Emotion always has its roots in the unconscious and manifests itself in the body.
~Irene Claremont de Castillejo
Ellen (Detroit School Kids Sing “Happy”)
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
While some people claim happiness is a choice, depression affects nearly 21 million Americans yearly. Depression can be situational after the death of a spouse or loved one, the loss of a relationship or job, or due to chronic medical problems. Depression can also be linked to a chemical imbalance. As many as 65% of cases of depression and chronic fatigue can be attributed to dehydration. Depression is a serious illness and should not be ignored. One in four women and one in ten man are likely to experience major depression sometime during their lifetime. Unfortunately, 50% of people with depression are not diagnosed or treated. 10% of people suffering from depression commit suicide.
Today will be a great day for you. Today you will be surrounded by love. Today there is no fear. Today there is no anger. Today you seize the day. Today you make a step towards your dreams. Today you can do anything. Today belongs to you. Let love guide the way. Smile. Laugh. Learn. Share the love.~Author Unknown
The guidelines for the diagnosis of depression and other mental disorders can be found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM IV). The tests for diagnosis are usually administered by a physician, social worker, psychologist, or psychiatrist.
“In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions. When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?”
Harvard ~ Mindfulness Training
Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.
Treatment of depression varies from traditional allopathic treatment with pharmaceutical drugs, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) and psychotherapy to exercise, herbal and homeopathic remedies, light therapy for treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), aromatherapy, and massage.
Whatever regimen you and you healthcare professional choose, don’t allow depression or mental illness to go untreated.
If you are having suicidal ideations please tell someone. Nothing is every worth hurting yourself or taking your own life.
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
Smiling not only takes fewer muscles than frowning there are physiological and psychological benefits.
We spend trillions of dollars every year in the U.S. alone trying to boost our health. Between supplements, fitness routines, gyms, and health care it all adds up fast. Yes, into the trillions. There are many ways you can save money and boost your health. There are even a few free things you can do. One of the easiest free means to boost your health, your mood, your longevity, and even your success is to smile.
Smiles do a lot more than simply let the world know you’re happy, but they have to be genuine to get the full effect. Most people can spot a fake smile, even if they can’t say how they know. Fake smiles usually use fewer muscles than genuine smiles, involving muscles around the eyes. Real smiles also creep in slower than the false ones. So, if you have to fake a smile, try to make it as real as possible, think of happy memories or visualize your favorite people and places. It makes a difference in what others see and in how you feel.
Here are 15 reasons to smile, just to name a few.
1 – Lower Heart Rate – Smiling slows the heart and relaxes the body. This lets the heart work without overworking. People who smile and laugh often are less likely to develop heart disease. Smiling reduces blood pressure temporarily too.
2 – Boost Immune System – Smiles help the body relax and this lets the immune system react more quickly and effectively against invaders.
3 – Kill Pain – Smiling and laughter both have been shown to lessen pain. They release endorphins that lift our moods, but many of these act as natural painkillers too.
4 – Longevity – The effects of a good smile extend past just the exterior good looks. People who smile more often live longer too, around 7 years longer than most according to one study. It releases stress, helps the heart, and much more to keep you healthy longer.
5 – Look Younger – Smiles naturally lift the face and in studies have shown to make people look younger, around 3 years younger on average.
6 – Reduce Stress – Stress is a common problem in the modern world that causes a myriad of health problems. Stress relief may be as simple as smiling a little more throughout the day. Smiling releases endorphins that counteract and diminish the stress hormones.
7 – Better Mood – The endorphins do more than kick stress to the curb. Endorphins lift your mood. Feeling down? Slap a smile on your face, even if it isn’t entirely genuine at first, and turn your entire day around with something simple, easy to do, and free.
8 – Increase Productivity – Smiling has been shown to increase productivity while performing tasks. There’s truth to the “whistle while we work” mentality. This also explains why silly internet memes and pictures of cute animals can actually get people motivated and working harder after a few moments of smiling or laughter.
9 – Increase Attention – Stress limits our perceptions and narrows our attention. Our body kicks into fight or flight mode where we can focus only on one of those things. Smiling counteracts this and widens our attention again, opening us back up to multitasking and insights that come from the fringes of our perception and our subconscious.
10 – Encourage Trust – Studies show that we are more trustful of others when they smile and smile genuinely. Trust is an important part of social health when dealing with people, whether they be loved ones or just acquaintances. Seems relationships are truly built on smiles.
11 – Produce Empathy – When we’re embarrassed or caught doing something questionable, often our first response is a smile. This instinct breaks the initial ice of embarrassment, promotes leniency in what others think of us, and engenders a sense of empathy since we’ve all experienced embarrassment and we want to smile along.
12 – Avoid Regret – We smile to avoid feeling bad for not smiling. Sounds weird and circular, but we don’t want to hurt people’s feelings so we smile when someone shares some story about their dog, even if we don’t really care. Studies show that if we don’t smile, we feel regret for failing to do so. This regret brings down our mood and boosts stress hormones.
13 – Contagious – Around 50% of people smile back. This spreads the health benefits throughout those around you and it comes back to you several times as well.
14 – Build Attraction – Smiling makes people more attractive. This seems to be especially true for women. Men are more likely to approach a woman who smiles than one who simply makes eye contact while women aren’t necessarily drawn in by a smile alone.
15 – Earn Success – A smile can appear confident, self-assured, and on top of your work. Those who smile are more likely to earn more money through tips and raises. They are more readily approached with business ideas and offered advancements.
“The night is the hardest time to be alive and 4am knows all my secrets.”
~ Poppy Z. Brite
“One of the most simple but important reasons technology affects our sleep is cognitive stimulation,” says Mark Rosekind, PhD, former director of the Fatigue Countermeasures Program at the NASA Ames Research Center and president and chief scientist at the scientific consulting firm Alertness Solutions.
As your brain revs up, its electrical activity increases and neurons start to race — the exact opposite of what should be happening before sleep. A second reason has to do with your body: The physical act of responding to a video game or even an email makes your body tense, explains Rosekind. As you get stressed, your body can go into a “fight or flight” response, and as a result, cortisol, a stress hormone produced by the adrenal gland, is released, creating a situation hardly conducive to sleep.
That “glow” from electronics is also at work against quality shuteye. The small amounts of light from these devices, whether a laptop, notepad, television, or cell phone pass through the retina into a part of the hypothalamus (the area of the brain that controls several sleep activities) and delay the release of the sleep-inducing hormone, melatonin.
Our wired way of winding down at night means we’re sleeping less and less. “As you stay up later on a consistent basis, you readjust your internal clock, and delayed sleep phase syndrome sets in,” says Rosekind. “Now, your body physically can’t fall asleep until that new, set time, whether it’s midnight or 2 a.m.”
The No. 1 way to get better sleep: Turn off the technology, especially in the sanctity of your bedroom
Celestial White Noise – Sounds of the Universe (10 hours)
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Calming Seas (11 hours)
Tranquil Birdsong (11 hours)
Cat Purring (9 hours)
Dolphins & Whales Sounds (11 hours)
Living Mandala (12 hours)
Reiki Music (12 hours)
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Relaxation Music (12 hours)
Relaxation Music Mix Vol 2 (10+ hours)
- Unwind before bedtime. Have a transition period, about 15 to 30 minutes, of technology-free time before you go into your bedroom for sleep.
- Shut down your bedroom. Make where you sleep an electronic-free zone. According to AOL’s third annual “Email Addiction” survey, more than 40% of 4,000 respondents have checked email in the middle of the night. Put caps over your electric outlets to discourage plugging in for a recharge.
- Disconnect your kids. A TV in your child’s bedroom has a negative effect on sleep quality. Give him or her a relaxing book to read before bed instead of the remote.
Hallelujah (Easter Version)
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.“Don’t look down. Look up! The steeper the climb, the more important it is to laugh. People say the bubble is popping, it’s bad out there, and it’s getting worse. Everyone’s getting the rug ripped out from under them, one man said. No matter how bad it gets, we can still find happiness. There’s some for each of us. We may need to redefine what happiness is before we can find it but when we do, we discover it’s been there all along. Another word for happiness is Peace. It’s been looking for us.” Melody Beattie
“Dare to Be
When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.
When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.
When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.
When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.
When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.
When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.
When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.
When times are tough, dare to be tougher.
When love hurts you, dare to love again.
When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.
When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.
When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.
When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.
When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.
When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.
Dare to be the best you can –
At all times, Dare to be!”
~ Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free