A New Year is upon us and while most people I know are adding bullet points to last year’s unresolved resolutions…I am resolving to CONTINUE to live aloha in 2016!
While I am not a native of the Hawaiian Islands, I’d like to think I have done a pretty good job of incorporating some of their values into my life and it is those very values that I plan on carrying into 2016.
I propose that we all resolve to live long, live well and live aloha.
It may not come as much surprise, but did you know that Hawaii boasts the longest average life expectancy of the United States? Hawaiians credit their longevity to healthy eating, happiness and stress free living (it’s hard not to when you live in such a beautiful place!).
You don’t have to go as slow as the 35 mph speed limit around the big island of Hawaii, but it is important to learn to relish even the smallest moments.
- Wake up 5 minutes earlier to enjoy your cup of coffee.
- Going for an outdoor jog? Run without your headphones to get in touch with the environment around you.
- Add a little reggae to your playlist.
- Add a fruit smoothie to your morning routine.
- Eat energy dense foods like macadamia nuts to provide your body with the healthy monounsaturated fats it needs to keep you in motion.
In Hawaiian culture, health and happiness stem from the unification of mind and heart. In today’s fast paced world, it’s important to find balance between our responsibilities, goals and the things that really matter.
- Help a neighbor unload their groceries.
- Send some good vibes to a friend randomly via text.
- Cook a meal for family and friends.
- Let loose and laugh.
- Play your favorite playlist a little loud as you drive around town (has anyone heard of Adele?!).
Hawaiians live the Aloha spirit by loving family, caring for the community, and preserving the beauty of nature. At Royal Hawaiian, we infuse the spirit of aloha into everything we do, from our growing process to our sustainability practices and our pure, good-for-you macadamias.
- Make time for activities with friends and family.
- Don’t forget to love yourself.
- Strike up more conversations in the check-out line of the grocery store.
- Aim to give at least 1 stranger a compliment each day – kindness is contagious and has a ripple effect.
- Get to know your neighbors.
- Share a bag of your favorite Royal Hawaiian Orchards macadamia nuts with your co-workers (take note team RHO).
- Utilize half of your lunch hour to take an outdoor stroll.
- Drive with the windows down!