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Love & Vulnerability

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Open Up Life:

Good morning and Happy Friday! I have been missing out lately as far as blogging, and of course missing all of you, my friends, followers and visitors. Just saw this post from the Kindness Blog and had to share! When life seems to be rushed and you think that it’s so important to get things done and to hurry, hurry, hurry…..just remember to stop and take time for LOVE! Have a great day! Peace, love, blessings. Tammy

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Be Happy Now-Simple Ways to Quickly Lift Your Spirits


Singer-songwriter Pharell Williams, whose infectious hit song, “Happy,” has spread joy worldwide, seems to know the secret to happiness.  More than 1,500 people from 140-plus countries have posted their own happy video spinoffs at WeAreHappyFrom.com, inspired by his daylong music video featuring Los Angeles residents from all walks of life dancing and lip-syncing to the tune.


Can happiness really be just a finger snap away?  It depends on our unit of measurement–a moment versus a lifetime.  Research by such authorities as Psychologist Martin Seligman, Ph.D., director of the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center, suggests that several basic ingredients are keys to long-term happiness, including a sense of purpose, engaging activities, quality relationships and achievable goals.  Ultimately, happiness is a subjective state, gauged only by personal perception.

Still, there are quick, simple things we can do to shift our mood into a higher gear, according to Jonathan Robinson, author of Find Happiness Now: 50 Shortcuts for Bringing More Love, Balance, and Joy Into Your Life.  “Broadly, happiness shortcuts fall into two categories-those that help in letting go of negative emotions and those that help in tuning into or expanding positive feelings” says Robinson.  “The end result is the same.”

Practice gratitude.  When the day’s affronts seem excessive, we can reframe them by counting our blessings mentally or in a journal.  Review the day with an eye to everything that went right.  “Soon, you’ll start to see everything as a gift,” observes Robinson.

Pencil it in.  Take a few moments at the start of each week to block out a little time every day for happy activities.

Pay it forward.  It doesn’t take much to make someone’s day, advises Robinson.  Give someone a compliment or a piece of chocolate and watch their attitude instantly change, which in turn lifts your into their happy cloud.

Sing and dance.  Williams applies this secret:  Moving our bodies and vibrating our vocal chords helps shake us out of our mental cages.  “It’s hard to feel bad when you sing.  It’s a choice:  You can stay angry for four hours or sing for 15 seconds,”  Robinson notes.

Don’t underestimate the power of a simple jumpstart to happiness.  Research from the University of Arizona shows that as little as a forced smile not only releases stress-fighting neuropeptides and mood-lifting serotonin in the brain, it activates a chain reaction of happiness around us.

Source:  April Thompson-connect with her at AprilWrites.com


Give Freedom a Hand

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Let Peace and Prosperity Ring Around the World

2048 is a plan to prevent wars, eliminate poverty and create the conditions for global sustainability by the time we celebrate the centennial of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, unanimously adopted in 1948 by all UN member countries.

2048 dispels myths, including a major misconception that peace and prosperity are hopelessly complicated and unattainable.  In truth, both can be secured through the realization of five fundamental freedoms for everyone:  freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, freedom for the environment and freedom from fear.  These basic freedoms establish a framework within which other rights can flourish.

The five fingers of our hand illustrate the possibilities, starting with the thumb.  It looks different and stands out.  It is strong.  It represents freedom of speech, an idea that stands up to dishonesty and corruption.

With our index finger, we point and indicate direction.  It represents freedom of religion.  Each of us is free to choose our own way.  Those that decide God is their guide are free to live their own relationship with God.

The middle finger, the longest, represents freedom from want–the long road of existence and the certainty that there’ll be food, water, education and health care for every one of us as we go along.

Next is the wedding ring finger for many of us, and a finger with a direct link to our nervous system for all of us.  It represents freedom for the environment and for life.  We all have a direct link to the Earth and the ecosystem of which we are a part.  When the life of the Earth is spoiled, our lives are spoiled.

Finally, there is our little finger, the least imposing.  It represents freedom from fear.  It’s the “finale” of our hand, our reward.  All the others lead to this one.

As we recount the five freedoms represented by our fingers, remember that we didn’t ask for that hand; we were born with it.  Everyone was born with the right to all five freedoms.  They are the essence of a good life for all, and in this way they are intertwined; the success of each bolsters the others.

As we learn our rights, we come to expect and demand them, with lasting results.  They become our way of life.

Source:  Adapted excerpt from 2048; Humanity’s Agreement to Live Together by Kirk Boyd.  Used with permission of Berrett-Koehler Publishers.  See the evolution of Human Rights at Tinyurl.com/HumanRightsTimeline.


Kid-Smart Supplements to Help Children Thrive

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As youngsters head back to the classroom, parents can get their children off to a smart start by giving them key supplements.  Here are some experts’ top picks.

Build Brains

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).  Because the brain’s nerve cell membranes are made of fat, ingesting a healthy fat–DHA–helps them stay lithe and limber enough to successfully fire off neurotransmitters, sharpening kids’ mental abilities.  “Attention focus, processing efficiency, memory–they’re all dependent on cells working effectively, and DHA will help,” says Randall Neustaedter, a doctor of Oriental medicine and author of The Holistic Baby Guide.  A contemporary study published in Clinical Pediatrics found that 4-year-olds that ingested 400 mg a day of DHA for four months showed improvement in listening comprehension and vocabulary acquisition skills.

Because finding an effective dose of pure DHA ( at least 300 mg a day) can be difficult, Dr. Robert Rountree, co-author of Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child, recommends administering liquid fish oil in a daily child’s dose of 800 to 1,500 mg at a ratio of 60 percent eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) to 40 percent DHA.  “Anti-inflammatory EPA can help allergies and inflammation from colds and other viruses kids get,” explains Neustaedter.

Algae can be a vegetarian substitute for fish oil, Neustaedter continues, but it contains only DhA, not EPA.  Another vegetarian option, echium oil, internally converts to EPA at a one-to-one level, but not to DHA.  Flaxseed oil is mostly alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which converts to DHA and EPA at a rate of only 3 to 7 percent.

Phosphatydylserine (PS).  This form of fat facilitates communication among brain cells.  “It’s a natural substance your brain makes,” notes Neustaedter.  Already highly regarded for its ability to enhance memory performance in older adults, it may also improve attention, concentration, learning, behavior and school performance in youngsters.

PS is found in small amounts in foods like eggs and soy.  Therefore, Neustaedter recommends dietary supplementation of 100 mg a day for children that could use a brain booster.  The best PS supplements are made from soy.

Improve Immunity

Vitamin D.  “It’s my top immune supplement choice for most children,” says Rountree.  The vitamin is crucial for triggering the body’s natural immune system to react to and fight off infections.  A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that daily 1,200 international unit (IU) supplements of vitamin D, reduced cases of seasonal flu in school children by more than 40 percent.  Neustaedter recommends that school-aged children supplement with 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 a day.  Unlike D2, D3 is natural and nontoxic, he says.

Probiotics.  These “friendly” bacteria help reestablish beneficial intestinal flora to both assist digestion and immunity.  “Eighty percent of the immune system is produced int he small intestine,” says Neustaedter.  “Having a healthy small intestine will lead to a healthy immune system.  Probiotics will go a long way to accomplishing that.”

Rountree recommends children receive a mixture of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria–at least 15 billion colony-forming units a day.  A study by an international team published in Pediatrics showed that probiotic supplements may reduce the incidence of fevers, coughs, runny noses and other infections in young children.

Elderberry.  “If kids get frequent colds, elderberry can be helpful,” notes Neustaedter, who suggests that children take such extracts according to label instructions for acute sickness during the cold and flu season.  He considers it a worthy antiviral and immune system stimulant.

Elderberry’s immune-boosting potential may be due to its ability to enhance antioxidant activity.  Several studies, including one issued by the National Institutes of Health, have shown that black elderberry extract may shorten the duration of a bout of flu.

Soothe Stress

Magnesium.  “If kids have a hard time turning their minds off and going to sleep, calcium and magnesium will help,” Neustaedter advises.  As a calming mineral, magnesium trumps calcium; because kids tend to need more calcium for their bones, the two nutrients are usually given together, adds Rountree.  He recommends that children take 100 to 300 mg of magnesium daily, depending on their age and weight.

Lemon balm (melissa officinalis).  To soothe anxiety, Rountree points to lemon balm as safe and gentle, yet effective.  St Mary’s Hospital, in Madison, Wisconsin, reports that researchers have found that lemon balm, in combination with other herbs like valerian, may ease restlessness, anxiety and sleep disorders.  Kids can drink one to two cups of freshly brewed tea daily.  For a tasty and convenient option, substitute glycerites, tinctures that use glycerin to extract the active constituents from herbs.

Information in this article brought to you by:  Pamela Bond-managing editor of Natural Foods Merchandiser and former editor-in-chief of Delicious Living Magazine.

Global Peace and Love

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Hello friends,

I received this email today as I am a part of the Global Love Project and  not only did it hit home on what is going on in the world, but also made me stop and think about how much I desire to have PEACE and LOVE in the world as well as PEACE and LOVE  within myself.  These were some of the questions that my good friend Aine Belton had included in her email:

How can  you find resolution, peace, happiness and harmony in your personal world?
In what way can you make peace with yourself and others?

How can you cultivate open, loving, nourishing, relationships and environments?

What can you face and let go of for greater peace? (What judgment, grievance, belief, fear, pain, story…?)

How about bringing acceptance, forgiveness, love, peace, and understanding more fully into your life as you wish to find it in the world?

I want to share this article that she wrote a while back: “10 Steps to Peace Within”, just click this link to read:  www.globalloveproject.com/2013/09/inner-peace


For any it may appeal to, she recorded a “World Healing Meditation” some time ago for sending positive intentions, thoughts, feelings and visions into the world.

If you feel called, you can listen to the meditation recording free at: www.WorldHealingMeditation.com

Never underestimate your impact.  Your thoughts and feelings count.  Your love, intent, imagination, focus and action can help to heal the world.

Peace, love,  blessings from my heart to yours,



Mid-Week Pick Me Up


Open Up Life:

A Wonderful Wednesday Reminder from “The Presents of Presents:

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Look at the sky:  That is for YOU.

Look at each person’s face as YOU pass on the street: 

Those faces are for YOU….

Remember this when YOU wake up in the the morning and think YOU have nothing. ~ Miranda July

I received an email from Oprah today and inside were different quotes (the above being one of them).  Because it spoke to me, I thought I would pass it along to you.  As ‘Hump Day’ it’s a great reminder for the rest of the week should you need a little pick me up!

You are Loved.

Shine on!


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Celebrate Nelson Mandela Today

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This is  a day to celebrate Nelson Mandela.  A man who may be gone but never forgotten for his many actions of peace throughout the world.



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