Guest Post: Treat Sleep as a Priority for Your Wellbeing

How many hours of sleep do you get each night? I try to get at least 7 hours on the weekdays, but there are times when I prioritize my to-do list over my slumber. Last month we shared a guest post from Dr. Sult with 8 important reasons to get enough sleep. Today, he explains why it’s so important to treat sleep as a priority for your wellbeing. Dr. Tom Sult is board-certified in family medicine and integrative holistic medicine. He practices functional medicine and strives to find the fundamental…

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Has Man’s Left-Brain Created a Woman’s World?

I’ve had a need to conquer things my entire life: to conquer the limitations of my body to excel in athletics, to conquer my fear of public speaking to advance my career, to conquer the competition to succeed in business, to conquer anything and everything in my way so I could get more of what I wanted, one thing after the next. Tiffany Shlain would say that’s because I was raised in a man’s world dominated by the left-brain. In her wonderful movie, Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death and…

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Happy Living’s Holiday Gift Guide

It’s Black Friday! I hope you had a delicious Thanksgiving celebration yesterday. Whether you have plans to go shopping or stay in today, this gift guide will help you find ways to spread cheer and wellness, one gift at a time. Our foundations of health are the inspiration for this list of 41 gift ideas, just like last year’s holiday gift guide. Let us know what you think and if you have any gift ideas that encourage healthy, happy living! Physical Fitness Upgrade fitness tracking with a Fitbit Charge. Share…

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How to Personalize Your Life in the Modern World

Never before in human history has the ability to create a lifestyle based on personal preferences been available to so many people. The evolution of technology, explosion of search capability, and division of labor in a free economy has created a world in which nearly any task or piece of information can be easily sourced. The big question is not, “can I personalize my life?” Rather it is, “how do I want to personalize my life?” How to Personalize Your Life in the Modern World Step 1: Virtuous Circle I…

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Something Significant: Keith Norris of Paleo f(x)

When we launched our Something Significant interview series, our goal was to share stories about the pursuit of significance from real men and women who have done great things in the world. We believe significance is a foundation of health and a key to overall happiness, and the pursuit of significance is what gives life meaning, focus, and purpose. This is our 14th interview in the series and the final one for 2015. I cannot think of a better way to wrap up the year than sharing this honest and…

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How to Create Your Dream Home with Personalization

As an adult, I have lived in ten different houses in six states. My last three big moves were purely based on lifestyle preferences. In his wonderful book, Die Broke: A Radical Four-Part Financial Plan, author Stephen Pollan suggests your home should be the place you want to live for the rest of your life. He got me asking myself, “Where do my wife and I want to live for the rest of our lives? These are our answers: On the water Close to nature In a good school district for…

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Starting Your Six-Week Elimination Diet

When you stop to think about it, a lot goes into one meal. There are the plants and animals that grow from tiny beginnings, the farmers who tend to fields, and the ranchers who care for animals. The processes and journeys that take our food from their origins to our farmer’s markets and grocery stores. The shopping lists we create, recipes we follow, the chopping and cooking, the plating and serving. From seed to plate, our food transforms and travels, and that is only the start of how our food…

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Favorite Ways I Personalize My Life to Enjoy It More

I use modern technology and specialized services to personalize my life. If it saves me time, if it brings me joy, or if I find it unpleasant and can somehow eliminate it, then I do it. My goal is to spend more and more time doing things I enjoy, with people I love, in places I want to be. Here are a few favorite ways I personalize my life to enjoy it more: Personalized control with my phone With CPI Security, I can operate our home security system, front door lock,…

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Happy Living During and After an Elimination Diet

The time between Halloween and New Year’s Day is marked with occasions to eat, drink, and be merry. There are so many special dishes and treats to enjoy, and while I try to make smart choices this time of year, I often find myself feeling a little sluggish by January 2nd. There’s a reason why resolutions begin at the start of a new year – it’s a natural swinging of the pendulum from big celebrations to looking inward, reflecting on choices, and embracing new beginnings. In last week’s guest post,…

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An Incredible First Full Year at Happy Living

As 2015 comes to a close, I am proud to say it’s been an incredible first full year at Happy Living. My annual theme for this year was, “Awareness: the Tao is ultimately found by travel and observation.” As I traveled and observed these past twelve months, I was surprised by what I found: clarity and focus for Happy Living… and danger for my health. Clarity for Happy Living We started the year at Happy Living with a three-pronged strategy. We wanted to grow our community, and develop content and products in alignment…

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