5 Habits Of Those Who Are Truly Happy

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By Janet Miller

womantwistingHappiness. Everyone wants it, everyone is seeking it, but few actually have it. Is our quest for success, money, and accomplishment actually limiting our happiness? Having met with many entrepreneurs and C-level executives around the world in my previous job, I took a few notes along the way. Here are the 5 habits I found that distinguish those who are truly happy:

1. They accept their calling. Not everyone knows what their calling is in life. Equally, however, many people might find what they think is their calling, and abandon it out of fear. Instead of shying away from what you’re good at, because you’re afraid of the hard work, notoriety, or anything else associated with it, actively pursue this calling. If you find your purpose, or have a hunch you have, seek it, and don’t look back. Focusing on your true strengths, and what you believe your purpose is, will help unlock true happiness.

2. They don’t chase money. Contrary to what some supremely successful people may portray, money does not bring happiness. Beyond a certain amount, the amount required to live comfortably and indulge occasionally, more money does not necessarily bring more happiness. In fact, a single-minded quest to pursue money might block out friendships, family, leisure, health, and other things that are critical to long-term happiness. There will always be someone richer, and more money to make. Those who are truly happy stop worrying about money.

3. They sleep. There are those people for whom sleep is a waste of time and work is their only source of achievement and happiness. For most others, however, sleep is important. Everyone knows how a good night of sleep feels. Sleep is a trade off in time with work, relationships etc., but often it is one worth making. Many of the truly happy people I have met are very generous with the sleep time they give themselves.

happyteens4. They laugh. Laughter is often the sign of good relationships between friends, family, coworkers, and even strangers. Laughter releases chemicals in the brain that make you feel momentarily happy. Have enough of those moments, and you have got a pretty good base of happiness. One morning routine that some people use very effectively is to look at themselves in the mirror for 5 minutes and to simply smile from ear to ear. This sets a positive tone for the rest of the day.

5. They give. Giving is related to caring and charity, but is itself something different and worth focusing on. There are plenty of worthy and righteous reasons to give, say, to charity. One of the lesser-mentioned reasons is that giving makes the giver feel good. The notion of “the gift” is complex, and sometimes tied up in a weird “who owes who” psychology. However, if you can avoid this, there are lots of benefits from giving. Giving to friends, family, and charity, all have their virtues. It feels good to help someone in need, and it is a reminder of your own good fortune. You cannot control whether or not you receive help in a time of need, but you can control when you help others.

– Janet Miller is a certified yoga instructor, nutritionist and seasoned work at home mom of four. She worked for more than 10 years at a Fortune 100 corporation before deciding to work at home full time. You can reach her at her blog.

How To Start A Healthy, Happy Restaurant In Your Neighborhood

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By Sarah Smith

saladsStarting a restaurant can be quite exciting. Not only does it give you the opportunity to make a very nice living, but it can be very rewarding. While you are purchasing restaurant equipment, you may want to think about ways you can use your restaurant to give back to the community. There are a number of ways that restaurateurs can promote a healthy neighborhood. Below are some tips that will help:

Give Out Free Samples Of Healthy Food

A nutritious, well-balanced diet is one of the cornerstones of a healthy life. One of the ways you can promote healthy habits in your community is by offering delicious food choices to your customers. People these days are busy, and they often do not have the time to prepare meals at home. Nutritious meals that are already prepared makes it a lot easier for busy people to stay healthy.

People love free samples. If you give out free samples of healthy food, then you will be able to attract many customers. This will not only help improve the health of people in your community, but it will also help you grow your business.

Encourage Physical Activity

Physical activity is another thing that is essential for living a healthy life. Most people are well-aware of the benefits of regular exercise, but the majority of the population does not get enough exercise. In fact, researchers estimate that eight out of 10 adults do not get enough exercise. Only 24 percent of boys and 11 percent of girls get the physical activity you need.

There are several ways you can encourage physical activity in your community. For example, you can encourage people in your community to form walking clubs. You can also donate some of the profits from your restaurant to organizations that build parks. Additionally, you can hand out pamphlets at your restaurant that discuss the importance of physical activity and simple ways people can get more activity into their day.

Discourage Smoking

Smoking is one of the most damaging health habits people can have. It is also one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in the United States. That is why you should have a no-smoking policy in your restaurant. You should also discourage people from smoking.

Host A Health Fair

You may want to host a health fair. People can get screened for common illnesses, such as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, at a health fair. They can also get free samples of health products.

Because your restaurant is a part of the community, you can do a lot to help keep the community healthy. Giving out free samples of healthy foods, encouraging exercise and discouraging smoking are some of the ways you can keep the community healthy. You may also want to host a health fair.

To learn more about healthy hospitality businesses, check out Silver Chef, a business that helps people to launch their hospitality businesses.

Happy Baby Psychology

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By Jean Vreeland

motherbabyyogaA short daily workout can have an enormous impact on your health and well-being. By doing a little something everyday, you will tone up, lose weight, and feel better.

Mantras, visualizations, and scripting are powerful tools to enhance your workout. Visualizations can help to reprogram your brain with positive messages and will help you to be more health conscious during the day. A few simple mantras and visualizations during your workout can work wonders for you both physically and psychologically.

One of my favorite moves is the Happy Baby! For those of you not familiar with this move, it is a yoga position where you lie on your back and bring your legs up and place your hands on the insteps of your feet. You then rock back and forth and then rock from side to side. It is a great stretch and feels really good.

When performing the happy baby I smile and pretend I am a happy baby! I also repeat the following mantra; “I am a happy baby and nothing anyone says or does is going to bother me today, all of my needs are met. Everybody loves a happy baby!” This is where the psychology comes in. The move is fun and childlike and puts me in a childlike frame of mind. This mantra helps me to visualize being a happy baby.

While saying this mantra, I actually become a happy baby in my mind for a few moments. This helps me to let go of the worries and negative energy of the “adult world” and puts me in a place of pure joy. The place of the happy baby that everybody loves! I always imagine that I am a happy baby and that I do not have a care in the world when I am doing this move. There is something very magical about this psychology. Doing this everyday reinforces happy and healthy thoughts.

Other moves include the Veggie Tray. This is a move that uses serving fresh fruits and veggies as a visualization while doing the exercise. There are also full-body breaths that help to oxygenate the body and the brain. There are many mantras that I use while performing the full-body breaths. For example: Breathe in positive energy, breathe out negative energy, breathe in love, breathe out fear, breathe in health, breathe out all illness, along with many more. By performing these each day, you reprogram your subconscious mind and begin to feel more positive about your life and to feel better in general. The combination of movements, mantras, and visualizations really work wonders for your mind and body!

I encourage everyone to take at least five minutes each day to do a little workout. Reciting these mantras while performing the exercises will help to relieve stress, anxiety, and depression. A small investment of five minutes each day for your health and well-being will pay off in ways beyond your imagination. Give yourself this gift each day and reap incredible rewards!

– Guest author, Jean Vreeland, Creator of the Team PJW 5-Minute Pajama Workout, The Workout for Real People. After years of health and fitness research, exercise classes, and personal trial and error, Jean finally met her goal weight and kept it off with a five-minute morning routine that she created for herself. She refined this workout over time and realized it could help others that did not have the time to workout or go to the gym. That is how the Team PJW 5-Minute Pajama workout was created. This workout is quick, easy, and enjoyable, and you can do it at home, in your pajamas, in as little as five minutes!

Harried Holidays?

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Your Aura Colors – Signs of Stress & Tips to Be Happy

By Pamala Oslie

stressedwomanWe all know that the holiday season can be the most stressful and that, ironically, many of us find ourselves strung out and unhappy at a time when we are expected to be our happiest.

How we handle the stress of the season has a lot to do with the kind of person we are. Knowing that, we can use specific strategies to deal with holiday demands and make the season what is was meant to be- joyous.

How can we know what kind of person we are? The answer is in the colors of our aura. Everyone has an aura- what science calls the electro-magnetic field- and we’ve all felt them. We’ve been instantly drawn to some people and repelled by others, because we’ve felt their energy. That energy is expressed in different color bands that radiate from our bodies- what we call the aura.

I have learned in my work as a professional psychic who can also see auras that our aura colors reveal very important information about who we are – our personality, relationship style and compatibilities, best career paths, potential health challenges and more. Discovering our aura color personality type and unique coping skills is a valuable key to knowing how to handle stress.

* Yellows are fun loving, humorous, creative, physical, generous, sensitive & natural healers.

Signs that you’re stressed: You are not laughing and enjoying life. You’re avoiding, procrastinating or distracting yourself with addictions (food, alcohol, TV, sweets, drugs, caffeine, etc.) Your back or knees hurt.

Tips to become happier: Spend time in nature, exercise, dance, eat healthy, get a massage, play, laugh, cheer up others, hang out with your dog, simplify your life, find reasons to be optimistic, smile, watch a funny movie, and laugh some more.

* Greens are intelligent and driven accomplishers, often business-owners, managers, sales, etc.

Signs of stress: You’ve become a workaholic; you’re frustrated, critical, controlling, arguing, yelling, blaming others, or being hard on yourself. You have tight neck & shoulders, heart problems or digestive issues.

Tips to become happier: Write a list of your accomplishments, appreciate everything on that list, take deep breaths, organize your space, reduce your caffeine intake, reassess & write a list of your goals, trust yourself, and develop a plan. Then once you learn how to breathe, take action.

stress* Violets are visionaries, leaders, teachers, artists & humanitarians who want to help the world.

Signs of stress: You’ve become overwhelmed, scattered, constantly multi-tasking, stuck, bored, restless, or depressed; or you’re bossy, judgmental & impatient. Your thyroid may be unhealthy or your eyes may be bothering you.

Tips to become happier: Practice your favorite form of daily meditation, travel, listen to positive music & inspirational teachers, spend quiet time alone realigning with your visions, get involved with humanitarian projects, be with people who inspire & motivate you, travel again – hopefully to foreign countries.

* Blues are loving, nurturing, spiritual, emotional, and perpetually counseling and helping others.

Signs of stress: You’re exhausted from giving too much, you’re sad, cry a lot, feel unappreciated, feel unlovable or unworthy, feel guilty, or depressed. You may have throat, breast or reproductive issues.

Tips to become happier: Pray, connect with a Greater Source, walk, breath, meditate, appreciate your home & loved ones, remember all the loving things you’ve done for others, let go of guilt, trust you are loved, learn to love yourself by doing good things for you too, learn to say no, help others without over doing it, spend time with supportive friends.

* Tans are practical, logical, patient, detail-oriented, reliable, and value stability & security.

Signs of stress: You’re worried, anxious, impatient, frustrated, critical, bottling up anger or intense emotions, pessimistic, withdrawn or shut down. You may be experiencing headaches or eyestrain.

Tips to become happier: Exercise, watch less news, take a break from the details, develop a secure financial plan, rest your eyes, breathe, read positive & optimistic information, find healthy outlets for your emotions (such as talking with a calm & rational friend who can give practical & trustworthy advice), research data until you feel more secure.

– Pamala Oslie is an author, consultant, radio show host, and professional psychic. Pamala has written three successful and popular books, Life Colors, Love Colors, and Make Your Dreams Come True, and has a very extensive clientele, including many celebrities. She has been a guest lecturer at the International Forum on New Science, Fortune 500 companies, the TEDx Talks 2012, and many seminars for professionals in the psychology, education, health fields and more. Pam is the Founder of LifeColorsCity.com, a one-stop virtual city designed to help you create love, joy and fulfillment in EVERY area of your life.

How To Have Happy Heart Healthy Kids

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By Kac Young Ph.D, ND, DCH

groupkidsChildren are notoriously picky eaters. Take me, for example. I once sat at the kitchen table until 3 AM because my mother told me I couldn’t go to bed if I didn’t eat my broccoli. (My dad rescued me!) Yet today, broccoli is my favorite vegetable. Go figure!

Over the years I’ve watched many parents handle their children and chow. Here are my best tips for successfully managing your child’s nutrition and heart health:

1) Add Fun To The Food.
Use colors, create a festive-looking plate. Veggies come in all shapes , colors and sizes. Place them like a rainbow and serve them with information about what each vegetable brings to the table in the form of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and nutrition. You can also have them make a chart listing the benefits of each vegetable.

2) It’s Dinner, Not Combat.
No need to give your kids a “time out” or punish them for food they don’t want to eat. Open a conversation with them about taste, texture and let them explain what it is that turns them off. Keep them in the loop, suggest alternatives that you might try and don’t make them wrong for their preferences. Negotiate with them for foods that are nutritious but suit their palate. By giving them respect and consideration you’ll have better chances getting them to eventually incorporate some of the good eating habits into their lives by choice.

3) Don’t Baby Them
As soon as your children start eating solid foods, feed them the food you eat. Use a blender or a food processor to purée foods so they can consume them easily. Gradually, make their foods chunkier until they are eating what you eat. Don’t feed them cheese sandwiches, or Mac & Cheese just because it’s easier. Get them to eat adult food as soon as possible so the good habits will last a long lifetime.

4) Killer Snacks
cutekidsOne of the best things you can do is to feed your kids healthy snacks after school. Left to their own devices, most kids will choose something sweet, gooey, cheesy or comfort-type food. If you provide cut up veggies, trail mix, home- baked tortilla chips, guacamole, salsa, hummus, yogurt or healthy snack bars you bake, kids will feel much better if they snack on those than a candy bar. Try to stave off hungry tummies with good snacks and allow them to wait for the bigger meal with the whole family.

Your refrigerator should be a haven of fresh foods so your kids are tempted to eat only the good stuff. (Dump the frozen pizza pops!) Let kids help you clean the veggies and prepare the snacks so they feel they are part of their own healthy living choices.

5) Walk The Talk
The buck stops with you. Kids learn more from what you do than by what you say. If you’re tempted to grab a cupcake instead of a fresh fruit, then don’t be surprised if your kids roll their eyes when you tell them to eat healthy. Set an example so they’ll see firsthand how eating well pays off in terms of health, stamina, energy and well-being.

– Kac Young, a former television director and producer, earned a PhD in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. In the Heart Easy Cook Book sound nutritional advice is followed by family favorites that have been turned into heart healthy meals that anyone can make and everyone will love. Learn more…..

How Do You Know When You’re Happy?

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By Kac Young Ph.D, ND, DCH

happyI thought this was the most ridiculous question I’d ever heard. And then it got me thinking. Of course I know when I’m happy….but do I really see it and feel it? A question like that always sends me off to research the issue. Sometime we think we’re happy because we’re on vacation, or we’re following a plan that is supposed to be happy-making.

I found many opinions about happiness and I assimilated about 30 articles into these seven points.

You’ll know you’re happy when:

1) You have a clear sense of who you are, what you want to accomplish and how you are going to accomplish it.

2) You have plenty of energy and enthusiasm for life.

3) You see your future as bright and optimistic.

4) You are enjoying the present.

5) You focus on what you are best at and utilize your talents.

6) You enjoy spending time with others and you know they enjoy spending time with you.

7) You’re okay with the fact that not everything is perfect and life is a work in progress.

If you feel that you are undirected and don’t know what you want, seek a counselor, mentor or an advisor who can help you address your direction.

If you feel lethargic and unmotivated, get yourself moving; join a gym, take walks, get your body active.

If you are depressed seek professional or spiritual help for your despondency.

If you aren’t enjoying life, ask yourself the tough questions, why not? Then start making the necessary changes to increase your enjoyment.

Make a list of your talents and how you are using them. If you spot any roadblocks, remove them and get on with bringing your gifts to the world.

If you spend more time on social networks than out with others, you need to put down those electronics and have some face time with your friends. You can read more about it in The Atlantic Monthly article: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/05/is-facebook-making-us-lonely/308930/

The last marker may be the single most important step in the list. If you’re okay knowing that life isn’t necessarily perfect, that it has ups and down, currents and tides, that it is chaotic and unpredictable and if you can somehow make yourself okay with that constant ebb and flow of change, and you can laugh about it, then you’re happy.

After all, we laugh at the comedy in life, the oddities in nature and the foibles of ourselves and others. If your favorite sitcom or comedy movie had perfect situations and events that always worked out right, would you have found any enjoyment in that? Hardly. We laugh at the ironies, the faux pas and the slips on the banana peels.

If you want to have all seven happiness points in your life, list each one of them and start clarifying how you can expand each area. Work on only one at a time until you get it where you feel it is complete, then move on to the next area. In no time at all, you’ll realize that you are, in fact, happy.

– Kac Young , a former television director and producer, has earned a Ph.D. in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books. The Quick Guide to Bach Flower Remedies is her latest book about self- healing that provides a short cut to natural remedies we can use to improve our life and well being.

You Are A Healer…You Just Don’t Know It Yet! – Part 2

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By Jeff Donovan, RMT

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

healthywordsI went to class skeptical to say the least, yet hopeful that everything I had read and heard about Reiki was true. I did not have a spiritual background and certainly wasn’t ‘sensitive’ to energies (not in a way I was aware of anyway). I certainly didn’t believe I had any special gifts as a healer. How could I go to class for a single day and leave with healing abilities? The other students in class seemed to be having these amazing, mystical experiences, but I didn’t feel much of anything, except for one point where my body felt warmer than it should have, given the weather conditions.

At the end of class, when it was time to practice on each other, I still felt nothing, but the people I practiced on all raved about how hot my hands were. I still wasn’t convinced. I actually left class that day unsure if I was a healer, or if I had just been had! In the days and weeks that followed, I received feedback and confirmations that it was indeed working. I practiced on willing family members, friends and co-workers…all of whom would report back to me that my hands felt like they were on fire, that their headaches had disappeared and many even started requesting healings. One day I was thoroughly amazed when the energy turned on spontaneously when I touched somebody with a disfigured hand. I was a healer!

There are many very good healing modalities to choose from, and I’ve sampled several of them, but the thing I like about Reiki is that we use something called an attunement to instantly activate (or maybe I should say re-activate) your healing abilities. An attunement is nothing more than a ceremony performed by your Reiki Master using sacred symbols to align your energy field to the specific frequency of Reiki. Nearly all healing modalities use the same Universal Life Force Energy (or Source Energy, if you will), but each seems to have a unique frequency. A Reiki Master uses the attunement to ‘tune’ your frequency, much like we tuned our radios in the old days to find the correct channel, so to speak. Another metaphor I like to use is that it’s like flipping a light switch (except that we’re flipping your ‘healing switch’)…your healing abilities are literally activated from one minute to the next. That’s what makes Reiki unique and special…the attunement process ensures that anyone who has the desire can put their natural healing abilities to use.

Reiki certainly isn’t the only way to healing, but it is a very good way, and it will empower you to perform healing on yourself and others. Reiki heals on a physical, emotional and spiritual level so true and lasting healing can occur. Whatever modality you choose, if you have the slightest interest in healing, I implore you to find a class and give it a try because you’re already a healer, you just don’t know it yet. You just need a little guidance.

Jeff Donovan has been a student of energy since 1993, began studying Reiki in 2001 and received his Reiki Master’s certification in 2003 and has been teaching ever since. In addition to Reiki, Jeff has studied DNA Healing, Reconnective Healing, Crystal Healing and more. He teaches Reiki in person, but primarily through his Home Study Course.

You Are A Healer…You Just Don’t Know It Yet! – Part 1

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By Jeff Donovan, RMT

womancouchYou Are A Healer! You might not know it yet, but it’s true. We all have an innate ability to heal. It is programmed into our DNA. Every single one of us is born with the gift of healing. Think about it, what is the first thing you do when you bang your head or your knee? You rub it…this is instinct, your instinct as a healer. Why do pregnant mothers walk around rubbing their bellies all day? Again, healing instinct. They’re directing healing to their unborn child without even knowing it. The problem is that healing is not reinforced for the children in most homes, so we essentially ‘forget’ how to heal.

“Kids, I have cancer.” Those are the words that propelled me onto my path as a healer. My father-in-law called my former wife and me to his house one Sunday morning and delivered the news he had lymphoma. We didn’t know much about lymphoma at the time except that a lot of people died from it, so she and I immediately went to the bookstore for more information. She went straight for the chemo and radiation section of the store, while I went right over to the health and nutrition section. I brought home a book on raw foods and liked what I read, so I bought a juicer later that week and started frequenting the local health food store, as I felt organic was the only way to go, considering what we were up against. During each visit, I’d stop and take home the free literature that was offered. One of the handouts was a monthly magazine, a calendar of events really, loaded with all kinds of classes, workshops and happenings for the spiritual community. It was here that I first heard of Reiki.

This Reiki thing sounded interesting to me and I wanted to help my family if I could, so I did some research. I visited a spiritual bookstore where I met the man who would become my Reiki Master. He recommended I read a book on Reiki, which I did, and it sounded absoulutely magical. From there I booked a session with him. He put me on a massage table in a dark healing room with candles, crystals, and some sort of geometric shape hanging from the ceiling. When the master placed his hands on me, they were incredibly hot. When he placed his hands over my face, I saw energy swirling in my mind’s eye. This was all very new to me…I wasn’t quite sure what took place that day, but I left with a knowing that something had happened (but still with a certain amount of skepticism). This was after all, about helping someone I cared about, so I booked myself into the next available class.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

Jeff Donovan has been a student of energy since 1993, began studying Reiki in 2001 and received his Reiki Master’s certification in 2003 and has been teaching ever since. In addition to Reiki, Jeff has studied DNA Healing, Reconnective Healing, Crystal Healing and more. He teaches Reiki in person, but primarily through his Home Study Course.

Have You Lost Your Laugh? – Part 2

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By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

womantwisting4) Get a new haircut, change your hair color…unless of course, that’s what brought you to the brink in the first place. Don’t just walk in and say, “Hey, change my look,” unless you know the stylist and the salon and are confident about their work. Flip through some hairstyle magazines or look online and bring the picture to the stylist. Pick a color you’ve always wanted to try and go for it. Abandon expectations and let the new locks roll. Find out for yourself if blondes really do have more fun, if that has always been your secret desire. (For the record, I looked like a polar bear in a blizzard with blond hair – but at least now I know.)

5) Don’t consume a hot fudge sundae, indulge in a whole cheesecake, an entire box of Girl Scout cookies, a pint of Hagen Das, or a half-gallon of cheap burgundy. Instead, go to a frozen yogurt shop, add the fresh berries, skip the candy bar sprinkles and use a sugar free topping. There! You’re having a treat, but not one that will spike your insulin rate, add inches to your thighs and make you feel worse for having indulged. Caloric punishment will only add to your negative feelings and your physical lethargy. Treat yourself, but make it healthy.

6) Journey outside yourself and leave five messages for old friends that let them know you are thinking about them. If you want to avoid potentially getting into a long conversation, send them an online card or mail them a “thinking of you” physical card. Tell them what they mean to you and then pop it in the post.

7) Go to the bank and withdraw $50 or $100 from your account (unless lack of funds is what lost your laugh – then withdraw a little less, but still do it!) Have the teller count it out in one dollar bills for you. Spend each dollar with intention and thoughtfulness. Indulge yourself if you like, or pass the money around in creative ways. This activity will take your mind off your situation and boost your internal energy rockets as you become more and more creative with your stash of $1’s. You’ll feel the fun return right down to your toes.

8) What’s in town? Check out local listings and get yourself to the park for some music, a coffeehouse for a reading, a theater for a play, a school for a recital, a college for a dramatic presentation, a dance company for a performance, anything, anywhere that emanates from the heart and soul of an artist. If you’re in a rural area, check on the Internet for a lavish performance that will mesmerize and enchant you. Great sports events and competitions can do the same thing for you, if you are so inclined.

Move. If you get physical, take a brisk walk, climb a few flights of stairs, visit a gym, take part in yoga or Tai Chi, you will find you “feel better” right away.

9) Move. If you get physical, take a brisk walk, climb a few flights of stairs, visit a gym, take part in yoga or Tai Chi, you will find you “feel better” right away. When you do something physical your brain releases the “feel good chemicals” – neurotransmitters and endorphins – that can ease your anxiety or stress. Physical exercise also reduces the immune system chemicals that can worsen your mood. Finally, exercise elevates your body temperature which has calming effect on your body. When you feel relaxed, then you are able to cope with life’s little demands and interruptions more easily. This is the easiest and simplest way to start feeling better right away. It cleans out the chemicals that are dragging you down and replaces them with the same ones that chocolate stimulates. Don’t think you can substitute chocolate for exercise… you’ll not achieve the same result.

10) Food for thought: “Primal laughter evolved as a signaling device to highlight readiness for friendly interaction,” Professor Panksepp, a neuroscientist at Washington State University states: “Occasionally we’re surprised into laughing at something funny, but most laughter has little to do with humor. It’s an instinctual survival tool for social animals, not an intellectual response to wit. It’s not about getting the joke. It’s about getting along.” This tells us that we might not have lost our inner laugh, we may have lost an intimate connection to others. We may need to find some better ways to get along with those around us. Write down 5 things you need in your life that would make it better. And, write down five things you could do to make someone else’s life better. Then make a date and go talk to them. Share your thoughts and see what happens when you are open, cooperative and expressive. I’d be willing to bet that you’re going to feel more relaxed, more tolerant, more trusting and less annoyed with life and the people in it.

Okay, now that we’re on the same track, I’ve got to give my friend Karen – my LRK- a call. I could use a big dose of inappropriate and uncontrollable laughter. How about you?

Kac Young , a former television director and producer, has earned a Ph.D. in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. Traditional recipes have been turned into heart healthy meals that anyone can make. The health results are outstanding.

Have You Lost Your Laugh? – Part 1

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By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

friendsRemember when you could laugh just for the fun of it? How about the time when you and your friend couldn’t stop laughing, your sides hurt and tears streamed down your face? I have a friend like that. Her name is Karen Cadle. We can be at the opera and she’ll lean over and make a comment that, for some reason, my brain thinks is the funniest thing I’ve ever heard. Next thing I know, I am holding my face, burying my head in my lap and trying desperately not to interrupt the show. My reaction dominoes and sends Karen into spasms of swallowed laughter and, more than once, we’ve had to step outside an event in order to preserve the sanctity of the performance. I don’t know what it is, but she can decimate me with one sentence. I have to admit it; she owns my funny bone.

But what about those times when we don’t have a single laugh in us? We’re stressed, trying to meet deadlines, overworked, over-committed, over-tired, overdrawn and probably overweight. Life seems like a hammer not a thrill ride and it’s all we can do to put one foot in front of the other to make it through the day. You find yourself wanting to tell everyone, “Go away and leave me alone,” or, “You might think that’s funny, but it isn’t funny to me.”

What do you need at this time? A pill? A massage? A friend? An hour by yourself? Professional help? Whatever you need, it can’t be subtle. You’re in a rut, your soul is dehydrated and you need a jolt. You desperately need to restore your inner laugher and here are some ideas you can try.

You might just need a dose of LRK – The Laughter Retrieval Kit.

10 Suggestions from The Laughter Retrieval Kit:

1) Do something just a little bit naughty. Skip out on a meeting – apologize before hand, but skip it. Drop out for an afternoon. Alert those who might be affected with a simple, “I’m so sorry but something just came up. I’ll fill you in later. Please forgive me.” I’m not suggesting that you don’t show up on the day you are supposed to give your sister a kidney, but anything that is non-critical and “duty bound” you can miss. You’ll probably feel energized simply because you’ve bent the rules and gone slightly rogue. Enjoy the moment and do something just for yourself. (I can still recall the naughty feeling I had when I took a clandestine sip of beer while wearing my girl scout uniform. Smile.)

2) Take a nap. Find a park, a friend’s couch or a safe place and just snooze for an hour or two. Really. What you might need is some stolen sleep in the middle of the day. Choose a quiet venue and just take a nap. It’s miraculous what 90 minutes or more of pure rest will do for you.

Go ice skating. Fall on your butt. Unless that’s what put you in the dumps to begin with.

3) Go ice skating. Fall on your butt. Unless that’s what put you in the dumps to begin with. Pick a sport that challenges you and go take a lesson, take a spin, find a mentor and have a go at it. You will be able to shift your focus and concentrate on the physical which will ultimately lift your spirits whether you qualify for the Olympics or not. (We have the Olympics and The Special Olympics, but what about an Olympics for wanna-be’s? We could call it the No-Chance-In -Hell-Olympics, or the What-Were-You-Thinking Olympics – a special event for those who are not so good at sports and don’t give a rat’s patutti about the prize only the fun of participation. ) Get your play on.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

Kac Young , a former television director and producer, has earned a Ph.D. in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. Traditional recipes have been turned into heart healthy meals that anyone can make. The health results are outstanding.