How to be Happier?

Dr. Shawn Talbott (Ph.D., CNS, LDN, FACSM, FACN, FAIS) has gone from triathlon struggler to gut-brain guru! With a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry, he's on a mission to boost everyday human performance through the power of natural solutions and the gut-brain axis.

The New York Times – and the stellar science/health writer Tara Parker-Pope (@nytimeswell on Twitter) has pulled together and excellent guide on “How to Be Happy” – and just in time for the most stressful time of the year – the Holidays!

Read the full guide HERE

Some of the research-supported tips include:

  • Conquer Negative Thinking
  • Controlled Breathing
  • Rewriting Your Story
  • Get Moving
  • Practice Optimism
  • Spending Time in Nature
  • Declutter
  • The 1-Minute Rule
  • Improve Your Bedroom Life (Sleep, Sex, Relaxation)
  • Spend Time With Happy People
  • Pets Make You Happy
  • Be OK Being Alone
  • Money Doesn’t Buy Happiness (at least after $75k/yr)
  • Find Purpose at Work
  • Buying Time Promotes Happiness
  • Be Generous (giving a gift makes us happier than getting a gift)
  • Volunteer
  • Practice Self-Compassion

These are all great tips that can work to boost happiness in different situations – but another very effective and cutting-edge science-based approach to improving “happiness” (mood, depression, anxiety, stress, energy, focus, etc) is microbiome modulation and optimization of the gut-brain-axis.

A range of recent human clinical studies have shown specific strains of probiotic bacteria and prebiotic fibers to significantly reduce indices of depression, anxiety, and stress – not to mention the overall mood benefits of research-proven herbs such as Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum) and Rafuma (Apocynum venetum).

During this high-stress Holiday season, it’s especially important to take care of OURSELVES so we can take care of those around us.

About the Author

Exercise physiologist (MS, UMass Amherst) and Nutritional Biochemist (PhD, Rutgers) who studies how lifestyle influences our biochemistry, psychology and behavior - which kind of makes me a "Psycho-Nutritionist"?!?!

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