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What Motivates You?

29 Aug

Motive is defined as a reason for doing something, especially one that is hidden or not obvious.

Understanding this is vitally important because motivation is one of the biggest keys to achieving anything in life.  With the proper motivation, one can achieve almost anything.  For example, people have done some pretty amazing things to save the life of another, even if it cost them their own.

The same is true when it comes to diet, exercise, and staying healthy.  The first question is—what’s your motivation?  The biggest problem is—like the definition states—real motivation is often one that is hidden or not obvious.

Let’s face it, oftentimes people exercise and eat a certain way to look good— their motivation has very little to do with improving their health.  Now, this is not a bad thing… as long as the things you are motivated to do to look good ALSO create good health.

Some do and some do not.  Here is a little motivation that might help you look better and live a healthier, longer life…

Researchers have published many papers on calorie restriction (CR) over the past 75-85 years on animals (including primates), and the evidence and studies have demonstrated many beneficial effects of CR on health, the rate of aging, and longevity.

Now, a new study from Tufts University shows that restricting calories by 25 percent in healthy, non-obese individuals over two years, while maintaining adequate protein, vitamin, and mineral intake, can significantly lower markers of chronic inflammation without negatively affecting other parts of the immune system.

Lead study author Dr. Simin Nikbin Meydani writes, “Previous studies in animals and simple model organisms over the past 85 years have supported the notion that calorie restriction can increase the lifespan by reducing inflammation and other chronic disease risk factors, but with mixed results about whether it has a negative or null effect on cell-mediated immune responses… This is the first study to examine these effects over two years on healthy, normal- or slightly over- weight individuals and observe that caloric restriction reduces inflammation without compromising other key functions of the immune system such as antibody production in response to vaccines.”

Clearly the combination of eating the right foods and eating less might have a dramatic effect on your overall health and life. Plus, it may also help you look better and feel more youthful—if that’s what motivates you…

 

Best,

Dr. Binder

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Do Thoughts Really Shape Reality?

1 Aug

While some believe that our thoughts shape our reality 100% without question, others say beliefs like that have no place in the real world.  Whichever camp you may be in on this topic, here is some information you may find interesting and helpful…

New research shows that sad music is not “sad” to everyone.  In fact, researchers found that sad music can provide either enjoyment, comfort, or pain to different people.

The study surveyed 2,436 people in the United Kingdom and Finland.  The participants identified reasons for listening to sad music, emotions they felt, and memorable events linked to the music.

Researchers said the majority of participants focused on the pleasurable aspects of the sad music.  In other words, the sad music had a positive impact on their emotional state and improved their mood.

However, researchers also found that some people associate painful experiences such as a divorce, a bad break up, the death of a loved one, or other depressing events with sad music.

One researcher wrote:

Previous research in music psychology and film studies has emphasized the puzzling pleasure that people experience when engaging with tragic art.

However, there are people who absolutely hate sad-sounding music and avoid listening to it. In our research, we wanted to investigate this wide spectrum of experiences that people have with sad music, and find reasons for both listening to and avoiding that kind of music.

The results help us to pinpoint the ways people regulate their mood with the help of music, as well as how music rehabilitation and music therapy might tap into these processes of comfort, relief, and enjoyment.

The findings also have implications for understanding the paradoxical nature of enjoyment of negative emotions within the arts and fiction.

What does all this have to do with thoughts shaping reality?

One way to interpret these results may be to say that pleasure and pain are relative.  In other words, the same stimulus can cause pleasure or pain depending on how the person perceives the stimulus.  In this case, the same sad songs make some people sad and others happy.  It seems like it’s all about how you look at something and not what that something is that makes the difference.

So, do thoughts really shape reality?  We will leave that up to you.  But it looks like they might have at least some impact on it.

Sincerely,

Dr. Binder

Does Thinking Positively Really Work?

7 Jul

I’m sure you hear statements like this all the time…

“Just think positive thoughts and good things will happen.”

“If you believe it, you can achieve it!”

Do you need any more examples?

But does that stuff really work?  Does thinking positive thoughts actually change your life one bit, or is all just smoke and mirrors being pedaled by entrepreneurs in the self-help industry trying to make money of you?

First, we need to define what “works” means.  This is where most people go completely off the rails.  They define “works” as something close to magic.  In other words, they think that a few simple days of thinking positively will drop $100 million in their lap and bring them eternal happiness.

That’s not going to happen.

But we do know that the way we think influences our perception of the world and the things we experience.

For example, in this newsletter, we discuss a study that showed that people experience pain differently based on things they were told before they experienced the pain.  When males were told that men experience less pain than women, they reported experiencing less pain than they did just the day before.

Same people.  Same pain.  Different belief.  Different experience with the pain.

Does this mean that if you believe you are a positive person and act accordingly better things will happen in your life?

I can’t say that for sure.

But I do know this, it will change your perspective, and that can change your life.

While there are many things you can’t change about life, you can always change the way you think about them and the way you react to them.

The same emotional trigger that can make you feel stress, fear, or anger can also make you laugh, or at least bring about a neutral feeling.

For example, when you’re confronted with a crisis, try to see how it may actually be an opportunity. When you do that, you might observe things changing for the better.

Sincerely,

Dr. Binder

What’s In It For Me?

4 Apr

Let’s talk about how to get the things you want in life…

First, let’s come to a little agreement as to what you want. It’s important to know exactly what you want before you can get it. The biggest mistake most people make is thinking they know what they want, and then when they get it, they realize they hate what they have achieved.

Not having a proper definition for success may even be the biggest reason for unhappiness in the world. Nothing is more frustrating than pushing hard for years to get to the wrong place in life. It makes you want to give up.

So, what do you REALLY want? This may seem like a very individual question, but in the vast majority of cases, it is not. Here is why…

Humans are basically hard-wired with the same psychology. In other words, we all have very similar hopes, desires, dreams, and fears. For the most part, we all want to be loved and give love. We want peace over conflict. We want to be happy. If we want to be happy and have peace, then why is there so much conflict in the world?

Here is why. Have you ever seen a really aggressive dog? One that is going ballistic—barking, growling, lunging at other dogs or even people? If you have, then you know how scary it can be. Well, did you know almost every dog that acts that way is acting out of FEAR?

What’s that? Impossible? Yes, it may seem impossible to you because that dog seems like the aggressor. He or she is going after the other dog or person. If they were scared, then wouldn’t the aggressive dog just run away instead?

Well, that’s how most dogs naturally react to fear. They want to get away. They give signs that humans do not pick up on or ignore, and humans put them in situations where they feel they cannot escape (like on a leash). They feel trapped and lash out. When they lash out, their owner usually pulls them away from the other dog or person they were afraid of. They quickly learn that acting aggressively gets them out of the fearful situation. So they do it more and more whenever they are afraid.

Dog behaviorists who understand this rehabilitate these fear-aggressive dogs by showing them they have a way out BEFORE they blow up and get aggressive. When they show these dogs they have another way out—and they are not trapped—they often become non-aggressive very quickly.

What does this have to do with you getting what you want in life? Simple. We humans react to fear too. Some people are paralyzed by fear, while others lash out with aggression. Whatever the reaction, it is a recipe for disaster.

The first thing you must understand is that there is a way out. There are ways to deal with fear that are productive. Most of the time, once you face your fear, it turns out to not be as bad as you thought it would be.

You will never reach true happiness if you are driven to act by fear. You must act from a place that is positive in nature. Nothing good can come from fear. So take a step back and identify your fears. That is the first step to real success and happiness.

Best,

Dr. Binder

Two Quotes from This Icon Can Be the Catalyst That Vastly Improves Your Life…

1 Mar

Dear Patients and Friends,

Do you like quotes? If you do, then you are going to love this.

In just a moment you are going to discover two incredible quotes. Before I give them to you, you must understand this…

These two quotes cannot change your life. Words… no matter what anyone says… do not have the power to do that all by themselves. Only actions and reactions to those words actually create any type of change.

A catalyst is a substance that increases the rate of a chemical reaction without itself undergoing any permanent chemical change.

Another definition for a catalyst is: a person or thing that precipitates an event.

So, these two quotes can definitely be the catalyst for the changes you are looking for, and you can be the person that precipitates the events. So, you will be a catalyst too.

These two quotes were said by the late motivational speaker, Jim Rohn. If you like these quotes, you might want to look him up.

Quote #1:

“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.”

Quote #2:

“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.”

These two quotes are so powerful because they give you almost all you need to be healthy or successful in almost anything you do.

Most people think success is luck or something so complicated that they can never achieve it. The truth is, success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines practiced every day.

Little hinges swing big doors. And doing a few correct things—consistently—for long periods of time leads to massive success.

Quote #1 is so important because you must understand that “overnight success” is, for the most part, a myth. Success takes time. You must accept this fact and put your time in. Don’t get discouraged from hour-to-hour or day-to-day results. Think long term. Think years. And success will be yours.

Sincerely,

Dr. Binder

Did You Make a New Year’s Resolution? It’s Not Too Late…

1 Feb

If you want to achieve more success and happiness in 2016, this will be important information for you. It has to do with New Year’s Resolutions, and even more important, something you should do RIGHT NOW.

Let’s take a look at some statistics courtesy of StatisticBrain.com…

Here were the top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for 2015:

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Getting Organized
  3. Spend Less, Save More
  4. Enjoy Life To The Fullest
  5. Staying Fit And Healthy
  6. Learn Something New
  7. Quit Smoking
  8. Help Others With Dreams
  9. Fall In Love
  10. Spend More Time With Family

Here are the lengths of resolution success rates:

Resolutions maintained through:

One Week: 75%

Two Weeks: 71%

One Month: 64%

Six Months: 46%

I don’t know about you, but those statistics seem pretty good to me. Here is something extremely important: People who explicitly make resolutions are ten times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions.

In other words, you are much more likely to be successful and create the life you want and deserve if you set goals. Better yet, write them down and make them known.

You don’t have to just make a New Year’s Resolution on January 1st! You can make one any time of the year whenever you want.

The best thing to do is set an achievable goal and work at that one goal until it’s complete. Then, simply set another one. Take baby steps, and before you know it… your entire life will change.

Sincerely,

Dr. Binder