3 HEALTH-MINDED PATHS TO HAP­PI­NESS

Olympic gold medal­ist Apolo Ohno, Emmy-win­ning comic Paula Pound­stone, and up­beat spir­i­tual life coach Yvonne Ryba of­fer thought­ful routes to well-be­ing

Amazing Wellness - - CONTENTS - By Chris Mann

Olympic gold medal­ist Apolo Ohno, Emmy-win­ning comic Paula Pound­stone, and up­beat life coach Yvonne Ryba of­fer thought­ful routes to well-be­ing.

an a per­for­mance­minded Olympian, a joy-seek­ing co­me­dian, and an op­ti­mistic spir­i­tual thinker show us the way to feel-good health—even hap­pi­ness—in an age of seem­ingly 24-7 bad news, mount­ing ev­ery­day stress, and re­sult­ing brain drain?

With a nour­ished mind, an ac­tive body, and mean­ing­ful con­nect­ed­ness—to com­mu­nity, a higher power, or even a bio­chem­i­cal-boost­ing “Hiya!” at mar­tial arts class—health­minded hap­pi­ness, they at­test, is at­tain­able and sus­tain­able.

Mind­set, nutri­tion, na­ture, and a sense of ful­fill­ment are key to nav­i­gat­ing this jour­ney for eight-time Olympic medal­ist turned well­ness ad­vo­cate and tech en­tre­pre­neur Apolo Ohno, who co-founded the brain health and life-coach­ing com­pany Allysian Sciences af­ter hang­ing up his short-track speed skates in 2010.

“I think we all of­ten get caught up in the rat race, and I want to help peo­ple to start un­der­stand­ing that we have con­trol over our own hap­pi­ness,” says Ohno, 36. “Our per­cep­tion, our mind, is a huge com­po­nent of how we live and the de­ci­sions we make daily. And a very strong mind-body con­nec­tion is ab­so­lutely in­te­gral to mak­ing sure that we have ful­fill­ment and are happy. I want peo­ple to rec­og­nize the power we have re­gard­less of skill set. Very sim­ple tweaks that you can do in your body and mind and life­style make the big­gest dif­fer­ence.”

At times, the path to bliss takes cre­ative ex­per­i­ment­ing, though. A quick wit and will­ing body helped stand-up comic Paula Pound­stone cap­tain her ad­ven­tures as her own glee-hunt­ing guinea pig in her in­sight­ful and en­dor­phin-re­leas­in­glevel funny book The To­tally Un­sci­en­tific Study of the Search for Hu­man Hap­pi­ness.

The mom of three took ac­tion in a se­ries of ex­per­i­ments— from learn­ing to swing dance (“I look like I’m chas­ing chick­ens,” she quips), to vol­un­teer­ing lo­cally, to fi­ness­ing a mean side kick that made her kids bust a gut laugh­ing—that put her in the flow of feel-good neu­ro­trans­mit­ters. Two months into taek­wondo, “I’m walk­ing down the al­ley car­ry­ing 20 to 30 pounds of kitty lit­ter, and I re­al­ized I felt good,” says Pound­stone, 58. “I def­i­nitely felt a sense of well-be­ing and up­lift.”

And some­times we can look within, and up­ward, to lighten our loads. Texas-based spir­i­tual life coach and Sci­ence of Mind prac­ti­tioner Yvonne Ryba ad­vo­cates bring­ing vi­sions of hap­pi­ness into be­ing via pos­i­tive think­ing and af­fir­ma­tive prayer.

Ryba, 76, even cred­its th­ese prac­tices for help­ing her at­tract com­pan­ion­ship and laugh­ter into her life in 2016 af­ter a year of griev­ing the death of her sec­ond hus­band—as she had done nearly a decade prior af­ter mourn­ing her first hus­band’s pass­ing. “Again, I needed some­one to be here with me,” she says. “So I fo­cused on what I wanted in a com­pan­ion, and I af­firmed it in writ­ing. I wanted some­body who made me laugh and had a great sense of hu­mor—and that’s ex­actly what I got.”

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