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Health & Nurturing 2015 December/January
Pg 7 - The Sunshine Express
was taking the lessons and maybe next year I
would be included.
After the first break, more contemporary songs
were played, lots of polkas and fast waltzes.
As the evening went on, jitterbugs and more
modern dances were enjoyed. Everyone danced
with everyone. Daddy would always dance a
polka with me and Mom would dance one with
my brother, Paul. I was young and totally in
love with my uncle Mickey. I was three years
old when my aunt married and was the flower
girl at the wedding. I thought he was the most
handsome man I ever saw. When he escorted
me to the dance floor, I was thrilled.
What ever happened to those lovely family
times? Well, they are still enjoyed to some
degree right on Main Street, Cortez. Yes, there
is a dance studio that caters to young and
old, teaching modern partner dances. Clas-
sic ballroom and modern country lessons are
available and dance parties every Friday night.
It suprizes me still when someone comes in
and declares that they never heard of such a
place. Dance lessons do a whole lot more than
teach dance steps. It is an activity that allows
moderate exercise and social interaction. Dance
teaches social skills, manners, cooperation,
respect for others, and it¡¯s an opportunity to
activities are you involved with? How are you
keeping physically and mentally fit. When do you
encounter new people? Dancing. It¡¯s good clean
fun; give it a try.
(Sandy Lauzon is a Shaklee Distributor located at
102 2nd St, in Dolores. 970.759.9740)
Plan For Happiness
the table and the visit-
ing seemed to take
forever. Finally, folks
began to drift up to
the dance hall and the
dance was underway.
Usually the first dances
were traditional folk
dances. Young and old
knew these dances and
soon the entire gather-
ing were engaged in
one after another of
these treasured pieces
from Bounia¡¯s beloved
¡°Old Country¡±. Some-
times, at special occa-
sions, the young girls
would wear traditional
costumes and lovely
headpieces. I couldn¡¯t
wait to be big enough
to be in their group. I
meet nice people. It
is for young and old,
and everyone in the
What community
dinner two to three times a week. ¡°When we start
to eat dinner as a family in the home, our health
and happiness will follow,¡± he notes.
3. Carve out whitespace. Whitespace is time
you dedicate to yourself to refresh, unplug and
rejuvenate. This could be making time to do
yoga, a hobby, read, meditate or take a bath.
People who have hobbies and activities that give
them balance tend to be happier.
4. Achieve work-life balance. With the ex-
panse of the Internet and mobile commuting,
workers are now connected more than ever
before. But this connectedness can get out of
control when answering emails 24/7, so work-life
balance is important for overall happiness.
¡°We all want to be successful, but with anything
you need proper balance,¡± says Johnson. ¡°If you
look at professional athletes, the best ones try
to find activities outside of their sport that help
them stay hungry, engaged and excited. Find
things that help you create balance in your life.¡±
Johnson suggests: *Don¡¯t check email after 8p;
*Go on a date night or family night; *Exercise
at a time that fits your schedule; *Walk during
lunch; *Schedule a massage once a month.
5. Fuel happiness from within. ¡°I believe we
have more behavior and mental health issues
than we should and a big part of this is a lack
of proper nutrients,¡± says Johnson. ¡°The most
important nutrient for brain health and mood is
omega-3s.¡± America is one of the most deficient
countries when it comes to omega-3s, with an es-
timated 91 percent of people not getting enough.
¡°The way that I encourage people to get omega-
3s is ¡®Nordic Naturals orange-flavored Arctic Cod
Liver Oil¡¯, it tastes like an orange oil drop,¡± John-
son says. ¡°Adding omega-3s to your diet can be a
game changer for your mental health.¡±
6. Embrace gratitude. Thinking of the things
you are grateful for can have a dramatic effect on
your satisfaction and overall happiness. Do this
daily as you wake up or make it a conversation
you have with your children right before bed.
¡°Telling yourself you are grateful for your health,
family, friends, job and life gives you that pat on
the back we all need,¡± Johnson says. ¡°I also think
we don¡¯t tell people how much we appreciate
them until they are gone. I encourage everyone
to write a handwritten letter to one person each
year who made a huge impact in their life.
optimal physical health, you need opti-
mal mental health and happiness. When
people are happier they tend to improve
all aspects of their life.¡±
Johnson offers six surprisingly simple, yet
profoundly effective ways to boost mood
and overall happiness in the new year:
1. Make sleep a priority. Getting seven
to eight hours of sleep each night is criti-
cal for the body to produce hormones
that trigger happiness, explains Johnson.
¡°I am a big fan of always going to bed
with a positive attitude,¡± he says. ¡°If you
go to bed angry, worried or stressed,
that tends to come back the next day. Do
what you can before bed to reset your
mood. Read, take a bath, exercise or talk
face-to-face. Try to avoid screen time.¡±
2. Make more time for family. ¡°Over
the last 20 years, family time has van-
ished. Sporting events, projects, work
and technology have swallowed this
time,¡± says Johnson. ¡°I think family face-
to-face time is the most important part of
a healthy family relationship and happi-
ness.¡± Johnson suggests planning family
6 simple ideas for living happier in 2016
(BPT) Saving money and staying fit are traditional
New Year¡¯s resolutions, but overly packed sched-
ules and the materialistic focus of modern day life
are inspiring a new goal for many people: to live
happier in 2016 and beyond.
¡°To make 2016 the happiest year ever, think about
how you rest, eat and move,¡± says Matt Johnson,
health and performance expert and president of
On Target Living. ¡°I am a believer that mental
health is directly related to physical health. For
most of human existence we have viewed the
mind - the head - different from the physical body
of the neck down. New research is showing they
have everything to do with each other. If you want