The Secret of Bliss

Research indicates that smiling has a very positive effect on how we feel. Smiling releases feel-good neurotransmitters in our brain that make us feel happy. I discovered that the more I expressed gratitude for everything, the more I naturally smiled, and that smiling is contagious! Recently I was in a market and I noticed people smiling at me. At first I did

Contributor: Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

One of the things I’ve learned to do is follow the directions my guidance gives to me. This has led me to have an amazing life that I love. But since I know that there is always more to learn, I’m always asking my guidance to tell me what else she wants me to focus on.

Awhile ago, she gave me three instructions that I want to share with you, because over time they have brought me deep and sustained joy and bliss!

Let go of all Background Negativity

I had thought that I had released all the negativity of my wounded self, but my guidance told me that there was still some quiet subtle negativity going on, and that I needed to tune into it any time I felt anything less than joy. I was actually shocked to discover that the negativity was mostly minor complaints, such as, “I don’t feel like un-stacking the dishwasher right now,” or “I wish I had more time today to work on my new book.” Even these minor complaints were lowering my frequency and taking away some of my joy. As soon as I became aware of these background complaints, I consciously stopped them, and replaced them with gratitude, which was the second instruction she gave me.

Consistent Gratitude – Out Loud

I have been focusing on gratitude for a long time, but she told me I still wasn’t doing it enough – that I needed to do it out-loud for every little thing, such as, “Thank you that I have a dishwasher to un-stack and that I’m able-bodied so I can do it,” and “Thank you that I’ve been contracted to write a new book that I’m so excited about!” She clearly told me that I needed to feel the gratitude within my heart and soul – to the point where saying it brought me the kind of joy that makes me smile – which was the third instruction she gave me.

Smile!

Research indicates that smiling has a very positive effect on how we feel. Smiling releases feel-good neurotransmitters in our brain that make us feel happy. I discovered that the more I expressed gratitude for everything, the more I naturally smiled, and that smiling is contagious! Recently I was in a market and I noticed people smiling at me. At first I didn’t know why they were, but then I realized that smiling had become so habitual to me that they were returning my smile!

Manifestation: It’s About Paying Attention to Your Feelings

The reason Step 1 of Inner Healing involves being present in your body with your feelings is because this is how you know the minute you are allowing any negativity from your wounded self to limit your peace, joy and ability to manifest. Spirit always wants to help us manifest our heart’s desire, but it can’t when we are allowing our wounded self to lower our frequency too low. By staying present with your feelings, you can instantly notice any negativity, and shift into gratitude.

You won’t know the power of this until you are willing to try it. While I experienced much joy before my guidance gave me these directions, the joy I’m experiencing now is over the top! Recently, Dr. Erika Chopich asked me what I was doing that made me so happy and my answer was, “I’m following directions!” She laughed and said, “What directions?” After I explained it to her, she suggested that I write an article on it, so here it is.

I hope you follow these directions!

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. is the best-selling author and co-author of eight books, including “Do I Have To Give Up Me To Be Loved By You?” and “Healing Your Aloneness.” She is the co-creator of the powerful Inner Bonding® healing process. Learn Inner Bonding now! Visit her web site for a FREE Inner Bonding course: http://www.innerbonding.com or email her at margaret@innerbonding.com. Phone sessions available.

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One Rule to Live Longer, Look Younger and Be Healthier

So ageing, extending life and improving health (and looks!) at an old age… It seems science has gone right back to basics on this one. And there is one simple principle that emerges time and again with every study on longevity: eat less.

Contributor: Vyara Bridgeman

 

My starting point for this article is this: there are no right models but some models are useful. In other words, nothing is hard and fast in science. Our understanding evolves all the time, and with that the world around us evolves as well. And I am not necessarily saying that evolving our understanding means we understand more. Sometime we simply get to a point where we realize that we don’t understand anything. And those can be pivotal points as they make us go back to basics and start all over again.

So ageing, extending life and improving health (and looks!) at an old age… It seems science has gone right back to basics on this one. And there is one simple principle that emerges time and again with every study on longevity: eat less.

Now, there are two main ways to go about eating less. Suppose you settle on reducing your caloric intake down to X calories per day. (NB: I don’t know how much X should be for you – that will depend on body weight, physical exertion, etc.) One way to eat those X calories daily would be to distribute them throughout the entire day over frequent but small portion meals. Conversely, you can eat the same amount of calories during an 8 hour window (i.e. eat fewer but bigger meals) and fast for 16 hours. The latter strategy is called intermittent fasting and the scientific literature at the moment says that that’s the way to go, if you want to live longer, look better and feel healthier.

Thus, researchers from the University of Alabama conducted a study with a small group of obese men with prediabetes. They compared a form of intermittent fasting called “early time-restricted feeding,” where all meals were fit into an early eight-hour period of the day (7 am to 3 pm), or spread out over 12 hours (between 7 am and 7 pm). After five weeks, the eight-hours group had dramatically lower insulin levels and significantly improved insulin sensitivity, as well as significantly lower blood pressure. And the best part – the eight-hours group also had significantly decreased appetite.

Another study compared the effect of consuming one afternoon meal per day for 8 weeks and reported 4.1% weight loss in comparison to an isocaloric diet consumed as three meals per day. One meal per day was also associated with reductions in fasting glucose, and improvements in LDL- and HDL-cholesterol.

I can go on citing other studies. Many of them are on rats, where intermittent fasting conclusively extends life and health-span by at least 10 percent (which, by the way, in rat world means many years). But I want to bring this discussion back to basics, which was my starting premise. Recall that in every religion some form of fasting is an important practice. You think that’s for religious purposes per se? And you think it’s a coincidence that all religions recommend incorporating some fasting regiment? I would think not. My guess is people have always intuitively known what’s best for them. And this intuitive knowledge is reflected in religion texts which sort of act like manuals for wholesome living. Indeed, if you followed spiritual teachings (e.g. love unconditionally, forgive, be compassionate, let go and surrender, don’t overeat, etc.), you might live longer and healthier (of course provided you threw away the institutional “religious” crap that got over-imposed to serve the ego purposes of the upper classes). Now science comes along and says the same thing that religions preached for centuries – intermittent fasting seems to trigger repair processes in the body which, in turn, increase health, improve looks, and extend life. Isn’t that interesting!

Vyara Bridgeman is an Advanced Certified BodyTalk practitioner who works with patients from all over the world suffering a variety of physical, mental and emotional conditions. To find out more about Vyara’s BodyTalk practice, what her clients say about her, and how she can help you achieve a balanced body-mind, visit: http://www.BodyTalk4Life.com

 

Your Telephone Message Says A Lot About You

Those were the early days when you could have fun with your answering machine. It was so new that most people didn’t have them and so it was a novelty to hear an electronic device taking down your message. Nowadays, it’s serious business and it says a lot about you. It especially says a lot about the business you are representing.

Contributor: Connie H. Deutsch

Most people record their outgoing message without realizing what it says about them. In the old days, waaay long before voice mail, when telephone answering machines first came into being, I was one of those people who didn’t realize what my message said about me.

My very first outgoing message played upon the image of a happy dog wagging his tail and I recorded it in a perky voice. It said: “Hi, there. I hate to brag but this machine is so intelligent it thinks it’s human. When it hears your voice, it becomes so excited that its recording tape goes into action. It has such a wonderful memory that just by a flip of a switch it repeats your whole conversation word for word. Where else can you get such an enthusiastic response? Try it . . . you’ll like it. At the sound of the tone, leave your name, telephone number, and message, and be recorded for posterity.”

I got a lot of comments about my message. One day, I answered my phone and a man said, “Oh, I didn’t want to speak to you; I just wanted to hear your outgoing message.” I offered to hang up and let him hear the message but he declined.

Another call I received was from a newspaper reporter wanting to do a story on my answering machine’s message. This time I declined. And still, another incident was when my friend and I were waiting in line to be seated at a restaurant and I was telling her about the comments I was getting on my outgoing message. A man who was standing behind me tapped me on the shoulder and asked me to tell him what my message said.

Those were the early days when you could have fun with your answering machine. It was so new that most people didn’t have them and so it was a novelty to hear an electronic device taking down your message. Nowadays, it’s serious business and it says a lot about you. It especially says a lot about the business you are representing.

Not too long ago, I called a company during business hours and I got a recorded message that said, “Please leave your name and number and I’ll call you back at my earliest convenience.”

My first reaction was, “WHAT??” So I dialed the long distance number a second time to be sure I was hearing the message correctly. I couldn’t imagine a company’s outgoing message saying that they would return my call at THEIR earliest convenience, so I called the number a third time. And, yes, I had heard it correctly the first and second times; it did say that my call would be returned at THEIR earliest convenience.

That outgoing message said a lot about the company. I hung up and placed my order with another company.

Author’s Bio

Connie H. Deutsch is an internationally known business consultant and personal advisor who has a keen understanding of human nature and is a natural problem-solver. She has counseled people who have OCD for more than 40 years,

Connie is the author of the books, “Round and Round Goes the Merry-Go-Round: Drugless Therapy for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)” “Whispers of the Soul,” “A Slice of Life,” “Whispers of the Soul for the Rest of Your Life,” “From Where Im Sitting,” “Are You Listening?,” “View from the Sidelines,” “Reaching for the Brass Ring of Life,” “Purple Days and Starry Nights,” “Here and There,” “And Thats How it Goes,” and “The Counseling Effect.” Her website: http://www.conniehdeutsch.com/
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Teaching Children to be Grateful

Life is not fair, and sometimes it’s up to us parents to bring up a child who will be able to appreciate the little, and big things, that life has to offer. Most parents strive to teach their children to be grateful for the small and big things in their lives. True gratitude can be instilled through small principals.

Contributor: Bob Tom

Life is not fair, and sometimes it’s up to us parents to bring up a child who will be able to appreciate the little, and big things, that life has to offer. Most parents strive to teach their children to be grateful for the small and big things in their lives. True gratitude can be instilled through small principals.

Gratitude is having an appreciation for everything you have been blessed with and acknowledging that these small gifts are a blessing, regardless.According to research, when gratitude is instilled in the early ages of our children’s lives it leads to happier lives. This happiness shows at school, at home, and in the relationships they build with their loved ones, as well as their friends.

When a child is taught to be grateful from an early age, this positive characteristic is portrayed even in their adolescence and adulthood. Many people who were not raised to be thankful from a tender age tend to struggle with the concept, especially when they reach adulthood. So, how can you teach children to be appreciative of all things in their lives – big or small?

Teach by Action

One of the simplest ways to teach your child to be grateful is by exercising the same concept yourself. Children, from an early age, tend to mold their behaviors based on how they see grownups behaving. “Grownup” here means parents, relatives, teachers, and any other adult that your child has constant interactions with.

Have you ever heard the term “practice what you preach?” This is one of those occasions where it’s advisable to show your little ones that you not only expect them to exercise this act, but you are willing to do the same.

Raising children requires patience, kindness, compassion, responsibility, and the list goes on. When we practice this, our kids absorb it. Leading by example is the finest and hardest lesson in raising good people. Giving one’s self to a higher purpose, such as teaching gratitude, is one of the best things we can do for our little ones when they are at a tender and impressionable age.

A simple way to achieve this is by introducing a family routine where everyone sits down on a daily basis and says what they are thankful for, regardless of how small. This will eventually set the wheels in motion and hopefully, show your children that there is much in this world to always be appreciative of.

Spread Love

There is no better way to teach your kids about love than by caring for those around you. Being generous with what little you have allows your kid to start being considerate of others’ feelings, and not just their own. Encourage your young one to share with the less fortunate or their friends. Instead of always considering what they would want for Christmas, why not encourage them to also think of other presents they would like to give to the people they love?

We all want to give our kids everything they want, but sometimes buying everything for them can cause more harm than good. You need to teach them to value what they receive without expecting more. If your child winds up having as many toys as they please, they will not appreciate their possessions. They will always want something shinier and newer because they have been brought up with the notion that all they need to do is point and it’s theirs.

Depending on their age, your young one can start giving back to the community. Make helping a community part of your family activity. Start volunteering at a nursing home, at homeless shelters, etc. When your children start interacting with those who are less fortunate, those with health problems, they will begin to be appreciative of small things such as their health, their family, their home, which they would have otherwise taken for granted.

Another lovely tradition to introduce would be encouraging your children to donate their old toys to charity. Perhaps instill a “one in, one out” policy where, if they are to get a new toy, then they’ll have to part with an old one. Children tend to form tight bonds with their toys so that this lesson can be very educational for them.

Instead of just donating these old toys to charity via mail, why not take your child with you to a charity home where they will be able to see first-hand the joys their old toys bring to a less fortunate child? This lesson will not only teach gratitude but compassion as well.

Let Them Work for It

You need your kin to understand that things don’t just magically appear when they want them. An excellent way to instill this is by letting them earn their rewards. Start distributing simple chores for their allowance.

Teach them to save up for what they want and only then can they buy it – this will educate them about money and its value. It’ll also enable them to care for their possessions and appreciate what they have. This lesson will also allow them to get a realistic perspective on what their parents do them.

Encourage “Thank-You” Notes

Sending handwritten ‘thank-you’ notes is a dying profession and one that we think children should be encouraged to participate in. When your kid receives gifts, parents should help them to send out thank-you notes to every single person who bought them a present.

This doesn’t only have to be practiced when gifts are involved. Encourage them to give thanks to their teachers, their pediatricians, family members, etc. – there are tons of opportunities for your child to recognize a kind gesture and be thankful for it. If they start young, this habit will become a part of them as they transition into adulthood.

The Glass is Always Half Full

It’s human nature sometimes to view the world in a negative perspective. Many of us complain and despair about small matters (this is very normal), but it can be helpful if, as a parent, you could perhaps try and always find a silver lining. Teach your child/children to find something positive in every circumstance.

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Physical Activities for Dog

Everyone wants their pets to be fit and healthy. As wonderful as dogs can be, they are famous for missing the point. Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. There are many games and exercises that can contribute to the fitness of your pets. These activities will not only make them fit, but will also bring an excitement in both of yours lives.

Contributor: Ronak Jain

Everyone wants their pets to be fit and healthy. As wonderful as dogs can be, they are famous for missing the point. Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. There are many games and exercises that can contribute to the fitness of your pets. These activities will not only make them fit, but will also bring an excitement in both of yours lives.

Walk With The Dog – Instead of walking your dog, have your dog walk you. Go wherever your dog goes. It can be great exercise for you as well. You can also go for runs, which can increase your as well as the dog’s stamina.

Tracking Clues – Not all dogs are tracking breeds, but just about any dog can participate in the sport of tracking, a competitive event for dogs and handlers. A scent trail is laid out hours before competition. Numerous clues are left for the dog to follow through and something as a reward is placed at the end of the trails.

Playing With Other Dogs – The best form of activity is the one where dogs can naturally move their body. Playing with fellow dogs can be one of them. They’ll not only exercise but also enjoy the time.

Teaching Fun Behaviours – Mental exercises are always the best. You can teach your dog exercises like high-fiving or bowing or command by hand. After obedience commands have been taught, cognitive challenges tend to drop off.

Dancing With Your Dog – A dance routine can really cheer you and your dog up. This can energize you and your dog as you both dance away to your favourite tunes.

Indoor Agility – You can set up a makeshift agility course in your house with things like chairs and broom poles (jumps), a mat (for a makeshift pause table), cones or boxes (weave poles), and blankets over the space between the couch and the coffee table (tunnel). Or you can buy an indoor agility set. Either way, it is very useful.

Hide and seek – You can have great fun playing hide and seek with your dog. Put your dog in stay until you can hide and then call him to find you. It can also enhance the dog’s mental abilities.

Stairs – One of the most effective exercise for your dog indoors. Make it go up and down the stairs to burn those extra calories.

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Child Adoptions, What to Expect

When people are not able to have children of their own, biologically, they may resort to child adoption. Also, there may be other people who adopt children who have been neglected or are orphan, just so they can provide them with a family that is helpful and affectionate. Regardless of the reason behind adoptions, it is not a decision to be taken lightly and needs to be carefully thought about.

Contributor: John Rammon

When people are not able to have children of their own, biologically, they may resort to child adoption. Also, there may be other people who adopt children who have been neglected or are orphan, just so they can provide them with a family that is helpful and affectionate. Regardless of the reason behind adoptions, it is not a decision to be taken lightly and needs to be carefully thought about.

Are You Ready To Adopt?

When you adopt children, you assume the liabilities for them, which besides giving you legal rights also makes you the legal parent. You are then fully responsible for the emotional and physical well-being of the child. Whether you are a couple or assume such a responsibility as an individual, it makes it incumbent on you to ensure that you’re ready for this. Before you decide, you need to also make sure that you’re financially and mentally capable of bringing up the child.

Child adoption is a process that can take a long time and prove discouraging at times. Many regulations and rules have to be taken into consideration. It is a process that can also prove draining, both financially and mentally. You, therefore, need to prepare yourself so that you can take on all the difficulties that the process of adoption will bring.

Child Adoption And the Law

Every state has its own laws governing adoptions. Learn about the ones in your own state before you start the process, as well as the ones in the state from which you intend to adopt. This will enable you to see that you comply with laws in both states. If the adoption is from another country than the US, the complications just get aggravated. You will have to look at the laws and rules in the country you are adopting from, as well as ensure that you have complied with those of the state and federal laws in the United States.

Adoption can be done in a number of ways. Find an adoption attorney or look at public and private agencies that do arrange adoption. In the United States, it is also possible to look at adopting children through the foster care system.

The judge’s consent in a court is a must for child adoption to be settled. The judge bases his or her decision on the permission given by the birth parents, and also auditing information about both the child and the prospective adoptive parents. This at times may involve a home study process.

The Challenges Of Adoptive Parents

As a new parent you will face the challenge of having the youngster accept their new family and home. At some point you will also need to inform the child about being adopted and part with information about his/her natural parents. These children, quite often have particular emotional and physical requirements, which the adoptive parents need to provide for. That’s another challenge you – as adoptive parent – you will have to deal with.

The decision to adopt a child can be difficult to make as a parent, but it ultimately brings a lot of bliss and satisfaction to adoptive parents. The child in turn, is assured a safe home with parents who are affectionate.

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Is Homeschooling Worth It

Are you considering homeschooling your child?

You might consider some pros and cons that may help you think more clearly about your child’s future.

Contributor: Jamilia Maroof

Are you considering homeschooling your child?

You might consider some pros and cons that may help you think more clearly about your child’s future.

PROS:-

The advantage of homeschooling kids is that they are free to learn whatever they want depending upon the curriculum their parents have designed for them. They are in a learning phase the whole day but in an interesting way. If we say this way that the parents would be able to teach them theoretically, as well as by giving them examples, or making that practice in their daily routines, and adopt that learning turning it into an exciting way of learning.

The family can make trips to different educational places whenever they want, not worrying about the time as well as they can go to vacations without an interruption of the school schedule. Older kids can be given different tasks during their vacations like budgeting for the family and choose the hotels and meals. They can also be given the task of road mapping and geography skills by telling them about the places they pass by.

Children who are very sensitive are protected in the home environment from bullies and can be protected from negative influences and are surrounded by loving family giving the child the right influence and positive environment. It can be effective to eliminate the stress of their kid if he is ridiculed and bullied. The kid should be taken out of the school for a certain period of time. If it is a serious case and the situation is getting worst day by day, then the parents are left with no choice and have to decide to get their kid out of the toxic environment and home school them for sometime.

It is most beneficial for a child who easily gets distracted and the children who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The parents’ homeschooling these children would know their needs and could handle them more effectively as compared to the school. The parents can manage the time and eliminate the distractions that interfere with the child’s concentration. Parents can give them tasks to be done in fixed time and then give them small breaks depending upon the child’s response. The thing is that the child gets full attention by their parents and parents get to know their children better and have a better understanding of their behavior.

Children with learning disabilities can be homeschooled so that they do not feel left behind their class fellows and so that their self-confidence and self-esteem is not damaged. Let’s take an example of a child suffering from dyslexia that impacts his learning and decoding of words. He is uncomfortable going to school due to this condition. So, he can be homeschooled and his schedule can be designed in a unique way that suits his learning style and by discovering his strengths help him grow as a competitive individual.

CONS:-

The first problem that has to be considered is no matter how the parents design the schedule and try to give their kids the best education, they cannot meet the standards that a professional institute can give their child and the way the professional teachers convey the lecture. The child gets to interact not only with the fellow students, but he also interacts with the different teachers and the surroundings. In the break hours, he is able to play with different children provided a large playground for their outdoor activities.

The child follows a schedule and learns to get to the school at school timings on daily basis. He knows that he has to wake up early in the morning and then has no choice but to sleep early in the night, completing his homework on time. Indirectly he is learning time management by managing school timings, his homework, and time spent at home with his siblings and extracurricular activities. He is spending hours in the school so he gets to see different people and interacts with different surroundings, so he is not seeing his parents and siblings the whole day and get bored.

The kid learns to live with other children with different backgrounds, learn to share their things their ideas, and their perspectives. Unlike homeschooling where parents teach their children what’s right according to their beliefs and what they want their child to know. Here the child has no option but to follow their parents’ beliefs.

The kid has different opportunities to participate in different activities he is interested in like sports, writing, debate competition, speeches, arts, and many other creative activities. He has a motivation to compete with others and a competition to win. While in homeschooling the kid has no one to compete with him leading him to lack of motivation.

In my opinion, homeschooling is a good option for those kids who are physically or mentally challenged and they have difficulty coping up with other class fellows and feel left behind others. Otherwise I think the kids facing bullies should not be homeschooled for a long time on this basis, rather this situation should be handled in a different way by talking to the school management or changing the school, not by isolating them from the society because in future they have to face the society and it is better if they learn now how to cope up with such situations. Secondly, If children are homeschooled on this perception that the parents are protecting them from the negative environment, then they should think that for how long can they protect them from the evils of society? Someday their kids are going to have to encounter people and face the outer world.

Think about it! Take a while and make the right decision for your child.

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How to Focus on the Positive Qualities of Your Relationship

The quality of your life has a strong connection with how healthy your relationship with other people is. Do you struggle to make other people see things your way? Well stop trying, because you can’t manipulate others. Why? Well, just like you, they are operating from their own map of the world. What you CAN do is develop a habit of paying attention to the positive aspects of your relationship.

Contributor: Sonia Devine

The quality of your life has a strong connection with how healthy your relationship with other people is. Do you struggle to make other people see things your way? Well stop trying, because you can’t manipulate others. Why? Well, just like you, they are operating from their own map of the world. What you CAN do is develop a habit of paying attention to the positive aspects of your relationship.

If you are distressed by your relationships, then you need to change the way in which you react to the behaviour of others. If you hold a belief that you will only be happy when the other person changes, it’s time to get real, because: The Buck Stops With You.

Think about someone in your life; Are you paying attention to the qualities you think that person is lacking? For example, maybe you think: “If only he was tidier, more attentive to me, more loving, etc.”? Whatever you put your attention on expands. If you only notice the things that annoy you about others, or if you focus on what you think they are not doing right, then you will only experience more of the behaviour that you are trying to avoid!

Try this exercise:
Think about this specific person, and write down the qualities you admire in them. Take the time to remember what drew you to them in the first place. Maybe they are great at making you laugh. They could be a good listener, or have a talent for organising things and events. Whatever you like about this person, write it onto a list! And then look at this list every day.

By doing this, you shift your subconscious attention onto the positive aspects of the relationship and you will start to experience even more of these qualities that you like! Your relationship will improve and the other person will start to become more loving, open and receptive towards you as well.

What About Those Things You Don’t Like?
Okay, then. What really annoys you about others? Do you get upset by arrogant people? Or maybe people who cannot be assertive really make your blood boil. Whatever it is that bothers you, you must understand this:We criticize in others the very qualities that we dislike most about ourselves

We are all connected to a Universal consciousness. When you look at another person, you are also looking at a version of yourself. Learn to see yourself in the reflection of others, and you will become more tolerant of what you see as their negative qualities. And remember, other people, are always a mirror to you.

If you want a great relationship, you need to pay attention to the way you react to people. And most importantly, treat others as you would like to be treated. You have the ability to create a happy, fulfilling relationship, and if you learn to see yourself in others, you will find yourself becoming more and more open to experiencing the good qualities those people.

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Sonia Devine is a qualified professional hypnotherapist and success coach with a caring and committed approach to healing, who lives in Melbourne, Australia. You can find more of her information on attracting wealth, self image, love, relationships, phobias and much more on her website Manifest Your Success

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Family Who Eat Together Experience Success Together

Children need an opportunity at home to communicate their frustration, accomplishments and memories. Family conversations help combat a number of problems faced by today’s youth including loneliness, overuse of social media, and low grades. The efforts to spend time together as a family for dinner has many benefits that should not be overlooked.

Contributor: Reed Markham

Our family has a dinner tradition that began when I was a child. At a preset time, we turn off the technology – television set, iPad, video games, and computers. And we each do our part in preparing for the meal. The tasks usually include emptying the dishwasher, setting the table, and preparing the food. We enjoy our meal and pleasant dinner conversation. At the end of the meal, each of us assists with clearing the table and moving the dishes to the sink.

As a child, I lived through the Star Trek era. Life was simpler back then. Dinner time was set at 6 p.m. every day. I was raised with six brothers and one sister. My mother had to prepare large amounts of food that was quickly consumed by my hungry father and brothers. My least favorite foods were red beets and lima beans. Leftover food was saved. The leftovers were combined at the end of the week for a meal we called goulash. I have great memories of interesting dinner conversations.

Do you remember the last time you had dinner together as a family? I came across an interesting study on family dinners from the University of Florida. The researchers found that taking the time to have dinner together as a family at least four times a week has positive effects on child development. The researchers also found that eating dinner together on a regular basis reduces the chance of your child becoming involved in substance abuse. Parents can also monitor the health of a child and make sure they are getting a nutritious meal. Families that eat together have a less obesity and problems with weight.

In my discussion with many parents, family dinners has one of their most cherished memories. I have great memories of my mother spending the time to provide my family members with a delicious home cooked meal. I remember numerous dinner table discussions about school, work, politics, and relationships. Communication skills of family members are increased with this activity. America is moving away from healthy face to face communication. Having family dinners together is worth the sacrifice of time and effort.

It’s often difficult for parents to schedule a time when family can gather together to enjoy a meal. Take control of your household technology. Today’s families have many technological distractions – from video games to countless hours spent on Facebook. Some researchers say that the average student spends over an hour a day on some form of social media including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Recent studies indicate that teenagers spent about nine hours a day on some form of media. Some families struggle with children checking their cell phones while eat a meal.I highly recommend a no technology zone during dinner time. The no technology zone would include television, cell phones, tablets, computers and video game players.

Family dinners can provide a boost to your child’s self-esteem. Many children suffer from low self-esteem. The average child in school today will receive over 200.000 negative messages by the time they reach their eighteen birthday. Children need an opportunity at home to communicate their frustration, accomplishments and memories. Family conversations help combat a number of problems faced by today’s youth including loneliness, overuse of social media, and low grades. The efforts to spend time together as a family for dinner has many benefits that should not be overlooked.

Reed Markham is a speech communication professor at Daytona State College.

What is your favorite family meal memory?

In Sickness and In Wealth

Less than 5% of Americans have at least $3000 in savings and no debt. It is no wonder that most consumers struggle with saving money or grasping the concept of building wealth. We are mentally flogged with television and radio commercials, newspaper and magazine ads, billboards, signs, posters and even conversations. Whatever the method, it all serves one main purpose – to take your money and make it theirs.

Contributor: Tom Justice

For Starters
When asked to name an effective way of obtaining wealth, a common answer is: “Invest”. What is the problem with this answer? Well, the majority of respondents have very little or no money in their savings account. I see the beginning of wealth building in a different light. A saying that almost everyone knows but nearly no one applies is: “A penny saved is a penny earned”. In today’s culture it is definitely much easier to spend money than it is to save it. The average American is exposed to 247 advertisements in one day! Less than 5% of Americans have at least $3000 in savings and no debt. It is no wonder that most consumers struggle with saving money or grasping the concept of building wealth. We are mentally flogged with television and radio commercials, newspaper and magazine ads, billboards, signs, posters and even conversations. Whatever the method, it all serves one main purpose – to take your money and make it theirs.

Unveiling the Mystery
So with all those statistics and all that advertising, how in the world is it possible to build wealth? Well consider yourself ahead of the game already. By reading this article you are opening your mind to ideas and concepts which could help you to begin the process which is more than can be said for most people out there. A house starts with a single brick and the same is true with wealth building. You have to start with what you can and keep adding to it.

Why not jump in to stocks, mutual funds or other investments right off the bat? Life will continue to happen whether you plan for it or not. So plan for it. You must start with a lump sum of money in your savings account which has been referred to as an “emergency savings”. A good figure for this is $1,000. You MUST pay your savings first, before anything else. If you do not, your savings will not grow (or it may not happen at all). This extra money will act as a soft landing for any financial falls that can and will occur while you pay down other debts that are road blocking your way to building wealth. You must realize though; this money is first priority but can not be touched – ONLY for emergencies. By following these 2 steps:1) Stocking up your savings with $1,000 and then
2) Eliminating extra debts (with great fervor), you will prepare yourself for a much easier road to building wealth.Making it Happen
You have to take action now or this whole savings thing will not happen. First, get a savings account. If you have one, find out what the interest rate is. Many have something like 0.25% to 1% (WHOOPEE!). Remember that you are not trying to make all your money in interest right now but since the money is going to sit you may as well look around. It is possible to land up to a 3-5% interest rate. Another option is a money market account to get a good rate although restrictions sometimes apply for things like early withdrawal fees and keeping a minimum amount in the account at all times. Secondly, as I stated earlier, take your savings off the top on payday. You have to make a painful change as well though. You may have to sacrifice some things to get that initial $1,000. This could mean no eating out or temporarily cutting out an expensive hobby. You also might want to try changing your phone company or downgrading your cable package. I hate this next idea but it is for a good cause: Drop your credit card payments below the minimum (JUST FOR NOW). Anyway, you get the idea. Cut some here – cut some there. Now, take all the figures you cut and add them together.  This is what you will put in to your savings account until you reach $1,000. See, when the average person feels like they are getting ahead or even staying even, a setback occurs and sends everything spiraling downward. This is the hard part of building wealth and it is just the beginning (the first brick). However, without this extra money in savings you will tread water until you eventually drown, so stop thinking about it and start acting on it today.

Author Bio
Tom Justice is the webmaster for Clean Credit Online and does all the designing, marketing, SEO and maintenance for the site. He has a passion for personal finance and how the economy and consumers are affected by money.

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