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9 Habits of Happy People

Choosing to be happy every day takes skills and practice, here is a list of 9 habits of happy people, for you to practice with!

 

1. They count their blessings. Happy people, no matter what, sit down on a regular and consistent basis and count what they are grateful for. They are grateful that they’re employed, they are grateful that they have their health, they are grateful that they have their loved ones, family and friends. So in order to be happy, it is important to not take what you have for granted and to understand the things that you should be grateful for.

2. They surround themselves with positive people. One habit of happy people is they do not spend very much time with people who are negative or pessimistic. Nope. They instead spend their time with people who are upbeat, optimistic, encouraging and fun to be around. There is no question that the quality of your life is in direct correlation to the quality of the people that you spend time with. If you spend your time around unhappy people who growl a lot, you’ll be less happy. If you spend your time around happy people, their happiness is downright contagious.

3. They enjoy the small things in life. Happy people do not have to wait for the “big events” — they make sure to enjoy the smaller things in life around them, whether it is a beautiful flower that bloomed in the yard, the belly laugh of a baby, a lovely sunset or sharing a laugh with a colleague at work. None of these things in themselves are earth-shattering, but happy people take the time to notice them and notice the small moments that make life so very sweet.

4. They say “oh well” when things go wrong. When things go wrong with happy people they say “oh well.” They don’t spend their time dwelling on the fact that something went wrong, and they also acknowledge the fact that it could’ve been worse. If there are in a minor car accident, they say, “well, that could’ve been worse. If the flight at the airport is delayed, they say, “well, at least it didn’t get canceled.” Happy people do not dwell on negative events — they just say “next.”

5. They help other people for absolutely no reason. Happy people help other people for no reason other than the fact that helping other people makes them happy. Opening the door for someone, doing someone a favor without being asked, showing kindness to another human being on the planet not only makes the other person feel better but makes a happy person feel happier because they are doing something good.

6. They expose themselves to positive materials: Happy people do not spend a lot of time watching violent movies or focusing on bad news on TV. They instead spend their time exposing themselves to positive inspirational and motivational materials. They watch movies that uplift them and bring them hope. They read books that inspire and motivate them. They watch videos online that make them laugh and bring them joy to see some something good.

7. They do things that bring them joy. Happy people have made a list of the things that bring them joy, and they try as much as possible to do things that bring them joy on a regular basis. They do hobbies and activities that they have a passion for and make them feel happier. It may be baking a cake in the kitchen, assembling a model airplane, or working out but they’ve identified the life activities that bring them joy and they do them.

8. They say “please” and “thank you.” When someone does something for them they say “thank you very much” or “can you please send me the information that I requested?” The also go out of their way to give other people compliments that are authentic and make the other person feel good about themselves. They may be in a store and say to the cashier “wow, I really love your nails.” Because the complement is honest and sincere the cashier feels the sincerity and also has a better day because of an act of kindness from a stranger. The happy person then feels happier because they brightened up someone else’s day.

9. They choose to be happy. There are many people in life who have faced a great deal of adversity. However, when you meet those people you don’t know it because they’ve simply have chosen to be happy. Yes, it may sound strange you can actually make the decision to think about how you think and decide to think happy thoughts instead of negative ones. When people choose to be happy, they are deciding to be the architects of their own lives, and they are deciding what attitude they are going to adopt, and guess what? That changes how they perceive the world at large.

Try to put these ideas into practice, and you will wake up every day as a happier person. After all, everyone wants to be around happy people.

Article from: Huffington Post, Written by: Shawn Doyle

Spring Has Sprung

We have put together a list of our favorite Spring activities that are perfect to enjoy with friends and family!

 

  1. Visit the Butterfly House at the Pacific Science Center
  2. Pick up fresh flowers at Pike Place Market
  3. Go on the Seattle Great Wheel on Pier 57
  4. Drive to Skagit Valley to see the Tulip Festival

 

We hope you all are as excited about Spring as we are!

Our Favorite Seattle Coffee Shops

We are starting a new series on “what makes you smile”? Since it’s that time of year when all you want to do is cuddle up and drink a hot cup of coffee, we want to share the coffee shops in Seattle that make us smile! Check out our three favorite below!

 

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  1. Pioneer Square Cafe
  2. Roy Street Coffee
  3. Elm Coffee Roasters

What are your favorite coffee shops?

Happy Halloween!

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Enhancing Smiles and Helping Patients Facial Pain

I am very excited to introduce you to some new products I have decided to add to my practice; BOTOX and Dermal Fillers. For the past 26 years I have worked and educated myself extensively in facial aesthetics, as well as helping patients with their facial pain. To optimize relaxation of head and neck muscles, these services can work in conjunction with splint therapy (a type of nightguard). All of which directly correlate to headaches and facial pain. In addition, Derma Fillers and BOTOX support cosmetic efforts which I have perfected throughout my career. Both of these products are proven methods of treatment that can change and enhance a patient’s life. If you have any questions regarding these treatments, please contact the office at 206-824-4700.

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Dr. Paul

Moodboard Monday

At Olympic View Dental our values are centered around living a balanced life. Between health, family and fun we have a lot to be thankful for. Today’s moodboard is all about living life to the fullest through balance.

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Happy Monday!

Oral Health and Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an exciting time when your body is going through many changes. You may be wondering how this will affect your teeth and gums. This blog is meant to answer your oral health questions and give you the information you need to help both you and your baby!

Keep Up Your Routine. It is important to keep up your brushing and flossing routine. You may be indulging your cravings for sweets, so make sure you brush regularly. It is important to continue regular check ups and cleanings. Let us know your stage of pregnancy when you make your appointment, as well as any changes in your medication or special advice you may have received from your doctor. If you have a high-risk pregnancy or other medical condition, we may recommend certain procedures be postponed.

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Pregnancy Gingivitis. During pregnancy some women are prone to a mild form of gum disease, called gingivitis that causes gums to be red, tender, and sore. Keeping your teeth clean is important for the prevention of pregnancy gingivitis. We may recommend more frequent cleanings to help control any signs of the disorder, because if left untreated, it can lead to more serious gum disease.

X-ray Safety. If you suffer a dental emergency or need an assessment, dental X-rays are sometimes necessary. Don’t worry – you will be covered with a leaded apron that will protect you and your baby from any harmful exposure.

Food for You and Your Baby’s Teeth. While pregnant, many women tend to crave sweets or snack more, both of which can put you at higher risk of tooth decay. It is important to choose low-sugar snacks that contain the nutrients your body needs. Your baby’s teeth will begin to develop between the third and six months of your pregnancy. Eating foods rich in vitamins A, C, and D, as well as protein, calcium, and phosphorous will give both you and your baby what you need for good dental health.

Morning Sickness. If you have frequent vomiting or morning sickness, rinse with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with water to stop stomach acid from attacking your teeth.

Being a mother is exciting, but it is a huge responsibility. Start your healthy dental routine now for the benefit of you and your baby!

 

Learning the Lingo – Dental Implants

Dental implants are a safe and effective replacement for a missing tooth or teeth. The implant is placed in your jawbone and integrates with your natural bone. This implant then forms a stable, sturdy base for your new teeth.

What They Are:

Implant: The implant itself is a rod that is screwed into the jawbone.

Abutment: This is the connection between the implant and the crown.

Crown: A tooth shaped cap that is attached to the abutment. It is the part of the tooth that is visible above the gum line.

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What They’re Made Of:

Titanium: Most implants are typically made of titanium, a biocompatible metal.

Zirconia: Often used for crowns and bridges and can be used as a metal-free option. Zirconia is biocompatible just like titanium.

Where They Go

Endosteal Implants: Placed in the jawbone. These implants are typically shaped like small screws, cylinders or plates, and they are the most commonly used.

Subperiosteal Implants: Placed under the gum, but on or above the jawbone. These implants are mostly for people with smaller jaws or shallow jawbones.

What Happens To Them:

Osseointegration: Creates strength and durability by fusing directly to the bone and is bio-compatible. Bone cells attach themselves directly to the titanium/zirconium surface, essentially locking the implant into the jaw bone. Osseointegrated implants can then be used to support prosthetic tooth replacements of various designs and functionality. Anything from a single tooth, to all teeth in the upper and lower jaws. The teeth/crowns are usually made to match the enamel color of the existing teeth to create a natural appearance.

Bone augmentation: Some people do not have enough healthy bone to support dental implants, so bone must be built. Procedures can include bone-grafting which means adding bone to the jaw.

Talk to us today at Olympic View Dental to discuss your options with an implant specialist.

10 Tips to Prevent Gum Disease

Gum disease can be serious business if left untreated. The good news is, with regular maintenance and good oral hygiene, you can avoid and even reverse the early stages of gum disease. We’ve put together some tips for you that will help you prevent gum disease.

Maintaining a Clean Mouth

Brushing your gums, as well as your teeth after every meal is the best way to take care of your teeth. Remove those food particles without being too hard on your enamel. We can show you the best method at your next appointment. 

Dental floss can reach those spaces in your mouth that a tooth brush just can’t get to. Get in between your teeth with floss before you brush, so that any food you pull out can be picked up by your tooth brush.

While you shouldn’t rely on mouthwash alone, certain mouthwash products are great for killing bacteria. Consult our office for suggestions as some products are better than others.

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Practice Good Overall Health

Keeping a balanced diet keeps your whole body healthy. Staying away from eating too much sugar is a great place to start. Making sure you get all the nutrients you need helps your body fight bacteria, including those that can cause gum disease.

If you are a smoker, quit! Smoking is not just awful for your lungs, smoking leads to tooth decay, tooth loss and poor gum health. Smoking leads to the creation of pockets in your gums, where bacteria collect and form tartar. It also degrades the tissues that hold your teeth in place.

Talk to Your Doctor about your Medications

It may be worth talking with your doctor about the side effects of any medication you may be on. Some drugs lead to bacteria build up in the mouth, or affect the flow of saliva that keeps that bacteria from settling.

Hormones can also play a role in oral health. If you are experiencing hormonal changes, you may be experiencing tooth sensitivity, and promoting the development of gum disease.

Stress

Stress affects your body’s ability to fight infection. Evaluating the stress in your life and what you can do to manage it is a great idea to promote your general health.

Appointments

Regular oral health visits are the best way to pin down gum disease. The professionals at our office are trained to notice the kinds of things you may not see in your mouth.

You may not have considered that your crooked teeth put you at risk for gum disease. Having straight teeth means eliminating certain pockets where gum disease can develop. Braces are a great way to do this.

Contact Olympic View Dental today at Seattle Office Phone Number 206-824-4700 to set up your next appointment.