Exercise

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Guest blogger:

Melanie Galioto
Founder of Your Smile Yoga

Guess what today is?? Exercise!
Love it or hate it, exercise has so many positive health benefits.  We use exercise to release pent up energy, maintain a healthy weight, to help us lose weight, and it’s good for improving your mood and memory, too!
Here are a few ways that Exercise can make you a Happier person:
1. It increases dopamine in your brain.
    Dopamine is one of the feel good chemicals in your brain.  Exercise is one of the best ways to increase dopamine production (just like laughter!).
2. It helps to reduce anxiety and depression.
    Again, exercise helps to release the feel good chemicals as well as increase the production of them.
3. It helps to reduce stress.
    Check this out…exercise is a form of stress, a low-level variety.  The more you expose your body to this type of low-level stressor, the more you are to better handle others types of stress.
4. It helps to build your self-confidence.
    There’s nothing like a great workout to boost your self-confidence! Your feeling great and you are proud of your accomplishment – AS YOU SHOULD BE!! YES!
5. It helps you get better sleep.
    As you remember, sleep is the fist component of SMILE.  Good quantity AND quality sleep matters. Exercise helps you get those much needed zzzzz’s.
6. Helps with coping skills.
    When life throws you the inevitable curveball (it does and it will, believe me!) exercise can help you cope with the intense emotions.  It is a great go to help you cope, release the pent up energy, and helps to keep you away from drugs or alcohol.
7. It increases your brain cells!
    Yep, getting some good cardio into your exercise routine has been shown to increase brain cells which helps to improve it’s overall performance.
Exercise can take on a variety of forms.  Try several and see what is best for you.  Because, the more you like it, the more likely you are going to do it!
Try Some of These:
1.  Yoga – yoga has so many styles, there is sure to be one that will mesh with you. Hatha, Hot, Kundalini, Warrior, Yin, Vinyasa, Acro, SUP, and oh, so many more! Did you know that I LOVE yoga?
2.  Zumba – dance and sweat and dance!
3.  Dance – Not a Zumba fan? Try taking some dance lessons 🙂 We are HUGE Dancing with the Stars fans and I am determined to take some salsa lessons! What style of dance would you like to try?
5.  Barre – tiny micro-movements along with cardio for a full body workout.  INTENSE!
6. Martial Arts – learn something new and self-defense, too.
7. Walking – perhaps the best and easiest of all. Just grab your shoes and go.  No gym or studio membership needed. PLUS, it gets you outdoors which in and of itself is good for you and your mood.
Really, the list can go on and on. Be creative, find a workout buddy, get your body moving and get yourself feeling (and looking) GREAT! Exercise helps to boost your self-esteem, self-worth, and self-confidence too. Remember to love your body because it really does love you 🙂
I hope you have enjoyed these past 5 days of learning how important it is to SMILE! You really do need to incorporate these 5 things into your routine to make you successful at life!
Keep moving!
Namaste my friend,
Melanie
P.S. Do you have a friend that could use some of these helpful tips? Have them sign up for the webinar over at  How to Self-Care When You Don’t Care.
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?  Yep, EXERCISE!

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As a recreational therapist, you are no doubt regularly looking for enjoyable and meaningful activities for your clients to succeed in achieving their therapeutic goals.

Whether working with clients or even co-workers, a new game might make an awesome addition to your collection of tools!

Choose Happiness @ work is more than just a game; it’s a tool that can solve morale, motivation, and teamwork problems to help individuals and teams thrive at work.

While the game’s creator, Scott Crabtree, Chief Happiness Officer at Happy Brain Science, recommends playing with 4-10 people for the ideal experience, the game also includes solitaire modes.

It’s a fun way to learn about the science of happiness and each other while you play. It gets your group talking, laughing, and solving real-world workplace problems.

By playing, you’ll learn

  • science-based strategies to boost happiness, productivity, and collaboration.

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Review for Happy Secrets

A total of 107 people signed up for the webinar and 67 people showed up and attended
What did you like about the webinar?
Here are the comments from people who submitted reviews:
Ideas on how to incorporate techniques for programs.
A Lot of good points where made that I can use in my practice. Also there where a few assessments named that could be helpful to use in my practice. I also would like to read all the books that were mentioned in the webinar.
it was amazing.
Very Interesting. Will use in my workplace
I enjoyed how he provided multiple different types of resources (books & websites) in order to continue further research surrounding this topic.
Stay positive. Validate emotions. If you want to be happy study happy people
The flow of the presentation.
I enjoyed knowing there is an online class on happiness to earn further CEU’s
I found there to be a lot of information I could utilize in my groups
It reminded why being happy is so important
The cheer yourself up suggestions were good for personal use as well as groups. I also see emotions in a new light, neither good nor bad. The validation of emotions will definitely be incorporated in my anger management groups.
all of it.
I enjoyed all the information, the books you recommended, and the interaction you provided the peers. Thank you again.
I enjoyed the list of resources you provided about happiness. I will be looking for some of the books in the near future. I have even already gone and taken the positive ratio test!
It was a great reminder on what to practice on a daily basis to improve one’s happiness.
I learned ways to help make myself happier, which in turn I would be in a better place emotionally/mentally to help my residents.
educational and interesting
I really enjoyed hearing personal stories and hearing how you work with youth. The affect assessment was really helpful as well.
I enjoyed the section discussing measuring your happiness and cheering yourself up. I thought the discussion of mental health was important as well
I liked the Charlie Brown book about happiness.
It was very informative and entertaining, love your accent
I enjoyed the fact that you related it to Rec Therapy so many times
learning about resources that I could use
The research based info
Learned a lot I can use in my work place and he kept it interesting
Lots of good resources given!
I enjoyed the suggestions of FUN activities/groups.
The different ideas for groups to run
Learning different secrets to happiness
I enjoyed that there were relatable moment and the cartoons.
I enjoyed all the information about various books to use as resources
Great webinar Danny! Very well thought out. You backed every tip on how to cheer up with studies and research and gave great book resources. I want to do a group with my patients on this subject matter with all the tips you gave out! Thank you!
All the book resources that were provided
Very informative and well presented
Very applicable for the patients I work with. Informative
The webinar was filled with information and i would love to have a list of the books you spoke of.
Theories and sources used
I enjoyed seeing all of the resources and books that were used and recommended.
Good refresher for basic knowledge that we as professionals forget to break down
reference books
Informative and helpful with good points and book list.
It reinforced and added to what I share with my clients!
The book recommendations.
The information about happiness.
Enjoyed all the resources and assessments K Informative
The topic is of interest.
Good advice about assisting clients and practitioners to have a better attitude.
Very informative
The excellent suggested reading material. Also, multiple suggestions that I can utilize when assessing and assisting patients.
Learned useful tools to utilize with my patients. Enjoyed hearing of new resources and book suggestions to learn more information on happiness.
I enjoyed the book ideas! I’m excited to see the email with the book list.
I related to a lot of the stories. I work in inpatient mental health and so I understand how some of this content could work in a group session.
Easy to follow along with format and the great humor kept me engaged.
I think this is great subject to re-evaluate every so often because people often take happiness for granted. This allowed me to really think about what makes me happy and why it is so important to keep yourself and others connected with happiness.
Very interesting information.
I like there is 4 four different assessments to measure: Optimism, Positivity, Resilience, and Happiness.

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How could the webinar have been improved?

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It was great
There was some lag.
Ending at 5:00. I am on the clock and my employer expected me to have this complete within an hour.
Not sure, it was entertaining for me 🙂
An hour isn’t enough time to go over everything; however, if we can obtain a slide before the webinar, it could be helpful when taking notes.
It was perfect
It was good. No changes needed
Not sure
I think the webinar was run very smoothly and I do not have anything I would change about it.
More coping skills to utilize.
It was great!
It was great, I enjoyed it
I think this was great! I appreciate this happy topic
Nothing
Personally I liked it when webinars were on Wednesdays but that’s because that is my day off. Either way I was able to watch this webinar at work.