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August 21, 2012
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One Minute Tip:
The same technique has been used by great inventors, financiers, business people, political figures and enlightened beings: constant repetition of the goal and the belief that you can attain it.
Never dwell on self-criticism or what you think are your inadequacies. Instead, repeat your goals and the qualities that will make you successful.
Write out your outstanding goal. In a few words, describe what you want to attain. Then write what you will do to achieve that. What energies and efforts will you trade for that success?
Give yourself a specific date to accomplish this goal, and specific times to carry out the interim steps. Put this paper or note card in a visible place – such as taped to the mirrors – so you can review it and repeat it at least twice a day.
It is those people who convince themselves that they are failures. And successful people believe that they will rise to the top and will achieve their goals. Believe in yourself. You are everything worth believing in.
To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind. – William Hazlitt
Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it. – Margaret Thatcher
I discovered a long time ago that if I helped people get what they wanted, I would always get what I wanted and I would never have to worry.
Tips for your Happiness:
Communication in a Marriage is Key
Lack of communication is listed as one of the main causes for an unhappy marriage and even divorce. That’s really not surprising. When you were a baby and weren’t able to communicate, what did you do?
You cried and threw a tantrum until somebody figured out what your needs were. Now that you’re grown up that won’t work although it’s tried in some form by many spouses.
Good communication takes practice. Remember, you’re communicating even though you may not be talking. Your body language and actions can speak volumes about what you like and dislike. Facial expressions say a lot too. Do you still smile at your spouse?
Some spouses are afraid to smile or be too nice for fear of being asked to do something they don’t want to do.
If that’s your attitude, maybe it’s time to talk. If you’re not happy with your relationship be honest about it and seek a solution. Solutions usually begin at the bargaining table where both parties are willing to negotiate and come up with a solution both can live with.
Find a good and convenient time to communicate. If either of you has a pressing project that needs to be completed or an upcoming appointment, then agree to a more convenient time.
At least you’ve made the effort and the cards are on the table. Don’t trap your spouse in a situation where they must listen such as driving to visit the in laws. You may not be in a good mood when you arrive if this happens.
Be tactful in suggesting a talk is necessary. Don’t be demanding but suggest you’d like to visit a while about such and such as soon as they have time.
This gives both of you time to organize your thoughts. It’s not good to come to the table unprepared. Know what you’re unhappy with and how you’d suggest the problem be solved.
Once you’re talking, be a good listener. Listening is as important as talking. If your spouse is not as good at communicating as you then compensate. Repeat what they’ve said by commenting something like “Here’s what I think you’re trying to say.”
Don’t talk down to your spouse and make them feel inadequate. Both opinions are equally important.
Don’t have distractions when talking like the radio or TV and certainly not when the kids are present. Bringing up a problem during dinner is not appropriate. That would qualify as trapping your partner and problem ruin both your appetites.
Your attention must be undivided and you must make eye contact. Allow enough time for a complete discussion.
Strive for a solution but if one is not reached, reschedule a time to continue. Don’t give up. Remember there’s another world besides yours and you must exist in both.
Compromise is always a good choice. If you’re wrong, take responsibility and change. If no solution is apparent, professional help may be needed. Communication will not solve all your problems but it’s a good beginning.
Unhappy? Check for these signs of stress:
Stress can and will affect everyone individually; which is why at times, it can be difficult to identify whether you are suffering from a symptom of stress.
One of the most common symptoms of stress is an upset stomach. This is sometimes undetected as we often pass an upset stomach off as a day illness. If the upset stomach continues, however, as it frequently does with stress, then you need to start considering the possible long term effects that this can have on your digestive system.
Another sign of stress is that you will have an increase in headaches and asthma attacks. This again can go unnoticed at first. When you notice headaches, migraines or asthma attacks beginning to become more frequent, try to note when you have feelings of anxiety or stress and when you suffer from an attack. This will help you to build a pattern.
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Tips for your Health:
Cause and Treatment of Shingles
Over a million cases of shingles are diagnosed each year – mostly in people over 60 years of age – so, it’s important that you know what causes shingles and how it can be treated if you’re unfortunate enough to acquire it.
Shingles is a skin rash that’s caused by a herpes virus (Varicella zoster virus) and can be extremely painful. This same virus can cause chickenpox and can lay dormant in your body until a deficiency in your immune system makes it run rampant again – in the form of shingles.
Shingles is contagious and can be passed to anyone who hasn’t contracted chickenpox, including children. But, the virus will appear in the form of chickenpox, and although they can no longer catch shingles from another person, there is a chance that they can develop shingles later on.
The first signs of shingles could be sensitive skin and burning pain. The rash may not appear for several days or weeks, so it’s difficult to diagnose at first. When shingles does appear, it’s in the form of small blisters on a reddish background. New blisters will continue to appear until treated.
When the symptoms of shingles appear, you should see your health care provider immediately. She’ll likely prescribe a drug that attacks viruses such as Zovirax, Famvir or Valtrex. These drugs can diminish the harshness of the outbreak and also lessen the time period of the eruption. She may also prescribe a medication for pain and a non-steroidial anti-inflammatory drug.
If you have an outbreak of shingles, be sure to keep the rash area clean with soap and water. You may also use cold packs and seek relief from lotions such as calamine and an aluminum acetate solution available at most pharmacies to dry the blisters. After the blisters burst and crust over, shingles is no longer contagious.
The aftermath of shingles is usually non-existent, but if the blisters become infected, the skin will redden, feel warm to the touch and very sensitive. Streaks may feather out from the wound. These symptoms warrant an immediate visit to your health care provider who will probably prescribe an antibiotic. Another, uncommon, complication is when shingles affects your eyes and could lead to loss of vision.
The most common complication of shingles is postherpetic neuralgia and happens if nerve pain continues even after the disappearance of the rash. Although the pain may be excruciating for a time, postherpetic neuralgia can be treated with a variety of medications. Ramsay Hunt syndrome is another complication, but very rare. This syndrome occurs when the cranial nerves are involved in the outbreak of shingles and you may experience weakness in the facial muscles and possible loss of hearing.
The VZV virus isn’t the same one found in genital herpes, a sexually transmitted disease or in mouth sores. If you’ve had chickenpox, you’re not likely to get shingles, but if you’ve never had it, the herpes zoster virus may attack when you’re in your 60s or older. If you think you might be susceptible to shingles, vaccines are available to reduce the likelihood of getting shingles or the severity of it if it does occur.
Editor’s Note: The mature and elderly are the common victims of shingles, often triggered by children with chickenpox being in their environment. Bear this in mind that if you are a parent of a child infected, you can innocently trigger an epidemic of excruciating shingles in your workplace!
You should really consider yourself a menace to your co-workers just as if your kids had brought home head lice, and let your employer know of the situation, and maybe take a few days away from the workplace.
Ways To Stop Snoring For Free
If you’re a chronic snorer you’re probably looking for ways to stop snoring quickly. Well never fear because help is at hand. Below we’re going to go through some practical advice with ways to stop snoring that you can actually start implementing straight away, and best of all these methods don’t even involve buying any expensive products or undergoing any costly treatment…
Method # 1 – Sleep on your side
This is one of the best ways to stop snoring. Sleeping on your back is a common cause of snoring, and by simply laying on your side it can be enough to stop the snoring. A good tip is to tie a tennis ball to the back of your pyjamas. This will definitely ensure that you don’t sleep on your back!
Method # 2 – Raise your head
Sleeping with your head too low down can cause your airways to get blocked. Try adding an extra pillow to your bed to raise the height of your head in relation to your body.
Method # 4 – Sing!
As silly as it might sound, many people have found that one of the best ways to stop snoring is to sing. Try singing out loud a few times a day. There are even CD’s available which contain songs specifically designed for this, however we’re looking at free methods here and there is no real evidence that such CD’s provide any more effective ways to stop snoring.
How Would You Like to Get Rid Of Your Snoring And Save Your Marriage?
11 Health Benefits Of Regular Exercise
1. It reduces your risk of developing heart disease.
2. It reduces high blood pressure or the risk of developing high blood pressure.
3. It reduces high cholesterol or the risk of developing high cholesterol.
4. You’re less likely to develop back problems as you grow older.
5. It reduces your risk of developing colon cancer and breast cancer.
6. It reduces your risk of premature death.
7. It reduces / maintains bodyweight and body fat.
8. It increases bone density, which will reduce the risk of suffering from stress fractures or osteoporosis
9. Your immune system will be stronger, therefore, you’re less likely to catch a cold or any other virus through the winter months.
10. It reduces the risk of developing diabetes.
11. It builds / maintains healthy muscles, bones, and joints .
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Tips for your Prosperity:
Don’t Scratch Your Family Vacation Just Yet
With the continual rising costs of gas, food and the expense of living in general, families are forced to cut back just to afford the necessities. One of the things being considered to scratch is the annual family vacation.
But, you’ve worked hard all year and the family needs a break and time to get away and bond. Yet, it must be affordable.
A new word has been coined: Staycation. Many families are making their home the base for a stay at home vacation. Do you really know what your hometown offers in the way of fun and adventure?
Call your local Chamber of Commerce or the Visitors and Tourists Bureau. They can offer a myriad of ideas for things to do close to home, many of which are free or very reasonable.
There are special events, festivals, museums, parks and zoos, lakes and swimming pools. You save money by eating and sleeping at home.
Consultants say to make this work treat it just like you’re on vacation in a new town. Include a couple of visits to a local fancy restaurant. Mom’s on vacation too. You could also schedule a short day trip to a nearby attraction.
A camping trip is also a good inexpensive option and if you travel in off peak times such as October and March it’s less crowded and cheaper. Pitch a tent, cook over a campfire and hike in the woods.
You’ll not only discover nature but yourselves. Some family camps can be had for a thousand dollars a week for four, including meals, lodging and activities.
If you must leave town try to do the bookings yourself and dig deep for discount hotels. Stay in a 2-star hotel instead of a 4. You may have to bring your own toiletries but the savings would be worth it. Many lower priced hotels offer a free breakfast. You can eat hearty and skip lunch.
Sometimes the price of a suite or a condo is cheaper than renting two rooms if you have a large family. Save money and enjoy the down time in a hotel pool, hot tub or health club. Relax and stay healthy. Take advantage of what’s already paid for.
An all-inclusive resort may be within your budget especially if it’s off season. It’s hard to find a venue that doesn’t cater to families and for one price everything is included from meals, drinks and lodging.
Many are located on the beach with countless activities for all ages. Big bargains are being found south of the border in Mexico if you’re willing to do some research.
Theme parks are also a good choice for families. Once inside the park most everything (except food and drinks) is included. This means free shows, rides and picnic areas.
You can usually stay several days at a theme park and never do the same thing twice. Check out their package deals and save.
Determine your limits. Study your destination and strive for the best value. Plan with a carefree spirit and whether you opt for a staycation or vacation your family will love the adventure.
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9 Rules of Friendship
A little silliness to start your day with a smile – I hope you enjoy it, too!
1. When you are sad, I will jump on the person who made you sad like a spider monkey jacked up on Mountain Dew!!!
2. When you are blue, I will try to dislodge whatever is choking you.
3. When you smile, I will know you are plotting something diabolical and that I must help you with it!
4. When you’re scared, we will high tail it out of here together.
5. When you are worried, I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse it could be until you quit whining, ya big baby!!!!
6. When you are confused, I will use little words.
7. When you are sick, stay away from me until you are well again. I don’t want whatever crud you have…
8. When you fall, I’ll pick you up and dust you off– Right after I laugh my rear off!!
9. This is my oath and I pledge it to the end. ‘Why?’ you may ask — because you are my FRIEND!
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