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Stop Doing What Doesn’t Work

“Doctor, doctor, you’ve got to help me. Every time I bang my head against the wall, it hurts.” “Well, stop banging your head against the wall!” Why do some people make life unnecessarily complex? It doesn’t require a PhD to get the most enjoyment from life; all that’s needed is a little common sense. If it hurts when you bang …

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The Mysteries of Life and Death

Believe it or not, my life is based on a true story. Come to think of it, so is yours. And so was Quentin Crisp‘s. One of the lines he left with us before his death at age 90 was, “Life was a funny thing that happened to me on the way to the grave.” When we can joke about …

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Who and What Are You? – Discovering Your True Self

The most important question of all Many people are on a quest seeking to discover whether God exists, what happens to us after death, and what the purpose of humanity is. Few people, however, are asking the most important question of all: “Who or what am I?” What good are the answers to the other questions if we don’t even …

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Is Opportunity Nowhere, Everywhere, or Now Here?

What did you see when you read the traffic signs in the photo? Did you see OPPORTUNITY IS NOWHERE or OPPORTUNITY IS NOW HERE? Whether opportunity is nowhere, everywhere, or now here is a matter of perspective. Like the signs in the photo, it depends on how we view it or life. Everything good that happens to us is an …

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Thinking that Problems Are Problems Is a Problem

Few people think what they think they think. Do you know what you think about? The answer is revealed by the life you lead. If you are happy and successful, you are thinking thoughts of happiness and success. If you are wading through an endless stream of problems and finding life painful to bear, it is caused by thoughts of …

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Are You Bored with Being Bored?

“Being Bored Is an Insult to Oneself” (Jules Renard) Did you ever meet people so boring they put your feet to sleep? They complain about living, “I have to breathe all day, even when I sleep. It’s so boring!” One guy remarked that he fell asleep while reading a dull book and had a dream that he was still reading …

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What Is Peace of Mind and How Do We Attain It?

We dream of living in a peaceful world, but before we can do so, we have to discover our own inner peace. It is only after experiencing contentment that we can sow peace in our family, neighborhood, workplace, and community. What is peace of mind? It is not the absence of problems, a big bank account, or a beautiful home, …

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Loneliness is not lack of company; it is lack of purpose

Tennessee Williams wrote: “We are all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life.” By ‘solitary confinement’ he was referring to the cage or prison called loneliness. Loneliness and aloneness are not the same. Aloneness is a state of being, while loneliness is a state of mind. We all know people who live alone and are perfectly happy. …

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Refusing to Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone Will Keep You Stuck

Confidence – Freeing ourselves from the mire of inertia 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, you need to ask yourself how can your life change if …

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The Effects of Laughter

The Many Benefits 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 …