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The BIG STUFF of health and happiness. It’s so easy to get bogged down in the details of health and neglect the BIG STUFF. But the big stuff is where your attention needs to be — checking health boxes every single day…

It’s all about feeling good! If you ponder it deeply, you’ll see that everything, without fail, is done to so that you can feel good. Feeling good is everyone’s ultimate aim — the problem is that we can get confused about where to find these good feelings we’re after.

Avoid pain by being proactive. Every chronic disease state has many causes, with every one being sub-optimal lifestyle over a long time frame. The same causes manifest in different diseases depending on the personal interplay of genetics and causes.

Why you shouldn’t have blind faith in your doctor. Conventional medicine, as practiced by doctors, is a seriously flawed paradigm. It’s simply clear to see that it doesn’t work for chronic disease, which is what causes 99% of the suffering out there.

How do you measure success in life? Having lots of money is a nice thing — it means you don’t have to worry about money. But having a fatter wage check, a bigger house or a bigger car… these things alone won’t make you happy, not in the long run.

One of the biggest mindset ideas you need. Your body is the product of nature and we don’t need to know how it works. All we need to do is look after it — feed it well, rest it well, exercise it well and so-on. Give your mind and body what they need.

Habits and change

Your lifestyle blueprint. If you want to build a house, you don’t start by calling the brick layer! With house building it’s obvious you need to start with a plan but with your health and happiness; not so obvious. :-)

Why is it so hard to change? Everything’s against us when it comes to change. There are a few big reasons why change is so hard. And they conspire together to make sure that it’s virtually impossible for some people to make the changes needed to be happy and healthy.

Your pact — a sure-fire step to a new you. It’s just a decision but a decision with a difference… it’s unshakable! It’s the kind of decision we would make for our children; calm, solid, good decisions for the best long-term outcome.

Automatic health. Your body is an incredibly complex biosystem that needs some pretty simple inputs to keep it working beautifully. All we need to do is figure out what the best inputs are and keep on doing them… systemize.

HABIT POWER laid bare. I’m always banging on about the power of habit. Habits are at the root of all outcomes, good or bad because habit is the power that repeats behavior. But habits can be so subtle and automatic, that it’s difficult to see JUST how powerful they are…

Take baby steps. When we identify a change we want to make and take action, we usually fall flat on our face because the change was too big and that causes pain and misery. What most people do then is pick an even bigger step…

Faith in the finish line. Often when we make a change the initial effect is that we feel worse. Say you’ve decided to change your sleep routine for the better, or cut out gluten. That can make us feel worse in the short term. That’s when you need “faith in the finish line.”

Eat and drink the right stuff

What is a natural diet for a human being? In all our dietary confusion these days, surely this question is the one we should start with? Researchers it seems, analyze the tiny details of this and that and very little attention is paid to the big picture…

Human food. Can we come up with a simple diet that works, when there’s so much genetic difference in the world? Is there a single natural human diet that will work for all? The solution is natural human foods: fruits, vegetables, animal foods, nuts and seeds.

The three pillars of the Happy Guide diet. If you want to know the best diet for your health and go looking, what you find is CONFUSION. Every permutation imaginable is out there, and touted as dietary salvation. So how are we to make any sense of it?

Eat and drink the right stuff. The Happy Guide diet is a big step back to eating natural human foods — the foods we evolved to eat over millions of years; primarily fruits, vegetables, nuts/seeds, meat, poultry, seafood and eggs.

7 easy diet tweaks to supercharge your health overnight. These are easy things. And yet the difference to your long term health by doing them is like night and day. It can mean the difference between health and happiness or disease down the road.

How to balance omega-3 and omega-6. Basically, it’s about eating oily fish a few times a week as well as other fish and seafood and avoiding omega-6 fats as much as possible. You don’t have to worry about getting enough omega-6 fats, there’s plenty in common foods.

How to get your calcium and magnesium balance right. Calcium and magnesium balance is very important and over the long term, will affect your health in dramatic ways — for your heart, your bones, your energy, and your mind.

Be free from drugs

How to avoid illness. Does science and medicine really have the answers to avoiding illness? Will there ever be a reliable cure for cancer, heart disease or diabetes through modern medicine? Or for that matter, a cure for the common cold?

Get organized

One of the best good habits to have. Think of your day as a kind of “dance” that’s unique to you. Your dance needs to automatically take care of everything that matters to you and create the thing you really want — happiness.

Live in the moment

What does meditation do for you? If I had to sum up the benefits of meditation in one word it would be this one: SANITY. Once you’ve tried meditation for a while, you’ll see clearly that the way you were before was kind of like a bad dream.

How to start meditating. Meditation is about returning to a natural state of being and a peaceful state of mind. It’s about being yourself, essentially. It’s a very simple thing too, with incredible power when practiced consistently. All you do is listen for the next thought…

Sit don’t wobble — Zen and the art of mindfulness. Keep your mind on what you’re doing and be aware of thoughts that pop — like the proverbial stone thrown into the still lake. In this state, thoughts which surface are exactly the ones we need at that precise moment.

Best wishes,
Michael Kinnaird

Our full list of articles…

Unhappiness

I can’t function anymore
What to do when you’re not happy with your life
How can I be happy?
I feel lost and confused about life
I feel like life is passing me by
The elusive secret of happiness
Is happiness a choice?

Depression

How to beat depression without prescription drugs
Case study — from depressed to happy in 11 days
Are intelligent people more prone to depression?
A simple lifestyle blueprint to cure depression naturally

Heart disease

How to reverse artery blockage
Is saturated fat bad for you?
CRITICAL information if you take statins (or never want to)
Diet, health and the wisdom of crowds
Small, dense, LDL. Everyone should read, digest, understand and act on this
How to prevent heart disease
Vitamin K2: Are you getting enough to keep your arteries clean?

Unwanted thoughts

The little known secret to stop TOO many thoughts
9 ways to get rid of unwanted thoughts
How to stop the endless stream of thoughts
Making progress in getting rid of unwanted thoughts
How to stop thinking so much
How to overcome an addiction to negative thinking
Weird thought about my girlfriend
Can’t stop thinking
Am I gay?
How to get rid of unwanted thoughts
The big picture of unwanted thoughts
Random thoughts just disappear, and it all happens naturally
What’s the difference between the conscious and subconscious mind?

Obsessive / compulsive (OCD)

Twenty years of OCD cured in two days!
OCD testimonial
OCD — chemical imbalance or bad habit?
OCD rituals
3 steps to curing harm OCD

Overweight

Weight loss with NO CARDIO? Yes, it DOES work!
Weight gain after retirement
How to lose weight easily

Self-destructing

Why we self-destruct and how to stop
How to stop self destructive behavior — the first step
My mind is out of control

Anxiety

How to overcome anxiety and worry
Anxiety at night
How to stop worrying about your family
I have high anxiety and I hate being alone
The relationship between thoughts and emotions

Chronic fatigue (CFS/ME)

XMRV — MLV retrovirus variants found in ME/CFS patients
How to overcome ME/CFS
Chronic fatigue syndrome diet

Fear during meditation

Why do I have crazy, disturbing or evil thoughts during meditation?
Feeling fear in meditation

Fear of fictitious horrors

How to get rid of fear and scary thoughts after watching a scary movie
Irrational fear of zombies and other fictitious horrors
How to get rid of dark thoughts
I’m scared of zombies and I can’t sleep

Offended / can’t forgive

Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes
Don’t be offended
How to forgive and let go

Child behavior

How to get your kids to do stuff
How to get your kids to behave

Various problems

Can dehydration cause dizziness?
Is stress good for you?
Bad moods after eating
How to overcome fear of spiders
How to overcome fear of fainting
Zispin: cause of a low blood platelet count?
How to stop being negative
How to talk to people
How to solve your problems
Why am I getting worse?
Schizophrenia / multiple personality disorder treatment
How to concentrate on studying without getting distracted
I feel burnt out and zoned out
How to cope with bereavement
Scared of losing my partner
Does social media make us happier?

Mindset

Health and longevity secrets of the okinawans
Is disease caused by poor nutrition and lifestyle?
How to avoid illness
Distortions, deception and LIES says Dr. Joseph Mercola
Why is pain good?
Health is everything
Why is there so much suffering in the world?
Prevention is better than cure
One of the biggest mindset ideas you need
The BIG STUFF of health and happiness
How do you measure success in life?
You are not a car
Health warning signs
The ripple effect of health and happiness
Avoid pain by being proactive
What is homeostasis?
A cure for all ills
8 most important life lessons to learn
The importance of lifestyle
How to feel good
It’s all about feeling good
Six habits for health and happiness
The power of commitment
Why you shouldn’t have blind faith in your doctor

Habits and change

How to break bad habits and develop good habits
I HATE change
Quantum leap or baby steps?
Take action
What’s the difference between a neurotic compulsion and a healthy habit?
Take baby steps
HABIT POWER laid bare
Beware your holiday habits
Your pact — a sure-fire step to a new you
Faith in the finish line
Your lifestyle blueprint
How to break bad habits — checklist
The power of attention
How to help people change
Automatic health
Why is it SO hard to change?

Eat and drink the right stuff

What is a natural diet for a human being?
Are grains and gluten bad for you?
The truth about food — how to eat like an ape
Vitamin B12 analogues and deficiency
The great goji juice controversy
Unnatural foods — are you at risk?
Eat and drink the right stuff
How to stock your kitchen
Is the Happy Guide diet suitable for type 2 diabetics?
Is it better to eat small meals?
GM foods — good or bad?
Dietary confusion
How to balance omega-3 and omega-6
Protein powder alternatives
Is it better to eat fruit before or after a meal?
Human food
Rhubarb crumble and forests of food
The best diet tip ever
We recommend you give up grains and dairy
The three pillars of the Happy Guide diet
“Leaky Gut” doesn’t exist, except it does
Is fructose bad for you?
How to get your calcium and magnesium balance right
7 easy diet tweaks to supercharge your health overnight
Design your weekly diet to optimize results

Raw / vegan    (not recommended)

Is it wrong to eat meat?
Does Eckhart Tolle eat meat?
Is meat carcinogenic?
Are vegan diets healthy?

Exercise

The secret to effective cardio
Exercise benefits list
Why use a heart rate monitor?

Sleep well

The number one tip for refreshing sleep

Get organized

One of the best good habits to have
How to get rid of worry, stress and chaos

Live in the moment

Sit don’t wobble — Zen and the art of mindfulness
Eckhart Tolle vs. The Secret / Abraham-Hicks
The best habit?
What is the point of meditation?
How to meditate and be free from ego
All you need to know about spirituality
What does meditation do for you?
How to live in the present moment
Self mastery
Meditation habit
How to start meditating
How to kill your ego
How to be detached
Should I listen to music while meditating?
Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

 

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Imagination and vision
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Happy Guide book

Why most diet and health books don’t work
How did Happy Guide come about?
X marks the spot
How to change your life
How to get motivated to be healthy
The answer to happiness
Happy Guide: Make 2015 a Happy New Year