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Welcome to Dr. William G. DeFoore's Monthly E-Newsletter       W.G. DeFoore, Ph.D.

October 2011 Vol 5 No. 10  

The Art And Science Of Ease

We use the word "ease" in many ways, but rarely do we focus on it all by itself. So, I want to ease your mind a little, knowing that will help you breathe deeper, and possibly even slow your heart rate a little. Rest assured that when you take your ease and make time in your day to relax, laugh and enjoy, you are much less likely to end up with dis-ease. Hey! Does that mean that illness might just mean we're not taking it easy enough of the time? We know that much of what we do each day is for the purpose of easing our stress and easing the pressure we feel, and many medical treatments have the exact same purpose. So, to increase your ease, try these:
  • Ease yourself into your day. Take some time each morning for positive journaling, meditation, prayer or simply enjoying soothing music with your favorite morning beverage.
  • Make your workout easy by having fun with it. Read, watch TV, listen to tunes or workout with friends where you can shoot the breeze. The more fun you're having, the longer you will keep exercising!
  • Move in the direction of easy, by doing the hard stuff first. The longer you exercise and eat well, the easier it gets. The more you practice Goodfinding, the easier it gets.
  • Take it easy several times throughout each day. Sit back, take a breath, relax, look at something pleasing at least 3-4 times each day for 30 seconds to 5 minutes.
These are just a few ideas, and you can certainly come up with more of your own, like calling a happy friend, learn a new joke, or whatever brings a smile to your heart.

Getting Better All The Time

More and more research piles up every day, showing that attitude has a great impact on our health and level of success. So, how about the attitude that you and your life are getting better all the time! Of course, it doesn't always look or feel that way, but here's the deal: If you always focus on the fact...and it is indeed a fact...that your body and your world are always in a process of self-correction, then it is always true that it's getting better all the time. Think of all of the problems that worried you in the past that are gone now. Think of all of the illnesses you have healed from. See what I mean? That's because rejuvenation, revitalizing, regenerating and restoring are ongoing unconscious processes in your body/mind organism.

So, no matter how you feel, or what the situation is, the next time someone asks you, "How's it going?" Just say, "Getting better all the time!" Not only will you feel a little better for having said that, you will actually be sending signals to your subconscious mind to step up the getting better process. Be solution-focused, optimistic and faith-full, no matter what, all of the time. The effort and the outcome will be good for you and your entire world.

Lots Of Feel Good Stuff

As always, this third article is full of fun, funny and feel-good videos, sites and stories. Just to remind you of why you're taking a break from your busy life to do this Goodfinding stuff, here is a great article on the many health benefits of laughter. So, in keeping with the laughter theme, you will enjoy popcorn kittens and dogs shaking off water--bound to bring a smile, giggle or guffaw! I think you've got to be really fun-loving to play Dixieland jazz for a group of cows...check out this light-hearted video. And if you haven't already seen this video of a couple of elders playing with their new webcam, or even if you have, you'll love it!

Now as we transition toward deeper feeling and inspiration, let this wonderful video remind you that you have greatness inside you.  Now let's move further in the direction of great and amazing human beings like you doing awesome things. Enjoy these three guys and their three Martin guitars as they make some truly beautiful music together, and this brilliant young woman who is leading a doodling revolution. Now, open your heart and mind, as you watch these everyday heroes lift a burning car to save a young man's life, and this wonderful physician who composes and performs music to help his patients heal. You'll also love these stories of a 91 year old and very grateful man giving back in the millions, and this Army major who gave new life to an Afghan boy. Let these folks point you toward the greatness of the human spirit in all of us.

 Quotes from Great Goodfinders

""What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, And in their pleasure takes joy, even as though t'were his own."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"To live happily is an inward power of the soul."

"Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence."
--Sydney Smith

"When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace."
--Dalai Lama



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