Recommendation of the Month

February Recommendation: Happify App

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Stress is a contributor to multiple issues including burnout, high blood pressure, job dissatisfaction, marital troubles, and poor diets to name a few. It is so pervasive it has its own description on webMD.com and a host of products have been created with the intent to help users decrease and manage their stress levels.

Worry, anxiety, and depression are commonly impacted by this emotion. What makes stress more than a health concern is while there isn’t a definitive cause, it’s ability to make an appearance in someone’s life is as predictable as breathing. Its effects can range from mild discomfort to debilitating.

2015 was the beginning of my search for a way to deal with the stress associated with trying to live up to the idea of Wonder Woman. I quickly realized that she was not the character I wanted to emulate and as a result, I went in search of resources which would increase my resilience while assisting me in maintaining a positive mindset.

One of the tools I discovered was a smartphone app designed to help users “overcome stress and negative thoughts. Build resilience.”  This was exactly what I wanted.  The website describes it as:

“Happify is the single destination for effective, evidence-based solutions for better emotional health and wellbeing in the 21st century.”

As it would the app is appropriately named Happify.  I used it consistently for about one year and then dropped off for a while.  This year I selected the word DISCIPLINE as my word of the year and having a positive mindset is critical to my success with discipline.  When I came across webinar announcements in my email which were sponsored by the people at Happify, I decided to reset my password and get back into the use of the app.  Since then I have utilized Happify each day and I have found myself remaining focused on positivity.

In writing this post, I discovered Cigna recommends the app as part of its Emotional Mental Health promotions.  Here’s the thing to remember about Happify, positive emotional health is something everyone can benefit from.  If you have goals you want to achieve this year, having mechanisms to deal with stress and frustration can be beneficial.

Happify allows you to complete a happiness assessment and then personalizes your learning tracks based on your results.  There is a Happify daily section which provides the user with access to articles on a variety of personal growth and happiness topics such as kindness, gratitude, mindfulness, love and relationships, stress reduction and more.  A few offerings for webinars include topics like:

  1.  How to Overcome Self-Sabotage and Stick to Your Goals
  2. Shift from Frazzled to Flow at Work
  3. Growth & Transformation After Negative Experiences
  4. Mindfulness in the Workplace: Build Clarity & Focus in Just One Minute
  5. Get Gritty and Achieve Your Goals

Finally, you can also access the Happify Social Community through the app.  The website offers access to science-backed articles.  The app and website are free – there is no harm in trying it but the benefits are worth it.

I am not receiving any compensation for this recommendation and as I have indicated, this is a tool I utilize and feel confident recommending.  If you are using the Happify app or plan to try it out, leave me a comment and let me know what you enjoy or don’t like about it.

Til next time,

“Instead of looking at the past, I put myself ahead twenty years and try to look at what I need to do now in order to get there then.” — Diana Ross

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Goal Achievement

Limited Time Offer from Marie Forleo B School

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This is a limited time offer which expires in about two days. Life Coach, Entrepreneur and Author Marie Forleo is currently registering participants for her B School program – Building a Business You Love.

As part of this promotion she is providing free access to four webinars with handouts as a sneak peek to what you can expect when you purchase her program.

There are only 2 days remaining. If you are interested, click the link and register/view today.

Til next time,

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” — Arthur Ashe

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Second 5K of 2019 Completed

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5K a Month Challenge #5Kamonth

I am pleased to announce I completed my second 5K race of the year and am now 2 of 2 towards my goal of one 5K per month. The race selected this month was the Atlanta Mission 5K Race to End Homelessness- Run in the cold for those who sleep in the cold.

Race entry fees will be provide one night of shelter to homeless individuals in the Atlanta area. This was another great cause which is dear to my heart and allowed me to give to a worthy group of people in need.

During the race I reminded myself as to the benefits of taking on this challenge and I looked down at the asphalt each time I felt like I wanted to stop and quit. I repeated this mantra- one foot in front of the other, one foot in front of the other.

Now this race gave me a little health scare towards the end as my heart rate escalated and I had a little difficulty recognizing that I may have been over doing it. My watch had no such issues with trying to alert me to slow it down but I didn’t pay attention. I did not use my inhaler but I was in need of water to help get me rehydrated. Just in time my hubby came around the corner to meet me and give me a much needed drink (of course he finished the race about 40 minutes before I did since he is a runner and I am a walker).

As I relayed my scare to him, he gave me that dorky look when people are trying not to say “duh” but want you to know the error of your ways. He couldn’t hold out for long and proceeded to remind me of the health benefits to the Apple Watch.

It’s amazing how far technology has come that a thing like a smart watch can help remind you to maintain a healthy lifestyle and remind you of things like breathing, standing and heart rates. Thank goodness for the tech geeks who created wonderful products which make exercising more tolerable.

Oh well it’s time to train for the next race.

Til next time,

5K a month

Weekly Wisdom

Motivational Minute: Our Deepest Fear

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Today I want to share a few inspiring words for those who may be struggling with a lack of self confidence. This post was inspired by a conversation with a friend about the availability of inspiring messages if we are willing to open our eyes and minds to view and understand them.

Here’s one example, I remember watching Coach Carter, a movie about a basketball coach who dared to teach his players the value of academics, personal respect and true teamwork. During the movie there is a scene in which one of the basketball players who has realized the importance and applicability of the expectations his coach demanded of them and he thanks him by reciting an inspiring passage. The passage recited is likely based off a quote from Marianne Williamson.

In case you don’t have time to review the clip, the quotation is as follows:

What is your deepest fear?

Are you playing small?

It is my hope that you liberate yourself from your own fear and give yourself permission to be a beacon of light for someone else.

Til next time,

We can always choose to perceive things differently. You can focus on what’s wrong in your life, or you can focus on what’s right.” – Marianne Williamson

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Motivational Minute: 3 Things to Do When You Feel Stuck in a Rut

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Welcome to the first full week of work in February 2019.  Last week you may have been blessed to enjoy time off to celebrate the Super Bowl with family and friends.   But now it is back to reality and back to work – whether for yourself or someone else – work never stops.  Even when you are unemployed, you still have to work – work at finding a job or work at your identifying what you want to do next.

I don’t know about anyone but it seems no matter how hard I try, there are times in which I feel like I am on autopilot and doing the same things over and over with no momentum. The only positive aspect of this pattern is that I can recognize it for what it is and take some type of action to move myself forward. BUT I remember when there was a time when I couldn’t. It seemed I was stuck in a rut and couldn’t get off the hamster wheel.

Today I want to share some wisdom from a few of the world’s great self help teachers – Iyanla Vanzant, Dr. Phil and Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith.  Courtesy of OWN TV, these notable coaches offer Three Things To Do When You Feel Stuck In a Rut.

The steps are relatively simple and their explanation of each step is worth giving three minutes and seven seconds to hear the teachings (3:07 viewing time):

1. Get a vision – Iyanla Vanzant

2. Create a starring role in your own life – Dr. Phil

3. Get out of your own way – Michael Bernard Beckwith

Til next time,

“You can start with nothing. And out of nothing, and out of no way, a way will be made.” – Michael Bernard Beckwith

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Ten (10) Quotes On The Power of Laughter

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I spent the weather holiday laughing with my baby Win watching a children’s show called Masha and the Bear on Netflix.  The show had minimal words spoken by Masha (a cartoon toddler little girl) who somehow communicates with her animal friends throughout the story.  The animals don’t talk but they always find a way to communicate and laugh together. Those animals helped me to laugh away my frustrations of life and with the negativity gone, it seemed a little easier to return to the tasks on my to do list.

As the week returned to its normal hectic schedule, whenever I needed a mental pick me up, I spent a few moments watching and listening to things which would make me laugh some of my tension away. A massage not bubble bath and wine was available so laughter became my choice of relaxation.

A few times I found myself turning back to kid entertainment shows and laughing until I had to remind myself that I was in fact an adult watching a kids show. Now I find myself looking for opportunities to laugh everywhere I go.

Laughter is after all proven to provide multiple health benefits. Help guide.org indicated a few benefits as:

  • Decreasing stress hormones
  • Increasing immune cells and infection fighting antibodies
  • Triggering the release of endorphins

Mayoclinic.org also details benefits as:

  • Increase of oxygen rich air
  • Relief of pain
  • Improved mood

With benefits like these, no wonder I am enjoying these silly episodes of Masha and the Bear, Are We Adobe Yet, and The Big Bang Theory. In case you need a little more inspiration, below are ten quotes on laughter.

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Quotes about the Power of Laughter:

  1.  “If laughter cannot solve your problems, it will definitely DISSOLVE your problems; so that you can think clearly what to do about them.” – Dr. Madan Kataria
  1. “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” – Phyllis Diller
  1. “Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.” – Lord Byron
  1. “An optimist laughs to forget; a pessimist forgets to laugh.” – Tom Nansbury
  2. “Humor is laughing at what you haven’t got when you ought to have it.” – James Langston Hughes
  3. “A day without laughter is wasted.” – Charlie Chaplin
  4. “Laughter is an instant vacation.” – Milton Berle
  5. “Laughter is America’s most important export.” – Walt Disney
  6. “Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.” – Bob Newhart
  7. “A person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused.” – Shirley MacLaine

Til next time,

“I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t laugh.” – Maya Angelou