Ziglar Newsletter September 13 2011

In this week's Ziglar Newsletter, Zig's article is titled It's Healthy To Be Happy. It is part one of a 2 part series.

Zig recommends the book The Power of Positive Fitness by John M. Rowley.

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It’s Healthy To Be Happy

Part One of a Two-Part Series

By Zig Ziglar

The dictionary says that happiness is the “agreeable sensations which spring from the enjoyment of good. That state of being in which desires are gratified by the enjoyment of pleasure without pain.” Happiness is “positive pleasure or an excitement of agreeable sensations.” Mark Twain said that most of us are “about as happy as we make up our minds to be.”

Psychologists and physicians have long known that happy, cheerful people enjoy better health. It goes back several thousand years to Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, who observed that “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.” There’s no question but that a cheerful spirit does wonders for your health.

The question is, what’s the best way to be happy? For a long time it’s been my conviction that others can give you pleasure, but the only way you’re going to be happy is to do things for other people. Forest Tennant, M.D., says that serotonin, which is the “feel-good” neurotransmitter, normally hits the system full force at about ten o’clock in the morning. However, we can “jump-start” the flow of serotonin by doing something really nice for someone else.

It doesn’t have to be “earth-shattering.” A simple, sincere phone call to someone you know will do wonders for you and them. Just let them know you were thinking of them and wanted them to know how much you appreciate who they are and what they do. Tell them how much their friendship means to you, how you admire them and that you just want them to know how you feel. It’s amazing how good you will feel about yourself when you pay a sincere compliment to encourage someone else.

Think about it and pick up that telephone to encourage someone else with no thought of benefit to yourself and I will SEE YOU AT THE TOP.

Zig Ziglar is known as America’s motivator. He is the author of 29 books and numerous audio and video recordings.

You Are the Answer

By John M. Rowley

Everyone seems to be looking for answers to the economy somewhere out in the distance. A strong national economy starts with a strong personal economy, which requires energy, focus, creativity and discipline.

I don’t think it is a coincidence that one of the worst economies is accompanied by one of the worst health crises in history. Obesity is out of control and is wreaking havoc on people’s health and our economy.

The proof is all around us. Many people are being gripped by epidemic levels of physical disaster. Skyrocketing rates of preventable illness—obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, and cancer.

It is not only costing the individual but the country as well! The cost of medical care for obesity in the United States in 2008 was $147 billion and rising! But this is just the tip of the iceberg!

How does obesity affect our personal economy? When you are not at your best physically everything suffers. You don’t have the energy to produce what you should. You aren’t as creative as you could be. You take longer to do tasks than it should take.

You’re also not as smart. President Kennedy said that “Physical fitness is not only the key to a healthy body, but the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” I think the good president was trying to say, if you want to be a good thinker you need to get into the gym and be a bit of a stinker.

The fact is, the same blood that flows through your body also flows through your mind. If you have healthy, oxygenated blood, then your body and mind are operating at peak performance. If you have thick, fat laden blood oozing through your veins, then your body and mind will be sluggish.

Want a strong economy?

Then start by taking care of yourself and being the best you you can be. I remember Mr. Ziglar asking audiences over the years, “If you had a million-dollar racehorse, would you let him stay up half the night drinking coffee and booze, smoking cigarettes and eating junk food?” Next question: “Would you treat a 10-dollar dog or a 5-dollar cat that way? What about a billion-dollar body? What do you have against you?!”

In order to take care of your billion-dollar body all you have to do is make some minor adjustments to your lifestyle, which can be done in a few easy steps.

1. Follow a sound nutrition plan2. Exercise regularly3. Drink enough water4. Get enough restIf each of us would take personal responsibility for ourselves it would change us as a nation. I believe that the most valuable currency we have today is human performance, and that each of us is here to serve with the talents, abilities and skills that God has given to us. When you neglect yourself you are damaging your most valuable asset and denying your best contribution to society. Take Mr. Ziglar’s lead and take care of your billion-dollar body and we will all benefit.

John Rowley is an author, speaker and contributor to much of the media including Fox News, SmartMoney and Martha Stewart. He has earned the title “America’s Lifestyle Strategist” by inspiring millions to become physically, mentally and spiritually fit. Check out his newest book, The Power of Positive Fitness.

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