12 Things Happy People Do Differently

Happiness

I recently had a church lesson, of all things on the 12 Things Happy People Do Differently. I found it rather provocative, and extremely practical, so I thought Id echo the points here, and add my two cents.  These are vitally true.  I think life, and they way we view it, is often seen through the lens we create. We live in a negative world, where people just “want to share”, but often these things drag us down, and lead our minds into avenues of despair and frustration.  Of course life gives us a set of challenges, its up to us what we do with them.

I’ve quoted the four points from this website ( http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/08/30/12-things-happy-people-do-differently/)

 

  1. Express gratitude. – When you appreciate what you have, what you have appreciates in value.  Kinda cool right?  So basically, being grateful for the goodness that is already evident in your life will bring you a deeper sense of happiness.  And that’s without having to go out and buy anything.  It makes sense.  We’re gonna have a hard time ever being happy if we aren’t thankful for what we already have.
  2. Cultivate optimism. – Winners have the ability to manufacture their own optimism.  No matter what the situation, the successful diva is the chick who will always find a way to put an optimistic spin on it.  She knows failure only as an opportunity to grow and learn a new lesson from life.  People who think optimistically see the world as a place packed with endless opportunities, especially in trying times.
  3. Avoid over-thinking and social comparison. – Comparing yourself to someone else can be poisonous.  If we’re somehow ‘better’ than the person that we’re comparing ourselves to, it gives us an unhealthy sense of superiority.  Our ego inflates – KABOOM – our inner Kanye West comes out!  If we’re ‘worse’ than the person that we’re comparing ourselves to, we usually discredit the hard work that we’ve done and dismiss all the progress that we’ve made.  What I’ve found is that the majority of the time this type of social comparison doesn’t stem from a healthy place.  If you feel called to compare yourself to something, compare yourself to an earlier version of yourself.
  4. Practice acts of kindness. – Performing an act of kindness releases serotonin in your brain.  (Serotonin is a substance that has TREMENDOUS health benefits, including making us feel more blissful.)  Selflessly helping someone is a super powerful way to feel good inside.  What’s even cooler about this kindness kick is that not only will you feel better, but so will people watching the act of kindness.  How extraordinary is that?  Bystanders will be blessed with a release of serotonin just by watching what’s going on.  A side note is that the job of most anti-depressants is to release more serotonin.  Move over Pfizer, kindness is kicking ass and taking names.
  5. Nurture social relationships. – The happiest people on the planet are the ones who have deep, meaningful relationships.  Did you know studies show that people’s mortality rates are DOUBLED when they’re lonely?  WHOA!  There’s a warm fuzzy feeling that comes from having an active circle of good friends who you can share your experiences with.  We feel connected and a part of something more meaningful than our lonesome existence.
  6. Develop strategies for coping. – How you respond to the ‘craptastic’ moments is what shapes your character.  Sometimes crap happens – it’s inevitable.  Forrest Gump knows the deal.  It can be hard to come up with creative solutions in the moment when manure is making its way up toward the fan.  It helps to have healthy strategies for coping pre-rehearsed, on-call, and in your arsenal at your disposal.
  7. Learn to forgive. – Harboring feelings of hatred is horrible for your well-being.  You see, your mind doesn’t know the difference between past and present emotion.  When you ‘hate’ someone, and you’re continuously thinking about it, those negative emotions are eating away at your immune system.  You put yourself in a state of sucker-ism (technical term) and it stays with you throughout your day.
  8. Increase flow experiences. – Flow is a state in which it feels like time stands still.  It’s when you’re so focused on what you’re doing that you become one with the task.  Action and awareness are merged.  You’re not hungry, sleepy, or emotional.  You’re just completely engaged in the activity that you’re doing.  Nothing is distracting you or competing for your focus.
  9. Savor life’s joys. – Deep happiness cannot exist without slowing down to enjoy the joy.  It’s easy in a world of wild stimuli and omnipresent movement to forget to embrace life’s enjoyable experiences.  When we neglect to appreciate, we rob the moment of its magic.  It’s the simple things in life that can be the most rewarding if we remember to fully experience them.
  10. Commit to your goals. – Being wholeheartedly dedicated to doing something comes fully-equipped with an ineffable force.  Magical things start happening when we commit ourselves to doing whatever it takes to get somewhere.  When you’re fully committed to doing something, you have no choice but to do that thing.  Counter-intuitively, having no option – where you can’t change your mind – subconsciously makes humans happier because they know part of their purpose.
  11. Practice spirituality. – When we practice spirituality or religion, we recognize that life is bigger than us.  We surrender the silly idea that we are the mightiest thing ever.  It enables us to connect to the source of all creation and embrace a contentedness with everything that exists.  Some of the most accomplished people I know feel that they’re here doing work they’re “called to do.”
  12. Take care of your body. – Taking care of your body is crucial to being the happiest person you can be.  If you don’t have your physical energy in good shape, then your mental energy (your focus), your emotional energy (your feelings), and your spiritual energy (your purpose) will all be negatively affected.  Did you know that studies conducted on people who were clinically depressed showed that consistent exercise raises happiness levels just as much as Zoloft?  Not only that, but here’s the double whammy… Six months later, the people who participated in exercise were less likely to relapse because they had a higher sense of self-accomplishment and self-worth.

If you find these interesting, I recommend getting this book “The How of Happiness” by  Sonja Lyubomirsky.

Heart Disease not prevented by Multivitamins

In a recent study, it was shown that multivitamins does not offer benefits for the prevention of heart disease. I found the study particularly interesting because Centrum Multivitamin’s used in the study are just cheap bad chemical vitamin’s, not wholefood vitamins. This is something I’ve said for a long time, cheap chemical vitamins are not healthy, and don’t help. Infact they can be harmful. However, while the study addresses Heart Disease, it did indicate that it can reduce the risk of Cancer. I suppose the real proof is in the quality of the vitamin, real food being the best source, and then wholefood supplements being the next best approach. If somebody is going to take any form of a supplement or vitamin, it should have peer reviewed, clinical research to suggest it is effective. The supplements that I endorse do, as is the case with wholefood vitamins. I get my wholefood vitamins at our local health food store.

Ref: http://www.healthaim.com/study-heart-disease-not-prevented-by-multivitamins/

Gold is not the security you think

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/08/why-is-the-price-of-gold-falling/261273/

Unlike commodities such as wheat or oil, which you can at least eat or burn for fuel, gold pretty much lacks any inherent value beyond what the market assigns to it.

I’ve been saying this for a long time. What is gold good for? Its just a medium. In very hard times, who needs it? Gold will hold value only if somebody else finds value in it, and most people only find value in it, to preserve value. Once that value is gone, its worthless. Well maybe not entirely.

With India and China changing the market demand, we now see that the value of gold is changing. Something to think about.

Protandim at VCU Medical Center on Hypertension

Protandim Study #12 as we’re calling it, focuses on Protandim’s ability to reduce hypertension and what it can mean for human intervention in future studies. This is followup review from the previous VCU study published in the American Heart Association study, and adds:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22870869

Significance: Pathobiological mechanisms which contribute to pulmonary vasoconstriction, lung vascular remodeling and the development of right heart failure include the generation of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species and the response of lung vascular and cardiac cells to these molecules. We review the information regarding oxidant stress balanced by antioxidant mechanisms and the role of oxidants and antioxidants in hypoxic pulmonary hypertension and their potential role in an animal model of severe pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Recent Advances: In human lung tissue from patients with idiopathic PAH we find reduced SOD activity and high expression of the oxidant stress markers nitrotyrosine and 8-OH-guanosine. In the Sugen 5416/chronic hypoxia model of PAH lung tissue expression of nitrotyrosine and hemeoxygenase 1 (HO-1) is substantial, while HO-1 expression in the failing right ventricle is decreased. This model, based on administration of the VEGF receptor blocker Sugen 5416 and chronic hypoxia (Su/Hx), reproduces many of the characteristic features of severe angioobliterative human PAH. Treatment of Su/Hx rats with ‘protandim,’ which Nrf-2-dependently upregulates the expression of genes encoding antioxidant enzymes, protects against right heart failure without affecting angioobliterative PAH. Critical Issues: In human severe PAH, patient survival is determined by the function of the stressed right ventricle; investigation of oxidative and nitrosative stresses and their potential contribution to right heart failure is necessary. Future Directions: Antioxidant therapeutic strategies may be of benefit in the setting of human severe PAH. Whether antioxidant strategies affect lung vascular remodeling and/or prevent right heart failure remains to be examined.

Revelar – A Measure of Oxidative Stress

I’ve been watching this one for a while now. The gold standard in measuring oxidative stress is a test known as TBARS, it is a well-established screening and monitoring of lipid peroxidation. Its often called reactive species test or lipid peroxidase test. See my this page about where to get a TBARS test. But most of us aren’t going to draw blood, and unless we have access to a lab, its very hard to conduct the test. Even labs that can do it, must follow the protocol exactly. There must be an easier way to measure oxidative stress.

About a year ago I inquired of the manufacturer of a product called Revelar. According to them, their device detects and measures aldehydes in the breath. Aldehydes are known to be indicators of free radical damage. Does it work? I don’t know, but it appears promising. They have a new model that is better they claim than the old one. The device is expensive, both the “machine” and the testing items would cost the patient about $30 per test (meaning after you do a few hundred tests you’ve paid for the machine). So most people don’t have the money to buy one.

So what’s next? We’ll we stay tuned. Im sure that as it comes out, we’ll know much more about how viable it is. I suspect many small doctors offices will purchase the device. They’ll try a varienty of methods to lower oxidative stress. Time will tell, but it looks promising.

See Revalar for more details.

Protandim and Human Coronary Artery Endothelial Cells

A new Protandim study conducted by the Department of Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University, shows that Protandim when used in vitro with human cells that line the inside of coronary arteries are dramatically protected from cellular death caused by oxidative stress. The study shows that without Protandim 34% of cells “die” however when pretreatment with Protandim resulted in only 6% cell death. This study shows Protandim stimulates via Nrf2 the production of several key proteins and enzymes (in some cases twice as much or up to 7 times as much more) that fight free radical damage. This study shows Protandim can reduce endothelial cell oxidative stress and has potential to reduce associated vascular disease states.

ref: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22685617

This is the 11th Study on Protandim that is waiting to be published, however the full text is found here at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/oximed/2012/132931/

Because Protandim is a dietary supplement, it is not meant to cure or prevent disease. This blog above simply states the findings from the research study.

This is the 11th Study on Protandim, released in June 2012

American Cheese is not Cheese

I’m not sure why such pride is taken in labeling American Cheese “American”. Is it american to take something good and real and imitate it with favor and color? Maybe. However, American Cheese is not cheese, it just isn’t. It doesn’t even taste good. Sure its cheap, its only redeeming value I suppose, however its certainly not healthy. It used to be it contained real cheese, but no longer. What’s in American cheese? Pasteurized Milk, Salt, Sodium, Phosphates, Lactic Acid, Coloring and crap. Count me out on American Cheese. Why can’t we have good cheese and call that American Cheese! Part of the problem I think is how its processed, so manufactured, maybe that’s the American icon being represented.

Ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_cheese

Navigation vs Searching on the Internet

Its a pet peave of mine, mostly exploited by browser authors, but searching on the Internet is NOT the same thing as navigating to a website. Follow this story. You’re talking to a friend, and you ask him or her to goto “mobileapps.com”. And they do this:

And this is SEARCHING for the website mobileapps.com
Then they get search results:

That takes the user directly to the website they want (after all, that is what talking about in this story example “goto” the website mobileapps.com.

This drives me nuts. I suppose its just the Internet, but this seems like a pretty easy concept. </rant>

BPA Levels From Eating Canned Soup and Free Radicals

BPA is nasty stuff.  This study, shows how BPA increase from those who eat canned soup, in just 5 days.  Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical produced in large quantities for use primarily in the production of polycarbonate plastics found in water bottles and food storage containers. BPA is known to disrupt the endocrine system in the human body and may contribute to weight gain, metabolic syndrome, prostate gland, cardiovascular disease, hormone sensitive cancers such as breast and prostate, and immune system dysfunction. Harmful exposure levels are not known at this time and are currently being researched. The amount of BPA that leeches into food and drink varies depending on the age of the container, the temperature of the food/drink, and the type of container.

Did you also know that BPA is related to free radicals?  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12865045

This article showed how BPA Injected into mice, increased hydrogen peroxide in the mouse organs.  Hydrogen peroxide is a very strong free radical molecule.

Need more confirmation, see http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S001393510900084X

 

Protandim Canada

Protandim Canada

Protandim Canada(Update April 2018) Protandim is available in Canada for customers or distributors.  The cost of Protandim is the same for both customers or distributors at the wholesale price of CAD$53.25 per bottle plus sales tax and shipping. Preferred Customers can save on shipping by setting up quarterly shipments instead of monthly orders.  There are also options for free shipping for registered customers who bundle with other products.

Because LifeVantage is a referral based business, if you are already working with a LifeVantage distributor, please contact them to purchase Protandim or enroll as a distributor. If you do not have a distributor to help you or if you need more information about how you can become involved in LifeVantage in Canada, I’m willing to assist you.

Need Help? Message me or use the links on this page or the phone number below.

Protandim ships from the Canada warehouse, and takes about 4-6 business days.  LifeVantage also sells a skin care system (called TrueScience).  TrueScience has Protandim in it, click this link to TrueScience for more information.  Our Canine Health (now called Petandim) product is available through our “not for resale” website, where distributors and customers may order.  Axio is now available Canada online.  PhysIQ for Canada is now available also.

For local inquiries in Canada please contact one of the following authorized distributors:

Vancouver or Victoria Island, please contact Dora or Pete by phone at 250-723-9372.

Eastern British Columbia call Collin at 250-231-2078 for orders.

Ontario or Manitoba, please contact me. (I’m looking for a local distributor to help in Ontario)

Nova Scotia contact Christoph via email in Halifax.

Quebec please visit lundgren.ca-fr.lifevantage.com

How do you Buy Protandim in Canada Now?

There are three options to buy Protandim in Canada.  One is become a preferred customer, the other is to place a one time retail order, and the third is enroll as a distributor.  The prices for Protandim are nearly all the same, but there are different benefits or advantages to each.

   CUSTOMER ACCOUNT or CUSTOMER ORDERS

3 Protandim Package: buy protandim in Canada as a preferred customer.  You will notice this order is for a monthly order of 3 Protandim. However, you can change this after you complete the order and set it up the way you want, even for a one time order.  Just Message Me after, or when I see your order I will try to contact you.  After a few months, you can setup a regular subscription as you want with customer service and keep the wholesale price, or you can order at irregular intervals at the retail price.  Most customers either cancel their subscription, or place regular orders each month or every quarter to save on shipping.

  PHONE ORDER

For phone orders please call 866-460-9610, or one of the phone numbers above, or send me a message via email.

For Local orders in Canada see the list above on this page, or call this number 866-460-9610, and I will connect you with a person close to you.  Most local distributors don’t stock extra Protandim, but I may be able to connect you to a local distributor who may have some.

  DISTRIBUTOR ACCOUNT

If you want to setup a distributor account, to qualify to earn commissions on referrals, please follow this link.  Please contact me for specific information on what aspect of a distributor account you are most interested in.  You may need assistance in how best to set this up for you.

Become a distributor in Canada?

Yes, we’re fully open with the correct listing and approval from government agencies. You will need a sponsor to enroll you.  If you need a sponsor, please send me a message via email. However, again, if you are currently working with an existing distributor please continue to work with that person.  My interest is helping the entire country, so please feel free to ask any questions.

 

FAQ

What distributor packages are offered?

There are 3 options for distributors (remember you can just be a customer, this is optional for those who want better discounts or a business opportunity with their order) .

Platinum Pack – $1,500.00 CAD (1000 PV)

14 – Protandim Nrf2 Synergizer
4 – AXIO Decaf Red Raspberry
2 – TrueScience Regimen
2 – All Access Event Tickets
2 – Months LV Move App Membership

Gold Pack – $750.00 CAD (500 PV)

5 – Protandim Nrf2 Synergizer
3 – AXIO Decaf Red Raspberry
1 – TrueScience Regimen
1 – All Access Event Tickets
2 – Months LV Move App Membership

Silver Pack – $375.00 CAD (250 PV)

4 – Protandim Nrf2 Synergizer
2 – AXIO Decaf Red Raspberry
1 – Facial Cream
2 – Months LV Move App Membership

Note: you also need to buy a $44 starter kit, not included in the prices above.  You can just get a starter kit alone if you choose.  Full details for Canada Distributor packages can be found here.

Is Protandim sold inside Canada?

Yes through an authorized distributor. The vast majority of sales of Protandim are mail order, and it doesn’t take long to arrive.  LifeVantage has warehousing in Canada. Protandim is not allowed to be sold in retail stores, now or ever, you will have to purchase Protandim through an authorized distributor located in the United States or Canada.

When was Canada open for sale of LifeVantage Products?

Since June of 2013 we’ve been open to conduct business in Canada.  Recently we opened business in Quebec also for customers or distributors.

Can you upgrade to a distributor later?

Yes, login to your preferred customer website, and click the upgrade link on the far left. If you do not know how to do that, contact customer service by phone.

Preferred Customer or Distributor?

While Preferred Customers can order at wholesale they cannot earn commissions.  Distributors may earn commissions through referrals and business building.  The potential is extremely high for those who are interested in inviting others to learn about LifeVantage and Protandim in Canada.

Is Quebec Open?

Yes, all of Canada is.

Is Protandim listed by Health Canada?

Yes, Protandim Nrf2 is registered with Health Canada (Natural Product Number 80040726).  Protandim Nrf1 is also registered with Health Canada (Natural Product Number 80077451).

Can I get Canine Health in Canada?

Yes, via NFR (not for resale) for registered distributors or preferred customers.  You can also purchase it from the USA, please inquire how you can do that.  Canine Health is now called Petandim.

Can I get PhysIQ in Canada?

Yes, PhysIQ is available in Canada for customers or distributors.