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5 Simple Ways to Be A Better Person

5 Simple Ways to Be A Better Person

Have you ever ran to feed your meter and found that someone had thrown in a few coins when they saw it was about to expire? Ever had someone chase you down when you left something behind at the store? Or have you found a handwritten note from a loved one, just because?

Let's face it: we all lead busy lives. Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in our own world that we neglect the moments that make ourselves (and others) feel truly special. And really, it's the little things that matter in life!

Taking a few minutes of time to be thoughtful and kind to others goes a long way. It will not only enhance your own personal happiness, but it will help take all of your relationships to the next level.

5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Relationships and Cultivate Kindness

Be inquisitive, without an agenda.

We tend to hide painful emotions below the surface, and skirt through the day by responding "I'm fine!" with any question about how our day is going. Loved ones will do the same, so dig a little deeper by asking how they're feeling about their life right now, or by asking if they feel good about where they are with their goals. Suggest books, websites, or podcasts that could be helpful to them.

The important thing to remember is that you aren't there to solve their problem, but to listen and be supportive. Often that is more helpful than we realize.

Send a handwritten note.

In the age of technology, sending a card in the mail scribbled in your unique handwriting goes a long way in making someone feel special. Don't save cards or notes for special occasions either. Mail a card that you know would make your friend laugh, or send a letter when you know they are going through a hard time. For a partner, sneak a handwritten love note into their purse or lunch bag before they leave for work. It's a guaranteed way to make them smile.

Call them.

Yes, actually dial their number and speak to your loved one directly. Anyone can send a text or an email, or post "HBD2U" on Facebook. But calling and speaking to someone directly (even just by leaving a voicemail) is much more meaningful.

Spread kindness everywhere.

Don't limit your kindness to the people you already love, but spread it to everyone around you. We are all connected in our humanity and we all feel fear, sadness, and heartbreak. Smile at people you pass on the street, hold open the door for someone carrying heavy groceries, let that car merge in front of you when stuck in traffic, or even buy a coffee for the person standing in line behind you.

These little acts of kindness create happiness in everyone around you, and in turn will affect those you love in a positive way.

It doesn't matter how big or small the gesture, but stopping for a moment to think about the ways you can positively affect others will greatly improve your life and theirs. Looking for more advice for how to improve your connections with friends and partners? Start here by letting go of unhealthy relationships.

[Credit: Moore, Susie. 4 Simple Ways to Be An Even More Wonderful Human, Instantly. Greatist.]

Summer heat waves are already hitting hard all over the U.S. Staying cool and calm this summer isn’t just about donning your swimsuit to lounge by the pool, booking a destination vacation, or preparing your skin for the outdoors by slathering on that sunscreen. Water is ultimately the key, and vital for making sure your body is happy, healthy, and hydrated. 

Dehydration is a real problem that occurs during hot summer months, and can leave you feeling lethargic, unfocused, and with a pounding headache. With doctors saying that about 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated, how do you increase your water intake easily? Here are some of our favorite tips for staying hydrated in summer, and all year round.

Wake up, drink down

Many people feel tiredness from dehydration whether they are morning people or not. Wake up your body and your mind after a night of sleep by drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning. Throughout the night our bodies are slowly dehydrating, so perk your cells back up quickly with a big glass of water with True Lemon

Freeze a bottle, fridge a bottle

A wonderful trick for staying cool and hydrated throughout the heat of summer: chill your water ahead of time. Fill a few plastic water bottles ¾ of the way full and place them in the freezer. (It’s important to not fill them all the way because water expands as it freezes - this is also why you should use plastic rather than glass.)

Place additional bottles in the fridge to keep them cool, then when you’re heading out for the day grab one bottle from the fridge and a frozen bottle from the freezer. Place both bottles in a gallon-sized zip top plastic bag or soft sided cooler (to avoid condensation), and toss them in your backpack or tote bag. The ice bottle will keep the fridge bottle cool, then as it melts you’ll have an additional supply of ice cold water to drink.

Even better, add a packet of True Lemon Peach Lemonade to those bottles ahead of time before popping them in the fridge or freezer so that they’re all set to grab and go! 

Keep it cool but not TOO cool

Ice cold water is a huge temptation during a particularly hot day. However, freezing cold water will slow down your rate of drinking significantly. Keep a pitcher of water in your refrigerator to mix with tap cold water, half and half. This way your water will still be cool but not too cold to drink in larger quantities. 

Feeling peckish? Water first

Often we confuse signs of dehydration for signs of hunger. To ensure you’re getting enough water each day, whenever you feel a pang of hunger drink a small glass of water first. This will not only make sure you can differentiate between the feelings of hunger and thirst, but also add another glass or two to your water intake for the day. 

Eat your water

When you do have meals, be sure you’re filling your plate with at least half of fruit and vegetables. This is a great way to increase the amount of healthy vitamins and minerals you consume (and maybe even drop some weight, if that is one of your health goals), but also increase your hydration. Yes, eating fruits and vegetables actually makes you more hydrated!

Fresh produce can’t grow without plenty of water, so all of those crunchy veggies and juicy summer fruits are full of it. Think about tomatoes, berries, cucumbers, watermelon, zucchini, carrots, green lettuce, and celery. Fill up your plate with these colorful foods and keep your body healthy and hydrated!

Switch out for a mocktail

A cold beer or glass of wine on a patio can feel like such a treat, but nothing will dehydrate you faster than alcohol. On top of that you’re drinking a lot of empty calories and sugar, making everything even worse. Try swapping out that alcoholic beverage for sparkling water over ice, mixed with a packet of True Lime Watermelon Limeade. It will feel like a refreshing treat that will boost hydration without any risk of a terrible hangover.

Stock up on the best hydrating drinks of the summer with True Citrus! Our products are all made using simple, clean ingredients and come in a variety of delicious flavors for the whole family to enjoy. The best part is that these healthy drink packets are such a delightful addition to water that they will keep enticing you to sip, therefore increasing your overall hydration.  

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