Two Minutes to Being More Happy

Two Minutes to Being More Happy

Happy FacePeople who are more happy experience 23% less stress, 39% better health, 31% more productivity, and 34% more positive social interactions. That’s the summary claim supported by several years of so-called “happiness research.” I just discovered this body of research, and it’s pretty exciting.

You might think, “Of course I’d be happy if I had less stress, better health, and positive social interactions.” But that’s just the opposite of what this research shows. It’s the order of things that becomes important. It’s not that success creates happiness. Rather, happiness leads to success! Happiness comes first, and the less stress, better health, increased productivity, and more positive social interactions follow as a result.

Happiness in this research does not simply mean “superficial pleasure.” It has much more to do with joy and meaning. Shawn Achor (author of The Happiness Advantage) has studied happiness levels among people in over 45 countries, from wall-street executives to displaced farmers in Zimbabwe. What was amazing is that he found no significant difference in happiness based on people’s external circumstances – rich or poor, healthy or sick, young or old. The “outside world” in which one finds oneself only explains 10% of how happy someone is.

The other 90% of happiness is dependent

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Your Prescription for a Healthy Body Mind and Soul

Your Prescription for a Healthy Body Mind and Soul

[guestpost]This is an excerpt from the first chapter of Dr Carol’s book Live Healthy, Live Whole. At the end of this post, find out how you can get a copy at a significant discount![/guestpost]

2 Girls WalkingTwo little girls were walking together to school one beautiful spring morning. They were enjoying the beautiful flowers and the crisp, fresh air. Everything was right with the world as they sang, skipped, chased butterflies, and picked a few flowers.

Suddenly they realized that they had taken so long enjoying the flowers that they were going to be late for school. Soon the bell would ring, and they would be marked tardy. Not wanting to get in trouble, the first little girl said to her friend, “Let’s kneel down right here and pray.”

“No,” her friend answered quickly. “Let’s run while we pray!”

I want to help you learn how to run while you pray.

3 Groups of People

Some people mostly run. We’ll call them Group A. They study about health, read food labels, and count calories. They know how many steps (or miles) they walked today and how close they are to their weight goal. Their medicine cabinet is full of vitamins and supplements. They’re always looking for a checklist or program to make their home life better. They orchestrate everything in their life and marriage—sex, date night, Bible study, church attendance.

And they’re tired. Something still isn’t working, no matter how hard they try.

“I know the answer!” says Group B. “You need to pray.” Now, it’s good to pray. About everything. But praying is about all Group B does. They start with praying for the doctor to find the magic pill to cure them, or the pastor to “fix” their husband. They have lots of problems: multiple medical issues, frequent emotional ups and downs, and a miserable marriage. If only God, or anybody else, would help!

And they’re frustrated. Nobody will fix them. Not even God. Sigh.

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A Look Inside Dr Carol Ministries

A Look Inside Dr Carol Ministries

Sneak PeekDear Friend,

This time I’m just writing to you as a friend. I want to give you a look inside at a few things going on with us, and hope you become excited as we are! Every now and then God stretches you, and it’s our job to be ready to grow.

Before I get to that, I want to say a huge Thank You to those of you who responded during the past couple weeks to my request to hear from you. I’ve spoken with a number of you by phone, and with more of you online. THANK YOU for sharing bits of your story, your challenges, your hopes and dreams, and the parts of your life where you see God working. You’ve encouraged, stimulated, and impressed me. And for some of you I’ve had to struggle to not shed a few tears.

And by the way, I’m still eager to hear from you. You can send me a confidential message by hitting “Reply” to this email, or use the Contact Us page right here.

So, now for a bit of that inside peak I promised:

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3 Ways to Start Your Day Right

3 Ways to Start Your Day Right

Good MorningHave you ever wished you could go back and start your day over again? You’re frustrated, irritable, and nothing seems to go right. If only you could go back and re-do those first few minutes. Problems can crop up any time, but if you start your day right it surely increases the chances that the rest of your day will be positive.

The routine has become a cliché in today’s busy world: get up late, grab some coffee, skip breakfast, skip almost everything, and slide into work frazzled and distracted. You may have snapped at your spouse or your kids in the mad morning rush. And then it takes you an hour or more to begin getting any real work done. Your family, your boss, your coworkers – hey, YOU! – aren’t getting your best when your day begins that way. And we haven’t even mentioned God yet. Doesn’t He deserve something?

If you plan ahead, you can start your day right in just a matter of minutes. No, I don’t do it perfectly. But when I do these things, the rest of my day certainly goes better. And it will for you too.

3 Super-Starters for your Day

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6 Steps to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

6 Steps to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

Prevent Alzheimer's DiseaseYou probably either know or know of someone who developed dementia as they got older. Alzheimer’s disease – the most common form of dementia – is feared by more adults than any other disease except cancer. But dementia is not inevitable. While you may not be able to guarantee how your mind will function in the future, there’s much you can do to effectively prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

“Senior moments” may lead many middle-aged individuals to worry if these are early signs of dementia. Forgetting where you left your keys or missing an appointment because you forgot can be scary. It’s reassuring to know that most people experience such “senior moments” as they get older, and only rarely do these indicate impending dementia. There’s no need to worry unless these are accompanied by other more serious symptoms, or they begin to affect your daily functioning. Other people who know you well can also provide feedback; if your spouse notices a personality change, or if your coworkers are concerned that you’re no longer doing your job adequately, it’s time for further evaluation.

Alzheimer’s disease is a complex disorder involving the death of brain cells. Tangles involving the neurons in the brain, deposits of abnormal proteins such as amyloid, and other specific changes all contribute to this cell death. As more brain cells die, the remaining brain cells eventually become unable to pick up important functions such as memory, communication, and judgment.

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