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102 Habits for Positive Living

Article by Kristen Butler

Sometimes living a positive life in a world with challenges seems difficult. It can be if you don’t equip your mind, body and soul with the simple, yet powerful tools necessary to truly embrace the lifestyle of positive thinking.

101 Habits for Positive Living

Daily and weekly habits for positive living, once implemented regularly, will propel your life forward and switch the positive thinking light on more automatically.

“We become what we repeatedly do.” – Sean Covey

101 Habits for Positive Living

101 Habits for Positive Living:

1. Smile all throughout the day. 🙂
2. Get in the sunshine, when possible, at least 15 minutes per day.
3. Surround yourself with loving, positive people – both in person and online.
4. Connect with Mother Earth – Disconnect to Reconnect
5. Talk with God / The Universe / Angels / Your Guides / Your Intuition (whatever name you relate to)
6. Read something that inspires you and teaches you something new
7. Stay Active Daily
8. Do something for yourself that you truly enjoy
9. Look in the mirror and compliment yourself. Take it further – do Mirror Work.
10. Take a relaxing Epsom Salt Bath (lavender is our favorite)
11. Laugh A LOT!! We’re talking 100-200 laughs till your belly hurts. 😉
12. Help someone in need
13. Throw away worry
14. **Dream more** 🙂
15. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable sometimes
16. Check at least one thing off of your “To DONE List” every day
17. Focus on what makes you happy
18. Say “Good Morning” to anyone you pass (in the AM of course 😉
19. Cuddle with a pet or bond with an animal
20. Reflect on what you’re grateful for and appreciate often
21. Get enough sleep and take a good nap when you need it
22. Exercise MORE!!!
23. Believe in YOURSELF!
24. Achieve a goal, go after another.
25. Keep your Morals
26. Get/Give at least 5 BIG hugs a day – 10 is even better!
27. Focus, Focus, Focus!
28. Eat two Brazil Nuts for Selenium Benefits – good health and happiness.
29. Wake up and drink a BIG glass of filtered lemon water

“Everything you are used to, once done long enough, starts to seem natural, even though it might not be.” – Julien Smith

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Posted by on July 30, 2014 in Funny, Hope, Lighten Up!, Pain - Chronic


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Living with Chronic Pain

I am always saddened to read stories like this. Being born with a chronic pain illness is one thing – acquiring it as an adult is another. However, the worst has to be getting injured while trying to do something good. I know that most of you have had the thought, “What the hell? I have been a good person, I have done good things, I have/am/done… Why am I being punished this way?!” It’s a common sentiment and there isn’t always an explanation. I wish everyone well, and please let me know in the comments your thoughts on acquiring chronic pain later in life.

Living with chronic pain: ‘I was determined to overcome the challenge life had set me’

Ian Semmons

Last updated: Wednesday, 30 January 2013 at 3:59 pm

Ian Semmons (right) at the Pain Exchange

A few minutes some 20 years ago changed my life for ever. Trying to prevent a robbery left me critically injured and fighting for life – a broken back, shattered ankles and head injuries led to many operations, nine months in hospital followed by 12 months in a rehabilitation centre as my battered body fought to recover.

It was tough with many ups and downs along with days of despair and frustration but I was determined to overcome the challenge life had set me. A constant companion was pain at a level I had never experienced before which left me physically and emotionally drained, often getting in the way of my recovery.

It made me irritable and at times difficult to get on with. I hate to imagine what people thought although I often wondered if they really understood my pain as they could not see it or feel it. Heavy doses of medication left me feeling out of control of my life along with physical discomfort which manifested in several ways. I had this nagging believe that one morning I would wake up and the pain would be gone.

After all the injuries I had suffered in the past, I wondered why the pain was not fading away this time. My family life suffered; the inability to play with my young daughter upset me and my partner asking why I got involved in the first place contributed to wearing me down.

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Illinois Legalizes Medical Marijuana For Children With Seizures

I am glad that finally someone has discovered the sense to act on this. Illinois has now legalized medical marijuana for children with seizures. I thought that this would have take much longer to come to fruition – it has been hard enough to legalize MMJ for adult use! I am interested to see where this goes. I am just glad that children are now getting the relief they need.

Illinois Legalizes Medical Marijuana For Children With Seizures

Posted: 07/20/2014 5:29 pm EDT Updated: 07/20/2014 5:59 pm EDT
The highly-rated strain of medical marijuana 'Blue Dream' is displayed among others in glass jars at Los Angeles' first-ever cannabis farmer's market at the West Coast Collective medical marijuana dispensary, on the fourth of July, or Independence Day, in Los Angeles, California on July 4, 2014 where organizer's of the 3-day event plan to showcase high quality cannabis from growers and vendors throughout the state. A vendor is seen here responding to questions and offering a whiff of the strain | FREDERIC J. BROWN via Getty Images

The highly-rated strain of medical marijuana ‘Blue Dream’ is displayed among others in glass jars at Los Angeles’ first-ever cannabis farmer’s market at the West Coast Collective medical marijuana dispensary, on the fourth of July, or Independence Day, in Los Angeles, California on July 4, 2014 where organizer’s of the 3-day event plan to showcase high quality cannabis from growers and vendors throughout the state. A vendor is seen here responding to questions and offering a whiff of the strain | FREDERIC J. BROWN via Getty Images

July 20 (Reuters) – Illinois children and adults with epilepsy will soon be allowed to use marijuana to ease their symptoms under a law signed on Sunday by Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, the latest in a series of measures loosening restrictions on cannabis by U.S. states.

The move to add epilepsy and other seizure disorders to the list of conditions legal to treat with marijuana or its extracts comes as numerous states have made medical use of the drug legal. Two states, Colorado and Washington, have legalized its recreational use.
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How to Talk About Pain

How to Talk About Pain – Courtesy of

Credit Paul GarciaLONDON — IN 1926, Virginia Woolf published an essay on pain, “On Being Ill.” Isn’t it extraordinary, she observed, that pain does not rank with “love, battle and jealousy” among the most important themes in literature. She lamented the “poverty of the language of pain.” Every schoolgirl who falls in love “has Shakespeare, Donne, Keats to speak her mind for her; but let a sufferer try to describe a pain in his head to a doctor and language at once runs dry.”

Where are the novels or epic poems devoted to typhoid, pneumonia or toothaches, Woolf wondered? Instead, the person in pain is forced to “coin words himself, and, taking his pain in one hand, and a lump of pure sound in the other (as perhaps the inhabitants of Babel did in the beginning), so to crush them together that a brand new word in the end drops out.”

The difficulty in talking about painful sensations forces people to draw on metaphors, analogies and metonymies when attempting to communicate their suffering to others. Woolf — writing nearly a century after the popularization of ether, the first anesthetic — was perhaps too pessimistic about the creativity of sufferers. Take lower back pain, the single leading cause of disability worldwide. In the 1950s, one sufferer of back pain said that it felt like “a raging toothache — sometimes like something is moving or crawling down my legs.” Half a century later, one person confessed that “my back hurt so bad I felt like I had a large grapefruit down about the curve of the back.”

Woolf would not have been impressed perhaps by claims that backs hurt like a toothache or a grapefruit, but she was right to recognize that people in pain seek both to describe their suffering and to give meaning to it.

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New Hope for Chronic Pain Sufferers

New Hope for Chronic Pain Sufferers

New hope for chronic pain sufferers

A new study by a University of Reading researcher has found that painful areas on our body can be controlled through the power of positive thinking.

In a study led by Dr Tim Salomons, healthy participants were given five minute spells of  (CBT) prior to having eight, hour-long sessions of heat applied to their  to evoke pain. This created areas of secondary hyperalgesia – a measure of  in the area surrounding injuries such as burns.

By managing their negative thoughts the group managed to reduce the  of secondary hyperalgesia by nearly 40%. Secondary hyperalgesia is an example of central sensitisation, where pain sensitivity is enhanced by the central nervous system.

Although not a replacement for other forms of treatment the results are good news for those who suffer from  condition like lower back pain and fibromyalgia, as central sensitisation has been observed in chronic pain disorders.

CBT focuses on examining negative beliefs and changing thoughts that are distorted and unhelpful.  Used widely to treat mental health issues and ’emotional’ pain, this research showed that CBT can actually alter the body’s physical responses to pain after injury.

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New Procedure for Chronic Pain Sufferers

New procedure for Chronic Pain Sufferers

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People suffering from chronic pain will be able to undergo a new procedure called dorsal column stimulation which was launched this morning by Health Minister Joseph Cassar.

So far two patients have undergone this procedure. A third operation is planned for April. Each intervention costs €35,000, Dr Cassar said during a press conference at Mater Dei Hospital – where the procedure is offered.

Dr Marilyn Casha, from the hospital’s pain clinic, explained that the procedure was being offered to patients suffering from two conditions: complex regional pain syndrome and failed back surgery syndrome.

It involves inserting a “wire pipe”, containing eight electrodes, into the spinal cord. The wire emits electrical pulses that correct the pain-generating pulses emitted by the spinal cord. The patient can control the pulses generated by the device through a remote control, depending on the level of pain.

Karl Attard, 23, was the second person to have underdone this surgery. He shared his experience this morning. The young chef had hurt himself about five years ago when he slipped at work, injuring his leg. But instead of getting better, the pain spread throughout his body causing an “invisible disability” that stopped him from working. Now that he had undergone the procedure and intends to start working again.

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Posted by on January 31, 2013 in Emotional, Hope, Pain - Chronic, Pain - Physical


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Should People with Severe Chronic Pain be Allowed Assisted Suicide?

They say that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. However, what if it’s not that easy? We allow patients with terminal cancer seek a humane way out. So, why can’t those with debilitating chronic pain seek the same relief? I’ve thought about this some over the years and still can’t come up with a good answer to that one. I’ve thought about suicide as a way to end the pain, but I would never do it. I personally struggle with a chronic condition that isn’t even on the same magnitude as the woman mentioned in the article below. How can we, as a self-labeled compassionate race even begin to comprehend what some chronic pain sufferers go though and how can we judge them? This woman is not a 16 year old boy or girl with depression and social issues that feel that death would be preferable to their emotional pain. This is a 44 year old woman who has lived life and determined that the pain just isn’t manageable anymore. If nothing else, this article shows us that the problem of chronic pain isn’t just silent. Doctor’s need to listen more, and help.

I would like some feedback on this. What do you think? Would you ever consider suicide to end the pain? If so, why? What magnitude of pain do you think warrants this extreme action? Are there moral or ethical complications that you can think of? Let’s start a conversation about this.

Chronic-pain patients at high risk of suicide

January 29, 2013 by Marni Jameson in Psychology & Psychiatry

Two months ago, Gary Rager’s girlfriend asked him to do the unthinkable. The 44-year-old woman, who has suffered disabling pain for the past three years, asked Rager if he would help her end her life.

“I don’t want to kill her, and I don’t want to go to prison. But I don’t want to see her suffer anymore either,” said Rager, a 59-year-old Sanford, Fla., sculptor whose work appears at area theme parks and public spaces throughout Orlando, Fla.

Such are the desperate measures that many afflicted with chronic disabling conditions – and those who love them – contemplate.

Some do more than think about it.

Like many patients in chronic pain, Karen Brooks has seen dozens of doctors over the past few years.

All take tests and discuss her physical health, but few have inquired about her mental health, said her sister, Michelle Brooks, of Maitland, Fla., who takes her sister to her doctors’ appointments.

Given the high correlation between chronic illness or pain and depression – even suicide – more providers need to bring up the dark subject, health experts say.

Large-scale studies show that at least 10 percent of suicides – and possibly as many as 70 percent – are linked to chronic illness or unrelenting pain.

Authors of a 2011 British study that looked at the link concluded that patients with such conditions “should be considered a high-risk group for suicide … and much greater attention should be given to providing better … psychological support.”

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