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EZchecklist™ was intended to be much more than a simple To Do List. It was intended to be more of a To Be checklist. That is, if we simply listed the behaviors of the person we want to be, and then we focused on doing those things, we would succeed wildly.
However, there's still the real world of stuff we have To Do, and they never really found a way to be included in EZchecklist™.
So, in the latest experiment to recognize the need for a To Do list, check out how it's integrated at the end of the Take Action section. Notice that To Do items are not scored, just listed as the background noise of real life. There is no reward for doing the mundane stuff of life.
You can add this feature yourself by inserting a row below the last activity in your Take Action section. You can list all the To Do items in the one cell and double click to open the list, or create separate rows for each To Do item and make all of them a Group. The second approach will work better when using EZchecklist™ on your phone.
How are you keeping your To Do List now?
What's better than a facelift, is contagious, free, and makes you feel better?
The answer, of course, is a smile.
There’s great power in our smiles. Even though they’re often hidden by a mask right now, we might want to consider smiling anyway.
Smiles not only lift others’ spirits, they have overall benefits for our brain and body health. Science reveals why.
With each grin, a little party happens in our heads, caused by the release of both neurotransmitters and neuropeptides in our brains.
Neurotransmitters such as dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin are released each time a smile flashes across our faces. These brain chemicals aid in calming our nervous systems by lowering heart rate and blood pressure, and this is a very good thing.
Dopamine gives the brain energy, motivation, a rush, and is necessary for habit change.
The endorphins secreted in response to a smile reduce our perception of pain and trigger a positive, euphoric feeling in our bodies.
Serotonin plays many different roles and controls our over-all moods. It can be thought of as a confidence molecule and flows when we feel significant.
The discovery of neuropeptides was important as it allowed science to connect the workings of the mind with the processes of the body.
Among other things, neuropeptides tell our bodies whether we are happy, sad, angry, depressed, or excited. When we smile, the neuropeptides tell the body we are happy.
Smiling improves our immune function by reducing stress and cortisol levels in our bodies.
Cortisol is the hormone secreted in response to stress, and high levels of cortisol are hard on our bodies and inhibit our immune systems. One study found that smiling helps the body produce more white blood cells, which fight illness.
One experiment showed that participants with elevated heart rates had their rate return to normal more quickly when they smiled.
Smiling involving the eyes activates the orbitofrontal cortex, the region of your brain that processes sensory rewards. This suggests that your brain feels rewarded when you smile or see a smile; it could be a great diet strategy.
When we are smiling, we even perceive other people’s faces differently, and will tend to see a smile on even seemingly neutral faces.
When we are smiling others tend to perceive us differently. Smiling faces are deemed to be more attractive.
People with smiling faces are judged by others to be, not only more attractive, but more confident, reliable, relaxed and sincere.
If you’ve nothing to smile about, smile anyway. The adage of fake it until you make it is true here, because even fake smiles have benefits.
The feedback from the skeletal muscles involved in making a smile tells your body to release hormones and neuropeptides. Research showed that even fake smiles lower our heart rates and ease stress.
People who frequently smile genuinely tend to live longer. They tend to stay married longer, live healthier, and have higher levels of physical and emotional well being.
Smiles are contagious, as most people can’t help but smile back at a smiling face. When we look at a smiling face, our brain coaxes us to return the favor.
This creates a symbiotic relationship allowing both people to release feel-good chemicals in the brain, activating our reward centers, making us more attractive, healthier, and more resilient.
Research found that when people were asked to frown while looking at the picture of the smiling face, they could not as they mimicked the smile unless they really focused.
The simple act of a smile can transform you and the world around you.
According to Thich Nhat Hahn, “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
Smile! Let the party begin.
The Gesture of Maximum Leverage - this is the story of how I discovered the magic of smiling, way back in 2003, before science figured it out.
The EZchecklist™ Update, February 2021
"all the news that's worth checking"
Here's what's happened in the past month:
I always thought that a wake-up motivational soundtrack would be a good thing, but I had no idea how good until I actually took action and created one! Check out what I've come up with so far, and make your own.
Valentine's Day is coming, and thoughts turn to love, and what could be better than loving your new found superpower for creating the person you want to be! Click the link and check out what EZchecklist™ love looks like.
One of the more important fundamentals of building an effective checklist is to keep the list short and simple. When it starts to get long, say around 10 items, it's time to break it up into shorter groups. Check out this new feature that lets you do just that. And it's fun! This feature can be retro-fitted to you version. Let me know if you want help... I'm here for you!
If you haven't checked it out lately, click the link and get up to date on all the good stuff.
"Love makes the world go 'round" as the saying goes. Well, I'm pretty sure it was going around before love was invented by Madison Avenue advertising executives, but it's powerful stuff, love is. And sitting here all alone in Covid enforced isolation, the only real love we get is from happy users, like you.
So recently I thought I'd load all the user reviews into a word cloud generator and see what the love looks like, and here it is:
Just in time for Valentine's day, right? If you have been using EZchecklist™ for a while since your user review and have found even more stuff to love about it, and you would like to update your review with even more love, go for it... send me an email at mm@DBLM.com.
You guys are the best.
PS: Read some user reviews... Here!