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Almost everyone must have heard the hit single “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin. The song has a very catchy way of conveying its message of being happy to everyone. Bobby McFerrin’s simple message surely made a lot of people happy – not just by the advice in the song, but also by the chirpy, upbeat, sing-along rhythm.
Living a happy, resilient and optimistic life is wonderful, and is also good for your health. Being happy actually protects you from the stresses of life. Stress is linked to top causes of death such as heart disease, cancer and stroke.
One of the most accurate things ever said is: “The only thing in life that is constant, is change”. In our life we have the power to make the necessary changes if we want to. Even if we find ourselves in an unbearable situation we can always find solace in the knowledge that it too will change.
Relationships and social networks are essential to happiness – and we’re talking here about real life networks, not Facebook! People are different, so accept people for who or what they are and you will get along much more smoothly.
Avoid clashes, constant arguments, and let go of all kinds of resentments. If arguments seem unavoidable still try and make an effort to understand the situation and you might just get along well with the most unexpected people.
To be happy is relatively easy. All it takes is a decision. Even in the worst situation, there is always something to be happy about if you look around you.
Abraham Lincoln observed that most people for most of the time can choose how happy or stressed, how relaxed or troubled, how bright or dull their outlook is to be. The choice is simple really: so choose to be happy.
There are several ways to do this.
Being grateful is a great attitude. We have so much to be thankful for. Our families, a wonderful dinner, the country we live in. Also, thank the mailman for bringing you your mail, thank the policeman for making your place safe and thank God for being alive.
News is stressful. Get less of it. Some people just can’t start their day without their daily dose of news. However, 99% of the news we hear or read in the media is bad news. Starting the day with bad news does not seem to be a sensible thing to do.
A spiritual connection is also recommended. Taking time to pray and meditate is a way to foster inner peace.
Laugh and laugh heartily everyday. Heard a good joke? Tell your friends or family about it. As they say: “Laughter is the best medicine”.
Express your feelings, affections, friendship and passion to people around you. They will most likely reciprocate your actions. Try not to hold on to pent up anger or frustrations; this is bad for your health. Instead look at what is causing them – it’s usually your own fear.
Working hard brings tremendous personal satisfaction. It gives a feeling of being competent in finishing our tasks. Accomplishments are necessary for all of us. They give us a sense of value. Work on things that you feel worthy of your time.
Learning is a joyful exercise. Try and learn something new everyday. Learning also makes us expand and broaden our horizons. It keeps us young and could also give us more opportunities in the future.
Walk and do other things that your body was made for. Feel alive.
Avoid exposure to negative elements like loud noises, toxins and hazardous places.
These are a few simple things you can do every day to be happy. It’s not so hard!
If you really want to lose weight, there are some foods you will need to avoid. I don’t mean that you have to resign yourself to never having cake again, because once you start thinking that you can never have a certain food again, you will immediately be craving that food!
I find it is much better to allow yourself to have the foods you love but, if they are not good for your weight loss program, you must limit the amount you eat. That way you will not feel deprived.
Luckily, you don’t have to memorize a big list of foods to avoid – I will make this simple for you and tell you to simply avoid the “white” foods.
What are “white” foods?
That’s easy – sugar, white flour, white rice and potatoes.
Sounds easy, right? Except when you think of it, probably most of the things you eat are made from one or more of these ingredients.
Take just about any packaged food in the grocery store and I can guarantee that sugar and white flour are in them.
Desserts, as you know are loaded with sugar and flour.
As you probably already know, you need to be avoiding desserts and sugary foods. I’m not saying you have to give up dessert all together, but instead of having it after every meal, save it for once a week or special occasions. When you do have dessert, have a couple of bites that you really enjoy.
If you are used to eating a lot of sweets, it might be hard for you to break the sugar habit, but once you spend a few days without sweets you will find that you actually stop getting cravings for them and it is much easier to avoid them all together.
When it comes to avoiding white flour, your main culprit is bread. Even if you eat those so-called “healthy” breads you might find the main ingredient is white flour.
You have to be really careful here and read the labels because you can easily be fooled by browner looking bread that is labeled “wheat” bread and made with white flour. What you need to look for is the words “100% whole wheat flour” on the label and make sure the first ingredient in the list is “whole wheat flour”.
You might also try using wraps or pita bread instead of traditional bread – just make sure you go for the whole wheat kind! Of course as a natural health doctor and chiropractor in Jacksonville Beach Florida, I always tell my clients that any grain should be minimized when it comes to losing weight.
If you like to have pasta or white rice with your meals, then you might think about switching to brown rice pasta or brown rice. These are much healthier options and brown rice is really very tasty.
When it comes to potatoes you really need to think about what you put on them and eat them in moderation. Yes, they can be healthy for you if they are baked and you don’t drown them in butter. But, they are very starchy and will raise your blood sugar so it is best to only eat a few mouthfuls and make sure you are having them in a meal with some protein and vegetables.
Now, you might be wondering why you should avoid these foods and the answer is simple – these foods (with the exception of potatoes) are all over processed and have the nutrients stripped out of them. Therefore when you eat them, you are loading your body with empty calories. These foods are high in the glycemic index which means that they will cause your blood sugar to spike up and then to drop leaving you feeling hungry again in short order.
If you would like to learn more about how you can get and stay healthy, go to davenpotnaturalhealth.com to sign up for my free Health Matters Newsletter.
As natural health care provider and chiropractic physician in Jacksonville Beach Fl and Ponte Vedra Beach Florida chiropractor, I see my job as educating, coaching, and nurturing my patients to better health and wellness.
Yours In Health,
Dr. John Davenport