The Best (Free) Workouts for People Who Don’t Have Time to Work Out

Is your routine giving you the workout you need? Are you like me and wondering if you should do more but not sure how to fit it into your schedule?

Check out this blog and let me know which one of the suggestions appeals to you.

2017-05-16_1527Look, we get it: just doing the bare essentials of living is enough to make you exhausted. Of course you want to be healthy, but there isn’t enough time to commit to a gym routine. So what’s the answer? Ditch the gym.

After your commute, work day, cooking, cleaning, taking care of the kids, walking the dog, and maybe squeezing in a few loads of laundry, working out is the last thing you want to do. Getting to the gym just eats up more of your day: you’ve got to change, drive to the gym, do your workout, drive back, and then shower. We get how impossible and frustrating it may seem to squeeze in a workout routine, but luckily there are options. And they don’t involve the gym.

1. EXERCISE WHILE YOU NETFLIX

There’s a pretty big chance you make time for a few episodes every night. Guess what? That’s workout time. Pinterest has a giant collection of workouts to do during commercial breaks or during your favorite show. Take the Walking Dead workout, for example: every time a walker is killed, you do 5 crunches. Every time someone cries, you do 3 squats. It’ll add up quickly. From Harry Potter to Gossip Girl, if you have a favorite show, chances are there’s a workout to accompany it. No gym required.

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2. SUBSCRIBE TO POPSUGAR

There are loads of YouTube channels with high-quality, no-cost fitness videos. We happen to love POPSUGAR because there are dozens of fantastic, fun workouts updated regularly and totally free. Most of them are about a half hour long and they don’t require any special equipment, so you can click “play” when you get home from work, get your heart pumping for a half hour, and then get on with the rest of your night. Only have 15 minutes? No problem. They’ve got videos for that too.

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3. UTILIZE THAT LUNCH BREAK

You’re legally required to have a lunch break, so that’s a half hour to an hour available to work out away from the distractions at home. There are hundreds of suggestions for a lunch break workout online, but we really like this simple one from The Love Fit Life. Follow the infographic below for your first workout, then branch into some of the other suggestions online. Oh, think you can’t work out because you didn’t bring a change of clothes? Let me introduce you to the wonders of dress pant yoga pants. They exist and you need them. Problem solved.

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4. RUN FROM ZOMBIES

You’re on your phone all day anyway, so you may as well use it to get moving. If you hate running aimlessly around your neighborhood, Zombies, Run! is the answer, and it will both terrify and delight you. Set the workout to however long you have (15 minutes is fine), and a zombie story will start playing. When you hear the zombies start to come, you’ll need to start running even faster. The app relies on GPS to narrate a story based on what you’re seeing in real life. It’s way less terrifying than the gym changing room and a lot more fun.

5. DO A QUICK HIIT WORKOUT

Even ten minutes is better than not getting any exercise at all. With that in mind, Daily Burn has fantastic high intensity interval training routines that can be tailored to fit in your day, even if you only have ten minutes. Using nothing more than your own body strength and a chair, you’ll feel an intense burn that’s just as satisfying as a longer workout. Check out their free workouts here.

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There you go, five fun and free workouts that can absolutely fit into your day, no matter how busy you may be. Even if you only have 15 minutes, you can spend that time getting fit and feeling more prepared to handle the other 1,425 minutes in your day.

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How to Turbocharge Your Sales Through the Art & Science of Storytelling

Is the art of story telling dead?

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You might think so if you are looking for a stock photo of a story teller. But it just isn’t so. Andrew Draughon, Director of Content at Elite Marketing Pro, tells you how to make story telling real and real profitable in your business, in today’s blog.

Read on to learn how to become a masterful story teller and make money doing it.

There’s a boatload of dough to be made through the timeless art of spinnin’ a proverbial yarn.

Don’t believe it?

Hey, people still line up in droves to see stories on the silver screen.

In fact, did you know that total box office revenue in 2016 was $11.3 billion, domestically?

Likewise, 2.71 billion books were sold in 2016.

So yeah, people still read.

And don’t even get me started on how much TV people watch.

…which averages over 5 hours every single day in the U.S., in case you were curious.

So here’s the bottom line:

No matter how much technology evolves, people will always seek out new stories.

And importantly…

People are willing to PAY to consume compelling stories.

And guess what?

The same rules apply to you and your prospects.

After all, selling is nothing more than storytelling.

…where the moral is, “Buy my stuff!” of course! 😉

Don’t worry if this sounds outside your wheelhouse, because…

Everyone has a story to sell!

Skeptical?

Don’t blame you.

But think about it…

Think about the brands that you choose to support.

Take a moment to ponder the products you use day-in and day-out (often for decades).

The car in your garage?

There’s a story there.

Are you a Chevy, Ford, or maybe Dodge person?

Or maybe you drive Japanese or European wheels?

Your choice was intentional, no?

The tube of toothpaste in your medicine cabinet?

Yeah, there’s a story there too.

How many years have you been buying the exact same soap, toilet paper, or deodorant?

Well, I know I haven’t changed my preferences in YEARS.

So here’s the dealio…

All brands have a story, including yours.

And you know what?

People love stories.

People love hearing them.

And your prospects will love hearing yours, too.

Why storytelling (still) matters to modern marketers

Okay, so what does all of this have to do with marketing your business?

Let me ask you something…

Would it pique your interest to know that I used to work a downright miserable construction job and learned Internet marketing as a way to escape the utter misery that was my life and get going down another (climate controlled, Porta-Potty free, pants optional) path?

There might be a few good stories in there, right?

Same goes for all team members here at Elite Marketing Pro—despite diverse backgrounds, we all wanted something different from our lives.

And here’s the real thread that ties these narratives together…

Humans relate to stories, especially those of struggle.

Always have and they always will.

Storytelling not only creates an emotional connection between you and your prospects, but also gives them for a reason to get emotionally invested in you.

In an era of incredibly crowded competition…

Telling your story will immediately set you apart from the pack

Storytelling is a subtle but invaluable skill for any and every marketer, (regardless of the industry) because without a compelling story, your brand is ultimately forgettable.

So if you want to survive in the saturated world of modern marketing, you’re going to need to figure out how to tell your story sooner rather than later.

Because if you’re a strong storyteller, people WILL listen to you.

And ultimately buy from you.

However, very few of us are “natural-born” storytellers.

And that’s a-okay.

Thankfully, you don’t have to be a Pulitzer Prize winner to find your voice or make your story work.

In fact, telling your story is pretty simple, once you know a few key formulas.

Protip:

You don’t have to be Hemingway

I know, I know…

It seems like movie studios, authors, and brands alike have made billions through the art of storytelling; therefore, it must be pretty complicated and specialized, right?

Surely it can’t be learned without years of practice?

Here’s the thing, though:

You can tell (and sell) a pretty decent story without a creative bone in your body.

Well, okay…maybe that’s a bit of a stretch:

A little bit of creativity can go a long way, it’s true.

Connie’s two cents worth: You are made in God’s image and God is creative. You do have a creative bone in your body. Haven’t found it yet? Message me and let’s have a conversation. I’ll bet you with a few answers to my questions you will discover your creative bone. Message me.

That being said, if you can string a couple sentences together, chances are you have the chops to tell a compelling story that can and will effectively sell your prospects.

Think about it for a sec…

Have you ever…

  • Lost something?
  • Felt frustrated or hopeless?
  • Made a change, unsure of how it would go?
  • Overcome an obstacle or solved a problem in your adult life?

Yeah?

Then you have a story, period.

Then the question remains:

How are you going to go about telling it?

Understanding the “shapes” of stories

Perhaps the first step to telling your story is to stop thinking of storytelling as a “creative process” and start thinking of storytelling as a science.

You know, science as in formulas you can follow, and repeat, which produce quantifiable results.

In fact, that’s exactly what the late, great Kurt Vonnegut suggested to readers and writers like.

Vonnegut proposed that the most popular stories throughout time could be adapted into relatively simple “arcs.”

Simply put, Vonnegut noted that stories were essentially “shapes,” (think: like a curve on an X/Y axis) each with their varying ups and downs as the plot progresses.

The highest points on the curve represent wealth and happiness; meanwhile, the lowest points represent poverty, loss and defeat.

Here’s the quick version:

There are quite a few such arcs (look ’em up if you’re curious).

But the three most relevant examples for marketers include the following:

  • Man in Hole – In this story arc, a seemingly ordinary main character falls into a bad situation and eventually gets themselves out of it, learning a thing or two along the way.
  • Boy Meets Girl – Often applied to romance stories, our character stumbles upon something (or someone) that changes their lives, acquires it, loses it and finally gets it back for good.
  • The Cinderella Story – This arc sees our character experience a meteoric rise in status followed by a dramatic drop, but ultimately ending in a happily-ever-after scenario.

These storytelling strategies have been tried and tested for centuries, millennia even.

They work flawlessly whether you’re looking to tug at the heartstrings of an audience or simply make it appear as if you’ve been through hell and back.

Best of all, each of these arcs can be applied beautifully to any marketing strategy without fail.

Choosing your story

If you’re still sitting there thinking that you don’t have a story to tell, fear not.

You don’t have to hit rock bottom to tell a powerful story, nor do you have to pretend that you know some “billion-dollar” secret for the sake of grabbing your prospects’ attention.

For example, take my own “Man in Hole” example from earlier.

Almost every entrepreneur I’ve ever met has as “origin story” revolving around starting off at a soul-crushing 9-to-5 and ending up where they are today.

These sorts of “rags to riches” stories can be found just about everywhere in many different shapes and forms.

  • Oprah Winfrey was born into poverty prior to becoming a billionaire. Extreme example, sure, but compelling nonetheless.
  • Steve Jobs dropped out of college to found Apple; however, he essentially lost control of his own company prior to the eventual “i-Renaissance” that reestablished his legacy.

Even if you don’t consider yourself much of a sports fan, year after year “Cinderella stories” make headlines as underdog teams beat out their established competitors.

Remember that time Clemson beat ‘Bama?

People eat these stories up.

Each of these real-world examples follows Vonnegut’s shapes to a “T.”

Maybe your brand is an unlikely hero.

Or perhaps you’ve hit some bumps in the road on your journey as a marketer…

Maybe you’ve lost money.

Maybe you tried a few things and failed.

That’s great!

You’ve got some solid material.

Now use it.

People will relate, believe me.

Three things every story needs

If you have your story in mind, don’t start writing just yet.

Although you don’t have to be as prolific as Stephen King to tell you story, there are three elements every effective story implements, without fail…

Just as your audience is blasted with marketing messages day-in and day-out, your prospects can easily become blind to hearing the same stories again and again.

Therefore, you need to do everything in your power to make sure that your story packs a punch from the word “go.”

Whether it’s imagery of piling bills and no money in your bank account or the life of luxury you hope to promote to your audience, you should strive to paint a vivid picture first and foremost.

Throw them right into your story and don’t waste their time.

Need help?

Give this a read:

5 Tactics to “Hook” Your Prospects in 15 Seconds or Less!

Think about your audience and their struggles.

What keeps them up at night?

What holds them back from accomplishing their goals?

  • Is it money?
  • Temptation?
  • Lack of focus?

Your story should touch on such pain points to not only make yourself seem more human, but also let your audience know that you understand them.

Remember: while this may be your story, don’t forget what’s most important is the journey of your readers.

Every story has a climax.

That is, the highest point of tension that leads to the turning the point where everything changes.

Ideally, the turning point in your story should be your offer (whatever you’re selling), leaving your readers hungry for more.

It’s easy to get caught up in the storytelling process; however, it’s crucial to insert your product or service as the solution to the problems you present, as the means of actually selling via your story.

A word of warning…

Regardless of what direction you go with your tale, make sure that your story has a purpose.

Bear in mind that your story shouldn’t be fluff or hype, nor should it be an excuse to whine.

Nobody wants to hear that.

Likewise, droning on and on without a clear purpose will turn your readers off.

But always remember this…

You shouldn’t offer up a story that’s free of tension.

For example, I’m much more likely to listen to the guy who dug himself out of a hole versus the guy who’s never worked a day in his life.

While you don’t necessarily have to tug at the heartstrings as your audience (don’t take ’em too low)…

You must take your readers on a journey

Help them understand how you got from “Point A” to “Point B” and take them along for the ride.

The purpose of your story should be to entice your readers to know more about your brand and product whilst simultaneously keeping them on the edge of their seats.

But most importantly, your stories should serve to make you and your offer more attractive to your prospects.

Vonnegut recognized that writers could use these timeless shapes of compelling stories to quickly craft their own.

Thankfully, you can do the same and instantly create a real emotional connection with your prospects.

…a connection which will not only set you apart from the competition, but will also allow you to create a legion of followers that actually look forward to hearing from you.

And the more they hear from you, the more likely that are to buy from you.

Over and over again.

So, now you know the process for telling your story.

Need help finding and growing your audience?

Because successful selling is all about putting your story in front of the right audience, with shared struggles and interests, so they’ll actually want to stick around and hear you out.

You know, so you’re not trying to sell steak to a vegetarian, so to speak.

So if you’re ready to zero in on how to grow an audience that’s predisposed to be captivated by your story…

Tim Erway, our fearless leader and CEO here at Elite Marketing Pro, put together a point-for-point tutorial revealing our exact advertising process in a 100% FREE traffic workshop.

In just over an hour, you’ll discover how you can put together a profitable ad campaign in just 10 minutes a day with as little as $10 in initial ad spend.

In fact…

We’ve used the exact formula to turn a $10 test campaign into $141,246.30 in sales.

Tim will show exactly how we did it, so you can put your story in front of the perfect audience, every time.

So if you haven’t registered yet, what are you waiting for?

Pick a time to attend Tim’s traffic workshop right here, right now!

 

Until next time,

Andrew Draughon
Director of Content
Elite Marketing Pro

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Andrew Draughon is the Director of Content at Elite Marketing Pro. Yet not long ago Andrew was hauling shingles and hanging drywall for paltry wages in the frigid winters of upstate Pennsylvania. Making the decision to never wake up before sunrise in sub-zero weather again, Andrew moved to Florida, discovered his passion for marketing, and has been working via his laptop ever since.

What I Learned About Attraction Marketing in Los Cabos – If You Aren’t Attractive, Hang Out with Those Who Are

When I went to Los Cabos my to do list did not include holding a couple of colorful parrots.

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Even when I saw the parrots perched on their portable roost, I didn’t think, “I need to hold those birds.”

The young man who accompanied the birds wasn’t looking for me or anyone else at the pool to pay him to hold his birds.

He didn’t have too! All he needed to do was walk around with those exotic birds and he had me and others following him as he crossed to the other side of the pool.

I was on my way to the hotel room. But those plans had been forgotten. I was curious to see what would happen. Still, I had no plan to hold the birds.

I intended to be only an observer as others in my group, one by one, held the birds. The birds’ handler carefully instructed each one on how to make a fist and then placed the bird on the human perch that had just been formed.

Picture taking ensued. Then the young man re-positioned the birds; one was cradled in the arms of the bird’s newest friend and the other was placed on a shoulder. More pictures were taken.

Finally, the birds’ owner took them back to their wooden roost. He was gratefully given a tip.

The process began again with another eager bird lover.

What had started as a “No, thank you, I want nothing to do with that,” became a doable thing.

Then it became a “Yes, sir, I want to get my picture with those birds.”

To be honest, I was already beginning to get an idea for this blog and I wanted a good picture to share with you.

So,  I was ready to experience the discomfort of bird claws digging into my fists for the sake of a photo. But guess what, it wasn’t uncomfortable. Instead of sharp claws, I felt a leathery, almost soft grasp of my fists. There was no pain or discomfort. It was fun, especially when I got to cradle one of the birds. I imagined how jealous my puppy Max would be.

I got my pictures. And I have a really good lesson for you and me in how to successfully attract people to our business.

First, you don’t have to be the dynamic, attractive leader to attract people to your business.

Perhaps, you have one of those in your up line and are held back because you think you can never be like him or her. You don’t have to be.

The young man with the birds is nameless in my story because I didn’t get it. His part was to help me handle the birds. His reward was tips. He didn’t go around with a sing saying, “Get your picture taken with two exotic parrots for 500 pesos.”

He just walked around the pool and beach area and all the other resorts in the area with two very attractive birds.

As he walked around with his parrots, he got people’s attention. He wasn’t the center of attention. His birds were.

In the kind of Attraction Marketing Julie Burke used to grow her network marketing business, she used similar attention grabbers.

Julie shares six of her techniques in Julie Burke’s Top Six Tips for Recruiting with Social Media Using Facebook.

These are doable methods that can help you attract people to your page and your business.

Just be yourself, find your attraction “Pair of Parrots,” and wait for people to line up waiting for their turn with you.

Your parrots can be stories of how your company and products are changing lives.

You can share about the single mom whose now has more time for her children.

You can share how someone is healthy since losing weight with your product.

You can tell what kind of difference the business is making in your life.

Just surround yourself with attractive stories.

As you attract folks with your parrots, the folks you attract will draw others to you.

Remember, I was not interested in holding a parrot at first. It definitely did not seem like something I wanted to do.

But as I saw others having a pleasant experience, it felt a lot more doable to me.

As people join you in your business, congratulate them on their successes.

People they relate to will see that it is doable for people like them. They will see that it is pleasant, even fun.

You have no idea how many people are watching you and deciding whether to join you by your reaction to the experience you are having.

I have seen network marketers complain about their company, the cost of traveling to events, of company management, of fellow team members.

Believe me, if one of my friends had flinched when the bird was placed on their fist, I would never have held a bird myself.

So, if you aren’t having a good time with your business, why will anyone join you.

If you can’t say anything good about your experience why are you still doing it?

Do you need a new company with better products and good up line? Or do you need to find a different business model?

Network marketing is an ideal business model for many but not all.

If you are convinced that you are in the right place doing the right thing but have concerns share them with people who can answer your concerns not the people you will drive away.

No company, no team is perfect. But if you, like me, find yourself with an opportunity of a lifetime enjoy it and let others see that.

And do surround yourself with your team and customers who love what you are sharing.

When I have a customer thank me I share that on Facebook. I consider it one of the best perks of what I do.

I have a customer who believes my product saved his life. Another thanks me for sharing it with her; she says she can do what she does to help others because of it.

Those kind of comments are every bit as good as the commissions.

So what you can learn from the parrot handler is to surround yourself with people who will attract the customers you want to help.

Want to learn more about how Julie Burke trains her team? Here is a link to her Social Media Frenzy.

As always, feel free to message me.

God bless you,
Connie Suarez

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Max-imize Your Business – Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

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Max is stuck because he doesn’t think he can open the door. I kept encouraging him to come out and then he pushed his nose to open the door and he was out!

Max is  a small dog. He only weighs 11 pounds. He definitely feels his limitations.

One of the things he doesn’t think he can do is push doors open.

This is him earlier today. I had gone outside and he followed me but I had left the door partially closed and he felt stuck.

Max has struggled with doors for all three years of his life.

It has created funny situations.

For instance, I sometimes realize that I haven’t seen Max for a while and I wonder where he is. That is, I used to wonder where he was. Now I know to go back to my bathroom and let him out.

Max can push the door to get in; but he doesn’t think he can push it open to get out. Strangely, he keeps going back to my bathroom, even though he ends up being stuck.

So I have started working to teach him to open the door.

Today, I went outside; but left the door partially open. He wistfully looked out the door at me but didn’t even try to push the door open. I encouraged him to come outside with me. He stayed put, unwilling to try to open the door.

Basically, he refused to leave his comfort zone, even though it limited where he could go.

And after several tries and lots of encouragement from me, Max finally opened the door a little bit more and came out!

Are you like Max? Is there something you are convinced that you can’t do? Is there something that keeps you limited by staying in your comfort zone?

What action, that is vital to your business, do you stop at the threshold of success?

Do you have a hard time picking up the phone and inviting a friend to join you as a customer or distributor?

Is speaking to a group of people enough to make you lose your voice?

How about talking with the server at you favorite restaurant?

All of the above?

Each of those and so many more require that you be willing to step out of your comfort zone.636027438935386010-2032268997_comfort-zoneHave you seen this illustration? I saw it years ago. It is true. You know that. But is seeing the illustration enough to get you to step out of your comfort zone?

It isn’t enough to help most of us. You can see the truth of the idea that stepping out of your comfort zone is holding you back and still be bound by fear.

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What do you think about this drawing?

Can you pick just one of the concepts outside of your comfort zone and do something?

It is hard to do because many of the concepts outside of the circle are abstract. You need specific items to act on. You need doable action items.

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How about this drawing?

Is there one thing outside of your comfort zone that you can do?

Of course, these are just examples. You should pick our own items.

Make a list of every specific task that you should do but aren’t doing because of fear or lack of confidence or lack of ability.

Pick one of those tasks.

You can pick the one least threatening to your comfort. The point is that when you do something outside of your comfort zone you will grow. You will grow in confidence and in skill. You will feel empowered to do another.

Or you can pick the one most threatening to your comfort. By choosing one you are eliminating the others and you lower the combined fear factor. If you tackle the most threatening task imagine how much more confidence you gain for taking on the remaining tasks.

The key to stepping out of your comfort zone is to take one step. And then another step.

What do you need to take that step? Do you need more training? Do you need a mentor to coach you? Do you need to just do it?

Choose the step you need to take out of your comfort zone.

Decide what you need to successfully take that step.

Then take that step.

Repeat.

Here is a little secret. As you step out of your comfort zone your comfort zone will grow.

There will always be actions that make you feel uncomfortable. But as you take one step at a time you will grow in the discipline of stepping out of the comfort zone.

You will be amazed at what you can do. You will love what you do. You will never want to go back to safe and scared again.

Back to Max’s story.

After I challenged him to do something he didn’t think he could do, he did it and was rewarded with being outside.

To take the picture, I had to stage the event. This time Max didn’t make it outside. We’ll keep trying. Max needs a coach – me – to help him. Eventually, Max will learn that he can open doors way bigger than he is.

In the meantime, today he got a doggie treat after he tried and failed.

Final suggestions for you, then, is to get an encouraging coach who will push you as far as you can go.

And when you have stepped out of your comfort zone, give yourself a treat!

God bless you,
Connie Suarez

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Change Your Habits to Boost Your Happiness

Horse head on womans shoulderWhen happiness seems to be a fleeting flash of emotion for you, there may be some things you need to do in order to make it longer lasting. After all, happiness isn’t supposed to be fleeting.

Bad or negative habits are the stumbling blocks to true happiness in life. Switching these out for positive, productive habits can transform your life overnight. Here are a few of the tactics you can use to develop the best habits for creating the happiness you seek.

EAT HEALTHIER FOODS

Veggan bruschettasDoing something that can help improve your overall health is one way to increase happiness. Making it a daily habit to seek out better nutrition is showing self-love that will benefit you for your entire life. Stay away from highly processed foods and ones that are packed with preservatives. You can even make healthier eating choices at restaurants by staying away from the greasy foods and eating more plates with vegetables in them.

See also: Master the Mediterranean Diet

GET MORE EXERCISE

Two female friends doing excercise in natureExercise is a great way to boost your mood and keep your body in shape. Believe it or not, it can also make you feel more energized. Developing the habit of daily workout routines, whether those are swimming, golfing, or even brisk walks, will make you happier since you are focusing on special time for your enjoyment. You do not have to feel guilty about setting aside time to improve your body and health.

See also: How to Schedule Your Life Around Regular Exercise

ENGAGE IN ACTIVITIES YOU ENJOY AND ARE GOOD AT

Nothing makes you feel happier than doing something well. That feeling of pride in accomplishment can do wonders for the soul. Whether you are good at writing poetry or knitting sweaters—do it! Set aside a little time each day to be successful and do uplifting activities.

MAINTAIN CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS

Keeping a few close friends near and dear is a sure way to paving happiness that lasts. It is necessary to have trusted people you can talk with to help get you through the daily struggles of life without feeling awkward or judged. Getting through life is a team effort!

See also: Why Does Friendship Make Women Healthier

CHALLENGE YOUR BRAIN

Teenager female reading in parkTaking your brain out of a thought pattern that leads to unhappiness does not have to be such a big chore. Any time you find your wheels grinding and you cannot get a grip on happiness, try challenging your brain by doing things like:

  • Starting a new hobby
  • Taking a class
  • Enjoying a tough board game
  • Playing mental puzzles and quizzes
  • Reading a good book

The important thing is to keep your mind active and you will find unhappy thoughts turning to happy thoughts in no time.

VOLUNTEER

Offering time, money, and expertise in volunteer activities is one way to boost positive feelings. When you can make others feel happy, it reciprocates almost immediately. Find a local charity you can get behind and make it a habit to pour your free time and energy into the cause. It beats moping around the house or feeling bored!

MAXIMIZE EVERY MOMENT

family at homeSqueezing all of the good out of every moment in life is a way to extend happiness into all areas of your life. If you have had an amazing day at work and there are difficulties at home, stick with the happy feelings you experienced at work. It will energize you to power through other difficult moments with your happiness intact. Happiness is infectious. Share it with your significant other, kids, or neighbors.

CHANGE PERSPECTIVE

Too often people develop habits of going with the emotional flow of things. Simply changing perspective can combat negative thinking. Negative perceptions can set the tone for how you feel, react, and operate on any particular day. Try viewing things positively and see how quickly things can turn around.

OBSERVE THE HAPPINESS OF OTHERS

Have you ever run into someone who is simply happy? It can really pay off to make it a habit to watch and observe truly happy people. Are they viewing things differently? Are they reacting to the stresses of life in a different way? Try and mimic whatever they are doing that seems to work.

No one can be happy all the time, but there are opportunities to increase these joyful feelings by switching bad habits for good. Give the tactics mentioned above a try and you will be surprised at how much happier you feel each and every day!

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Why Should God Bless You?

rainbow-in-field_z1OiDvOODo you ever ask that question? Read about this prayer and affirmation from Psalm 67 to learn why you should ask God to bless you.

Do you believe that God wants to bless you?

Do you feel selfish asking for God’s blessing?

When I struggle with this kind of faulty thinking it helps me to remember that God is a parent. We rightly call Him Father; but there are a few places where God is given motherly attributes as well.

Hosea 13:8 (NIV)

Like a bear robbed of her cubs,
    I will attack them and rip them open;

Deuteronomy 32:18 (NIV)

18 You deserted the Rock, who fathered you;
    you forgot the God who gave you birth.

Isaiah 66:13 (NIV)

13 As a mother comforts her child,
    so will I comfort you;
    and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.”

Matthew 23:37 (NIV)

37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.

Human parents are lacking in God’s perfection; still they can relate to the desire to see their children being blessed.

Your human father or mother may not always have your best interests in mind.

But your Heavenly Father/Mother has every bit of your best interests in mind and on His Heart.

God wants to see you succeed (be blessed) because He loves you.

If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If He had a wallet, your picture would be in it. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning. Face it friend, He

God wants the best for you; so you can expect that He would like to bless you in every way.

Do you want the best for God?

Do you want Him to be blessed in every way?

Read this psalm.

Psalm 67

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm. A song.

May God be gracious to us and bless us
    and make his face shine on us—
so that your ways may be known on earth,
    your salvation among all nations.

May the peoples praise you, God;
    may all the peoples praise you.
May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
    for you rule the peoples with equity
    and guide the nations of the earth.
May the peoples praise you, God;
    may all the peoples praise you.

The land yields its harvest;
    God, our God, blesses us.
May God bless us still,
    so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.

 The idea of this Psalm is simple.

God blesses you; God is blessed.

Think about it. A parent or grandparent or aunt or uncle see a item in the store. They know a child they love will like it.

A doll. A truck. A game. An electronic device.

Whatever it is. When they see it, they think of Sophia or Jackson. A smile spreads across their face as they think about giving the gift.

You must learn to believe that is how God thinks.

And don’t make the mistake of thinking that God only smiles at giving you socks and books and other “practical” gifts.

God took me shopping once. (1)When I was director of a nonprofit ministry, I was single minded in my focus. I loved the ministry and I loved what I was doing; but I was working myself serious (as opposed to silly). I had forgotten how to relax and enjoy myself. I had forgotten the importance of that.

One morning I went to a prayer breakfast. The devotional was about tea. The woman who wrote it had British roots and it began with a description of the proper way to make and serve tea.

Then the devotional explained that for a tea pot to function it has to be filled before it can empty out itself. As it empties itself, it must be refilled.

I realized that was me. I was emptying myself everyday without being filled. I realized that I needed to take a day off to fill myself.

I got permission from my staff to take the day off. I knew of a gathering of business people at noontime. It was a time of prayer that took place for an hour. Musicians came and played and people came and went as their lunch schedules allowed.

With the exception of the music, it was a time of quiet that set the scene for incredible prayer.

It was two hours away! But I put praise music on in my car and headed towards a time of prayer.

One hour later, I was already feeling filled by the praise and prayer in my car. I thought to myself, I don’t really need to continue. I have been filled. I could head home.

But I didn’t. I had set my course and was determined to finish it.

Except, I couldn’t. An hour later, I arrived at the hosting ministry to learn that the prayer hour was canceled that day due to a meeting of pastors.

I was a little confused. I had believed that this trip was designed by God for my well being. I believed that God saw my need for this time of prayer. I also believed that God knew, when He prompted me to take this trip, that the meeting would prevent my time of prayer.

Why would God have me drive two hours for a prayer time He knew was canceled?

Still wondering about God’s plan, I decided to visit my favorite thrift shop which was just a few blocks away.

I liked this particular thrift shop because clothing was so well organized. It was possible to find items that appealed to my taste and fit my body without checking every piece on the racks.

So I went to the thrift shop before heading home.

A hour or so later, as I pushed the half full cart. I pondered the puzzle of my thwarted prayer time trip. I was really enjoying the shopping; I had found some nice additions to my wardrobe.

I was enjoying how it turned out. But why would God take me on a wasted two hour trip. Then a new understanding flooded my thoughts.

God had taken me shopping!

I needed time alone in prayer; it is true. And I got way more than an hour as I drove.

But God knows that we need fun time.

God knows that as important as prayer and time in the Bible is; we also need to have less serious pursuits.

God wanted to bless me with His best.

He gave me four hours of driving time to listen to praise music and pray.

And he gave an hour or so of shopping.

When I returned home that evening, I was a full teapot. I was ready to be emptied once again.

What does God see that you need today- (1)

You can be sure that He cares about you in the same way He does about me.

Sometimes you will know what you need; often you will not.

Just ask God to bless you and wait to see where he takes you.

Prayer

Father God, be gracious to me and bless me; make Your face shine upon me, so that Your ways will be known here on earth.
May people praise You, Father, for what You do for me. Bless me so that all of the earth will fear and worship You. In Jesus name, Amen.

 Affirmation

God is gracious to me and blesses me; He looks on me with joyful favor.

And God is blessed as He blesses me. All the world sees what God does for me and they praise God. His salvation is made known to people who need to see how God works for me and they want that for themselves.

God makes all people blessed as He blesses me. Farmers and business people prosper because God blesses me. As a result, the whole world worships God.

God bless you,
Connie Suarez

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5 Health Benefits of Probiotics You Should Know About

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You’ve heard of antibiotics. And now “probiotics” are big in the news. If you’re wondering what they are and why you might want them, read on!

“Probiotic” is a word with Greek roots: “pro” meaning “promoting” and “biotic” meaning “life.” The World Health Organization defines probiotics as “live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.”

We usually think of bacteria as bad for us, and the wrong bacteria in the wrong place can certainly cause problems. But the right bacteria in the right place can be helpful in many ways. They can keep your digestive and immune systems healthy, help you manage weight, boost your mood, and possibly even keep you feeling and looking younger.

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1. PROBIOTICS AND GUT HEALTH

The most common reason to use probiotics is to support gut health. Research shows that probiotics work to restore the gut back to a healthy, optimally functioning state. Once the gut is in full working order, it can do its job to help support the immune system and maintain normal functions of the gut.

People who have used antibiotics long-term, or those with other gut issues, may benefit from adding a dose of healthy bacteria to their gut. But there are many other reasons to use a probiotic every day. 

2. PROBIOTICS AND WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

The idea that probiotics can assist in weight management is based on the theory that the type and amount of bacteria in the gut has a major impact on a person’s health. One study looking at the effects of probiotics on weight showed that when people used specific strains of bacteria, such as Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Bifidobacterium lactis, they had an overall reduction in fat mass, body weight, and weight gain. In a review of 82 probiotic-related studies, the bacteria Lactobacillus plantarum appeared to be associated with weight loss.

In another review, researchers compiled the findings from 25 randomized human trials with over 1,900 healthy adults, investigating what kind of impact consuming probiotics had on body weight and BMI. They found modest reductions in BMI and body weight. But there was also enough evidence that even these modest reductions could have a positive impact on overall health and reduce the risk of conditions related to BMI and body weight. This study found that taking more than one type of probiotic for more than 8 weeks was most helpful.

Even though some still dispute the idea that probiotics can help with weight management, there are plenty of other good reasons to make one part of your daily routine.

3. PROBIOTICS AND THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

Probiotics have been shown to support the immune system. Researchers recommend starting probiotics at least two weeks before the cold and flu season starts. Some researchers believe that probiotics interact with a person’s genetic makeup to actually change the immune system, making it function more efficiently. Harvard researchers recognized a connection between the bacteria in the gut and how well the immune system functions, but currently they aren’t exactly sure how this connection works.

A study of New Zealand rugby players showed that these athletes had 40 percent fewer colds and gastrointestinal infections when they took a probiotic as compared to those who took a placebo. An extra healthy immune system to help you fight off colds and flu is just one more good reason to take a probiotic.

4. PROBIOTICS AND MOOD

Everyone knows that what you eat has an effect on how you feel physically. But how about mentally? Plenty of us get an upset stomach when we’re worried about something, and there’s growing evidence that the mind-body connection centers on gut health. According to Kelly Brogan, a psychiatrist who uses probiotics to help her patients, “Probiotic supplements and a change in diet can, in effect, rewire the brain.” Another study found that probiotics can help relieve the symptoms of people who are feeling anxious.

5. PROBIOTICS AND SKIN

If you’re still not convinced you need probiotics, maybe this will change your mind: probiotics have been linked to antiaging effects, including skin improvements. You’ve probably heard of spa treatments like putting yogurt directly on the skin. But a study showed that taking probiotics orally can help protect the skin from the sun and help promote the quality of your skin and hair.

Dr. Whitney Bowe, an NYC dermatologist who studies probiotics, uses probiotics to help patients with antiaging and also to help with chronic skin conditions. Looking and feeling younger is a great reason to use a probiotic.

THE RIGHT PROBIOTICS

The human body carries around 100 trillion microorganisms in the gut. How do you know which are the right ones to help you? The studies quoted above have thoroughly investigated the strains of probiotics found to support gut and immune system function, lift mood, manage weight, and feel all-around better. These are the exact strains of probiotics found in PhysIQ ProBio by LifeVantage.

PhysIQ ProBio provides 6 billion CFUs of healthy bacteria to support your digestive system. This product uses proven ingredients as well as controlled-release technology, known as BIO-Tract®, which delivers live probiotics deep into your gut over a 10–12 hour period. The probiotic also includes Wellmune® which helps boost your immune system to bring you closer to your health goals. PhysIQ ProBio includes six different strains of probiotics: Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus casei, Lacotbacillus rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium longum. Each strain provides unique benefits to many systems in the body.

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