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8 Energy Zappers—and How to Avoid Them…


Call it a personal energy crisis. On the surface, your life seems full enough—maybe even too full—yet you’re running on empty. You feel stretched thin, stressed-out, drained.
Sound familiar? It’s an epidemic, as described in Boston-based psychotherapist Mira Kirshenbaum’s revelatory new book, The Emotional Energy Factor. The most common complaints Americans bring to our doctors, she says, are: “I feel tired all the time,” and “Why do I feel so blah?” Once possible physical causes of fatigue have been ruled out (a crucial first step), many doctors diagnose mild depression and reach for the prescription pad. But is this really depression—or just depletion? And why do some people always have energy?

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Easy secrets for body confidence

Easy secrets for body confidence

By WeightWatchers.com


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Not happy with your reflection or brimming with body confidence? Unsurprisingly, you’re not alone. But sadly there are too many women are embarrassed with their bodies and giving their figure the thumbs down. New research from the University of Queensland shows that about 80% of Australian women are unhappy with their body image.

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31 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Exercise from Zen Habits…

From zenhabits.com


“80 percent of success is showing up.” – Woody Allen

Post written by Leo Babauta. .

How do you find motivation to exercise when you just don’t feel like getting off your butt? I ask myself this question every now and then, and I have the feeling I’m not the only one.

A few weeks ago, I wrote 4 Simple Steps to Start the Exercise Habit … and the fourth and final step was to add motivation as needed until the habit sticks. This post is to help you with that fourth step.

There are a million ways to motivate yourself to exercise, actually, but these are a few that have worked for me. And trust me, I’ve had days when I’ve struggled with exercise. Most recently, the things that have helped include finding a workout partner (one of the best motivators!), logging my exercise, reading magazines, books and websites, and rewarding myself.

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One More Reason To Smile…


We know, it’s morning. Asking you to smile before your AM coffee is as preposterous as asking you to do a triple back flip for the gold right now. But you may be surprised — even a fake smile can go a long way.

In a happy happy study that’s about to appear in the journal Psychological Science, researchers have found that smiling — any kind of smile — is a sure way of reducing stress.

Doctoral student Tara Kraft and Sarah Pressman, Ph.D., of the University of Kansas, grouped 169 university students and gave them facial expressions training, reportsPsychCentral.com. You know how there’s a the genuine, warm smile that wrinkles up the sides of your eyes and then there’s the pretentious, stiff kind that only works the muscles around your mouth? In this particular case, chopsticks were involved to help create both.

The students were divided into three groups — those whose chopstick gave them a neutral facial expression, those who were made to have a standard grin, and those with a Duchenne smile (that’s the scientific warm for “real smile.” Go figure). “Chopsticks were essential to the task because they forced people to smile without them being aware that they were doing so,” explains PsychCentral.com. “Only half of the group members were actually instructed to smile.”

The happy hippos then had to engage in stress inducing activities, fun stuff like drawing with their non-dominant hand through a mirror (aah!) and sticking their hand in an ice bucket (then again, in this weather…). Throughout the whole thing they had to A) keep the chopsticks in their mouths, B) their heart rates were monitored, according to TheAtlantic.com.

The results confirmed what we’ve all learned from years of fake smiling to our frenemies: any kind of smile is good for you, your social status, and apparently your heart. Those with the neutral facial expression were most stressed out (was it perhaps because everyone around them had chopsticks holding up their lips?!), those with regular, lame grins had lower heart rates (meaning less stressed), and those with the sweet, natural Duchenne smiles did best and were most relaxed.

“The next time you are stuck in traffic or are experiencing some other type of stress you might try to hold your face in a smile for a moment,” Dr Pressman told Telegraph.co.uk. “Not only will it help you ‘grin and bear it’ psychologically, but it might actually help your heart health as well.”

The lesson we should all take from this? Smile. Even right now, even before your non-decaf, extra foam, skim soy latte. It’ll make the day that much easier.

From: theblush.com

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Getting to Know Yourself by Looking at Outward…

post by Art Decker.


“Getting to know yourself” has become a billion-dollar industry. Self-help books have carved quite a niche out of it. Myers Briggs and countless others reap quite a profit every year from people like me who hope to “find themselves” by plugging some information into a magic formula and then expecting to look over to the other side of the equation to discover who we really are. But is it really that simple?

All the fuss got me to thinking that the whole self-evaluation thing is maybe a tad overrated. And that if you are finding it difficult getting to know yourself, then maybe the answer just might be to start looking outward instead of inward. In other words, perhaps some of the time we spend reflecting could be put to better use living and engaging.

“In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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