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Welcome to Dr. William G. DeFoore's Monthly E-Newsletter       W.G. DeFoore, Ph.D. May 2010 Vol 4 Issue 5  

Play Harder, Get Smarter!

Playing is one of the best things that you can do for your mind, heart and health. A monumental new book entitled, The Evolution Of Childhood: Relationships, Emotion, Mind describes play as "great energy expenditure and risk with apparent pointlessness." This article in Atlantic Monthly discusses the book, pointing out how author Melvin Konner cites ample research showing that humans and other species that engage in high amounts of play are also smarter. We also know from the work of Patch Adams, Bernie Siegel and others that play and laughter are good medicine!

Step aside from your serious life, and find a child, a puppy or a kitten. Get down on the floor or the ground with your playmate, and follow their leadership in play. Create a circle of friends that just like to have a good time, and get together regularly. Keep it positive, and develop a theme for your gatherings, like discussing and sharing art and poetry on beauty, joy and special places. This will boost your optimism about life in general, which also boosts your immune system.

Good People Doing Good Things

Catch the wave! It is happening more and more, all of the time, all over the world. Watch this video about physicians providing medical care for the needy, out of the kindness of their hearts. Also read about the growing list of free colleges in the U.S. and around the world, opening doors to bright and promising youths. You must do yourself the favor of learning about service dogs helping autistic children. This will definitely warm your good heart and maybe jerk a tear or two! Go to Tender Loving Canines to learn more.

Watch Karly Wahlin find her voice through music. Born normal, then developing Rett Syndrome, Karly's life opened like a flower when she began composing music. Her music plays in the background during the video. Also check out the 91 year old Junkyard Poet of Whirligigs and Windmills, The Waffle Man and the 2-year-old Geography whiz. Here are children of all ages who are finding the spark of creativity, love and joy in their hearts--and they will not let anything stop them from expressing it! Let them inspire you.

Your Body Wants To Move!

How many people do you know who are on medication for depression and/or anxiety? For most of us, the answer is "Lots!" Researchers at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and Boston University are calling exercise a magic drug for depression and anxiety. side effects! What is this telling us? Since exercise actually helps with depression and anxiety, then maybe those conditions are partly an underused body saying, "I want to move!" Don't let self-limiting beliefs get in your way. Regardless of your age, size or the shape you're in, there is an exercise that you can do.

Here is a video of an exercise you may not want to try at home...and check out this baseball player's acrobatics at home base! In this video of The Ross Sisters, you'll find yourself saying, "What?" Okay, so we probably won't be repeating those performances, but we can all do something!

Think about it. Everyday, you eat, rest and do other things to rejuvenate and rebuild your energy levels. So, then, what happens in your body when you don't use that energy? It stagnates...making you restless, irritable, and surprisingly, tired. Do yourself a favor, and get moving! For those who have considered but haven't started running, or who have given it up, find out how to love running. Remember, easy gets hard, and hard gets easy. The longer you take the easy road of no exercise and poor diet, the harder it gets (because you won't feel good). And the longer you take the harder road of exercise and healthy eating, the easier it gets--because you will feel great!

And now, just to help you feel good, watch and learn how to cuddle with an elephant seal, and see if you can imagine feeling like these babies in dreamland.

 Quotes from Great Goodfinders

"Fitness - if it came in a bottle, everybody would have a great body."

"Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states."
--Carol Welch

"Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence."

"Be happy. It's one way of being wise."
--Sidonie Gabrielle

"Enjoy life. This is not a dress rehearsal."



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