Showing posts from January 15, 2017

Inspirational Quote – January 21, 2017

“People who judge, DON’T MATTER. People who matter, DON’T JUDGE.”

This is something I have learned over the years. Occasionally, certain people are quick to judge what you do and also share their, often unsolicited, unfavorable opinions with you. At first, this can really impact on how you view who you are and what you are trying to achieve but, thankfully, most of learn very quickly that the people who matter most to us, don’t judge, just support and encourage. The judgmental people tend to lose interest once they realize that you really don’t give a fig about what they think.


Where Will All the Stories Go?

It is a simple question that P.L. Travers asks Laurens Van Der Post, the writer, soldier, and explorer who has written widely of his home country of Africa: "Where will all the stories go?" But it is not an easy answer. In a winding conversation that touches on Tolkein and the origins of mythology, Travers and Van Der Post explore what role stories play in a modern world where technology and entertainment have in many ways replaced our own histories.

Why Does My Doctor Do That?

The Annual Exam

This is when your doctor finds out what’s going with you -- she talks with you about preventing diseases and any new things you’re feeling, and helps you manage health issues you know you have. She taps, rubs, pokes, and prods you. She comes at you with strange-looking instruments. What’s your doctor trying to learn when she does some of those things?

Push on Your Belly

Your doctor looks at your abdomen -- the shape, the skin, the way it moves when you breathe -- to make sure everything is OK. He may also listen with a stethoscope to hear if your bowel is making different sounds because of an illness. And he’ll push on your belly. Called palpation, this gentle, hands-on exam checks for areas that are too firm, tender, or bigger than they should be.

Stick That Thing in Your Ear

It’s called an otoscope, and your doctor uses it to get a better view, especially if you have trouble hearing or your ear hurts. After all, it’s tight quarters in there. And dark, too. With it, your d…

What to Do for Sore, Achy Knees

Do: Rest a Sore Knee

Take a break so your knee has time to heal. You’ll only need 1 or 2 days of rest to ease minor knee pain, but severe injuries may keep you off your feet longer. Talk to your doctor if it doesn’t get better after a few days.

Don’t: Stay on the Couch Too Long

Exercise builds strong muscles around your joints, and that helps prevent injuries. Once your knee has had enough rest, get back out there. Low-impact water workouts or tai chi are good options. But don’t overdo it or you’ll risk more pain.

Do: Use RICE

Try the RICE formula to treat a knee injury:

Rest for a day or two to heal.
Ice your knee to calm inflammation.
Compress (wrap) your joint for support and to stop fluid buildup.
Elevate it on a pillow or stool to curb swelling.

Don’t: Risk Slips, Trips, or Falls

Wear shoes with good tread on them to cut your risk of a slip. Choose low-heeled ones with soft, rubber soles. Keep your home’s hallways and stairwells well lit, and clear floors of things you could trip over.

Do: U…

The Four Keys to a Meaningful Life

ByJill Suttie

A new book explores how writers, philosophers, and everyday people think about pursuing meaning in life.

Could pursuing meaning be the path to true happiness? We atGreater Goodhave written often aboutthe differences between a happy life and a meaningful lifeand found that the two are closely related. When we aim for a life of meaningful pursuits, we are likely to feel more sustained happiness and life satisfaction—even if there is some discomfort, sadness, or stress along the way—than if we aim for a life of pleasure alone. In fact, seeking happiness directlymay actually backfire, while pursuing meaning mayincrease our health and well-being. Now a new book takes a stab at figuring out just what pursuing a meaningful life entails. InThe Power of Meaning, journalist Emily Esfahani Smith draws from the texts of great writers and philosophers—Emerson, Aristotle, Buddha, and Victor Frankl, for example—as well as interviews with everyday people seeking to increase meaning in their…

Inspirational Quote – January 20, 2017

“All of your wishes can come true. It is your own doubt that blocks them from coming through.”

I guess it’s easier to say “think positive” than actually act positively. However, when we make our wishes and “send them out there” do we totally believe that they are going to come true or do we tend to think that it would be nice if they came true but how likely is that? We need to change our thinking pattern and really believe and focus on the certainty that our wishes WILL come true rather than doubt they will. Surely it’s better to be optimistic with positive expectations rather than the opposite thus allowing this positivity to enhance a possible successful outcome.


Heal the World: Child Prodigy Cover

Nirali Kartik and Kartik Shah of Maati Baani, bring together 45 child prodigies from across the globe to "Heal The World." Working online with musicians ranging from 5 to 13 years of age, MaatiBaani released this video as a tribute to Michael Jackson on what would have been Jackson's 58th birthday. Let this message of love and peace carry us forward throughout the year.

A Skeptical Scientist Learns How to Meditate

ByScott Barry Kaufman

Scott Barry Kaufmanshares his takeaways from eight weeks of mindfulness meditation.

Me: I constantly feel anxious. It’s usually about nothing in particular. Just a feeling deep in the pit of my stomach about human existence.
My doctor: I think you may be ready for an SSRI.
Me: Give me 8 weeks. Just 8 weeks.
My doctor: Good luck. For years, I’ve been told to try mindfulness, by everyone and their mother. You need to learn how to harness the power of deep concentration, I am told. But I *do* harness the power of deep concentration, I tell them—when it’s something that truly captivates my imagination. That’s your monkey mind talking, I am told.Settle in. Open your mind. Stop judging. Fine. Once and for all, I will do it. I will pull back the judgment. It’s not easy. You see, I’ve been studying the science of daydreaming for over the past decade. One of my mentors in graduate school wasJerome L. Singer, father of daydreaming research. He found in the 60s that daydreaming is a no…