Powerful News For THE HAPPY PEOPLE!!!! Proof Of Benefits From Doing Meditation!!!!

GOOD NEWS for the members of THE HAPPY PEOPLE who use Meditation as one of their paths to a HAPPY Lifestyle!!!!!

The regular practice of the right type of Meditation appears to be beneficial to the immune system, according to new research by scientists in Spain.

People who practise Meditation were found to have higher levels of leucocytes and lymphocytes in their blood than people who don’t meditate, in the recent study. Leucocytes and lymphocytes are white blood cells which play an important role in the body’s immune system by fighting infection.

Researchers at the Hospital in Badajoz, Spain, set out to evaluate the immune systems of people who Meditate.

The scientists studied who had practised Meditation..

The white blood cells of the Meditaters were compared to those of a control group of healthy adults aged 22 to 35 who had not previously done any meditation.

None of the individuals involved in the study were undergoing medical treatment or were obese or played regular sports. All participants followed a Mediterranean diet.

After analysing blood samples taken from both groups, the study found that those who practised Meditation had higher levels of lymphocytes and leucocytes than those who did not. They also had higher levels of Natural Killer cells – cells which combat viral infections and tumour formation.

The researchers concluded: “The technique of meditation studied seems to have a significant effect on immune cells. This effect shows itself in the different circulating levels of lymphocytes analysed.”

The researchers are not certain why Meditation works in this way, but suggest it might be due to the reduction of overall stress levels that the right type of Meditation causes

The researchers said:  “A number of researchers have shown that the right type of meditation can improve immune functions. Our results agree with previous studies that have been done.”

These previous studies on the effects of Meditation on the body showed that it was “an easy form of physical and mental relaxation.” They pointed out that the studies have shown that all people practising Meditation show increases in the good hormonal concentrations, low levels of anxiety and depression, and improved levels of health.

Depression Not Poverty Kills Happiness!

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Shiny Happy People II (Photo credit: s.o.f.t.)

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happy kid from Iran (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Happiness And Money
If you want to be Happy, having money isn’t the most important thing. Depression is the main cause of  unhappiness and not a lack of money.

How much money you get only has a small direct affect on on how happy you feel. According to Lord Richard Layard, of the London School of Economics, in an article in the Metro. Some quotes from the story are given below in italics:

Metro: Size of salary has only a small effect on our overall wellbeing, according to a report which claims to offer the first complete snapshot of the nation’s happiness. Income matters but it’s not the only thing that matters,’Poor mental health can reduce life expectancy at the same rate as smoking – is highlighted as one of the biggest issues affecting the nation’s happiness.

As I have said, in many, many articles, Depression, not poverty, is the enemy of true Happiness. Some people are rich and unhappy, others are poor but happy. To put it another way, some people are rich AND depressed. Please don’t misunderstand me. I’m NOT saying that you should be poor if you want to be happy. The aim of The Happy People is to never be depressed AND have money. And these are two different aims. At present, we are working on getting rid of depression and building up Happiness.
There is been lots of studies of poor countries where the people are very happy. More so than in the rich countries. These studies show different areas of life, rather than wealth, which can produce much happiness.These people do not get depressed about their poverty. You can use these areas to make improvements in your mental health BUT money, used the right way, can also bring lots of Happiness.
You must always be working on ways of building up the amount of Happiness in your life AND the amount of money in your bank account.

Children And Happiness 

Metro: And ‘emotional health’ in childhood is singled out as the most important factor in adult wellbeing.‘It has a major influence on children’s subsequent success – their relationships, physical health

I take it that by this they are talking about children having  ‘a happy childhood’. If you consider yourself one of The Happy People, and I cannot emphasise this enough, you have the sacred duty to make sure that EVERY child that you are hear of, know or are responsible for is protected from abuse, nurtured to full healthy development and is Happy. There must be no weakening on this. It is your full duty and fully affects your KARMIC balance more than anything I know of. A depressed child is a sin against nature. KARMA knows what you should do and what you fail to do. if you truly want to be one of The Happy People, don’t fail this duty.

Metro:  and whether they can get a good job,’ said Lord Layard. The Measuring National Wellbeing report was ordered by the government. New data will be collected each year and taken into account alongside traditional economic measures of prosperity.

They said this last year but I’ve seen no evidence, have you?

Metro: Lord Gus O’Donnell, of the Cabinet Office, said the new approach could ‘revolutionise’ policy-making – but work was needed to turn the report’s findings into practical ideas.

This blog has 300 articles. All full of good, practical ways to be Happier. Don’t wait for the government. Start to study the articles NOW!  LOL!

Back soon, Love,Peace and Happiness,
Tommy

Here is a link to the original Metro story:   http://tinyurl.com/a88fs5j

Happier, Smarter And Fitter? Here’s How!

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smiley happy people (Photo credit: madhavaji)

Who Wants To Be Happier, Smarter And Fitter!
The Happy People already know about this stuff but it is nice to know that the experts are proving it to be true. Here is a great article about it. There is a link to it at the bottom of this post. Make sure that you read it. If you are not already one of the Happy People, it could get you started on a new life. It could make you HAPPIER, SMARTER and FITTER. And you’d like that, wouldn’t you? Of course you would! That’s the great thing about doing this stuff. It’s so much fun once you get started.
I don’t think anybody really needs any help about how to get started doing light exercise. (If you are not already exercising, you should start off on a light routine) But perhaps you may like to know how to become one of The Happy People?
Would You Like To Be One?
Here are three great arguments for being one.
1) It’s EASY
2) It’s FREE and
3) You will become HAPPIER person!
Three great reasons, aren’t they? I can’t think of better ones, can you? LOL!
Here’s How To Be One
Just decide to be one! LOL! That’s how easy it is. You are now one of us but now you must behave in certain ways. You must start thinking, talking and doing things in a new ways. Happiness is often a choice and you must learn how make that choice. You will learn how by studying this blog and  by exploring the material that is published there or recommended (such as this article)
Here are sections from the article plus my comments in italics:

 Happier, Smarter And Fitter

You already know that exercise will help improve your fitness level, can reduce your risk for chronic disease, and can help slim your waistline. But did you also know that getting the recommended amount of daily physical activity may also make you smarter and happier?

ME:  The Happy People know that.

Three studies add to the multitude of research that proves you really should make time in your busy schedule for at least 30 minutes each and every day.

ME:  30 minutes is a longish stretch. Make sure you keep it light, as I said above. Three 10 minutes sessions a day is a good way to start. I won’t go on about it because there are beginners’ exercise programmes everywhere. I only mention it because so many beginners overdo it.START OFF LIGHT! 

William Killgore PhD and Zachary Schwab BS, of the McLean Hospital at Harvard University, asked 25 healthy adult men and 28 women from the Boston area to report on their weekly exercise habits and then take a test known as the Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence. At least for the women surveyed, those who exercised more frequently each week had higher intelligence scores.
“Overall, these findings suggest that physical exercise is significantly related to relatively stable intellectual capacities among healthy adults,” the authors wrote in the journal Perceptual and Motor Skills.

While in this small study, the relationship between physical exercise and measured intelligence was most evident for women, there is no reason to believe that men would achieve similar mental benefits from putting in a workout each day.

ME:  Other  bigger reports show that men do achieve similar mental benefits from a workout each day. 

Another recently released study found that people who exercise may be better protected from age-related changes in the brain, particularly for elderly adults. Participants in a study published by the University of Edinburgh found that people over 70 who exercised regularly showed less brain shrinkage over a three-year period than those who did little exercise. Brain shrinkage is linked to problems with memory and thinking.The researchers found that in the brain’s white matter – the wiring that transmits messages through the brain – was less damaged in those who exercise. Additionally, grey matter, the part of the brain with nerve cell bodies, was also greater in volume.

ME: More good news. There are lots of my blog posts covering this.

Dr Alan Gow of the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology who led the research, said, “Our results suggest that to maintain brain health, physical activity may be more beneficial than choosing more sedentary activities. Increasing physical activity – even a short walk each day – can only be encouraged.”
Professor James Goodwin, Head of Research at Age UK added, “This research re-emphasizes that it really is never too late to benefit from exercise, so whether it’s a brisk walk to the shops, gardning or competing in a fun run it is crucial that, those of us who can, get active as we grow older.”

ME:  Again, I repeat, it is very important for beginners to start off light!

Not only will that boost in activity help your brain stay young and active, it can also lift your mood after a hard day. Researchers with Penn State found that exercise really does make people happier.

Jaclyn Maher, a graduate student in kinesiology, studied men and women between the ages of 18 and 25 – a period in life when people appear to be most dissatisfied. “”Emerging adults are going through a lot of changes; they are leaving home for the first time and attending college or starting jobs. As a result, their satisfaction with life can plummet,” explains Maher.

The participants were divided into two groups who made diary entries either every eight days or every 14 days. The volunteers were assessed for their personality and took questionnaires asking about happiness levels and life satisfaction. They also reported on physical activity levels during the study period.

“We found that people’s satisfaction with life was directly impacted by their daily physical activity,” said Maher. “The findings reinforce the idea that physical activity is a health behavior with important consequences for daily well-being and should be considered when developing national policies to enhance satisfaction with life.”

ME:  So the people who were tested were in a highly stressed out stage of their life and it worked for them. People who are not under so much stress as these students would be  would get even better results. Please note that by ‘enhance satisfaction with life’ they mean felt happier! LOL1

“Based on these findings, we recommend that people exercise a little longer or a little harder than usual as a way to boost satisfaction with life,” said David Conroy, professor of kinesiology.

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English: Photo patient in carrying out tests with physical exercise on bicycle Русский: фото пациента при выполнении пробы с физической нагрузкой на велоэргометре (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The CDC recommends 150 minutes each week, which sounds like a lot of time, but it doesn’t have to be accomplished all at once. Try doing a moderate intensity or vigorous workout for just 10 minutes at a time a couple of times a day. The benefits will add up, both physically and mentally

ME:  And, of course, join The Happy People. A great way of getting Happiness is to share it with other people. Get this bonus right now! Share this post with all your friends. Make them into Happy People.LOL!
People of ALL ages benefit from this programme. See  Schools with fitter children perform better (abc.net.au) and   Exercise May Protect Aging Brains (medicalnewstoday.com) 

Tommy

Here is the link to the article:   http://tinyurl.com/8jl83d5

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Get Happiness? Stop Daydreaming! Part 3

More Happiness Facts!

Shortly after finishing  writing Get Happiness? Stop Daydreaming! Part 2 (and Part 1), I came across this excellent article (Find links to these in Related Articles section below). This article gives a more realistic view of how long it takes to get really amazing results using Meditation to add to your enjoyment of life, your  Happiness and your health, both mental and physical.
Here are some interesting excerpts in italics and my comments.

Yi-Yuan Tang said that meditation helps the brain stay organized.

Yi-Yuan Tang said that meditation helps the brain stay organized.

What does it take to become a better thinker? Do you need to meditate for hours and engage in gruelling cognitive training? Or could the path to a healthy mind be as simple as walking 40 minutes a day? At a symposium on training, performance, and neuroplasticity at the 24th APS Annual Convention in Chicago, three researchers presented their own methods for improving cognition and for tightening the neural circuits that underlie an efficient mind.

APS Fellow and symposium chair Yi-Yuan Tang, from Texas Tech University, began by discussing his work on integrative body-mind training (IBMT), a meditation technique that he and his colleagues have adapted from traditional Chinese medicine. IBMT combines physical and mental relaxation techniques, “because you really need to train the body to train the mind,” Tang explained. Using detailed fMRI analysis, Tang has been able to pinpoint the neural changes that underlie meditation-induced improvements in mood and cognitive performance.

Me: The Body-Mind connection is at the core of the Taoist and Zen (both words mean Meditation) principles that I use and teach. Tang has used brain scanning to prove this to be true and to show that meditation increases Happiness.

Many studies on the effects of meditation examine lifelong meditators who have thousands of hours of practice under their belts, but Tang found positive effects in students who performed IBMT for less than a week.

Me:- This is what I was seeing on my classes 40 years ago. I wrote this in Get Happiness? Stop Daydreaming! Part 2.

After 20 minutes of meditation a day for five days, the students demonstrated improvements in their conflict-resolution abilities and creative problem solving skills, as well as decreased blood levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Me:- Which means a reduction in stress.

Tang found that patients who had been practicing IBMT longer (two to four weeks) had increased blood flow to the anterior cingulate cortex and insular striatum, two brain regions associated with self-regulation. Additionally, these brain areas had increased white-to-gray matter ratios, suggesting that the detectable changes associated with meditation might be mediated by increased networking in these areas.

Me:- The researchers I mentioned in parts 1  and 2 were talking about people with thousands of hours of Meditation training/study. At a normal level of 30 minutes a day these researchers were talking about training for about twelve years while waiting for a good result.
The researchers proved lots of good results but were completely adrift in this area. The people whom this research is supposed to help are not looking to learn the Buddhist, Hindu or Sikh religion. They are mostly unhappy, depressed or dysfunctional and are looking for tools of change that work and do not carry lots of baggage. Baggage they do not need or want. This surplus baggage is why they are talking about thousands of hours of training. Not the 2 to 4 weeks of 30 minutes a day that Tang and I are talking about.
Thousands of hours! What an unbelievable waste of time if you are desperate for quick but real results.
Don’t get me wrong. Religion will give some people some help and happiness. But the right type of clean, pure meditation will completely change most people. If you are looking for Happiness that you can use to move your life forward and the strong, agile and flexible mind that will allow you to grow and use that Happiness then you must choose carefully. If you are looking for therapeutic tools of change choose a Meditation that is not a part of a religion.
Why not Join The Happy People? It’s FREE and you can use the nearly 300 blog posts that will help you make the changes that you want in your life. Even if you never join The Happy People, you can read the blog LOL. We are here to make friends not money.

Me:- There is a vast amount of information in the article, including:

……..changes in brain structure ……….Participants’ brains, in effect, were becoming more organized through meditation.

APS Fellow Randall W. Engle, from the Georgia Institute of Technology, focused on a different method for mental improvement. He developed a cognitive training strategy designed to enhance working memory capacity.

Me:- The more powerful your brain, the better you can use it for Meditation and building Happiness.

Using arduous memory tests (and generous financial compensation),……..Of course, training can have impressive returns, especially when participants are paid for performing better.
……APS Fellow Kramer’s research suggests a physical workout could improve memory. In adults aged 59 to 80, Kramer found that walking 40 minutes a day, three times a week, helped to reverse the effects of age on brain circuits involved in attention and decision making.

Art Kramer found that walking could help reverse the effects of aging.

Art Kramer found that walking could help reverse the effects of aging.
However, the deterioration of these networks might be reversible through exercise. Kramer asked two groups of self-identified “couch potatoes” to spend a year either walking or stretching three times a week and used fMRI to monitor the strength of brain networks at the beginning of the study, after six months, and after a year. The results were promising. The walking group improved their performance on cognitive tasks and increased the strength of certain brain networks, even to the point in which their brains resembled the brains of much younger people. Kramer also observed increases in hippocampus volume, measures of neural organization, and brain-derived neurotrophic factor in the walking group.

Me:- Great stuff!

The finding that exercise helps cognition is not new, but Kramer’s attention to the strengthening of networks suggests that the effects of exercise might be based in the same decision-making networks that allow us to play video games.

What can we learn from these disparate lines of research? Taken together, they suggest that cognitive training alone isn’t the secret to improving cognitive function. Instead, strengthening the connections between body and mind through meditation and walking may be the key to a better brain.

Me:- Why take chances? Do as I do! Do cognitive exercise ( Crosswords, Sudoku, etc. ), exercise and meditate. And of course, lots of Happiness training!

What Matters in Training?

“Everyone gets training,” says APS Fellow Eduardo Salas, a psychological scientist from the University of Central Florida. “But what matters? What works? What influences learning and skill acquisition?”

Me:- Or what training works and gives improved results? The answer is generative training. Training where the skills you get enable you to train even better. And that better training gives you even better results. You are involved in an upward spiral of more and more improvement (This is an advanced level of NLP). This plan is not infinite. You can’t keep it up for ever. Or can you?
Myself and The Happy People are determined to try! LOL!
Why don’t YOU join us? It’s FREE. You have nothing to lose except an UNHAPPY life style. Believe me, you will have A LOT OF FUN!
PLEASE share this article with everybody that you know. Help to make the world a HAPPIER place.
Love, Peace and Happiness,
Tommy

Here is the link to this great article in full. Make sure that you read all of it:

Boosting Brain Power Through a Mind-Body Connection – Association for Psychological Science.

How To Get A Happiness Gold Medal?

Achieving Happiness
Love, Peace and Happiness is what this blog is about. And other related matters. I have just read a terrific article about people achieving the things that they want to achieve.  I have put some of the particularly exciting parts below. I have added my comments in italics. Although the article does not deal with our particular interests directly, there are many, many lessons here for all of us to learn about how to get happy.

The Article Says
I’m constantly awed by the power of the human spirit, depth of human ingenuity and our ability to accomplish the most amazing of feats. Two great examples are the London Olympics and successful Mars landing of NASA’s Exploratory Rover Curiosity.
The Olympic Games put human strength, dexterity and endurance on full display. They provided a monumental stage for the globe’s best athletes to show the world what real dedication, uncompromised motivation, true self-belief and relentless practice can bring you. These elite athletes teach us all about the numerous rewards that come from unwavering persistence, hard physical labor and personal sacrifice.

Me: That’s right. Just think about the unwavering persistence, hard physical labor and personal sacrifice that these people put into getting what they want. When I think of how easy it is in effort to make big changes in your life, how effortless it can be to get happiness, better relationships and personal success into your life, it amazes me how few people actually do it,

Article: You’d be surprised what you can do when you have to.

Me: You will. Once you start to do what you have to do to get the things that you want to get, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is.

Article: When I think about the accomplishments of the Olympic athletes and NASA scientists, I’m struck by how little time and effort so many people truly put into bettering their lives and reaching their dreams.
Far too many people just amble through their lives on autopilot and don’t put forth the effort needed to reach their goals and maximize their potential. There’s a tendency today to want to get things quickly done while putting forth as little exertion as possible.
I see this all the time with people who want to lose weight. They say all the right things, read all the right books and talk a mean game plan. But they fall ridiculously short when it comes to putting their money where their mouth is.
So in the spirit of the past 2012 Summer Olympics and successful landing of the NASA rover Curiosity on Mars, I challenge you to push the envelope in your life. Allow these two incredible events from the past couple of weeks to ignite your motivational fire and drive you toward success and achievement too.

I bet that there’s something crossing your mind at this very moment that you know needs more of your time, effort and attention. Perhaps you’ve given up on it or maybe you haven’t even begun to attack it.

I’m here to tell you that it’s time for that to change. Whatever still remains undone or unattended to in your life, make today the day you begin to implement an action plan that will move you toward it.

Me: That’s right. Start today. Start getting lots of love, freedom from stress, enjoyment and achievement into your life now. The sooner you get started the sooner you’ll be enjoying it. Read some of the articles below this on the blog. Look at the articles in the archives. SHARE this material with people.Discuss it with people. One of the best ways to get happier is to share happy stuff with other people. 

Article: To make this happen, you’ll need to utilize both your physical skills, like the Olympic athletes, and mental skills, like the forward-thinking and problem-solving NASA scientists.

Me: You don’t have to. You won’t even break a sweat. All you have to use is the power of thought. That may be hard at first but not as hard as Olympic Athletics. LOL. 

Article: …………. if you can think it, you can do it. But it takes a healthy combination of both thought and action to make it happen. As some unknown author said: You can’t plow a field by turning it over in your mind!

Me: It is important to share and discuss the ideas on this blog with other people. If they disagree with you, then argue with them and try to convince them. This is an important part of your training because even if you don’t convince them, you are convincing yourself about the soundness of your ideas. You are building up your Happiness Mindset and that is important for you. Even when they are not listening, YOU are listening. When YOU are talking, you can’t help listening.  Sometimes you are the only person listening. LOL
This is an improved type of Affirmation. You know what an Affirmation is. It’s when you repeat “Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better” many times during the day. Slowly but surely it will come true for you.talking about In the same way when you start discussing with your friends about happiness, you are giving yourself the Affirmation that you can get happier. And that “Every day, in every way, YOU are getting happier and happier.” In this way you re using the Law Of attraction.
Don’t worry about convincing your friends. Just concentrate on convincing yourself first. When you have happiness to spare, then you can spread it to them. But that will be later. 

To read the really great article in full go to:
http://tinyurl.com/93vqx7t

Start getting more Love, Peace and Happiness into your life NOW!
Go for Gold.
Commit to winning. With Happiness it’s easier and even more enjoyable than Olympic events. LOL
Tommy

Depression? Bad Health? Try Meditation!

Feel Depressed? Stressed Out? Meditation Helps!

Meditation

Meditation (Photo credit: atsukosmith)

Meditation (Photo credit: atsukosmith)

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Infected ingrown toenail showing the characteristic redness and swelling associated with acute inflammation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Infected ingrown toenail showing the characteristic redness and swelling associated with acute inflammation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Meditation! Good For Better HealthAND Depression!

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Science is continually looking for ways to improve the quality of our live. What has become increasingly obvious to them is that an unbelievable number of people report suffering from depression. And what is more worrying, the number is increasing every year at an alarming rate. When they looked at this problem, they found that a lot of this depression was caused when people reported feeling loneliness. This was caused by many factors including bereavement, not having a partner or family, being housebound through physical disability or fear of  street crime, financial drawbacks etc. These problems are out of control amongst the elderly. The standards of mental and emotional health among the elderly are inhuman. This is made worse by the number of people living longer. I won’t say enjoying old age because so many of them are not.
So What’s The Good News? 
New research shows that meditation training lasting eight weeks reduced feelings of loneliness in people. They started off knowing that people who reported feeling lonely showed an increase in the number of  inflammation problems they were having. These inflammation problems were causing a variety of diseases. The researchers found that meditation greatly reduced these inflammation problems and helped to clear up the illnesses that they were causing. In the current online edition of the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity, senior study author Steve Cole, a UCLA professor of medicine and psychiatry and a member of the Norman Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA, and colleagues report that the two-month program of  meditation greatly reduced the feelings of loneliness. This report also showed that the people involved showed a marked improvement in the amount of inflammation and the illnesses associated with it.
What Causes Inflammation?
Inflammation is a natural part of the immune system and is used to fight a wide variety of health problems, from infections like flu and gum disease to impact injuries like broken bones. It plays a very important part in the pathology of many diseases and psychological disorders. This research is the first evidence showing that meditation not only decreases loneliness also reduces inflammation and helps to clear up the problems causing the inflammation. If this is borne out by further research, meditation could become a powerful  way to improve the quality of life for many, many people with the long lasting health problems that involve inflammation.In the study, 40 adults were randomly placed in a meditation group or a control group that did not meditate. They were all the participants were rated at the beginning and the end of the study using an established loneliness scale. Blood samples were also collected at the beginning and end of the research. These meditators reported that they no longer felt so lonely and what was more amazing was that their blood tests showed a big reduction in signs of  inflammation.
Will You Find Meditation Hard?
No!
It is the easiest thing in the world once you get started.  This group went to 8 weekly two-hour meetings in which they learned how to meditate. They also practised meditation for 30 minutes each day at home and attended a single daylong retreat.How hard is that. You do do not need to any kind of retreat. This was only required for the sake of this research.
How Good Are These Results?
Excellent! This study is only only the tip of the iceberg. It is just one of a massive amount of research that is showing more and more positive benefits of meditation. Just last month, Dr. Helen Lavretsky, a UCLA professor of psychiatry and a Cousins Center member, published a study showing that a form of  meditation reduced inflammatory problems, as well as stress levels, among individuals who care patients with Alzheimer’s disease.( Please note this was about the carers not the Alzheimer’s disease patients. There is a growing awareness of the long term psychological problems of long term carers. And a lot of work is being done in this area.) The above shows some of the many, many benefits that come from this practise. I know a lot of you readers already meditate. (I hope that it is the right sort of meditation.) If you don’t, start NOW! Why not join The Happy People? We’re BIG on meditation, And it’s FREE! More SOON, Love, Wealth and Happiness, Tommy

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How Meditation Brings Rewards

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Richard Branson at the Virgin America OC Launch. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Steve Jobs and Bill Gates at the fifth D: All Things Digital conference (D5) in 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Steve Jobs at the WWDC 07 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How Will Meditation Bring You What You Want?
The power of meditation is based in all the things that your mind will bring when you have trained it through meditation. Your mind, or perhaps I should say, the way that you use  your mind, can be the most powerful tool that you ever use in your life.
It can and has changed peoples’ lives around completely. The Net is full of news about research that has been done and how it brings positive mental and physical changes to the people who practise it.
Bigger, Better Brain Users
Let’s look at high achievers like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Richard Branson. These three men have have all been winners in the game of life. Their minds allowed them to dream up big plans. They thought of ways to make those plans come true. They kept on thinking of new ways to keep their plans growing. In the end they conquered their world and kept on growing bigger and better. Their minds just kept getting stronger and stronger.A very important factor in their lives was that they kept a balance in life between the outer world and the inner world. Bill Gates retired early and spends his time on charitable works, Richard Branson spends long periods on his own tropical island  doing things he enjoys and that make him feel good and the late Steve Jobs used to regularly spend long periods of time meditating. These three built up powerful minds and used them in the correct manner. They brought pleasure and  happiness to millions of people, built themselves fantastic lifestyles and always kept that balance between outer success and inner peace. They lived lives of good Karma and enjoyed the paying back of good Karma that such actions bring. I’m sure that when Steve Jobs is reborn he will be operating at an even higher level than he was at in this world. All the good Karma he has earned will return to him many times over. That is the way that Karma works. It follows you from life to life. So not only do you enjoy the rewards of using your brain properly in this life but they will follow you into your next re-incarnation.
Let’s A Look At Some Of  The Losers In The Happiness Game
At the other extreme, we find some of life’s losers like drug abusers, alcoholics and suicidal depressives. All the different levels of lifestyle lie somewhere in between those two groups. And those different levels are all fixed by set patterns of thinking. You are what you think and you are how you think. The quality of your lifestyle is totally based on how you think about life, the people in your life and yourself. You, yourself, are the most important of these three things. Who you think you are, what you think you should have and what you think you are capable of getting will completely control what you are going to get in your life, they have always controlled your life and they will continue to control your life until you can change them.
When, say ‘them’, I am talking about YOU! Who you think you are, what you think you should have and what you think you are capable of getting. These things are your beliefs. The things that you believe about yourself. You must change those beliefs. They are things that hold you back from achieving what you really want in life.
How can you have a love that is deeply fulfilling if you think nobody likes you?
How can you be successful if you believe that you couldn’t succeed  at anything?
How can you be happy if you believe that the world is an unhappy place? All you are doing is building walls to keep you away from what you want.
Lots of people have these type of beliefs and even more strange ones. Where do they come from? The answer is, from lots of places. Parents, teachers and peer groups. Lots of research has been done on the last one. Overwhelming evidence shows that you are very strongly influenced by the people you mix with. The amount of money you earn, the amount of body fat that you carry and the success of your relationships are directly related to the groups of people that you mix, work or live with. (All the more reason for you to join The Happy People. Plus the fact that it is FREE! LOL)
Now I’m not saying that the three top achievers that I mentioned above had negative beliefs like that. They may have done, they may not have done. What they did have was a mental plan that kept them moving forward, allowed them to dream about a positive future and the focus to make those dreams come true. They didn’t necessarily have a better brain than other people. They just played better PROGRAMMES on it.
You! Yes You! How About You?
Well, let me say that if you are not getting the results in your life that you want, it is because you are running the  wrong programmes through your mind. If you want some music you do not tune in to a sports channel, do you? If you want happiness, success and lots of top drawer relationships, then thoughts, beliefs and plans to make them happen must be playing in your mind.
The Happy News
But first the unhappy news. It is practically impossible to get rid of those negative programmes that are controlling your life right now.
So what’s the happy news? The happy news is that when you start running positive programmes, it’s practically impossible to get rid of them! Once you get that winning attitude in your life, everything starts to turn to good and stays good.
So How Do You Get Started?
What you have to do, is replace all those negative messages that you keep sending yourself with positive ones. You have to first get rid of the negative ones. The way to do this is to start MEDITATING! You are dragging a wagon load of negative, unhelpful beliefs and behaviours behind you. Meditation will allow you to leave them behind and get busy with your new ones. When you have emptied your mind of all it’s old, useless baggage, you can fill it up with the good stuff! And then your fun will start. And believe me, you will have some fun.
Just imagine how good you will feel when some of your plans start to work out for you. Don’t get me wrong, Meditation is not Magic. You must learn how to do it properly, you must plan for what you want and you must focus. But meditation will help you to do these things better and easier. It must be the right type of meditation. There are many, many, many types of meditation. All of them are helpful for you BUT if you want the deep, life changes that we are talking about here then you must learn Empty Mind/Zen/Chan meditation. It is the only one that I know that is really suitable.

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How Happiness And Exercise Defeats Depression!

Clinical Depression

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English: Exercising outdoors is healthier than...

Perfect Anti-depressant : Exercising outdoors is healthier than working out indoors. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

endorphins | day 85

End Depression?

When you’re downbeat, unhappy or  depressed, you think that the feeling is NEVER going to end! Depression is a terrible affliction. It can completely destroy your life. It is probably the biggest underlying cause in suicides. And the worst fact is that the number of people suffering from it is growing every day.

What Can You Do About It?

Well here is a way that you can end it in 20 MINUTES! Yes just 20 minutes! That is how long the University College London has discovered it takes. They found that 20 minutes  of exercise (they were studying the benefits of gardening) can effect depression. The exercise involved in gardening made people feel more upbeat and reduced their feeling of mental distress.

How Does It Stop Depression?
It stops depression by making your neurotransmitters produce endorphin. This calms the brain and this helps with th

e production serotonin. Serotonin is the feel good brain chemical. The serotonin gives you a happy feeling that enables you to get back on track. As the gloom  lifts, you can start getting your life back together. And this is what you want! Twenty minutes is all it takes. Don’t forget they were studying gardening NOT strenuous exercise. But you don’t have to start gardening. You may have absolutely no interest in gardening. If that is the case then walking will have the same effect on your mood. And it is free and easy to do. Just open your front door and start moving forward. If it’s sunny, walk on the sunny side of the street. This level of activity or mild exercise will work for you. Your mood will change. Your depression will lift. There is no doubt about that. As you do this regularly, you will notice the increase in the effect. As this happens you may feel that you need to build up the effect even more. If so, start looking for a few hills to include in your walk. Or walk faster. If you are gardening, increase the amount of time you spend doing it.
How To Use This
That will look after the needs of most people who have low moods at times. But what if your moods are strongly downbeat or you are having them too often and can’t get out of them. Or perhaps you have managed to get some benefit from the above and are changing the way you think. You want to get rid of depressing moods for ever. You want to feel positive all the time. You want to get out and get the all good things in life like Love, Peace Of Mind and Happiness instead of sitting at home sucking anti-depressant tablets. Perhaps you would like to join our community of Happy People?
Who are The Happy People?
The Happy People are people just like yourself who have experienced the depressing side of life. They decided that they didn’t like doing depression and were going to have a happier life. They follow my blog  at https://happinessguru.wordpress.com . It costs nothing and you will got lots of advice, the latest psychological findings and plenty of support on how to end the old miserable lifestyle. You will learn how to replace it with a lifestyle of enjoyment, positive feelings and, of great importance, better health.
How Does Being Happy Make You Healthier?
When you are depressed your immune system is weak and you are more likely to become ill. When you are spending all your time looking for positive, happy, upbeat events to do, your immune system is powerful. It will fight off illness.
If you do become one of The Happy People you will be wanting to feel good and healthy all day, every day so  you want a steady supply of endorphins and serotonin. So start your exercising and start squirting those substances round your circulation system. You want to feel confidence, motivation and personal power rushing through your body.  Not depression!
How To Be Even Happier
Now that you have started exercising, you may find that you are getting the exercise bug. You’re finding that you are feeling better and perhaps you are wanting more of that good feeling. You can do this in several ways.
The study was concerned with the effects of gardening done for a period of 20 minutes. This is an extremely mild form activity, perhaps it would be more correctly called movement. It is also a very short time span. This was done deliberately so it wouldn’t put people off. Not many people like the idea of exercising.  And the neuroscientists wanted to establish minimum levels for a baseline..
But what if you have started your mild, short exercising and now want to increase the benefits that you are feeling? Well you can increase the good feelings by stepping up the work load. You can either  exercise harder or stay at it longer.
This must be done carefully and steadily. If you are not used to exercising, it is always best to ask your doctor first. You mustn’t go from pottering around in the garden to trying to run a half marathon. Nice and steady does it. At the beginning, anyhow!
I had one student who started off running about a hundred yards and then walking a hundred yards. He now has run many, many marathons. The changes in his life were remarkable. He completely changed over to a healthy lifestyle. He used to drink a bottle of whisky a day and chain smoke. Now he doesn’t use alcohol or tobacco! He goes for long runs every day instead. AND, what is more relevant in this article, he is on a permanent high!
IMPORTANT NOTE:
I have written about the effects of exercise on depressed people. But let me add more advice to this article.  Perhaps you have read all this and are already exercising.   BUT, if you already feel good then exercise will make that feeling  even stronger. This fact is used all the time by The Happy People to increase their happiness factor.  One of the bad affects of depression is that depressed people get more depressed because they fear that their mood will never lift. When you start your exercising you get an upbeat feeling that you have started to do something about your depression. This is the start of feeling better.
And that feeling will get better and better.
Depression And Happiness Plan
Let me sum all this up in a few words.  If you start doing gardening for 20 minutes regularly, it will help you defeat depression.
If you really want to get good results, I’d forget the gardening and look for something more strenuous.
I could go on for ages writing about moving from unfitness to fitness, but here is the safest way to do it. Join a reputable gym. They have lots of different ways of moving slowly and safely ahead. They have perfectly suited machines for starting easy and making good progress. Rowing machines, stationary bikes, running machines and swimming pools. You will find some way of training that will suit you. AND, more important, trainers who will advise you.  (Here is I was wondering why over the last few years the number of people going to our gym had increased.. Obviously they have discovered that a good way to stop your head aching is to get your muscles aching. lol Follow the ir example!)
Get with it! Start exercising! Be one of The Happy People!

More soon Love, Peace and Happiness,
Tommy