Kicking off your shoes and sinking our toes into fresh spring grass is more than just a mood lifter. When we touch the earth with our skin, we absorb “free electrons,” which neutralize harmful free radicals in the body. Free radicals that go unchecked trigger body-wide inflammation and pain. But in one study, being in contact with the earth for 30 minutes a day reduced pain by 50% in six days. Still too cold to go barefoot? Just wear leather-soled shoes, which conduct free electrons nearly as well as skin.
One of the easiest ways to foster joy and good health: tailoring your clothes to your unique needs. When deciding what to wear, consider the radiant energy of the colors in your closet. Each one has an effect on your body, and color therapy has been used for centuries in the treatment of disease and injury. Anxious? Pick a blue top, which promotes tranquility and calmness. Sad? Add a pop of yellow. The sunny color has been shown to boost cheer. Grieving? Choose pink, which can help heal sadness and loss.