Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
March 11, 2008

Affirmation of the Week
Do unto others
as they would like you
to do unto them.

Weekly Wellness Radio Show

The Turn On your Inner Light Radio Show airs Tuesday evenings 7:00 to 7:30pm, on WGBB 1240AM in Long Island.

Featured Show - Dr. Scott Haltzman

Mar 04, 2008 Show - Dr. Scott Haltzman a clinical professor of psychiatry at Brown University and author of The Secrets of Happily Married Women. Learn what it takes to live happily ever after using the ingredients you already have at home.

Mar 11, 2008 Show -Monica Bouvier, a former model, currently at KTVA- CBS and author of In Search of Mr. Wonderful. Letís embark on a journey in self-love.

Click archives for directory of past shows.

Health Tips of the Week

  • Noise while you are sleeping can significantly raise your blood pressure even if you donít wake up. Whether itís your partnerís snoring or a plane flying overhead, your blood pressure will go up.
  • Worrying about what you weigh, even if you are overweight is not good for you. So by all means do something about it, but don't worry about it.
  • Depressed heart attack patients have a higher risk for sudden death in the months following a heart attack. The risk continues for many years.
  • For most Americans, meals tend to center around meat. To significantly decrease a personís risks of developing colorectal cancer, try a new approach to meal planning which focuses more on fruit and vegetable dishes.
  • If you have been taking Airborne to get instant protection from germy environments, forget about it. You might even be taking dangerous levels of Vitamin A. Currently Airborne has reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit against them for false advertising.
  • Even when it comes to identical sugar pills, some people think a costly one works better than a cheap one.
  • Time spent in phys ed does not detract from elementary school students' ability to excel in the classroom and may even improve performance.
  • Cavities or not, your teeth could be in more trouble than you know because of a silent and destructive phenomenon called dental erosion. Dental erosion is caused by acids found in products that are being more widely consumed than ever in the U.S. These include soft drinks, some fruit juices, sports drinks, herbal teas,
  • A combination of negative mother-daughter relationships and low blood levels of serotonin, an important brain chemical for mood stability, may be lethal for adolescent girls, leaving them vulnerable to engage in self-harming behaviors such as cutting themselves.

Article of the Week
How to Train Yourself to be Happy

Yes, by now we have all sighed, ďLife isnít fair;Ē those annoyingly cheerful people in our midst lucky enough to be hardwired for happiness genetically. No matter what problems land on their doorstep, they resiliently return to their happiness set point to flow with lifeís currents. How wonderful that todayís research community has allocated some of its resources and attention on happiness instead of depression, documenting the observations, reflections and attributes of happy people. The joyously surprising news is that even if you are born to be sad, you can imitate the characteristics of happy people to change your nature. This is a huge emancipation from the leg iron of depression.

What do happy people do? Basically, they are conscientious people working and achieving. They set goals and accomplish them. This is the big secret to happiness: Working towards a goal, achieving it and then moving on to the next goal like a series of small victories.

Many unhappy people commit self-sabotage by setting unrealistic goals or giving up way too soon. Patience is not a quality many of us cultivate. Focused on instant mastery, we get discouraged, labeling ourselves as failures with the ďI canít do it mindset,Ē or assuming the victim mentality that other people either stand in our way or will never give us a break. No wonder we get depressed and defeated quickly. We stop trying. If we donít try, we canít fail and feel disappointed. Ironically, not trying makes us even more depressed and feeling unfulfilled.

Feeling happier entails returning to basic principles, what your grandmother always told you.more

The Perfect Gift
For Caregivers who are stressed and need advice on

Debbie Mandel, MA is the author of Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul, and Changing Habits: The Caregivers' Total Workout a stress-reduction specialist, motivational speaker, a personal trainer and mind/body lecturer. She is the host of the weekly Turn On Your Inner Light Show on WGBB 1240 AM in Long Island and has been featured on radio/ TV and print media.

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