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  1. 1. What Happy People Know The Secrets to Becoming Happier and Living A Happy Life.
  2. 2. It seems silly to ask... And it’s an important beginning to our story. Ready? What is happiness? happy | hapē| adjectiveˈ 1 feeling or showing pleasure or contentment happiness | hapēˈ n sə | noun pleasure, contentment, satisfaction, cheerfulness, merriment, gaiety, joy, joyfulness, joviality, jollity, glee, delight, good spirits, lightheartedness, well-being, enjoyment; exuberance, exhilaration, elation, ecstasy, jubilation, rapture, bliss, blissfulness, euphoria, transports of delight.
  3. 3. What is your level of Happiness? 1. Life is good. You're happy AND you are always curious to see if there is a way you can get more out of life. 2. Life is okay. You're happy...sometimes. Things could be better. 3. You’re NOT HAPPY and would like to be.
  4. 4. If you are in the first group: “Life is good. You're happy AND...” 1. Then you will definitely want to read the “Secrets to Happiness”. You’re the kind of person who is likely looking for even MORE ways to be happy. So read on. And you may know someone in group 2 or 3 that you can help. Happy people tend to like to help others.
  5. 5. 2. If you are in the second group: “Life is okay. You're happy...sometimes...” Read on. You will discover things that you say to yourself to make it ok to not be happy more often. This behavior can lead to less happiness and eventually depression.
  6. 6. 3. If you are in the third group: “You're not HAPPY...” You may be depressed. Find out the truth about depression and the secrets to becoming more and more happy.
  7. 7. You’re Depressed. The 15 Warning Signs that you are not only NOT HAPPY...
  8. 8. 1. General Loss of Interest You feel emotional flatness or emptiness. You can't seem to find pleasure in anything. "Standard of living has increased dramatically and happiness has increased not at all, and in some cases has diminished slightly," - Professor Daniel Kahneman,
  9. 9. 2. Chronic Fatigue and Lack of Energy You tire easily and have little desire to get things done. In a medical study researchers found people who are depressed are more than four times as likely to develop unexplained fatigue, and those who suffer from fatigue are nearly three times as likely to become depressed. -Web MD
  10. 10. 3. Sleep Too Much or Insomnia Your sleeping patterns have changed. You use sleep to avoid/escape feelings or tasks. Insomnia, early morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping.
  11. 11. 4. Poor Memory You can't seem to remember where you put things or what you were wanting to do.
  12. 12. 5. Indecision You may be confused and find to concentrate, even the smallest decisions can be overwhelming.
  13. 13. 6. Appetite problems You may be losing or gaining weight.
  14. 14. 7. Digestive problems You may suffer indigestion, stomach pain, nausea, or changes in bowel habits.
  15. 15. 8. Irritability Trivial things that you use to take in stride now make you feel annoyed, impatient, restless or jumpy.
  16. 16. 9. Neglect of Self You don't care about your responsibilities or you let your appearance go.
  17. 17. 10. Loss of Sexual Desire You may have little or no interest in sexual activities.
  18. 18. 11. Anxiety You feel panicky, restless or agitated.
  19. 19. 12. Guilt You have exaggerated self-blame or feel guilty and don't know why.
  20. 20. 13. Withdrawal You want to stay away from people and activities.
  21. 21. 14. Hopeless You may feel there is nothing that can be done to help you and/or a feeling worthless.
  22. 22. 15. Suicidal Thoughts From brief thoughts of wishing you were dead to contemplating suicide.
  23. 23.  Right now you might be thinking, “There are drugs that can help me with these problems?” “What could be so bad about taking medication for my problems?” 23
  24. 24. The Institute for Safe Medication Practices recently published a study in the journal PLoS One (Public Library of Science) highlighting the prescription drugs that cause patients to become violent. Less depressed...maybe... AND MORE VIOLENT!!! Here’s what they found:
  25. 25. Increase in violence compared to all other Rx drugs Pristiq - 7.9 times increase in violence Effexor - 8.3 times increase in violence Luvox - 8.4 times increase in violence Paxil - 10.3 times increase in violence Prozac - 10.9 times increase in violence Top-ten List of most dangerous prescription drugs includes 5 antidepressants: The ISMP report indicates that, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Adverse Event Reporting System, many popular Rx drugs are linked even to homicides.
  26. 26. ‘Side’ Effects of Lexepro Well at least antidepressant drugs don’t have any side effects...right??? • Headache - in up to 24% • Nausea - up to 18% • Ejaculation problems - up to 14% • Extreme tiredness - up to 13% • Insomnia - up to 12% • Dry mouth - up to 9% • Fatigue - up to 8%
  27. 27. ‘Side’ Effects of Celexa • Nausea - in up to 21% of people • Dry mouth - up to 20% • Drowsiness - up to 18% • Insomnia - up to 15% • Increased sweating - up to 11% • Shakiness (tremor) - up to 8% • Diarrhea - up to 8% • Ejaculation problems - up to 6%
  28. 28. ‘Side’ Effects of Prozac • Insomnia - in up to 33% of people • Nausea - up to 29% • Weakness - up to 21% • Headache - up to 21% • Diarrhea - up to 18% • Loss of appetite - up to 17% • Drowsiness - up to 17% • Anxiety - up to 15% • Nervousness - up to 14% • Shakiness (tremor) - up to 13% • Dry mouth - up to 12% • Decreased sex drive - up to 11%
  29. 29. ‘Side’ Effects of Paxil • Ejaculation problems - up to 28% • Nausea - up to 26% • Insomnia - up to 24% • Drowsiness - up to 24% • Weakness - up to 22% • Dry mouth - up to 18% • Headache - up to 18% • Constipation - up to 16% • Decreased sex drive - up to 15% • Increased sweating - up to 14% • Dizziness - up to 14% • Diarrhea - up to 12% • Shakiness (tremor) - up to 11%
  30. 30. ‘Side’ Effects of Effexor • Nausea - in up to 58 • Headache - up to 26% • Drowsiness - up to 23% • Dry mouth - up to 22% • Dizziness - up to 23.9% • Insomnia - up to 22.5% • Nervousness - up to 21.3% • Loss of appetite - up to 17% • Body weakness - up to 16.9% • Sweating - up to 19.3% • Constipation - up to 15% • High blood pressure - up to 13% • Ejaculation problems - up to 12.5%
  31. 31. ‘Side’ Effects of Wellbutrin • Agitation - up to 31.9% • Weight loss - up to 28% • Dry mouth - up to 27.6% • Constipation - up to 26% • Headaches - up to 25.7% • Nausea or vomiting - up to 22.9% • Dizziness - up to 22.3% • Increased sweating - up to 22.3% • Shakiness (tremors) - up to 21.1% • Insomnia - up to 18.6% • Appetite loss - up to 18.3% • Blurred vision - up to 14.6% • A rapid heart rate - up to 10.8% • Confusion - up to 8.4% • Hostility - up to 5.6%
  32. 32. So Antidepressants are not that safe and they all have significant ‘side’effects similar to the symptoms of depression... At least they are effective...Right?
  33. 33. “For less severely depressed patients, antidepressants were found to work no better than placebos, leading the researchers to conclude that most patients who take antidepressants probably shouldn't be on them.” - February 2008 in the Journal: PLoS Medicine
  34. 34. "There seems little reason to prescribe antidepressant medication to any but the most severely depressed patients, unless alternative treatments have failed to provide a benefit," - Irving Kirsch, PhD, of England's University of Hull.
  35. 35. 35 So drugs are not the answer, as a matter of fact they may cause more of a problem.
  36. 36. 36 Isn’t it true that most people are happy enough. Not everyone can be happy ALL of the time, can they?
  37. 37. Its normal to be ok all the time.
  38. 38. Once I reach all my goals and dreams I will be happy. When I have all the things I want I will be happy.
  39. 39. Chronic fatigue: My disease causes me to be this way. 39
  40. 40. Withdrawl: I’m just not a people person. I need time alone. 40
  41. 41. Insomnia/sleep too much: I’ve always been a light sleeper. I’m just not a morning person.
  42. 42. Irritability: My parents were like that, people just annoy me. 42
  43. 43. Anxiety: It’s normal to worry. I just have a lot of energy. 43
  44. 44. Suicidal Thoughts: Everybody dies, why is it so wrong to think about it?
  45. 45. Indecision: I like to keep all my options open. 45
  46. 46. Hopeless: It’s normal to feel this way in this economy, in this day and age 46
  47. 47. Appetite problems: I’m too busy to eat. My family is big. 47
  48. 48. Digestive problems: I just have a bad stomach.
  49. 49. Guilt: I’m Catholic/Jewish, what’s wrong with being a perfectionist. 49
  50. 50. Here are the 10 secrets that happy people know. 50
  51. 51. 1. Happy people are excellent storytellers and they tell the stories about their lives where they are the hero in the story.
  52. 52. 2. Happy people have rules about lives them selves and others that make life winnable. 52
  53. 53. 3. Life consists of rhythms of contraction and expansion. (range of emotion just because you don’t feel happy one minute it doesn’t mean you won’t be happy again) 53
  54. 54. 4. Happy People Know that they create their own happiness and don’t rely on others for their happiness. 54
  55. 55. 5.Happy people know that happiness is an inside job and their use their bodies and specifically their spine to access it. The more flexibility and access you have to your nervous system, which is directly related to your spine, the more resources your mind and your body has to create the happiness you desire.
  56. 56. 6. Happy people know that the purpose of emotion is to take action 56
  57. 57. 7. Happy people know that negative thoughts are there to remind you you are off focus, focus on something else.
  58. 58. 8. Happy people know that contributing the community is a key to sustaining happiness. 58
  59. 59. 9. Happy people are consistently seeking inter connection which leads to outer connection and ultimately community.
  60. 60. 10. Personal growth is one of the key ingredients to be happy. You must to invest in your own personal growth. 60
  61. 61.  Do you know people who have reached their goals and are still not happy? 61
  62. 62. Polling data from Gallup throughout the 1950s shows happiness levels above what they are today, suggesting that our extra wealth has not brought extra well-being. - BBC The Happiness Formula Mark Easton
  63. 63. Can you be happy with negative thoughts? One idea is to massively increase access to a relatively new form of psychotherapy called CBT or cognitive behavioral therapy, which aims to help people avoid dwelling on negative thoughts and find ways to overcome them. 63
  64. 64.  Do you know people who are healthy and not happy? 65
  65. 65.  Do you know people who are struggling financially and are happy? 66
  66. 66. Do you know people in other parts of the world have nothing yet they are very happy? Bhutan – last country in the world to introduce TV to the population in 1999. They banned international wrestling and MTV because they believe they do little to promote happiness. They banned plastic bags and tobacco on the grounds that they make the country less happy. People found traffic signals to be frustrating so they went back to human beings directing traffic. 67
  67. 67. 68
  68. 68.  Get to bed as early as possible. Your body (particularly your adrenal system) does a majority of its recharging between the hours of 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. In addition, your gallbladder dumps toxins during this same period. If you are awake, the toxins back up into your liver, which can further disrupt your health. Prior to the widespread use of electricity, people would go to bed shortly after sundown, as most animals do, and which nature intended for humans as well. 69
  69. 69.  Don't change your bedtime. You should go to bed and wake up at the same times each day, even on the weekends. This will help your body to get into a sleep rhythm and make it easier to fall asleep and get up in the morning. Grab a book instead, allow your mind to relax  Put your work away at least one hour before bed (preferably two hours or more). This will give your mind a chance to unwind so you can go to sleep feeling calm, not hyped up or anxious about tomorrow's deadlines. 70
  70. 70.  Take a hot bath, shower or sauna before bed. When your body temperature is raised in the late evening, it will fall at bedtime, facilitating slumber. The temperature drop from getting out of the bath signals your body it’s time for bed.  No TV, internet browsing or video games right before bed. Even better, get the TV out of the bedroom or even completely out of the house. It’s too stimulating to the brain, preventing you from falling asleep quickly. TV disrupts your pineal gland function. 71
  71. 71.  Many times your stress response is on overdrive. Finding a professional who’s specialty is working with the body’s stress response can help your body to adapt more efficiently and create the peace you need to get a good night’s sleep. Certain forms of acupuncture, massage and cognitive behaior therapists can be of benefit. 72
  72. 72.  More specifically a doctor of Chiropractic who specializes in Network Spinal Analysis or NSA can help your body’s stress response. These professionals work specifically with your spine to increase flexibility, release spinal disturbances and self-regulate the nervous system. As you begin to become aware of how you use your energy, how and where you breathe and how you move, you will begin to see the choices you have and the actions you can take to transform your life. 73
  73. 73.  Read: reading improves cognitive function, and keeps your brain fresh and able to learn.  Play chess: the best gymnastics for your brain is to play chess, or any game requiring strategy to win. 74
  74. 74.  Do memory exercises. Like any muscle in your body, if you don’t use it, you lose it. Crosswords, sudoku and many online games are designed to make you think, and remember. Play them to not only maintain, but increase your memory capacity. 75
  75. 75.  Many times when we lose our focus it is due to an over stimulated nervous system. Too much information can bombard your brain function. Seeking out a specialist who works with your nervous system’s function can help your brain to focus better. Some specialized cognitive therapists, acupuncturists, and massage therapists can be helpful. 76
  76. 76.  A doctor of Chiropractic who specializes in Network Spinal Analysis can help you become more aware of how you focus. They work specifically with your spine to increase awareness, release spinal disturbances and self- regulate the nervous system. As you begin to become aware of how you can refocus your mind, you will begin to see the choices you have and the actions you can take to transform your life. 77
  77. 77.  Meditate: spending a few minutes a day in silence and stillness helps calm the mind, creating a space of peace for yourself. Whether it be silent, with sounds or with affirmations, try different methods to find the right one for you.  Journal:take a few moments each day to write your thoughts. I strongly suggest you make a list of at least 5 things in your day you are grateful for. Can’t find 5? It illustrates what you focus on! 78
  78. 78.  Listen to motivational material. Speakers like Anthony Robbins have lots of great material to help you align your thoughts in a more constructive, positive way. In your car, or during a power walk, listen up and revitalize yourself.  Don’t watch the news: sensationalistic journalism is the plague of modern news, if its all bad news, its not worth watching. 79
  79. 79.  Find a professional that works with the nervous system or life force. When the nervous system is overstressed you use parts of the brain that create mostly negative thoughts. Chiropractors who specialize in NSA can help with this. It will center your body and help you to keep positive thoughts. 80
  80. 80.  Journal your eating patterns. When and why you eat. Your hunger levels, what emotion are you feeling when you eat.  Add some activity to your day. Walk up the stairs, park farther away at the store. 81
  81. 81.  Find an eating plan that works with your lifestyle and is practical. If you are ready and want to you can do something more intense.  Join a gym, get a trainer.  When you make a change in diet and exercise make sure you do it at least for 3 months to really know if it is working. 82
  82. 82.  Get out and meet people and do non eating activities. This will make you more happy too.  Journal how you feel before you eat, after you eat, where and when you are eating. What is your energy level after you eat good food versus junk food. Journal what foods give you more energy versus those foods that drain your energy. 83
  83. 83.  Find time for yourself to meditate, read inspiring stories of people’s personal transformation. Go for quite walks, have a space in your home where you can go to change your thinking 84
  84. 84.  When the nervous system is in defense it does not process your food as effectively. You will overeat when in defense. Your body will not process nutrients efficiently, and will create fatty tissue as a result of adapting to this defense physiology. Certain forms of chiropractic, acupuncture and massage can help the body release these defensive tensions. Network Spinal Analysis helps you to be aware of these defensive patterns, adapt to the stress that may be causing you to gain weight and allow you to make more healthy decisions about your diet and your life. 85
  85. 85.  Get up and move. Go for a walk, go dancing, go for a bike ride, MOVE. (link this to ENERGIZING the body)  Do some yoga classes, Tai Qi or other energy based activities.  Change your diet. Eating too much sugar and junk food can effect your energy levels. So does alcohol consumption. 86
  86. 86.  Listen to music that makes you feel energized.  Get enough sleep. Studies show that we need at least 7-8 hours of sleep for restore our bodies and minds. 87
  87. 87.  Change the way you breath. Be aware of how and where you are breathing or not. Focus your attention on your breath and how it effects your energy. There are professionals that can help you with this. Yoga instructors, hypnotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists, etc. 88
  88. 88.  More specifically a doctor of Chiropractic who specializes in Network Spinal Analysis or NSA can help you to increase your life force. These professionals work specifically with your spine to release spinal disturbances and self-regulate the nervous system. This will make more energy available for your use to increase your quality of life. 89
  89. 89.  Learn meditation techniques to calm your worries.  Take a yoga or tai chi class. 90
  90. 90.  Look for a well respected, hypnotherapist. They can help retrain your thoughts.  Make sure you are getting enough quality sleep. 91
  91. 91.  Avoid eating junk food, especially sugars, they will make you more anxious.  Decrease the caffeine intake. It will only make you more shaky.  DONT FIGHT THE ANXIETY. We know that resisting and fighting the anxiety will only make it worse. The first step is simply being aware, and acknowledging it is there.  Avoid drinking alcohol and using illicit drugs. They will make you feel more disconnected and alienated. 92
  92. 92.  Look for a professional that works with life force, a chiropractor, acupuncturist, etc. When you are anxious you will drain your life force and not have much to live with. Professionals like chiropractors who specialize in NSA, will help you. 93
  93. 93.  Your next step:  Email Dr. Michele at  Or if you are ready call the office at 239-949- 1222 for the next available appointment.  We look forward to serving you. 94