Posts Tagged ‘Happy’

Monday Music Mayhem

December 6, 2010

I’m really happy with this week’s music list.  Mostly it’s because I finally identified the song played in that holiday Honda commercial! It’s a really catchy tune that’s been stuck in my head ALL week.  If you’ve heard it, you know exactly what I’m talking about!

Holiday — Vampire Weekend

Valerie — Amy Winehouse

Marry Me — Bruno Mars

Time of My Life — Black Eyed Peas (David Guetta Remix)

Firework — Katy Perry

For the athlete on your gift list

December 2, 2010

Just wanted to tell you about something that’s going to happen right here…a week from today.  Next Thursday marks 12 days before Christmas and to celebrate, I’m going to feature great gifts for the buff broad (or athlete) on your holiday list.  We’re talking, gadgets, clothing, books, etc.  And don’t worry, I won’t steer you wrong.  I’m not recommending anything I wouldn’t want for myself!  Yay shopping!

Worked to death

May 14, 2010

On this Friday, allow me to present evidence as to way you shouldn’t be working so hard.  Working overtime will kill you. 

According to a new study published in the European Heart Journal, people who regularly clock OT and work 10 or 11 hour days potentially increase their risk for heart disease by nearly 60%. 

The authors of the study cite a whole bunch of reasons as to why this is true, but it’s the usual culprits…stress and anxiety which likely grows the longer you sit at your desk.  Less time to exercise, relax and unwind are mentioned too.

In the end, it all comes back to the buff broad mantra (I know you’re probably getting tired of it, but I’m never going to stop saying it)…EVERYTHING IN MODERATION!  This applies to work, diet, exercise, etc.  Your life NEEDS balance.  Too much of anything (whether good or bad) isn’t always the best thing.

SOURCE: Working overtime increases heart risk, a study finds

An Easter goody

March 30, 2010

Just in time for Easter, there’s more good news about eating chocolate.  All I can say is…bring it on Easter Bunny!

Should I stay or should I go?

March 3, 2010

I love going on vacation.  Having all those months of planning come to fruition in one week of relaxed bliss is wonderful.  Heading back into work after a week in paradise, not so much.  But before I know it, I’m happy once again as I countdown the days to my next trip.  I often wonder if everyone go through this rollercoaster of vacation emotion?  And it turns out, they do.

A team of Dutch researchers set out to measure how happy vacations make us and you know what they found?…the biggest boost of happiness comes from planning the trip and the high lasts about 8 weeks!

You would think our good mood would continue after getting back home, but it doesn’t.  Apparently happiness levels for most people drop back to normal once the vacation is over.  Only those who reported being “very relaxed” while away were still happy back home, but the euphoria only lasted two weeks.  One reason cited for the mood swing is the stress of going back to work. (Um, hello?!)

But I’ve saved the best part for last.  Want to know how to remain happy through the year?  Researchers recommend taking small breaks throughout the year instead of blowing all your vacation time on one epic trip.  I can live with that, question is can I afford it?

SOURCE:  How Vacations Affect Your Happiness

Be Happy and Don’t Worry About Heart Disease

February 19, 2010

The key to living a long and healthy life is to be happy.  No joking!

According to a study published in the European Heart Journal, people who were happy and stayed positive were better able to ward off heart disease than those who were more anxious or depressed.

In numbers…being happy meant a 22% lower risk of developing heart disease.

So when work has you worked up, take a breather…it might save your life!  And don’t forget to enjoy the weekend!

SOURCE: Happiness wards off heart disease, study suggests

The Joy of Running

January 26, 2010

A couple of months ago, I wrote about a book called “Born to Run” and its emphasis on running barefoot.  That post was based on several reviews and interviews I read, but since reading the book myself I’ve come to realize all those articles missed the point. 

Sure author Christopher MacDougall laments the modern running shoe and advocates a simpler approach to running, but the book isn’t propaganda for barefoot running.  In fact, MacDougall pokes fun at one of his characters who does run shoeless.  The main point of the book, I feel, is the joy running can bring.

If you’ve ever struggled through a mile, you probably think I’m nuts, but hear me out.  You ever have one of those workouts when you get into such a groove that the miles and/or minutes fly by?  When everything that was nagging you both mentally and physically just melts away?  When you’re smiling during the workout?  It’s that feeling and its origin that MacDougall tries to capture in his book. 

I’m not much a runner myself, but I came away with a newfound appreciation for it and a determination to try and enjoy the excercise myself.  If you are a runner or just enjoy reading captivating stories, pick up “Born to Run.”

Monday Music Mayhem

January 25, 2010

It’s a really dreary day here in New York.  Not only did the Jets lose, but the weather sucks.  To counteract the Monday blues, here are some sunny and peppy music selections.

Walking on Sunshine — Katrina and the Waves

Steal My Sunshine — LEN

Shake It — Metro Station

Green Light — Beyonce

All These Things That I’ve Done — The Killers

Christmas Cheer!

December 24, 2009

I don’t feel like talking about exercise or weight watching or calorie counting today.  (It’s Christmas!) So instead…I’m bringing you a couple of things that put a smile on my face this time of year…

First up…christmas lights choreographed to music.  (I swear I will do this to my house one of these years!)

Next…it’s the best (and by that I mean the worst) version of “O Holy Night” I’ve ever heard.

And finally a little bad santa humor courtesy of the folks over at failblog.org:

Merry Christmas!

Words to Live By

December 18, 2009

Holiday stress reaches its peak this weekend.  There’s shopping to finish, cookies to bake, packing and traveling to do.  Try to take a yoga or pilates class to calm those nerves.  Or run a mile as fast as you can…whatever soothes you.  And don’t forget…

“The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness.  Think of your three best friends.  If they’re OK, then it’s you.”  —Rita Mae Brown