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Scientists warn of overwhelming costs of mental illness - NBC News.com

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RT @Rharvley: #Fitness #health Scientists warn of overwhelming costs of mental illness http://t.co/bVm64JGGKH
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Yoga for kids may help with physical and mental health

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DURHAM, N.C. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Millions of people practice yoga as a way to stay fit or for relaxation. But could it be used as medication?
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People with depression tend to pursue generalised goals - University of Liverpool News

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Researchers from the University of Liverpool have found that people with depression have more generalised personal goals than non-depressed people.
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Being Virtual: Social Media and the Relational Self - Psychology Tomorrow Magazine

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Is our culture of texting, tweeting, friending, Facebooking, Instagramming, Linked-iness and LOL speak threatening interpersonal connection/communication?
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One Way to De-Stress: Toning | Lessons in Joyful Living

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Learn to mitigate your emotional response to #stress. ---> http://t.co/6QCvfCpFwd #Breathing #Health #Wellness
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It takes a village to raise a consciousness!

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What are the most effective ways to grow spiritual qualities like kindness, generosity, patience, forgiveness, honesty, empathy, compassion, courage, and love and create loving, conscious communities with great communication skills, values of transparency and respect for autonomy?  Absolutely essential to this growth is the courage and love it takes to give clear, constructive, clean, love based, self referenced, and, sometimes hard, honesty.  Rollo May, the great psychologist, wrote that all healing begins with empathy. Empathy, coupled with honesty, connection and trust, produces dramatic growth and shifts in consciousness.  Empathy is like the massage, but honesty is the “crack“– the chiropractic adjustment. Within my heart is a great hunger for conscious community, the urge to merge, and a longing for growth and honest self awareness.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 1, 2013 11:20 PM

It does take a village to do many things including raising consciousness.

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Is a Group Right for You?

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Almost anywhere you live, you can find a group for people who have been sexually abused. But how do you know whether a group is right for you? And how do you know whether the particular group you’re considering will be a positive experience?

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Is Psychotherapy What You Think It Is? | Everyday Jewish Living | OU Life

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Straight talk from Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb about misconceptions surrounding the field and a therapist's true role. (RT @torontotherapy: Is Psychotherapy What You Think It Is?

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» Do You Have Too Many Lists? - World of Psychology

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Whenever I write pieces pertaining to self-growth or personal development, I truly try not to dictate and dole out advice that you simply must follow. This is (RT @PsychologyNow: Do You Have Too Many Lists?
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11 Powerful Ways to Protect Your Sensitivity

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Sensitive Soul,  If you identify as sensitive, whether you’re introverted, extroverted or somewhere in between, your sensitivity is your foundation.
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Everyone Should Make the Big Mistake - Psychology Tomorrow Magazine

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7 Effective Ways Happy People Think: Marc Chernoff

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Believe it or not, I’ve read 27 personal development books specifically on the topic of happiness over the last few years.  (Yeah, I suppose that makes me a bit of a happiness junkie.)  Throughout my reading, one of the sub-topics that kept catching my attention is how our thoughts directly influence our satisfaction and effectiveness in life.

 

Today I want to honor and discuss seven ways I’ve changed my thinking, based on the principles I’ve read about, that has undoubtedly made me a happier person.

 

1.  Feeling privileged and satisfied to be alive.

If you’re reading this, congratulations, you’re ALIVE!  And if you can’t find a reason to smile about that, you’ll have an awfully tough time finding a better reason to do so.

 

Time spent living is time worth appreciating.  You are able to see the sunrise and the sunset.  You are able to hear birds sing and waves crash.  You can walk outside and feel the breeze through your hair and the sun’s warmth on your skin.  When you make the most out of what you have it turns out being a lot more than you ever imagined.

 

A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset.  When you wake up, take a second to think about what a privilege it is to simply be alive and healthy.  Breathe onto the bathroom mirror, just to see how amazing your breath looks.  The moment you start acting like life is a blessing, I assure you it will start to feel like one.  (Read Zen and the Art of Happiness.)

2.  Believing in the possibility of a better tomorrow.

What you believe determines who you become.  If the thoughts running through your mind are pure, positive and empowering, you will create positive and empowering beliefs about yourself and about life.  In turn, your actions, habits and daily routines will be a reflection of these thoughts and beliefs.

 

Sometimes you may catch yourself and wonder why you haven’t dropped all your positive ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to achieve.  Yet you must keep them, because deep down, in spite of everything, you believe that people are still good at heart and that life still contains a touch of magic.

 

You have to believe that hope is stronger than fear.  That imagination is more influential than public opinion.  That dreams are more powerful than today’s reality.  That determination always triumphs over experience.  That laughter is the best cure for grief.  And above all, you have to believe that love is stronger than any negative force in the world.

3.  Knowing deep down that every step is worth it.

Through every life experience, especially those that force you to look fear and adversity in the face, you will gain strength, courage and confidence.  Stop when you must, take a deep breath and say to yourself, “I am living through this and I am still OK.  I can take the next thing that comes my way.”

 

Make a pact with yourself and do the thing you once thought you couldn’t do.  Take another step, even when you feel too worn out or tired.  Find a reason to laugh, even when you’re trying not to cry.  Trust yourself, even when your mind second-guesses your heart.  Dance, even when others refuse to hear the music.  Dream, even if you’re afraid of what they might bring.  Open the door of opportunity in front of you, even when you have no idea what’s behind it.

 

Every step and experience is what makes you the person you are now.  Without this experience, you are an empty page, a blank journal, an unsung lyric.  What makes you ALIVE is your willingness to live through today’s challenges and then hold your head up high tomorrow with hope and tenacity.

4.  Appreciating the beauty in all the small things.

Subtract the obvious so you can see the meaningful.

Rediscover the sensitivity of your childhood eyes.  The eyes that saw life as it is – a beautiful compilation of tiny lives, each lived one at a time like snapshots in a family photo album.  That saw beauty in flowers and rainbows and wild animals.  That marveled at fireflies and sunsets and starry nights.  That let you dream every instant with your eyes wide open.

 

See yourself sitting right where you are, breathing, moving your limbs, and appreciating this chance to experience this moment.  If a child of two can see the beauty in it, why can’t you?  (Read Tuesdays with Morrie.)

5.  Feeling good enough.

Believe in yourself!  Have faith in your abilities!  Without a humble and reasonable confidence in your own abilities you cannot be effective or happy.  Know that you are good enough, smart enough, beautiful enough, and strong enough.  Do not derive your sense of self-worth from what you own, who you know, where you live or what you look like.  Your self-worth is a reflection of who YOU are and how YOU choose to live.

 

Above all, don’t compare yourself to anyone else.  If you somehow feel ‘better’ than someone you’re comparing yourself to, it gives you an unhealthy sense of superiority.  If, on the other hand, you feel ‘worse’ than someone you’re comparing yourself to, you usually discredit all of the important progress you’ve made.  The bottom line is that the majority of the time this type of social comparison doesn’t stem from a healthy place. 

 

If you feel called to compare yourself to someone, compare yourself to an earlier version of yourself.

6.  Consciously detaching and living in the present.

The greatest step towards a life of positivity is objectivity – experiencing something fully and then learning to let go and move onward.  The key is to accept that everything is changing.  Each moment of your life is unlike any other.  To live each one to the fullest, you must learn to be in the moment, fully, and then step out of it.  This is detachment.

 

Take any emotional feeling – love for a significant other, or grief over a lost family member, or fear and pain from a deadly illness.  If you hold back on your emotions and you don’t allow yourself to go all the way through them, you can never get to the point of being detached from them.  In other words, if you spend all your energy being afraid of feeling your true emotions – the vulnerability that love, sincerity and acceptance entails – you will be forever stuck.

 

But by throwing yourself into these emotions, by allowing yourself to fully embrace them to the point where you’re effectively in over your head, you leave no emotion abandoned or question lingering in your mind.  You know what love is.  You know what grief is.  You know what fear is.  And only when you know these things can you say, “I’m OK.  I have experienced this.  I know what this emotion feels like, and now I need to detach from this emotion and move on with my life.”  (Angel and I cover this in detail in the Adversity and Happiness chapters of 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.)

7.  Embracing change.

As Oscar Wilde so profoundly said, “To live is the rarest thing in the world.  Most people exist, that is all.”

 

Living a positive life hinges on your ability to accept the fact that everything is constantly moving forward, away from everything that previously existed.  Not only do you have to emotionally detach from the past, but you also have to willingly thrust yourself forward into the unknown.  You have to open yourself to trying new things, especially those that you may previously never have thought of doing, or had been too hesitant to attempt.  This is how you open doors of opportunity for positive growth.

 

So many people live within the confines of unhappy situations and yet refuse to take the initiative to change their circumstances.  They are conditioned to believe that the only choice is the current choice because it’s the life they know.  Their comfort zone blinds them from the truth – that nothing is more damaging to the human spirit than a mind that resists progress and change.

 

All of your personal growth and much of your joy in life will come from your encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater commitment than to embrace an endlessly changing horizon.

The floor is yours…

What would you add to the list?  What is your number one tip for being happy?


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Study reveals volunteering makes positive impact on people's health | SIGN UP TODAY, your health may depend on it!

Study reveals volunteering makes positive impact on people's health | SIGN UP TODAY, your health may depend on it! | Engineer Your Own Evolution: Personal Development | Scoop.it
A new study released today by UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) and the Optum Institute finds that volunteering is linked to better physical, mental and emotional health.

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Kristymay's curator insight, March 28, 2015 1:51 AM

Volunteering is important in nourishing healthy communities. People who generously give up their time for a cause they are willing to support will not only strengthen our communities, but also provide self-fulfilment. This article states that volunteering can have health benefits for the volunteer, including positive impacts to a person’s physical, mental and emotional health, as well purpose. I currently volunteer for a not for profit emergency services organisation where I have been volunteering for the past six years and have progressed within this organisation from a community member to a deputy group leader. As volunteering is a choice and a choice of what a person can chose to do for their volunteering, I believe this article is correct in stating that there are positive health benefits for both the community and the individual. For myself, volunteering definitely gives me a sense of purpose and a sense of community. The right match can also help volunteers find friends, learn new skills, and even advance their career. Part of this article was drawing on a study that was conducted by two health organisations researching health benefits for volunteers in America. The findings stated 78% of volunteers reported a decrease in their stress levels through volunteering and 76% felt physically healthier. These findings also showed the benefits of volunteering to furthermore help strengthen the communities as well as having “real” positive health benefits for the volunteer. I chose this article because I value volunteering in our community and within the next five years, I would personally like to be a group leader. The health benefits of volunteering are positive for myself and this article reflects these health benefits. I wish everyone would look into helping strengthen our community through volunteering and the benefits to yourself will show in you newfound health.

GiveGo Travel's curator insight, April 6, 2015 6:33 AM

We already knew the benefits of volunteering included the boosting of your career options, personal development and learning of new skills all while helping others. NOW, HEALTH BENEFITS HAVE BEEN FOUND TO ARISE FROM VOLUNTEERING TOO!

Volunteer Centre Lewisham's curator insight, May 12, 2015 8:06 AM

Volunteering linked to better emotional and mental health. So why not start by registering to volunteer with us http://www.volunteercentrelewisham.org.uk/registration_form.php  or join one of our workshops https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-volunteering-workshop-tickets-15742771052

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» 4 Steps to a Shaping a Wiser Brain - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

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Aristotle may have it wrong here, gaining freedom from our thoughts doesn't have to do with education, but instead about cultivating a wiser brain.
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