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‘HipHop Grampop’ shares keys to a long and happy life in unbeatable rap song Featured

Written by  Laura Rathbun
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Life Coach Howard Tangler of Sun City has become known this past year as the “HipHop Grampop” after writing a rap song about how to live a long and happy life.  His rapping can be viewed on YouTube and he’s under consideration to be a guest on “The Steve Harvey Show. 

Tangler, an 84-year-old great-grandfather, retired aeronautical engineer and former Dale Carnegie trainer, wrote and performed the rap song for his and his wife Betty’s 60th wedding anniversary earlier this year.   

“I wanted to do something different at the celebration of our 60th wedding anniversary,” he said. “I wanted it to be fun and inspirational, so as I was putting down my thoughts it started to sound like a rap.  It didn’t take long to create it, and I have been editing it and playing with it ever since.”           

Everyone enjoyed the three-minute rap song at the anniversary celebration and Tangler has performed it at the Sun City Civic Association’s Players and Friendship clubs. 

As a life coach, Tangler has helped people lead happier, healthier and more productive lives for over 50 years and he’s still at it.             

“I recently helped two people get out of depression and I helped one couple save their marriage after they thought divorce was their only option,” he said.            

Tangler attributes his happy and healthy life to positive thinking every day and has a “2 for 21” system with five steps to help people improve their lives.  Those steps are:   

1.      Live according to this idea: It doesn’t matter what happened. What matters is what you think about what happened. That makes the difference. 

2.      Start thinking in a new way. To start thinking: “I want to change. I can change. I believe in change.” Believe you will succeed in changing. 

3.      Listen to what you’re saying because the mind is a computer and it’s programmed every day by what you think and what you say.  So you need to pay attention to what you say.  

4.      Repeat daily positive affirmations many times during the day. Apply your affirmation correctly: first has to be personal – something you believe.  Second, it has to be positive: “I’m getting better all the time at remembering names” not “I’m going to stop forgetting names.”  Third is it’s got to be present tense – it can’t be “Someday I’ll be good at this.”  It has to apply immediately.  It has to be personal, present tense and positive.  

5.      It takes 21 days of daily repeated exercise, repeating specific positive statements to yourself to change your attitude. 

“Anybody can do this!” Tangler exclaimed.  “Anybody can.  It’s just a matter of will they because it does take some dedication.” 

Tangler said he’s living proof of how his system brings happiness and health. 

“My wife, Betty, and I have been married 60 years and we’re happy every moment. A lot of that is because of who we are and what we think,” he said. “I have a daily affirmation that I use: I’m happy, because the time to be happy is every moment. You can’t decide now to be happy in the past, and you shouldn’t wait to be happy in the future.  The time to be happy is right now! And, the second thing is I’m grateful for my past. I can’t change my past, but who I am today is because of my past, so I’m grateful for everything that happened in the past that brought me to today.” 

Tangler had many illnesses as a child, but amazingly hasn’t been sick for the past 48 years.   “I had colds and flu every year. I got mumps, measles and chicken pox. I had a serious mastoid operation when I was 5 and an appendectomy at 12,” he said.  “That pattern continued into adult life till I was 36 when I came down with a particularly bad case of the flu and was bed-ridden for three days. At that time, I decided that I didn’t want to have any more illnesses like that, and I changed my thinking.” 

When Tangler was a teenager, his parents took a course in positive thinking, which he initially dismissed, but then decided to try.  The positive thinking ultimately changed his life. 

“I came up with an affirmation that says: ‘I have total immunity to all harmful germs, viruses, diseases and bacteria.’  I repeated that affirmation 50 times each morning, noon and night until I became a new habit of thinking. I am now 84 years old, and I have not had an illness of any kind for over 48 years.” 

After his last annual physical in September, Tangler’s doctor said all his test results were normal.   “I take no medications and I have no aches or pains in any joints. Betty got the same result,” he said. 

Tangler stays in good shape physically and mentally with regular exercise and social activities.  He bike rides three times a week and bowls once a week in a league.  He’s also active in his church and some social clubs. 

“Train your mind to think positive, and you will live a healthy and happy life,” he said.   

Tangler can be contacted at or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  His rap song can be viewed at


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