Are “life enhancers” a part of your life? And what are life enhancers, you may ask. They are those things you need on a regular basis, things that make you feel good, things in your life that are accessible to you and give you a sense of well-being.

I have found that people who have life enhancers as a part of their daily lives have greater success in ending their emotional eating (eating that is not based in hunger). Doing good things for yourself fills you in ways that food cannot. Yes – fill your soul with life enhancers, instead of filling your mouth with food you do not need.

So the trick is in finding the life enhancers that will fill you and fulfill you. Here are some suggestions.

Create a positive environment for yourself. Surround yourself with happy colors, joyful music, photos of your favorite places, flowering plants, inspirational posters… you decide. And always wear clothes that are comfortable and make you feel good.

Write down a list of your accomplishments. And review it often! It’s easy for us to get overwhelmed when all we look at is what we have left on our To Do list and forget to give ourselves credit for how much we’ve accomplished already.

Do something nice for yourself.  Maybe it’s a massage, a nap, or a bike ride. Go to one of your favorite places. Treat yourself with the same kindness and respect you would give to someone else that you really like. The important thing is to allow yourself to enjoy the experience. You’ll defeat the whole purpose if you feel guilty about it.

Do something nice for someone else. Be a volunteer somewhere. Help out a neighbor. Call someone who might be lonely. Giving without the expectation of a reward always feels great.

Learn something new that will take you out of your comfort zone. What interests you that you have not taken the time to learn about? To learn is to grow, and that feels good. Be brave and expand your horizons!

Monitor your input. What are you reading, watching and listening to? Make sure you read uplifting books. Listen to encouraging CDs and podcasts. Attend inspiring workshops. What you pay attention to becomes your reality. So focus on what makes you happy and uplifts you. Pay attention that you are not focusing on negative things – perhaps stop watching the news. And while you’re at it, avoid people who are whiners and complainers.

Get physically active. No – you do not need to run a marathon. But do get out of the house – go for a walk, ride a bike, do some gardening. You might even just fly a kite. The important thing is to get some exercise, because exercise produces endorphins that produce a feeling of well-being in the body. And being outside in the sunshine helps your body produce vitamin D, which enhances your health and feelings of happiness.

And most importantly, upgrade your diet. Stop eating processed foods which have little nutritional value in comparison to raw, organic fruits and vegetables. Start eating fresh produce, fish and meats instead of canned, bottled or boxed foods whenever possible. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water, fresh juices and smoothies instead of caffeinated beverages, soda or energy drinks. By adding these nutrient-dense foods to your daily diet, you’ll be supplying your body with good, healthy fuel which will naturally help you feel better and have more energy.

Life enhancers can be a lifeline to a happier, healthier you. Focus on them instead of food and see how your life changes for the better!

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