Reduce Your Stress Levels with Water!

Did you know that we start out our life as 99% water, before we are born?  By adulthood, we are 70% water and when we die, we are probably 50% water.  As Masaru Emoto writes, “We exist mostly as water.”

Glass of water from Stress ExpressEvery cell in our body depends on water to function properly. Throughout theday, we lose about 8 cups of water, which must be replenished.  A 5% drop in body fluids will cause a 25-30% loss in energy; a 15% drop causes death. It is estimated that 80% of North Americans are suffering from dehydration, which results in:

• energy loss
• mental and physical exhaustion
• headaches and stiff joints
• sleep disturbance
• anxiety and stress
• kidney stones
• cancer and diabetes.1

“The human body produces pain and develops various diseases when it is suffering from drought.”  Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, M.D

Can you see now why the old adage, “drink 8 glasses of water a day,” is more important than ever?  Often overlooked, water is vital to health, to life and to stress reduction.  Try to drink filtered clean water, relieved of toxins like mercury, chlorine, etc, that are often found in public water systems.  Never drink water from a bottle that has been sitting in the hot sun all day...that. can be a carcinogen.  And caffeine drinks actually leach water from your system, so you need to drink more to replace those beverages.

Many times, when we think we are hungry, we are actually thirsty.  You usually need to drink a whole 8 oz when you get up in the morning and replenish throughout the day.   When you start drinking more water, the changes can be substantial.  You often regain energy, vitality and clarity. You will be amazed at the change in how you feel.

1.Beuermann-King, Beverly, “Water : A Necessity in Maintaining Mental Health,” July 20, 2009, www.WorkSmartLiveSmart.com

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Having the Confidence to Let Others Shine- Being Fired Up!

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of watching the jazz saxophonist Marion Meadows perform at a live concert in Florida.  The performance was terrific, especially because of the incredible enthusiasm of the band members.  Sometimes, the star of the show dominates every number and every song so thoroughly that you hardly notice the other band members.  That was definitely not the case with Marion Meadows.

All three of his band members, a pianist named Will Brock, a base player nicknamed Chocolate Chip, and a drummer whose name I missed all played with such unbridled joy and authentic passion for the music. Their delight was absolutely contagious and it lit the audience on fire.  And Marion let them.  He showcased them. He gave Will an entire solo and smiled on as his friend took over the stage.  He applauded the solos of each musician and appreciated their talents.

That takes confidence.  It takes confidence to be the star and sit back and let others shine, too.  It says volumes about who he is as a person.  If you are well-seated in your talents and abilities, you know how great it is to promote others and let them have their day in the sun.  It’s generous and it’s the sign of someone who knows how to share the limelight.

What about you?  Where in your life can you take a step back and let others shine?

Who can you promote and rave about?  Who can you build up?  What employees, colleagues, friends or loved ones can you brag about and give an opportunity to?  We live in such a negative world where people criticize others so quickly.  It’s much healthier to encourage others, to help them know their own value and talents.  Have the confidence to let others shine and you will know the deep satisfaction of helping bring more light to the world.

Improve Your Professional Success By Increasing Your Optimism & Happiness

The latest research on happiness is that the most successful business people, entrepreneurs, doctors and workers are happy first.  In fact, happiness, optimism and joy can dramatically improve your professional achievement, if that's important to you.

• Doctors put in a positive state before diagnosing show 3x more intelligence and creativity & make diagnoses 19% faster than doctors in a neutral state.

Optimistic salespeople sell 56% more than pessimists. Smiling senior playing tennis

• Happy students far outperform their peers on tests.1

Being happy, joyful and optimistic can radically improve the quality of your life. Happiness and optimism can be learned by anyone and applied immediately.

Optimists live seven years longer than pessimists, according to a study done at Yale University analyzing 600 people.  Those who viewed aging from a positive perspective live on average 7.5 years longer than those who did not.  So you can add nearly a full decade to your life by having a sunnier perspective!

Optimism has substantial health benefits.  How’s your breathing?  Do you have asthma or frequent bronchitis?   A study at Harvard found that optimists have significantly better lung function.  Changing the way you feel about things may help you to breathe easier, literally.

Given the economic pressures many areas of the world have encountered recently, how does optimism play out at work?  No matter what the economy is doing, there are always certain people who thrive.

Dr. Martin Sullivan of the University of Pennsylvania spent 20 years interviewing 350,000 executives and learned something fascinating: the top 10% performers think differently from others: they are all optimists! That’s a pretty amazing statistic.  So if you want greater success, achievement, and effectiveness at work, become a more positive thinker.

(Data from the book The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor)