Showing posts from September 11, 2016

10 Ways to Stop Stress Now

Put Stress in Its Place

How you handle stress makes a big difference in how you feel. It might even help your blood pressure, blood sugar level, and the rest of you. Use these calming strategies to stop stress ASAP.

Break Out the Bubble Gum

Next time you’re at the end of your rope, unwrap a stick of gum. According to studies, chewing gum lowers anxiety and eases stress. Some researchers think the rhythmic act of chewing may improve blood flow to your brain, while others believe the smell and taste help you relax.
Get Outside

Spending time outdoors, even close to home, is linked to better well-being. You're in a natural setting, and you're usually doing something active, like walking or hiking. Even a few minutes can make a difference in how you feel.

Smile Like You Mean It

Don’t roll your eyes the next time someone advises you to “grin and bear it.” In times of tension, keeping a smile on your face – especially a genuine smile that’s formed by the muscles around your eyes as…

Inspirational Quote for September 17, 2016

“Real success is finding your life work in the work that you love.”

I can soooo relate to this! I have been blessed that, following early retirement, I have found my niche in working with Tarot. I don’t consider it “work,” as I feel blessed to be able to do what I love most every day. However, I do realize that not all of us are so fortunate. Many people wake up each morning dreading the day ahead in a job they really dislike but feel trapped with no choice because of a need to earn money to pay their way through life. Let’s face it, most of us need to earn a living. Real success is being able to do something you love which also generates enough money to pay the bills. So, if you can or have achieved this for yourself, be sure to give thanks every day that you’re one of the very lucky ones.


We All Benefit When We Design For Disability

"I believe that losing my hearing was one of the greatest gifts I've ever received," says Elise Roy. As a disability rights lawyer and design thinker, she knows that being deaf gives her a unique way of experiencing and reframing the world a perspective that could solve some of our largest problems. As she says: "When we design for disability first, you often stumble upon solutions that are better than those when we design for the norm."

Could Gay-Straight Alliances Reduce Bullying?

ByRobert Marx,Heather Hensman Kettrey

Thousands of these organizations exist. Could they make a difference?

As students across the country zip up their backpacks and get on the bus for their first weeks of school, many will have more to focus on than memorizing their new schedules or making it to homeroom on time. For some, the chief concern will be avoiding the bullying and harassment that follow from class to class, through the hallways, or into locker rooms. Although federal data indicate rates ofbullying have decreased over the past decade, bullying remains a significant issue.One in five students still reports being bullied at school. Even though all students are at risk, bullying does not target or affect all students equally: Some students are not only more likely to be bullied, but are also more likely to be negatively impacted by it. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students are approximately 91 percentmore likely to be bullied than their heterosexual peers. Tragicall…

How to Protect Kids from Nature-Deficit Disorder

ByJill Suttie

Richard Louvexplains how parents, educators, and urban planners can help kids reconnect with nature—before it's too late.

Today’s kids spend less and less time outdoors, and it’s taking a toll on their health and well-being. Research has shown that children do better physically and emotionally when they are in green spaces, benefiting from the positive feelings, stress reduction, and attention restoration nature engenders. No one has brought attention to this issue more than Richard Louv, co-founder and chairman emeritus of the Children & Nature Network and author ofLast Child in the Woods,The Nature Principle, and, most recently,Vitamin N: 500 Ways to Enrich the Health & Happiness of Your Family & Community. Louv has written eloquently about the importance of nature for children and what they miss by spending too much time indoors. His books have inspired many parents and educators to more thoughtfully incorporate outdoor experiences into children’s daily l…

How to Raise an Environmentalist

ByJill Suttie

Helping children form an emotional attachment to nature may be key to protecting our planet's future.

We read it in the news every day. From climate change to overfishing to deforestation, it seems that we are on the brink of a natural disaster on an epic scale. If we cannot do something to reverse these trends, we will surely make our planet uninhabitable. But how do we encourage people—especially our kids—to care more and take action? Social scientists are beginning to look for answers to this question with some promising results. Research indicates that motivating people to care takes more than just reciting facts and making doomsday predictions. Instead, it requires promoting compassionate concern for our natural world, which comes from early contact with nature, empathy for our fellow creatures, and a sense of wonder and fascination.  Specifically, scientists are starting to uncover how to encourage that compassionate concern in children, so that it will translate in…