Healthy ways to feel good, feed your body and soul, and enjoy life.
Because pleasure is one of the best engines for good health.
Activities that we enjoy, that engage us, that bring us social connection or get us outdoors are more than just fun. Or maybe it’s that having fun is actually essential for good health!
What do we mean by healthy pleasures? It includes a long list of activities – basically any activity or hobby that relieves stress, exercises our bodies and minds, brings a sense of accomplishment, encourages creativity, brings joy. They can be solo or social, active or soothing, serious or silly.
Unsure about how these can impact our health? Check out this interactive Joy Generator app from NPR, and see how it improves your mood!
Making art or craft – painting and drawing; using coloring books (both kids and adults); knitting, weaving, embroidery, crochet, sewing, braiding – any of the fiber arts; working in clay; woodworking or carving; origami, paper crafts or book arts; printmaking; or any of the hundreds of activities that can be lumped together into the DIY Craft and Maker movements. Creative thinking, and play brings better mental health, especially.
Laughter really is good medicine!
Physical activities – walking, hiking, running, bicycling, skateboarding, swimming, dancing, and more.