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Uncover what’s standing in the way of your emotional health and happiness

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By Camille Noe

Your mind and spirit may be the most overlooked—and under appreciated—components of your well-being. But research has shown that nourishing them not only lowers stress, lifts mood and improves relationships but can also protect your health. “Mind, body and spirit are interdependent, so if you take care of your spirit, your body and mind will reap the rewards,” says Linda Sapadin, Ph.D., a psychologist and author of It’s About Time! The Six Styles of Procrastination (Penguin, 1997).

1. You don’t breathe deeply.

It sounds simple, but studies show that taking deep breaths keeps you alert and relaxed. Make an effort to inhale and exhale for two to three counts each throughout the day.

2. You don’t get enough sleep.

Sleep deprivation can leave you feeling jumpy, disoriented and unable to cope, says Rosalind Cartwright, Ph.D., director of the Sleep Disorder Center at Chicago’s Rush Presbyterian Medical Center. She recommends that you lighten your mood before bed—by reading a humorous book, for example—since being cranky can lead to less- rejuvenating sleep.

3. You’ve banned chocolate.

“Chocolate stimulates mood-enhancing brain chemicals like serotonin,” says Debra Waterhouse, author of Why Women Need Chocolate (Hyperion, 1995). The amount in just two Hershey’s kisses will do the trick, she adds.

4. You neglect to exercise

Working out can significantly ease depression, according to a recent study from Duke University. To get the feel-good chemicals flowing, aim for 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three times a week.

5. You stay indoors all day

Lack of sunlight, even during summer, can leave you lethargic and depressed. Just 20 minutes is enough to brighten your outlook, so if you work inside, take a brisk walk outside at lunch.

6. You eat only fat-free food

“Bad” fats, like saturated fat, can lead to high cholesterol and heart damage. But “good fats,” such as omega 3’s, keep your memory sharp and your mood steady. Good sources include tuna, salmon, flaxseed oil, walnuts and beans.

7. You skimp on calories

Eating too little-less than 1,200 calories a day-can make you tired and irritable, says Kelley Brownell, Ph.D., director of the Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders. Eat a healthy, balanced diet of at least 1,500 calories to maintain energy.

8. You skip breakfast

A recent Canadian study found that having a morning meal of carbohydrates, protein and fat (such as bran cereal with one percent milk) enhances memory. If you’re on the run, at least grab a meal-replacement bar.

9. You’re still smoking

If the threat of lung damage hasn’t convinced you to quit, a new study from the Kentucky Center for Reproductive Medicine discovered that chemicals in cigarettes may lower your libido-and less sex makes for an unhappy relationship. For help kicking the habit, go to quitnet.org.

10. You don’t make time for sex

“It’s believed that having sex stimulates the release of feel-good chemicals called endorphins,” says Constance Ahrons, Ph.D., director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the University of Southern California in TK. Plus, the intimacy it fosters is the glue that binds couples together. Make time by scheduling a “date” with your partner at least twice a week.

11. You have more than two alcoholic drinks a day

A new study found that women who drink excessively may suffer permanent memory damage. Alcohol also acts as a depressant, ultimately lowering your mood. Stick to one glass of wine at dinner.

50 Mind, Body, Spirit Mistakes (Even Smart Women Make).

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HooplaHa – Life with a Smile is back in action with a new campaign that showcases good deeds everywhere! The #GivingVine is an ambitious social engagement initiative that encourages acts of kindness. Individuals can capture these acts using Vine, Twitter’s new iPhone service that allows you to record and share six second looping videos.

In conjunction with the #GivingVine, HooplaHa has also launched an Indiegogo “crowdfunding” campaign where all funds raised will go directly into achieving our ultimate mission of making the world a happier place. For every $100 that is raised via Indiegogo, Team HooplaHa will be performing acts of kindness throughout the community that we will add to the #GivingVine. You can do anything from bringing greeting cards to a local hospital, to leaving your favorite book for someone in a public place, or even as small as buying the person behind you in line coffee. Keep your eyes peeled — you never know where we’ll pop up!

You can watch the #GivingVine grow by following HooplaHa on Vine or by going to HooplaHa.com/GivingVine. Why not join us in promoting positivity? HooplaHa is welcoming everyone — from our best friends to people around the globe — to create Vine videos performing acts of kindness. Be sure to use the hashtag #GivingVine and show us how you spread smiles!

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The inspiring story of a Utah Chili’s waitress who “fixed” a sliced cheeseburger for a young girl is just one more example of how a simple act of kindness can have a large impact.

This past weekend, Anna MacLean, 25, took her little sister Arianna Hill, 7, out to lunch at Chili’s before going to see the Easter bunny. MacLean told ABC News that Arianna, who is autistic, “was really enthusiastic” and “told the waitress, ‘I’ll have my cheeseburger.'” But when the meal arrived, something was wrong: The burger was “broken,” Arianna said sadly.

“Automatically we cut it in half so it’s easier for the kids to eat,” the family’s server, Lauren Wells, explained later to CBS affiliate KUTV 2 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

While some servers might have laughed off Arianna’s reaction as childishness, Wells immediately ordered a new (and unsliced) burger for no extra charge, after MacLean explained that Arianna had an autism spectrum disorder. When Wells told manager Brad Cattermole about the situation, he too went over to Arianna and apologized for the mishap.

“I was like, ‘Did we bring you a broken hamburger?’ And she (said), ‘yeah,’ and so I told her we’ve got another one coming on the way in just a second,” Cattermole told Utah-based news station KSL 5. “I offered her some French fries to munch on while she’s waiting.”

MacLean was so impressed by the Chili’s staff’s reaction that she posted the whole story on the chain’s Facebook wall, along with a picture of a happy Arianna kissing her new, fixed burger.

“Being a child with autism, she has to have certain things in a particular order at all times. One slight change in her routine can change the course of the day instantly,” MacLean wrote. “I was so touched by this experience. Especially since I know people who have been asked to leave restaurants when their child with autism is being disruptive. I expected a few different things with this scenario based on past experiences, but I did NOT expect such kind and compassionate mannerisms from Lauren and Bradley.”

By reacting with professionalism and compassion, the Chili’s staff literally saved the rest of Arianna’s big day, MacLean said.

The picture of Arianna kissing her cheeseburger has since been shared over 130,000 times on Facebook, and has racked up over half a million likes since it was posted Sunday.

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My name is Alyssa Silva and I am a 22-year-old aspiring writer. When I was five-months- old, I was diagnosed with a disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy. It is a debilitating disease that causes severe muscle weakness and affects my overall physical well-being. However, this doesn’t stop me from living my life to its fullest. I started a blog in hopes of spreading awareness on my disease by sharing my personal stories with everyone. I hope that my posts will educate others on what living with this disease is like and inspire those who find themselves in difficult situations.

I’d like to dedicate this post to someone who has always believed in me throughout the years. Whether I’m sick in the hospital, need someone to take me to school, or just want someone to talk to, this person is there for me no matter the circumstance. I’m not sure what I did to deserve such a special guy, but I’m so grateful for having him in my life. This one goes out to my best friend and brother, Adam.

By all means, Adam and I have your typical older brother/little sister relationship. We laugh, we argue, we get along, we fight; you know — the usual sibling “stuff.” More often than not, Adam finds some clever way to poke fun at me, and I always find myself using a less-than-witty remark as my comeback. It’s a little annoying, but hey, that’s what big brothers are for, right? Nevertheless, in addition to the traditional relationship the two of us share, Adam has given me nothing but the love and strength I need to move forward.

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Just the other day my mom was telling me a story from when Adam and I were very young. It was right after Christmas and I was extremely sick, which only meant one thing: My parents were packing up our necessities and getting ready for a three-week hospital stay. My mom walked into my brother’s room around 11 o’clock at night, hours after she had tucked him in, and found him in the corner crying. When asking what was wrong, Adam replied with, “I don’t want my baby sister to go to the hospital. I want Santa to take all my presents back if that means making her all better. I just want my sister to stay home. That’s all I want for Christmas!”

I couldn’t help but chuckle when I first heard this story. Because, seriously, how cute is that? Then, I realized Adam has been this way all along. Okay, so maybe we haven’t found him in a corner crying and asking Santa to take his toys back since that night. But, to this day, Adam has always done everything in his power to make sure I’m happy and healthy. From holding my hand during those daunting doctors’ appointments to canceling his plans to take care of me, he has given me every reason to believe that he really is the best brother ever.

About 12 years ago, the tables were turned and for the first time in my life, I was worried sick over Adam. One September afternoon, I was receiving an albuterol treatment to keep my lungs expanded and free from infection, something I used to do on a daily basis. Suddenly, there was a knock at our door and my mom rushed to open it. It was a police officer to tell my mom Adam had been hit by a truck while riding his bike. The prognosis didn’t look too promising, and the police officer escorted my mom to the hospital before it was going to be too late.

The first three days Adam was on life support, and the doctors had very little hope he would pull through. He had fractured his femur and skull in several places and had internal bleeding. As hard as it was, my parents were told to say their goodbyes in case he wouldn’t make it through the night. Although the news was grim, we all held on to our strong faith in hopes of Adam seeing better days. Night after night he fought for his life, and slowly began getting stronger as time progressed. He ended up spending two weeks in the hospital and a few years gaining his stamina back. Adam was one of the lucky ones, and I can’t even begin to think about what my life would have been like without him.

Adam, you’re braver than most people I know. Not only have you gone through your own hardships, but you have always stayed by my side through my adversities as well. You’ve showed me what it means to have courage, especially during those days when giving up seems like the only option. Thank you for doing all that you do to help mom and dad out with my needs. Thank you for encouraging me to start this blog. And, most importantly, thank you for being my number one fan.

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