Newsletter - Happiness is Silencing Your Inner Gremlin
Submitted On 2009-02-19

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* Happiness is Silencing Your Inner Gremlin * The Difference 7 Pounds Can Make * Take the New You Challenge! * Quote to Ponder * What is Important to You?

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FEATURED ARTICLE: Happiness is Silencing Your Inner Gremlin ***************************************************** What’s the loudest voice you will ever hear? The one that comes from within. Ever not accomplish something because you tell yourself I can’t? To that I respond with a quote from Henry Ford, “If you think you can or you think you can’t you are right.”

Change is never easy. To change means to do something different. You may ask yourself, but what if I fail? Failures I have welcomed. They are the wonderful lessons in life that make us experts the next time around. So for every step up the mountain we climb, we grow. For those who have successfully waged the battles to win the war in our minds, we finally reach the top only to see the larger mountain in the distance casting its shadow upon us. What does the voice inside tell you then? I say, now I want to go climb that mountain. In the words of Robert F. Kennedy, “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”

To be truly happy is one of life’s greatest pleasures. When we allow fear to hold us back from what we desire our behaviors can self sabotage our own possibility for happiness. It’s the Gremlin working its magic. What is the Gremlin? It is your inner critic – the little voice inside you that opposes anything new. Its role is to keep us safe and function as our protection mechanism. When we listen to our Gremlin we become rigid and hold ourselves back restricting us from being creative, resourceful and living life to our fullest potential.

The Gremlin originates from voices of authority such as a family member or even an old guidance counselor resonated from years past. The messages we receive may sound like, “you can’t do that, you are way over your head, or why are you dressed like that?” We tell ourselves, “I can’t get started until I…, I should be stronger, and I don’t have the answers.” What you need to understand is that the Gremlin is not you. Rather it is a voice that speaks to you. It is up to you to choose whether to listen or not. Our thoughts become our beliefs which in turn show up in both our actions and inactions – procrastination, perfectionism, and fear.

A world of opportunity and happiness waits. Silence your inner critic through visualization and compassion. First visualize what your Gremlin looks like and give it a name. This brings awareness helping you to identify it’s not you. It is the voice within you programming negative beliefs. Next ask yourself, what triggers my Gremlin to appear? When does it outshine you in your spotlight? Next diminish its power through compassion for yourself. Know that YOU know this stuff, YOU can do this. Why, because it is important to YOU.

As you push aside negative thoughts you will become more engaged with experiencing life through a renewed sense of self worth. You will find the path to happiness can take you down one of three directions:

Path #1 – if something is working in your life, keep doing it. Path #2 – when you know what works, do more of it. Path #3 – if what you are doing is not working for you break the cycle and do something different.

How? Start with your top five signature strengths. Incorporate these into your life and they will propel you down the right path. Dr. Martin Seligman, founder of Positive Psychology, directs his practice and research to the study of positive emotions and strengths-based character. His research has demonstrated that you can be happier regardless of your situation. To determine your top signature strengths visit and take the VIA Signature Strengths Questionnaire (a measure of 24 signature strengths).

I’ve spent years of my youth with an audio recording ringing in my ears that repetitiously played, “what makes you think… and why would you ever… “ Throughout my adult years belief in my Faith, love for self, friends and family I chose to have in my life who believed and supported in me, and relentless persistence have allowed me to overcome both personal and professional hurdles that make me who I am today. Each day I look in the mirror in peace and say I am grateful to be me. What about YOU?

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The Difference 7 Pounds Can Make ***************************** Did you know?

• 80% of men and 75% of women aged 65 and older diagnosed with heart failure die within eight years. • Excess belly fat increases your risk for other health problems: high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, high triglycerides, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. • Women with excess body fat are at higher risk of heart disease even if they don’t have other risk factors. • The American Health Association recommends healthy adults get 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week for conditioning their heart and lungs.

Did you know just a few extra pounds and little or no exercise can increase your risk of developing heart failure?

Physicians’ Health Study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, MA) reveal just that. Initially published in the American Heart Association Journal, Circulation (Dec 2008), the study was based upon “elevated body mass index associated with an excess risk of heart failure” and examined the impact of being overweight and physical activity on heart failure risk.

Spanning two decades, 21,094 American male physicians (mean age, 53 years) without known coronary heart disease, BMI (body mass index), vigorous physical activity level, and annual health surveys comprised the 20.5 year study.

• At the study’s onset in 1982, approximately 5% of the participants were obese and 40% were overweight. • Researchers defined vigorous physical activity level defined as “sufficient to break a sweat” and further defined physical activity as (1) inactive – rarely or never exercised vigorously and (2) active – vigorously exercised one to three times monthly. • BMI categories included: lean, overweight (BMI 25-30), and obese (BMI > 30) with a focus on borderline obese BMI of 25 -29.9.

At the study’s conclusion, 1,109 participants experienced heart failure. After adjusting for risk factors (i.e. high blood pressure, high cholesterol) findings revealed:

• A higher BMI increased heart failure risk in both active and inactive participants. • Modestly overweight participants had increased heart risk—a risk that increased with excess pounds. • Every 7 pounds of excess weight equated to an 11% increased heart risk in the 20 years. • Overweight participants had a 49% heart failure increase. • Obese participants had a 180% heart failure increase. • Active participants (one to three times per month of physical activity) experienced an18% reduction in heart failure risk. • Higher activity participants (five to seven times per week of physical activity) experienced a 36% reduction in heart failure • Vigorous physical activity was beneficial in reducing the risk of heart failure in lean, overweight and obese participants.

To conclude, whether you are seven pounds or 70 pounds overweight, the more you exercise, the more you reduce your risk for heart failure.

How much is enough? The American Heart Association recommends healthy adults age 18-65 should get 30 minutes of moderate level activity five days per week. Adults 65 and older or those aged 50 – 64 with chronic conditions or physical limitations need to follow additional guidelines provided by their physician.

Where to start? For those just beginning, walking has the lowest dropout rate of all exercises. The benefits to walking just 30 minutes a day include:

• Reduce coronary heart disease risk • Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels • Improve blood lipid profile • Maintain body weight and reduce your risk of obesity • Enhance mental well-being • Reduce the risk of osteoporosis • Reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer • Reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes

You weigh the difference: What have you got to lose? What have you got to gain?

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Quote to Ponder ************************* "What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

- Zig Ziglar

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