the space within, you may become inspired to clean up the world beyond your doorstep. My children and I often pick up litter on our walks to properly dispose of along the way…. It’s an easy way to help take care of the earth and make your community a more beautiful place.

Read more at MindBodyGreen.com

 

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