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New Study Shows Your Mood Is a Contagious Disease?

Are you in a bad mood today? There's a chance you picked it up from a friend or family member the same way you would catch a cold! A new study led by Rob Eyre of the University of Warwick found that moods "may spread from person to person via a process known as social contagion."

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Successify is now on YouTube!

Thank you!

I really want to thank the 25,000 of you that subscribe to this blog as well as the 2,143,265 people that have visited over the years. Your comments have been wonderful and I hope I’ve been able to add value to what you are working on in your life.

Announcement

Today is an exciting day for me, 1st because I turn 40 years old today, and second because I have finally launched the Successify YouTube channel. There you will be able to find videos dealing with all aspects of self-improvement, goal setting, self-esteem, and other life hacks. I am just getting it up and running so enjoy the intro video below and you can really support what I’m doing by subscribing to the channel using the link below.… Read the rest!

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Make a Difference Every Day!

Dr. Heap with Kids

Recently I was able to be a part of an amazing group of people who traveled to the Dominican Republic to provide dental care for people in need. Every time I participate in one of these trips, I always feel like the people I am serving are having a bigger impact on my life than I am having on theirs. I always feel like I am the one receiving the charity.

I’ve thought a lot about that feeling over the years. What is it about doing good for others that changes us and inspires us to give more? Why do I feel the most excitement and energy when I spend every ounce of it trying to improve somebody else’s life?

The Giving Paradox

I’m sure that most of you have all had the same experience that I described above.… Read the rest!

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2 Questions that Cure Depression

Depression ProzacI know that I am going to get some angry comments on this one. I get the most “hate mail” when I write posts about depression and creating happiness. It’s okay. I completely understand. It is a very difficult topic and there are many forms of depression. Some are self-induced, some come from hardships in life, and some come from chemicals in the brain getting out of balance. Some forms require medication, some require time alone, and some just require an encouraging word. I know that people who have never had it, could never fully understand it.

The advice I give below comes from years of counseling and giving advice to people who have come to me or e-mailed me asking for help battling depression. I have seen this technique pull people out of depressive and self-destrucive thought patterns and even get people off of medication who thought they would be on it for the rest of their lives.… Read the rest!

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The Formula for a Happier Day

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“When will I ever use this again?”

We all know that question. We thought it a million times in junior high and high school. I know that I said it every day in algebra and trigonometry.

But today I want to share a math formula that you can actually use every day to improve your life. This formula isn’t some new revelation like Einstein’s theories but it is a formula that you are already using every day without realizing it.

The formula is E x P = O

Seems so simple, right? Where here is the explanation:

E stands for “Event”

In any given day you have hundreds of “events”. Most of them are small, some are big, and every once in a while you get one that is a huge, big, deal.… Read the rest!

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Life Lesson from a Competitive Athlete

Cross Country Lesson

I found this through social media this morning and love the lesson it teaches:

Very little has been said about this…..On December 2, Basque athlete Iván Fernández Anaya was competing in a cross-country race in Burlada, Navarre. He was running second, some distance behind race leader Abel Mutai – bronze medalist in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the London Olympics. As they entered the finishing straight, he saw the Kenyan runner – the certain winner of the race – mistakenly pull up about 10 meters before the finish, thinking he had already crossed the line.

Fernández Anaya quickly caught up with him, but instead of exploiting Mutai’s mistake to speed past and claim an unlikely victory, he stayed behind and, using gestures, guided the Kenyan to the line and let him cross first.

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Amazing Advice on Happiness at 92-years Old

Age and Positivity

This delightful story from Cheri Musick was shared with me on Facebook this morning and I wanted to make sure I captured it so I wouldn’t forget about it. Great words of wisdom from an elderly lady. We could all learn something from her:

A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.

After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window.… Read the rest!

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10 Simple Things to Make You Happier At Home

10 steps to happy.jpgThis is a post I found at www.apartmenttherapy.com and I thought it was pretty insightful. Enjoy!

Our homes are an extension of who we are: what we do within the walls of our abodes shapes our mood, affects our productivity, and influences our outlook on life. Scientific studies have shown that we can have an impact on our happiness by adjusting the tiny little habits and routines that constitute our daily lives — we are, in fact, in control of our outlook on life.

It’s amazing how a few tweaks to our daily habits can become a catalyst for meaningful, positive change. Here are a few simple things you can do every day to feel happier at home.

1. Make your bed. In a popular post last month, I explained the many benefits of daily bed-making.… Read the rest!

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