The Happiness Side-Effect

There are several topics that hold a special place in my attention. Happiness is one of them. Most people don't realize how sensitive we are to so many things that nudge our happiness up or down. For example, something as basic as the amount of sleep you get has a huge impact on how happy you are. Sleep gives your body time to balance out your body and brain chemistry. Sleep helps you recover from a stressful day. And sleep replenishes the energy system of your body. When you don't get enough … [Read more...]

30-Day Challenge: Get Healthy

Have you ever said, "This year, I'm going to get more exercise"? How about, "My resolution for this year is to eat more vegetables"? Maybe you've said, "This year, I swear I'm quitting sugar!" Every year, we start out with such good intentions but it's so hard to deliver on the promises we make to ourselves, especially related to diet and exercise. And even if we slip back into our bad diet and exercise habits, it doesn't change the fact that we want to better ourselves by getting more exercise … [Read more...]

An Accidental Experiment In Elevating Happiness

Recently, I had an unusual experience. I was at work and, for reasons I could only guess at, instead of feeling the effects of too much gravity and too little sleep, I was completely alert and steady. I had plenty of energy and also felt a greater level of focus than usual. The odd thing was, I wouldn't have known that my level of focus (or my clarity of mind) was running higher than its usual level until I experienced this unexpected contrast. When something unusual happens, I like to … [Read more...]

The Astonishing Truth about Sleep

Recently, I had a short conversation with a co-worker at my day job. We chatted for about 3, maybe 4 minutes. But by the end of the conversation, he had the look of astonishment on his face. I could tell that our discussion was hitting him at just the right moment in his life and it was waking him up like splashing cold water on his face. The conversation went something like this: Me: So, how's your day going? Him: Pretty good, I guess. I'm a little tired. Me: Still not getting enough … [Read more...]

Motivation to Lose Weight & Exercise, Part 7: Summary

There's still a lot that is unknown about motivation because there are an infinite number of variables. But there's also a lot that isn't so mysterious anymore. What trips people up when starting a diet or trying to get regular exercise is often the same kind of things that get in the way of achieving any goal. This series is designed primarily to answer the call from so many people who ask, "How can I stay motivated to lose weight?" or "How can I finally stick to a diet?" or even, "How can I … [Read more...]

Motivation to Lose Weight & Exercise, Part 6: Exercise Strategies

Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later, and now it's come down to this. As if starting a new diet and sticking with it isn't usually hard enough, now it's time to talk about the "E" word. I know, I know, exercise is about as much fun as a root canal, right? Not so fast! Perhaps we've all been mislead? Maybe there's a better strategy for exercise, just like there is for starting a diet. In fact, there is! But before I jump into this, I want to put exercise in its proper context. Exercise … [Read more...]

Motivation to Lose Weight & Exercise, Part 5: More Diet Strategies

In the last article, I shared the No-Resistance Diet Strategy. If that's not the easiest way (ever!) to start a diet, I'll eat your zero-calorie hat. I think the benefits of starting a diet slowly are pretty obvious. I like to think of it as a way to start eating healthy by NOT eating healthy. Even though you're actually eating some healthy foods, you still get to have your cake and eat it too! This plan allows you to smoothly merge into healthier eating without feeling deprived, without feeling … [Read more...]

Motivation to Lose Weight & Exercise, Part 4: Diet Strategies

Before I introduce the easiest way (ever!) to start a diet and stay on it, I want to make something very clear. Your success in sticking to a diet to lose weight depends on how easy it is to keep yourself eating more healthy foods than unhealthy foods. That's common sense, right? But inevitably, you're going to face weak moments where you could give in to temptation and eat something you shouldn't. But why does this happen? The path of least resistance Imagine a river that's near the … [Read more...]