Does Happiness Improve Your Health? 13 Tips To Make Sure It Does!

Being a happy, healthy person is much easier said than done.

Everyone wants heath and happiness.

Here’s a great article and shows some of the science that connect health and happiness. https://www.globalwellnesssummit.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/7_happiness_2018TrendsWellness.pdf

Loved this paragraph.

Mounting Evidence: Happiness Improves Physical Health Anyone that cares about human health needs to care about happiness because studies increasingly show that happiness has an independent and powerful impact on physical health. It’s been studied in-depth. For instance, a 2017 meta-review2 of 150+ studies on the connection confirm with “almost no doubt” that happiness really can influence health. Another Harvard meta-review3 of 200+ studies found a connection between happiness and optimism and lowered risk of cardiovascular disease and abnormal body weight. A 2018 study4 led by Cornell University found that people who experience a range of positive daily emotions – from enthusiasm to calm – have lower levels of inflammation, which is linked to a lower risk of premature death and chronic disease. Other studies show happiness’ positive impact on everything from speeding wound healing to longer telomeres. And, while these studies show a strong association more than cause and effect, the evidence keeps growing that happiness affects health and aging deep down to the cellular level.

We’ll see more “eating for happiness” with diets and menus packed with more foods like tuna, salmon, nuts, seeds, bananas, green tea, dark chocolate, spinach, blueberries, and blackberries because they boost serotonin and other happiness hormones. Research mounts that food has a powerful impact on the brain and mood: For instance, a 2017 study from Deakin University (AU) showed that an anti-inflammatory Mediterranean-style diet high in vegetables, fish, olive oil and nuts reduced symptoms of depression in 32% of its sample. J. Walter Thompson (JWT) also named “Mood Food” as one its top trends for 2018, and we see companies like Monarch Airlines creating mood-enhancing food menus for passengers (like green tea and lavender cakes to calm anxiety) or even Pizza Hut introducing a mood-enhancing pizza. The really eye-opening research is around how our microbiome – that ecosystem of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and yeasts that live in our intestinal tract – plays a powerful role in regulating our emotions and determining our very happiness. All those bugs in our gut generate many of the transmitters and hormones that play out within the brain, like serotonin that regulates mood, appetite, sleep and social behavior. Studies even indicate that the lion’s share of our serotonin is produced in our gut, and disruptions in the microbiome are being connected to anxiety, depression, autism, and dementia. The research about the tight connections between the gut and mental health is so compelling that the Denver VA hospital is running a trial using probiotics to treat veterans with PTSD, and their findings17 of the impact that this simple food supplement has on how our brains and bodies respond to trauma are fascinating. It’s no newsflash that more people are eating for a healthier microbiome, meaning more soluble fiber (like brown bread, nuts, and seeds) and probiotic/ fermented foods like yogurt, kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi. What we will see more of is research specifically on the gut-brain-happiness axis, an exciting field called psychobiotics.

Here’s another article: http://time.com/4866693/happiness-improves-health/

The review does point out that in many of these studies, it’s possible that better health could lead to improved emotional states, rather than the other way around. Since most studies on this topic are observational, it’s possible that other variables (that were not or could not be controlled for) are to blame for changes in both happiness and health.

But overall, the authors wrote, the evidence is strong enough to say that subjective well-being can influence health and longevity, “at least in some instances.” The question now, they say, is why happiness is linked to health for some people, but not for others.

Here are some tips that will overall help your happiness and your health.

Stop negative thinking

A negative mind will never give you a positive life. Stop thoughts that are limiting and self-defeating like “I can’t do that “or “I’m not good enough “. Don’t believe everything you think. Negative and pessimistic thinking is unhelpful and will hold you back from achieving your goals and greater self-confidence. Replace negative thoughts with words that are positive and motivating. At the beginning, it is difficult, but the more you repeatedly send positive messages to yourself, the better you will feel.

Stop comparing yourself to other people

It is an extremely unhealthy habit, but even the most confident people do it: Comparing. We all do it. It’s human, but constant comparison with others make you feel bad about yourself and lowers your self-esteem. You begin to question your own worth. And this can lead to frustration, depression, eating disorders, over-spending, and simply to the feeling of not being good enough. Life is not a competition. If you make it one, nobody will win. It’s always a losing battle because the only person you’re really hurting, in the end, is yourself. Stop comparing and start living!

Don’t be a victim

You create your life. You have to take responsibility! Even if situations become unbearable, there is always a way out. You will always have the choice to make a change.

Don’t be a people-pleaser

Respect yourself and others will respect you, as easy as that. Don’t spend your whole life on trying to make everyone happy. Practice building self-awareness, discover what you are willing to do and what you don’t want to do. Start putting this into practice by saying no when something doesn’t resonate or align with who you really are. People might get mad at first, but eventually, most will come to respect you.

Start loving yourself

Self-esteem is all about how much you feel you are worth — and how much you feel other people value you. Your level of self-esteem affects your happiness and everything you do.

Be yourself! 

Don’t be somebody else. Take control of your life and live it by your own rules. Find a personal style that feels great to you and be proud of it. There is no one like you and that is your power!

Care for yourself

Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, drink plenty of water and sleep at least 7 to 8 hours per night. If you don’t get enough sleep, everything else will suffer. Sleep deprivation (which most of us suffer from) puts you in a pre-diabetic state, messes with your metabolism, makes you more likely to be overweight, increases your appetite, decreases your productivity, hampers your immune system, and makes you tired, moody, anxious and likely to be depressed.

Don’t strive for perfection

Nobody is perfect. You will always find someone who is more beautiful, smarter, richer, better or worse. But you won´t find someone who is perfect.

Concentrate on your strengths not your weaknesses 

Focus on what you have already achieved and reached, not what you lack and miss. Be proud of yourself and know your strengths. Avoid negative people, places, and things you don’t like or that make you feel bad about yourself.

Being around toxic people can drain your energy, make you unhappy and insecure. Surround yourself with people who lift you up, give you energy and make you feel good about yourself.

Stay focused on the present moment

It is the only reality. When the past and the future feel painful, focus on the task at hand and do it with your full engagement. Enjoy your life, make the best out of it!

Be childish and play more

When it comes to certain things, children do them way better than we do. Who said you have to get serious while growing up? Never lose the child in you, the childlike faith, childlike hope, childlike play and creativity.

Forgive yourself

Feeling bad about things you’ve done in the past can create a pretty painful present. Remember that you can begin new any day. Your past does not predict your future.

Be grateful 

Gratitude is an attitude and a way of living that has many benefits in terms of health and happiness. Feeling and expressing gratitude, instead of wanting more and more, turns our mental focus to the good things in life, which will create more things for which to be grateful. As you awake each morning, give thanks for your breath and being healthy. Life is a gift, never forget that.

Watch your thoughts, they become words.

Watch your words, they become actions.

Watch your actions, they become habits.

Watch your habits, they become your character.

Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

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Here’s a great Podcast on Health and Happiness:  Happy Healthy and Fit Life By Hosts Janell Yule and Jennifer Grant

Here’s a great book to read.  Happiness & Health: 9 Choices That Unlock the Powerful Connection …

Have a Happy Healthy Day!

Nancy Boardman
June 14, 2018

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
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7 Reasons Summer Makes People Feel Good!

If you catch yourself smiling more and feeling increasingly carefree during the longer days of the season, consider it a side effect of this time of year in the Northern Hemisphere: Summertime really does set you up to feel more joyful. Check out the seven sneaky ways sunlight and warm weather conspire to make you happier, calmer and more connected.

1. Sunshine Chemically Lifts Your Spirits

Thanks to summer’s stronger sunlight and the extra hours in the day to soak it up, you’re more likely to float through the day feeling energized and optimistic. It has to do with serotonin, a hormone that’s been dubbed the “happiness hormone” by scientists. When your body absorbs UV light, it produces more serotonin, and that pumps your mood, explains Ellen Marmur, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and director of Marmur Medical in New York City. Exposure to sunlight also shuts down production of melatonin, a hormone that leaves you feeling sleepy and sluggish.

It only takes a few minutes in the sun to rack up these benefits, says Dr. Marmur. But if you plan on being outdoors for more than 10 minutes at a stretch, be sure to slather sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 on any exposed skin, so you don’t ruin your happiness haze with a painful burn.

2. The “School’s-Out” Mindset of Childhood Still Lingers

People are conditioned since kindergarten to think of summer as a break from routine and responsibility. And this “schools out” mindset carries over into adulthood, where many offices offer employees shorter hours and casual Friday dress codes. “Even though the work world operates year-round and responsibilities don’t suddenly stop, we reflexively feel more carefree during the summer months, like we did when we were kids,” explains Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., a Los Angeles-based therapist specializing in the psychology of happiness.

 

 

3. Being in Nature Reduces Stress

We all feel calmer and more relaxed when we’re surrounded by nature — a finding reported by researchers all over the world. Studies from University College London and Deakin University in Australia show that going on a bike ride through a park, strolling along the beach or just inhaling the aroma of flowers in bloom makes us feel less stressed and more serene. Need more proof? A French study published last year linked being in a natural environment with higher levels of personal happiness. And a 2013 study in the journal Social Science & Medicine found that spending time near a body of water in an urban area had a therapeutic effect — so city dwellers can reap the blissful benefits of nature as well.

 

 

 

4. Organized Holidays Offer Freedom

In many countries, summer provides official holidays and extended vacations to enjoy. It’s also graduation and wedding season — two milestones typically honored with ceremonies and parties. “All that good cheer makes us feel optimism and joy for the future,” says Dr. Thomas.

 

5. Breaking a Sweat Boosts Bliss-Producing Endorphins

Another result of good weather: You’re less likely to blow off a jog, bike ride or other activity. And research shows that increasing your heart rate revs the production of mood-boosting endorphins (it’s the mechanism behind the “runner’s high”). Even if you don’t take part in a specific activity, summer sets up the perfect conditions to move around in less constructed but equally bliss-inducing ways — say by spending the afternoon gardening or playing tug-of-war at a family picnic.

6. Social Interactions Are Easier

Backyard barbecues, pool parties, company picnics, al fresco dinner parties … summer offers plenty of opportunities for socializing. “Humans are social creatures and mixing with friends, family and even strangers make us feel part of something larger than ourselves, which is fulfilling,” says Dr. Thomas. “The pleasant weather and relaxed vibe help bring people out of isolation and gives us the chance to interact and connect.”

 

 

 

7. Small Indulgences Are Everywhere

Trashy beach books. Trips to the ice-cream shop. Afternoons spent lazing on a blanket or hammock. “Summertime is about taking time to smell the roses, so to speak, and giving yourself license to indulge a little without guilt,” says Dr. Thomas. We can’t think of a better reason to take a vacation day from work to lie in a chaise lounge or meet up with friends and chill out with a round of ice-cold drinks.

Barbara Schrader
May 30, 2018

Reposted from:  Esther Crain, Written for Coco-Cola Company Stories

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6 Ways To Be The Change In This World!

It seems to me that everybody wants health and wealth.  Although those aren’t the worst goals, are wealth and good health really the most important things in this world?  This may seem strange coming from someone who works at a functional medicine clinic, but I’m going to have to go with no. What good is money or a clean bill of health if you’re not a good person? You can win the lottery and live to the age of 100, but what does all that even mean if nobody is there with you to enjoy it? I think it’s time to recap the 6 pillars of character. Just remember, it only takes one person to change the world. Why not you?

1. Trustworthiness

Seems pretty straightforward, right? They say that honesty is the best policy, and I’d have to agree with that. I don’t know about you, but I think liars are pretty toxic people. Trust is at the core of all good, healthy relationships.

2.  Respect

Respect is mutual… most of the time. But that’s why I feel people should work on this one a little more. If everybody showed everybody else the same respect they want from others, there would be far less conflict in the world.

3.  Responsibility

Again, this one is pretty basic. People need to start owning up to their faults and mistakes. Everyone’s looking for a scapegoat instead of looking in the mirror.  Pointing fingers simply delays finding a solution because everybody’s more concerned about finding who or what to blame. Responsibility also applies to your duties towards work, relationships, and society in general. It’s making sure you’re not only doing what you need to do but doing it right the first time. This makes everybody’s life easier, which mean less stress and negativity, which leads to a better day for everybody.

4.  Fairness

This one is one that I tend to struggle with myself. My issue lies in the fact that life isn’t exactly always fair. Granted, some things are out of human control, but only taking what you earn is a good place to start. I feel as if fairness and respect go hand in hand. Having the respect for someone to give them what they deserve, or only take what you deserve, isn’t the only thing “fairness” applies to. It also refers to belief systems as well. You must RESPECT other people’s ideas and beliefs and hear them out to come up with a FAIR solution to a problem.

5.  Caring

You ever just needed a hug? Someone, to talk to? Maybe even just a little reassurance that you’re doing a good job? Everyone’s been there, and everyone knows what it’s like when you are on the receiving end of one of those small acts of kindness, so why not pass it on? If you see somebody struggling, help them out however you can. Even if it’s simply asking how somebody’s day went, (and actually listening to their response).  Sometimes it’s the small gestures, compliments, or actions that could brighten someone’s dreary day.

6.  Citizenship

This is another one that I struggle with occasionally. I think of citizenship as being an active part of something bigger than yourself. We have a fragile planet that we call home; maybe try to clean it up a little bit? Is there a problem in your community that you could solve? Try it out. You have a voice; don’t take it, (or anything else), for granted. Enjoy the little things and keep a positive attitude. Who knows, it may rub off on somebody who really needs it.

I’m not perfect… nobody is, but that’s no excuse. I see a problem in my community that I can fix. It only takes one person to change the world.All it takes is a little bit of character. It all starts with one person. It all starts with you! Try to work on these, even one pillar at a time.  Go out there and be a good person. Go out there and be the change.

Dallas Cain
April 11, 2018

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Spring Forward With a Positive Attitude! Tools You Can Use Now to Help.

There Is Power In a Positive Attitude.

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”-Willie Nelson

Dear Negative Thoughts,

We’re just not good for each other.  I’ve decided we need to break up.   I’m moving on and replacing you with Positive Thoughts!

Sincerely,

Negative Nelly

Life happens! There will always be stressful, challenging times throughout our lives.  Stress is a natural part of life and we all experience it. However, your mind is an incredibly powerful tool and with a little exercise, even the most negative of Nelly’s can turn their thought process around.

We all have the power to create a positive atmosphere through what we believe, think and choose.  A positive and optimistic attitude will help to diffuse stressful situations and help cope with life’s biggest challenges.  How we choose to respond to those challenges will make all the difference in the world, not only to you but to everyone else around you too.

Below are a few exercises to train your brain to spring ahead with a positive attitude:

Exercises to train your brain to stay positive:

  1. Take care of your body.  A healthy plant-based diet and regular exercise will nourish the body, boost your mood, support your detox organs and keep your lymph’s moving.
  2. Practice positive affirmations first thing in the morning. They will set the tone for your day inspiring you to change the way you think.  Speak kindly to yourself.  Stand up straight and walk with confidence.
  3. Savor life’s joys.  Don’t look back. Practice living in the moment. Whatever you enjoy, do more of it.
  4. Avoid over thinking. Come to terms with the situation and/or your decision.  Focus on a solution and not the problem or focus on your attitude and efforts. Maybe simply change your activity to redirect your thinking.
  5. Have gratitude.  Be thankful for all the good things in your life.  Make a list. Keep a gratitude journal.
  6. Learn to forgive.  Accept what is and make peace with it. Let go of fear, anger, guilt, regrets, and worrying, blaming, predicting, mistaking, labeling, personalizing, catastrophizing.  It will set you free to move forward in a positive way.
  7. Practice acts of kindness. Do one random act of kindness a day.  It will give you a sense of purpose.
  8. Invest in the ones you love and those within your life. Express positive emotions. Tell them today because tomorrow is never promised.
  9. Make sure that you are routinely getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night so that you awake refreshed and rejuvenated. Be sure to make your bed each morning. This will bring about a sense of accomplishment to start your day.
  10. Keep good company.  Attitudes affect others and are contagious.  Surround yourself with like-minded people.

Positive thinking contributes to your overall health and wellbeing as well.  If you keep your mind in a good shape, you will be less prone to depression and anxiety.

The benefits of positive thinking:

  1. Positive thinkers will have less stress and more control over the way they respond to negative situations. You will experience more joy and happiness by letting go and moving on. When you have a strong positive attitude you won’t give up on things.
  2. Finding the positive in a negative situation will help put your mind at ease, redirect your thinking and allow you to move forward with good intentions.
  3. A positive attitude will improve immune health and give you a better quality of life.
  4. Positive thinking boosts self-esteem. Focus on all of your good qualities. You’ll feel more confident in your daily life and when making decisions
  5. You will be more appreciative of the here and now. Positive thinkers find the lessons along the way.
  6. More success. Your attitude is an excellent predictor of your success. When you expect the best you will continue until you reach your goals.
  7. Positive thinkers inspire others to think positively. People are attracted to you solely because of your positive attitude will be around more often.
  8. A positive attitude attracts positive results. Believe in yourself and keep focusing on your goals.  Set daily goals or a to-do list.

How to get out of a momentary funk:

  1. Get Moving! Go for a walk. Change your location or your perspective.
  2. Get some fresh air
  3. Drink lots of water
  4. Read some inspirational quotes
  5. Take deep breaths
  6. Rest
  7. Call a friend
  8. Yoga! You are one class away from a good mood.
  9. Essential oils.  Here is a great diffuser blend recipe:  1 drop Myrrh, 1 drop Eucalyptus, 1 drop lime

We all go through certain phases and challenges in our lives and sometimes we may need to take a step back and reassess our situation.  If you’ve been in a funk or spend too much of your energy in a negative state it’s the perfect season to turn it around! It may not come easily but I challenge you to spring forward with a positive attitude. Challenge yourself to add at least one brain exercise a day.

 Sincerely,

 Positive Patty

What do you do to turn a negative into a positive?

Joy Vale
Patient Care Coordinator
Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
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Choosing Civility – 25 Rules To Live By

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choosing Civility: The 25 Rules of Considerate Conduct by P.M.Forni.

“Being civil means being constantly aware of others and weaving restraint, respect, and consideration into the very fabric of this awareness. Civility is a form of goodness; it is gracious goodness… It also entails an active interest in the well-being of our communities and even a concern for the health of the planet on which we live.”

The 25 Rules of Civility   

  1. Pay attention. Attention is a tension connecting us to the world around us; only after we notice the world can we begin to care for it. Open your eyes and see the world around you. Take in the fullness of that amazing person sitting across from you in conversation. When you shift from superficial and transactional to truly “seeing” the world around you, it feels more natural to engage in behavior that will deepen your relationships.
  2. Acknowledge Others. Avoid treating anyone—from coworkers to anonymous retail clerks—as invisible. When you make eye contact, offer a simple “good morning,” or use someone’s name at the beginning of an email, you acknowledge their existence and legitimacy.
  3. Think the Best. Assume positive intent: most people are doing the best they can with the resources and the wit available to them.
  4. Good Listening. What stops us from good listening is that we focus on ourselves and our own needs instead of focusing on other people. Remember that most people don’t need you to solve their problems; they just want to feel heard and safe.
  5. Be Inclusive. When you create boundaries, draw them around ideas, not people. Strive to push past your discomfort with the unfamiliar to be curious, instead.
  6. Speak Kindly. Learn how to be direct without offending, both in word and tone. You can deliver even critical feedback in a kind, caring way.
  7. Don’t Speak Ill. When you gossip or speak unkindly of people when they are not present, you say far more about yourself than you do about those others.
  8. Accept and Give Praise. Compliments and appreciation cost you nothing,  yet have great value when given to another. In like manner, when someone else gives you that Gift, accept it graciously.
  9. Respect Even a Subtle “No.” Honor other people’s boundaries. It’s not always about You.
  10. Respect Others’ Opinions. Respecting what others think does not mean we are being untrue to ourselves; it simply honors their right to look at the world differently than we do. This rule is a prerequisite to civil discourse and healthy debate.
  11. Mind Your Body. Good grooming helps us to feel better about ourselves and shows respect for others with whom we interact.
  12. Be Agreeable. If you are always the stubborn cuss who won’t go along with anyone else’s plans or ideas, you are being uncivil. You need not always say Yes, but look for opportunities where you can at least compromise in service of the group or a relationship.
  13. Keep It Down (and Rediscover Silence). Even in today’s always on world, there are places (houses of worship, libraries, theaters, public transportation) where loud talking and digital noise are inappropriate.
  14. Respect Other People’s Time. Wait your turn to speak. Manage your calendar to be punctual and available for commitments you have made. Begin and end on time.
  15. Respect Other People’s Space. Whether with coworkers in their cubicles or with partner/kids in your home, understand the prevailing culture and honor the norms that exist around entering or using other peoples’ space and things.
  16. Apologize Earnestly and Thoughtfully. Badly handled, high-profile apologies make headlines. When you apologize, make clear that you know what you did was wrong, that you understand the effects of your actions, and that you are not looking for excuses.
  17. Assert Yourself. A healthy attention to your own needs is required for you to be happy in the world. Assertiveness is that space where are you honor your own Yeses and No’s without violating the needs or rights of others.
  18. Avoid Personal Questions. Civil conversations generally do not ask into religion, politics, money, personal relationships, health, or physical appearance.
  19. Care for Your Guests. Be gracious in your hospitality yet clear about responsibility. If you expect a dinner guest to bring a dish, offer guidance; if a houseguest is expected to do their own laundry, make sure they are familiar with the washing machine!
  20. Be a Considerate Guest. Clean up after yourself, show respect for other people’s stuff, and don’t overstay your welcome.
  21. Think Twice Before Asking for Favors. Consider the impact on others before you ask. Strive to keep the system in balance—say Yes to as many favors as you ask of others.
  22. Refrain from Idle Complaints. If you are more interested in finding Blame then in finding a Solution, then you are whining. Don’t do that.
  23. Give Constructive Criticism. If your intention is to help with the problem, please share. If your intention is to humiliate, manipulate, or exact revenge, better to hold your tongue.
  24. Respect the Environment and Be Gentle to Animals. A Native American saying goes, “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” For thousands of years, humanity’s relationship with nature was fear: nature is dangerous, so we must defend ourselves from it. Over recent decades, that attitude has been replaced by, “Nature is in danger, so we must defend it from ourselves.”
  25. Don’t Shift Responsibility and Blame. If you did it or caused it, own it.

Barb Schrader
March 14, 2018

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
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Don’t Be Afraid of Fear!

Don’t Let Fear Overcome You!

Fear is one of those emotions that can absolutely stop you in your tracks… it can cripple you and stop you from moving forward. It can make you think things are there that really aren’t and it can make you do silly things for fear of some other recourse.

I hate scary movies, haunted houses etc., but I like doing something that scares me to my core that I can choose and control. For example, when I went bungee jumping. To most, that’s very scary and they wouldn’t ever do… I was scared but I still did it and afterward, I felt like I could conquer the world. But as I really started to think about why I’m not where I want to be I realized it’s because I’m afraid. I really thought about it for a long time and decided to do some research to help me figure out my fears and the best way to get over them.

I found some blogs that helped me:

http://www.uncommonhelp.me/articles/overcome-fear-and-anxiety/

This article on overcoming anxiety and fear is brilliant. It illustrates, very quickly, just how powerful our minds are and how our imagination can trick us into seeing or believing things that aren’t even true, or haven’t even happened yet.

Here’s how the beginning of the article starts:

Legend has it that Nasrudin was walking alone at night when he saw a group of people approaching in the far distance. Instantly, his imagination began to toy with him: “They are surely robbers!” he thought. “No, why just robbers? Murderers, cutthroats! About to set upon me, a lonely traveler, leave me for dead and steal all my possessions! How are my wife and children going to cope without me?!”

http://www.wakeupcloud.com/overcoming-fear/

This is a powerful article that provides 33 ways to overcome fear. One of the great things about this article is that it doesn’t pull any punches. If you need a bit of a ‘wakeup’ then this is the article you should read.

I won’t ruin the surprise of what’s in store, but suffice to say if you need a big ole’ kick in the pants, then this is the article you need to read!

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/236465

If you’re worried about something in your business, then this article is for you. As entrepreneurs, we are constantly taking risks, and we recognize that there is always the unknown in the risks we choose to take.

Where the danger comes in is when we allow our fears of the unknown to stall us, to stop us from taking a leap of faith. This article provides three very clear and doable ways to overcome this fear and keep moving forward.

A snippet from the article:

One thing I want you to understand is that fear is absolutely normal. Even the best experience fear from time to time. The key is to not let fear hold you back and prevent you from taking action and go after what you want in life.

Here are a few podcasts[1] about fear:

FEAR NOT: Living Beyond Your Fears –  By Billy J. Atwell

In this podcast, Billy J. Atwell interviews people and neuroscientists to inspire YOU to live a life beyond your fears. Fear is part of everybody’s journey, and on Monday’s and Wednesday’s episodes of FEAR NOT, his guests share one of their biggest fears they’ve had to face and what they did to overcome it. On Friday’s episodes, he interviews neuroscientists and other specialists to discuss what fear is, how it affects our brains, and what we can do to override it. Every episode is full of wisdom and examples to inspire you to face fear to become YOUR truest self and to get YOUR deepest held hopes and dreams.

The Other F Word – A podcast about the stories that make us human

theotherfwordpodcast.com/

Taking the shame out of failure: The Other F Word. Join conversations about the messy, tragic, funny, inspiring stories that make us human.

After listening and reading I’m ready to take on the things that were holding me back – without having to make another jump. Although I still want to jump out of an airplane one day…. I’m just realizing maybe heights is one of my fears. Don’t let anything hold you back from what you want. Walk into the fear don’t run away from it!

So what are you afraid of?

Nancy Boardman
February 14, 2018

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
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Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
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7 Fool-Proof Ways To Be Happy in 2018 and Beyond!

Good fortune: prosperity : a state of well-being and contentment: joy: a pleasurable or satisfying experience – Webster’s Dictionary (happiness defined)

Happiness is an often-used word. Research has shown that long-term happiness, feeling content with life, stems from feeling and being in-charge of as much of our life as possible. It’s not about having a constant smile on your face nor does it stem from money or health, but a self-belief you are on the right road.

Behavioral scientists have spent a lot of time studying what makes us happy, and what doesn’t. We know happiness can affect health and longevity, and happiness scales are used to measure social progress and the success of public policies.  But being happy isn’t something that just happens to most people.  Most of us work at it.  And we all have the power to make small changes in our behavior, our surroundings and our relationships that can help set us on course for a happier life.  Happiness comes from within.  Here are 8 ways to get there:

1.  Conquer Negative Thoughts 

One of the best things to do to become happy is to conquer negative thoughts.  We all can be a little negative.  We focus on bad experiences more than good ones.  It’s an evolutionary adaptation – over-learning from dangerous or hurtful situations we met in our lives helps us to avoid them in the future and react quickly to a crisis.

This just means that you must work a little harder to conquer negative thoughts.  How do we do this?

Don’t try to stop negative thoughts!  Telling yourself not to think about something only makes you think about it more.  Acknowledge the negative thoughts and dispel them.  Tell yourself, I am worried about money or I am obsessed with something at work.  Then treat yourself like a friend.  Think of what your friend would tell you if you were talking to them about your negativity and apply that to yourself.  (Take your own advice.)

Challenge your negative thoughts. When you are saying to yourself, “I am a failure.”  Stop and acknowledge that you may have failed at this one thing, but point out to yourself all the good things.  I have gone far in my career.  I have a great relationship.  I have great kids.  I am a kind person, etc.

Avoid negative people! We all know at least one person that can never say anything positive. They are unhappy and unwilling to even try to change that.  Avoid them!  Negativity is contagious, just as positivity is.  When you surround yourself with positive people you can’t help to start to think positively.  When you have a negative thought, recognize it, challenge that feeling and take a big step toward a happier life.

Optimism is part genetic, partly learned.  Even if you were born into a family of “gloomy Guses,” you can still find your inner ray of sunshine.  Optimism doesn’t mean ignoring the reality of a situation.  An optimist acknowledges the situation and looks for what good can come out of it.

2.  Breathe! 

Science is beginning to give evidence that the benefits of the ancient practice of controlled breathing are real.  Studies have found, such as, that breathing practices can help reduce symptoms associated with anxiety, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and attention deficit disorder. For centuries yogis have used breath control, or pranayama, to promote concentration and improve vitality.  Buddha advocated breath-meditation to reach enlightenment.  Try it!

3.  Get up and move!   

When people get up and move, even a little, they are happier than when they are still. It doesn’t have to be rigorous activity.  Even just gentle walking can help get you into a better mood.  We all know that more activity goes together with better health and greater happiness.

4.  Spend time outdoors! 

Numerous studies support the notion that spending time in nature is good for you.  We know that walking on a quiet, tree-lined path can result in meaningful improvements to mental health, and even physical changes to the brain.  Nature walkers have “quieter” brains:  scans show less blood flow to the part of the brain associated with rumination.  Some research shows that even looking at pictures of nature can improve your mood.

5.  Find the sun! 

I know that isn’t the easiest thing to do in this part of the country, especially in winter.  But sunlight can make a difference.  Seasonal affective disorder is real.  Epidemiological studies estimate that its prevalence in the adult population ranges from 1.4 percent (in Florida) to 9.7 (in New Hampshire).   Natural light exposure – by spending time outside or living in a space with natural light – is good for your mood.  Even for people who do not have true seasonal affective disorder, sunlight makes us feel better.  So, get outside, or at least open your drapes and let the light in.

6.  The 1-minute rule! 

One of my favorite bits of happiness advice comes from Ms. Rubin, author of “Happiness at Home” and many other useful guides and articles on happiness and good habits.  She proffers a one-minute rule that is incredibly useful. Here it is:

Do any task that can be finished in one minute.  This simple advice helps you decide what to tackle in a messy room.  Do the one-minute tasks first.  Here is her list:

Hang up a coat.  Read a letter and toss it.  Fill in a form.  Answer an email. Jot down a citation. Pick up phone messages.  File a paper.  Put a dish in the dishwasher. Put away the magazines.

If you do nothing else, add the one-minute rule into your life.  It will give you a short boost of happiness after you carry out so much in a short time – and as a bonus, you will end up with a cleaner room, which will also make you happy.

7.  Choose to be happy!

Remember happiness is a choice.  You must choose happiness every day.  When you wake up in the morning, before you even get out of bed, tell yourself that today you will be happy.

Don’t worry, be happy!

Barbara Schrader
January 17, 2018

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
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Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. David Hardy, Chiropractic Physicians

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Resolutions for 2018 – Make Them and Keep Them!

I’m not a person that makes a list of New Year’s Resolutions, but mostly because my birthday is in the middle of January. Before my birthday I reflect on the year before what was the good and the bad. I ask myself, in what areas of my life do I want to improve? I usually write a letter to myself on what I want to do in the following year and how I’m going to be successful. I always have some very broad goals. For example, focus on my health and build better relationships with my family and friends, etc.   Then I break them all down and get very specific.  For example, last year I was more consistent with my workouts although I did get sidetracked through the holidays.  This year I want to go from three days a week to four and add lifting weights to one of those days. I look at my family members and friends and I realize I might not have been as invested in the relationship as I should have been; I may want to spend more quality time with some and for others, I think of acts for kindness or things we could do together. This letter can get very long and very detailed. I usually have my phone so I can add things to my “to do” list or schedule an event on my calendar. By the end, I really do feel like I’m ready to take on the next year!

I thought it would be fun to see what others picked for their resolutions and some ideas of how to keep at them. Here are some of the interesting articles I found:

I loved this – BE KIND! Think how the world would change if we all made this decision!   If you think about it, kindness is everything. Love, of course, is everything, too. But unlike love, which is something that strikes or that we grow or fall into, kindness is something that we choose. Unlike love, we can practice kindness. We can practice kindness even when we feel decidedly unloving.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-dance-connection/201712/the-1-life-changing-new-year-s-resolution

 

Grow something to eat

A packet of seeds costs a few cents and in a couple of months and a warm windowsill you can have your own salad leaves or the start of something far more impressive like tomatoes, squash or beans in mid-spring.

Get Inspired!

Here are some inspirations for your own resolutions:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/21-good-new-years-resolutions-11768219

http://www.kiro7.com/news/trending-now/9-inspiring-new-years-resolution-quotes-to-motivate-you-into-2018-1/672932788

This one is great: “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book, write a good one.” Brad Paisley   

Pick up a book.

Reading is good for your brain, but health professionals say that the hobby can also enrich your social skills. “People who read fiction may understand people better than others,” cognitive psychologist Keith Oatley explained to CNN. “A work of fiction is a piece of consciousness that can pass from one mind to another and that reader can make it their own.”

 

Set Some Goals and Stick To Them!

http://www.newsweek.com/new-years-resolutions-2018-15-ideas-setting-goals-new-year-763466

http://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/2018/01/01/6-ways-to-make-2018-resolutions-stick-in-new-year.html

Find An Accountability Buddy or Group

It’s so much easier to accomplish a goal when you have a good support system. This year, find a friend or family member who has a similar resolution; you can rely on each other for accountability and support while making memories and accomplishing goals. Or consider joining a support group to reach your goals, such as a workout class at your gym or a group of coworkers committed to eating healthy lunches at work. Having someone to support you through your struggles and successes will make your good intentions much more likely to stick.

 

 

Choose to have a great 2018!  Happy New Year!

Nancy Boardman
January 3, 2018

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. David Hardy, Chiropractic Physicians

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The Holiday Blues Are a Real Thing. 8 Ideas to Get Over Them!

Yes, the holiday blues are a real thing. It’s something that I really didn’t understand until someone close to me got them. I really couldn’t understand it. I love this time of year – all the decorations and lights and music.  All of it puts a great big smile on my face. But I felt I needed to be more understanding of what they were going through so I decided to do some research. Here’s what I found out.

The holidays are supposed to be the happiest time of the year, yet for many, they trigger deep feelings of sadness and anxiety. There’s so much emphasis on family and celebration, but it’s hard if you’re dealing with difficult memories or reminders that you’re not close to your family. Add cold weather and lack of sunlight and those are conditions to put some into a funk.

The good news: Seasonal doldrums tend to fade once the festivities are over (and if they don’t, consider seeking professional help). In the meantime, here are some tips to help you improve your mood over the next few weeks:

  1. Seek social support

Hibernation and isolation can feed a depressed mood. Surround yourself with friends, even if you don’t feel like it. Not only are you distracting yourself from your possibly blue thoughts, but being out with others provides you with opportunities for pleasure and joy.

  1. Get to the gym

Resist any excuse not to go, Or make a bargain with yourself that you only have to exercise for 10 minutes. Your heart rate will start to rise, and most likely you’ll stick it out longer because you’re already there.

  1. Don’t look at social media (Facebook, Instagram etc.)

Even though you know that most people only post their happiest moments on social media, it’s easy to lose perspective and get a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out).

4. Help Others

Help others not because you should, but because it is the best antidote to self-pity and seasonal sadness. Find someone who is struggling more than you are, lend them a helping hand, and remember the real meaning of the holidays.

5. Stop by a place of worship

Drop into a Christian church or Muslim mosque or Jewish synagogue or Hindu template or…you get the idea. Sometimes just sitting in sacred space can remind you of the true meaning of the holidays. Most places of worship welcome all people, even those just looking for a touch of grace in the midst of a stressful day. Instead of hurrying by that church you have passed a hundred times on the way to work, take a moment to enter its doors and sit quietly, imbibing the atmosphere and the prayers of its members.

6. Forgive

Forgiveness is the slave that heals a broken spirit. Forgive all sorts of people this holiday season—those from your past, your work, your family and the ones in the news whom you love to hate. Read the stories of people (like Martin Luther King Jr. or Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee) who have used forgiveness to move mountains. If they can do it, so can we.

7.  Love

Everything. Love it all. Even the hard times; even the cranky and crooked people of the world; even yourself, with all of your appalling shortcomings.

 

 

8. Do something creative and flow-inducing that’s holiday-related.

  • If you enjoy writing, brainstorm a list of words that remind you of the holidays and write a short story using as many of those words as you can. Some words you can use are the following: snow; tinsel; presents; bells; angels; Santa Claus; family; ornaments; turkey; tree; cinnamon; carols; red and green; manger; winter; glitter; star; reindeer.
  • Also for writers, write an acrostic poem using the word “Christmas”, or another holiday-related word. (An acrostic is a poem in which the first letters of each line spell out a word or phrase.)
  • If you enjoy music, compose a holiday song, make a video of you singing it, and put it up on YouTube.
  • If you enjoy drawing, make your own holiday cards.
  • If you enjoy cooking or baking, bake lots of Christmas cookies and share them with whoever looks like they need a cookie. Or, try a new recipe to make on Christmas Eve.

After doing my research I know I just need to be there and now I can make suggestions. Or partake in some of these activities and ask them to join me. I think the best solution for the holiday blues is to do something special for someone else.

Nancy Boardman
December 6, 2017

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. David Hardy, Dr. Joseph Little, Chiropractic Physicians

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Websites referenced: http://www.oprah.com/spirit/10-ways-to-beat-the-holiday-blues
https://daringtolivefully.com/beat-the-holiday-blues

Are you a Podcast Person? The Who, What, When, Why and How on Podcasts

You Too Can Be Podcast Person!

The Who, The Why and The When

If you have a smartphone or a computer then it’s very easy to join the podcast world. Podcasts appeal to me because I can tailor them to my interests with minimal effort and cost. With commuting between offices, 2 days a week I’m in the care for at least 90 minutes each day. As much as I enjoy music I decided to use that time more wisely. So I make phone calls, listen to audio books and lately I’ve really gotten into all different podcasts. On the days with the shorter commute, I’m listening to my music.

I don’t think I even knew what a podcast was in 2016.  I subscribe to many and really enjoy the wide variety of topics to pick from. I also listen to a podcast as I’m falling asleep 90% of the time I fall asleep within 15 minutes. Before I started my mind would go all over the place and take me longer. I listen to a podcast that I know is going to make me happy and something that I know will set my dreams in motion. Last night, I listened to Feherty and he was interviewing Justin Thomas. Which put my golfing dreams in motion, I got my first hole in one. I set the sleep timer to 30 minutes which means I usually need to go back and listen to what I missed the next night. The podcasts that I know I’m going to need to pay close attention or that I know will keep me awake I listen to in the car. Here’s how I got started, someone told me about a podcast called Road Trippin “, It’s a couple of players that started it from the Cleveland Cavs, I learned so much more about the team and all the players and they are very funny and always kept me laughing. After that, I was hooked and started to do some research. Here are my top podcasts that I enjoy.

The What

Good Life Project

 In his weekly podcast, author and entrepreneur Jonathan Fields picks big topics like meaning, happiness, purpose, creativity, confidence, and success. Fields’ curiosity means he gives his guests (who range from Brené Brown and Seth Godin to everyday people) space and time to dive deep.

The Slow Home Podcast

 So many of us are too busy, too stressed and too tired. Brooke McAlary’s podcast is the perfect antidote. She explores what can help us live a slower and simpler life, such as developing rituals for gratitude and single-tasking, meditation, screen-free bedrooms and frugal hedonism (yes, it’s a thing).

Straight and Curly

 It might sound a bit Oprah-esque, but if you’re looking to improve yourself and live your best life, then Carly Jacobs and Kelly Exeter’s podcast is for you. Jacobs and Exeter are self-improvement junkies who discuss the side effects of living a hectic life and offer tips, advice, and strategies to get your calm on. They present a personable, funny podcast with heaps of life hacks – a fresh one each week – from learning to say no to being more decisive.

Optimal Living Daily

While it has a plain title, Justin Malik’s daily podcast is anything but ordinary. A digest of what he calls the internet’s best content, Malik narrates blog posts (with permission from their authors) which mainly look at personal development, minimalism, and productivity. It could be a recipe for dullness, but Malik has skills.  He curates compelling and challenging episodes. With each coming in at around 10 minutes, OLD is a bite-sized summary of what’s now great on the web.

Crime waves: six gripping stories By Tim Walker

The true crime story it tells is both more concise and more conclusive than its podcast predecessor.

The Daily

Twenty minutes a day, Monday to Friday of every week, dropping shortly before 6 a.m., The New York Times‘s Michael Barbaro covers the essentials of “what you need to know today”. It’s a reassuringly consistent way to feel like you’re at least keeping moderately on top of things, and the show offers an inside track on scoops like Emily Steele’s Bill O’Reilly exposé, or Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush’s consistently revelatory White House reporting.

The How

  • Ask your friends what they’re listening to.
  • Search by topic to find the podcast that suits your interests.
  • You can subscribe to podcasts via platforms such as iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud, and PodBean.

Not sure how to listen to a podcast? Ask a “techy” family member or friend to help.  It’s easy!

Nancy Boardman
November 8, 2017

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. David Hardy, Dr. Joseph Little, Chiropractic Physicians
http://www.balancingyourchemistry.com

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