9 Choices of Extremely Happy People

IMG_1791I’ve been receiving The Eco Parent magazine which is a fabulous magazines and I highly recommend subscriptions to it. I pulled out an article about “sustainable happiness”  a few months ago and it has been sitting on my desk. I love each point and I think it’s a worthwhile list to revisit every couple of months to make sure you are on your own path to your unique happiness.

Here is how we choose to be happy: The 9 choices of extremely happy people  – by Rick Foster & Greg Hicks. Putnam, New York: 1999.

  1. Intention. The active desire and commitment to be happy, and the fully conscious decision to choose happiness over unhappiness.
  2. Accountability. The choice to create the life you want to live; to assume full personal responsibility for your actions, thoughts, and feelings, and the emphatic refusal to blame others for your unhappiness.
  3. Identification. The ongoing process of looking deeply within yourself to assess what makes you uniquely happy, apart from what you’re told by others should make you happy.
  4. Centrality. The non-negotiable insistence on making that which creates happiness central in your life.
  5. Recasting. The choice to convert problems into opportunities and challenges, and to transform trauma into something meaningful, important, and a source of emotional energy.
  6. Options. The decision to approach life by creating multiple scenarios; to be open to new possibilities and to adopt a flexible approach to life’s journey.
  7. Appreciation. The choice to appreciate deeply your life and the people in it, and to stay in the present by turning each experience into something precious.
  8. Giving. The choice to share yourself with friends and community and to give to the world at large without the expectation of a “return.”
  9. Truthfulness. The choice to be honest with yourself and others in an accountable manner by not allowing societal, corporate, or family demands to violate your internal contract.

Top 5 Books to Read During Pregnancy

These are the top 5 books I recommend women and their partners read while they are pregnant. These are a combination of books to prepare for a natural birth as well as what to do with the baby after it’s born and breastfeeding.

I want women to know that they have the capability to have safe and natural births. The media and movies make it look like a scary, impossible thing. However, our bodies know what to do and so do our babies. Trust in nature.

Enjoy reading and planning for your baby and life thereafter!


1. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

2. The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin

3. Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful by Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa

4. The Baby Book by The Sears family

5. The Womanly art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International


Dr. Whitney Young, ND and Jillian age 7 weeks

Acupuncture and infertility


I am so very excited about adding Circle + Bloom’s meditation to my fertility acupuncture protocols.  It is such an incredible addition to the treatment.

A common thread amongst fertility patients (at least in my practice) is a restless mind.  For some it may go as far as anxiety, for some it’s insomnia, but for virtually everybody it’s the idea that we can control our lives (aka control our fertility).

It’s the planning, obsessing, googling, researching, and brooding over trying to conceive.  Some women chart EVERY detail of their cycle, some women tilt their hips up after intercourse, some buy expensive gadgets to know what days are best, some women watch EVERY thing that goes into their mouth and body (and their husbands/partners)…

For others it’s not showing up in their quest to become pregnant yet, but in the rest of their lives.  They have demanding jobs that keep them checking their email ‘just one more time’ , they have a to-do list that gets bigger each day, they take care of elderly parents or disabled loved ones…

Whatever the cause, the result is the same.  Stress.  We don’t produce healthy happy eggs when our minds are going crazy.  In Chinese Medicine the link is clear.  Western medicine is finally catching on about ‘unexplained infertility’ being something to do with stress.

Acupuncture has a wonderful way of bringing you into your body and the present moment.  That by itself calms the mind to some extent.  Adding the Circle + Bloom meditations only augments this effect.

To watch these women come into my office all spun and busy, and to leave calm and peaceful, is such a gift.  For that half hour each week, they are content.

I hope that more women buy the programs and use them at home as well as on my table.  Daily meditation to calm the mind can impact every aspect of life.


Book Review – Meditations to heal your life

I recently borrowed this book from a great chiropractor, Dr. Michelle Statton of Vitality Chiropractic in Barrie. http://www.vitalitychiro.ca/

The book touches on a multitude of topics and offers a great deal of peace of mind. Whatever issues you are facing, this book may offer you some affirmations you can read aloud or copy down and tape around your house or on your bathroom mirror to remember and reaffirm your positive thoughts. A very important one for me was “when I feel tired, I rest. I even give myself permission to do absolutely nothing every once in a while.”