Month: June 2009

How to Create More Happiness and Less Stress

by Dr Angel Adams, Dr Patricia Papciak

“Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt –

Image: A robin perched on a girl's hand

What is Happiness? It is defined as: the ultimate universal human desire to be in a state of well being characterised by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. What makes you happy? Does being with family members make you feel happy? Does walking in the countryside, holding a newborn baby in your arms, reading a good book or interacting with animals or birds bring you joy? And how can you make fleeting moments of happiness more enduring? What can you do to really understand and maintain a path to long lasting internal well being? What can you do to create a way of living right now where you wake up in the morning and you experience a joie de vivre and a love for humanity and a commitment to this beautiful planet we live in? Read more

Resolve and Be Triumphant

I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it.

I want to have lived the width of it as well.

– Diane Ackerman –

The definition of resolve is: to reach a decision with purpose: to bring to an end; to settle conclusively. When we resolve to do something, we put our minds to it in an effort to come up with the best possible path to our desired destination. We might resolve to do something ordinary like keep the house cleaner or get up earlier so that we don’t have to rush. Children might resolve to do their homework on time or to become more skilled at a sport. Others resolve to do something extraordinary. In fact, there is a phrase called Big Hairy Audacious Goal (“BHAG”), which originated as a 10-to-30-year goal for a team to progress towards an envisioned future. For example, Google’s BHAG was to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful, and Amazon’s goal was to make every book, ever printed, in any language, all available in less than 60 seconds. Read more

Creating Healthy Eating Habits in Today’s Society – What’s the Bottom Line?

by Dr Angel Adams, Dr Patricia Papciak

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

– Michael Pollan –

Image: Baby birds feeding – “Feeding the babies”

There is an overwhelming amount of research about food these days regarding what is good or not good for healthful living. It can be very confusing. It often takes the pleasure away from eating as one tries to remember all those numbers, weight, alkaline versus acidic, blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index etc. Parents often see these issues as their own issues and do not address the importance of food for their children. The latest studies reveal how many young people are over weight, obese or even suffering from diabetes. Others battle problems with anorexia or bulimia in an effort to keep up with modern trends in fashion and style. Conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) have their own associated dietary problems. Read more