Wednesday, January 27, 2010

50 Ways To Feel Great Today

Authors: David B. Biebel, DMin; James E. Dill, MD; Bobbie Dill, RN
Publisher: Revell
December 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3291-2
Genre: Inspirational/nonfiction/Health and fitness

It is normal for people to feel stressed, worried, or anxious at some part of our life. Sometimes this is due to our circumstances, and sometimes things that are completely out of our control. But we can change how we feel, sometimes, with just a small step.

50 WAYS TO FEEL GREAT TODAY offers suggestions (but medically, and scientifically sound) for giving “blah moods” the boot. The time-tested ideas are simple and often times, free.

Some of the ideas to improve your mood, include (but are not limited to):

> Count your blessings
> Do something spontaneous
> Decorate something
> Exercise your brain
> Go to a water park
> Help someone who needs help
> Work in your yard or garden

Most all these idea are common sense ideas that I knew, but some of them were new to me. 50 WAYS TO FEEL GREAT TODAY will be sure to offer you new ways to get out of your depression, or just your “blahness” and get back to feeling more cheerful and happier about your circumstances. Real life stories are included, as well as scriptural references, and quotes from real people.

If you want to improve your mood, then maybe 50 WAYS TO FEEL GREAT TODAY would be a book to consider. It wouldn’t hurt and might even help. $12.99. 222 pages.


From taking a nap to decorating your home, authors share scientifically-sound secrets of what will make you feel great.

What does it take to be in a good mood—no matter what the weather’s like, how much cash you have in your wallet, or what side of the bed you woke up on? As authors David B. Biebel, DMin; James E. Dill, MD; and Bobbie Dill, RN, have discovered: Happiness actually is pretty simple.

“We can have a much greater effect on our moods than many of us realize,” the authors say. “Just by doing one or two simple things each day, we can feel better and be less stressed.”

In their new book, 50 Ways to Feel Great Today, the credentialed authors offer sound medical and spiritual advice regarding 50 easy and practical things anyone can do to brighten their mood. Including scientific research, scriptural references and real-life anecdotes, they approach mental health and well-being from both a physical as well as an emotional perspective.

Their collection of the best mood-boosting strategies looks at how a variety of easy, everyday actions can impact the way we feel. Some of their suggestions include:

• Do something creative. It will stimulate your brain and increase memory function.
• Take a nap. A 20- to 30-minute break to snooze has been shown to increase work performance and alertness, relieve work-related stress and lower the risk of death from heart disease.
• Listen to music. Music can offer healing by helping us identify with our emotions. An upbeat rhythm has been proven to reduce stress hormones by as much as 41 percent.
• Decorate something. Our moods can be influenced by our immediate surroundings, so try bringing vibrant colors or meaningful objects into the rooms of your house.
• Offer a helping hand. Giving increases the release of endorphins (which causes a natural emotional “high”) and impacts the way you feel about yourself and the world around you. Studies have also found that volunteering can have a great impact on your health and longevity, even a 44% reduction in early death.
• Start lifting weights. Not only does it help you physically, but getting in shape also improves your sense of body image. In one study, lifting weights helped relieve chronic depression.
• Go fishing. It offers a chance to spend time outdoors, experience some adventure, or encourage quiet time and reflection.

• Remember the good times. Take 20 minutes to walk down memory lane, and your overall mood can be improved, one study recently shows. Consider journaling, scrapbooking or getting together with old friends.
• Have a sense of humor. Laughing has been shown to increase pain tolerance, reduce stress, increase your immunity, and burn calories.
• Make a nutritious meal. Healthy ingredients can boost your immune system, calm jangled nerves or even lessen aches, not to mention engage some creativity when trying out new recipes.

With dozens of other easy-to-implement suggestions like these, readers will be able to select the pick-me-ups that work best for their lifestyles and needs. Plus, because they’re things that people will actually enjoy doing, combating stress, worry and the blues has never felt so good!

About the Authors

David B. Biebel, DMin, is a minister, an award-winning author, a health educator, and the editor of Today’s Christian Doctor. He speaks often on health-related subjects and has been a guest on many radio and TV programs.

James E. Dill, MD, and Bobbie Dill, RN, were among the first husband-wife Christian medical teams to help establish a truly holistic medical practice. Jim is a board certified gastroenterologist and Bobbie is a nurse, certified in women's health. Currently, they reside temporarily in various places around the United States, from Massachusetts to Hawaii, as Jim provides “locum tenens” medical care, often for several months at a time.

Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life. They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet.


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