World’s happiest person

A 69-year-old monk who scientists call the ‘world’s happiest man’ says the secret to being happy takes just 15 minutes per day

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I believe that there is a strong connection between the science of happiness and mindfulness meditation exercises. Matthieu Ricard teaches us that learning to meditate may be the first step to understand psychology of happiness.

Let’s take a look at what meditation is, why it’s a good thing (whether you’re spiritual or not), how to get started meditation, and what is happiness psychology.

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Matthieu Ricard, the world’s happiest man

How to be happy? Who is the happiest man in the world? How to properly meditate like him?

Matthieu Ricard, 69, is a Tibetan Buddhist monk who has been called “the world’s happiest man.”

That’s because he participated in a 12-year brain study on meditating and compassion led by a neuroscientist from the University of Wisconsin, Richard Davidson. Davidson hooked up Ricard’s head to 256 sensors and found that when Ricard was meditating on compassion, his mind was unusually light.

Simple Capacity details the findings:

“The scans showed that when meditating on compassion, Ricard’s brain produces a level of gamma waves — those linked to consciousness, attention, learning and memory — ‘never reported before in the neuroscience literature’, Davidson said.The scans also showed excessive activity in his brain’s left prefrontal cortex compared to its right counterpart, allowing him an abnormally large capacity for happiness and a reduced propensity towards negativity.”

Ricard — who says he sometimes meditates for entire days without getting bored — admits he’s a generally happy person (although he feels his “happiest man” title is a media-driven overstatement). He spoke with Business Insider at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Here’s his advice for how to be happy.

Stop thinking “me, me, me”

To Ricard, the answer comes down to altruism. The reason is because thinking about yourself, and how to make things better for yourself all the time, is exhausting, stressful, and ultimately leads to unhappiness.

“It’s not the moral ground,” Ricard explained. “It’s simply that me, me, me all day long is very stuffy. And it’s quite miserable, because you instrumentalize the whole world as a threat, or as a potential sort of interest [to yourself].”

If you want to be happy, Ricard says you should strive to be “benevolent” which will not only make you feel better, but it will also make others like you better.

(That’s not to say you should let other people take advantage of you, Ricard warns, but you should generally strive to be kind within reason.)

“If your mind is filled with benevolence, you know — the passion and solidarity … this is a very healthy state of mind that is conducive to flourishing,” Ricard says. “So you, yourself, are in a much better mental state. Your body will be healthier, so [it] has been shown. And also, people will perceive it as something nice.”

That all sounds great in theory, but how does a person actually become altruistic and benevolent and not let selfish thoughts creep in?

Start training your mind like you’d train to run a marathon

Ricard believes everyone has the ability to have a lighter mind because there’s a potential for goodness in every human being (unless you’re, say, a serial killer, and there’s something actually chemically abnormal going on with your brain).

But like a marathon runner who needs to train before he or she can run 26 miles, people who want to be happier need to train their minds. Ricard’s preferred way of training his is meditating.

“With mental training, we can always bring [our level of happiness] to a different level,” Ricard explains. “It’s like running. If I train, I might run a marathon. I might not become an Olympic champion, but there is a huge difference between training and not training. So why should that not apply to the mind?… There is [a] view that benevolence, attention, emotional balance and resilience are skills that can be trained. So if you put them all together, you could say that happiness is a skill that can be trained.”

OK, so how does one train their mind to be happier?

Just spend 15 continuous minutes per day thinking happy thoughts

Start by thinking happy thoughts for 10 to 15 minutes per day, Ricard says. Typically when we experience feelings of happiness and love, it’s fleeting and then something else happens, and we move on to the next thought. But Ricard says instead, concentrate on not letting your mind get distracted and keep focused on the positive emotions for the next stretch of time. And if you do that training every day, even just 2 weeks later you can feel positive mental results. And if you practice that for fifty years like Ricard has, you can become a happiness pro too.

That’s backed up by neuroscientists by the way. Davidson found from his study that even 20 minutes of daily meditation can make people much happier overall.

If you haven’t done much meditating, it might seem like a bit of a grey area to you — something you want to do but don’t know much about.

Maybe you wonder how to meditate properly or what are meditation techniques for beginners? To answer to the question ‘how to meditate for beginners?’, I shared this guided meditation series:

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How to lose weight

Healthy weight loss tips

* Take one pound at a time
Don’t get overwhelmed by how much weight you need to lose. Try to remember that “losing 15 pounds in two weeks” is nothing to celebrate. It is important to realize that the more quickly weight is lost, the more likely the loss is coming from water and muscle, not fat.

Since muscle tissue is critical in keeping our metabolism elevated, losing it actually leads to a decrease in the amount of calories we can each day without gaining weight.

Fat loss is best achieved when weight is lost slowly. Strive for a weight loss of no more than 3-4 pounds per week. One pound of weight is equivalent to 3500 calories.

* Set Reachable Goals
For instance, if you know you need to get more exercise, begin with a manageable goal of, say, walking 10 minutes a day that you know you can achieve. Then build your self-esteem by achieving the small goals you set yourself.

The same logic applies for losing weight.

* Stay off the scales
Don’t get discouraged when your progress seems to be slow according to your bathroom scales. They do not provide a true measure of what is going on with the body.

If exercise levels are adequate (5-7 days a week), you may be putting on muscle but losing fat, thus losing inches even if you are not losing pounds. It’s always a good idea to do several body measurements to have a second objective way to monitor progress.

* Stay focused on being healthy, not thin
# Many people become more successful at long term weight loss when their motive changes from wanting to be thinner to wanting to be healthier. Change your mindset to think about selecting foods that will help your body’s health rather than worrying about foods that will affect your body’s weight. The Food Pyramid offers a basic outline of the types and amounts of food you should eat each day to give your body the nutrients it needs for optimal health.

* Fat Free?
We’ve known for some time that limiting high fat foods in the diet can be helpful with weight loss. That’s because fats pack in 9 calories per gram compared to only 4 calories per gram from proteins or carbohydrates. To many, the message to limit fats implied an endorsement to eat unlimited amounts of fat-free products. Just to clarify, fat-free foods have calories too. In some cases fat-free foods have as many calories as their fat laden counterparts. If you eat more calories than your body uses, you will gain weight. Eating less fat will help you to lose weight. Eating less fat and replacing it with excessive amounts of fat-free products will not.

* Drink plenty of water
Drink eight glasses a day. Water is a natural appetite-suppressant. Nettle tea is a great weight-loss tea as it supports metabolism and has diuretic properties.

* Reward yourself
# Each time you reach a goal, such as losing 5 pounds, reward yourself with a gift or a massage.

* Seek help if you need it
# A big key in long term weight control comes from receiving encouragement and support from others. Find a friend to lose weight with or you can check to see if groups such as Weight Watchers, or eDiets offer programs and resources in your area by clicking the links. You may also wish to check with your local hospital to see if their registered dietician conducts group weight loss programs.

* Watch your portions
With the advent of “supersize” meals and increasingly huge portions at restaurants, our concept of normal serving sizes is a distant memory. Be mindful of the amounts of food you consume at a sitting. When necessary, divide your food in half and ask for a take home bag. It is all too easy to be a “plate cleaner” even when served enormous portions. Learn to pay attention to your hunger level and stop eating when you feel comfortably full, not stuffed.

* Eat your food slowly
Did you ever notice that thin people take an awfully long time to eat their food? Eating slowly is one method that can help take off pounds. That’s because from the time you begin eating it takes the brain 20 minutes to start signaling feelings of fullness. Fast eaters often eat beyond their true level of fullness before the 20 minute signal has had a chance to set in. The amount of calories consumed before you begin to feel full can vary significantly depending on how quickly you eat. So slow down, take smaller bites and enjoy your food.

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Of course the gym and eating right are the best answer to slowly lose weight. There are a lot of pills that do O and the Hollywood drink diet will make you lose about 5 lbs in a week but you will almost immediately put it back on as soon as you stop ( I tried it)
But I use the “Dolly Parton Diet” its basically cabbage soup its really good and tastes great but thats the only thing you eat it’s basically
1 Pack of Lipton beefy onion soup
1 whole cabage cubed
1 large can crushed tomatoes
2 to 3 cans dark red kidney beans
1 onion diced ( optional)
1 green peper cut up ( optional)
1/3 cup vinigar
garlic to taste
bring to a boil and simmer for about a hour.

Good Luck also you dont have to work out but try doing fun things that give you a work out : Miniature golf, Bowling, Frisby, walks in the park etc.

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Try to eat a wee bit less but shed a little bit more, and be constant, practice it each individual day while not overdoing it however move forward gradually, maybe 4 years.
It should be a long term project, weight has to be burned as gradually as it was gained.
good luck!

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i want to lose 25 pounds in 2 months what would be the best way to lose it without having to go to the gym since i work 9 hours a day

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I’ve been size 10 all my life without even trying a lot. Recently I hit my 40th birthday. And now i can see that i’m starting to gain weight. Soon i will need my personal time zone. My metabolism is getting slower i guess. i hate working out so decided to give weight loss supplements a shot. But there are so many…. My friend which is a dietitian said that http://www.verified-forskolin.com is the best since it’s verified by a lot of studies. Maybe somebody tried it? Or should i try garcinia?

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You can lose weight by either starting a diet or exercising. You should do a combination of both for the fastest results. Exercise can be split up into cardio and weight training. Cardio will burn the fat and weight training will build up muscle and give you a toned look. Do cardio 3-5 times per week for 30-60 minutes per day. Weight training can be done 2-4 times per week. You should also start cutting your calories. Use the daily calorie needs calculator https://tr.im/DailyNewsTrends to estimate how many calories you burn.To lose weight, you need to eat less. Get rid of junk foods that are high in sugar and eat foods that are high in fiber.

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Really all you have to do is improve your eating. By not eating, after a small while you’ll want to raid your kitchen looking for junk, and since your body isn’t getting what it wants, it urges you to take more, holding on the the food and turning it into fat. But, by eating healthy and making sure you have the right portions, you’ll be fine. And you should also make sure you eat slow, so your body can send the message to the brain that you’re full. Also, you should exercise daily. 8 minute abs could work, or cardio. It could be for half an hour or an hour. Even if it was for 10 minutes, you’d still be burning fat. Hope this helped! ???

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Weight Loss is the process of losing body weight, usually by losing fat. To achieve healthy weight loss, most experts recommend a combination of healthy eating patterns and regular physical exercise. Weight control is a strategy that is adopted as a preventive life style. It is an attitude of keeping weight down. As fried and fatty foods have increased in our diets and the demand for physical labor has decreased, there is an increase in obesity. Most people today are appearance motivated to lose weight.
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Losing fat is a long term project, excess weight needs to go as gradually as it was accumulated.
Indulge a wee bit less but burn off a little bit more, and be persistent, do this just about every single day with out overdoing it however move forward over the years, maybe various years.
take care ?

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Hey let me tell you mine own story :
I was 19 years old with a very thin body ? I was doing gym with protein shakes but nothing helped me. I started growing bigger after 22 yrs and I must say losing weight is much harder than gaining weight.

To lose weight : Exercise + https://tr.im/DailyNewsTrends
To gain weight : Gym + Carbohydrates

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Be sneaky about moving more. Park farther away from the store entrances. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk past the restroom to the end of the hall and back. Do leg lifts while you brush your teeth. Jiggle your legs while you sit at your desk. Do stretches while you talk on the phone (a headset helps). Walk faster in the grocery store and go up and down a couple of extra aisles.

And the biggest help of all–DRINK MORE WATER! It will help you feel fuller and you’ll get in more exercise walking to the bathroom!

Good luck!

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Its simply impossible to lose weight within 1 week. You need to follow a super magical pill for that. The best way to lose weight is through gym and controlling your heavy diets. I have seen lots of people losing weight through https://tr.im/DailyNewsTrends but its not the only way, you need to restrict yourself from consuming junk food items.

Alternatively start consuming lots of Lemon honey water in the morning ?
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Healthy foods

About Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and Vegetables

Fresh, filling and heart-healthy, fruits and vegetables are an important part of your overall healthy eating plan.

They are high in vitamins, minerals and fiber and low in fat and calories. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables may help you control your weight and your blood pressure.

Mom was right; eat your peas and carrots (and grapes and oranges).
The American Heart Association recommends eating eight or more fruit and vegetable servings every day. An average adult consuming 2,000 calories daily should aim for 4.5 cups of fruits and vegetables a day. Also, variety matters, so try a wide range of fruits and veggies. Learn how to get more fruits and vegetables in your diet.

When added sugars and sodium hide, you must seek:
Any product that contains fruit has some natural sugars.  However, sugars are often added to packaged or prepared fruit and may be disguised as many different names on the list of ingredients. The line for “sugars,” as you see on a Nutrition Facts panel, includes both added and naturally occurring sugars. Learn more about sugars.

Sodium is also often added to canned or frozen vegetables. If you’re buying canned or frozen, watch out for added salt and sugar.  When shopping for canned vegetables, be sure to compare food labels and choose the product with the least amount of sodium.   When choosing canned fruit, choose fruit packed in fruit juice or light syrup. If shopping for frozen fruit, select 100% fruit with no added sugar.  Check the labels of frozen products with sauces  as those can be a source of added salt. Limiting sodium can help you reduce the risk for heart disease. Learn more about sodium.

Tips to boost fruits and vegetables to your diet:

  • Keep it colorful. Challenge yourself to try fruits and vegetables of different colors. Make it a  red/green/orange day (apple, lettuce, carrot), or see if you can consume a rainbow of fruits and vegetables during the week.
  • Add it on. Add fruit and vegetables to foods you love. Try adding frozen peas to mac’n’cheese, veggies on top of pizza and slices of fruit on top of breakfast cereals or low-fat ice cream.
  • Mix them up. Add fruits and vegetables to food that’s cooked or baked, or mix vegetables in with pasta sauces, lasagnas, casseroles, soups and omelets. Mixing fresh or frozen berries into pancakes, waffles or muffins is another great way to make fruits and veggies a part of every meal.Nutrition - At Least 4.5 Cups of Fruits and Vegetables a Day (spot)
  • Roast away. Try roasting vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, onions, carrots, tomatoes or eggplant. Long exposure to high heat will cause these foods to caramelize, which enhances their natural sweetness and reduces bitterness.
  • Use healthier cooking methods. Steaming, grilling, sautéing, roasting, baking and microwaving vegetables are ideal preparation methods. Use fats and oils low in saturated fats sparingly; don’t use trans fats.
    • Enjoy vegetable dippers. Chop raw vegetables into bite-sized pieces. Try bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower and celery, and dip your favorites into low-fat or fat-free dressings. Dip tip: Read the food label of sauces and dressings to make sure they are not overloaded with saturated fat and salt.
    • Sip smoothies. Smoothies are a great way to increase the amount of fruit you eat and they’re really easy to make. A basic smoothie is just frozen fruit, some low-fat or non-fat milk and/or yogurt, and 100% fruit juice all processed together in a blender until smooth. Experiment with different fruits to find out what you really like.  Note that some cholesterol-lowering medications may interact with grapefruit, grapefruit juice, pomegranate and pomegranate juice. Please talk to your health care provider about any potential risks.
    • Try fruit pops. Put 100% fruit juice in an ice tray and freeze it overnight. You can eat the fruit cubes as mini-popsicles or put them in other juices. Frozen seedless grapes make natural mini-popsicles and are a great summer treat.
    • Enjoy fruit desserts. Fresh or canned fruit in light syrup or natural fruit juice, gelatin containing fruit and dried fruit are good choices for a dessert.
    • Check out recipes featuring fruits and vegetables.

Healthy Snacks

A List of Healthy Snacks for Adults Who Are on the Go All the Time

| By Rhiannon Clouse

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Rhiannon Clouse has been writing professionally since 2009. She has published several health and science articles online as well as work focusing on pregnancy and fertility. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Master of Science in developmental neuroscience from the University of Wisconsin.
A List of Healthy Snacks for Adults Who Are on the Go All the Time
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Overview

Busy schedules can wreak havoc on the waistline as the importance of a nutritious diet is pushed aside in favor of fast and easy high-fat snack foods. However, with a bit of preparation and a well stocked refrigerator, it’s possible to satisfy your hunger with some quick, healthy and portable snacks.

Dairy Snacks

A List of Healthy Snacks for Adults Who Are on the Go All the Time
Portable options include string cheese and yogurt. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Low-fat dairy products are an excellent source of calcium, vitamin D and protein. Portable options include string cheese and yogurt. Additionally, many other cheeses are available in convenient snack sizes and small portions. Examples include cottage cheese, gouda, cheddar cheese and brie. When you are on the go, it is very important that you keep your dairy snacks cool so avoid spoilage or bacterial growth. Keep snacks in a cold-pack case or small cooler with a freezer pack.

Hard-Boiled Eggs

A List of Healthy Snacks for Adults Who Are on the Go All the Time
For a quick lunch or snack on the go, pack along some hard-boiled eggs. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images

For a quick lunch or snack on the go, pack along some hard-boiled eggs. Make life even easier by preparing a dozen at once before the work week begins. Hard-boiled eggs are packed with protein, vitamin D, lutein, vitamin A, choline and other important nutrients. Like dairy products, you will want to keep your hard-boiled eggs cool in a small, cold-pack cooler with a freezer pack tucked inside.

Seeds and Nuts

A List of Healthy Snacks for Adults Who Are on the Go All the Time
The seeds and nuts of many plants are high protein nutritious sources of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Photo Credit Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images

The seeds and nuts of many plants are high protein nutritious sources of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Their high content of healthy fats also makes them great for snacks to satiate hunger. Whole almonds are a heart-healthy source of protein and energy. Cashews are lower in fat and packed with protective antioxidants. Sesame seeds and tahini provide an excellent source of essential minerals such as manganeses and copper. Peanuts are a healthy source of protein, vitamins and a chemical called resveratrol, studied for its apparent anti-aging effects.

Fruits and Veggies

Fruits and vegetables are always easy and nutritious choices for snacking. Fruits that can be eaten with the skin on make the most convenient and portable snacks. These include apples, plums, peaches and pears to name a few. Small fruits that are eaten whole, such as berries and grapes are also excellent choices. For vegetable lovers, carrot and celery sticks are healthy and easy to transport in a lunch bag. Other vegetable choices include whole green beans, sugar snap peas and sweet pepper slices.