Here are five fab ways to make 2013 your healthiest, happiest and best year yet.

No, not that kind of love – the massage kind. Being touched boosts your endorphins (feel-good hormones), relaxes you and improves your overall mood – not to mention upping your self-esteem and making the world feel like an immeasurably gentler place. A good massage can be pricey, but the investment in your mental and physical health is worth the sacrifice.

For a major relax session, which helps connect mind and body, a Thai massage is the perfect option. Says Jeanine Visser, spa manager at Ey Spa at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, ‘Thai massage uses a combination of yoga-like poses, acupressure, reflexology and gentle stretching to manipulate the body to release tension, stimulate the metabolism, increase blood circulation, detox the body and assist in preventing illness and disease.’ Find a good salon and a masseur whose technique you like, and spoil yourself once a month.

This article first appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.za