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The Power of Endorphins

The word endorphin comes from the words “endogenous,” meaning from within the body, and “morphine,” which is an opiate pain reliever. Hence, endorphins were so named because they are natural pain relievers. These neurochemicals released by your body can give you a natural ‘high’.

They are a peptide and produced by the central nervous system and the pituitary gland. Since endorphins act on the opiate receptors in our brains, they reduce pain and boost pleasure, resulting in a feeling of well-being. Endorphins are released in response to pain or stress, but they’re also released during other activities, like laughing, eating,… Continue reading

The Famed Runner’s High

Having spent a life time enjoying the joy of running or a good walking challenge, the eustress (good stress) that is generated is a major part of my daily personal stress management plan and personal well being program.

The science behind what physical activity does for our bodies has been heavily weighted around the release of endorphins which are a member of the ‘Happy Hormone’ family. That fleeting sense of euphoria and calm that many people report experiencing after exercise has been credited to the release of endorphins into our system. I have heard people say, “I can feel my… Continue reading

The Wattle Walk

September 1st is Wattle Day in Australia and it ushers in the arrival of spring. In the sub-tropical state of Queensland where we live, it comes earlier. Wattle is a shade tree and our nations national floral emblem.

Wattle, an Acacia comes in over 1,000 varieties with early blooming to late blooming trees and can be loaded with bright yellow flowers, which can have a very strong perfume. The thin branches can eventually bend and touch the ground under the weight of the massive number of blooms sometimes.

Walking is a wonderful tool for creating eustress and to de-stress.Combining… Continue reading

Laughing Every Day Keeps the Doctor Away

In the early 1980’s I attended a public ‘laughter therapy’ seminar one evening at Brisbane’s Town Hall sponsored by the Australian Wellness Foundation.

The Foundation had organised a national tour featuring the ground-breaking work (at the time) of Dr Dale Anderson, a family doctor, board-certified surgeon and board-certified emergency physician from the Mayo Clinic in the United States.

The brochure I received read…

“Dr. Dale Anderson, a self proclaimed DRAMATOLOGIST aka the AGED SAGE of the VINTAGE STAGE and/or Dr. WELLderly says…‘In 47 years of medical practice it has become increasingly evident that patients who INNER-tain a happy, humorous chemistry… Continue reading

Smiling Can Reduce Stress

Have you ever been so stressed and overwhelmed that you felt that you didn’t know what to do or who to turn to? Then out of the blue, someone appears in your space who engages you with a wonderful smile and your stress is magically gone.

What happened in that instant of time? How can something as simple as a smile be responsible for changing your state and changing your outlook. 

The receiving of a smile cannot be overlooked as a powerful and instant way to change your stress level.

With all the pressures that surround you every day,… Continue reading

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