Make March Matter – 12 Tips!

Make Choices That Matter!

Throughout this great adventure of life, we have countless choices.  The culmination of these choices has led us to where we are right now.  The decisions we make and the result of how we got there either lead us down a path of self-improvement or to become more independent.  Each decision has resulted in an outcome.  Often times these decisions come with great reward or great disappointment.  Choose wisely.  Make choices that matter!
After a recent bump in my road, I forced myself to make some difficult choices and forced to make some lifestyle changes that I was not ready to make.  I can either let the disappointment consume me and my thoughts, feel sorry for myself, or accept the challenges I must face.  I choose to let it lead me on a path of self-improvement.  I choose to move on and focus on God’s plan for me and my family.  I want to continue to focus on what matters most in my life.  I’m going to make March matter by embracing the changes in my life and continue to focus on growing from my choices.  The spring flowers begin to bloom, encouraging us that in each new day and with each new season we can grow.
Let’s make March matter!
Choose to Invest in yourself. Invest in yourself both physically and mentally so that you can move forward with a clear mind and a positive attitude. Make healthy choices. Physical activity and proper nutrition will be empowering.
Choose to invest in those around you. Choose to listen, love and encourage.
Choose Acceptance. Accept that you cannot control every outcome but that you can control how you respond to it.  Live in the moment and understand what it is teaching you.
Every day choose to focus on what is most important to you and your family and how you can move forward in a positive way.
Choose to surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you. Those you can talk to and work through your choices.  Let go of toxic relationships and invest in the good ones.
Embrace the moment and the choices that led you here. When something is good, recognize it.  When it is bad, recognize it.  Make a choice to appreciate the good and learn and move on from the bad.
Choose to live well. Take pride in your home and yourself, your car and you work space.  Clear the clutter, wear lipstick, go through the car wash and add your favorite picture to your office decor.
Learn to be content with your choices. There will always be unforeseen outcomes. Remember you don’t always have to know what to do, or the best choice to make, you’ve never been here before.
Choose how you show up. Your energy will set the tone of the room.  You can brighten someone’s day simply by smiling. Choose to give the best version of yourself.
Choose to give. Pay it forward. Helping others will, in turn, give you a sense of comfort with your choices.
Make decisions that you 100% believe in. Stand proud of your of your decisions. If you can’t, it’s probably not the best decision.
It’s up to you! Happiness is a choice too!
Choosing happiness is a choice we all need to make in the month of March!  I urge you to find beauty in the changing season.  Each day brings about new opportunity to live the best version of yourself.  I encourage you to make March matter.  Choose wisely.   Live your life with gumption and make meaningful, wise decisions. Not only will it matter for you but it will matter for everyone around you!
How will you make March matter?
Joy Vale
March 15, 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. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

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“11 Things To Appreciate About Spring.” Odyssey. N.p., 11 Apr. 2016. Web. 27 Feb. 2017.

13 Tips to Help You Make One of the Biggest Choices You Will Ever Make!

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Choose to Be Happy

Do you ever wonder why some people seem so happy? Do you think that those happy people must have a charmed life, or be super lucky?  Do you believe that happy people have no problems in their lives while you have so many?  Did you ever stop to think that those happy people actually choose to be happy?

That’s right!  People can choose to be happy, or people can choose to be unhappy.  All people have problems in their lives.  Some have a lot and some have a few – but we all have problems.  It’s just that happy people have learned to accept their problems and move past them.  They choose to be happy, despite their problems.

Choosing to be happy is not something most unhappy people can just wake up and do.  It takes practice.  It takes a conscious effort.  It doesn’t happen overnight. But there are ways to make it happen for you.  Here are some helpful tips from Jim Smith, The Executive Happiness Coach at Happiness@TheSpeedofLife.

THE 13 PRINCIPLES OF HAPPINESS

  1. BECOME POSITIVELY SELF-ISH

When you take care of yourself first, you build a foundation for stronger relationships with others, increase your capacity and reduce doubt.

  1. LIVE YOUR VALUES

Clearly identify and proclaim your personal values through the way you live and work.  You are more likely to spot opportunities when you know what they look like

  1. LIVE FOR LIVE, NOT FOR STUFF

Let go of possessions, roles, lifestyles that others and a marketing-hyped society impose on you; focus instead on what truly brings you joy.

  1. BE EARLY

Whether it is a project deadline, appointments or learning opportunities, get there early and watch your stress load decrease exponentially.

  1. BUILD RESERVES

Identify what worries you and work to create extra in your life, whether that is money, personal space or extra toilet paper in the cabinet.

  1. TOLERATE NOTHING

Continually find and get rid of all the little “stuff” which causes you friction and drains your energy.

  1. CHOOSE TO RESPOND

What happens is going to happen, regardless.  Accept constant, discontinuous change as reality and instead of reacting, respond with curiosity.

  1. STIMULATE YOUR DEVELOPMENT

Surround yourself with environments and people who continually challenge you, energize you and literally pull you forward.  Have adventures!

  1. PAY ATTENTION

When we are on auto-pilot, life just happens around us.  Look.  Listen. Notice.  The sunset in your own backyard is just as wondrous as the one at the beach.

  1. SIMPLIFY

Automate, delegate or eliminate tasks or goals that complicate your life.  Being content with simpler pleasures increases your opportunity for awe.

  1. SPEAK THE TRUTH

Stop playing games.  Recognize that though the truth may sometimes sting, it is the starting place for all progress.  Challenge others to see the truth.

  1. FOCUS ON TODAY

Waiting for something to happen “tomorrow” in order for you to be happy is like watching yourself in the mirror saying “You go first.”

  1. BE AUTHENTIC

Be yourself not somebody else. When the REAL you shows up, connections are easy.

Barb Schrader
February 15, 2017

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Go to Bed With Dreams – Wake Up With Plans!

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Wishing You All A Very Happy 2017 Filled
With the Best of Intentions.

in·ten·tion
[in-ten-shuh n]  1. a thing intended; an aim or plan.
“She was full of good intentions”

My Word for 2017 is INTENTION!  The New Year always brings about a new opportunity to invest in ourselves and the New Year ahead. This year, I am giving up on resolutions and planning my intentions instead!  Instead of deciding to do or not do this year, I simply am more intentional about what I do and how I spend each day! Rather than letting the day tug me along falling victim to whatever comes my way, I intend to make a plan that will motivate positive actions instead of reactions. I want to get back to and create a powerful mindset to face whatever comes my way!

Where do you want this year to take you? What areas of your life are NOT working?  What areas of your life are working?

Think about specific areas you want to work on to improve your life.  Write down your goals. Think about what you want to accomplish and how it will impact your life.  Make a plan to actively participate in your life.  It doesn’t mean that you have your whole life figured out, but it does mean having a purpose behind the things you do.

Below are 12 thoughts that have guided me in setting my intentions for 2017:

  1. Choose where you need to focus your intentions and set your goals.  Think about what matters most to you. Set goals that excite you. What specific areas do you want to work on to improve your life? What makes you feel refreshed? What will bring you a sense of peace, fulfillment, and contentment?   What will encourage and empower you? What makes you happy?
  2. Write your goals down in a journal so that you can reflect back on them or best of all check them off your list!
  3. Prioritize your goals.
  4. Next, devise an action plan and move forward every day.  But make sure to take it easy on yourself if things do not go just so. Let go of your fears and believe in yourself.
  5. Schedule small intentions into your daily life.  Choose to get up early and exercise or spend quality time with your kids.  Learn a new Language.  Master your job description or simply do something that makes you happy.
  6. Create a vision board to remind you to stay on top of your goals.
  7. Take time each day for yourself to devote to your intentions and goals. I personally like to think about my intentions as I settle down each night. I think it’s important to go to bed on a positive note. Give each day a 30-minute rule to focus on what is important to you and carry out 1 good intention.
  8. Start a bucket list.  List all the things that you would like to do or carry out in your lifetime.  Start saving part of your paycheck to go see the Northern Lights in Norway, make a plan to start your own vegetable garden or research your family tree.
  9. Check in with your goals each month. Stay organized, accountable and focused and don’t forget to celebrate your milestones.
  10. Set a 10-minute rule: Set your intentions for the first 10 minutes of each part of your day. Take the first 10 minutes of your morning to set your intentions for the day.  Take 10 minutes when you arrive at work to set your intentions.  Plan to face the day.
  11. Remember to keep it real with yourself.  Set long and short-term goals that are realistic.
  12. Be proud of every step you take toward reaching your goals.

This year my intentions will be a compass to my map, guiding me through whatever comes my way.  Anyone can follow a map, but if you are unaware of your direction you may end up in the middle of nowhere. Today I will focus on my passions! When we actively participate in our own lives, by setting goals and intentions, we face each day with a sense of empowerment, purpose, and direction. Invest in yourself.  Choose your intentions.   I urge all of you to go to bed with your dreams and wake up with a plan and chase them!  Choose to live a life full of your best intentions!

What are some of your best intentions?

Joy Vale
January 11, 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. Andrew Kender, Dr. Robert Nichols, Chiropractic Physicians

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FALL INTO A HEALTHIER REGIMEN: THE 30 DAY CHALLENGE

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Join us for a 30 day, 30 minute a day, health challenge meant to inspire an attitude of gratitude!

30 Minute Rule: Take a half hour a day just for yourself.

“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” – Eleanor Brownn

Fact:  Life is Hard

No matter how busy you are, I challenge you to take 30 minutes a day just for yourself. Go for a walk, plan a healthy meal or simply relax and recharge.  You’re not being selfish.  You need this time to focus on your own wellbeing!

No matter how hard we wish, there is no such thing as clear weather, calm seas and smooth sailing.  When I don’t take time for myself I go into survival mode (sleep, eat, work, repeat).  When I am mentally and physically drained I find that I stop making time for the things that bring me joy.  With the changing of the season, I’ve been inspired to challenge myself, my coworkers and you to 30 days of self-care.   The best way to make daily self-care a priority is to turn it into a habit! We are what we repeatedly do so why not develop positive habits that empower us and align with our goals. The 30-day challenge is a simple way to challenge ourselves to consistently implement a new habit in our everyday life until it becomes automatic.

Fall is all about beautiful changes and new beginnings. Let’s take the first step together to developing a new habit!   Below are a few tips on taking time for you which will leave you feeling empowered, healthier, and happier.  The list is intended to inspire an attitude of gratitude.

  1. Start with a gratitude journal and be sure to log your 30 minutes a day
  2. Pray
  3. Learn to meditate
  4. Create a vision board
  5. Get moving! Take a walk during your lunch hour or after dinner
  6. Practice something. Make time to challenge your brain in a new way
  7. Hit the road. Explore new places in your surrounding area or hometown
  8. Plan a healthy meal
  9. Wake up earlier
  10. Take a nap
  11. Watch a funny movie
  12. Take a long hot bubble bath
  13. Rest and I mean really rest. Just say no to social media, your chores and to do lists
  14. Go to the park and enjoy nature
  15. Stretch or do a bit of yoga
  16. Do something artistic
  17. Reflect on the now
  18. Watch the sun rise
  19. Paint your nails or do another small beauty treatment to feel a bit pampered
  20. Write a letter to someone
  21. Power up your playlist
  22. Develop a mantra
  23. Take yourself on a date
  24. Get some fresh air
  25. Practice mindfulness
  26. Spend time with your family

Whether you do something or you do nothing, take time out just for you.  You are worth whatever amount of time you take!  Please let us know how you feel at the end of the month!

Joy Vale
Patient Care Coordinator
October 16, 2016

 

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. Andrew Kender, Dr. Robert Nichols, Dr. Jessica Eckman, Chiropractic Physicians

www.balancingyourchemistry.com

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It, We Heart. “We ❤ It.” We Heart It. N.p., 02 Oct. 2016. Web. 13 Oct. 2016.

Ooh Joy – It’s Catchy! 25 Ways To Bring Back On the Joy!

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Feel Like a Kid Again

Shared joy is double joy – Swedish proverb

“When you choose joy, it makes you feel good, and when you feel good, you do good, when you do good it reminds others of what joy feels like and it just might inspire them to do the same!”

Have you lost your joy or just need a little more of it?  Often, we just need to be reminded to find joy in our journey. The root of joy is gratefulness. Having gratitude makes us joyful, and there is always something to be grateful for in our lives! Joy is a decision, a brave one, about how you are going to respond to life. Especially when we get caught up in the routine of it all.   Life can be stressful, monotonous, or downright painful.   Do not let the world make you hard or rob you of your joy!  If you find yourself missing the joy in ordinary moments, it’s time to slow down and remember to invest in the spare moments of your life. Invest in the people in your life.  Don’t’ just endure your life, enjoy your life!

I remember how simple and carefree life was when I was eight years old.  I remember when there was a thunderstorm outside, my mom would make breakfast for dinner.  All my worries went out the door when there was French toast for dinner!  I remember when I was ten years old, my sister and I would make blanket forts and hide away from the world if just for a bit.  My brother and I would go on great adventures in our backyard and compete to see who could build the biggest house of cards before it all came crashing down.   My best friend and I would put on our swimsuits and play in the puddles.  I want to feel that carefree again.  If just for a bit.

What brings me joy is connecting with the people in my life. I find joy most of all when sharing it with others. I find joy in those moments when all of my stress is replaced by only living in the present and having gratitude for being there. I want to laugh until my side hurts, I want to be silly and carefree. I want to find joy in the ordinary!  I want to enjoy the brief unscheduled moments of my life. I want to teach my kids to be grateful for what they have. I want to create lasting memories with my husband and children.  I want to create joyful memories for my children to pass on to their children. I want to have stories to tell my grandchildren. I have a great life, and I want to celebrate it. I want to reconnect with my inner child and let go of the stresses around me if only for a bit.  I want to bring back some of those carefree feelings!  Below are 25 ideas to bring back some of those joyful, carefree feelings:

25 Ideas to Bring Back Those Joyful Feelings

  1. Build a blanket fort with someone you love.
  2. Make breakfast for dinner and use extra syrup.
  3. Fill the back of your pickup truck with blankets and pillows and have a stargazing date.
  4. Go on a bike ride as if the first time without training wheels
  5. Catch a mason jar full of fireflies and use as a night-light. (Make sure to poke holes in the top.)
  6. Go on a picnic with those you love and pack all of their favorite foods.
  7. Run after the ice cream truck, buy your favorite flavor and skip all the way home.
  8. Have a water balloon fight.
  9. Finish an entire coloring book
  10. Play name that tune.
  11. Put on your swimsuit and dance in the rain.
  12. Enjoy a movie marathon in your Pj’s with someone you love.
  13. Make homemade popsicles.
  14. Run through the sprinkler and drink from the hose.
  15. Build a house of cards and blow it all down.
  16. Rest in a hammock with a great book.
  17. Shoot some hoops.
  18. Climb a tree and stay for a while
  19. Have a pillow fight.
  20. Lay in the grass and find figures in the clouds.
  21. Have a snowball fight and lie in the snow and make snow angels
  22. Play a game of Monopoly all the way to the end.
  23. Build a cozy fire and sip on hot chocolate.
  24. Pick flowers from the yard and brighten up a room in your house.
  25. Play the drums with wooden spoons and pots and pans.

So ask yourself…”What brings you joy?”Never forget your inner child.  Take time and be carefree again; eat ice cream while watching a cartoon, jump on the trampoline with your kids.  Stay up past your bedtime and read a story by flashlight. It’s never too late to connect with your inner child. Life is short. Always count your blessings! Be grateful. Be thankful.  Choose to have joy and don’t forget to share your joy, it’s catchy!

Whatever brings you joy, do more of it!  What brings you joy?

Joy Vale
September 4, 2016

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. Andrew Kender, Dr. Robert Nichols, Dr. Jessica Eckman, Chiropractic Physicians

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“10 Reasons Why Your Brother Is The Most Important Guy In Your Life.”Odyssey. N.p., 30 June 2015. Web. 21 July 2016.
#”12 in 13.” ‘Homegrown Hospitality’ N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Aug. 20

You Are Exactly Where You Need to Be!

“Life is not merely a series of meaningless accidents or coincidences, but rather, it is a tapestry of events that culminate into an exquisite, sublime plan…”

-Serendipity

Serendipity is one of my favorite words in the English language.  Also known as a fortunate accident.  Being in the right or wrong place at the right time. These are the moments of which we need to be mindful.  These are moments that add excitement, happiness and meaning to our lives!  We meet people throughout our lives, out of nowhere and under the strangest of circumstances.  I believe in fate and that people cross our paths for a reason either as a blessing or to teach us a lesson! I too believe that God has a divine plan for each and every one of us and these are the interwoven moments of our own beautiful tapestry called life.  Every experience, no matter how good or bad it may seem, holds within it a blessing of some kind.  Your goal is to find it! Every moment in your life has led you to this exact moment.  Everything that has happened in your life is preparing you for moments yet to come.  Trust the timing of your life! There’s no need to rush.  If something is meant to be, it’ll happen. In the right time, with the right person, and for the best reason. Never regret anything because at one time it was exactly what you needed.  These moments have molded you into the person you have become.  Learn from these moments.  Grow from these moments.  Live your life with intention and for goodness sakes, live it with Gumption!

Each day I strive to be a better person.  I genuinely want to make the world a better place simply by positively creating and contributing to my own space.  Each day, is a new day to wake up and embrace all the serendipitous moments!  Start each new day with a positive attitude.  Choose to look for happiness and the blessings in your life and focus on those.  The world is full of tragedy, hatred and inhumanity.  We can all rise above these obstacles, 1 day at a time.  It starts within ourselves. So love hard.  Have compassion.  Don’t be afraid of the truth, embrace it for what it is and what it is teaching you about life.  Accept the challenge. Stay true to yourself and choose happiness!

Sometimes we just need to take inventory of our lives and count the many blessings that we have been given.  We also need to ask ourselves, what is the Why behind everything that we do? Start living with intention instead of out of habit. Below are a few of the ways I choose happiness and to live my life with intent:

  1. Be grateful. Make a list of all the blessings in your life and appreciate them.
  2. Pay attention. Embrace the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Look for the life lesson it is bringing to you. Remember, it may not come easy but eventually you will find clarity.
  3. Make a list of your serendipitous moments to remind yourself of the tapestry of your life.
  4. Slow down. Remember, you are exactly where you are meant to be.
  5. Practice kindness. Do everything with a kind heart and expect nothing in return.
  6. Start each new day with a positive attitude. The energy that you give out will influence all of those around you.
  7. Stay true to yourself, keep focus on your vision and trust the process.
  8. Always remember that within you, you have strength, courage and passion.
  9. Surround yourself with people who are doers, believers, dreamers, but most of all surround yourself with those that see the greatness in you.
  10. Stay mindful, be present and actively participate in your own life!

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I would love to hear about your favorite Serendipitous moments!

Joy Vale
April 27, 2016

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. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

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“Serendipity =.” Facebook Quote Cover #42666. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2016.
“Love Quotes by 143-Love.com.” Love Quotes by 143-Love.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2016

Are You Structurally Sound? 5 Things to Consider

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Pillars of Health – What are Yours?

The pillars of health are a topic I was first introduced to me while in Chiropractic school.   I can’t even remember which author inspired the lecture I attended but it made me think about health in a different fashion.  Since then I often have to ground myself in concepts of the pillars and whether I am creating a structurally sound montage of health.

So what are the pillars of health?  It depends upon to whom you are talking.  The pillars of health are a guideline or philosophy to use in your everyday life to prioritize different aspects of health.  I have seen pillars of health anywhere from 5 pillars up to 10 pillars.  I’m quite sure there is someone else out there who has a number greater than 10 pillars; I just have not come across it.

Cameron Diaz in her most recent publication called Longevity Book talks about her pillars that have helped her succeed in aging well.  She lists her pillars as, “good nutrition, good body movement, good night’s sleep, stress, release, and meaningful, connected and loving relationships.”(1)  I recently saw her on Good Morning America and it was a little reminder I needed to ground myself back to the idea of my pillars of health and help my patients do the same.  I was able to recalculate and get motivated in some of the areas that I was lacking and make adjustments to correct and make my personal pillars stronger.

Dr. Andrew Weil explains his pillars of health as eating right, physical activity, normalizing stress, social connectivity, and spiritual well-being. (2)  He has a slight difference with emphasis on spiritual well-being, which plays a strong role in many people’s lives through expression of religion.

When you actually sit down and look at all the different explanations of the pillars of health, you begin to see that they all embody key concepts that deal with the very things that we all should be doing each and every day.  It is not my intention to try and reinvent the wheel and give you what I feel are the pillars of health but give you a list of things on which to focus to make sure you have the wisdom to build a temple supported by strong pillars.

  1. Understand the Concept of The Pillars of Health:  After reading this blog, you should have a general understanding of what they are.
  2. Review different authors’ pillars of Health:  Everybody explains things differently.  Review the world-wide web for various authors to become inspired and see upon what others are putting their focus.
  3. Create Your Own Pillars of Health:  Once you have established the key values in your life, write them down and remember it.
  4. Follow through:  Don’t waste your time if you aren’t going to follow through.  This is the most important because there is no sense in talking about it if you’re not going to be about it.
  5. Always Remember:  If you fall off the wagon or lose your sense of direction, it’s never to late to get back on track.  Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is the present and that’s why it is a gift-Unknown

So next time you hear someone speaking about the Pillars of Health, you can have a more detailed conversation about what it is you do and how you work on building your temple with strong pillars.  Don’t get caught in the rain.

God Bless,

Dr. Andrew Kender III, D.C.
April 17, 2016

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. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

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http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/cameron-diaz-explores-secrets-aging-book/story?id=38142508

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/VDR00138/Dr-Weil-Five-Pillars-of-Good-Health.html

60 Ways to Pay It Forward in 60 Seconds or Less

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Give without Expecting Anything in Return.

It’s Good for the Soul!

Say “Good Morning!” Leave a thank you note for your mailman.  End your email with a compliment. Start a piggy bank for a good cause. Share your blessings.  Have gratitude.  Give a helpful hand when you see someone carrying a lot of stuff.  Give up your seat to someone.  Be patient. Put down your phone and be present. Send a friend an old picture of the two of you together with a kind word. [Click to Tweet]  Leave a surprise so someone knows that you are thinking of them.  Call someone you love.  Add a note to their lunch box.  Tell them you love them with a lipstick note on the bathroom mirror.  Pick up trash you find along the way.  Donate blood.  Help someone loading groceries into their car.  Let a car pass in front of you and give a thumbs up. Write an “I’m thinking of you” note.  Tell someone that you appreciate them.  Pack their favorite snack.  Let someone know that they made a difference in your life.  Smile at everyone you cross paths with.  Let them sleep in.  Surprise your loved ones with their favorite hot breakfast drink.  Leave a nice comment on Facebook.  Hold the door open.  Send a thank you note through the mail.  Listen with your heart.    Pray for someone in need. Give a compliment to a stranger.  Compliment someone who deserves it.  Send a card to someone in the military overseas. Pass along a great book that you just finished reading.  Help a loved one with their least favorite chore. Donate old clothes to someone in need. Call an elderly relative.  Spread good news.  Agree to disagree. Give words of encouragement. Give a random hug. Leave an encouraging post-it note for a coworker.    Brush the snow off of someone’s car. Encourage a child to pay it forward in their own way. Visit a sick friend or loved one.  Plant a tree. Forgive mistakes. Celebrate something new every day. Bring hot chocolate to a friend who could use a pick me up. Leave a nice blog comment. Give the gift of music.  Be cheerful.  Draw someone a picture.  Feed the birds. Say “God bless you” when someone sneezes.  Give a wink. Be a positive person to be around. Let someone go ahead of you in line or simply ask them about the weather.

The entire chemistry of our body changes when we shift our thoughts, actions and words to ones of gratitude. [Click to Tweet] Gratitude for this life we are given. Small random acts of kindness is a great way to show your gratitude and to be thankful for all the good in our world. You never know how quickly you could change a moment by simply being kind.  I urge you to give intentionally to the moments in your life. I guarantee it to cause a positive chain reaction! So pay it forward, it’s good for the soul!

In keeping with my mantra, to live an intentional life, I choose to pay it forward!  I choose to be good to my soul!

How will you choose to pay it forward?

Joy Vale
February 28, 2016

www.balancingyourchemistry.com

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. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

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“Get Involved — Pay It Forward Day.” Get Involved — Pay It Forward Day. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2016.

3 Ways To Make Meditation Part of Your Morning Routine

Meditation   Meditation Can Actually Create More Time in Your Day 

Wouldn’t it be great if you could have just a few more hours in your day?  Time to spend with your family and friends?   Time to get to the gym (like you’ve been wanting to do for months)?  Time to do that remodeling project that’s been hanging over your head.  Time to read that book that’s been on your nightstand long enough to collect dust?  Or, just time to catch a few more zzzzz’s or watch the latest episode of House of Cards?  Can you really create time?

Recently, I attended a seminar hosted by Dr. Joe Dispenza, the author of Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, and several other books.  Friends who had read all of his books and been to his seminars recommended Dr. Dispenza.  Have you ever known someone who is so full of joy and positive energy that you want to just be in the same room with them in hopes of absorbing even a fraction of it?  My friends who recommended Dr. Dispenza are those kind of people. So, of course, I logged on to Amazon.com immediately, ordered Dr. Dispenza’s book and read it in 2 days.[1]   Dr. Dispenza’s story is remarkable but this is not an article about him or his book – just the power of what he (and others) teach.  Mindfulness and being present was not a foreign concept to me but the science behind meditation and quantum thinking as taught by Dr. Dispenza really appealed to my analytical mind.  It also fit well with what I know from a scientific standpoint from working in a doctor’s office.  I had meditated for about 2 months before attending the seminar and at the end of the seminar weekend, I knew I had found something that could change my life.

First, I’d like to clear up a few misconceptions about meditation – that it’s only done by artsy types whose wardrobe consists of lots of flowy clothing and who are flexible enough to sit Indian-style on the floor for hours.  People from every walk of life meditate.  From famous actors[2] to business executives like Oprah Winfrey, Rupert Murdoch (Chairman and CEO of Newscorp), and Bill Ford (Chairman of Ford Motor).[3]  Even “regular” people experience the benefits of meditation, like fireman, police officers and soccer moms.[4]  Recently, the benefits of and science behind meditation hit the news and social media when Dan Harris of ABC News made public how meditation changed his life. [5]  Moreover, you can meditate sitting upright in any type of clothing!  I admit though that my PJs are my favorite meditation “outfit.”  There are lots of other myths about meditation you can read about here.[6]

One of the biggest objections people have about starting a meditation routine is the same objection that pops up about lots of things that will improve our lives, like exercising, eating right, reading more, etc.  I don’t have time!  I get it and I’m guilty of making that exclamation about meditation and lots of other things.  But what I found out is that meditation creates more time than it takes.   How?

  • Meditation reduces pain, accelerates cognition, and sharpens your concentration.[7] (Click to Tweet) How much more time would you have if you had improved productivity because you had less pain, understood more and were super focused and able to concentrate? Meditation actually changes your brain structure!  In fact, every time you redirect your thoughts from where they may have strayed back to the where they should be (your breath or wherever a directed meditation might suggest), you are improving your brain’s plasticity.[8]
  • Meditation reduces stress. (Click to Tweet)  How much more time would you have with a sufficient reduction in stress levels to make every minute more efficient?[9]
  • Meditation enhances your creativity.[10]  Click to Tweet) How much more time would you have if you could quickly and creatively solve life’s little (or big) problems?Meditation increases energy. How much time would you have if you could buzz between tasks with limitless energy?

It makes sense, then, that if you meditate in the morning, you can draw on all of that “power” throughout the day!  So, how do you fit this into your routine?

  1. It’s been established that you now have more time because you are more efficient, productive and energetic. Voila!
  1. Buy yourself a good set of headphones, find a good guided meditation[11] and start with 15 minutes before anyone gets up. It’s your “you” time.  Believe me, your family will be more than happy to leave you alone when they meet the new focused, energetic and joyful you!  As Dr. Joe Dispenza says in his book, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, “if you want to make changes you need to change what you are doing.” (Click to Tweet)

3. Prepare your mediation site the night before. Put your headphones and media player by your favorite chair. Wear your pajamas, don’t brush your teeth or wash your face. Just get up, make your way to your chair, put in the headphones, press play and get ready for an awesome start to your day.

I hope this article will help you to understand the benefits of meditation and how to fit it into your morning schedule.  I will be attending Dr. Dispenza’s Advanced Seminar in the end of this month. I am so excited to see how I can take my meditation to the next level and create the life I want.   I’ll be back to share what I learned.

So, besides meditating, what are you going to do with all the time you have created?

Caroline Boardman
February 22, 2016

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. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians
www.balancingyourchemistry.com

[1] The book also has some exercises that take about 4 weeks to do.  I highly recommend doing them exactly as suggested.
[2] http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-meditate/celebrity-lists?format=SLIDESHOW&page=3
[3] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/05/business-meditation-executives-meditate_n_3528731.html
[4] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sharon-salzberg/meditation-practice-paradigm-shift_b_820138.html
[5] http://abcnews.go.com/WNN/video/dan-harris-meditation-path-happiness-22871879
[6] http://www.chopra.com/ccl/7-myths-of-meditation
[7] http://www.spring.org.uk/2013/11/10-remarkable-ways-meditation-helps-your-mind.php
[8] http://meditation-research.org.uk/2014/03/meditation-and-neuroplasticity-five-key-articles/
[9] http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/jobcenter/workplace/bruzzese/story/2012-07-08/meditation-helps-your-work/56071024/1
[10] http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/how-meditation-can-help-improve-your-productivity.html
[11] http://www.the-guided-meditation-site.com or http://www.topguidedmeditations.com or www.drjoedispenza.com

The Most Powerful Tool In Your Personal Toolbox

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Retrain Your Brain

Smile Your Way to A Better Life

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

We all have fondness for the grump: Grumpy Cat, Oscar the Grouch, Archie Bunker, Fred Sanford, Aunt [fill in the name of your family member]  and, of course, Scrooge.  They make us laugh (most of the time).  But, how effective are they in life?  Do you respond better to a smile or a frown?  Does your project or chore flow better when you are grumbling or smiling? This article is not intended to instruct you on how to live your life like Pollyanna.  There is real and scientific power in a smile. [Click to Tweet]

When you experience a positive situation, “neuronal signals travel from the cortex of your brain to the brainstem (the oldest part of our brains). From there, the cranial muscle carries the signal further towards the smiling muscles in your face.  Once the smiling muscles in our face contract, there is a positive feedback loop that now goes back to the brain and reinforces our feeling of joy.”[1]  In fact, “[s]miling stimulates our brain’s reward mechanisms in a way that even chocolate, a well-regarded pleasure-inducer, cannot match.” [1]  Smiling actually produces the same type of happiness as when you exercise “in terms of how our brain responds.” [1] Smiling creates a happy cycle:  when your brain feels good, you smile and when you smile, your brain feels good. [Click to Tweet]

Also, did you know that your brain keeps score?   “It knows how often you’ve smiled and which overall emotional state you are in therefore.” [1]

“Smiling reduces stress that your body and mind feel, almost similar to getting good sleep, according to recent studies. And smiling helps to generate more positive emotions within you. That’s why we often feel happier around children – they smile more. On average, they do so 400 times a day. Whilst happy people still smile 40-50 times a day, the average of us only does so 20 times.” [1]

At University of California – Berkeley, a 30-year longitudinal study  analyzed “the smiles of students in an old yearbook, and measured their well-being and success throughout their lives. By measuring the smiles in the photographs the researchers were able to predict: how fulfilling and long lasting their marriages would be, how highly they would score on standardized tests of well-being and general happiness, and how inspiring they would be to others. The widest smilers consistently ranked highest in all of the above.” [2]  Why is this important?  Smiling reduces stress-induced hormones that negatively affect your physical and mental health.

Have you ever noticed that people smile more often when they are around children? “Two studies from 2002 and 2011 at Uppsala University in Sweden confirmed that other people’s smiles actually suppress the control we usually have over our facial muscles, compelling us to smile. They also showed that it’s very difficult to frown when looking at someone who smiles.” [2]  In other words, smiling is contagious!

Did you know that you are “actually better looking when you smile[?] When you smile, people treat you differently. You’re viewed as attractive, reliable, relaxed and sincere. A study published in the journal Neuropsychologia reported that seeing an attractive smiling face activates your orbitofrontal cortex, the region in your brain that process sensory rewards. This suggests that when you view a person smiling, you actually feel rewarded.”[3]

To sum it all up:

  • When you smile, you look good and feel good.
  • When others see you smile, they smile too.
  • When others smile, they look good and feel good, too

So, how do you perfect the art of smiling? Practice!  It sound silly, but practice your smile in front of the mirror.   Developing a better smile starts with being very comfortable to smile a lot. [Click to Tweet]

Mother Teresa Smile
“We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.” – Mother Teresa

“So now, whenever you want to look great and competent, improve your marriage, or reduce your stress…or whenever you want to feel as good as when you’ve enjoyed a stack of high quality chocolate without incurring the caloric cost, or as if you randomly found 25 grand in the pocket of a jacket you hadn’t worn for ages…or when you want to tap into a superpower and help yourself and others live longer, healthier happier lives…SMILE :-)” [2]

I would love to hear your stories on the power of your smile.  Please comment below and share your happiness.

Caroline Boardman
February 17, 2016

www.balancingyourchemistry.com

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. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

[1] https://blog.bufferapp.com/the-science-of-smiling-a-guide-to-humans-most-powerful-gesture
[2] http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericsavitz/2011/03/22/the-untapped-power-of-smiling/#d7a171020d8b
[3] https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/cutting-edge-leadership/201206/there-s-magic-in-your-smile