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7 Steps to Health and Happiness

Updated on June 20, 2013

Staying Happy - Staying Healthy

Visualize Happiness! You might surprise yourself
Visualize Happiness! You might surprise yourself
Move it ~ for health and happiness
Move it ~ for health and happiness
Don't Resist Rest
Don't Resist Rest
Me Time
Me Time
What's your Creative Outlet?
What's your Creative Outlet?
Give Guilt the Boot ~ Once in Awhile
Give Guilt the Boot ~ Once in Awhile
Exercise can be fun
Exercise can be fun

Staying Healthy and Happy

Let's face it, life is not without challenges so the sooner that one is able to accept this journey of unexpected bumps and detours, the sooner that one can realize a healthier, happier more rewarding existence. Easier said than for done for most of us, however but there is a balance that one must find, where all the little puzzle pieces of life fall neatly into place and you can finally say that for the most part, you live a happy life, grateful for more simple yet under rated pleasures.

The path to this "place" does not usually come easy, it is not likely that someone will knock on your door anytime soon and hand you a map and the key to a fulfilling lifetime. It is usually a hard and steep climb to the top, or sometimes we have the tools and resources all along but just don't realize it until everything is painfully taken away, for whatever reason, and one hits their "rock bottom" forced to start all over climbing up the proverbial mountain, but this time, you own each step and you feel the pain because you want to get to the top at whatever cost.

Many of us have kicked our bad habits to curb, no longer taking things to extremes, desperately looking for healthier alternatives. Whether it's cigarettes, alcohol, drugs or food, saying good bye to these health zapping tormentors is never easy, especially if you have not replaced these habits with anything else. Call it a new beginning, if you like, but you must clean up your act by swapping your unhealthy tendencies with a healthy ones. Here are a few tips to jump start your new and improved lifestyle-

1~Move it! Exercise will be your salvation:

Don't take my word for it, try for yourself!. Whether you run, walk, ride your bike or work out at the gym or in your bedroom, there is actually more to it than staying fit and trim, although that is not bad for starters! For me it was more about having control - no longer a slave to things that made me feel bad physically, just because this was my life and I didn't feel like I had the strength or ability to change. I also felt guilty, which is a huge drain emotionally, so the justification process starts. Denial and all sorts of little tactics that allow one to continue participating in unhealthy behavior. All that precious energy is spent on disguising elements of your life instead of celebrating it, feeling good about the choices you are making. For sanity's sake, get those endorphins circulating and you will feel a natural high like none other. You will also look great too!

2~Don't Resist the Urge to Rest:

It is unfortunate that we sometimes associate naps with laziness, because these days, most of us are simply not able to get straight eight hours of sleep that we need at night. Instead of feeling frazzled and unproductive all day, take a well deserved time out. Grab your favorite pillow, cushy throw, cuddle up and catch up on some guilt free midday zzz's. It will seem like the greatest luxury in the world! When you emerge, you will feel refreshed, rejuvenated and will, not doubt, be more efficient at whatever it is you are trying to accomplish!

3~Make Exercise "Me" Time

Finding the time to exercise or sneak in some alone time is not always easy when you have kids or constant obligations at work. Solution: combine the two. It is easier to schedule exercise time for yourself, turn on some music and savor the time alone, doing yoga, stretching, exercising, meditating or whatever you enjoy doing. You have to get creative, make "me" time an essential part of your daily routine, and in the long run, you will find yourself in better spirits. Quality time not quantity is the important thing to remember. If you feel stressed and overwhelmed you are not going to savor that extra time with your kids or have the ability to showcase your efficiency at work.

4~Find a Creative Outlet

Some of us have a hobby already that we really enjoy, something that helps us to unwind and at the same time feel like we are creating something special. Or maybe there is something that you have always wanted to do but don't know how to get started. Take a class! Most community colleges have inexpensive adult education courses locally that have instruction on really fun things, like cooking, pottery, jewelry, yoga, photography, or why not write a novel? The last time I looked, I was amazed at some of the things that were available. Learning or trying something new not only builds your self esteem and confidence in yourself, it forces you to expand your horizons, meeting new people and doing something that could perhaps lead to a favorite past time. If you don't try you'll never know what could have been!

5~Cave to Cravings--Occasionally

Now that you have made the connection between diet, exercise and how you feel, primarily eating a healthy diet full of fresh fruit and veggies and lean proteins.....indulge every once in awhile! An occasional treat is not going to ruin life, however one thing that I noticed the last time I over indulged with a pint of ice cream is that I actually feel better when I eat better. I think the important thing with diet is balance. As long as you don't go to extremes, you won't feel deprived and different and at the same time, it won't through off your typically healthy diet regime.

6~Boycott Boredom

In addition to running and walking, stay active and try new things like Pilate's, yoga, salsa dancing, anything to keep yourself interested and ward off boredom. You can alternate or you might just find a new way to stay fit and have fun at the same time.

7~Act as if

I used to look at people that smiled all the time and think that they must have a secret formula to happiness, a joy club that I wanted to be a part of but obviously did not understand. In reality, as I learned in time, every one has their own problems but that does not mean that you have to wear your worries like a victim badge. In fact, if you act as if you are happy even when you are not, you will attract positive energy and good things are more likely to happen in your life. I have found that so many times, the people who I thought had such an easy, charmed life were really survivors who overcame incredible obstacles, working very hard to succeed. If you act as if you are grateful for the life that you do have and focus on what you can do to make your life better, don't be surprised when happy happens! Health will not be far behind!

Salsa Anyone?

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      Kathy 5 years ago from California

      Thanks SommerDalton - such basic stuff but we all need a reminder every now and then. I appreciate your feedback!

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      Sommer Dalton 5 years ago

      Wow how important is this advice! This is a great hub, voted up and more!

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      Kathy 5 years ago from California

      Well thank you kindly Emanate Presence - I appreciate your supportive comments and for taking the time to visit my humble health and happiness hub! Wishing you heaps of both ;-)

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      Gary R. Smith 5 years ago from the Head to the Heart

      Marvelous writing, design and content with substance and value. Best to you.

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      Kathy 5 years ago from California

      Thank you carol7777, what is life without a little temptation - it makes getting healthy more fun and more more likely to really happen! I am so glad that you stopped in. Here's to your health and happiness!

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      Kathy 5 years ago from California

      I am so glad that you had a chance to read brie. Thanks for your lovely comments!

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      Kathy 5 years ago from California

      Thanks so much for commenting cookingrecipes! I am glad that you enjoyed.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Love your ideas..especially about giving in to a temptation now and then. And changing exercise routine is so helpful. Like it all. Voted UP.

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      brie 5 years ago

      brilliant! you are an awesome writer on a variety of topics!

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      Kathy 5 years ago from California

      Thank you for visiting Denise, always a pleasure to read your comments! Yep those power naps work wonders if you can pull it off-the caffeine doesn't have the long term advantages... To your health!

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      What a brilliant piece here, Kath. I especially loved #2 because I am a firm advocate in taking a rest or 'power nap' and 2 pm seems to be the time of day I notice my energy waning.

      I love all of your suggestions here and had to smile with the Salsa dancing-Oh Yeah! Lets's go...LOL

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      Salsa! It does not take much to get this gal moving - I LOVE to dance. This is a great hub and an important one. We need to take care of ourselves and you share some interesting ideas. Great pictures too!

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello to My New Friend, a Genuine Friend,

      Chatkath . . .YOURE WELCOME and I told only the truth. You will find that I do not waste time or breath. And I do not use sweet words to use people. That is frowned upon in the New Testament. And should be in life in general. I like your great work, Chat! And I URGE YOU TO keep it coming. NO telling whose life you will touch. You touched me. I am so grateful to have found you on hubs. With Highest Regards, Kenneth

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      Kathy 5 years ago from California

      Greetings Kenneth! Thank you kindly for your inspiration! I think the motivation for writing this hub comes from my own concerns on aging and the related health issues - making the best of an unavoidable occurance!! I am right behind you, although I am sure that having symptoms from Fibromyalgia makes the process much more "challenging" to put it mildly! I am sending healing wishes your way and look forward to visiting your hub too! BTW-Your hometown sounds absolutely charming!

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Chatkath! Amazing hub. Great read too. I loved the lay-out and graphics as well. You are a terrific writer. Thanks for these tips. I need THESE tips, for I am 57, three years shy of 60! I suffer from Accelerated Fibromyalgia and Neurhopy and reading great tips like these are much-appreciated. Keep up the great work. And with your permission, I am now a fan. And follower. Respectfully, Kenneth Avery, from a rural town, Hamilton, in northwest Alabama that reminds you of Mayberry, the little town on the Andy Griffith Show. Peace and Success to YOU!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Greetings Vinaya! Thanks for your comment, I couldn't agree more...Happiness is so broad, it means different things to different people and as you point out, our lives change! I guess we just have to try and look at the unhappy times as "growth" and look forward to a better day to keep hope alive....not easy at times though! I am glad you had a chance to read!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thanks FW, I am so glad you came by! I think we may know the healthy how-to's but actually incorporating them into our lives consistently is another matter. I need constant inspiration!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

      Happiness is very vague term. Things once made you happy can make you sad today, for instance presents from your lover who has left you. But I'm quite sure about healthy living. However your points are very useful. I loved point number four: Find a Creative Outlet.

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      FW Keyes 6 years ago

      Great hub and great pictures! You posted very useful and truthful facts about how to stay healthy and happy.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Hello there Eiddwen my healthy and happy friend! Thank you for saying hi and for your wonderful comments! See you soon!

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Hi my dear friend,

      Thanks for sharing this gem and here's to many more hubs to share on here.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thanks so much for your wonderful feedback jcbmack! I am glad that you had a chance to visit, it is never too late to comment!

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      jcbmack 6 years ago from Stillwater Oklahoma

      I am late to the commenting:) However, I really enjoyed your light hearted but helpful hub.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Greetings fast Freda, it is so good to hear from you! I don't doubt that you are exhausted, you are one busy lady and I am sure it is probably difficult for you to slow down too. Start out slow, just keep telling yourself that the rest will allow you to be an even more productive person because we are all better focused when we are more balanced. Even if you don't sleep, take the time for yourself! You deserve it! Take care and Happy Travels to you!

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      Alfreta Sailor 6 years ago from Southern California

      Kathy, this hub really comes in handy for me during my time away from my regular routine. Especially the part about resting, because I do usually feel lazy when I'm resting, especially now while I'm traveling. I sometimes get the urge to clean up the train while I'm idling my time away. Really, really useful and good hub, and I marked it as such.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Nell, I went through the same thing with cigarettes, I have quit so many times, only to find an excuse to start again. I think the smoking "thing" is worse in California too, my sister's apartment is in a city that does not allow smoking, hard to believe but I am now not smoking, hope to stay that way....?

      I am confident you will do the same, even if it takes a few times, you've got the right attitude, it's a tough one though I know! Thanks for your comments!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, great hub! and this is so true, I need to give up cigarettes! I gave up for five years once, now I am back on them! 7 a day, why on earth can't I give up? well, I am going to take your advice! bookmarked to keep me reading it, and I will make sure I do it this time! lol great ideas, thanks nell Voted up!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thanks KA - That is very true, I never really thought about that either !! Thanks for your comments and for stopping in!

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      Kelleigh Aine 6 years ago

      Hi Chatkath!The line "Quality time not quantity is the important thing to remember" is my favorite part because it made me think about how sometimes too much me time can make us lonely, but not if we spend it the right way.

      Thanks!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Greetings poshcoffeeco-

      Thank you for your visit and wonderful comments - I am glad you had a chance to stop in!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thanks Martie, Maybe it should be mandatory to read your own hubs every now and then too! How fast we do forget, unless you can Salsa dance of course! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Steve Mitchell 6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Hi

      I thought your hub was really well written and the photos really make it stand out.Looks great.

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      I need this advice! And how I wish I could dance like that girl in the video. Great hub, voted up!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Well, thank you Alex, how nice of you to leave such inspiring feedback! I am glad that you had a chance to read.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thank you midnightbliss! What a cool hubname. You are so right! I know it is hard to remember sometimes with the challenges that we are faced with in life but we really do have a choice. I am so glad that you stopped in!

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      Alex Simring 6 years ago from Australia

      I love the information in your hub. Lots of original stuff.

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      Haydee Anderson 6 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      very beautiful hub, though we have difficulties in life, we have the choice on how to view life in its brighter side.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Greetings Dee! I am so glad you stopped in, I know exactly what you are saying, I cave to those cravings every night - I have to have my ice cream at night or I feel so deprived! I think it is all about moderation, I am still learning! (LOL)

      Thanks so much for your comments!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thank you fashion, I am so glad you were able to visit!

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      Dee aka Nonna 6 years ago

      I found you while reading through another hub. When I came to your site I was immediately drawn to this one. Probably because it is a subject matter that I too enjoying spreading. I especially enjoyed your cave to cravings...I have come to a place in my life where allowing myself a treat is something I look forward to. A nice bowl of vanilla ice cream or a scope of ice cream on a slice of pound cake. Oh la la.

      Really enjoyed your hub, I will be reading more.

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      fashion 6 years ago

      Useful hub.You've given some excellent advice here.

      Well done.

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      acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

      Incredible - simply awesome words!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Sage, thank you for your incredibly kind and uplifting comments! Self esteem has never been a great strength of mine so it is something I am constantly working on. Relearning self-worth I suppose(?) I must check out this book by Melanie Beattie about willing gratitude. I am so grateful for your visit!

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      Sage Williams 6 years ago

      ChatKath - You did an amazing job on this hub. I am sure that so many readers will identify with your written words in more ways than one. Love your style of writing.

      You have a tremendous amount of insight and have the ability to deliver your thoughts with clarity and inspiration.

      You transported me back in time again and again while reading your hub.

      In my earlier days of recovery when my life was pretty bleak and my self esteem was in the gutter I had stumbled upon a book by Melody Beattie and learned how to will gratitude.

      It's amazing what willing gratitude can do for one's soul.

      Thanks for the great read!

      Sage

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Greetings to you acaetnna! Thank you for your visit and your fabulous feedback is appreciated!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Injured Lamb - what an adorable Hub-name! I am glad that you feel and sound so positive and ready to embrace change, that's the key!

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      acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

      Yes, I completely love this!

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      Injured lamb 6 years ago

      Love this. These are the ways that I am implementing in my daily life...yes, to a healthy and happy me...voted you up! Cheers!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thanks for your visit Dianamae- You said it, so true! Once you get yourself out there you usually think "why did it take me so long" but for whatever reason, we tend to put off anything that is different...change is not always easy!? But the rewards are sure worth it!

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      Dianemae 6 years ago

      Great advice. Life is worth living. Get out there and enjoy.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Eiddwen-First I must say I love your new profile image, I feel I need to change mine too but I am so comfy with this one. Thank you for your visit, a treat from someone practiced in the art of health and happiness. Although neither comes easy, your life and hubs are an example of finding the beauty in all that life has to offer! Take good care!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Epi - Most creative and talented Epi! Each of your visits brings me greater health and happiness and the day I met you here on HP was a turning point in my life. You continue to be a caring pal and inspiration to writers everywhere.

      It has been so hot here, your summer swim sounds delightful! See you soon dear Epi!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      It is always so nice to see you Kathy, you bring warmth to my heart and a smile to my face with your kind and inspirational words! I thank you for your most sincere comments and for taking the time to visit!!! Talk to you soon friend!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Well greetings Professor! So good of you to visit, I am getting happier already just reading the wonderful comments from my HP friends! Guess I can skip the exercise today now :-)

      Have a wonderful Day Mike my friend!

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Hi ChatKath,

      Thank you for sharing this one , it was brilliant and here's to many more hubs to share.

      Take care

      Eidddwen.

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      Top ten things I like about this hub:

      10. It's a great one to revisit because hopefully we use one or more of these steps every day of our lives

      9. It's a learning experience

      8. and a profound one at that

      7. It has your trademark writing style

      6. ....stamped all over it!

      5. It has your beauty and soul

      4. in these words of wisdom and self-help advice

      3. and it's essential to my happiness

      2. to get a healthy helping of Kathy

      1. who just happens to be my good buddy and esteemed colleague

      Hope all is well with you and your family my friend - I just came out of the water after a swim - summer is here, finally and Happy Canada day (which was July 1)

      lake erie time 2:39pm

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Kathy..I LOVE this! Specially #7! You've really outlined, in very understandable and relatable ways, steps to take to make life sweeter. and I find myself in agreement with everything...having noted it, considered it, observed.....you've hit the nail squarely on the HEAD!!! You know, it is a relief to admit one's frailities, foibles, weaknesses and fears...it is disarming and freeing...and your hub helps those of us who need a little nudge or eye opener or hint at ways in which to begin the process or begin, again..to allow ourselves to be happy. What a great thing you've done here, Kathy...a big THANK YOU!!! UP Awesome, Beautiful and Useful, tool!!! Your friend, Kathy

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      Aka Professor M 6 years ago

      The genuine Wisdom of this hub tells a lot about the Hubber who wrote it, Kathy! With this you are giving your readers the keys to rediscovering themselves in so many positive and life affirming ways. Thank you for writing It and for posting it on HubPages, Kathy!

      This was a marvelous call to action for all of us! The number of comments and the quality of the replies only goes to show the appreciation of your fans and friends for such a wonderful Breath of Life that we all can use.

      Voted this up Useful, Awesome and Beautiful! Great work!

      Regards Mike (Aka Professor M) ;D

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      And here we have the epitome of happiness and health: Sir Epi Master Poet! Thank you for your kind comments and continual support! Now I am smiling once again :-)

      http://hubpages.com/@epigramman

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ...love this hub Kathy ... that's why I'm back - and look who wrote it - you !!!! That explains everything!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thanks camdjohnston12, I am glad you had a chance to come by! :-)

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      camdjohnston12 6 years ago

      So interesting hub.Very enjoyable to get in.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      So nice to see you Sun-girl, how are you? Thanks for stopping in! Enjoy your comments!

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      Sun-Girl 6 years ago from Nigeria

      Nice and very interesting article which i enjoyed and so happy to come across with.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Greetings Mariasial & thank you for the visit and for your comments!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Hi Kathi, so good to see you! You are right about the "act as if" that is a tough one, even for us veteran happiness seekers. I was trying to explain to my son when he was younger and he looked at me like I was crazy;-)

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Greetings Audrey! Thank you so much for your positive feedback! Salsa dancing does make it a bit more fun...Hope to see you soon, maybe on a dance floor - who knows....

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thanks Susan! Most definitely the main reason I wrote the hub, I guess I am projecting a bit, trying to motivate myself to get moving (LOL)

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      maria sial 6 years ago from united kingdom

      most of your advise worth a try ... great hub

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      I like the advise on #7 best! It takes a certain maturity to get that one, but it really works! Useful advise Cath to make the best of life!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I am grateful to you chatkath for writng this motivating and helpful hub. I love salsa dancing and will add this to my workout. What fun! Thank you for the much needed inspiration on a very important subject. I really like these 7 steps. Rated up, useful and awesome.

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a great inspirational hub to get some of us off our behinds. I am very guilty of not getting enough exercise, but now that the nicer weather is finally here I will be at least walking more.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Prasetio, it is always so nice to see you! Salsa dancing does look like fun doesn't it? Hope you are staying healthy & happy-enjoyed your visit.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Greetings to you Epi, you must be healthiest happiest hubber I know! Certainly the most poetically inclined! I am so glad you came by. Thanks for your delightful comments!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Beautiful and very inspiring hub. I love your idea above and I should apply all of them in my life. But I had never do salsa. Maybe I'll join a short course for this dance. Thank you very much for writing and share this with us. Well done, my friend. Rated up!

      Blessing and hugs, prasetio

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ..Hi Kathy it's Colin from beautiful Lake Erie on this Tuesday morning at 6:37am having my first cup of coffee - I will be posting this wonderful life affirming hub to my Facebook page with a direct link back here to let the whole world see and know that the 7 steps to my health and happiness involve:

      1. reading Kathy's hubs

      2. Kathy reading my hubs

      3. receiving cards and letters from Kathy

      4. sending cards and letters to Kathy

      5. knowing that she is my friend

      6. and my esteemed colleague

      7. and that she is healthy and looking after her pets

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thank you for your feedback Carol! Health is so important, it is unfortunate that sometimes we don't realize how important until something happens, then we appreciate it's value! Your comments are always welcome!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Greeting Sharyn-

      I know exactly what you mean, I have to remind myself constantly that life could be so much worse, and that "Life" is truly one big test, mountain after mountain! I guess we just keep going, with a smile!

      Hope you're well with you, thanks for your words of encouragement!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thanks Ethel, I have heard that so many times, studies proving that a "happy" person lives longer and has better overall health....At least one enjoys their life more while they are here. Appreciate tour feedback! Smile smile smile!

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      Carolina 6 years ago from Switzerland

      Health is an important factor for a person to be happy. Being healthy makes a person active to do something for one's contentment at home, at work, in leasure time.

      Great hub. Thanks.

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Dear Kathy,

      Really awesome, well written hub!!! And one that I needed to read:) I can absolutely understand the starting over and climbing the mountain at this time in my life. I certainly needed the reminders today. The piece that hit me the most is to "act as if." I really need to do that currently in an effort to create positive change. Thank you for your words!

      Hugs,

      Sharyn

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      Eileen Kersey 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Smiling is one of the best exercises. Aiming to be happy and positive has great heath benefits. Great tips here chatkath

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Good to see you Day Dreamer. I am so glad you enjoyed hub! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Well thank you Web World Watcher! I appreciate your feedback!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Greetings Green Lotus! Thank you for your comments, yep, one way to counteract that binging :0

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      daydreamer13 6 years ago

      I found this very beautiful. Thank you. Well done!

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      Web World Watcher 6 years ago

      Words to live by. Difficult times only make a spirit that much stronger. Thanks for this hub

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      Hillary 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Great advice Chatkath - Moving does do wonders to the spirit as does the occasional pig out. Cheers

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Hi Sally! I don't think kids and rest go together very well do they? I spent years being continually sleep deprived but you've got to love watching their sports so most likely the rest will have to wait! Not too long I hope! Thanks for stopping in! I appreciate your feedback.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thanks for visiting Alicia, you are so right, after I have exercised I feel so great, both physically and mentally! I guess that's what we have to keep reminding ourselves ;-)

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Hi Svetlana- Exercise can be so boring - I am sure that is why so many people lose interest! Tuesday!

      A Tanguera in training gets quite a work out though huh??! I am going to your FB Page now - I need some musical inspiration:-)

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      I can really relate to #2 rest. I find that I don't "give into" this necessity as often as I should. I always think -- I will rest on the weekend, but then something (or things) come up. My youngest for example is playing in a 7 on 7 (football) tournament this Saturday . . . and it starts at 8AM. Yikes!! Maybe next weekend. Ha!

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Voted useful! You've given some excellent advice in this hub. I especially like the suggestion to exercise. What you wrote is so true - exercise is very important for mental health as well as physical health.

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      kallini2010 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      You can call me "The Best Follower in the World!" - that was a compliment from the guys from the dance studio I went only for a month. I have my challenges in dancing.

      But for me dancing is the air, I cannot live without it. So is music. So is writing.

      If you ever see my FB page, it is filled with nothing but music.

      Everything else, however is a chore - exercise that is boring such as toning up and I have to do it. And I have to start meditation. Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow - sounds familiar?

      So, instead of looking for a job, what this particular Salsera does? She starts Tango lessons. To become a Tanguera.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      How UP Beat and Wonderful a Hub read this one is Chatkath. Seven Steps to Health and Happiness is a must read for Everyone. Especially for those in a self imposed Rut. I also Loved the Photos...As well as the Video, "Learn to Dance the Salsa...I left you Hub Smiling!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Hi Kashmir- So nice to see you - it is always a pleasure to read your feedback, happy happy! Thanks for stopping in!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Hi Svetlana! Ms. Salsa herself (or so I have heard?) Unfortunately I think it may be true about losing something in order to bring about a renewed appreciation or happiness for things that weren't that important before. I know I have been through it myself more than once....Thanks for your comments

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thanks Will, good to see you! Thanks for your feedback....

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Greetings Teylina! Thanks for visiting, I appreciate your supportive comments!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Hi Kitty! Love the new Avatar! Yep, it is so easy to loose the motivation to exercise-it can be so boring, even though we know it makes us feel better, it also must be fun! Writing is the best, my outlet and my therapy!

      Thanks for popping in, good to see you!