Friday, October 24 , 2014


It has been said that a lot of physical pain starts in the mind. "Positive thinking" seems like a pat solution to pain and illness, but we believe good thoughts really do help the body heal. We love affirmations! Here's what to do...

Start by assigning an appropriate affirmation to yourself. Write it down on an index card (or type it into your smartphone), and read it over and over—at least seven times in a row, out loud if possible—time and time again throughout the day. Think about the meaning of it, and when you say it, mean it. But even if you memorize it and then just say it by rote, it will make a proper impression on your subconscious.

Here's an example: I walk through life with joy and ease.

Once you have a better understanding of how deeply affected you are by your words and thoughts, you can create your own affirmations by pinpointing your physical problem and the underlying cause of it.


For back pain: I let go of the fear that is causing my back to tense up and replace it with a relaxed, secure feeling.

For headaches: I am wonderful! I love and appreciate myself. There is no reason for my head to ache.

For a cough or cold: I am relaxed and surrounded by positive energy as my body heals itself.

It's free, it's safe...and it works!

For more healing affirmations, visit FreeAffirmations.org/affirmations-for-health

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Wednesday, May 28 , 2014

Sock in Your Mouth?

Do you need to give a speech, a toast or a special presentation? Or is it time to make that life-changing request? Congrats, special person! Here's what to do to avoid that nervous, icky dry mouth that'll make your talk all sketchy.

When it's time to make that all-important speech—or pop that critical question—you want to seem calm and sound confident. That's hard to do when your mouth is dry.

First, what not to drink: Avoid cold beverages. Cold drinks will fix your dry mouth, but they tend to tighten up your already-tense throat. Don’t drink coffee…it might wake you up, but it will dehydrate your mouth and throat. Stay away from milk or cream. Dairy drinks can create phlegm, which will give you a slight gargle when you raise your voice (yikes!).

Here’s what to drink or eat: Warm tea is your best bet. Ginger tea is the very best, if you have time to make it the morning before your big talk. Also, eat a nice, crisp apple, which will hydrate your mouth and make it feel great.

If you don’t have ginger or can’t get to an apple and your mouth is dry as a bone, gently chew your tongue. In less than 20 seconds, you’ll manufacture all the saliva you’ll need to end your dry mouth. Good luck!

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Monday, April 01 , 2013

Laughter Burns Calories

When you’re crashed out in front of the television and can’t decide whether to watch a comedy or a drama, pick the comedy. In a recent study at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, researchers found that study participants who watched TV shows that made them laugh burned 20% more calories than nonlaughers. They calculated that laughing for 10 to 15 minutes a day could burn about 50 extra calories. Studies have also shown that laughter activates the immune system, lowers blood pressure and reduces stress hormones. So share a laugh with someone today for good health!

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Thursday, December 27 , 2012

Your Personal Stress Relief Go-to Kit

If planning and enjoying the holidays has left you frazzled, take this advice from a therapist: Make your own stress relief kit. Gather your favorite, familiar objects, including an object for each of the senses: a smooth stone to touch, a sachet to smell, flavorful gum to taste, a beloved photo to look at and a mantra to read aloud. You will feel relaxed all over.

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Tuesday, December 25 , 2012

Christmas Pearls of Wisdom

“To your enemy, forgiveness.

To an opponent, tolerance.

To a friend, your heart.

To a customer, service.

To all, charity.

To every child, a good example.

To yourself, respect.”

Oren Arnold–novelist, journalist and humorist


Merry Christmas from our household to yours!

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Monday, November 12 , 2012

A Special Thank You to Those Who Protect Our Freedom

On Veterans Day we honor all men and women of the armed services. Wear a flag lapel pin directly over your heart, or create a window light of white, red and blue votive candles. Or help those who have served our country by contributing to such organizations as the Wounded Warrior Project—visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org for more information.