The Gratitude Antidote

General Health, Mental Health
There are many ways to develop a positive attitude, but one easy way to begin is with the habit of giving thanks. Here's an excerpt on what I call "the gratitude antidote" from my book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy. (more…)
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Devotional for Men – Healthy Through and Through – Part 8 – Concluding Bible Study

General Health
Here’s the last of an eight-part devotional for men based upon my chapter on health in Coach Joe Gibbs best-selling book, Gameplan for Life, was featured by the Men of Integrity ministry of Christianity Today. I hope you enjoy the series. Here’s Part 8 of 8: THE SERIES’ THEME: Healthy Through and Through. What does it mean to be a truly healthy man of God? CONCLUDING BIBLE STUDY "Your spiritual wheel must be seen as the most crucial one, because good physical, emotional, and relational health alone will not make you a highly healthy person," says Dr. Walt Larimore in Part 6's reading. "Spiritual well-being has to be a consistent priority." This week's passage offers insights into cultivating a spiritually healthy life, and it also demonstrates the correlation between our…
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Devotional for Men – Healthy Through and Through – Part 7 – Examine Your Wheels

General Health, Men's Health
Here’s the seventh of an eight-part devotional for men based upon my chapter on health in Coach Joe Gibbs best-selling book, Gameplan for Life , was featured by the Men of Integrity ministry of Christianity Today. I hope you enjoy the series. Here’s Part 7 of 8: THE SERIES’ THEME: Healthy Through and Through. What does it mean to be a truly healthy man of God? EXAMINE YOUR WHEELS KEY BIBLE VERSE: No matter how much you want, laziness won't help a bit, but hard work will reward you with more than enough. (Proverbs 13:4) Dig Deeper: Proverbs 20:4; James 1:2-4 One day, my wife, Barb, pointed out a nail in one of our car tires. All I could see was the head of the nail. No air was escaping,…
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Devotional for Men – Healthy Through and Through – Part 1 – Introduction

General Health, Heart Health, Marriage and Family Health, Men's Health, Mental Health
Here's the first of an eight-part devotional for men. It's based upon a chapter on physical health that I wrote for Coach Joe Gibbs' best-selling book, Gameplan for Life. The devotional series was featured by the Men of Integrity ministry of Christianity Today. That chapter, and this series, are based upon my book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy. I hope you enjoy the series. Here’s Part 1 of 8. I'll be posting a new part each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday through the end of November: Taking good care of our bodies should be important to the serious Christ-follower. After all, the believer's body is God's temple (1 Cor. 6:19) and God shouldn't have to live in a shabby, unkempt shack. But as we'll see in this…
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A Good Doctor’s Visit Starts With a Little Homework

Children's Health, Men's Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
In my newest health book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy, I discuss the essential of being your own healthcare quarterback. Now, consumer experts are joining me in saying that preparation before a doctor's visit may improve your health and save you money. Here are the details in a report from HealthDay News: Whether buying a toothbrush or a new car, it's become routine for shoppers to research before buying so they know all the options and can strike the best possible bargain. Far less often, though, do people apply those tactics to one of their most important regular purchases: a trip to the doctor's office. But medical services ought to be tackled the same way any other purchase would be, consumer experts say. That begins with doing…
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MEDIA ALERT – Dr. Walt to be on The Harvest Show on Thursday, 9/16

Marriage and Family Health, Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Woman's Health
I'm scheduled to be a guest on the The Harvest Show (on the LeSEA national cable TV network) discussing my newest health book, "10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy" on this Thursday, September 16, 2010. There are a couple of ways you can catch the broadcast: Watch it live. You can find where to view the program in your area by clicking here. Or you can view it on the web, anytime this week, by clicking here. As far at the book itself: You can order signed copies here. You can read the Table of Contents of the book here. You can read the Forward to the book, by Dr. Paul Brand (his last published words), here. You can read the First Chapter of the book here.…
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Strong relationships improve chances of living longer

Marriage and Family Health, Men's Health, Mental Health, Woman's Health
In my book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy, I discuss what I call the "four wheels of health": physical, emotional, spiritual, and relational. In the book I say, that relationships are so important to health, that people should "avoid loneliness like the plague." Now, CBS Evening News is reporting, "Researchers at Brigham Young said today strong relationships can improve your chances of living longer by 50%." Time reported, "A healthy social life may be as good for your long-term health as avoiding cigarettes, according to a massive research review released Tuesday by the journal PLoS Medicine." After examining "pooled data from 148 studies on health outcomes and social relationships -- every research paper on the topic they could find, involving more than 300,000 men and…
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Study: Working overtime increases heart risk

Heart Health, Men's Health, Mental Health, Woman's Health
People who regularly put in overtime and work 10 or 11-hour days increase their heart disease risk by nearly two-thirds, research suggests. The findings come from a study of 6,000 British civil servants, published online in the European Heart Journal. The bottom line, according to the researchers is, "... the findings highlighted the importance of work-life balance." If you're having trouble finding that balance, you may want to read my book 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy -- which is chock full of suggestions for measuring and balancing what I call "the four wheels of health:" physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual. Here are some of the details on the study from the BBC: After accounting for known heart risk factors such as smoking, doctors found those who…
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A Simple ‘Thank You’ Brings Rewards to All

Men's Health, Mental Health, Woman's Health
Expressing gratitude benefits both you and the person being thanked, a new study finds. This new research backs up the studies I discuss in my book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy. I discuss how an attitude of gratitude not only can result in a more highly healthy you, but even increase the health of those around you. More details on my book at the end of the blog, but here are the details of the study from HealthDay News: (more…)
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Your life span may be as wide as your smile

General Health, Mental Health
A quirky new study looks at smiles in pictures of baseball players and compares death rates. What did they find? The bigger the smile, the longer the life! Past research shows that people who smile a lot are usually happier, have more stable personalities, more stable marriages, better cognitive skills and better interpersonal skills. Science has just uncovered another benefit of a happy face. People who have big smiles live longer. Researchers at Wayne State University used information from the Baseball Register to look at photos of 230 players who began their careers in professional baseball before 1950. The players' photos were enlarged, and a rating of their smile intensity was made (big smile, no smile, partial smile). The players' smile ratings were compared with data from deaths that occurred…
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