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Stop suppressing your Emotions

Emotions are something you can’t see and you can’t touch them either. But one thing you can do, and that is to feel them! Some people are excellent at having their emotions buried down in the recesses of their being, protecting themselves from being hurt by other people. Some of those who do suppress their emotions are often considered as being a bit standoffish, sending out a message to others, ‘don’t come too close’.   But what exactly are these emotions that seem to control us and drive us to do this and that – that shape our world? There is a book called ‘Discovering Psychology,’ which says that our emotions are psychological and complex; they involve three parts – the subjective experience, the physiological response, and the expressive response. Researchers, in their efforts to ...

Natural Solutions for Anxiety

Anxiety has been around for thousands of years, from the time the first humans feared getting trampled by some huge woolly mammoth. It was Walter B. Cannon, the Harvard researcher who said of anxiousness – “The fight or flight response”.   Historically, anxiousness comes across as always having been recognized as a kind of mental disorder. Figuring out how to treat it with success has taken many, many years. And now here we are today and there is probably not one adult in the world who has not suffered from anxiety at some time in their life or some other anxiety-related disorder. And the terrible thing about anxiety, fear, and worry is that if we do not deal with it sufficiently, it can stay with us and become worse over time. It has the power to influence all aspects of our li...

5 habits for a longer Life

Even though people have made so many advances in the past 100 years; the health field, the technology field, in all fields, most people living in these advanced countries live unhealthy and unfulfilled lives. Actually, in the USA, the life expectancy of average people today is dropping -this is the second year in a row that this is the case. This is despite all the medical breakthroughs being discovered in this country –it’s because people are in despair, they are getting sick and dying.   Why is a global leader and many other countries seemingly failing in the field of longevity? The new life expectancy for American people is 78.7 years – that makes the USA behind other developed countries like the UK, Japan, Mexico, France, Canada, and Germany. In these countries, the life expectanc...

Tips For Cultivating Thankfulness

In all circumstances, give thanks   Naturally, everyone’s journey through life will offer different varieties of hardships and challenges. Life, sometimes, can be a great struggle, whether it’s the end of a marriage or relationships, troubles in the family, deadly illnesses, financial problems, and the death of loved ones – things that can and do cripple many. Showing thankfulness when faced with adversity isn’t easy and it takes gratitude and courage to show it in these times. However, with the showing of gratitude towards these things, there is the opportunity to grow, to learn important life lessons. Learn to make gratitude a ‘way of life’. It just means being grateful each day for your life, in all circumstances. Thankfulness helps us to stand amazed, thankful just for the sheer w...

Focusing On The Bigger Picture

The small stuff isn’t important anymore   When you are thankful, it can change your perspective on things. It can sweep away all the petty aggravations that you spend so much time on, that “small stuff” that promotes ingratitude, impatience, intolerance, negativity, judgment of others, anger, and resentment. Thankfulness is the tool to diffuse all the negativity because it increases the feelings of wellbeing. Feelings of wellbeing will prompt you to be ‘aware’ and mindful beyond yourself, connecting you to others in empathy. Over the past few years, there have been a few scientific studies documented about benefits that come to you when you practice being thankful. They are available to anyone who practices it, even when you are in the middle of adversity. What about old people facing...

Finding The Positive Aspect Of Every Experience

People often fail to notice the silver lining There are many people who can testify to the fact that they have endured much suffering in their life but when they look back, they kind of count it as a gift. This might sound strange to many people – it’s not that these people wanted the suffering – they hated it and protested about it as loudly as they could. But nevertheless, they still had to endure it. In retrospect, many have testified how it deepened their inner beings immeasurably. Thing is, the bio-psycho-social-spiritual benefits of thankfulness are simply too many to count. It is actually a good thing to be aware of the fact that just about all our experiences we encounter come with both negative and positive aspects. Even events that are physically and emotionally painful for us wi...

Appreciating Life

Thanksgiving Day in the USA is celebrated by a holiday; it is in remembrance of the Pilgrims who came to the USA and who celebrated, in thanksgiving, their first harvests back in 1621. They met with hardships in their first winter but celebrated with a ceremony of Thanksgiving for a successful harvest with plenty of food to see them through the next winter. Today, Thanksgiving, right from those early days, remains a holiday – it’s about food that was provided; it’s about their faith; their gratitude and thankfulness to God.   We all really know what it is to be thankful – we give thanks for the good things we receive. But scientists say today, that really counting your blessings all year round for good health and that includes your mental health – that it actually boosts your ow...

Why People Struggle With Thankfulness

But that doesn’t make everybody thankful   Sometimes appreciation or thankfulness seems half-hearted. It comes in as a weak kind of emotion next to its powerful cousins of love, anger, and hate. You know the songs about love that sometimes want to make you cry, and yet thankfulness has never seemed to make people want to weep into their pillows at night.   Thankfulness for what you have or what someone has done for you is rather underrated. It actually has the ability, however, to make you feel on top of things so that your blood pressure goes down! When you lack thankfulness, you can be locked into a never-ending whirlpool of dissatisfaction, always on the lookout for and aware of the things you lack. Why is that that you don’t appreciate what you have? Maybe it’s because you weren’t...

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