Sunday, April 14, 2013
• When stopping for your morning coffee on the way to work, pick up one for a co-worker.
• Let someone who has fewer groceries than you go ahead in line.
• When making dinner, add a little extra to share with an ill or elderly neighbor.
• If you’re making a trip to the grocery store, ask a neighbor or friend if you can pick something up for them.
• Visit family members you don’t often see.
• Be considerate to other drivers on the road by letting them merge or turn in front of you.
• Give a good tip to the waitress who looks like she’s been on her feet for way too many hours.
• Offer to babysit for the new mom who needs a nap.
The ideas are endless and a good deed shouldn’t take too much thought. When the opportunity presents itself, you will know the right thing to do. Make someone happy. Put a smile on their face. You will feel better about yourself in the process.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
On Thanksgiving Day, so many of us reflect on what and whom we are thankful for. Reflecting on such thoughts for the remainder of the year will tremendously benefit ones mindset, as well as overall health. Researchers claim that a daily acknowledgement of gratitude for whatever is positive in your life will keep an otherwise elevated blood pressure at a normal level. Psychologically, there will be less hostility and anger when counting blessings on a regular basis. This will lessen the chance of depression, the basis for alcoholism, various phobias, and more. According to scientific studies, a daily gratitude check will also support a better immune system. So, why not take a few moments every morning, not only Thanksgiving Day, and be sincerely grateful for something. And, no need to keep all your counted blessings to yourself. Express your gratitude to others, even for what seems to be insignificant. Radiate your appreciation for all good things. You will be healthier in mind, body, and spirit while doing so.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Well before studies confirmed that dog therapy is a true remedial measure to benefit people in need, certain dogs were trained to safely guide the blind. With endless studies and research, we now know the magnitude of benefits provided by a dog-to-human relationship. Beginning with children, not only does a child learn responsibility when owning a dog or other pets, he or she will be more apt to share with others, and will also be more sociable and independent than children without pets. Elderly individuals will have better coping skills when they have a dog at their side through their daily lives. For young and old, having a dog will do its part in preventing loneliness and depression. Just the mere act of stroking the animal will lower a heart rate and control blood pressure. Cholesterol and triglyceride levels are better controlled. The threat of asthma is lessened. It has even been said that owners of dogs are more likely to survive a heart attack. Those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease will function more appropriately when a dog is part of the family.
As the dog is the perfect pet for so many families, the proven benefits these animals provide are now recognized outside of the home in many other settings. Dogs can now be trained and certified as therapy dogs. They are professionally prepared to offer comfort and affection to sick and elderly people in nursing homes, to people of all ages in hospitals, for lonely folks in retirement homes, and for special needs children in schools. Therapy dogs are often used in home hospice care to visit critically ill patients nearing the end of their life. For whatever reason, the common denominator of dog therapy settings is people in need of company and comfort. A therapy dog will more than provide such services when placed with a client in need.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Strive for Excellence is a phrase we often hear in the workplace, school, church, and home. Many confuse the fact that striving for excellence is not necessarily seeking perfection. To me, perfection is a word which should not be part of our English dictionary. It is a difficult word to live up to when doing a homework assignment, an important job at work, or something as simple as playing a basketball game. I truly believe that God did not put any one of us on this earth to be perfect. However, the main intention of our beings is to strive for excellence in everything we do, and be the best that we can possibly be to each other.
As we strive for excellence, goals are more easily attainable, careers are more successful, and our inner satisfaction with ourselves is more at peace. When the idea of being perfect comes into play, often times we refrain from setting new goals, trying new things, or initiating a new project. No matter how small or large the task, your performance at your personal best is excellent for you. Not everything may be perfect, but knowing your attempt at excellence will bless you with a higher self esteem and deserving pride.