“Angels can fly because they take things lightly.”
-author unknown

Yesterday was World Laughter Day.

Is this a necessary day?

Well, we have Administrative Assistants Day.

We have National Nurses Day.

And we have National Boss Day.

I think that people create special days because of under appreciation.

The power of laughter is certainly under appreciated.

Laughter can strengthen your immune system, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, improve brain function, protect your heart, and make you feel good.

Oh, and I forgot…

Laughter can help you perform better in your sport and job.

Do you ever get nervous? Do you ever feel pressure? Do you ever feel like you’re thinking too much?

Laughter can help. It loosens you up.

When you laugh, you loosen up physically.
When you loosen up physically, you lighten up mentally.
When you lighten up mentally, you play better.
When you play better, you win!

Seek out ways to laugh: watch a funny DVD, go to a comedy club, listen to comedians while driving, seek out funny people.

“If at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving definitely isn’t for you.”

Thanks for reading.


“Reflect Each Day On All You Have To Be Grateful For And You Will Receive More To Be Grateful For.”

Today’s message is especially dedicated to the great Bob Emmons at University of California – Davis.

I think that I’m a very happy person. I don’t need gifts for my birthday or special occasions. I don’t need to travel all the time. And I certainly don’t need a huge house or fancy car.

Now don’t get me wrong, I have my problems, and negative feelings come over me just as often as anyone. But long ago, I found a secret that changed my life and today I’m going to share that secret with you…


Being grateful is appreciating all that you have in your life, big and small, good and gad. Here’s what I want you to do: get a notebook and every day, write down five things that you are grateful for. If you write them down at night, before you go to bed, I feel that it is more effective.

You can be grateful for your gym membership or you can be grateful for your Uncle Jim.

When you’re grateful, you don’t need a special occasion to make you feel good – you feel good every day. Life seems to slow down and you start to live in the moment.

And for you athletes, I may be the first person to tell you that gratitude can help you in sports too.

My friend, Bob Emmons is the authority on gratitude in the emerging field of positive psychology. The first thing I ever asked Dr. Emmons, was how gratitude could be applied to sports. His answer was…

“Gratitude produces calm energy, so the grateful tennis player should make fewer unforced errors and have fewer poor mental decision throughout a match, among other positive benefits.”

Emmons also feels that gratitude could help solidarity and team unity.

So write down five things you are grateful for. Do it every day this week. Let me know your feedback.

Thanks for reading.



Stay focused on the task at hand.

It doesn’t matter where you’ve been.

Don’t worry about the past.

Don’t worry about the future.

The power is in the present.

Ed Tseng will be at Communiversity today from 12:30pm-4:30pm in Downtown Princeton @ the Princeton Living Well Booth (in front of Olive’s Deli on Witherspoon Street) Come on by and say hi – signed copies of “Game. Set. Life.” will be available.


“It is not true that nice guys finish last; nice guys are winners before the game even starts.”

Today’s message is especially dedicated to the great Frank Freeburn of Nike.

Are you a tennis player? Then I know who your next match is against…


The only real competitor you will ever have is yourself. Think of your opponent as your teacher and your student. You each do your best as you test and teach one another, revealing where your opponent needs to improve, as he or she does the same for you. Once we view competition in this manner, we can strive to do our very best, without succumbing to overtones of hostility and negativity.

When we overcome the combative state of mind, when we no longer have opponents-only people like ourselves, brothers and sisters in training, all striving toward excellence-we achieve the highest potential in sport. This is equally true in everyday life, when we compare and compete with others over who is the most popular, most attractive, most successful. The key, it seems, is to maintain a balance perspective, appreciating the value as well as the pitfalls of the competitive mind-set in sport of life. It’s not that people who maintain a balanced perspective never compete; they just don’t take it too seriously. They remember that a game is just a game-and from their perspective, life, too, is a game.

The moment of truth itself, whether in performance or competition, can serve as an exciting stimulus to excellence. Yet its purpose ends when the race ends. Once we catch a fish, we no longer need the net; once we cross a stream, we no longer need the boat. And when the competition is over, we need not linger over scores, numbers, or statistics. We don’t need to preserve past scores like prize butterflies. When we let go of our preoccupation with numbers, statistics, titles, an victories, we rediscover the sheer joy in the process of training, learning, and striving toward the heights of our potential.

Once the game is over, the outcome is history. Fame is fleeting, and glory fades. The only lasting value in the competitive experience is the lessons we learn and live.

(From Body Mind Mastery by Dan Millman)


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“We have met the enemy, and they is us.”
-POGO, cartoon character


“Don’t dig your grave with your own knife and fork.”
-English Proverb

Today’s message is especially dedicated to the great Agata Andrevski in London, England.

You get out of your body, what you put in to your body.

Many health problems occur because of poor nutrition.

Many athletes perform poorly because of poor nutrition.

Many people are often tired because of poor nutrition.

In my own experience with nutrition for the last 15 years, I can tell a difference in my body and energy levels when I don’t eat properly, or if I don’t drink enough water.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, “But Ed, I’m always on the go – I don’t have time to eat well.”

Well, guess what?

I’m telling you right now that you do. If you’re too busy to take care of yourself, you’re too busy!

A great way to eat well and watch the number of calories you consume is to always take food with you when you leave the house.

The next time you go grocery shopping, stock up on: fruits and vegetables, nutrition bars (I like Soyjoy), almonds, raisins, whole wheat bread, eggs, lean turkey, oatmeal, brown rice and whole wheat pasta. Then, when you leave the house, bring food with you.

For breakfast, have an orange, a couple of eggs, and/or some oatmeal. If you’re pressed on time, just grab an apple and a nutrition bar.

For lunch, bring your own: turkey on whole wheat with mustard is healthy and will give you good energy. Or you can make some whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce the night before and bring it to school/work.

For dinner, my ideal is salmon or grilled chicken with broccoli, but you can do a combination or add brown rice.

Additional tips:

Always have snacks with you – a nutrition bar, fruit, or a handful of nuts will keep you satisfied and keep your metabolism going between meals. Snacks will also help you make better decisions if your next meal wasn’t planned.

Drink a lot of water! Always have a bottle with you.

PIZZA! I love pizza just as much as the next person, possibly more. But did you know that a plain cheese pizza is about 26% fat? Here’s what you can do: order half the amount of cheese (or no cheese) and twice the amount of sauce (a good source of lycopene, which can prevent cancer). More and more pizza places are offering whole wheat crust and pick a topping that is a vegetable instead of a meat topping. If you do this, your pizza will have less than 10% fat versus close to 30%.

Okay, time for me to make an egg sandwich on whole wheat sesame sourdough, with an orange first (if you eat your fruit first, your body will absorb more of the nutrients).

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“I get nervous before every shot.”

One thing I love to do is listen to interviews after peak performances by athletes.

The Masters was won yesterday by Angel Cabrera, after a three-way, sudden-death playoff. In his interview, he made some great comments.

Q. It looked like you were having a lot of fun out there, especially as things got particularly tense; is that true?

ANGEL CABRERA: Yes, you’re right, I was happy with my game and I had confidence. I was just trying to enjoy the moment.

Q. Any nerves?

ANGEL CABRERA: Oh, at this stage of the Tournament, any player who says he does not feel nerves, he’s not human.

Q. What do you think of your chances to actually win this Tournament, when you were two shots down with two holes to play?

ANGEL CABRERA: I told my caddie, you know, “It’s a birdie against a bogey, two holes left, I still have a good chance.”

Why did Angel Cabrera win the Masters?

1. He was having fun and stayed in the moment.
2. He was nervous, but didn’t act nervous.
3. He was optimistic even when he was down.

It doesn’t matter who you are, or what you do…you can still use the mental skills that the world’s top athletes, like Angel Cabrera have.

Thanks for reading.


“Winners and losers have the same feelings, they just take different action.”
-Rob Gilbert

Well, it’s Saturday morning at 9:32am and in about 28 minutes I will be speaking to the Ferris State Professional Tennis Management students, staff, alumni, and prospective students.

I’m nervous.

But I get nervous before every talk, so I’m fine with it. It’s okay to be nervous, as long as you don’t look or act nervous. Winners get nervous too, but they don’t let it paralyze them. Losers do.

So before a match, musical performance, or presentation before your class or co-workers, remember it’s alright to be nervous. Someone once told me, “If you’re not nervous, you’re not ready.”

Thanks for reading.


“Successful athletes never let up and never stop looking for that extra edge to get better. So training to improve on the little things should be an important part of that process.”

If you have been following this blog, you know that you need to stretch your mental muscles to help them grow. Today’s message talks about stretching, physically.

I’m sitting with Anthony Carter, Manager of Parisi Speed School right now, and today he will share his stretching tips and benefits. These proper stretching techniques are imperative to peak performance.

1. Start with a dynamic warm-up. This type of warm-up simulates movements that you will make when participating in your sport or workout. Examples are: squats, lunges, and jumping jacks.

2. Continue with a stationary warm-up. Straight leg raises, side leg raises, and the superman are examples.

3. Finish with a muscle activation warm-up. Skips, high knees, and side shuffles are included in this category.

Performing this type of warm-up will raise your core body temperature six degrees, which will in turn, increase your energy, flexibility, and decrease chance of injury.

After your workout, 10-15 minutes of static stretching will help muscle recovery and growth.

If you do not warm-up or cool-down properly, your performance will be limited, your results will be minimal, and you may increase your chances of injury.

Thanks for reading and thank you to the great Anthony Carter.


“You’re involved in the action and vaguely aware of it – your focus is not on the commotion but on the opportunity ahead. I’d liken it to a sense of reverie…the insulated state a musician achieves in a great performance…not just mechanical, not only spiritual; something of both, on a different plane and a more remote one.”