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In one study, it took a cash gift of up to 16,000 to generate the same level of brain stimulation as one smile!On this basis, if you smiled 62.5 times a day (about once every 15 minutes over 16 hours), you would feel like a millionaire every day!In fact, having a chronic condition typically makes exercise even more critical to your well-being.The symptoms of many health problems actually recede with exercise.You want to work out to a DVD, but your living room is too small.There are no good gyms or exercise studios in your area.You live in a neighborhood that is unsafe for walking.These are all legitimate complaints.However, if you are committed to getting active, you can find a way around these inconveniences.In fact, when it comes to having control over things, you can get pretty worked up.This detachment requires compartmentalization--the mental act of storing emotions or thoughts away from your present awareness.Now, in rearing your own children, confusing emotions tug at you, as you provide them with the care that you never received.You may even deny emotional pain of any kind.The boxes gather dust and are rarely, if ever, opened.Smiling is universal -- members of tribes completely disconnected from the outside world use smiling to convey the same meaning as we do.So wherever you are in the world, wear a smile.A smile will almost always be reciprocated with a smile.It will give you a natural energy boost and is healthier than buying an energy drink!Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.Happiness goes toward the ones who know how to laugh.Smiling waiters and waitresses make more money from tips.Smiling entrepreneurs are more likely to attract investment.It involves opening your mind to other options.Walk in your neighborhood, exercise in a park, or check out exercise classes at community centers, local Ys, and public parks.They may be more expensive than a DVD but are often reasonably priced and certainly a lot cheaper than private fitness studios.

Public classes also tend to be low key.If you tend to feel uncomfortable in gyms that attract a lot of sleek bodies, you have another good reason to seek out the low-cost alternative.If finding good exercise classes is your problem, but you can work out at home, then consider the DVD option.I have a Total Body Makeover DVD that is right for every level of fitness, and I am the virtual trainer on two EA Sports Active video games that you can use on the Nintendo Wii.But, of course, there are hundreds of at-home DVDs and virtual trainers out there.It is so easy to find good exercise instruction these days.You can even search for free yoga or Pilates podcasts on the Internet, which you can download to your phone.A 2009 Gallup poll found that 42 percent of people without easy access to a safe place to exercise reported getting no exercise whatsoever.Could you drive or take public transportation to a nice park, better neighborhood, or school or university track?What about the neighborhood where you work?Could you exercise during your lunch break or arrive early or leave late so that you could take advantage of the area?Talk to your colleagues at work about joining you; some companies will even help you bring in an exercise instructor.And how about a mall?Malls are great places to walk and are the perfect option for anyone when the weather is inclement.Children smile as many as 400 times a day, while adults only average around 15 times a day.Children are highly aware of their environment, living every moment to the full -- make an effort to do the same and smile more.Write a list of five things that make you smile, such as an old couple holding hands or a child playing in the rain, and look out for them throughout your day to bring on that happy feeling.Your simplest facial expression -- a smile -- happens when your muscles relax, which instantly makes you feel both emotionally and physically good.Smiling is the most reliable way to get an anxious person to relax, and in turn reduce your own anxiety.Most people assume that positive thinking is just something we do to help us achieve our goals, but in fact, a positive attitude can add years to your life.Rationally, you can only feel responsible for what you have control over.So you take control to avoid that worry.The trap that you fall into?A cycle is established.Worry leads to a need for control, which leads to taking more responsibility, which leads to exhaustion, which leads to hidden anger or resentment.

More control.Those mental exercises help.But worry is your brain on a treadmill going over and over the same things, actively aiding in the avoidance of emotion.Do you worry all the time?Give some attention to the next exercise.Once again in your calm place, and with your journal, please write out the words, "I believe that worry ." Fill in the blank.Be honest.Whether the statements seem rational or irrational, write down what function you believe worry serves.For example, "I believe that worrying is part of being responsible.My dad always worried." Or, "I believe that if I worry about the future, I will be able to better protect my kids." See how many statements you can make about worry.Great job!The frenetic pace at which many American families live today can certainly add to the likelihood of developing perfectly hidden depression.As a result, your energy and effort level ramps up with each new task, and your exhaustion becomes one more thing to perfectly hide.Find a quiet place to sit with your journal and take a few deep breaths.You might even close your eyes for a moment and focus on your body from head to toe, noticing where there might be tension or discomfort.Allow yourself to think about the family and culture in which you grew up.Take a few moments to consider what you learned was shameful.What were you never supposed to do or feel?What was never allowed or supported?Write down these inflexible, critical whispers.As you go about your day, see if you notice the whispers.You feel compelled to do it.Your hand is up in the air to volunteer, to take charge.You fix things.You make things work.

Think outside the box.If, for instance, you have an injury that affects your leg (shin splints, plantar fasciitis, or tendonitis of the knee or ankle, to name a few), you can do an arm-focused workout, such as using an upper body ergometer (basically, a bicycle for your arms) for cardio exercise, and perform upper body strength training exercises (such as biceps curls, chest presses, seated rows).You may even be able to participate in low-impact, non-weight-bearing aerobic exercise, such as swimming or walking in the water, which will give you a cardio challenge without putting stress on the injured area.(Elliptical trainers come in both recumbent and upright versions.My favorite models are from Octane Fitness, www.octanefitness.com.) Runners who are injured usually do well when they switch to walking up a steep grade.The body heats up with exercise, and as I noted earlier, that helps increase blood flow to the injured area.But heat also increases inflammation, and that can exacerbate the injury.Icing the area for ten to twenty minutes provides the best of both worlds: the heat-induced increase in circulation and all the nutrients it brings to the area from the exercise, plus the curtailing of inflammation from the ice.After you remove the ice, the blood rushes back in, once again bathing the area in healing nutrients.One smile can be as stimulating to the brain as consuming 2,000 chocolate bars.So if you fancy a happiness boost, just put on a big cheesy grin (as wide as possible, please).A smile costs nothing, but gives much.It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give.A good way to achieve what you want in life is to mix with those who already have it.The sexiest curve on your body is your smile.Flaunt it!So looking good has never been so easy.Capture moments of real happiness with a photograph and display them around your house or workplace.Looking at them will instantly recall these moments in your mind and conjure up a smile in the here and now, bringing new smiles to life.This is because the relationship between emotion and behaviour is a two-way street: behaviour (smiling) can cause emotion (happiness).It seems only logical to abstain from any activity that might aggravate your bum ankle, cause your sore shoulder to swell up, or tweak an already tight muscle in your back.Years ago, you would have had your doctor on your side: Experts used to recommend bed rest or at least sitting it out until an injury fully healed.Instead, a gradual return to activity has now become part of the recovery process for most injuries.That would be selfish." We now know that movement is essential to healing.For one thing, it increases blood flow to the injured area, bringing nutrients that help speed recovery.