One day while meandering through the Brooklyn College bookstore I discovered a book on the practice of yoga. As I read that book, gleaning various breathing techniques and dynamic postures, something clicked. I learned to stretch and move through space while deepening my breath and gradually becoming more skilled at slowing down. [click to continue…]
“Mindful” exercise, walks or workouts are flow activities. They create a shift in consciousness through physical activity. Think of physical activity not just as a way to stay fit or look better, but as a sacred time for you to devote away from the pressures of everyday life. Your body needs to be exercised and your mind and spirit need to be rejuvenated – all of which can be accomplished in taking a mindful walk, yoga or Pilates class, a bike ride, swim, dance class or a multitude of other forms of exercise. [click to continue…]
The Activites of the Happiest Women
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Some of the activities of the happiest women include:
The happiest women surround themselves with loving family and friends. In general they spend the least amount of time alone.
They do not measure themselves by other people’s standards.
The happiest women get immersed on a regular basis in flow activities. Flow activities are projects or interests that occupy the mind in such a deep way that we lose track of time.
Painting, writing, yoga, dancing, working, gardening or just being with friends are all great examples of flow activities. It is best when these activities are integrated into one’s daily routine.
Happy women pursue personal growth and intimate connections throughout their lives.
The happiest women also know or learn how to forgive readily.
What are one or two things you can do to add to your happiness factor?
I have found in my work as a psychologist that to bring more joy into your life, you need to foster you relationships by connecting regularly with friends and family members.
Choose to be with people who lift your spirits and are not the ones who bring you down.
It may require some time and energy on your part to initiate a new relationship or strengthen an existing one. Either way you are guaranteed to feel happier by being proactive.
Eleanor Roosevelt said: Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.
Happiness is a result of living a life filled with loving relationships and flow activities.
The best part is that you are having fun while boosting your sense of connection and well-being.
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Thanks for joining me.
With love and inspiration,
Please share your comments about what brings joy and happiness into your life.
Only in recent years have we come to understand the positive effects of exercise on the brain and mental health. Exercise is also good for one’s physical health. Reduced body fat, stronger muscles, bones, and heart, and lower blood pressure are among the benefits. It also helps us look and feel healthier and fit.
During exercise the levels of neurotransmitters – the “feel good chemicals” serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine – increase. Exercise, therefore, has powerful antidepressant properties. In a study conducted at Duke University researchers found that 60% of the participants who exercised for 30 minutes 3x week over a four week period successfully overcame their depression without the use of antidepressant medication. This is the same percentage as people who benefit from taking antidepressant medication. This is not to suggest that people stop taking medicine for depression, but it does suggest that exercise would significantly help in the management of this prevalent psychological disorder. [click to continue…]
Create a practice of physical activity and reap the benefits:
- Improve energy level
- Burn more calories at rest
- Improve physical appearance
- Tolerate stress better
- Recover faster from injuries and surgeries
- Stay focused longer
- Increase lean body mass
- Build endurance and flexibility
- Decrease risk of illness
- Key to balance and happiness
Practice daily for 10-30 minutes or more