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
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. Jessica Eckman, Chiropractic Physicians

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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
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, Chiropractic Physician

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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

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

Feel Like a Kid Again

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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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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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

To schedule an appointment, click here.

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

Slow Down – Happiness is Trying to Find You

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Slow Down and Take Time To Smell The Roses…

Slowing down is hard to do! I’m working on it.  I am a women always trying to do it all.  As a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and a women devoted to her career I continue to struggle with finding my balance.  I’m working on breaking the habit of being busy and live a slower more intentional life! I need to stop to smell the flowers…sing in the shower… say good morning to my neighbor… have lunch with a friend…take a different route home… watch the sunset…and make sure I tell everyone I love “goodnight”.  I want to take advantage of the small moments! I aspire to be a better person, to live in the moment and to appreciate life and all that comes with it.  After all, the happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything! [Click to Tweet]

Getting a great start to my day has been key to my slowing down and becoming more mindful in the moment.

Below is a sequence of Sun Salutations that I have incorporated into my morning routine.  By taking a few moments to invest in ourselves we will be much better suited to face the day.  So why not make the most of those first few moments of your day? Simply follow the sequence of poses, holding each pose for as long as it feels good.  Slowly waking your body, elongating the spine, getting the blood flowing, breathing deeply and working out the kinks.  Follow this sequence in a series of 3 or simply listen to your body each day. Maybe just start with one sequence and work up to 3 sequences a day.

I invite you to Slow down….take time to invest in yourself, others and those small moments…and let the happiness catch up to you. [Click to Tweet]

Yoga Pose 1 Yoga Pose 2 Yoga Pose 3
Tadasana                               Ardha Uttanasana               Uttanasana
(mountain pose)                  (half way lift)                         (standing forward bend)

Yoga Pose 4 Yoga Pose 5 Yoga Pose 6
Uttihita Chaturanga            Prep for Bhujangasana      Bhugangasana
Dandasana (plank pose)                                                    (cobra pose)

Yoga Pose 7 Yoga Pose 8 Yoga Pose 9
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana Marjaryasana                       Bitilasana
(upward-facing dog)          (cat pose)                              (cow pose)

Yoga Pose 10 Yoga Pose 11
Adho Mukha Svanasana    Balasana
(downward facing dog)     (child’s pose)

Joy Vale
November 11, 2015

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Sources:

“Stop and Smell the Roses: 5 Ways to Be Present Now.” ‘positively Present’ N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Nov. 2015.
Photograph’s of and by Ashleigh Vale, My Favorite Yogi.