We have only begun to look at the evidence, but it appears that different aspects of well-being matter for health in different ways depending on the cultural context where people reside
Anne Egros's insight:
Well-being in the West is formulated more in terms of the individual and how he or she may feel about how they’re doing in life.
In the East, well-being is much more about the self embedded within social relationships; for example, how well you’re doing in meeting your obligations to others.
In the U.S., self-report tools ask people to report on their levels of positive and negative affect. Usually the two types of affect tend to be inversely correlated. Emotions are strongly related to people’s health in the U.S.: those with more positive and less negative affect report better health. This is true even when we look at more objective health criteria, like stress hormones, or other biological risk factors.
That is not true in Japan. Both affects tend to be more moderately reported. That is, there is no cultural prescription for feeling mostly positive emotion and not feeling much negative. In Japan there’s nothing wrong with feeling negative emotion; it’s not viewed as something amiss that possibly needs to be fixed in therapy
In the West, the core objective is to get people out of the experience of negative emotion – whether it’s anxiety or depression. The way that well-being tries to do that is to get patients to focus on their experiences of well-being by keeping daily diaries of positive experience.
In Japan therapy is designed to treat distressed or maladjusted people, but the focus is not on fixing emotions. In fact, they are viewed as beyond the person’s control. Emotions come and go and people do not control them. They may be positive or negative, and you can observe them, but it’s not worth your time to try to fix them. What you can fix is what you do. So the therapy tries to get people to shift into thinking not so much about how they feel, but what they are doing.
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8 Tools to Open Your Heart and Cultivate a More Joyful life
Anne Egros's insight:
Feeding the Heart
We can tailor our diet to specifically support our highest well-being. In the case of the heart chakra, the focus is on green foods for rejuvenation. Look to kiwis, avocados, leafy greens, sprouts, broccoli, wheat grass, moringa herb, blue green algae, pistachio and honeydew melon.
Similarly, we can immerse ourselves in the green of nature. There is nothing quite like a tree filled stroll to soothe the heart and spirt.health.
One of the surest ways to liberate the heart is to forgive. Open to the depth of our feelings involving the situation, person or event — and then, when we’re ready, we let it go.
Often overlooked because of its simplicity, gratitude is a lovely way to feed our hearts. Not only will relationships and health benefit, but our happiness expands as well.
Don’t underestimate the power of essential oilsto balance and heal the heart chakra. Ananda Apothecary gives the following advice. To comfort and open a grieving heart, rose otto and rose absolute are two exceptionally beneficial oils. When you feel as though your heart is constricted or in self-protection mode, melissa, neroli and ylang ylang help to gently nurture and reopen the heart center.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
When we feel as though the weight of the world is on our shoulders, or that our heart is much too heavy, EFT is an exceptional tool for releasing stagnant emotions and fostering more lightheartedness. Based on specific acupuncture points, the technique involves an initial healing statement followed by gentle tapping on certain areas of the body.
Whether you’re dealing with a broken heart or feel you could be more joyful, Anusara yoga can help with its focus on heart-opening poses. Practice asanas like Love Raid, Extended Side Angle Pose,Low Lunge, Twisting Low Lunge and Honey-in-the-Heart Pose.
Likewise, loving-kindness (metta) meditation is a powerful tool for unlocking the heart as well.
Satisfying late night cravings with pizzas and chocolate cake might be a tempting way to end each day, but it's not doing your body any favours.
Anne Egros's insight:
I think this list is really good but when you want to quit a bad habit you have to replace it by a good one .
Here 5 steps to start building habits for healthy living (physical and mental health):
1-Make the list of bad habits you know are damaging your health
2-Identify three bad habits that if you quit now will improve your life within 30 days
3-Use journaling to record what or when or with whom you have a tendency to indulge in your bad habits or be able to have enough willpower to resist temptations: for example if you want to quit smoking surround yourself with people who do not smoke
4-Make an action plan with daily baby steps: if you drink too much alcohol, parties, take a non alcoholic versions of your favorite cocktails or a sparkling water with lemon.
5- Join a support group find a buddy or a coach who will empower and support you
Are we fat because we overeat, or do we overeat because we’re fat?
Anne Egros's insight:
Eat well, feel good and lose weight without being hungry = Reduce calories from refined carbohydrates. increase fibres and lean proteins
Not all calories are created the same.
Plan your meals not only based on calories but look also for foods with low glycemic index.
What is the Glycemic Index?
Carbohydrates are absorbed and transformed into glucose in the blood triggering the release of insulin, the hormone that makes the glucose available to the cells and tissues that make your muscles, heart, brain or adipose tissue.
The glycemic index (GI) describes the blood glucose levels obtained after eating carbohydrates. Choosing low GI carbs – the ones that produce only small fluctuations in our blood glucose and insulin levels – is the secret to long-term health reducing your risk of heart disease and diabetes and is the key to sustainable weight loss.
Carbohydrates made of simple sugars like fructose in fruit juices or starch in white pasta or rice are rapidly absorbed and produce a high peak of glucose and insulin increasing fat storage.
Complex carbohydrates are found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and are absorbed slowly giving energy for one hour or so, more when combined with high content of fibers, Fibers are not digested by the body and help to slow the absorption of sugars and fats and lower the glycemic index, that is why it is better to eat an orange fruit than an orange juice.
Proteins are digested and produce amino acids that regulate the hunger signal sent to your brain so you will feel satisfied and less hungry for a longer period of time.
Proteins are found in eggs, milk products, fish, lean meats or legumes (vegetables that includes beans, peas and lentils). Legumes can be a healthy substitute for meat.
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Do you keep failing to lose weight? Your mindset might be preventing successful weight loss. Find out how to change this.
Anne Egros's insight:
This apply to any kind of change, not only for loosing weight :
We don't like discomfort and change is about making you uncomfortable so embrace it rather than trying to avoid the pain.
No pain no gain: yes if you want changes that last you will have to give up some things you really enjoy but the key is to replace habits that don't serve your goals by new habits you equally enjoy
Focus on the process rather than on the end results, nothing is happening overnight.
Check if you are mentally and physically equipped to make the changes you need. It is better to postpone starting a change project if it is not the right timing rather than trying for a couple of days or week, failing and blaming yourself for lack of will power. It will sure make your self-esteem goes down
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