Michael’s Required Reading: “Body Intelligence: Harness Your Body’s Energies for Your Best Life”

As human beings, I think we have an innate desire to achieve, to pursue the quest of doing more and being more. In my book Wake Up Happy, I wanted to take a look at the set of tools I used to do that—the rituals, ideas, and formulas that helped set me up for the personal and professional wins in my life. In the book, I turned to other experts and people who’ve thought deeply and written about the power of positive thinking and transformation, and I’ve come up with a list of books that have become like sacred texts to me. For one reason or another, at some point in my life, these books have all helped me to develop a winning attitude, and to put my most productive habits to work to craft the life of my dreams. And now I’m hoping these books might do the same for you, too. 

THE BOOK: Body Intelligence: Harness Your Body’s Energies for Your Best Life, by Dr. Joseph Cardillo

Forming new habits can be hard, but this is the thing about routines: once you learn them, they make life easier. Throughout my days—whether it was game day when I was playing or now, when I’m on set at Fox SportsGMA, or GMA3: Strahan, Sara & Keke—I use routine to transform my mind and gather my strength. And then when it’s all said and done, in the evening, I reflect on if I did well and what I could have done better. It’s all part of my day, right in there with brushing my teeth and drinking coffee. Finding your own routines so that you can free up more creative, energetic space in your own mind and perform better under pressure. And routines aren’t just for the daylight hours; your evening regimen is just as important to your overall wellbeing. 

The author, Dr. Joseph Cardillo, is not only a lifelong Giants fan but also an expert on positive thinking. In his book on the subject, Body Intelligence: Harness Your Body’s Energies for Your Best Life, Dr. Cardillo talks about (among many other things) the importance of creating a restful, restorative evening routine. Here are some of his tips: 

Slow down dinnertime. “Have a relaxed dinner with no electronics around. Taking a slow breath and the time to slow down, consider the good food you are about to eat and, if you are with others, the goodness of having them in this moment as part of your life … helps increase your positive energy.”

Talk it out. “Have good conversation. Work the solutions and don’t spin your wheels in the problem. Sometimes—often—that’s the first step to seeing a solution. To that same end, it’s refreshing and strengthening to talk about dreams and listen to the dreams of others, especially at night.”

Read something inspiring. “Just before bedtime read something philosophical or spiritual that nurtures your spirit—by spiritual I don’t necessarily mean denominational. What’s important is that it makes you feel good …”

Meditate. “Lastly, meditate to feel your energetic connection to yourself and beyond to all of life. Start by slowing down and deepening your breathing. Breathe as if filling your lungs from bottom up. Repeat the words ‘I am here’ as you breathe in and ‘Here is now’ as you exhale … Next, place your hand on your heart and feel its rhythm … Finally, extend your awareness outward beyond your body. Move it through all material things in your environment, outward toward the stars, through the stars, all the space between and beyond them, past the last light, past the last dark. Hold that mindset for a while … Then slowly retrace your path backward to where you began.”