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Inspirational Quote – February 10, 2018

“Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!”

My wonderful Scottish Grannie had a favorite saying, “If you don’t ask, you don’t get!” It’s my mantra for life. I am such a great believer in always asking for what you want, because if you never ask, how will you know if you would have got it? If you know what I mean? Usually, when we put our request “out there” we consign it to the ether and, if nothing happens in the following five minutes, (for us impatient souls), we tend to push it to the back of our minds as day to day matters take over. I believe that every time we remember our wish it gives it a little push nearer to becoming reality.

The Healing Place

Jay Davidson is no stranger to the significant, often life-shattering consequences of alcoholism. That's why he founded The Healing Place, a residential facility for alcohol and substance abuse recovery in Louisville, Kentucky. Modeled after the 12-Step Program, the shelter provides peer-to-peer support to participants, who live together for 9 months, go to AA meetings together, and support one another in the journey toward recovery. The program has seen 2,300 graduates in the 17 years since its inception, and is renowned worldwide for its astounding recovery rate that's five times the national average. "The future is to give away what was so freely given to me, and that's recovery," says Davidson.

How to Cut Your Odds of a Stroke

What Is a Stroke?It happens when blood stops flowing to part of your brain. The cells begin to die, and you may have damage to areas that control muscles, memory, and speech. Watch Your Blood PressureIf you have high blood pressure and you don't manage it well, your chances of getting a stroke go up. Ideally, your blood pressure should be under 120 over 80. If yours is too high, talk to your doctor about ways to change your diet and get more exercise. If that's not enough to control it, he may prescribe medication to help. Break a SweatExercise helps you get to or stay at a healthy weight and keep your blood pressure where it should be -- two things that can lower your odds of having a stroke. You'll need to work out hard enough to break a sweat 5 days a week for about 30 minutes. Talk to your doctor first if you're not in great health or haven't been that active in a while. Keep Stress in CheckStress can make it more likely you'll get a stroke, maybe because it c…

7 Juicy Reasons to Eat Tomatoes

What’s So Great About Them?Tomatoes are loaded with a substance called lycopene. It gives them their bright red color and helps protect them from the ultraviolet rays of the sun. In much the same way, it can help protect your cells from damage. Tomatoes also have potassium, vitamins B and E, and other nutrients. Immune SystemLycopene is an antioxidant -- it fights molecules called free radicals that can damage your cells and affect your immune system. Because of that, foods high in lycopene, like tomatoes, may make you less likely to have lung, stomach, or prostate cancer. Some research shows they might help prevent the disease in the pancreas, colon, throat, mouth, breast, and cervix as well. HeartLycopene also may help lower your levels of LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, as well as your blood pressure. And that may lower your chances of heart disease. Other nutrients in tomatoes, like vitamins B and E and antioxidants called flavonoids, may boost your heart health, too. EyesTomatoes have su…

Six Ways to Help Your Child Deal with Social Exclusion

Though parents may feel powerless when a child is excluded, there is much they can do to help with this painful experience.BY KATIE HURLEY

The mom of a third-grade girl sits in my office, her face buried in her hands. Through muffled sobs, she tells me that she’s at a loss. She’s tried everything to help her daughter repair her friendships at school—arranging coffee dates with the families of the other girls, meeting with the teacher and school director, and even trying to organize a group sleepover to get the girls together—but nothing has made a difference. Her daughter is on the outs with a peer group she formed in preschool, and this mom feels powerless to help. Her daughter is the victim of what’s called relational aggression. For reasons she might never understand, her three close friends have built a new alliance and excluded her. They taunt her, spread rumors about her, and leave her out of their activities, encouraging others to do the same. They seem to have no remorse, while …

Inspirational Quote – February 09, 2018

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”

Attitude is wonderful isn’t it? If we have a good attitude we are positive, ready to enjoy and cope with whatever the day presents us with, the people we encounter, the situations we find ourselves in. Like a cloak of invincibility we wear with confidence. However, a bad attitude on the other hand, tends to repel people, show us in a bad light, and generally work against us in getting what we want. Our attitude is what most people meeting us, perhaps for the first time, notice and react to. Much, much better to have a good attitude than the alternative, don’t you think?

How Our Social Interactions Shape Our Experience of Time

Maria Popova tells us that our experience of time has a central social component -- an internal clock inheres in our capacity for inter-subjectivity, intuitively governing our social interactions and the interpersonal mirroring that undergirds the human capacity for empathy. This social-synchronistic function of time is what New Yorker staff writer Alan Burdick examines in Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation -- a layered, rigorously researched, lyrically narrated inquiry into the most befuddling dimension of existence. Read what Burdick and several philosophers say about time.

How Money Changes the Way You Think and Feel

Research is uncovering how wealth impacts our sense of morality, our relationships with others, and our mental health.BY CAROLYN GREGOIRE

The term “affluenza”—a portmanteau of affluence and influenza, defined as a “painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste, resulting from the dogged pursuit of more”—is often dismissed as a silly buzzword created to express our cultural disdain for consumerism. Though often used in jest, the term may contain more truth than many of us would like to think. Whether affluenza is real or imagined, money really does change everything, as the song goes—and those of high social class do tend to see themselves much differently than others. Wealth (and the pursuit of it) has been linked with immoral behavior—and not just in movies like The Wolf of Wall Street. Psychologists who study the impact of wealth and inequality on human behavior have found that money can powerfully influence our thoughts and actions in ways t…