Smile and be happy about life – it’s so good for your health

DON’T know about you, but I love February.  The days are getting a bit longer and I do love the brighter mornings and evenings. As I walked the dogs this morning I was thrilled to see that in sheltered spots around the lake the snowdrops and daffodils are poking their heads out.

The birds are busy, noisily calling for mates, and once the blue tits in the garden have finished feasting on the peanuts we put out it won’t be long before their thoughts turn to nest-building.

It all means Spring’s not far away and that fills me with joy.

Which is good, because scientists have discovered that positive happy thoughts have a hugely-beneficial effect on our wellbeing.

Being happy with life has the power to boost our immune system and calm our heart rates, according to research I read in the journal Clinical Psychological Science last week.

As you might know, positive psychology is at the core of the Slimpod programme, so it was good to see a study explore the physical side of positive thinking and not just the mental health side.

The snowdrops I saw today

By being kind to ourselves we feel relaxed and safe, and this lowers our heart rate. Because this switches off what’s called our subconscious threat response, we boost our immune system and give ourselves a better chance of healing.

What’s not to like? So let’s all give ourselves a break, stop being self-critical, treat ourselves kind and think happy, positive thoughts about all the wonders that surround us.

Let’s look for things which inspire us and help us feel great, because that’s definitely the way to go!

Over the past week we’ve had a lot of positivity going on in Slimpod Club and I thought I’d share some of it with you to inspire you as we head into a new week.

If you’re part of our Facebook group you’ll know it’s a very positive place to be and you might recognise some of the quotes (but not the faces, which we’ve pixellated):

Joanna posted:

Then Ros posted:

Finally Carol posted:

Reading about these Slimpodders’ happiness is infectious – I know it fills my heart with joy – so this week I’d love you to reflect on all the positive things in your life.

For some of you they may only be small changes, but you know they are building into something bigger, so smile and be happy.

And if you’re a recent starter and your Slimpod is still working away on the inside so you haven’t noticed real differences yet, that means you’ve got a lot of happy times to look forward to.

Keep posting your successes in Slimpod Club everyone! And why not post them here too in the Comments?

Spreading happiness is a wonderful thing.

48 thoughts on “Smile and be happy about life – it’s so good for your health”

  1. I started the Slimpod in May 2018. After 3 months of faithful listening, and following all the rules, etc., I had no results. I was eating more in fact, and I was convinced that it didn’t work. So I asked a counselor friend of mine what might be the issue. After some lengthy discussions, she said I needed counseling to heal my childhood trauma. ??? Seriously? I didn’t believe her for a minute. But, seeing how nothing was working, I took her advice. After 4 months of counseling, and my counselor seeing positive results, I started back on Slimpod Jan 1, 2019. I could tell after just a few days that it was working this time. I refused to step on the scale until Jan 31 – at which time, I’m happy to report, that I had lost 6.7 pounds. Slimpod does work – and I knew that it would – that’s why I didn’t give up. I’m looking forward to the months ahead so I can shed these pounds that have accumulated over the years.

    1. Hi Karen thank you for your comment i have been having little results with Slimpod myself and what you raised really interested me as I also had trauma in my childhood that has never been resolved. I just wanted to thank you as this may be the reason why I am seeing no results as yet.

      1. No one could have ever convinced me that unresolved childhood trauma could be the reason for my resistance to weight loss. I’ve been a very successful, happily married, and loving mother with no outward signs of my tumultuous childhood. I thought that was all put behind me when I left home at 18 and never looked back. But as I learned, the mind suppresses what it doesn’t want to deal with, and the body takes over the stress. If you know you have unresolved trauma, please seek counseling. You will benefit greatly from it. Learn to love yourself. Best of luck to you.

    2. Sandra Roycroft-Davis

      Well done you! And yes, childhood trauma often results in the unconscious going into ‘protection’ resulting in all sorts of weight control issues. Really glad you’ve sorted it now! Sx

  2. Thank you for this, as you say, spreading happiness is a wonderful thing. The mindset change from negative to positive thinking is already having a huge impact on day to day thinking, mood and how I deal with situations. Even situations that are not food/diet related, so thank you so much.

  3. I am on week 3 I have lost 5 lb but havnt had chocolate for 3 weeks now. I am feeling better sleeping better so I’m going well !!!

  4. I’ve been listening to Slimpod daily for around 4 weeks now and have not noticed any changes except that I seemed to have gained an even bigger sweet tooth. I’ve eaten more chocolate bars over the last two weeks than I’ve ever eaten is this normal?The one positive thing I have noticed is that I fall asleep listening to my Slimpod which is great because I have struggled getting off to sleep for some time.
    I am not on any social media so do not access the fb group.

    1. I am feeling like this too. Nursing me to sleep at night and during the week I am great.
      Evenings and weekends are tough to break the chocolate and sweet things habit! Hopefully this will change soon

      1. Thanks for your reply it’s good to hear I’m not alone.
        I’m sure we will soon see some positive changes soon. We just got to keep going
        Good luck on your journey.

    2. Sandra Roycroft-Davis

      Hi there. See how you go for a couple more weeks after you’ve added the Sugar pod at the start of week 5. It may be that you have a deep emotional connection with food and it needs extra attention. If this is the case email customer services and we’ll help.

  5. I am just so glad my sister recommended Slimpod to me. To have thrown my scales away finally after all these miserable years and finally to be eating healthily with little effort is exhilerating. Thank you Sandra for everything you do!!

  6. Christine Callaghan

    Very inspiring, have started again after well and truly falling off the wagon since before Christmas. I will definitely be focusing on all the good things, that make me feel happy

  7. I am starting week 4, the changes happened for me at the very start of week 1. I no longer snack between meals, I haven’t had any chocolate which is a first for me. I eat smaller meals because I feel full quicker and I don’t really seem to want to eat unhealthy stuff now. I do have a glass of wine on Saturday and Sunday that is my treat for being good all week, the suprising thing is I can stop at 1 now where before I would keep on all night ! I told myself I wouldn’t get on the scales till end of February, again I used to weigh every day, by then I will be 7 weeks into my programne and told myself to hope I lost at least 2kg, although by the feel of my clothes I think it may be more. The end of the 12 weeks will be end of April, it’s my birthday on 30th and we are going to Croatia for a long weekend, that will be the next time I weigh myself and the end of the 12 weeks. I am hoping to gave lost 1 to 1.5 stones by then, but will be carrying on with the programme so it doesn’t matter if I don’t lose that much. I write down my 3 wins every day, I don’t like missing that, I also put a big X in my diary each day if I have been successful and I don’t want to break the look if them in there so that helps too. It is definately working for me, I listen every night and I feel happier and positive than I have for ages. I do plan my meals because I have a very busy work and personal life and I need to have a list when I go shopping. I know it says not to think about food too much but it works for me, I even enjoy my new healthy food as well. I can’t believe I get emails from Sandra, they are so motivating and I am happy to see them pop into my inbox. In summary anyone thinking of joining the programme shouldn’t wait, just do it, it’s brilliant !!

    1. Sandra Roycroft-Davis

      Wow! Go you! How fabulous is this? Forget the scales – you’re not wearing them on your special holiday! Send us a picture!

  8. I’m just starting week4 and am more aware when I am full and I don’t want to eat anything more. I’ve actually left food on the plate!
    I have also noticed that I don’t focus on food all the time. I am amazed!

  9. Suzanne Newborough

    Day 5 for me and feeling the benefits already. No chocolate or crisps and no snacking inbetween meals. The slim pod relaxes and helps me fall into a deep sleep which is an added bonus. Pleased I found this programme.

  10. Hello Sandra having only just started my journey. I feel inspired by hearing all your blogs and feeling support from the group. Thank you all.

  11. Thanks for the blog Sandra, I too love the spring , everything I’d fresh and bright; a new start to the year, I have had a bit of a blip with all my celebrations over the last two weeks, it’s been an emotional time as well. But now it’s time for a fresh start , need to do my weight and measurements , hope I’m in for a pleasant surprise !

    1. Sandra Roycroft-Davis

      Hey Kath, it’s not a blip – it’s called life! You have to enjoy yourself too – what’s the point in life otherwise.
      Just keep going and enjoy the journey. X

    1. Sandra Roycroft-Davis

      Hey Tracy, as I say in my videos, everyone’s different and this works on your individual brain. If you’ve had a difficult relationship with food it can take a bit of time to start unravelling years of bad eating habits. Good luck and keep going!

  12. The Baby smile at the beginning,, could not help but smile back.
    and Lovely to read positive things about running etc.,

  13. This is my 4th week I listen every night to my app and can’t beleive that I’m not thinking about food all the time anymore. I used to fancy a glass of wine some night but now I might have a gin & slimline tonic instead if I do.

    1. Sandra Roycroft-Davis

      Hey Audrey, keep going! There’s lots of things you can do to help with positivity. Visit a site called Authentic Happiness and there’s lots of great ideas on there!

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