5 Signs You’re Happier Than You Think

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5 Signs You’re Happier Than You Think

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1. You’re not glued to the TV: The happiest people spend 30% less time parked in front of the tube, according to a University Maryland study.  The study analyzed 34 years of data from more than 45,000 Americans.  They’re more likely to spend time socializing, reading, or attending religious services–habits that are linked to better moods and health.
2. You keep souvenirs on display: People who use mementos or photos to remind themselves of good times better appreciate their lives and are happier, says Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at University of California, Riverside.  Good memories remind you of your “happiness potential” and promise that soon you can reach it again.
3. You make exercise a priority: People who exercise more are less likely to be stressed and more likely to be satisfied with life, according to Danish researchers.  Compared with sedentary people, joggers are 70% less likely to have high stress levels and life dissatisfaction, the study found.  Couch potatoes who start moderate exercise–the equivalent of 17 to 34 minutes a day–experience the greatest happiness lift.
4. You have a healthy love life: Physical intimacy is a key contributor to happiness, found a study by Dartmouth economist David Blanchflower, Ph.D., and Andrew Oswald, Ph.D., of England’s University of Warwick.  Married people report 30% more sex than singles, which may be one reason they also report being happier.
5. You hang out with happy people: Socializing with a cheerful person in your neighborhood increases the likelihood that you’ll be happy too, according to a new study.  How often you get together matters most, says the researchers.  People who live within half a mile of a buoyant buddy increase their odds of being happy by 42%..  If the friend lives further away (within a 2-mile radius), the chances drop to 22%–probably due to fewer get-togethers.

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Did You Know…salt

Eating out can slowly kill you.  A cardiologist recently told this store: I have an overweight, diabetic friend who’s a gourmand–he likes to dine out at fancy restaurants almost every night of the week.  He recently broke his leg and had to stay home for 6 weeks.  Just by cooking for himself, he lost 25 pounds and reversed his diabetes.  When you eat in restaurants, you forfeit control of ingredients as well as portion size.  Unfortunately, my friend is back to eating out again.  I tell him that if his health deteriorates, I’m breaking the other leg.

Quick Tip…

When eating out, you will consume atleast 1,000 calories and more likely 2,000-3,000!  If you eat out twice a day (even if it’s salads), you will consume 3,000 to 5,000 mg per sodium a day.  New ADA guidelines for sodium is 1,500 mg per day.  Choose a day to cook and make your meals for the week.  You can find great receipes on the internet.

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4 Feel Good Reasons to Consider Acupuncture acupuncture and arthritis

1. You have lower-back, shoulder, neck or knee pain: Acupuncture can help ease lower-back pain.  In one study, acupuncture proved almost twice as effective at relieving lower back pain as conventional therapies.

2. You get tension headaches or migraines: Research has shown that acupuncture can reduce severity and frequency of headaches when used on its own.  In one study, 47% of patients who received acupuncture reported a decrease in the number or days they experienced headaches by at least half.

3. You’re having baby making issues: Acupuncture proponents say that getting acupuncture can increase blood flow to the uterus, creating an environment that supports egg implantation while also reducing stress and depression.  The pregnancy rate for those who were given acupuncture treatment before and after undergoing IVF was 42.5% compared to just 26.3% for those were not given a treatment.

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Pilates Facts

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1.  Pilates was named after its inventor Joseph H. Pilates. Originally, the concepts of the physical activity were developed for injured soldiers were confined to their beds in an English hospital.  Pilates innovated a machine from old hospital bed and springs.

2.  Pilates represents the acronym of Proximal Integrating Latent Agile Toning Exercise.

3.  Despite some of the rigorous physical maneuvers/exercises of Pilates, it is not deemed a cardiovascular workout.

4.  A Pilates workout consist of systematic practice designed to sculpt and tone the body’s core through balance, breathing, stretching, and strengthening.

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Massage-Myofascial Release

massage and depressionMyofascial release has many well-known benefits, including reducing pain, headaches, and symptoms associated with fibromyalgia.  However, a secondary benefit for many has been lifting depression, decreasing inner anxiety and restoring a general calmness and joy in their life.

One possible explanation that seems to be related to depression is compression of the occipitalcondyles.  This type of compression can produce excessive pressure on the brain from facial restrictions that can cause cervical pain or headaches.

Myofascial release through the whole body, particularly balancing the pelvis, opening the spine, and releasing the occipitalcondyle area and myofascial techniques for the cranial area, can be extremely calming and therapeutic.

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