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The Effects of Laughter

Plato‘s remark that “Even the gods love jokes.” must be correct, for the value of laughter is recorded in sacred scripture. For example, the Quran states that “He deserves Paradise who makes his companions laugh.” By the fourteenth century, the healing power of humor was recognized by the medical community. An important French surgeon, Henri de Mondeville, wrote “Let the …

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Bring Some Magic into Your Life by Journaling

We are the authors or sculptors of our lives. To become the person we want to be, we should reflect on our thoughts and actions and then make whatever changes we consider necessary. After all, our thoughts solidify into actions, each step of which helps to shape our lives. However, to take the art of self-creation a step further, rather …

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3 (of the many) Laws of Life

1. We Get what We Expect What kind of day will you have today? How about this week? Will it be filled with excitement or tedium, problems or adventure, happiness or misery? I’m not a psychic, but I can predict your future by the answers you give to these questions. That’s because we create what happens to us with our …

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Cancer is a Word, Not a Sentence

”The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” −Jalaluddin Rumi Cancer runs in Linda’s family (not her real name) and she tested positive for the BRCA (BReast CAncer) 2 gene, indicating that she is at higher risk for cancer than the general population. Moreover, she has already had cancer twice. Understandably, she is troubled, and has written asking …

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Don’t Be Stuck; Move and the Way Will Open

“Life leaps like a geyser for those who drill through the rock of inertia.” ─Alexis Carrel Part I: The Problem Are you dissatisfied with the status quo? Do you need a change in your life? Are you repeating the same routine over and over, like a broken record? Are you stuck in a rut and can’t get out? If so, …

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I’m so old my back goes out more than I do

Do you suffer from gerontophobia, which is the fear of old people, old age, and growing old? Judging by the number of books dealing with life after 50, or even 40, it appears that many people have difficulty dealing with aging. Since I’m 81, I have the right to ask, “What’s all the fuss about?” Part of the problem, it …

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The Dangers of Negative Thinking

The Dangers of Negative Thinking, How to Avoid It, and How to Switch from Negative to Positive Thinking Negative Thinking Doesn’t it seem strange that some people complain they don’t have enough time to be happy, yet find enough time to be sad? Not really. You see, their deplorable plight has nothing to do with having enough or not enough time. …

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The Nine Gifts of Christmastide

Sometimes the people we have to work with give us a hard time instead of their full cooperation. Our tasks become more difficult when the people we’re counting on give us a headache instead of a hand. Wouldn’t it be nice, though, if everyone we dealt with not only gave us a smile, but gave us a gift? Of course, …

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PATIENCE Is the Companion of Wisdom (─Saint Augustine)

Intro What trait has the power to change an ordinary person into an extraordinary one? It’s perseverance, also known as persistence, steadfastness, patience, or tenacity. It’s the ability to hold on to your dream like a pit bull, refusing to let go, regardless of the obstacles. Perseverance is one of the secrets of success. After all, if you keep moving …

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F.ollow O.ne C.ourse U.ntil S.uccessful

Imagine the rays of the sun striking a newspaper lying on the sand of a tropical beach. Even if the newspaper were to remain there for many years, there wouldn’t be very much damage. True, the pages would yellow and fade, but for the most part, the newspaper would remain intact. Yet, if we were to use a magnifying glass …