Friday, August 30, 2013

15 Foods You should Stop Buying Today

Friday, May 24, 2013

22 Easy Doable Daily Habits of Happy People

22 Daily Habits of Happy People

"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions". – Dalai Lama

There are two types of people in the world:
Those who choose to be happy, and Those who choose to be unhappy.
Contrary to popular belief, happiness doesn't come from fame, fortune, other people, or material possessions. Rather, it comes from within.
The richest person in the world could be miserable while a person living in the slums of a ghetto could be happy and content.

I have spent plenty of time amongst both groups to have seen it first hand.
Having been homeless three times in my life, in three very different places (twice before the age of 20), I have had the unique opportunity to see a variety of people at their personal low points, and many more at their absolute best moments. One very important lesson that I've carried forward is this:
Happy people are happy because they  make themselves happy.
They maintain a positive outlook on life and remain at peace with themselves.

The question is: how do they do that?
It’s quite simple. Happy people have good habits that enhance their lives. They do things differently. Ask any happy person, and they will tell you that they …
1. Don’t hold grudges.
Happy people understand that it’s better to forgive and forget than to let their negative feelings crowd out their positive feelings. Holding a grudge has a lot of detrimental effects on your well-being, including increased depression, anxiety, and stress. Why let anyone who has wronged you have power over you? If you let go of all your grudges, you’ll gain a clear conscience and enough energy to enjoy the good things in life.
2. Treat everyone with kindness.
Did you know that it has been scientifically proven that being kind makes you happier? Every time you perform a selfless act, your brain produces serotonin, a hormone that eases tension and lifts your spirits. Not only that, but treating people with love, dignity, and respect also allows you to build stronger relationships.
3. See problems as challenges.
The word “problem” is never part of a happy person’s vocabulary. A problem is viewed as a drawback, a struggle, or an unstable situation while a challenge is viewed as something positive like an opportunity, a task, or a dare. Whenever you face an obstacle, try looking at it as a challenge.
4. Express gratitude for what they already have.
There’s a popular saying that goes something like this: “The happiest people don’t have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.” You will have a deeper sense of contentment if you count your blessings instead of yearning for what you don’t have.
My daily mantra? "Thank You". It really works.
5. Dream big.
People who get into the habit of dreaming big are more likely to accomplish their goals than those who don’t. If you dare to dream big, your mind will put itself in a focused and positive state.
6. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Happy people ask themselves, “Will this problem matter a year from now?” They understand that life’s too short to get worked up over trivial situations. Letting things roll off your back will definitely put you at ease to enjoy the more important things in life.
7. Speak well of others.
Being nice feels better than being mean. As fun as gossiping is, it usually leaves you feeling guilty and resentful. Saying nice things about other people encourages you to think positive, non-judgmental thoughts.
8. Never make excuses.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” Happy people don’t make excuses or blame others for their own failures in life. Instead, they own up to their mistakes and, by doing so, they proactively try to change for the better.
9. Get absorbed into the present.
Happy people don’t dwell on the past or worry about the future. They savor the present. They let themselves get immersed in whatever they’re doing at the moment.
Learn to Stop and smell the roses. Appreciate the little things that make you smile.
10. Wake up at the same time every morning.
Have you noticed that a lot of successful people tend to be early risers? Waking up at the same time every morning stabilizes your circadian rhythm, increases productivity, and puts you in a calm and centered state.
11. Avoid social comparison.
Everyone works at his own pace, so why compare yourself to others? If you think you’re better than someone else, you gain an unhealthy sense of superiority. If you think someone else is better than you, you end up feeling bad about yourself. You’ll be happier if you focus on your own progress and praise others on theirs.
12. Choose friends wisely.
Misery loves company. That’s why it’s important to surround yourself with optimistic people who will encourage you to achieve your goals. The more positive energy you have around you, the better you will feel about yourself.
13. Never seek approval from others.
Happy people don’t care what others think of them. They follow their own hearts without letting naysayers discourage them. They understand that it’s impossible to please everyone.
Listen to what people have to say, but never seek anyone’s approval but your own.
14. Take the time to listen.
Talk less; listen more. Listening keeps your mind open to others’ wisdoms and outlooks on the world. The more intensely you listen, the quieter your mind gets, and the more content you feel.
15. Nurture social relationships.
A lonely person is a miserable person. Happy people understand how important it is to have strong, healthy relationships. Always take the time to see and talk to your family, friends, or significant other.
16. Meditate.
Meditating silences your mind and helps you find inner peace. You don’t have to be a zen master to pull it off. Happy people know how to silence their minds anywhere and anytime they need to calm their nerves.
Prayer has the same effect, but avoid asking for things and focus on appreciation.
17. Eat well.
Junk food makes you sluggish, and it’s difficult to be happy when you’re in that kind of state. Everything you eat directly affects your body’s ability to produce hormones, which will dictate your moods, energy, and mental focus. Be sure to eat foods that will keep your mind and body in good shape.
Obviously, since this is a 'Natural Cures' blog, I could run this section on for days, but for starters: Drop processed sugars from your diet immediately. Substitute organic honey and/or Stevia for that bleached poison you've been putting in your coffee.
Then, learn to like the taste of lemon juice in your water. With a pinch of Ginger in a glass of warm water first thing every morning, this simple formula will begin to make a huge difference in how you feel and function each day.
18. Exercise.
Studies have shown that exercise raises happiness levels just as much as Zoloft does. Exercising also boosts your self-esteem and gives you a higher sense of self-accomplishment.
19. Live minimally.
Happy people rarely keep clutter around the house because they know that extra belongings weigh them down and make them feel overwhelmed and stressed out. Some studies have concluded that Europeans are a lot happier than Americans are, which is interesting because they live in smaller homes, drive simpler cars, and own fewer items.
20. Tell the truth.
Lying stresses you out, corrodes your self-esteem, and makes you unlikeable. The truth will set you free. Being honest improves your mental health and builds others’ trust in you. Always be truthful, and never apologize for it.
21. Establish personal control.
Happy people have the ability to choose their own destinies. They don’t let others tell them how they should live their lives. Being in complete control of one’s own life brings positive feelings and a great sense of self-worth.
22. Accept what cannot be changed.
Once you accept the fact that life is not fair, you’ll be more at peace with yourself. Instead of obsessing over how unfair life is, just focus on what you can control and change it for the better.
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Are You With The Right Partner? { The answer may Shock you! }


During a seminar, a woman asked,
" How do I know if I am with the right person?"

    Here's the answer from this genuinely insightful speaker.

Every relationship has a cycle…

  In the beginning; you fall in love with your partner. You anticipate their calls,
want their touch, and like their idiosyncrasies.

  Falling in love wasn't hard. In fact, it was a completely natural and spontaneous experience. You didn't have to DO anything. That's why it's called "falling" in love.

People in love sometimes say, "I was swept off my feet."

 Picture the expression. It implies that you were just standing there; doing nothing, and then something happened TO you.

Falling in love is a passive and spontaneous experience.

  But after a few months or years of being together, the euphoria of love fades.
  It's a natural cycle of EVERY relationship.

Slowly but surely, phone calls become a bother (if they come at all), touch is not always welcome (when it happens), and your spouse's idiosyncrasies, instead of being cute, begin to drive you nuts.

  The symptoms of this stage vary with every relationship; you will notice a dramatic difference between the initial stage when you were in love and a much duller or even angry subsequent stage.

At this point, you and/or your partner might start asking, "Am I with the right person?"     

 And as you reflect on the euphoria of the love you once had, you may begin to desire that experience with someone else.
  This is when relationships begin to breakdown.

The key to succeeding in a relationship is not finding the right person;

  It's learning to love the person you found.

People blame their partners for their unhappiness and look outside for fulfillment. Extramarital fulfillment comes in all shapes and sizes.

Infidelity is the most common. But sometimes people turn to work, a hobby, friendship, excessive TV, or abusive substances. But the answer to this dilemma does NOT lie outside your relationship. It lies within it.

I'm not saying that you couldn't fall in love with someone else...You could.

  And temporarily you'd feel better.
  ...But you'd be in the exact same situation a few years later. 
Same play, but with a slight change in cast.

Because (listen carefully to this):

The key to succeeding in a Relationship is not finding the right person; 
   The key is learning to love the Person you found.

SUSTAINING love is not a passive or spontaneous experience.
  You have to work on it day in and day out.

  It takes time, effort, and energy. And most importantly, it demands WISDOM. You have to know WHAT TO DO to make it work. Make no mistake about it.

Love is NOT a mystery. There are specific things you can do (with or without your partner), Just as there are physical laws Of the universe (such as gravity), there are also laws for relationships. If you know how to apply these laws, the results are predictable.

Love is therefore a "decision". Not just a feeling.

Remember this always:

 God determines who walks into your life. 
  It is up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let GO! ♥

 ≈ the Reverend J.B. "Pop" Stran 

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Stran Photography: Life Secrets #3: Happiness Pursued

Stran Photography: Life Secrets #3: Happiness Pursued: Life Secrets Your grandfather Should Have Told You  #3:  Happiness pursued Maybe you've heard it before, but the simple truth is this...

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

SpiceRack Superman: Turmeric


 Quietly waiting in your spice rack, collecting dust in the spices/baking section of your local market, Turmeric is one of those simple and oft-overlooked Super foods that, much like Cinnamon, should be a regular part of your diet.

  The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Turmeric has been used for over 2500 years in India, where it was most likely first used as a dye.

 The medicinal properties of this spice have been slowly revealing themselves over the centuries.
 Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent research has revealed that turmeric is a natural wonder, proving beneficial in the treatment of many different health conditions from cancer to Alzheimer's disease.

Here are a few good reasons to add turmeric to your diet:

1. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.

2. When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.

3. Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.

4. May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.

5. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.

6. Is a natural liver detoxifier.

7. May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.

8. May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.

9. It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.

10. Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.

11. Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.

12. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.

13. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.

14. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

15. Boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.

16. Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer.

17. Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple myeloma.

18. Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.

19. Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.

20. May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

Turmeric can be taken in powder or pill form. It is available in pill form in most health food stores, usually in 250-500mg capsules.

WOW!  Who Knew, right?

 Here's one last personal favorite:
  Having trouble sleeping? Tossing & turning?
     Mix about an eighth of a teaspoon of turmeric into a half-glass of warm/cool and down this at bedtime.  You will sleep like a baby with NO groggy side effects!

*  Nursing a head-cold last week, I was losing sleep and tried a sip of Nyquil. I slept a few hours, but woke sweaty in the middle of the night and T&T'd the rest.
 Not very restful, but they didn't lie: You will sleep...but just until the alcohol effect wears off in 3-4 hours.
 Last night I remembered the turmeric trick and did a ¼ tsp in a few sips of water.
  I slept a full 7 hours and woke up feeling Great!
Not only did I get the best sleep in 3 days, my cold is finally under control. (it's amazing what a good night's sleep can accomplish.)

So, this little story is the reason for today's post.
 Having just been reminded of the Turmeric trick for sleep, I figured it was time to open your eyes to this little miracle worker sitting in your kitchen.

 Be Well,

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