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Mind over Heart

What we think, what we feel–  can absolutely affect our hearts

From Everyday Health:

Mind-Body Connection: How the Brain Can Protect the Heart

Related Links:

Mayo Clinic, “Broken Heart Syndrome”-> Click

Mental Health Daily, increase your BDNF level -> Click

“Miracle-Gro for the Brain: why increased exercise, omega-3, socializing/ decreased sugar, processed food/ and intermittent fasting matter->  Click

Isagenix is a no-compromise solution to maintain optimal brain and body health-> Click

On counting UP, not down . . . .

THREE…. TWO….. ONE:       Happy New Year!!

Now it’s time to start up a 100 new countdown clocks.  Whether it’s anticipating a happy event, or dreading a deadline, we can all be characterized by the quantity and quality of the virtual meters ticking away in our minds, driving our decisions and actions each day.

But  a countdown implies an ending, and that Time is something you lose.  As a hopeless optimist, I reject this concept by taking on a different perspective:  starting at 1 and counting UP.   Make each day a step towards a path with no visible end, where the milestones that sometimes overwhelm us are simply points along the way of a much greater journey.

I see Time as something you gain… in fact it can be captured and held within us through memories, through friendships.  I also respect Time, knowing it isn’t guaranteed and that it can be downright cruel.  But everything is relative, and all things look different from different perspectives.  Whether we live 10 years or a 100 years, humans are so infinitesimally small on the cosmic scale, we hardly show up.  On the other hand, a mayfly only lives for a day, so next to them we seem to last forever.  Which brings me to this quote from my newest favorite movie:

“Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

find the joy in each day!

 

Embrace each new day as a fresh start, and know that when you count up, the possibilities are limitless.  Never assume you’re at the end of your road any more than you should assume you have an eternity to get there.

“dif tor heh smusma” (Vulcan), better known as “Live Long and Prosper” –Mr. Spock

“And in the end it is not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” –Abraham Lincoln

Asian elderly mother and daughter fun together

If your energy is chronically depleted, how can you enjoy the moments that truly matter?  Maybe you’re the one sitting on the sideline while others are playing ball?  If you’re just an observer of everyone else’s life, you actually deprive the ones you love of celebrating the gift of YOU!

THE 20TH CENTURY BROUGHT US LONGER LIFE, THE 21ST CENTURY MUST FOCUS ON PUTTING QUALITY IN THOSE EXTRA YEARS

Living longer but with poorer health costs money!!

Nutrition, including micronutrients, is key to curbing aging and disease, including cancer!!

You have to do your part to improve how well you live!!  Lowering calorie intake, along with not smoking, staying active and having an upbeat attitude are essential, controllable habits that your loved ones will thank you for choosing.

The Woman I Want to Be

We are all works in progress…. how we turn out depends on who’s holding the brush

The Happy Woman Project

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I struggled to feel who I really am, all my life, because people tell me who they wanted me to be all my life. Obedient, virtuous, smart, hardworking, neat, as a kid; later on I was expected to be gracious, independent, demure and even submissive, not to my husband, but to all elders and figures of authority. I did as I was told most of my life, until I failed, then I was blamed, miserably, and I saw then, nobody really cared if you had been an angel before you fell.

I struggled to be obedient, when I saw that I had to bend the rules in order to be happy. I struggled to be respectful to elders, when they were mocking me; I struggled to be the submissive employee when my superiors usurped the credit I deserved. I even struggled to find my place in society, in religion, and…

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“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ― Dr. Seuss

The difference between optimists and pessimists is their point of view…. personally, I think it’s a lot easier to drink from the half-full cup. When faced with situations we can neither change nor control, seek out the positive and you’ll find yourself feeling a lot happier about the outcome.