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When you were younger, your parents would earnestly give you advice – sharing with you the secrets that they had discovered over the years. But you were young then and thought you knew better. But we’re here to remind you of some of these tips that our parents’ generation swore by that could just help you lead a happier, healthier life.

1. Make things with your hands

Repetitive and flowing movements, such as those your hands perform while knitting, are akin to meditative acts that will help reduce stress and increase your happiness. Evidence has shown that “creative and meaningful” activities can have a positive effect upon your health and wellbeing, and knitting has been singled out for special investigation. If you’re a little rusty, this scarf pattern is a great way to get yourself back into knitting.

2. Explore the great outdoors

“Go and play outside,” you’d always hear while growing up. While it may just have been an instruction to get you out from under the feet of your parents, it’s also valuable advice to listen to today. Whether grown-up or growing up, you’re going to get more exercise while out of doors than you are sitting inside. You’re also going to be exposed to vitamin D and fresh air.

3. Start a veggie patch

Sure, they can be a lot of work, but gardening can be a great way to de-stress yourself after a frantic week. It will also give you a greater sense of satisfaction while eating something you grew from seeds. Added bonus: if you have grandchildren who are somewhat averse to eating their veggies whenever they visit, having them help in the garden can be a great way to get them excited about nutrition.

4. Write by hand

Whether copying out recipes, making shopping lists, or sending a love letter, you should try to so by hand. A study from 2014 showed that the tendency to copy and paste, or just rewrite things verbatim can have a negative effect on the way we process information. Students who write notes by hand, instead of typing them out, perform better in exams.

5. Be thankful

Many may associate the act of giving thanks with religious belief, but being thankful for the good things in life, religion or not, can have a positive impact on your wellbeing. A study performed by researchers from the University of California, Davis, and the University of Miami found that people who express gratitude were more optimistic, and generally felt better about their lives. Those same people were also likely to exercise more and take fewer trips to see the doctor when compared to people who focused their energy on daily aggravations.

What’s the best practical advice you ever received from your parent’s generation?