9 Habits Of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People

When emotional intelligence first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70% of the time. This anomaly threw a massive wrench into what many people had always assumed was the sole source of successIQ. Decades of research now point to emotional intelligence as the critical factor that sets star performers apart from the rest of the pack.

How much of an impact does emotional intelligence (EQ) have on your professional success? The short answer is: a lot! Its a powerful way to focus your energy in one direction with a tremendous result. Of all the people weve studied at work, weve found that 90% of top performers are high in . You can be a top performer without emotional intelligence, but the chances are slim.

Emotional intelligence is the something in each of us that is a bit intangible. It affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions that achieve positive results. Emotional intelligence is made up of four core skills that pair up under two primary competencies: personal competence and social competence.


Personal competence
comprises your self-awareness and self-management skills, which focus more on you individually than on your interactions with other people. Personal competence is your ability to stay aware of your emotions and manage your behavior and tendencies.

  • Self-Awareness is your ability to accurately perceive your emotions and stay aware of them as they happen.
  • Self-Management is your ability to use awareness of your emotions to stay flexible and positively direct your behavior.

Social competence is made up of your social awareness and relationship management skills; social competence is your ability to understand other peoples moods, behavior, and motives in order to respond effectively and improve the quality of your relationships.

  • Social Awareness is your ability to accurately pick up on emotions in other people and understand what is really going on.
  • Relationship Management is your ability to use awareness of your emotions and the others emotions to manage interactions successfully.

Despite the significance of emotional intelligence, its intangible nature makes it very difficult to know which behaviors you should emulate. So Ive analyzed the data from the million-plus people has tested in order to identify the habits that set high-EQ people apart.

1. Theyre relentlessly positive.
Keep your eyes on the news for any length of time, and youll see that its just one endless cycle of war, violent attacks, fragile economies, failing companies, and environmental disasters. Its easy to think the world is headed downhill fast. And who knows? Maybe it is. But emotionally intelligent people dont worry about that because they dont get caught up in things they cant control. They focus their energy on directing the two things that are completely within their powertheir attention and their effort. Numerous studies have shown that optimists are physically and psychologically healthier than pessimists. They also perform better at work. Remind yourself of this the next time a negative train of thought takes hold of you.

2. They have a robust emotional vocabulary.
All people experience emotions, but it is a select few who can accurately identify them as they occur. Our research shows that only 36% of people can do this, which is problematic because unlabeled emotions often go misunderstood, which leads to irrational choices and counterproductive actions. People with high EQs master their emotions because they understand them, and they use an extensive vocabulary of feelings to do so. While many people might describe themselves as simply feeling bad, emotionally intelligent people can pinpoint whether they feel irritable, frustrated, downtrodden, or anxious. The more specific your word choice, the better insight you have into exactly how you are feeling, what caused it, and what you should do about it.

3. Theyre assertive. People with high EQs balance good manners, empathy, and kindness with the ability to assert themselves and establish boundaries. This tactful combination is ideal for handling conflict. When most people are crossed, they default to passive or aggressive behavior. Emotionally intelligent people remain balanced and assertive by steering themselves away from unfiltered emotional reactions. This enables them to neutralize difficult and toxic people without creating enemies.

4. Theyre curious about other people. It doesnt matter if theyre introverted or extroverted, emotionally intelligent people are curious about everyone around them. This curiosity is the product of empathy, one of the most significant gateways to a high EQ. The more you care about other people and what theyre going through, the more curiosity youre going to have about them.

5. They forgive, but they dont forget. Emotionally intelligent people live by the motto Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. They forgive in order to prevent a grudge, but they never forget. The negative emotions that come with holding onto a grudge are actually a stress response. Holding on to that stress can have devastating health consequences, and emotionally intelligent people know to avoid this at all costs. However, offering forgiveness doesnt mean theyll give a wrongdoer another chance. Emotionally intelligent people will not be bogged down by mistreatment from others, so they quickly let things go and are assertive in protecting themselves from future harm.

6. They wont let anyone limit their joy.
When your sense of pleasure and satisfaction are derived from comparing yourself to others, you are no longer the master of your own happiness. When emotionally intelligent people feel good about something that theyve done, they wont let anyones opinions or accomplishments take that away from them. While its impossible to turn off your reactions to what others think of you, you dont have to compare yourself to others, and you can always take peoples opinions with a grain of salt. That way, no matter what other people are thinking or doing, your self-worth comes from within. Regardless of what people think of you at any particular moment, one thing is certainyoure never as good or bad as they say you are.

7. They make things fun. Emotionally intelligent people know exactly what makes them happy, and they constantly work to bring this happiness into everything they do. They turn monotonous work into games, go the extra mile to make people they care about happy, and take breaks to enjoy the things they love no matter how busy they are. They know that injecting this fun into their lives fights off stress and builds lasting resilience.

8. They are difficult to offend. If you have a firm grasp of whom you are, its difficult for someone to say or do something that gets your goat. Emotionally intelligent people are self-confident and open-minded, which creates a pretty thick skin.

9. They quash negative self-talk.
A big step in developing emotional intelligence involves stopping negative self-talk in its tracks. The more you ruminate on negative thoughts, the more power you give them. Most of our negative thoughts are just thatthoughts, not facts. You can stop the negative and pessimistic things your inner voice says by writing them down. Once youve taken a moment to slow down the negative momentum of your thoughts, you will be more rational and clear-headed in evaluating their veracity. You can bet that your statements arent true any time you use words such as never, worst, and ever. If your statements still look like facts once theyre on paper, take them to a friend and see if he or she agrees with you. Then the truth will surely come out.

Bringing It All Together

Unlike your IQ, your EQ is highly malleable. As you train your brain by repeatedly practicing new emotionally intelligent behaviors, your brain builds the pathways needed to make them into habits. Before long, you will begin responding to your surroundings with emotional intelligence without even having to think about it. And as your brain reinforces the use of new behaviors, the connections supporting old, destructive behaviors will die off.

Which strategies are your favorites? Please share in the comments section below, as I learn just as much from you as you do from me.

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Supercut Features All The Insults Samantha Bee Has Hurled At Donald Trump

unveils her “official Trump Thesaurus” in a new video montage.

The “Full Frontal” host has been a vocal critic of GOP nominee throughout the presidential race. See just some examples , and .

So when a viewer asked the show to compile every Trump insult that Bee has uttered over the last few months, producers willingly obliged.

“Screaming carrot demon,” anyone?

“We went through every script (including test shows that didn’t air) and put together the definitive collection of ‘Full Frontal’ Trump epithets,” the show wrote on YouTube. “Don’t make us come up with any more of these. Vote.”

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A lot of people are feeling this these days and a lot of people are encouraging people to feel it. But it can be extremely damaging in so many ways. I hope this helps you find greater peace and make clearer decisions.

If you are new to tapping, it will be beneficial to also watch the first episode in the Tap Out Your Fears series which explains the basics of EFT .

As with any of my tapping videos, this is an abbreviated process for releasing uncomfortable feelings and enhancing good ones. Some folks may find their fear dissolve after just one tapping session, but for others, it will take some repetition, bringing the discomfort down little by little each time. (Still others may uncover specific issues that are best addressed directly with a wellness practitioner.) In any event, this brief video should help at least take the edge off the discomfort, freeing you up to enjoy life much more. Let us know how it helped you!

For a picture of the tapping points and more info on EFT .

Tapping can sometimes bring up long-buried emotions, which is why I state that, before tapping along, folks must take full responsibility for their own well-being. For more information about that, please .

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13 Questions That Will Change Your Life

When things arent going quite the way youd like them to, its often the result of not asking yourself the right questions. Some questions are hard to confront because youre afraid you wont get the answer you want, others because you really dont want to know the answer.

But the best things in life dont come easily, and turning away from lifes toughest questions is a sure path to mediocrity. I believe that Socrates said it best:


The unexamined life isnt worth living.

Socrates observation also applies to business. When Eric Schmidt was CEO of Google, he famously said, We run this company on questions, not answers.

Life, like business, runs on questions, not answers. Lets take a closer look at some of the tough questions we should be asking ourselves regularly.

1. How do people see me differently than I see myself?

Have you ever heard a recording of your voice and thought, Is that what I really sound like? Because of the way the sound of the voice travels through the human skull, we never hear ourselves the same way that everybody else hears us. The same is often true for the way we behave. We interpret our behavior in terms of how we think we come across, whereas everyone else sees the real thing. A is a great way to gain this perspective. It gathers feedback that is constructive, anonymous, and accurate. If you forego the 360 and solicit feedback in person, make certain you ask for feedback that is specific, avoiding broad questions and generalizations. For example, youre more likely to get an honest and accurate answer to, How well did I handle myself in the meeting when everyone disagreed with me? than to, Am I a good boss? And be careful to show that youre receptive to the feedback. If you flip out or get defensive every time somebody speaks their mind, due to a lack of , theyre going to stop doing it.

2. What/whom did I make better today?

Thats another way of saying, Leave things better than you found them. Ending each day by asking yourself what or whom you made better is a great way to keep yourself grounded and focused on what really matters.

3. Am I being true to my values?

Do you ever get that nagging feeling that something is a little off in your life? This often happens when little behaviors creep up on you that violate your values. If spending quality time with your family is one of your primary values, but you keep staying late at work, theres a conflict. If you want that nagging little voice to go away, youre going to have to do something about it.

4. If I achieved all of my goals, how would I feel? What can I do to feel that way as I work to achieve them?

The ability to delay gratification in pursuit of your goals is one of the most fundamental prerequisites for success, but delaying gratification doesnt have to mean being miserable until you cross that finish line. You can achieve moreand have more fun doing itif you let yourself feel some of that pride and pleasure along the way.

5. What havent I taken the time to learn about?

Its a big world out there, and its getting bigger all the time. Scientists have theorized that it once took 1,500 years for the accumulated knowledge in the world to double; now it only takes a year or two. Dont get caught behind.

6. In what areas of my life am I settling?

When you settle, you accept less than youre capable of. Sometimes we settle in dead-end jobs. Other times we settle for unhealthy relationships. If you dont ask yourself where and why youre settling, its hard to stop it.

7. What do I want my life to be like in five years?

Lewis Carroll once said, If you dont know where youre going, any road will take you there. The corollary is that, once you have your destination in mind, you can plan your route. Five years is the perfect timeframe: Its not so far in the future that you cant imagine yourself there, but its not so close that you cant do anything about it.

8. What would I do if I wasnt scared?

From a survival perspective, fear has its purpose. Its what keeps us from sticking our hand in the washing machine or any of the million other things that could get us hurt or killed. But fear has a tendency to get carried away. Instead of keeping you safe, it keeps you from improving your life and living your dreams.

9. Who has qualities that I aspire to develop?

When people have qualities that you admire, its a great exercise to reflect on these qualities and think about ways that you can incorporate them into your repertoire.

10. What problem are we solving?

Have you ever been in a meeting and suddenly realized that not everyone was having the same conversation? Not because people were talking over each other, but because they had different ideas about the purpose of the discussion. Sometimes it helps to put the topic on the whiteboard when youre having a meeting. This makes certain everyone knows why theyre there.

11. Whats stopping me from doing the things that I should be doing?

Its easy to shrug your shoulders and say, I dont know what to do, but thats just an excuse. Most of the time, we know exactly what we should be doing; we just arent willing to move the obstacles out of the way.

12. Will you be my mentor?

Its an intimidating question to ask, but few people will turn you down. Everyone likes being looked up to, and it feels good to share our knowledge with others.

13. Whats the most important lesson Ive learned so far in life? Am I living that lesson?

Sometimes life lulls us back into complacency and were forced to learn a powerful lesson twice. The trouble with this is that its just as much of a rude awakening the second time around.

Bringing It All Together

Asking the hard questions can be extremely uncomfortable. But we dont learn and grow by sticking with whats comfortable.

What other questions should people be asking? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below, as I learn just as much from you as you do from me.

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Could one, or both of Californias U.S. Senators be tapped for Clinton Administration?

Co-Authored by Maclen Zilber, Democratic Strategist and Campaign Consultant based in Hollywood, CA

Despite the recent scandal swirling around FBI Director James Comey stemming from his controversial and unprecedented engagement in the 2016 race for the White House, most public opinion polls continue to show that Hillary Clinton has a firm structural electoral college advantage in the race to become Americas 45th President.

If Clinton prevails, her win could bode well for a number of Californias Democratic heavy-hitters. In fact, given the draw and prestige of cabinet positions, and the states on the blue team, if Clinton wanted to, she could fill nearly her entire cabinet with Golden State occupants.

Atop the list of blue-chip California candidates for possible cabinet posts could be one or both of our states distinguished Senators, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. Both are longtime Clinton allies, and both have a pragmatic, get-things-done approach that is very similar to Secretary Clintons.

Its no secret. The states two Senators, both ushered into office during 1992s year of the woman wave, have long been confidants and proponents of Clinton. The question is, with Boxer retiring this year, and Feinstein closing in on the end of her latest term, do either of them have the interest or inclination in serving in a cabinet position?

Simultaneously elected in 1992, both Feinstein and Boxer rode a Democratic wave to Congress upper house on the coattails of then-Arkansas Governor Bill Clintons bid for the Presidency. Ever since, the pairs relationship with the Clintons has blossomed into a strong friendship and partnership.

In 2008, Feinstein presided over the much-discussed kumbaya meeting between then-Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton after their bitter, drawn-out primary battle. The meeting sowed the seeds of Clintons endorsement of Obama, and ultimately put her on a trajectory toward becoming Secretary of State. Both Senators were early, outspoken advocates for Clintons 2016 Presidential bid, and played key roles in helping deliver her a resounding victory in Californias June primary election.

Given the depth of their experience, Feinstein and Boxer could fill a range of cabinet positions, particularly when it comes to foreign relations. The duo have expansive backgrounds in foreign policy and either could be tapped for the coveted job of Secretary of State, or perhaps the civilian oversight position of the Department of Defense as its next Secretary.

Feinstein is currently the ranking Democrat on the Senates Intelligence committee, and previously served as Chair. Shes also a member of the Senates subcommittees on Defense, as well as Crime and Terrorism. Boxer serves on the Foreign Relations committee, and subcommittees on East Asian and Pacific Affairs; on Near Eastern and South Central Asian Affairs; and on the Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Narcotics Affairs.

While Secretary of State or Defense Administration positions seem well suited for either one of Californias Senators, the fact is that both could easily do the job of myriad other cabinet posts.

If elected President, Clinton has pledged that women will make up more than half of her cabinet. Heres the kicker: all but a handful of the Democratic women in the U.S. Senate represent states that are either swing states or that have Republican Governors who could fill a Senate vacancy, making Californias Senators among the few women in the Senate who could be elevated without hurting the Democrats chance at a Senate majority.

This will be extra important, and likely a key element of Clintons political calculus as she considers who to appoint in her Administration, since the Democrats may well have a slim majority in the next Senate.

All these signs point the possibility that Californians might soon stop addressing Feinstein or Boxer as Senator and start addressing them as Madam Secretary.

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The Biggest Difference Between Faith And Religion, According To This Religious Scholar

Forty-four-year-old  has to studying the religions of the world, but didn’t need long to come to an eye-opening realization: All of these religions are essentially , albeit using different languages, metaphors and symbols to do it. However, if this is true, then why are so many religions and religious people adamant that there’s only one true path the faithful should follow? Aslan answers this question on OWN’s “SuperSoul Sunday.”

“They confuse the path for the destination,” he says. “They think that religion and faith are the same thing.”

As Aslan explains, there’s a crucial difference between religion and faith that people overlook all too often.

Religion is merely the language that you can use to express what is fundamentally inexpressible.

“Faith is personal and mysterious and individualistic and inexpressible and indefinable. Religion is merely the language that you can use to express what is fundamentally inexpressible, to define what is undefinable,” he says.

So, Aslan continues, subscribing to a particular religion need not be such a focal point.

“In a sense, for me, the language that you choose is not that important,” Aslan says. “It’s what you are expressing that actually matters.”

“SuperSoul Sunday” airs Sundays at 11 a.m. ET on OWN, and you can watch full episodes on demand via the app.

Another thought about religion:

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This Is The First Drug-Resistant Fungus Found In The U.S.

A drug-resistant fungus that first emerged in the U.S. only a few years ago has been linked to four deaths, and health officials are on guard about its potential to spread in healthcare facilities throughout the country. 

C. auris, a yeast that has  and caused potentially deadly infections, appears to have arrived in the U.S. a few years ago, according to  released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Because C. auris cases have cropped up in other countries, the CDC decided to alert all U.S. clinics, labs and public health authorities about the potential danger in June. The alert also called on these facilities to start collecting information about any potential cases of C. auris, which resulted in the CDC’s first study on the fungus.  

Thanks to the request for reporting, the CDC found that since 2013, there have been only 13 cases of the fungal infection in the U.S. Between 2013 and August 2016, there were seven cases of the fungal infection reported in the U.S., and these seven are the focus of the first CDC study on C. auris. Since August, six more were reported and are currently being investigated. 

While these U.S. cases have been confined to hospital-linked infections and aren’t circulating in the community, public health experts are worried that it could grow into a major threat. There are only three classes of medications that can cure fungal infections, and there have been cases of C. auris in other countries that have . 

We feel we need to take it very seriously, be aggressive and get out in front and try to see what we can do to prevent its spread.
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“When you’re dealing with a multidrug resistant pathogen that we know is causing a lot of disease in countries where it is more widespread, then we worry about it causing similar problems in the United States,” said Dr. Tom Chiller, chief of CDC’s Mycotic Diseases Branch. “We feel we need to take it very seriously, be aggressive and get out in front and try to see what we can do to prevent its spread.”

Here’s what you should know about the new fungus. 

1. All the U.S. cases are linked to a healthcare setting

The seven cases of C. auris occurred in healthcare facilities in New York, Illinois, Maryland and New Jersey and struck hospitalized patients with serious underlying medical conditions. Four people died, but it’s unclear whether they died of their pre-existing medical condition or the new C. auris infection.

Five of the cases were resistant to at least one antifungal medication, but unlike strains from other parts of the globe, they were not resistant to all three classes of antifungal drugs doctors have at their disposal.

While the fungal strains are genetically related to strains isolated in South Asia and South America, none of the people who had C. auris infections had ties or had traveled to those regions, the CDC notes, which means they were probably infected locally.

2. C. auris is relatively new, and mostly affects severely sick people.

C. auris was first isolated in 2009 in Japan and was so-named because it came from the discharge in a patient’s ear canal (auris means ear in Latin). It has since popped up in South Korea, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Kenya, Kuwait, Israel, Venezuela, Colombia, the United Kingdom and Canada. It can cause serious , and has struck patients of all ages. Based on the limited information they’ve gathered on these cases so far, researchers have observed that have died, but it’s unclear what, exactly, caused them to die, as people who get this infection are already severely ill. 

Risk factors for C. auris infection include , and use of a central line catheter in the arm or chest.

3. How to protect yourself from drug-resistant microbes

If you’re a patient in the hospital, one way to protect yourself from drug-resistant microbes is by asking everyone who enters your room to wash their hands. If you have a catheter in place, you should also ask your healthcare provider every day , advises the CDC.  

Scientists are generally most concerned about antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which is the biggest group of drug-resistant microbes. About get infected with an antibiotic-resistant bacterium every year in the U.S., while an estimated 23,000 people will die of their infection. 

There is no national mandatory reporting for antifungal-resistant infections, so the CDC doesn’t have comparable figures, Chiller explained. But in a report outlining the most concerning drug-resistant pathogens, other species of Candida yeasts resistant to the anti-fungal medication fluconazole are characterized as a “serious” threat because it’s the of healthcare-linked bloodstream infections in the U.S. 

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Historic Paris Climate Pact Takes Effect Today. Now What?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) The global accord to combat climate change agreed in Paris last year officially entered into force Friday, putting pressure on nearly 200 countries to start executing plans to slash their greenhouse gas emissions.

“This is a moment to celebrate,” said United Nations climate chief Patricia Espinosa. “It is also a moment to look ahead with sober assessment and renewed will over the task ahead.”

The Paris Agreement seeks to wean the world economy off fossil fuels in the second half of the century, limiting the rise in average world temperatures to “well below” 2.0 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above preindustrial times.

It takes effect as greenhouse gas emissions are projected by 2030 to exceed by 12 billion to 14 billion tonnes what is needed to keep global warming to the internationally agreed target, the United Nations said this week.

Representatives from nearly 200 countries on Monday will convene in Marrakesh, Morocco for two weeks to discuss the nuts and bolts of the Paris accord and the policies, technology and finance needed to ensure the Paris goals are achieved.

“The timetable is pressing because globally greenhouse gas emissions which drive climate change and its impacts are not yet falling – a fact which the Marrakesh meeting must have at the front of its concerns and collective resolve,” said Espinosa.

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said the milestone also serves as a reminder to rich countries that pledged to help developing countries combat climate change.

“Donor countries made a strong commitment in Paris. And now we must turn those commitments into action,” he said.

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An Alert, Well-Hydrated Artist in No Acute DistressEpisode Thirty-One: Parkinsons Comes Home

A serial about two artists with incurable neurological disease sharing fear, frustration and friendship as they push to complete the most rewarding creative work of their careers.

Hadley and her daughter, Sarah

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One morning while she was getting ready for school, 7-year-old Sarah told Hadley, My dream catcher isnt working anymore. Dream catchers, small hoops decorated with beads, string and feathers, were originally crafted by Native Americans to protect their owners from bad dreams. Sarah had been intrigued with them ever since making one out of pipe cleaners in preschool. When she spotted one at an airport gift shop, Hadley bought it for her and she slept with it every night. Now, she explained to Hadley that she thought the dream catcher was too full to catch any more bad dreams. I dreamed youre going to die on my birthday, she said.

That winter of 2014, Hadley was working as hard as she could on the designs for Montana Womens Mural in her home studio. Sarah would often find her collapsed in exhaustion on the living room couch. She knew that her mothers Parkinsons made her tired and slow, but Hadley didnt think it made sense yet to tell her the diagnosis had been changed to multiple system atrophy. Now, Sarah needed her reassurance. Not wanting to make the promise that she wasnt going to die, Hadley simply told her, Were going to have a wonderful, long time together. The fact was, Hadley didnt feel at all close to dying. Shed read that MSA can either progress really fast, or slowly for ten years and then fast; intuitively, she felt she was on the slow track.

Sarah is almost ten now. She has never known her mother as a totally healthy person. Shes adjusted to changes, even welcoming Hadleys use of a wheelchair as it allows them to walk home from school together or go to the park on weekends without relying on others to drive them. Hadley wonders often how Sarahs feelings about her disease will shift as she moves into adolescence.

For those of us with children, one of the hardest aspects of having Parkinsons is contemplating how it will change our relationships with them. We want to be the strong, reliable person they count on for comfort and advice, building family bonds, moving them into their college dorms, celebrating the events of their lives. The last thing we want when we bring a child into the world is to imagine we will be a burden on them before theyre even grown.

My diagnosis in 2009 came only a few months after our younger child, Tobias, left for his first year of college. Our daughter, Elena, was a college senior and both of them were 3000 miles away, in New England.

Because they were home for Christmas vacation the day I was diagnosed, I told them about it right away, stopping by their rooms to give them each a short elevator speech about Parkinsons, explaining that it progressed slowly and was not life-threatening. They were quiet and had no questions for me, but I imagine as soon as I left the room their minds were busy  if only for as long as they would let themselves think about it. They were 19 and 22  too old to not feel self-conscious about spontaneously revealing emotion and too young to feel, or at least express, concern for me.

In the 7 years since then, conversations about Parkinsons with Elena and Tobias have been initiated by me and have revolved around stories about my Parkie friends or PD events Ive attended. I joke with them about my slow movements and clumsy walk. Ive assumed they havent asked about my PD because theyve been taking their cues from me about how Im doing. And the reality is I appear to be, and am, doing quite well. This doesnt mean I believe theyre not affected by my Parkinsons. Walking on the beach with Elena in 2013, I was sharing Hadleys frustrating quest to get a diagnosis and I realized she was brushing away tears. Very empathetic by nature, she might have been feeling Hadleys pain. More likely, the news had struck at her fears about me.

I asked Elena recently how shes processed my Parkinsons over the years. She said she consciously avoided researching the disease because she knew it would scare her and that only a year or two ago, she finally looked it up on Wikipedia. This year, she decided to go into medicine and has become more curious about Parkinsons. She wrote to me:

I think the most interesting thing is that I remember feeling a little twinge of guilt around the time of my college graduation in 2010 that I had never considered going into medicine. So many peoples story about wanting to go into medical school is that they had a family member who became sick, but I initially didnt feel that your diagnosis was affecting me in that way, and felt bad about it, especially given my interest in science. But I think the gears might have started turning a little, because all your stories about doctors made me realize what a difference thoughtful providers can make in the individual lives of people close to me. In addition to having my own physician friends whom I admire, I think this contributed to my shift in mindset about medicine as a field I would find challenging and rewarding. When people ask me why I want to go to medical school, I usually cite being able to help family members and friends with their health care as one of my strongest motivations, along with my general drive to serve others and to seek intellectual challenge.

We never stop being parents and our roles with our kids become more complex and essential in new ways when theyre beginning their independent lives. Nevertheless, I was relieved that Elena and Tobias had been launched when I got my diagnosis, if for no other reason than they didnt have to be reminded every day of my Parkinsons. It also meant that my time was more my own and I had the freedom to take care of myself however I needed to.

For my friend Karen Jaffe, getting a diagnosis at 49 in 2008 when her three daughters were teenagers still living at home was a very different story. Because Karen had a busy OB/GYN practice and worried that her PD diagnosis would affect her work as a surgeon, she kept it a secret from everyone but her husband, Marc. She felt that telling their kids and then asking them to keep it a secret it would be too big a burden on them. She also didnt want to shake up their lives just as the older girls, Alena and Jana, were getting ready to leave the nest.

Five months after Karens diagnosis, she and her youngest, Sarah, 13, were alone in the house one afternoon. Bored, Sarah decided to look for the family journal in which Karen and Marc recorded funny things the girls had said over the years. In her parents bedroom, she discovered Karens own journal in a drawer. On the first page, Karen had written, My name is Karen Jaffe. I am 49 years old and I have Parkinsons disease. When Sarah tells this story, she says she was stunned. She had no idea what Parkinsons was. Was her mother going to die? She flipped through the pages, reading words KAren had never said aloud: neurologist, diagnosis, tremor, medication, symptoms. She checked the date of the first journal entry: July. It was now December. In tears, she ran downstairs and confronted her dismayed mother, who hugged and comforted her. Later, Karen, Marc and Sarah sat down to talk. When Karen explained theyd planned not to tell the girls about the diagnosis until theyd all left for college  in five more years  Sarah realized the full significance of the secret and felt shed done something very wrong by uncovering it. So, when Karen and Marc asked her for more time before they told her sisters, the rest of the family and the community, Sarah says she was understanding. But the secrecy would prove to be tough for her:

For those full three months, I dreamt every night of the day that I could look my two sisters in the eye and tell them what I had been keeping from them for so long. It was a fantasy of mine  telling my two older sisters who thought I was this naïve, immature little sister that I, in fact, was given both this responsibility and burden for the past several months. More importantly, I wanted to show them that I was trustworthy; that I never cracked under pressure by telling them, even when a stupid argument would prompt me to consider doing so. In my fantasy version, we would all be sitting down in the living room, and Mom, Dad, and I would say to Alena and Jana, We have something to tell you. Then, after Alena and Jana processed everything and gathered their emotions, they would come over and hug me tightly and ask me a ton of questions about how I managed to carry the burden and how I possibly didnt spill the beans. And finally, after three months, I would feel a sense of solace.

Instead, one night in March after Sarah returned from a week away with a friend, the family was together at the dinner table and someone said the word Parkinsons. Sarah was crushed to learn that while she was gone, her parents had told her sisters about Karens diagnosis. She felt cheated out of the moment shed anticipated for months, when her older sisters would show respect and empathy for all shed been through. In retrospect, Sarah says she doesnt think her sisters understood the weight of the secret until it was passed on to them.

Jana, Karens middle daughter, was 16 that March when she learned about her mothers Parkinsons, and she remembers feeling scared, angry and confused. Scared, she said, because she thought PD meant her mother was going to die, and confused about what the diagnosis meant for her mother and their family, and why it was so important to keep it a secret.


To help her daughters with their fear, Karen set up a meeting for them with her neurologist. Jana told me it was extremely valuable to be able to be able to ask questions about Parkinsons without her parents present. But she couldnt help feeling a little angry that Karen and Marc hadnt told them about the diagnosis sooner; her family had always been honest with each other about everything. She was somewhat resentful that she had to keep it a secret. Because Karen and Marc grew up in Cleveland and Karen was a well-known physician, Jana and Sarah frequently ran into family acquaintances who would ask how their mother was. It was painful to have to lie. Karen would gradually reveal her diagnosis to people throughout the next couple of years, but it was not completely out in the open until 2011.

Over the years, Sarah and Jana have felt frustrated by how they perceive Parkinsons has in some way taken over their mom. Early on, Karen got busy networking with members of the Parkinsons community; soon she would become a member of the Michael J. Fox Foundation Patient Council. Then came plans for annual PD fundraisers and co-founding InMotion, a non-profit Parkinsons wellness center. Karens phone and laptop were lit up at all hours and she became a kind of one-woman PD nexus. Her daughters were missing her. Was it the Parkinsons itself, the medication she was taking, or had they just not noticed their mothers obsessive tendencies because, as a physician, she had been away from home so much?

Sarah and Jana have openly discussed these concerns with Karen. Jana and Karen shared with me letters they exchanged two years ago, when Jana was 20. In her letter to Karen, Jana wrote:

When will be the next time that I spend with my mom that is free from all talk, mission, aims, goals, plans, accomplishments, setbacks and anything else PD-related? A conversation that if someone were listening in, theyd have no idea that you or anyone you know has PD? I know that you cannot escape this disease, but I can tell you that it is suffocating our relationship. I want to hear about all the good youre doing and about all the bad this disease is doing to you. But I want you to acknowledge that there is still a world outside of PD.

Jana entreated her mother to take a break from PD and make a list of all the things she used to enjoy before Parkinsons. Karen responded:

Dear Jana,

I wanted more than anything to write this note to you on a beautiful piece of stationary, hand written with a very fun stamp, but you would not have been able to read a single word so forgive me this one time.

Jana, your letter was sincere, truthful and honest and I bear you no grudge for that. In fact, it touched my heart so deeply that I have folded it up and have tucked it in my wallet where it will be close bywhere I can read it again and againand if I need to, again.

You are mature and brave beyond your yearsjust as your two sisters are. Your wisdom is kind and so powerfully expressed. I am so lucky that you are my daughter and that you knew that you could send this note to me without fear.

So what I have to tell youwhat I need to tell you is that I am sorry. You know what that means so I will not enumerate the laundry list of things I am sorry about. I love you and your sisters so deeply that the thought that I have made these past 5 years harder on you than need be is very sad. But as you said in your own letter to me.we still have reason to hope.

The other night while waiting for you to arrive home after the ballgame I found myself reading Doris Kearns Goodwins introduction in the Annie Leibovitz book that Ellen had just given me, appropriately titled Pilgrimage. And I paused when I read the following.

Ironically, the catastrophe proved to be a liberating force. It opened up a new path for Eleanor. No longer tied to her old world in the same way, she became involved with (long list)for organizing people and calling them to action. She found her voice and became one if the most influential women of her age.

And I decided that perhaps this notion of braveryof facing adversity, requires balance and that is what I think your advice to me wasstrive for a healthy BALANCE.

So thank you for every word so thoughtfully written on those 2 1/2 pieces of paper. I love you dearly and I heard every word you wrote. I am proud to be your mother. I am proudand grateful that you have taken something that has been hard for all of us and with it found your way. I know that your compassion and kindness will serve you well. You will be a physician who is loved by her patientsand I, for one, cannot wait to see it be so.

I love you,
Mom

When Karen and I discussed her correspondence with Jana, I wondered aloud whether talking about Parkinsons all the time in front of our kids might be kind of like a member of a SWAT team expounding to his family the details of his day at work  scary stuff for ones offspring. At the very least, perhaps Jana had competed for her mothers attention with her medical practice, and now was frustrated to be faced with another intrusion, PD. I thought, but did not say, that it was also possible the dopamine agonist Karen was taking might be creating her hyper-focused preoccupation with her disease and related social networking. Karen saw my points and concluded, You know, at the end of the day, we are the ones with this disease; our family and friends cannot presume to know what it is to stand in our shoes, and it is our life to live the way we need to. I thought about this and re-read the quotation of Eleanor Roosevelts that Karen had included in her letter to Jana. Its true that while we strive to protect our loved ones, its very difficult to make a larger impact on the world if were always wearing our parent or caretaker hat, worrying about how our feelings, our struggles, work and personal missions are going to affect those closest to us.

For Jana, Karens diagnosis had a silver lining; she credits it for helping her find her calling in life, to be a neurologist. For a year, she had a job that allowed her to work with Parkinsons patients, and she has just begun medical school in Cleveland, where she grew up. She says that living in the same city as her mother means that shes more aware of Karens disease progression. While she finds this disheartening in ways, she feels the regular exposure has helped desensitize her so her mothers physical changes dont seem quite as scary. Still, she finds herself worrying: How fast will the disease progress? What symptom will appear next? When will she not be able to take care of herself anymore?

Karen was very grateful to Jana for pressing her to think about the need for balance in her life. She has been working hard to find that balance while carrying on as one of the most effective activists the Parkinsons community could hope for. In the meantime, the challenging, heartfelt and honest conversations with her children that began with Sarahs discovery of her diagnosis continue to bring them all closer. In Sarahs words:

My mom is a remarkable woman: strong-willed, passionate, determined, and focused. After years of feeling like I had lost her to a Parkinsons junkie (as weird as that may sound), shes finally starting to feel like my mom again  the mom I knew before our world was turned upside down. My family has grown stronger, both as individuals and as a whole, because of this disease.

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A Wandering Mind Isnt Just A Distraction. It May Be Your Brains Default State.

Even if you don’t consider yourself a daydreamer, you probably spend a lot of time in a state of mental wandering ― it’s natural for your mind to drift away from the present moment when you’re in the shower, walking to work or doing the dishes. 

In recent years, scientists have been paying a lot more attention to mind-wandering, an activity that takes up . Psychologists previously tended to view mind-wandering as largely useless, but an emerging body of research suggests that it is a natural and healthy part of our mental lives.

Researchers from the University of British Columbia and the University of California, Berkeley conducted a to highlight the relationship between mind-wandering ― often defined in psychological literature as “task-unrelated thought,” or TUT ― and the thinking processes involved in creativity and some mental illnesses, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety and depression.  

“Sometimes the mind moves freely from one idea to another, but at other times it keeps coming back to the same idea, drawn by some worry or emotion,” Dr. Kalina Christoff, lead study author and principal investigator of the Cognitive Neuroscience of Thought Laboratory at UBC, said in a statement.

“Understanding what makes thought free and what makes it constrained is crucial because it can help us understand how thoughts move in the minds of those diagnosed with mental illness,” she said.

The Role Of A Wandering Mind

Traditionally, mind-wandering has been defined as thinking that arises spontaneously, without relating to any sort of task or external input. But this definition is only a starting point: Without external focus, the researchers explain, the mind moves from one thought to another ― jumping between memories, imaginings, plans and goals.

This default “spontaneous mode” can be hemmed in in two ways: A person can deliberately turn their attention to a task, or, in the case of someone with a mental health issue, focus can happen because thoughts have gotten stuck on a persistent worry or pulled away by an environmental distraction.

On a neurological level, the brain’s default mode network ― a broad network that engages many different cognitive processes and regions on the internal surface of the brain ― activates when our minds wander. In contrast, when we focus our attention on a goal, plan or environmental stimulus, the part of the brain devoted to external attention is more active.

Specifically, the researchers pinpointed the memory and imaginative centers within the default mode network as being largely responsible for the variety of our spontaneous thoughts.   

“You’re jumping around from one thing to another,” Zachary Irving, a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley and who has ADHD, told The Huffington Post. “We think that’s the default state of these memory and imaginative structures.” 

A Creative Mind Is A Wandering Mind

Creative thinking can be an extension of ordinary mind-wandering, the researchers explained, and a growing body of research has linked . In highly creative people, psychologists have observed a tendency toward a variation on mind-wandering known as “,” in which has also been associated with self-awareness, goal-oriented thinking and increased compassion.

The free play of thoughts that occurs in mind-wandering may enable us to think more flexibly and draw more liberally upon our vast internal reservoir of memories, feelings and images in order to create new and unusual connections.

“Mind-wandering in the sense of the mind moving freely from one idea to another has huge benefits in terms of arriving at new ideas,” Christoff said. “It’s by virtue of free movement that we generate new ideas, and that’s where creativity lies.”

What Mind-Wandering Can Tell Us About Mental Illness 

This type of mental activity can provide an important window into the thinking patterns that underly psychological disorders involving alterations in spontaneous thought. 

The mind of someone with ADHD, for example, wanders more widely and frequently than that of an average individual. In someone with anxiety and depression, the mind has an unusually strong tendency to get stuck on a particular worry or negative thought. 

“Disorders like ADHD and anxiety and depression aren’t totally disconnected from what normally goes on in the mind,” Irving said. “There’s this ordinary ebb and flow of thoughts, where you’re moving from mind-wandering to sticky thoughts to goal-directed thoughts. We think of these disorders as exaggerated versions of those sorts of ordinary thoughts.” 

So despite what your elementary school teachers may have told you, it’s perfectly fine to let your thoughts wander every once in a while. But if you find your mind wandering too much or getting stuck on negative thoughts, it may be time to seek help. 

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Donald Trump Gives Himself Advice In The Middle Of His Own Speech

paused in the middle of a speech in Florida on Wednesday to remind himself to keep his cool ahead of Tuesday’s . 

He said:

“In six days, we’re going to win the great state of Florida, and we are going to win the White House, gonna win it. It’s feeling like it already, isn’t it? We’re going to be nice and cool, nice and cool, stay on point, Donald, stay on point. No side tracks Donald, nice and easy.”

Trump’s soliloquy was apparently meant to mock the advice of his advisers. He followed it up by taking a shot at rival , who he called “totally unhinged.”

“We don’t want any of that,” he said. “She has become unhinged.”

The current HuffPollster model  by 3 points.

 

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a , rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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So What If My Problems Are First World? Yours Are Too.


Wells Fargo opened three phony accounts in my name, my Samsung exploded, and, to top it off, my salons now charging extra to blow dry my hair. Seriously, when I balked at the upcharge, my stylist handed me a Super Solano and told me to get to it.

These are First World problems.

But theyre stillproblems, little (or big) things that irritate. And Im here to say Im sick of apologizing for so-called First World problems.

I know an overheated android is not the same as a house burnt down. I didnt deliver a sad sonnet about it, I just mentioned it over lunch, andbam!you First World problem-ed me into shamed silence. The essence of what youre saying is okaypracticing perspective is good. But casually issued, semi-sarcastic scoldingsnot so good. Last time I checked, perspectives an individual thing, something to work on, like posture or forgiveness.

No one likes to be nagged to sit up straight.

I also dont enjoy feeling compelled to confess that my issues are First World, adding disqualifiers for comments about lousy weather or bad customer service. Must I prove, over and over, my empathy for humankinds struggles by belittling my small talk?

Its small talk.

First World problem guilt, I suspect, is symptomatic of our shame-on-you society. Finger pointings a strange phenomenon in a culture where, it seems, almost anything goes. But here we are, with Everyman playing hall monitor.

For reals: I heard Guy A calling Guy B an ahole for failing to hold open the door at Chipotle for a stream of folks coming in. It looked to me hapless Guy B was simply trying to duck out of the way with his take-out burrito intactthere was both the confusion of an oncoming mob and the crazy long line blocking the doorway. The poor sap, probably a habitual door-holder, looked shocked, then horrified, like he wanted to sink into the sidewalk.

Whos the real ahole here, alpha Guy A or tail-between-his-legs Guy B?

Hey, thats a First World problem is like so many other things in our culture: subtly divisive. Its You vs. Me keeping score in a twisted contesta battle for the Most Meaningful Misery trophy. Clever grownups, weve dreamed up so many faddish, witty ways to say what we were expressly taught not to say in the sandbox days: So what? Heres a quartercall someone who cares. My daddy is stronger than your daddy.

Lately, Ive noticed how First World guilt has reached new heights, or depths. Follow me down this non-hypothetical trail: I have a 14-year-old autistic daughter. The day-in, day-out of caregiving can be taxing. (Can you say poop-smearing?) But damn if I dont have resources galore: great schools, decent health insurance, Clorox wipes. Its not like were doing autism in rural Kenya, for heavens sake. Therefore, I shouldnt a) confide sadness or angst or fear about the situation; b) continue to seek solutions c) feel anything at all, really. At times I trick myself into believing a, b and cand d-z. Its true, autism in America isin many ways, Im certaineasier than autism in Africa. But that doesnt mean the hardships all in my head.

And what if it is? Its my head. I was born into a certain family in a certain birth order in a specific culture learning to talk and think in a language I didnt choose. I have certain peculiarities and sensitivities, likes and aversions, shortcomings and strengths. Pretty much, Im doing the best I can with what Ive got.

Ill bet you are, too.

Which is not say Im above an eye-roll at the friend moaning about how grueling it is to pick backsplash tile for the kitchen shes choosing to remodel, especially when Ive just come from, say, the pediatric neurologists office. In these cases, I try to remember how little things can get under my skin, tooespecially when little things are piled on top of big things or scary things or things I cant control.

Who hasnt fixated over backsplash tile, in one form or another? Wait, I know: people living in tents or huts or under bridges. And yet: Do not we all bleed when we get a paper cut? I ask you, does not a stubbed toe stingat least momentarilywhether or not youve been through cancer or labor or hot waxing?

Im vulnerable when Im bleeding, even more so when Im broken. Still, cry me a river, you say, with your First World problems. So let me get this straight: You are not wasting your compassion on me but instead are saving it for folks somewhere whom youll never meet or maybe give a thought toexcept to use their Second or Third World issues to mock mine?

You big baby, like youve never howled over a stubbed toe or cried when your financial institution screwed you over.

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Lessons from a Journey Back to Intuitive Eating

While discussing childhood nutrition in my undergraduate lifecycle nutrition class, I remember being so surprised at the simplicity of Ellyn Satters teachings about eating. According to Satter, a child should never be forced to eat or not eat, but rather should learn to listen to their bodys internal eating cues. The parent decides when and what to serve, and the child decides how much. Eating should be enjoyable. There is no guilt or praise. Food is just food.

I realized while learning Satters concepts that I had lost touch with my internal eating cues. Even a college degree in nutrition could not protect me from feeling confused about the right way to eat or prevent me from feeling guilty for eating the wrong thing. My inner parent was constantly in conflict with my inner child I wanted to do the right thing for my body and health, but I also wanted to enjoy my food.

Eager for more guidance on tapping into my intuition, I purchased the book Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch and began incorporating the concepts into my life. Not only did this journey back to intuitive eating improve my relationship with food and my body, but it also allowed me to realize a key theme in my lifestyle: distraction.

Just like Satters teachings, the idea at the heart of intuitive eating seems pretty simple: listen to your body because it knows what it needs. Eat when youre hungry, stop when youre full. Honor your cravings. Eat undistracted so that you can give full attention to your internal satiety cues. No TV, no podcasts, no reading just eating.

Initially, intuitive eating was really exciting for me. I was experiencing flavors in a whole new way, and the food that I regularly ate became either way more or way less satisfying than I originally thought. Steamed vegetables actually didnt taste that great, but roasted were amazing. A baked potato satisfied me more than French fries. The side salad didnt actually taste that good, so why order it? And man, vanilla ice cream delectable.

Then, the honeymoon phase wore off. Intuitive eating began to challenge me. I slowly noticed that in addition to distracting myself while eating, I had been constantly distracting myself from myself. I turned on HBO to avoid feeling sad, scrolled through Instagram to avoid feeling overwhelmed, watched Mad Men while writing papers, and checked e-mails while cycling at the gym. I was rarely ever just being, just feeling. There was always something else there.

The distraction made me wonder: what is so uncomfortable or bland about my reality that I was constantly craving a reason to avoid it?

I didnt like my need for distraction, so I began to fight it. I set aside more time to cook satisfying food. I let myself feel the feelings which led to feeling a lot. I called people when I missed them. I told people when I was angry or scared or hurt. I planned my workouts around how energized I felt. Some days, I didnt work out at all, even when the gym bag in the back seat of my car nagged me to fight my exhaustion.

At first, it felt weird to be fully present. I was restless; I wanted that instant gratification that a distraction provides so well. But as I continued to fight the distractions, I became addicted to reality. I invested time in what made me happy and stopped wasting it on what didnt. My relationships began to feel more comfortable and real. I felt more satisfied and peaceful, which validated my experiences more than any amount of likes on Instagram ever did.

Of course, these changes dont mean that I now live my life totally undistracted. Thats impossible. Im constantly desiring distraction. Even as I write this post, as I pause to think of the next words to type, I want to check Facebook, Instagram, Gmail. I want instant gratification. Sometimes thats what I need the best way I can cope is to distract myself with ice cream or an episode of The Newsroom or my Facebook feed.

Ive gained a lot of knowledge about nutrition over the years, but Ive realized that sometimes taking a step back and following my intuition can teach me a lot more than any scientific facts ever could. At the end of the day, Ill never be able to distract myself from myself, and I dont want to. Theres so much life to live. I want to be there for all of it. I refuse to stand on the sideline, eating cookies, unaware of how amazing lifes experiences truly are.

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milie Charmy (18781974) charted a remarkable course in the world of French modern art in the first half of the twentieth century. Her earliest works, executed around 1900, explored the legacy of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting. An engagement with the avant-garde circle of Fauve painters defined her art in the years leading up to the First World War. In the ensuing interwar period, Charmy found her mature style, characterized by optical realism, an adherence to the traditional genres of portraiture, the nude, landscape, and still life, and a modernist notion of direct, vigorous paint application as a mark of artistic sincerity. This attitude found its ultimate expression in numerous renderings of the female nude, which, by virtue of Charmys melding of ostensibly feminine and masculine qualities, charm and seductiveness on the one hand and power and firmness on the other, confounded prevailing expectations about the nature of womens art. These images retain their provocative force today. This publication accompanies the first U.S. retrospective of the painting of milie Charmy, which is organized by the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia. Exhibition curator Matthew Affron surveys key phases of Charmys artistic career in relation to major issues in modern French painting of her era. Sarah Betzer examines two principal subjects of Charmys early work, the nude and the bourgeois interior, as evidence of an ambitious dialogue with avant-garde precedent. Rita Felski considers Charmy in light of recent feminist approaches to the study of the role women creators played in defining modernism.
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The Uncivil War Where Politics Count More Than Country

if the other side isnt nuts then we can talk to them, and that is good news.
Joe McGovern, from the documentary film The Other Side

We are in a civil war, although one being waged with words not weapons. This conflict has been caused by differences in political perspective that are no longer seen as something to reconcile but rather as the beliefs of an enemy. It might be called The Uncivil War.

As many as 750,000 people died in the Civil War, yet when that war was over, our nation united and became the wealthiest and most powerful nation on earth. According to Wikipedia, Abraham Lincoln led the United States through its Civil Warits bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.

It is becoming questionable whether we will be as successful reconstructing the current divisions in our union as Lincoln was in ending the Civil War.

We have lost, somehow, the ability to merge our differences over issues into solutions that are better because of those differences. We have lost the ability to use the strengths that can come from diverse perspectives and have no modern Abraham Lincoln to glue opposing views together. Today, the public leaders of each side say we are right and attempt to destroy their opponents politically if they cant achieve or avoid change in their own way.

all across America, regular people, Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike, are talking with each other and asking why our problems cant be solved in a rational way?

In his Gettysburg Address, Lincoln said that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedomand that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

We need a new birth of democracy as it was once practiced in the U.S, so our country will not morph into something less noble and more egalitarian than it already has.

Many of our leaders dont seem to know that all across America, regular people, Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike, are talking with each other and asking why our problems cant be solved in a rational way?

Two separate news items on October 26 illustrate the depth to which politics have become more important than country.

The first came in quoting the head of the House Oversight Committee, Jason Chaffetz, who said he would spend the first two years of a Hillary Clinton presidency investigating her. Even before we get to Day One, weve got two years worth of material already lined up, he told the Post. She has four years of history at the State Department, and it aint good.

Chaffetzs strategy is contrary to a rational democracy. While presidential contests are by nature adversarial, when a winner has been chosen, the common goal has to be forward progress. The efforts of the Trump campaign to convince supporters that Clinton is a criminal combined with the new promises by Chaffetz make it clear the focus would be on taking down the opposition after the election should Clinton win, not on fixing the countrys issues and repairing differences in a Lincolnesque way.

The second news item on October 26 was a tweet by Trump Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway celebrating the FBIs decision to reopen investigation of the Clinton emails:

A great day in our campaign just got even better. FBI reviewing new emails in Clinton probe, Conway tweeted.

The political value to Republicans of the FBI announcement is obvious. However, no American should celebrate a potential criminal case against a former U.S. senator and secretary of state. This is not cause for defining a day as great, This should have been a reason to express sorrow that a former secretary of state is being investigated even while gaining the same political benefit without the joy.

We really are fighting The Uncivil War.

The two items reported on October 26 involve Republican tactics to discredit a Democrat. But there is plenty of blame to go around. From a basket of deplorables to other derogatory statements about the Republican candidate, Democrats have not always been civil either.

But there is hope. Joe McGovern, an actor turned film maker, has released . McGovern travels America in an old van with his dog Charlie and interviews conservatives to get beyond the talking points. He learns that underneath the rhetoric there are good people with honest values and valid concerns and it changes him. In his words, he becomes a new kind of liberal who cannot only see my sides virtues and the other sides flaws, but the other sides virtues and my sides flaws. It gives me hope, he says, because if the other side isnt nuts then we can talk to them, and that is good news.

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This is How the Millennials Are Using Their Value System to Improve Life Productivity

To the baby boomer generation, pension plans, a straight career path, and a corner office were more important. The baby boomers believe in committing a substantial duration of their careers to a particular organization.

This is not the same value system or driving force of the millennials. The and are more attracted to entrepreneurial endeavors. Among many other things they value experience other than ownership. And at work, they want ongoing conversation and feedback rather than annual review.

They are the most racially diverse generation in US history. They are digitally proficient, socially liberal, best educated and they work well in groups. The millennials now . With the current trend, its a matter of time before they dominate the work culture.

Thus, many businesses have to adjust their style to suit this coming generation. Below is how the millennial value system and lifestyle is geared towards improving life productivity.

Understanding this value system could help businesses redesign their operations in a way that attract and gain the respect and loyalty of the millennials.

1. Purposeful Consumption

Food is not just food to the millennial, its a fuel, a badge and a movement to them. To the millennials, food is an extension of their social values. This is why their Instagram pages are usually filled with pictures of what they eat and drink.

A practical example of this is the concept of coffee delivery system via subscription model. In this model, the coffee beans are processed, roasted and packaged by those who grew them, and then .

This process becomes more meaningful to the millennials because of its innovative way of using coffee production and consumption as a tool for empowering farmers in the field. Purposeful consumption is not just a fad for this group of people, it is central to who they are.

2. Meditation

There is this misconception about millennials as being a lazy generation. This stereotypic view is in part due to the fact that a large percentage of the millennials engage in meditation and yoga. Conversely, meditation to the millennials is one of the ways to effectively improve productivity in life.

Meditation is one of the least expensive way to ward off stress and stay relaxed. It is a way to harness the creative power of the mind and make it work effectively. Meditation engages the right side of the brain that is responsible for creating new ideas.

Eden Kozlowski did a better job in highlighting how . She stated that Meditation complements the millennial perception of being special, expand their notion of tolerance, help their balance of technology and humanity, and reinforces their belief of work/life balances.

Engaging in is one of the ways millennials give proper perspective to life and thus maintain motivation for better productivity at work.

3. Good Sleep

One of the is sleep. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that the millennials sleep for an average of nine hours per night. That is an average of 25 more minutes of sleep each night than any other generation.

What is more interesting is that despite their the millennials are still clocking more hours at work than the baby boomers. To the millennials sleep is very important for their productivity and effectiveness. This is something we can all learn from the generation Y.

4. Travel

One of the common passions of the Millennial is travel. Rather than saving money to buy stuffs for ownership they prefer spending such fund on gaining experience travelling. Travelling is also more about improving life productivity to the Millennials. Several reports have shown how work-life integration (rather than work-life balance) is important to the millennials.

A 2012 survey of frequent traveler revealed that over two-thirds associate travel experience to positive impact on their health and productivity. This explains why many companies are now incorporating personal travel experience into so as to accommodate the millennials.

To the millennials having while on a business trip to places like Vietnam is what gives more meaning to their work.

5. Open Mindedness

The millennials are very diverse, ethnically and racially, than any other generation. They are also the most educated generation in the U.S. history. This has great influence on their open-mindedness on any issue of life. This attribute make it easy for them to embrace new ideas and strengthen themselves.

According to , open mindedness also make it easier for the millennials to lead a happier live. A poll by New Harris revealed that of all the generations, millennials are most open-minded when it comes to belief system, sexual identity, and gender. This, in turn has positive influence on their productivity.

Their open mindedness also make it easier for them to talk about any issues they are facing. For instance, the millennials are not typically ashamed of . Such open mindedness help them find the connection and resources needed for .

6. Purposeful Giving

A 2010 Pew Research indicated that the millennials would rather give and help people in need than go for a high paying career. According to Dan Epstein, the CEO of business consultancy Resource Pro, giving employees the liberty to form committees and engage the companys resources and time to organize events/causes for social benefit help get them motivated and more loyal in giving their best to the company.

According to Derrick Feldmann of Case Foundation, millennials are passionate about the use of their time, talent, treasure, voice and network as a valuable asset for philanthropic endeavors.

They are more than happy to part with their money out of the goodness of their heart .

Once again, to this group of people, purpose is everything.

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Woman Farts During Surgery And The Results Are Ghastly

A woman who went into a Tokyo hospital for surgery needed to be treated for burns after one of her farts apparently started a fire in the operating room.

The fire happened April 15 at the Tokyo Medical University Hospital when a doctor was of a woman in her 30s, according to the Asahi Shimbun newspaper.

Doctors believed the patient passed gas that was then ignited by the laser.

The resulting fire according to a News.com.au.

According to a report about the incident, no flammable materials were in the operation room during the surgery and that equipment was functioning normally.

According to the report:

When the patient’s intestinal gas leaked into the space of the operation (room), it ignited with the irradiation of the laser, and the burning spread, eventually reaching the surgical drape and causing the fire.

But there’s something about this story that doesn’t quite pass the smell test, according to L.A.-based surgeon Dr. Michael Zadeh.

“I perform a lot of colorectal and anal surgeries and this has never happened. It would take more than the usual amount of methane in the colon to cause such severe injury,” he told The Huffington Post.

Zadeh said the methane gas that is released during a fart could be ignited when heat sources such as laser and electrocoagulation are used in the vicinity.

Still, he’s skeptical.

“All instances that I have heard of have involved cases of bowel obstruction where there is a build-up of methane gas. I doubt that this was the only factor in the story,” he said.

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The Daily Show Imagines Donald Trumps First Term And Its Scary!

“The Daily Show” turned into a horror show on Monday night, by imagining what the country would be like four years into a Donald Trump administration.

It was as scary as you might imagine: Journalists were thrown in jail, robots stopped and frisked black people every few minutes and the national anthem’s lyrics praised the size of the Donald’s hands.

Oh, and Trump’s alternative to Obamacare, the one he said would be better than anyone could imagine?

It was an energy drink.

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Depression as a Starting Point for Change

It takes guts to admit to yourself that things arent going really well. It takes courage to talk to your nearest and dearest friends about the difficulties that youre going through. There is certain stigma in society, built upon the foundation of an egotistical thinking, which implies that having problems being depressed is a sign of weakness.

Research shows that in America, the main cause of stress in a household . Dealing with lousy managers, lazy coworkers, and being exposed to a pressurizing environment will undoubtedly start to take a toll on you.

The world, in this regard, can certainly share a similar sentiment: were living in the dark ages of economic and emotional stability, even equality for that matter.

Becoming an adult.

Although depression, anxiety, and social stigma exist during the period of adolescence, the aftermath starts to become visible only after a certain age, perhaps at a time in your life when youre being exposed to a larger number of adults who are not only dealing with their own stresses, but manage to provoke difficult emotions within yourself; all of which are associated with the things that have happened to you in the past.

It takes a certain determination to switch depression off, to use it as a tool for growth, rather than a tool for self-sabotage.

The answer lies in the question.

Its easy to numb your pain. Its easy to go out for drinks, to cry about your problems and then forget about them momentarily. Its easy to reinforce anger and sadness by rehashing the same experience in your mind a thousand times. It never did any good to me, so I cant image it doing any good for anyone else. Numbing pain is not the answer for finding a solution as to why youre depressed in the first place. If I learned anything from spending several years in , its this: the answers to your depressive behaviors and patterns lie within you, not somewhere in the external world.

When you prepare dinner for yourself, and your family, why did you do it? Was it because you love them, or because its something that needs to be done every single day as part of life? What if the core reason for doing it was the fact that humans need to feed their hunger, a quintessential part of the human life is to nourish the body with food. So, if you can find the core reason for needing food, can you not do the same for finding the ultimate reason for your depression?

Why am I depressed?

Just by asking a simple question, , its possible to hear the underlying reason for why youre feeling a certain way. Whenever Im going through a difficult time, that is my ultimate question to ask myself, because unless I do I find myself drifting away deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole of an endless loop that starts to creep up on my awareness as some sort of a hatred machine for everything around me.

What to do with the answer.

You might be wondering, whats next? What comes next after getting the answer? Its simple, what comes next is internal change in how you approach your depressive behaviors, fears and anxieties about anything in the external world. Its unprecedented how many of us have become professional suppressors of our own emotions, yet all it takes is to bring awareness into that which is driving us crazy, and within that split moment things start to change immediately.

The ego begins to lose its grip over what has happened in the past, because youre starting to actively seek a solution, youre seeking the underlying root cause for the emotions that youre feeling.

During my teenage years, I developed the habit of being a bully. I bullied people because it was fun, my close friends liked to do it as well, and I didnt really know any better. Then a few years later, I found myself on the other side of the coin, and became a target for others to bully me. At that time, things like karma or cause and effect never crossed my mind, but now in my mid-20s it is starting to make a lot more sense.

I had built this pitch-perfect picture in my mind of how another person should appear, and if he wasnt living up to those insane standards I was in the position to condemn him for not having the same luxuries as I did, of which I had very little regardless.

Pain stores itself in your body, your subconscious.

Our past experiences shape our present moment, the more we hold on to those experiences the less we get to experience of that which is already here in this moment. The more difficult our past experiences, and the less we invest to resolve emotions associated with them, the less joyful becomes the present moment. Its a time tested theory, yet were still learning to navigate this concept for the purpose of becoming a better version of ourselves. In society today, its hard to really take time for yourself to rejuvenate and heal, without having someone yell at the back of your mind that what youre doing is stupid, and pointless.

The irony lies in the fact that whoever does condemn you, for your humble choice to change, is likely to be dealing with emotional pain himself. My life changed completely at the age of 20, my old life had ran its course and I began to dedicate myself to mindfulness and meditation as a daily thing. It took my parents 3 years to accept that things have changed in my life, it has taken some of my friends to this day to learn how to let go of a version of me that is no longer there.

Yet, such is the journey of life. We, you, have the choice as to whether we want to hold onto things, or learn from them to accept the inevitable and push forward in a new direction.

Change will always start within.

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Scariest Halloween Costume Ever: Donald Trumps Hair

What’s straw-like and terrifying and orange all over? This 10-year-old boy’s frightening Halloween costume of Donald Trump’s hair. 

Gage DeVader of Wichita, Kansas celebrated Halloween by wearing a golf umbrella that his mother transformed into the Republican nominee’s head of hair. The boy added an orange T-shirt to resemble Trump’s complexion and topped off the look with a giant “Make America Great Again” hat made of poster board.

Gage’s mom, Jessica, that she created the costume by covering the umbrella in muslin. She then arranged fake grass table skirts around the umbrella to resemble Trump’s signature combover look:

While Gage’s masterpiece certainly wins for most inventive costume, other folks can dress up as Trump by donning one of the and available for purchase. National retailer that Trump costumes were in high demand this year, and more popular than costumes of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

As for Gage, his take was a wild success, Jessica told .

“I wish I’d taken a picture of the people taking a picture,” she said. “Everybody thought it was really funny. That’s good — that’s what I was after.”

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Survey also found 40 percent of young people using the devices were never smokers

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Eddie: Hallandale, Florida, October 27, 2016

Eddie works at the local medical supply store where I recently got my new mobility scooter. From moment one hes been friendly, helpful, kick-back and totally professional. When I pull up in front of the store in my wheelchair van, he always comes right out to see if he can save me getting out of the van. Theres a problem with the scooter batteries holding a full charge, so today hes installing new batteries to see if this fixes the problem. We have a chance to talk while hes working on it. Hes from New York, his Mom is Jewish and his dad Puerto Rican. He survived a stroke a few years back. Hes also a professional photographer. I was in the Everglades recently for a shoot. he tells me. I love photography Robertit gives me balance and perspective in life. I used to drive for Publix (supermarket), now I work here and do photography. Im seeing a Cuban Jewish woman, shes really great, has great values and is very family oriented. We share a love of New York. He tells me about a great bagel place in Hollywood (FL) that uses New York water to make its bagels, with great result. We exchange business cards and I can tell from his that hes a serious photographer. Lets keep in touch, he says and remember, if you have any more problems with your scooter, let me know its under warranty. He extends his hand and we shake. As I get back in my van, I cant help but think that Eddie truly is a brother from another mother.

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10 Uncomfortable Deeds That Will Pay Off Forever

T.S. Eliot was clearly onto something when he asked, If you arent in over your head, how do you know how tall you are? The very act of stepping outside of your comfort zone is critical to your success and well-being.

Our brains are wired such that its difficult to take action until we feel at least some stress and discomfort. In fact, performance peaks when were well out of our comfort zone. If youre too comfortable your performance suffers from inaction, and if you move too far outside of your comfort zone you melt down from stress.

Peak performance and discomfort go hand in hand. Stepping outside of your comfort zone makes you better, and it doesnt have to be something as extreme as climbing Mount Everest. Its the everyday challenges that push your boundaries the most, none of which require a flight to Nepal. Step out of your comfort zone and embrace these challenges.

1. Get up early. Unless youre a morning person, getting up earlier than usual can take you way out of your comfort zone. However, if you get up well before you have to start getting ready for work, its worth it. It gives you an opportunity to collect your thoughts and mentally prepare yourself for the day ahead, rather than just dashing from one activity to another. It also gives you the opportunity to eat a good breakfast and exercise, both of which have well-known health benefits.

2. Accomplish an impossible goal.
Few things compare to the exhilaration of accomplishing something that you didnt think you were capable of. These achievements fall so far outside of your comfort zone that they seem impossible. Maybe its running a marathon or giving a keynote speech at a convention. These accomplishments are worth every bit of suffering you endure to achieve them because once you finally do it, you feel invincible and carry that triumph with you forever.

3. Meditate. Its easy to get stuck in your comfort zone when youre so busy that you dont slow down enough to really think about what youre doing and why youre doing it. Meditation is a great way to break this cycle and also happens to be very good for your brain. It increases brain density in areas responsible for self-control, focus, problem-solving, flexibility, and resilience. Best of all, these changes are lasting.

4. Focus on one thing at a time. Focusing completely on a single task is a big riskthe risk of failing at something to which youve given your all. Thats why its so uncomfortable. The alternativemultitaskingis a real productivity killer. conducted at Stanford confirms that multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time. The researchers found that people who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information cannot pay attention, recall information, or switch from one job to another as well as those who complete one task at a time. When you try to do two things at once, your brain lacks the capacity to perform both tasks successfully. When you spread yourself too thin and chase after every bright, shiny thing that catches your eye, youre missing out on an important opportunity for personal growth.

5. Volunteer.
It would be great if everyone volunteered for purely altruistic reasons, but we all have demands on our time and have to set priorities. The problem is that after a long workday, volunteering can get pushed down somewhere below watching epic fail videos on YouTube. Volunteering is a powerful experience that feels good and expands your network at the same time. Have you ever met anyone who made volunteering a priority and wasnt changed for the better by the experience? Neither have I.

6. Practice public speaking.
Youve likely heard that the majority of people fear public speaking more than death. In fact, 74 percent of Americans have glossophobia (the fancy word for a fear of public speaking). So, yes, its a challenge. Its also worth it. Whether youre addressing five people around a table or an audience of five thousand, becoming a better public speaker can be a huge boon to your career.

7. Talk to someone you dont know.
Unless youre an extreme extrovertor a politiciantalking to new people probably makes you at least somewhat uncomfortable. Do it anyway. Social interaction is good for your mood (even when you dont like it), expands your network, exposes you to new ideas, and boosts your self-confidence.

8. Bite your tongue. Sure, it can feel so good to unload on somebody and let them know what you really think, but that good feeling is temporary. What happens the next day, the next week, or the next year? Its human nature to want to prove that youre right, but its rarely effective. In conflict, unchecked emotion makes you dig your heels in and fight the kind of battle that can leave you and the relationship severely damaged. When you , youre able to choose your battles wisely and only stand your ground when the time is right. The vast majority of the time, that means biting your tongue.

9. Say no. The more difficulty that you have saying no, the more likely you are to experience stress, burnout, and even depression. Saying no is indeed a major challenge for many people. No is a powerful word that you should not be afraid to wield. When its time to say no, avoid phrases such as I dont think I can or Im not certain. Saying no to a new commitment honors your existing commitments and gives you the opportunity to successfully fulfill them. When you learn to say no, you free yourself from unnecessary constraints and free up your time and energy for the important things in life.

10. Quit putting things off.
Change is hard. is hard. Scrounging up the guts to go for what you want is hard, and so is the work to make it happen. When things are hard, its always easier to decide to tackle them tomorrow. The problem is that tomorrow never comes. Saying youll do it tomorrow is just an excuse, and it means that either you dont really want to do it or that you want the results without the hard work that comes along with it.

Bringing It All Together

Staying in your comfort zone means stagnation. Just as an oyster only makes a pearl when its irritated by a grain of sand, no one has ever accomplished anything remarkable when comfortable.

What do you do to move out of your comfort zone? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below, as I learn just as much from you as you do from me.

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Turkish Justice Minister On Fethullah Gülen: The U.S. Will Not Choose A Terrorist Over Turkey

WASHINGTON ― Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ met with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch in Washington to press for the extradition of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen, who Turkey blames for orchestrating an attempted coup on its country on July 15.    

While a significant number of people in Turkey reportedly Gülen was behind the failed coup, the U.S. so far does not accept Turkish government information as sufficient for extradition. Gülen having any involvement in the coup or its planning. In his meeting with his U.S. counterpart, Bozdağ said he presented to back up the country’s request on the self-exiled cleric.

Turkey has been several militant organizations domestically and internationally, including the self-proclaimed Islamic State and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or the PKK, which the U.S. deems a . But, none of these are as dangerous as the supporters of Gülen, according to the justice minister, who calls the group, , the “Fethullah Terrorist Organization.” This, he claims, “presents a new kind of terrorism” with the it has achieved in Turkish military, judiciary, police and state audit institutions.  

The Gulen movement presents a new kind of terrorism.
Bekir Bozdağ, Turkeys justice minister

The Gülen movement has reportedly or 160 or so charter schools in the U.S. using , which are often the in their towns, but Bozdağ said during a press conference in Washington Thursday that Gülen supporters, “disguise themselves as philanthropists promoting education and religion.” He alleged that Gülen schools and educators in the U.S. are used to transfer large sums of money from Turkey and asked U.S. officials to investigate this flow of money.           

Bozdağ labeled Gülen as “Turkey’s Osama bin Laden,” and compared the cleric’s movement to “Daesh,” an Arabic acronym for the self-proclaimed Islamic State, in blaming him for the coup attempt. He said in statements to the press that Turkey had banned 35,970 people from 124 countries from entering the country and that authorities had arrested or deported 2,800 people from 92 different nations, all of them on terrorism-related charges.

Turkey has thousands and fired or suspended some 100,000 people in a crackdown and state of emergency following the summer putsch. But Bozdag said that “any allegations of injustice” during the purge are “being investigated thoroughly” and would be “made public immediately.”

During the press conference, The WorldPost posed two questions to Bekir Bozdağ to learn about why the issue of Gülen’s extradition is so important to Turkey and what it means for the future of Turkish-American relations. A third question was then asked in private. Below are the questions and the justice minister’s answers.

What would be the impact on U.S.-Turkish relations if Gülen is not extradited?

When the process is still ongoing, I don’t want to talk about a perception that he will not be extradited.

Of course, if the process is prolonged, or if something happens within that process, this would mean a huge blow to the relationship between Turkey and the U.S..

We, as Turkish people, do not understand or accept the fact that Fethullah Gülen, who is the murderer of 241 civilians and caused the wounding of around 2,194 people, bombed the parliament with F-16 jets [and] attempted the assassination of our president, is acting freely in the U.S..

We want [the] U.S. to understand us, because there is a growing anti-Americanism among Turkish people, as is observed by the representatives of the U.S. in Turkey.

The possibility that no sanctions are taken against the perpetrators of such grave offenses will increase the problem.

Although this is a legal process, we still believe that the U.S. will not choose a terrorist over Turkey.

The purge of suspected Gulenists has been very broad. Do you believe public institutions have now been cleared of those who plotted, supported or were sympathetic to the coup?

A purge of civil servants from the state for being a member of [the] Fethullah Terrorist Organization, or for having ties to it, is based on a law.

Each state has the right [to seek] high loyalty to the public order when it comes to civil service.

The state also has the right not to employ someone who isn’t loyal to it, or is loyal to a terrorist or terrorist organization instead of the state.

The U.S. authorities, government and people will not allow a member of Daesh or other terrorist organization[s] to be employed by the U.S.. The same goes for Turkey.

We cannot say that the purge is 100 percent over.
Turkeys justice minister

We cannot say that the purge is 100 percent over. We are doing it for each and every one of the terrorist organizations; it’s not confined to FETO. After the dissolving of [the] Soviet Union, many other countries that gained independence purged or cleansed those who were still attached to the Communist regime.

The same example is true for Germany as well. Around 500,000 people in East Germany were dismissed from their duties after the unification. This is an example we’re seeing in all the countries.     

Are you satisfied now that the country is secure and ready to return to normal, or will the emergency powers remain? If so, for how long?

The extension of the state of emergency has to do with the extensive process that the government is going through. We need time to take careful steps. If there are mistakes, we need time to investigate them. There is, however, no state of emergency with the normal flow of life.    

The above interview was conducted in Turkish and has been translated and edited for clarity.

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13 Things Mentally Strong People Dont Do

We all reach critical points in our lives where our mental strength is tested. It might be a toxic friend or colleague, a dead-end job, or a struggling relationship. Whatever the challenge, you have to see things through a new lens, and take decisive action if you want to move through it successfully.

It sounds easy, but it isnt.

Its fascinating how mentally strong people set themselves apart from the crowd. Where others see impenetrable barriers, they see challenges to overcome.

Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that mental strength comes from natural, unteachable traits that belong only to a lucky few. Its easy to fall prey to this misconception. In reality, mental strength is under your control, and its a matter of emotional intelligence (EQ).

Emotional intelligence is the something in each of us that is a bit intangible. It affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions to achieve positive results.

Despite the significance of EQ, its intangible nature makes it very difficult to know how much you have and what you can do to improve it if you lack it. You can always take a scientifically validated test, such as the one that comes with the book.

Unfortunately, quality (scientifically valid) EQ tests arent free, so Ive analyzed the data from the million-plus people has tested in order to identify the behaviors that are the hallmarks of high . This data shows that what you dont do is just as important as what you do when it comes to EQ.

The beauty of EQ is that its a flexible skill that you can easily improve with effort. Absolutely anyone can enhance their EQ by emulating the habits of emotionally intelligent people. If youre up for it, start with these critical things that emotionally intelligent people are careful to avoid. They consciously avoid these behaviors because they are tempting and easy to fall into if one isnt careful.

1. They dont stay in their comfort zone. Self-awareness is the foundation of EQ, and increasing your self-awareness isnt comfortable. You cant increase your EQ without pushing yourself to discover what you need to work on and what you should be doing differently. This is hard because when you take a really good look at yourself, you arent going to like everything you see. Its more comfortable to keep the blinders on, but they make certain that youll never have a high EQ.

2. They dont give in to fear.
They say that bravery is being scared to death to do something and doing it anyway. Many times, thats true, even when it comes to your career. The fear doesnt have to come from something as extreme as rushing into a burning building; it can be a fear of public speaking or going out on a limb to try for a promotion. If you use fear as an excuse not to do something, youve already lost. Its not that emotionally intelligent people arent afraidthey simply pick themselves up and fight on regardless of the fear.

3. They dont stop believing in themselves. Emotionally intelligent people persevere. They dont give up in the face of failure, and they dont give up because theyre tired or uncomfortable. Theyre focused on their goals, not on momentary feelings, and that keeps them going even when things are hard. They dont take failing to mean that theyre a failure. Likewise, they dont let the opinions of others keep them from chasing their dreams. When someone says, Youll never be able to do that, they regard it as one persons opinion, which is all it is.

4. They dont beg for attention. People who are always begging for attention are needy. They rely on that attention from other people to form their self-identity. Emotionally intelligent people couldnt care less about attention. They do what they want to do and what needs to be done, regardless of whether anyone is stroking their ego.

5. They dont act like jerks.
People who act like jerks are unhappy and insecure. They act like jerks because they dont have the emotional strength to be nice when they dont feel like it. Emotionally intelligent people place high value on their relationships, which means they treat everyone with respect, regardless of the kind of mood theyre in.

6. They dont hold grudges.
The negative emotions that come with holding onto a grudge are actually a stress response. Holding onto that stress wreaks havoc on your body and can have devastating health consequences over time. Researchers at Emory University have shown that holding onto stress contributes to high blood pressure and heart disease. Holding onto a grudge means youre holding onto stress, and emotionally intelligent people know to avoid this at all costs.

7. They dont hang around negative people.
Negative people are bad news because they wallow in their problems and fail to focus on solutions. They want people to join their pity party so that they can feel better about themselves. People often feel pressure to listen to negative people because they dont want to be seen as callous or rude, but theres a fine line between lending a sympathetic ear to someone and getting sucked into their negative emotional spiral. Emotionally intelligent people avoid getting drawn in by setting limits and distancing themselves from negative people when necessary. Think of it this way: If a person were smoking, would you sit there all afternoon inhaling the second-hand smoke? Youd distance yourself, and you should do the same with negative people.

8. They dont feel sorry for themselves. Heres the worst thing about feeling sorry for yourself, other than it being annoying, of course: it shifts your locus of control outside yourself. Feeling sorry for yourself is, in essence, declaring that youre a helpless victim of circumstance. Emotionally intelligent people never feel sorry for themselves because that would mean giving up their power.

9. They dont feel entitled. Emotionally intelligent people believe that the world is a meritocracy and that the only things that they deserve are those that they earn. People who lack EQ often feel entitled. They think that the world owes them something. Again, its about locus of control. Emotionally intelligent people know that they alone are responsible for their successes or failures.

10. They dont close their minds. When people close their minds to new information or opinions, its typically because they find them threatening. They think that admitting that someone else is right means that theyre wrong, and thats very uncomfortable for people lacking EQ. Emotionally intelligent people arent threatened by new things; theyre open to new information and new ideas, even if it means admitting that they are wrong.

11. They dont let anyone limit their joy. When your sense of pleasure and satisfaction are derived from comparing yourself with others, you are no longer the master of your own happiness. When emotionally intelligent people feel good about something theyve done, they dont let anyones opinions or accomplishments take that away from them. While its impossible to turn off your reactions to what others think of you, you dont have to compare yourself with others, and you can always take peoples opinions with a grain of salt. That way, no matter what other people are thinking or doing, your self-worth comes from within. Regardless of what people think of you at any particular moment, one thing is certainyoure never as good or bad as they say you are.

12. They dont get eaten up by jealousy and envy.
Emotionally intelligent people understand that the happiness and success of others doesnt take away from their own, so jealousy and envy arent an issue for them. They see success as being in unlimited supply, so they can celebrate others successes.

13. They dont live in the past. Failure can erode your self-confidence and make it hard to believe youll achieve a better outcome in the future. Most of the time, failure results from taking risks and trying to achieve things that arent easy. Emotionally intelligent people know that success lies in their ability to rise in the face of failure, and they cant do this if theyre living in the past. Anything worth achieving is going to require your taking some risks, and you cant allow failure to stop you from believing in your ability to succeed. When you live in the past, that is exactly what happensyour past becomes your present and prevents you from moving forward.

Bringing It All Together

Improving your emotional intelligence is the single most important thing you can do to improve your life. The good news is that you can make it happen with a little determination, effort, and a good model to follow.

What other things do emotionally intelligent people do (or not do)? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below, as I learn just as much from you as you do from me.

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Debbie Gibson Calls Out A Serious Problem In The Theater Community

When Debbie Gibson was singing and performing during the early part of her career in the ‘80s and ‘90s, she had a pristine reputation. But now, she says, it’s time for her to get off her “high horse” and speak the truth.

As Gibson tells “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” in an upcoming interview, she wasn’t the drug-avoiding “good girl” that everyone thinks she was. “I remember being on the road at, like, 25, touring with theater and doing my own cocktail of Tylenol PM and Xanax,” she says.

Drug use in the industry as a whole, Gibson asserts, is a function of the job for many entertainers. “Performers use prescription medications to get through their careers and their lives ― to get a good night’s sleep and to get that body on the stage because they have to deliver,” she says. “It’s a really serious problem.”

Using drugs to manage or enhance a performance is often an issue associated with athletes, but Gibson believes it is rampant in entertainment as well, particularly in the theater community. 

“It’s as prevalent or more prevalent, maybe, than it is with athletes,” she says. “They should rescind so many Tony Awards because half of Broadway is on prednisone! It’s the truth!”

Though the prescription drug prednisone is typically used to treat inflammation, Gibson says performers often chose it for other reasons, despite any side effects.

“It makes you sing higher and it makes you have more energy,” Gibson says. “It then gives you this terrible emotional fall-out afterwards and it crashes your immune system. It’s horrible.”

Gibson opens up more about her health and career on Saturday’s “Oprah: Where Are They Now,” airing Oct. 29 at 10 p.m. ET on OWN.

Another entertainer speaks out:

 

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Bill Mahers Birthday Wish To Interview Barack Obama Is Coming True

Good things come to those who wait.

long-held dream of interviewing now looks set to come true.

The “” host revealed Friday that he’d be talking to the president at the White House this week for a segment which will air on his HBO show on Friday, Nov. 4 at 10 p.m.

“Back in January I celebrated a birthday, it was a big one, I was 32,” Maher joked in a new YouTube clip. “Anyway, I used the occasion to make a plea for the president to come on ‘Real Time.’

“Not just because I’m a true fan, but because I thought our large, loyal audience deserved to be treated to a presidential visit, just like other shows have,” the comedian added.

Maher said he was “thrilled” because his audience thinks “a little different about things” and he knows “this president is sincere about changing diversity everywhere in America.”

Check out Maher’s monologue above, and watch the full show promo below:

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Are You Empowering Doubt?

I used to run away when life got tough, which only confirmed and empowered my own doubt of myself and all I could accomplish.

For a big part of my life, I looked at things all wrong. I fled tasks I had unilaterally decided I wasnt good ateven before I tried them. I framed my own mind and limitations when I told myself I couldnt achieve goalsfrom sports to certain academic subjects to being a leader.

I decided for myself I was bound for mediocrity, that I would have to work extra hard to obtain anything, and that I wasnt naturally smart or naturally talented at anything.

And I was bitter about it.

It seemed like I was always working harder than my peers and I couldnt understand people who skipped classes but made better grades than I did, or who seemed to attain victories effortlessly that I really struggled with.

So, I went down a path I thought I was supposed to follow.

I worked hard, made good grades and finally made it when I became a lawyer, but even then I gave into my own preset limitations, questioned everything I did and never thought I was good enough.

Still bound for mediocrity.

Because the thought of not being good enough dominated my persona, I wasnt happy. I felt like I couldnt live up to the standards Id artificially set for myself and I constantly compared myself to others, fearing I would be exposed at any given time if some sort of challenging issue I couldnt solve presented itself.

Unsure and full of self-doubt, it was all because Id decided to hold myself to some make-believe standard that scored me as a failure.

It took me a few years to figure out I was looking at it all wrong, and then I realized the secret of leading a happy and successful life.

I started over. Abandoned my course and left the law practice to become an entrepreneur dedicated to creating incredible products for women. I walked into this career at ground zero, having no experience running a business and having worked through the lens of a lawyer for many years.

Best. Decision. Ever.

Through the course of a couple of years and currently two businesses, and at the expense of the emotional roller coaster of being an entrepreneur, I experienced great successes and life-changing failures. Starting a business is tough enough; couple that with the incredibly risk-adverse mindset of the legal world and its easy to look at everything as a series of liabilities rather than a step ladder of setbacks propelling you to where you need to go. What could go wrong next was the first thing I thought when I rolled out of bed every morning.

But all at once, everything changed.

I began to realize when one door shut, another door with a better opportunity, opened. I stopped thinking every setback and failure was the end of the world and somehow a reflection of my ineptitude and started recognizing challenges ultimately resulted in my growth, better decision making and more success.

Rather than avoiding things I was afraid of and refraining from an endeavor because it might be problematic, I began to welcome challenges and eagerly embrace them head on.
In doing so, I disabled my self-doubt and I liberated the belief in myself I could accomplish what I set my mind to, that I was strong enough, smart enough and just plain ENOUGH.

Simply changing your self-talk can set you on an entirely different path. Why not give it a try?

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When It Comes To UTIs, Its Time To Move On From Cranberry Cures

People who suffer from chronic may want to put down the cranberry juice. The once-promising cranberry treatment is looking less and less like an alternative cure-all for UTIs, and more like a folk tale.

A recent randomized controlled trial, the highest standard of scientific evidence, found that people who took cranberry capsules didn’t protect themselves from a urinary tract infection any more than people who took placebo pills.

This is disappointing for the scientists urgently looking for new cures for this common infection. While antibiotics can cure UTIs, overuse can create antibiotic resistance in bacteria that cause the infection, leading to hard-to-treat illnesses. Already, have popped up on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s radar, and if they spread to become a serious threat, the superbugs could wreak havoc on a healthcare system that has no other way to cure these infections.

Cranberry has no effect on a person’s UTI risk

Correlational studies, which are weaker kinds of scientific evidence that measure the relationship between variables and outcomes, finds that people who regularly drink cranberry juice or take cranberry capsules are . 

But that relationship doesn’t stand up when tested with a randomized controlled trial, which is a way for scientists to compare the outcomes of one group who takes the medicine with a control group that takes an inert substance.

For instance, in this most recent trial, , researchers randomly divided 185 female nursing home residents with an average age of 86 into two groups: those who swallowed two cranberry capsules every day, and those who swallowed  a placebo capsule. UTIs are a common problem among older women, and are the among people in long-term care. 

In total, the two cranberry capsules contained 72 milligrams of the active ingredient proanthocyanidin, or the equivalent of 20 ounces of cranberry juice. Proanthocyanidins are thought to of the urinary tract. 

Over the course of one year, researchers measured two things in these women’s urine every two months: the presence of bacteria and the presence of pyuria, or white blood cells (pus), that would indicate an infection.

At the end of the trial, they found there were no significant differences in UTI rates between women who took the cranberry capsules and those who took the placebo.

Back to the drawing board

It’s time for both doctors and the popular health media to , wrote Dr. Lindsay E. Nicolle of the University of Manitoba in an editorial that accompanied the JAMA study. 

“Any continued promotion of the use of cranberry products seems to go beyond available scientific evidence and rational reasoning,” she wrote. Nicolle also points out that this most recent study is just the latest of several studies that cast doubt on cranberry juice as a way to prevent or cure recurrent UTIs in women of all ages.

While scientists continue exploring new, non-antibiotic ways to cure recurrent UTIs, it looks like the only non-pharmaceutical weapon we have against them is prevention. That includes wiping your genitals from front to back after using the toilet, washing your genitals before and after sex, and steering clear of feminine “hygiene” products.

Bottom line: If you’re a cran fan, enjoy the juice for its taste ― not its mythic urinary tract-protecting reputation. 

 

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Trevor Noah Uses Destinys Child To Make The Case For Obamacare

Obamacare customers but comedian Trevor Noah said he thinks it’s because Americans still don’t understand how the health care law is supposed to work.

“The Daily Show” host had the perfect explanation on Thursday’s episode. Even better, it involves Destiny’s Child.

“For insurance to remain affordable, you need healthy people to subsidize the sick people,” Noah explained. “It’s the same way [Destiny’s Child members] Beyonce and Kelly [Rowland] subsidized Michelle [Williams].”

The audience groaned at the idea that Williams’ solo career was a failure compared with the others, but Noah didn’t back down.

“Yeah, like you bought her album,” he jeered. “Act like you bought Michelle’s album. You judging me? Like we didn’t all make those jokes?”

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How To Teach Kids Empathy

Clients and friends often ask me how to cultivate empathy in their children. Instead of only understanding their own point of view, parents want their children to learn how to share, take others perspectives, and how to value other peoples opinions just as they value their own.  Although this skill can be tough when kids are very young, it is never too early to focus on empathy in the home and outside of it.

Here are six ways to teach empathy to your children, whether they are toddlers, preschool aged, or school aged.

1. Teach them about emotions.

Kids cant empathize with what others are feeling if they dont know how to put words to their own emotions. As your child goes through his day, make sure to point out which emotions you see him feel, and also which ones youre feeling.

Example: I see youre disappointed that there was only one cookie left. Mommy felt anxious right there when the car didnt start.

No child is too young to start hearing emotion words and learning what they mean.

2. Read and watch TV together.

Even the simplest board book will have characters that your child can learn to empathize with.  Dont just read, but discuss what characters are feeling as the story progresses.   And shows like are excellent at teaching empathy, and work particularly well if you and your child discuss whats happening on the screen.

Example: Elmo looks sad there when he didnt see his friends at first.  Now that they surprised him with a cake, I wonder what hes thinking!

3. After conflicts, discuss what everyone was feeling.

While your child is hitting his sibling is not the time to discuss feelings.  But when the children are separated and have calmed down, it is a great time to go back and talk about what each child was feeling.  Younger children can be guided to figure out what they may have been thinking or feeling at the time.  This can be done while helping them figure out how to express their feelings in a more adaptive way.

Example: You seemed very frustrated when Josh took your car. I think that is why you hit.  Hitting isnt okay, but maybe next time you could say, It was my turn and Ill give it to you next.

4. Let them see you resolve conflicts in your own life.

Almost everyone argues in front of their kids sometimes, even though ideally you should limit this. The key to ensuring that any arguments that do occur do not have a bad impact on your kids is by making sure that if you fight in front of the kids, you make up in front of them too.  Obviously, if you cannot keep your tone and your words under control, make sure to wait until the children are not near you, but a good rule of thumb to remember is: if kids never see conflict resolution in a relationship, they will be unlikely to be able to resolve conflicts in their own later relationships.  Make sure to take the other partys perspective in order to resolve.

So, if you and your husband are arguing over, for example, division of household tasks, be sure to have the children see when you compromise over who will do the laundry and who will drive the kids to soccer.  Then they will see that arguing is okay, it can lead to productive resolutions, and that people can love each other even when they disagree.

Example: I know youre tired after work, so would you like me to do the driving while you put in the laundry, then we can both fold together later?

5. Speak for those who cant speak for themselves.

Children frequently exhibit empathy toward babies, who naturally elicit empathy as an evolutionary adaptation to ensure that they get taken care of by older humans.  To make the most of this phenomenon, make sure to discuss and wonder aloud with your child about what babies (and pets) may be feeling.

Example: Baby Mike looks upset.  What do you think is wrong?  Do you think he is hungry or tired?  or Laila is sniffing Grandma a lot.  Is she trying to make friends?

6. Model respect for those who seem different.

Children are naturally fascinated by those who are different.  My own toddlers often loudly asked, What dat? when seeing people in wheelchairs. If a child is curious about someone with a disability, dont just shush them.  Make friends with the person and allow your child to see that this person is more similar to him than different.  Often, the person will explain his disability to your child, if your child is prompted to ask respectful questions, which is how my children were taught about wheelchairs. (Other tips for teaching your child respectful behavior toward individuals with disabilities can be found .)

These are some little tips to ensure that you can help your child reach her innate potential to be empathic and kind.  However, there is no substitute for acting empathic yourself, and allowing your child to observe you.  Your child will learn the most from watching you interact with others in a kind, empathic way, so if you need to work on this yourself (we all do), read .  Till we meet again, I remain, The Blogapist Who Says, Even Toddlers Can Empathize, Although .

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We Dont Know Yet If Soda Taxes Will Make Us Healthier

With the election less than two weeks away, Big Soda is preparing for battle.

The soda industry, led by the American Beverage Association trade group, is spending of dollars in a carefully coordinated effort to defeat proposals in four U.S. cities to tax local sales of sugar-sweetened beverages.

Three of the cities where voters will consider the proposals on Nov. 8 — San Francisco, Oakland and Albany — are in California, while the fourth, Boulder, is in Colorado. The industry is spending to fight the Bay Area proposals alone.

They may follow in the footsteps of cities like Berkeley, California, which passed its tax in 2014, and Philadelphia, which earlier this year introduced a tax that’s currently the subject of

As supporters of the soda taxes tell it, the beverage industry is fighting the new soda tax proposals so aggressively because it can sense proponents of such legislation gaining momentum.

Marion Nestle, a pro-soda-tax New York University nutrition professor and author of the book Soda Politics: Taking On Big Soda (And Winning) told The Huffington Post she believes the tipping point on the taxes has already been reached.

“This fight is a last act of desperation,” Nestle said by email. “The more they fight the taxes, the more people learn that sodas are best consumed in small amounts.”

If soda tax proponents succeed at the ballot box in all or most of the Nov. 8 votes, Barry Popkin, a nutrition professor at the University of North Carolina, believes more municipalities will soon follow. Cook County, Illinois, the nation’s second most populated county, already appears to be of proposing its own 1-cent-per-ounce soda tax.

“I think this is going to empower enormously the advocates,” said Popkin, who has researched the impact of soda taxes extensively. “I see a series of counties and maybe one state that will be the next generation.”

Supporters like Nestle and Popkin point to research showing that soda taxes , which enacted a nationwide tax in 2014, resulted in reduced soda consumption, as evidence they could be effective. 

The World Health Organization agrees. Earlier this month, WHO issued a report urging that the cost of sugar-sweetened beverages be increased  to curtail consumption and reduce obesity.

Opponents, however, say there are few signs the taxes will have any impact on the nation’s diet-related health challenges.

An ABA spokesman pointed to and , conducted by the Mexican Institute of Technology’s Center for Economic Research, on the impact of the Mexican soda tax that the legislation had only a negligible impact on soda consumption over its first year in effect.

According to Popkin’s paper, the Mexican soda tax resulted in a reduction of soda consumption of just 11.6 fewer milliliters of soda — about 4.9 calories — per day. This was in line with the second study, which found a reduction of soda consumption equivalent to just 6 calories per day.

“That’s not even measurable on a bathroom scale,” ABA vice president of policy William Dermody Jr. told HuffPost.

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Baylen Linnekin, an outspoken critic of the soda taxes and author of Biting the Hands That Feed Us: How Fewer, Smarter Laws Would Make Our Food System More Sustainable, agreed that the soda taxes do not appear to be having the impact their supporters claim they do.

“There’s absolutely no evidence whatsoever from the taxes that have existed or been proposed that there is any connection between soda taxes and health,” Linnekin said.

Linnekin pointed to the overall trend of soda consumption running parallel to increasing rates of obesity in the U.S. as further evidence that there is no relationship between the two.

“There are lots of calories that aren’t taxed, so picking on soda is not a scientifically, economically or dietarily legitimate policy,” Linnekin added.

A new study from a team of Swedish researchers runs counter to some of the arguments of Linnekin and other tax opponents.

According to the study,  in the European Journal of Endocrinology, daily intake of sweetened beverages like soda was associated with double the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Proponents for the soda taxes also argue that such objections do not take into account the heightened rates of diet-related health challenges in and  in particular.

Further, Jim O’Hara, director of health promotion policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit group, argues that such criticisms ignore the benefits associated from the revenue generated from such taxes.

In the case of Berkeley, money from the soda tax has funded youth-focused  on health, nutrition, cooking and gardening in the city’s public schools. The full impact of such programs, of course, won’t be fully understood for some time.

“Public health always depends on approaching a problem from many angles,” O’Hara told HuffPost. “[The tax opponents] are doing a very crude analysis that doesn’t fully address the issue.”

Regardless of what happens in the soda tax votes this Election Day, it is clear the broader battle on the issue has only begun.

Proponents of the taxes anticipate any victories at the ballot box will be met with legal action from the industry, just as they were in Philadelphia.

“The DNA of these beverage companies is ‘no regulations’ and they’re going to continue to fight,” Popkin said. “I can see them losing all of [the ballot measures], but I don’t think it will stop.”

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Business host Lou Dobbs recently fired off an angry tweet about , the third-party conservative running neck-and-neck with GOP nominee Donald Trump in . 

is threatening to hand the state to Democrat Hillary Clinton, or he could win the state’s six electoral votes himself ― a notion that has Trump supporters such as Dobbs steamed enough to blame a “ Mafia.”

Although the tweet was published over the weekend, it was widely retweeted late Wednesday and led to the birth of a new hashtag: #. 

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How do we evolve from the current anger and chaos were all feeling in our political environment? We all want change. Especially women. We want to know that we are heard, that we are valued, and that we matter. In this video blog, I share my thoughts on why I believe we are seeing whats going on in the world and how we might change it.

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Sharing My Health Story Made Me a Powerful Disabled Diva

If anyone would have told me in my 20s that Id be writing about living with multiple chronic illnesses in my 40s I would have laughed.

Ive been experiencing various symptoms since the age of 10, but my flare ups were rare and never long in duration. Soon after my 30th birthday, I started feeling pain in my bones, muscles, and nerves, along with extreme fatigue almost every day. It was like someone had flipped a switch and then stuck it in the ON position permanently.

I received all of my diagnoses: Psoriasis, Fibromyalgia, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ovarian Cysts, and reoccurring abdominal adhesions right after the other within a 5-year period. It was like riding a never ending roller coaster with many sharp turns, loops, and life-threatening dips. No matter how well my doctors and I thought the ride would get, new twists returned with a vengeance. Dealing with so many conditions and symptoms at one time was frustrating, but I had to press on.

Accepting My New Truth

In the beginning of my chronic life, I believed I would get better, or at the very least manage my symptoms to function like I used to. My doctors and I were both to blame for this foolish belief.

Instead of researching my conditions, I believed my doctors when they said that pharmaceutical medications would restore my life. But one of my physicians confirmed what I didnt want to believe to be true. I will never forget when my doctor told me, This is as good as it gets.
Hearing those words and accepting them are two different things. While I understood what he was saying, it would be many years before I could accept them and learn how to live a life that would always include some type of physical pain.

Finding My Voice

As time went on, my pain and depression continued to grow. My husband and children were able to sympathize with how I was feeling the best that they could, but I didnt have anyone else who truly knew what it was like to live with a painful chronic illness. And the fatigue made it difficult to make and nurture friendships with other chronically ill people.

But one day I realized that the reason I had failed wasnt for a lack of trying, it was that I was going about it in the same manner I would have before becoming chronically ill. Once I accepted that planned outings and phone calls were not the only ways to get to know someone else, I began to think differently.

Thats when I met other chronically ill folk on Twitter. This opened up a whole new world for me! The other chronically ill people and I could reply or ask questions at times when we were physically and mentally up for the task instead of feeling pressured to push through a social outing. The only downside to talking with others on Twitter was being confined to 140 characters per tweet. Wanting to express myself with more than a few short tweets, I began blogging.

Creating My Online Diva

When I first began blogging, I chose not to use my real name as I wasnt comfortable talking about my struggles with friends and family. This was because my friends and family wanted to heal me. They werent ready to accept that this was my life and that nothing was going to change. I just couldnt take one more conversation that was focused on how they thought I could heal.

I needed people who understood what it was like to live with chronic pain and could offer advice on coping, so coming up with a name was actually pretty easy. Disabled describes what my conditions have done to my body. As for Diva, I chose it because most people think disabled or ill people should look a certain way. The presumption is that we are frumpy, dont wear make-up, or dont care about stylish clothing.

Well, I love make-up, I love clothing and accessories (especially my Minnie Mouse ears), and I refuse to allow my illnesses to take that away from me. Just the other day, I arrived at the hospital for a colonoscopy with bright red lipstick on for no other reason than it made me feel pretty. Referring to myself as a disabled diva has helped take away the stigma that being chronically ill has a look.

Bring Out Your Diva

Blogging as The Disabled Diva has helped me more than I could have ever imagined. I now have the opportunity to sort through my feelings and share my fears, joys, failures, and wins and I can encourage, sympathize, inspire, and motivate not just my readers, but myself to live the best life possible.

Ive also been able to strengthen relationships with my friends and family. I no longer feel like I have to answer the same questions about my conditions over and over while trying to enjoy a social outing. Instead, I refer those people to my blog. It allows me to stay focused on having some much deserved fun instead of being reminded of my pain.

I know blogging isnt for everyone, but I would encourage every chronically ill person to find some kind of outlet to express how they are feeling. A creative outlet can help you process your feelings and may even help you better explain those feelings when talking with friends and family. The longer I held my feelings inside, the deeper my depression grew. By processing my thoughts and feelings through writing, I found it easier to express how I really feel or how I am doing to my friends and family. Now everyone I know knows me as The Disabled Diva!

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Trevor Noah: If Trump Is Elected, Hell Wage Warsuits

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump may have no political experience, but comedian Trevor Noah says he definitely is well-versed in the judicial branch.

On Tuesday’s “The Daily Show,” Noah made light of how Trump often tries to shut down critics by suing them.

“Trump has sued so many people he probably has platinum medallion status at the courthouse,” Noah said. “There’s probably a special lounge he waits in. He gets nice little hot towels, but he never uses them because they’ll wipe off his tan.”

Although Noah is definitely not a Trump supporter, he can see potential benefits if the Donald is elected president.

“He won’t be waging wars all the world ― he’ll be waging ‘warsuits,’” Noah said. “Droning people with subpoenas all over the globe.”

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How To Stop Confusing The Distinct Realities Of Mind, Body, And Spirit

I once heard an avid Buddhist claim she was completely non-attached to anything. She declared someone could shoot her with a gun and she wouldnt care. Non-attachment may well exist in the depth, but not on the more superficial personality level. Trying to impose the values of one level onto another is called cross-realm projection. Deep within, we can be spiritually non-attached, but we still deeply love and care about our family.

Life exists on several realms: the physical (body), the thought/emotional (mind), and the spiritual (spirit). We tie ourselves up in knots when we cross-realm project—when we project the values of one realm onto another.

Steve, a friend of mine, had a girlfriend, Carol, whom he said he loved. At the same time, Steve knew something just wasnt right. He was confused. Having known Steve for many years, the situation was pretty clear to me. Carol was beautiful and Steve always liked beautiful women; but when I saw them together, they just didnt click. I really dont think he even liked her. In his state of confusion, Steve asked me what I thought, and so I told him. It was like a lightbulb went off in his head. He had fallen into the common trap called cross-realm projection.

Steve thought he loved Carol because he was attracted to her physically. He was projecting deeper realms onto the more superficial physical realm. To love someone lies deeper than the physical.

The spiritual notion of desirelessness often falls prey to cross-realm projection.  At the depth of our being, it is possible to experience spiritual Oneness with all that is. In that realm, we do not desire anything because we are already one with it; we already have it. Through cross-realm projection, people try to live desirelessness on the surface of life. Sometimes they even convince themselves of their desireless state, but it is unnatural. If physically alive today, Jesus might desire chocolate ice-cream over vanilla.

Mindfulness also regularly succumbs to cross-realm projection. The eternal present dwells deep within. Trying to live in the eternal present every moment of every day is unnatural. It is, at best, a hypnotic state that imposes stress upon the physiology. On the surface of life, it is completely fine to sometimes reflect upon the past or ponder the future.

Someone once told me they didnt have money to pay their rent next month, but they were just letting God take care of it. Evidently, they had been taught about the principle of letting go and letting God. Again, this is cross-realm projection. At the depth of our being, we can be free and unbounded. But on the surface of life, we need to be responsible and practical.

We complicate and confuse our lives in so many ways through cross-realm projection. Understanding these few examples is good. But beginning to discover how we, and the people around us, fall prey to cross-realm projection in our daily lives is invaluable. Its well worth spending some time to get familiar and comfortable with the concept.

The best way to stop cross-realm projecting is to simply understand the principle. Then, when questions or conflicts arise or something just feels off in our thinking or anothers thinking, we see if we can apply the concept. Learning to apply the concept is simply a matter of keeping it in mind. It can be helpful to apply it in times when we feel the need for greater clarity regarding our life. This can include either small or major decisions.

We could even put up a sign in our home or office that says cross-realm projection as a reminder that we have this new tool available. As it has been said, The light of awareness heals. In other words, having awareness of cross-realm projection thought patterns is our best way of catching ourselves in the act, and healing those patterns.

The first time a practical application of cross-realm projection is discovered, it is like an epiphany, an experience of eureka. Suddenly, the clouds part as the truth of the situation shines forth. As time passes, identifying cross-realm projection becomes more and more spontaneous. Each time, its as if we are solving a major part of the puzzle of life.

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5 Steps To Keep You Sane During Medicare Open Enrollment

 

? We suspect, in part, it’s because you are expected to look into a crystal ball and know precisely how healthy you will be during the next 12 months. Will you need expensive prescription drugs next year, even if you don’t now. Will you need physical therapy, get sick while you are out of the country or decide you’d like to see a doctor outside of your HMO?

The short answer is: How should you know? And that’s where the frustration comes in.

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has a checklist, that we’d like to amend ever so slightly, that is a good start on making your best-educated guess.  

 

1. Watch the mailbox.

Before open enrollment, Medicare beneficiaries are supposed to receive by Sept. 30 an Annual Notice of Change (ANOC)/Evidence of Coverage (EOC). They also get a Medicare & You handbook. The ANOC lists the changes in the plan, such as the premium, co-pays and drug formulary. The and are a starting point to figuring things out during open enrollment period. If you put yours in the pile of things you intend to deal with later, please be advised that “later” is right now. You have to have all this done by Dec. 7, which is indeed a day of infamy. 

2. Gather personal information.

Knowledge is power. In order to evaluate whether the plan coverage you presently have is still appropriate, you need to know how it worked for you in the past and whether key parts of it are changing. So, to start you need to compile a list of your prescriptions, your doctors and providers, and figure out what you spent last year on health care fees and copays. Take note of when you had to pay through the nose because Medicare didn’t cover something. Now check your list with that notice of change you got (ANOC) and see what won’t be covered again. Take your time. Picking the wrong plan can be costly.

3. Comparison shop.

This is the step where many throw their hands up in despair. In most states, there are at least 25 Medicare Part D plans to choose from, and in some states as many as 40 Medicare Advantage plans are available, says NCOA. Just as a refresher: Part D is for prescription drugs. plans cover everything but hospice; in some cases they even cover vision and dental care.

There are two main ways to get your Medicare coverage. Original Medicare ― Part A for hospital stays and Part B for medical services delivered outside a hospital; or you can get a Medicare Advantage Plan, known as Part C. Some people get additional coverage, like Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage) or Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap). 

Before you give up, know that you can get personalized health insurance counseling at no cost to you from your local  Make an appointment early, says NCOA, because availability can fill up quickly. 

NCOA suggests starting with a free and confidential ®, which can evaluate your needs. Then visit the to compare policies.

4. Establish order to the madness.

Now that you’ve done all your research about what it will cost you, your first decision is whether you want Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan. Next, decide if you want prescription drug coverage (Part D). Lastly, determine if you want supplemental coverage ― Medigap. , but you still have to decide which specific company’s plan works best for you.

5. Look ahead. 

Oh no, you’re not done just because Open Enrollment closes on Dec. 7. It’s important to understand when new coverages take effect and to watch for another round of paperwork in the mail ― this one about your 2017 coverage.

Individuals with Medicare can sign up for My Medicare Matters reminder emails and can read NCOA’s Complete Guide to Medicare Open Enrollment .

Broadly speaking, the latest predicts that Part B monthly premiums will increase to approximately $ 150 or more for about 30 percent of beneficiaries. The out-of-pocket deductible will jump from $ 166 to $ 204 ― tied to the cost of living adjustment (COLA) in Social Security benefits, which will go up 0.3 percent or about $ 4 per month.

for people with higher incomes ($ 85,000/year for individuals and $ 170,000/year for couples). Those who did not enroll in Part B or D when they first became eligible will pay higher premiums because of penalties.

Average prescription drug plan premiums should remain stable at about $ 34/month (up from $ 32.50/month in 2016). 

 

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Obama Should Exonerate Ethel Rosenberg, a Victim of Red Scare Repression

Along with the Haymarket and Sacco and Vanzetti trials, the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg during the McCarthy-era stands as among the gravest miscarriages of justice in American history.

In the last few months, the Rosenberg family has amassed over 13,000 signatures (http://www.rfc.org/ethel) calling on President Obama to issue an executive proclamation nullifying the guilty verdict for Ethel modeled after what Governor Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts did on the 50th anniversary of Sacco and Vanzetti.

The Rosenberg trial, Ethels grand-daughter Jennifer Meeropol said in an interview last week, was a farce in which government prosecutors manufactured evidence, using my grandmother as leverage against her husband, thinking he would cooperate with authorities [and name some fellow co-conspirators]. However, it didnt work out that way and the bluff was called.

According to Jennifer, the kind of tactics used by government prosecutors cannot be allowed to stand in a functioning criminal justice system and democracy, giving urgency to the petition. The manipulation of evidence for political purposes, Ethels son Robert Meeropol said, is incompatible with a free society and reflective more of totalitarian justice systems.

The Meeropols campaign to exonerate Ethel Rosenberg has gained momentum following a 60 Minutes broadcast on October 16th which Robert called a breakthrough in allowing the family to present its side of the story on national network television. The shows producers, he said, did a great deal of research and a really good job of summarizing details in the case that have come out over decades.

The petition was first conceived following the release in July, 2015 of grand jury testimony from David Greenglass, Ethels brother, confirming Ethels innocence.

The transcripts show that Greenglass, the main prosecutorial witness who worked for the army weapons lab at Los Alamos, changed his story about Ethel having typewritten Davids handwritten notes that accompanied a sketch of a cross-section of the atomic bomb and having persuaded his wife Ruth to recruit him into a spy ring led by Julius in order to protect Ruth from prosecution.

Ethels only crime it appears was to protect her husband. She was never given a code name, and according to KGB agent Alexander Feklisov, never worked for us, a fact the U.S. government knew.

On 60 Minutes, historian Ronald Radosh suggested Ethel may have been an accessory to spying by helping [to] identify people, urging people to be recruited, suggesting that her own brother be recruited, in short aiding and abetting those who are spying.

Robert Meeropol believes, however, that Radosh said nothing to contradict our claims about the trial and [in essence] says he knows better than the KGB. He relies on fourth or fifth hand snippets of information based on a report allegedly given by Julius Rosenberg to some KGB agent translated into Russian and then encrypted, decrypted, and hand-copied that was found in the Soviet archive which was only open briefly. There is no independent verification of the accuracy of the report and none of the information was presented at Ethels trial and [it] would not be admissible in court today.if the allegations werent so serious, the evidence presented by Radosh would be laughable.

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were a young Jewish couple living on the lower East Side of Manhattan who like many of their generation gravitated to leftist and communist ideals because they had experienced the harshness of the capitalist system during the Great Depression, and as Robert put it, wanted to make the world a better place.

Described by the New York Times as a little woman with soft and pleasant features Ethel, Robert said, saw people being thrown in the streets and evicted, and it was the communists helping the people to get their homes back. They were heroic. She became a dedicated political activist who organized strikes before her 20th birthday and also sponsored blood drives and knit socks for soldiers on the front fighting against fascism during World War II.

Julius shared his wifes political commitments while working as an Army Signal Corps engineer, testifying at his trial that the Soviet government had improved the lot of the underdogmade a lot of progress in eliminating illiteracy, built up a lot of resources [such as dams] and contributed a major share in destroying the Hitler beast who killed six million of my co-religionists [Jews].

Julius main reason for collaborating with the Soviets was to help defeat the Nazi army. He gave Russian agents information on technology used for the development of jet fighters, radars and detonators, however nothing directly on the atomic bomb as declassified VENONA transcriptions of KGB files confirm.

A supposed meeting in September 1945 with Greenglass involving Ethel could not have occurred as Julius had been suspended from all ongoing activities because the KGB feared the U.S. had discovered his spying.

In December 1945, Greenglass through his wife Ruth provided the Russians crudely drawn sketches of a cross-section of the bomb related to high explosive lenses, though these were considered by experts to be unimpressive, to display naïve misunderstandings, and to disclose ludicrously little about a complex program Greenglass was minor to. (Holding a low-grade security clearance, he only had a high school degree and had failed eight classes at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute).

In June 1961, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover declared: Who, in all good conscience could say that Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the spies who delivered the secret of the atomic bomb into the hands of the Soviets, should have been spared when their treachery caused the shadow of annihilation to fall upon all of the worlds people.

The evidence from the case, however, shows these comments to be untrue, like with the preposterous claim of Judge Irving Kaufman that the Rosenbergs caused the communist aggression in Korea, with resultant casualties exceeding 50,000 and of Dwight Eisenhower that by immeasurably increasing the chances of atomic war, the Rosenbergs may have condemned to death tens of millions of innocent people all over the world.

Robert Meeropol points out that the main reason the feds went after Julius was because he was the recruiter who got others involved [in giving information to the Soviets]. Julius was the idealistic head of a politically generated group who remained true to his beliefsHe was asked to turn in all his comrades, which he refused to do.

Robert says that as a child of the 1960s, he does not have the same politics as his father and recognizes his parents made some mistakes. However, he can understand why they would believe the government was lying about Stalin when they were clearly lying about what the communists were doing in the United States.

Though he might have been personally upset, Robert feels the case could have been settled if Julius was given maybe five or ten years in prison instead of the death penalty. The bias of the trial was epitomized by the fact that Ray Cohn, the assistant district attorney and an aide to Joseph McCarthy, discussed the case with Judge Irving Kaufman by phone from the courthouse lobby.

Robert and his older brother Michael were raised by supporters of the Rosenbergs, Anne and Abel Meeropol, and in 1990 founded the Rosenberg Fund for Children, a non-profit organization now run by Jennifer, which has awarded over $ 6 million in helping the children of political activists facing legal problems. (http://www.rfc.org/aboutus)

Currently, the Fund is assisting children of organizers with OUR WALMART (a labor rights group) in California who were fired after protesting working conditions at the retailer; a young Black Lives Matter activist in Massachusetts who was repeatedly targeted for arrest and harassment by police; and children in a family that has received death threats and whose family dog was poisoned as a result of the parents working to protect and restore a river basin in Louisiana.

The Meeropols experience gives them keen insights into the contradictions of American democracy, which in theory wants everyone to participate in it, but deals rather harshly, as Robert points out, with those who take on entrenched interests, oppose racial discrimination and militarized police forces and take on the multi-national corporations that are destroying our planet.

Robert added that when someone sticks their head out above the crowd and powerful forces want to lop it off, we [Rosenberg Fund for Children] come to their aidOne goal [of the foundation] is to encourage ordinary people with family concerns to keep engaging in society.

The petition to exonerate Ethel fits well with the Rosenberg Funds mission. Its importance is magnified in a political climate where the Democratic Party presidential candidate accuses the Republican candidate of being a Russian agent and where the Republican has proposed reinstituting loyalty oaths and was mentored by the Rosenbergs prosecutor, Roy Cohn.

In our interview, Jennifer cited a speech by President Obama repudiating calls to ban Muslim immigrants in which Obama acknowledged we had gone through moments in history when we acted out of fear, saying this was a shameful part of our history.

The act of exonerating Ethel would help transcend this shameful past, and is something valuable Obama can do before he exits the presidential stage.

Jeremy Kuzmarov teaches at the University of Tulsa and is author of Modernizing Repression: Police Training and Nation Building in the American Century (Massachusetts, 2012). For a well-researched account of the Rosenberg case, see Walter and Miriam Schneir, Final Verdict: What Really Happened in the Rosenberg Case (Melville House, 2010).

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HOW DO YOU TREAT YOUR WAITRESS?

We had a TV series in London. One of our fellow TV presenters seriously upset the camera crew when they arrived at his house. He was rude and dismissive, essentially putting himself on a pedestal and treating them like lowly workers.

Minutes later, when the camera was turned on, he became the perfectly smiling spiritual icon he was publicly known to be. But, as the crew told us later, he had already shown them that he didnt walk his talk.

In contrast, Ed was meeting with Jo, our TV producer, in a small London café. If you have ever been to London youll know that in such cafés the tables are very close. Two well dressed African men sat down next to them, which effectively meant they were sharing the same table.

Ed asked them where they were from and one said, South Africa. The man pulled out his business card ¬¬- his name was Jacob Zuma who, at that time, was the President of the ANC but is now the President of South Africa.

Usually, if you sit next to someone in a big city café, they dont even make eye contact, let alone conversation. Jacob had never met Ed before so he could have been distant and polite, he certainly didnt have to talk, let alone maintain communication, which he did over the following few years. He even hugged him!

How we walk our talk shows far more than just our public behavior. Rather, it highlights how we view the world and our place in it. A few days ago a friend was telling us that a business agreement she had been nurturing for over three years had abruptly come to an end.

He wanted to exclude me from part of the discussion, which I said was absolutely not agreeable. So he said that was that and he got up and left. But instead of being shattered after losing the years of work, she felt a huge relief. He had shown her his true colors. As she said, He had shown me how he treats the waitress.

We met with the Dalai Lama at his residence in India. While we waited for the meeting Ed was standing on the veranda, enjoying the beauty of the mountains stretching in front of him, when he saw a monk at the far end of the veranda trying to get his attention by beckoning us to come.

We thought this monk would bring us to our meeting but as we came close to him we realized that he was the Dalai Lama. In traditional Buddhist custom, we immediately began to prostrate but he took our hands and lifted us up, saying, No, no, we are all equal here.

That teaching stayed with us. As Deb first thought, Oh sure! You are the great Dalai Lama, spiritual leader to millions. How can we possibly be equal?

But over the following months she felt his words in the core of her being and experienced the true equality he was referring to: the equality of our shared humanness and, simultaneously, our shared heart.

The Dalai Lama showed us how he treats a waitresswith the impartiality, consideration and respect that he treats all beings. No matter who we are, whether a street cleaner or a president, we are all equal, here together as one human family.

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How To Revamp Your Sleep Routine Using Meditation

Sleepless nights do not discriminate. And if you’ve ever lain awake thinking about commitments to work, school, family and friends, you’re familiar with what a challenge it can be to turn all those thoughts off at the end of the day and relax, let alone fall asleep.

Enter meditation. indicates that practicing meditation may result in a slew of health benefits, from lowering blood pressure to easing the symptoms of anxiety and insomnia.

If you’ve never tried meditation, or think it sounds intimidating, the good news is that it’s easy to get started. We’ve partnered with to present a beginner’s guide to relaxing, meditative practices ― and you can start tonight.

 

Why Meditation?

“During meditation the brain emits alpha waveforms, and these are associated with relaxation,” says , a clinical psychologist and sleep specialist. “We also see things like a slowness in both breath and heart rate, which contribute to a more relaxed physical state.”

While there are many types of meditation practices, most of them call for the same four general : a quiet place to practice with limited distraction; a comfortable posture (sitting, lying or even walking are typical); focused attention on an object, your breath or a specific word or phrase; and, lastly, an open attitude.   

 

Engage In Deep Breathing

“Simple breathing meditations are a nice way to start,” says Kelsang Dechok, a senior ordained teacher of Modern Buddhism at Chittamani Kadampa in Austin, Texas. Focus on taking slow, deep and even breaths. This should help produce the body’s (think slower breathing, lower blood pressure, and a sense of calm and well-being).

“T​he natural byproduct of meditating is that our stress and tension fall away and our racing thoughts that may often keep us awake will gradually subside,” says Dechok.

 

Do A Full ‘Body Scan’ (No Equipment Required)  

As its name suggests, body scan meditation brings attention to different parts of the body and can help you locate and relieve areas of . This meditation can be practiced with the help of a guide (there are audio versions available ).

One found that participants who practiced eight weekly at-home sessions of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program (which included body scan meditation) saw an increase in mindfulness and well-being, as well as a decrease in stress.

 

Practice Progressive Muscle Relaxation

This relaxation technique focuses on and then releasing each muscle group. Tense each set of muscles for at least five seconds, relax for 30 seconds and then repeat.

“I really like progressive muscle relaxation,” says Breus. “It is a focused technique that causes a relaxation response and it can be done in bed.”

 

Repeat A Mantra

A mantra is a sound or vibration that can be repeatedly spoken, whispered or used silently to enter a state of meditation and prevent distracting thoughts. “Om” is a mantra that is commonly chanted during yoga (but there are many ).

“From a psychology viewpoint, when you are meditating you will have a focus” ― such as a mantra ― “and this presumably prevents you from thinking about other life aspects, many of which could be stressful,” says Breus. “This ‘break’ from reality can be very relaxing.”

 

Find Relaxation In Yoga

The health benefits of yoga have been touted for some time. shows that practicing yoga promotes recovery from anxiety and stress and improves sleep patterns. Hatha yoga combines poses with breathing techniques, meditation and relaxation, and is considered an excellent choice for those looking to manage stress. And there are no shortage of online that beginner yogis can use to get started.

 

Practice Tai Chi

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that has evolved into a form of exercise and meditative movement used to and aid in other health issues. With its slow and gentle movement and focus on deep breathing, the practice is often referred to as “.” Research has also demonstrated tai chi’s effectiveness in the .

There are plenty of online resources where beginners can learn the basics of tai chi. The offers a video on the basics of the practice as well. (Those with existing health conditions should consult their doctor before beginning any sort of new exercise regime.)

 

Another meditation perk: It’s both inexpensive and as informal (or formal) as you’d like. If you want to go the formal route, consider taking a class at a local meditation center. “The talks and guided meditations offered at a class provide​ a​ foundation for developing a powerful meditation practice,” says Dechok.

Whether it’s spending a quiet moment in lotus pose or taking 10 minutes to focus on deep breathing, meditative practices will have your mind quieted and you snoozing in no time.

“Meditation helps to overcome negative states of mind such as anger and jealousy, and to cultivate positive minds such as patience and love,” says Dechok. “When our mind is peaceful, calm and relaxed, it is easier​ to fall asleep.”

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Prominent Anti-War Activist And Member of ‘Chicago 7’ Tom Hayden Dead At 76

(Reuters) , a 1960s anti-war activist and who went on to serve in the California state assembly and senate, has died aged 76, according to media reports.

Hayden died in Santa Monica, California, after a lengthy illness, .

Hayden forged his political activism while a student at the University of Michigan, where he was a founding member of the seminal 1960s activist group, Students for a Democratic Society.

He was one of several protesters arrested and charged with incitement and conspiracy during the Democratic national convention in Chicago in 1968. After years of trials, appeals, and retrials, he was acquitted of all charges.

Hayden, who was married to actress Jane Fonda from 1973 to 1990 and with whom he had two children, was elected to the California state assembly in 1982, and to the state senate 10 years later.

In later years his writings were published in national publications including The New York Times, the Boston Globe and the Denver Post. He served on the editorial board and was a columnist for The Nation magazine, and was the author of more than 20 books.

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United States Ranks in Top 10 for Empathy

But, study author says social media, parenting practices and bullying may one day lower Americas compassion score

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Surprise: Good Communication Does Not Result In A Better Relationship

Couples often ask for advice about for how they can improve their communication. If we could just find better ways to communicate with each other, they say, we would have a much better relationship. So they seek couples therapy, they go to workshops for learning new relationship skills; and they read the latest books and articles about communication techniques and strategies.

But If better communication could create more intimate, loving and sustaining relationships, why are so many couples unable to find what works? The answer is that they may be on a fools errand. Good communication, per se, doesnt make relationships better. Rather, good communication is a feature, an outcome, of having created a positive, sustaining relationship to begin with; not its source.

Some new research, as well as observational studies of couples that experience positive, lasting and energized relationships can help explain this. First, a looked at the connection between communication and the degree of satisfaction that couples report. It found that good communication in itself could not account for how satisfied partners were with their relationships over time.

The researchers recognized that other factors must be influencing couples satisfaction; and that good communication can result from those other factors. the lead author of the study, published in the , the more satisfied couples do communicate better on average than those who are less satisfied. Thats expected: In generalthe more satisfied you are, basically, the better you communicate.

However, in the majority of cases, communication did not predict satisfaction. It was more common for satisfaction to predict communication than the reversesatisfaction was a stronger predictor of communication. These links have not been talked about as much, We have focused on communication predicting satisfaction instead.

The Roots of Positive Relationships

That may be why so many couples seek better communication only to discover that it doesnt help much. Positive relationships ones that sustain vitality and intimacy at all levels over time arent created by applying various techniques or strategies; or tools that you can use, like new computer applications. Rather, they are rooted in the less tangible attitudes and wavelength of the two partners; in how they engage each other emotionally, spiritually and physically in their relationship, each day.

When you look at relationships from that perspective, its understandable that other recent studies find links between positive relationships and several ways they impact both mental and physical health, and overall wellbeing. , a study published in found that couples who feel valued by their partner, who feel cared for and understood in their core, have better sleep. Similarly, a found that couples are more satisfied with their relationships to begin with get more sleep than those who are less satisfied.

That study, published in the highlights the fact that the way you engage your partner in your ongoing relationship will affect your overall wellbeing in many ways. The quality of sleep is a good indicator of both your mental state and overall health. An example of the latter is a study showing that especially during middle age and beyond. That study, of nearly 2000 heterosexual couples from Michigan State University and published in , found that people with happy spouses were much more likely to report better health measures over time.

Be Radically Transparent

Of course, creating and maintaining a sustaining intimate relationship isnt easy. But in my view it can be practiced. Some ways to do that include you and your partner examining and revealing how each of you experiences your own self within the relationship. How you see your own life evolution over the years. Are you in synch with each others vision of life together? If there are gaps, how can you address them and deal with them?

I about the perspective and practice of radical transparency,' which can help couples assess those and other questions openly and honestly. What I wrote included this description of the two parts of radical transparency:

  • One is being open and revealing about yourself to your partner. This includes letting go of inhibitions or defensive feelings you might be harboring about what you havent revealed; but also acknowledging your reluctance to do so.

  • The flip side is being open and receptive to your partners realityhis or her feelings, wishes, desires, fearsand differences from yourself. It means openly encouraging your partner to express them to you.

Studies have found that people experience more relationship intimacy and wellbeing, and better romantic relationships. Overall, studies find that positive connection and intimacy will grow from being transparent about whats inside of you; about your partner and focusing on them in your communication.

Radical transparency can be painful; perhaps relationship-threatening. But its more likely to open the door to strengthening the foundation of your relationship. Youre saying, in essence, This is me. This is who I am. Its about showing your whole personyour fears, desires, needs, hopes, and experience of life. And its about showing your desire to know your partner and be known in returnemotionally, spiritually, and sexually.

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Yoga Pants Parade Celebrates The Right To Look And Feel Fabulous

Don’t mess with women’s yoga pants. 

An angry letter to a Rhode Island newspaper  prompted hundreds to participate in a parade while clad in the popular workout apparel.

On Sunday, the comfortably attired protesters marched right past the home of Alan Sorrentino, who last week complained about yoga pants in the Barrington Times, saying that women over 20 shouldn’t wear them.

“(O)n mature, adult women there is something bizarre and disturbing about the appearance they make in public,” he wrote. “Maybe it’s the unforgiving perspective they provide, inappropriate for general consumption, TMI, or the spector [sic] of someone coping poorly with their weight or advancing age that makes yoga pants so weird in public.”

Needless to say, local women weren’t happy and arranged Sunday’s as both a protest and a celebration.  When they reached Sorrentino’s home, he had a message for the marchers: 

Other neighbors also had messages for the Yoga Pants Parade, like this home: 

The marchers said they weren’t engaging in a “hateful protest” against Sorrentino but rather “.” Writing on Facebook, the organizers said: 

“And while yoga pants seem to be a silly thing to fight for, they are representative of something much bigger ― Misogyny and the history of men policing women’s bodies.”

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Tom Hanks Joins Alec Baldwin In Ridiculing Donald Trump On SNL

“” has given another thing to whine about.

The GOP nominee  on the show last weekend. So who knows how he’ll react to this weekend’s hilarious spoof segment, which parodied the third and final presidential debate.

With playing the part of moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News, the cast wasted no time in ridiculing the brash businessman’s performance.

Cue references to his “” and “” gaffes, as his Democratic rival completing her “Trump Bingo” board and the entire planet erupting in laughter after Baldwin as Trump said “no one has more respect for women than I do.”

Baldwin as Trump even had time to poke fun at his younger brother, Stephen Baldwin, who this week said he.

”I’m the one with the heavy hitters,” said . “I have Sarah Palin, I’ve got Chachi, and get this, I even got the best Baldwin brother, Stephen Baldwin.”

Watch the full spoof debate in the clip above.

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a , rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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Indoor use promotes harmful nicotine exposure, researchers say

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5 Secrets to Mastering Conflict

How you handle conflict determines the amount of trust, respect, and connection you have with others.

Conflict typically boils down to crucial conversationsmoments when the stakes are high, emotions run strong and op­­­­­­­inions differ. And you cannot master crucial conversations without a high degree of emotional intelligence (EQ).

With a mastery of conflict being so critical to your success, its no wonder that, among the million-plus people that has tested, more than 90% of top performers have high EQs.

So how can you use emotional intelligence to master crucial conversations? There are five common mistakes you must avoid, and five alternative strategies you can follow that will take you down the right path.

Mistake #1: Being Brutally Honest

Youve suffered in silence long enough. Your colleague continues to park so close to your car that you have to enter through the passenger door. Youve asked her before to stop. After a dozen more violations of your request, you decide youve suffered long enough. Clearly, she needs to know what you think of her intentional disrespect. So you let her have it. You get right in her face and tell her what an inconsiderate jerk she is.

How to beat this? Honesty without brutality. From a young age, were taught to believe that we have to choose between telling the truth and keeping a friendthat the only options are brutality or harmony. With emotional intelligence, you can speak the truth without burning a bridge.

Have you ever noticed how some conversationseven ones about very risky subjectsgo very well? And others, even ones about trivial things, can degenerate into combat? The antidote to conflict is not diluting your message. Its creating safety. Many people think the content of the conversation is what makes people defensive, so they assume its best to just go for it and be brutally honest. It isnt. People dont get defensive because of the contentthey get defensive because of the intent they perceive behind it. It isnt the truth that hurtsits the malice used to deliver the truth. Pulling this off requires .

Mistake #2: Robotically Sharing Your Feelings

Some well-intentioned communication professionals suggest that when its time to speak up, the diplomatic way to do so is to start by sharing your feelings. For example, you tell your parking-impaired colleague, I feel rage and disgust. Somehow thats supposed to help. It doesnt. People dont work this way. Robotically sharing your feeling only alienates, annoys and confuses them.

How to beat this? Start with the facts. Our brains often serve us poorly during crucial conversations. In order to maximize cognitive efficiency, our minds store feelings and conclusions, but not the facts that created them. Thats why, when you give your colleague negative feedback and he asks for an example, you often hem and haw. You truly cant remember. So you repeat your feelings or conclusions, but offer few helpful facts. Gathering the facts beforehand is the homework required to master crucial conversations. Before opening your mouth, think through the basic information that helped you think or feel the way you doand prepare to share it first.

Mistake #3: Defending Your Position

When someone takes an opposing view on a topic you care deeply about, the natural human response is defense. Our brains are hard-wired to assess for threats, but when we let feelings of being threatened hijack our behavior, things never end well. In a crucial conversation, getting defensive is a surefire path to failure.

How to beat this? Get curious. A great way to inoculate yourself against defensiveness is to develop a healthy doubt about your own certainty. Then, enter the conversation with intense curiosity about the other persons world. Give yourself a detectives task of discovering why a reasonable, rational and decent person would think the way he or she does. As former Secretary of State Dean Rusk said, The best way to persuade others is with your ears, by listening. When others feel deeply understood, they become far more open to hearing you.

Mistake #4: Blaming Others for Your Situation

Your boss tells you shell go to bat for you for a promotion. You hear later that in the HR review she advocated for your colleague instead. You feel betrayed and angry. Certainly, your boss is the one responsible for your painright? Truth is, shes not the only one.

How to beat this? Challenge your perspective. When we feel threatened, we amplify our negative emotions by blaming other people for our problems. You cannot master conflict until you recognize the role youve played in creating your circumstances. Your boss may have passed you over, but she did so for a reason. Half your pain is the result of her betrayal; the other half is due to your disappointment over not performing well enough to win the promotion.

Mistake #5: Worrying About the Risks of Speaking Up

Its easy for crucial conversations to fill you with dread. Under the influence of such stress, your negative self-talk takes over and you obsess over all the bad things that might happen if you speak up. You conjure images of conflict, retribution, isolation and pain until you retreat into silence.

How to beat this? Determine the risks of not speaking up. The fastest way to motivate yourself to step up to difficult conversations is to simply articulate the costs of not speaking up. research shows that those who consistently speak up arent necessarily more courageous; theyre simply more accurate. First, they scrupulously review what is likely to happen if they fail to speak up. Second, they ponder what might happen if they speak up and things go well. And finally (the order is important) they consider what may happen if the conversation goes poorly. Once they have an accurate understanding of the possibilities, saying something is their typical choice.

Bringing It All Together

The only way to win an argument is to never have one in the first place. Successful people know thisthey dont avoid conflict because they can do something productive with it before things get out of hand. Apply these strategies the next time youre facing a challenging situation and youll be amazed by the results.

Please share your thoughts on conflict in the comments section below, as we learn just as much from you as you do from us.

Joseph Grenny coauthored this post with me. Joseph is a four-time New York Times bestselling author, keynote speaker, and leading social scientist for business performance at . Joseph is the coauthor of Crucial Conversations, Influencer, Crucial Accountability, and Change Anything. You can follow Joseph on LinkedIn .

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Trick Or Treat? A Dentist Ranks Your Favorite Halloween Candy

Youll find my favorite Halloween decoration at the front desk of my dental practice: a bowl of candy labeled free cavities. (Yes, I know, dentists are hilarious!)

This weekend, children will dress up as their favorite characters and run around the neighborhood in the hopes of scoring the most delicious candy they can! Theyll also try and avoid those curmudgeons who have the audacity to give away apples and toothbrushes.

In a perfect world, children would only trick-or-treat at those homes giving away the least cariogenic (cavity-causing) treats  but this isnt a perfect world, and your kid loves Laffy Taffy. Theres not too much you can do about that at least not before this weekend. Nor is there much you can do to fight the multibillion dollar Candy Industrial Complex, which predicts in candy sales for Halloween 2016.

However, by thinking like a dentist, you might be able to fight back against those pesky cavity-causing bacteria. So heres a brief guide to help you do just that! For each candy, Ive described both the treat (its potential health benefits) and the trick (what it is really going to do to your teeth). Ive also given it a cavity rating on a scale of one to five: the more orange teeth you see, the trickier the treat!

Happy trick-or-treating!

1) Apples

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Treat: Apples, both red and green, have some of the highest of any food you can eat.

Trick: Cmon! This is just a mean joke to play on a trick-or-treater! Besides, fruits are packed with sugars, and can be slightly acidic  neither of which is great for your dental health. Stick to vegetables instead.

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2) Pretzels

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Treat: A somewhat healthier alternative to candies, pretzels can also be a source of   which is good for your teeth  and fiber.

Trick: like pretzels can get forced into the grooves of your teeth, which would then allow them to serve as a food source for bacteria. Plus, the crunchier a pretzel, the more likely it is to break a tooth.

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3) MMs

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Treat: Nuts have a natural abrasiveness that can help clean your teeth while you eat. And all of that chewing will produce , which will help to neutralize cavity-causing bacteria. Nuts can also be a of calcium and vitamin D.

Trick: Like pretzels, nuts can be pretty crunchy, so breaking a tooth is a risk. Also, the nuts are covered in milk chocolatemore on that below.

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4) Chocolate

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Treat: has shown that cacao bean husk extract (CBH) can help prevent cavities.

Trick: Milk and white chocolate have sugar added to them, which ends up counteracting the CBH benefits. When it comes to chocolate, its best to stick with the darkest and least-processed.

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5) Chocolate with coconut

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Treat: have shown the benefits of coconut oil on oral health. Oil pulling  the ancient practice of swishing around oils inside the mouth  has been shown to , which can lead to decreased cavities and gingivitis.

Trick: If you want to see any benefits from oil pulling, youll need to do it for at least 10-20 minutes a session.

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6) Starbursts

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Treat: Delicious! Especially the red ones!

Trick: The stickier a candy is, the worse it is for your mouth. The sugar stays on your teeth longer, acting as a constant source of food for those cavity-causing bacteria. (For more information, read my .)

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Its hard to imagine a Halloween candy that doesnt have any sugar, so the benefits of individual ingredients are usually outweighed by that. However, with regular brushing and flossing, twice-yearly dental exams, and just a pinch of common sense, you should be able to enjoy these treats in moderation without making your dentist turn on her drill!

Spooky, I know!

Oh, and in case youre wondering: what does a dentist give out on Halloween? Full size candy bars, of course with a toothbrush!

And a business card.

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Žižeks Jokes


"A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes." Ludwig WittgensteinThe good news is that this book offers an entertaining but enlightening compilation of iekisms. Unlike any other book by Slavoj iek, this compact arrangement of jokes culled from his writings provides an index to certain philosophical, political, and sexual themes that preoccupy him. ieks Jokes contains the set-ups and punch lines as well as the offenses and insults that iek is famous for, all in less than 200 pages. So whats the bad news? There is no bad news. Theres just the inimitable Slavoj iek, disguised as an impossibly erudite, politically incorrect uncle, beginning a sentence, "There is an old Jewish joke, loved by Derrida" For iek, jokes are amusing stories that offer a shortcut to philosophical insight. He illustrates the logic of the Hegelian triad, for example, with three variations of the "Not tonight, dear, I have a headache" classic: first the wife claims a migraine; then the husband does; then the wife exclaims, "Darling, I have a terrible migraine, so lets have some sex to refresh me!" A punch line about a beer bottle provides a Lacanian lesson about one signifier. And a "truly obscene" version of the famous "aristocrats" joke has the family offering a short course in Hegelian thought rather than a display of unspeakables. ieks Jokes contains every joke cited, paraphrased, or narrated in ieks work in English (including some in unpublished manuscripts), including different versions of the same joke that make different points in different contexts. The larger point being that comedy is central to ieks seriousness.
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David Dayen: The Untold Stories of the Mortgage Crisis.

In this weeks episode of Scheer Intelligence, Robert Scheer speaks with David Dayen, author of the book .

Dayen and Scheer discuss the federal governments failure to respond to millions of people who suffered from the mortgage fallout from the 2008 bank crisis. Dayen tells Scheer that anger over foreclosures has fueled this years bitter and unusual presidential race. The two also discuss why, despite the best efforts of the books subjects, little has been done to mitigate homeowners losses.

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Read the full transcript below:

Robert Scheer: Hi, this is Robert Scheer, with another edition of Scheer Intelligence, where the intelligence comes from my guest, in this case, David Dayen, who wrote a book called Chain of Title, and its subtitle tells it all: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Streets Great Foreclosure Fraud. True confessions, I just finished a hurried reading of this book, the electronic version, and I thought I would be bored with the details, and I was not at all, because the devil is in the details of the foreclosure story. Youve got very good asides about how this whole great mess happened, and causing the Great Recession, the detailed description of what happens to ordinary people.

In this case, you singled out three people who chose to fight backthe lousy mortgages they were sold, the fraudulent language in all of the documents, the way the authorities treated them, the way the banks treated them, the lying and tracing your loans. Anybody whos gone through this, and many Americans have, you dont even know who owns your loan, and whos servicing it, and where your checks are going, and who you hold accountable, and these are three people who chose to fight back.

Now youre a reporter for The Intercept, for the New Republic, youve written for Salon, this is your first book, but youre well-known as a journalist, and youre certainly you live here in Los Angeles, and a lot of the action takes place in Florida. Just tell us about the writing of this book, and how its been received.

David Dayen: Absolutely, thanks for having me on the show. This does take place in south Florida, three people in the Palm Beach County area. They are a cancer nurse, a used-car salesman and a lawyer who was involved with white-collar fraud, but in the insurance industry, not in mortgages. These are three people that had no real history of this, and by being foreclosure victims, and then reading their own documents, which I call a revolutionary act, because nobody reads their own documents.

Scheer: Just to interrupt here, you do make the point that even if you read the documents, youre not going to probably get it, and the language is deliberately obfuscated.

Dayen: Its meant to fool you, absolutely.

Scheer: Its meant to fool you, and you actually have a poignant scene with the cancer nurse, whos struggling to keep family

Dayen: Lisa.

Scheer: Lisa, to keep family together, and a very sincere person, actually feels, Im not going to sign this thing without reading it, and she actually goes through and she admits she cant understand it, and she gets swindled.

Dayen: Thats right. What they did on the back end, after they fell into foreclosure, and reading those foreclosure documents, and seeing the discrepancy, and seeing that theyre being sued by people theyve never heard of before, entities that theyve never heard of before, and seeing that the alleged transfer to that entity was executed after they were put into foreclosure. In other words, by the evidence they were presented, U.S. Bank, in the case of Lisa Epstein, didnt own the loan at the time that they foreclosed on her, and thats just the beginning.

Scheer: You should mention, by the way, these were not fly-by-night banks.

Dayen: No, these were the biggest banks in America.

Scheer: You got Wells Fargo, you got Chase, you got all of these folks in it. I just want to start out by challengingnot the book, which I think is quite terrific, but you raise a question in this book, and a lot of people ask, how did this happen, whos at fault, and so forth, and when I was reading the book I thought, This is really a great companion book, Im not going to tout my own book, The Great American Stickup, and there have been other

Dayen: Go right ahead.

Scheer: No, there have been other good books, and there was a terrific documentary done, Inside Job, which lays out the whole thing, and what you really have is the micro study of this macro problem of political, financial corruption

Dayen: And thats what I wanted to do. That road has been traveled very admirably by you, by Charles Ferguson in Inside Job, and others. I wanted to look at the people who were most powerfully affected by the financial crisis, and thats homeowners. Over 9 million people, according to The Wall Street Journal, lost their homes from 2006 to 2014, and yet they were invisible, in terms of public policy, in terms of the culture; foreclosure victims just arent talked about. They werent even talked about by foreclosure victims; they dont talk about it to one another. One of the reasons

Scheer: Well, because they have guilt, and in fact this

Dayen: There is guilt and shame and humiliation, absolutely.

Scheer: And its deliberate. People say, Well, they took lousy loans, its their fault. You have a wonderful scene where some person on television is saying, Do you want to pay for the mistakes of your neighbor?

Dayen: The losers mortgages, and thats Rick Santelli, who is credited with starting the Tea Party with that rant.

Scheer: I want to cut to the chase on one point you make of the people who got hurt, and theres a devastating study that I bring up all the time, by the Federal Reserve of St. Louis, having access to all the tax data and the financial data and everything else, and they did a study about the impact of the foreclosures, of the great meltdown of the housing market, on college-educated black and brown people. It turned out this was a targeted market, and here you have a crazy election, in which black and brown people are going for the Democratic Partyit was a Democratic president, Bill Clinton, who signed off on a lot of this deregulation, and has celebrated this. Oh, were modernizing the financial sector. And when you look at that Federal Reserve study, it says that were not talking about the general black and brown population, were talking about black and brown people who graduated from four-year colleges, and those people lost 70 percent of their wealthnot their income, their wealth.

So the question I want to ask you in the context of this electionit seems to me its really not being discussed, this whole problem. I happen to be interviewing you here at [the University of Southern California] Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, the day after the first vice presidential debate, and Tim Kaine, the Democratic candidate, repeated something Hillary Clinton has said, which was the Bush administration did these tax cuts that favored the rich, and then came the Great Recession. Well, the Great Recession had nothing to do with that, and everything to do with a bipartisan, radical deregulation of the financial industry. Yes, it started way back, but it took the signature of Bill Clinton to make it really the law of the land.

Dayen: Theres no question about it. Brad Miller, who was a congressman who actually authored the set of laws that would become the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is quoted in my book calling the Great Recession an extinction event for the Latino and black middle class. We have the nations first African-American president, and he presides over this extinction event of the black and Latino middle class. Youre absolutely right about Tim Kainethat is an irrelevant non sequitur when youre talking about the Bush tax cuts having anything to do with the recession. Housing, foreclosuresall of this doesnt get talked about.

Every time I see one of these long interviews with Obama about his legacy, the first thing I do is I search that document for the word foreclosure, and I havent found it yet. Nobody challenges him on this, no one talks about it, and yet I dont think you can talk about the legacy of this president without talking about the fact that he did next to nothing to arrest this wound that was put into the middle class of this country through the foreclosure crisis, and at a moment when he had leverage over the banks, when they were caught faking documents to kick people out of their homes, which is what my book is about, when he had that leverage moment, when he had that moment where the banks were legally exposed, he let them off the hook, and he did not get sustainable solutions for the public that needed them.

Scheer: Whats powerful about your book is you connect the macro and the micro. You have a very good detailedand I dont mean detailed in the sense of boring, a very clearyou clearly lay out what other collateralized debt obligations and mortgage back securities and credit default swaps, and you actually trace this whole assault on sensible rules of the road. We had sensible rules of the road put in place at the time of the Great Depression, thanks to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and the forces that were unleashed, and then we have the dismantling of those rules, and whether its Jimmy Carter, whether its Ronald Reagan, whether its Bill Clinton.

Dayen: You know what the amazing thing about that was? Was that the entire idea behind that, the animating principle behind that, was that were going to homeownership up, were going to make an ownership society. This was true among Clinton, George W. Bush, all of these presidents. However, the thing that actually created the ownership society to the extent that it did was the post-New Deal era. Thats when homeownership rates went from 40 percent to 60 percent. They didnt budge after the 1970s, when Wall Street got involved in the mortgage market, when Lew Ranieri, whos the godfather of this whole thing at Salomon Brothers, set about to turn mortgages into a tradeable asset. It did not improve homeownership, it just transferred this very lucrative market from the public sector to the private sector, and when Wall Street got their hands on it, they made a lot of money, and they broke it.

Scheer: Homeownership expanded because after World War II, it was a feeling we had to pay back something to the veterans, and for $ 99 downI worked on the Levittown Project in Pennsylvania, believe it or not, Im old enough to have actually constructed Levittown

Dayen: I grew up about 10 minutes from Levittown, Pa.

Scheer: So I remember three boards this way, three boardstwo-by-fours, and then three nails, three nails, three nails, and then suddenly you had a house. It was a great idea, but it was also a conservative banking idea. In the old days, you knew you could expand homeownership, but you could do it through a responsible bank, and you went in there to Wells Fargo, for example, and the bank was responsible. Why? Because they would hold this mortgage for 30 years.

Dayen: Thats number one, and number two was savings and loans. They were relying on deposits, so they had a stake in your success as a community, and they could only lend out within a 50-mile radius of their bank headquarters. That made it such that they needed that community to succeed for them to succeed. So when you got in trouble, they wanted to get you worked out so that you wouldnt default on your loan.

Scheer: Right, and one of the points you make in your book is that part of this rape of the American consumer, which is really what it is, was the federal government, again on the Democrats and Republicans, took away the power of states to regulate banking. One of the ironies in this banking meltdown is that Texas actually fared much better than California. Why? Not because Texas had a Republican governor, and California had more progressivealthough they had Republicans also, but because Texas, when it came into the Union, the people in Texas were suspicious of banks that had ripped off stakeholders.

Dayen: Wright Patman, right?

Scheer: Right. So they had rules on the book that beginningbanks couldnt even make home mortgage loans, and so I just want

Dayen: And very tight restrictions on cash-out refinances, which was really the time bomb that led to this thing.

Scheer: Why are we among a handful of peoplecan actually have an intelligent discussion about this, and everything else is gibberish? No, really, Im amazed. Its not discussed in this election, its silly talk. And let me just mention one specific thing. During the debate with Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, Hillary Clinton said that Bernie Sanders signed off on the deregulation of the banking, which is the Commodity Futures Modernization Act. Well, thats garbage. It was an omnibus bill, if you didnt vote for itand Ron Paul was one of the few people

Dayen: It was to avert a government shutdown. And in fact the language that was put into that bill originally was much tamer. It was changed radically to go into that omnibus bill by Phil Gramm.

Scheer: Yeah, and that bill, which Bill Clinton signed off on

Dayen: It was the last thing he signed, almost.

Scheer: Right, as a lamelets get this

Dayen: Lame duck 2000.

Scheer: Lame duck 2000 president, and I think he did it because Hillary Clinton was running for the Senate, and needed Wall Street, and Wall Street was pushing her Leave that on the shelf, you can examine that later, but the fact of the matter is, Title IIIwe hear a lot about Glass-Steagall, we hear a lot about reversal, but the Commodity Futures Modernization Actfor people listening to this, write down that and look it upTitle III of the Commodity Futures Modernization Act said, no existing regulation or regulatory agency will be allowed to monitor these collateralized debt obligations. That was it, and that was to shut up Brooksley Born, who was the head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and to silence her. And it was done by Robert Rubin and Lawrence Summers, who goes on to be head of Harvardthose were two Clinton Treasury Secretaries, and, of course, Greenspan.

So I dont want to take up too much time discussing the macro, because the great strength of your book is it shows us the devastating effect of taking your savings and getting involved in a house which has a lot to do with your own sense ofto your family, your prestige, your stability, and so forth. And in your book, peoples marriages come apart, they suffer terribly, and basically, its a portrait of impotence to do anything about it. Theres a sort of theme that goes through your book: Maybe well get it together. In the end, they all lose. And they all lose, because whether its Obama or Bush or Clinton, they dont really care about the little people. This is garbage talk at election time.

Dayen: Theres no question that this administration, as in the past, valued bank balance sheets over homeowner balance sheets. And they had this moment where they really could have made it more equitable for people, because these banks were taking false documents, false evidence, and using it in court cases to kick people out of their homes. How many cases would be allowed to go through based on false evidence in the court system in this country? How many kidnapping, murderany other setting, any other court case, any other criminal trial, civil trial, false evidence is the first thing that would get you kicked right out of that courtroom.

Only [in] foreclosure cases did the judges look at the two sides, and on the one side they see a very nicely dressed bank lawyer, who they might have went to school with, and on the other side they see some deadbeat, quote-unquote, who didnt pay their mortgage, or who is a pro se litigant, whos acting in their own defense. And they go with the guy in their social class, even though its false evidence. They are undermining the very integrity of their own courtroom. And the Obama administration did the same thing. They sided with the banks when they had this opportunity to say, All right, you guys are caught, now heres what youre going to do.

And Sheila Bair actually wrote it down, Sheila Bair, the former head of the FDIC, she wrote it down, she said, Heres what we should do: Every mortgage over 60 days delinquent should be written down to the face value right now, and we should force them to do this as a condition of us not suing and putting in jail every single one of these people for the fraud that they committed. If you do that, and then give shared appreciation, so when the mortgage market bounces back, the mortgage companies can get a little bit of the upside, along with the individual. As long as you give them the break on the way down, you could have had a better economy. The economy would have bounced back more, and you would have shared these losses, these incredible losses that the banking industry didyou would have shared them in an equitable way, rather than putting all the burden on homeowners, the millions of homeowners that got kicked out of their homes.

Scheer: Yeah, and lost their life savings.

Dayen: By the way, she formally proposed that, gave it to Tim Geithner, and I think he threw it out immediately. Nothing was done with that, I think.

Scheer: Tim Geithner was a horror for Wall Street. He ran the Federal Reserve of New York, he presided over the gift. Passing money through AIG to Goldman Sachsthe whole thing is a scam. But the argument thats used, is when the average person gets screwed with a loan, they didnt do due diligence. Theyre at fault, and we dont want to bail them out because that will encourage bad habits. So we take the average person and say, You have to be this adult and responsible citizen, or youre going to suffer, and suffering will be good for you. On the other hand, Obama, just like George W. Bush, bails out the banks for their bad behavior.

Dayen: The phrase that you use is moral hazard. Its about moral hazard for the individual, but never for the banks. What the banks started to do during the foreclosure crisis when people said, Well, you got to show me who owns this loan, Im not going to give up my home to someone who doesnt have a legal right to it. They said, Were going to cause strategic defaults. People are just going to default, just so they can get a modification. And in fact, as I say in the book, the biggest strategic default was the headquarters of the Mortgage Bankers Association in Washington, D.C. They walked away from their headquarters when they couldnt afford it anymore, all the while spokesmen for the Mortgage Bankers Association were telling homeowners they had to keep paying their mortgage because think of what the impression they would give to their children if they walked out on their obligations, while they were walking out on their own obligations at the same time.

Scheer: As I said before, the devil is in the detail, and the book Chain of Title by David Dayen, it goes into these details in ways thatits just, frankly, disgusting. I just said to my son, Josh, who is one of the producers of this show, whos about to get a home loan, I said, Josh, are you kidding me? Have you really read that? You understand what scoundrels these people are? And you mention that fraudulent behavior, which, by the way, is made legal when you dont challengebut you even had institutions, like you talk about the MIRS System.

Dayen: The MIRS System, yes.

Scheer: Yeah, and the use of computer tech. I mean, Countrywide, for example, they pioneered this whole thing of We dont have to have a bank office to talk to a prospective lender. We can do it with computers. And their model was adopted by Fannie Mae, by the federal housing agencies. They went in there, they wrote the guidelines ofnot [to] mention that they wrote the legislation, and when you realizeagain I use this word impotent, not to reflect poorly on the performance of the individual, but the fact is, the average consumer, they were just whipped around.

Dayen: Lets just bring a broader frame to this. Weve seen in the last year, whether its Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump, people engaging with this idea that the game is rigged, the economy is rigged against them, rigged against the little guy, its set up for big, powerful interests. I dont think theres a better example of that than this story. The fact that these giant banks got caught using false evidence in these foreclosure cases, and that they got away with it, with nobody going to jail, no one having to give up a dime of their bonus, and these banks operating on business as usual after getting slap-on-the-wrist settlements that were designed to come up with a big headline number, so the Justice Department can say, We got tough on the banks, but the actuality of the thingthe number was far smaller.

This is the frustration people have, the idea that who you are matters more than what you did with respect to the Justice system. That theres a two-tiered kind of system of justice, where the rich and the powerful have one system, and the ordinary schmoes have another. That is what is animating this frustration and anxiety that I think we see playing out in our politics, and if we dont get a handle on itpopulism can rear its head in left-wing ways and right-wing ways, and were seeing that play out right now, and were going to see this prairie fire continue to catch, unless theres some responsibility done, where everybody is equal under the law.

Scheer: I think I was going to ask you why you bothered to write a book, because these days, not too many people read them or take them seriously, but your book provides great ammunition for those who in a sincere way ask the question, How did this happen? And what is the cost? I would recommend it, Chain of Title by David Dayen, not just because I want to push books because I like books, but because if you dont immerse yourself in this bookand it is a good read, Im not suggesting

Dayen: Its really about people. Its about these people who are pushed to the limit, and they decide to take on something greater than themselves.

Scheer: And you write it like a novel, you know? Shes in the car, and the waves are coming up; its fun to read. I want to recommend it.

Dayen: Well, I didnt want to bore everybody with mortgage details. Its about people.

Scheer: No, no, no, its a great read. But, when you read it, you also get really angry, and you understand why there are so many people nowwent to, as you say, the progressive side of Sanders, or went to Donald Trumps jingoism and scapegoating of immigrants who had nothing to do with this. Actually, immigrants were fleeced with abandon by the banks. I want to ask you one question about who are the good people here? And its funny, because my book and your book were both distributed by something called Perseus Press, and youre published by New Press, and I was published by Nation Books, but the people actually marketing, getting it out there, Perseus Press. Perseus is a hedge fund that has done all sorts of horrible things, but we can leave that aside, but the guy who was head of it, Jimmy Johnson, was head of Fannie Mae, and he was the fellow who sort ofhes a good liberal who worked for [Walter] Mondale, and hes the guy who presided over this fleecing of much of America.

Dayen: This is the problem.

Scheer: Well, lets cut to the chase of this problem. Who really are the good people? We know Elizabeth Warren has fought theBrooksley Born fought the good fight, there are people

Dayen: Sheila Bair, even though she was a Republican, she was fighting on this. These individuals are the heroes, and they need to be recognized: Lisa Epstein, and Michael Redman and Lynn Szymoniak.

Scheer: Okay, but they dont have the power even of

Dayen: Well, let me just stop you there, because these three people didnt have any institutional power, resources, knowledge, anything like that, but they started this movement. They used the power, the digital tools, the online tools, they started their own websites, they built a coalition, they researched the evidence, more than any state or federal prosecutor, and they built a fact pattern. Weve seen that replicated after that, whether youre talking about Occupy Wall Street, or youre talking about the Sanders movement. I feel like these movementsthese accountability movements, or anti-bank, or whatever you want to call them, on up to the fight for $ 15 an hour, the low-wage workers movementthey all kind of work in the same way. They use the digital tools to congregate and get together and push out a fact-based set of ideas, and try to make change. And they dont always achieve all of their goals. Sometimes they dont achieve any of their goals, but theyeach one gets a little bit closer and a little bit closer and a little bit closer to the shore. And I feel like without these three individuals, and without this foreclosure fraud movement, you dont have Occupy, and you dont have what Sanders was able to do, and you dont have the Elizabeth Warren wing of the party, and you dont have Democrats up and down the line yelling about Wells Fargo in Congress, and their fake-account scandal.

Scheer: That is the importance of Chain of Title, your book, theres no question about it. Its a great tale of citizen resistance and citizen self-empowerment. Its what the American experiment is supposed to be all about. Checks and balances, challenge to powerful. What is depressing about this whole tale is theres a truth that Paulson, who was Treasury secretary under

Dayen: Hank Paulson?

Scheer: Yeah, Hank Paulson, that was Treasury secretary under George W. Bush and had been head of Goldman Sachs, and he described in his own book, he walks into the office as the housing meltdown is underway, and George W. Bush, President Bush turns to his Treasury secretary and asked the former head of Goldman Sachs, he says, How did this happen? A sincere questionthe president of the United StatesHow did this happen? And Paulson said it was an embarrassing question to ask me because we were the ones who did it. So heres Hank Paulson, accepting responsibility on the part of Wall Street, and speaking to his shame. Why do so many of our leaders in the Democratic Party, Republican Party, in the mass media, deny a truth that Hank Paulson asserted: Wall Street did it? The contradiction here is you can have an aroused citizenry, but if theyWall Street controls the power. And its not just Wall Street, its GE Capital that did so much housing, and the head of GE was appointed by Obama to be head of his jobs committee. Its General Motors Acceptance Corporation where the

Dayen: GMAC is all over the book.

Scheer: All over the book, and so, what is brilliantI think Ill use the word brilliantabout Chain of Title,so let me fully endorse itis that you show how when the little person is being screwed, it is actually by the biggest of corporations, with the most powerful political allies, and what I was getting at with my thing is not to disparage that, but to ask where are the organizations that arewhere was the Black Caucus? Where are the progressive politicians? Where were the trade unions?

Dayen: I think I asked that in the book. These three people did everything that a civics class would say, This is how you make change. You get the evidence, you build a coalition, and you go through the authorities that were put together to deal with this, and they went to everybody, from the Black Caucus to theeverybody from a county clerk on up to the president of the United States. The fact that they did everything right, and got it in the hands of the people who were supposed to do something about this, who were charged by us, the body politic, with doing something about this, the fact that it didnt work is what we have to reckon with, and its why we have this angry electorate right now. So I feel like this is almost a cautionary tale for those elites that think they can get away with this over and over and over and over again, that this is what youve spawned. This is what youve created in the country. And they cant get their heads around why are people so angry? Why are people so angry? Here it is, this is why people are so angry.

Scheer: That is really the power of this book, because the anger is not leading to effective change. It wont go away, but what will happen, and thisI almost feel like were talking about Germany after the Weimar Republic, when people are running around with wheelbarrows full of marks and cant buy food and they dont have jobs. What youre describing are people whoyes, now theyre fighting in a positive way to understand their mortgages, and survive economically, but you could see the three people in your book going through a Trump alternative. They dont have to end up with a progressive alternative.

Dayen: They dont at all.

Scheer: And there are plenty of peoplesee, what bothers me about this election is because Trump is such a buffoon and so obnoxious that the whole phenomena goes unexamined. Why were all the Republican candidates rejected for this guy? Because he was anti-establishment. He claimed to be, not that he is.

Dayen: Because he spoke to a certain despair thats in the country after globalization?

Scheer: Yeah, but that despair was mocked by Hillary Clinton, who talked aboutreflected poorly on who had supported Trump. Theyre hurting! Just like the people

Dayen: This idea that America is already great, thats her rhetoric to Donald Trump.

Scheer: But I looked at the Sanders campaign and everybody said, Wow, he did great. I thought hed get 2 to 3 percent of the vote. I really did. I thought hed be blown away, and then he getswhere does he gethe gets it from working-class people, he gets it from people who would never dream of

Dayen: And from young people, who have been on the front lines of this their entire adult lives.

Scheer: I think this last point you made is a very strong way on which to wrap up this podcast and give people a reason to really care about this subject. Its not going to go away, and neither candidatemajor candidates in this electionare going to address it. We dont have public finance of campaigns. Wall Street money is now more important to the Democrats than even the Republicans for all theOh yeah, the Koch brothers, the Koch brothers, the Koch brothers, Citizens United, Citizens United, Citizens United. The fact of the matter is both Obama and Hillary Clinton have been great at getting money from Wall Street. Wall Street knows theyre on their side, they know theyll carry their water.

So the real danger here is where are we going to be four years from now, eight years from now? When you have so many people out there that feel ripped off by a system, theyll get desperate, and theyll accept a demagogue of the right as easily as theyll accept a legitimate populist from the progressive side. Thats really the danger. And maybe if you want to tell us in closing what you think people can get from this book, and why they should pass it around or talk about it with their friends?

Dayen: I think a couple things. Number one is that this is our history. This is something that I didnt get down the memory hole. I really wanted to look at this from the lens of the ground level of homeowners and recognize the contributions that these people made and how they really should have amounted to a lot more.

And the second thing is that the administration and top officials, they make a lot of alibis and excuses for themselves. Oh we didnt have enough good cases. What happened on Wall Street was unethical, but it wasnt illegal. And this is a book-long response to thatthat we had an alternate history, it wasnt just thatit was a choice that was made. The choice was made to let these guys off the hook. It was optional. It was not an affirmation. There was an alternative here that could have gone up to the top executives on Wall Street, and held them responsible. Ordinary people figured it out and laid it out and handed it to state and federal prosecutors on a silver platter, and ultimately, they determined that it wasnt worth their time to do anything about, and we have to think about that.

Scheer: Yeah, and we have to think about that Title III of a bill that Bill Clinton signed into law that said, No regulatory agency, and no existing law will govern and control the marketing of these collateralized debt obligations, these mortgage-backed securities, which ended up being one of the great Ponzi schemes and scams of world economic history, and if the Mafia had done it, theyd all be thrown in jail and never allowed out for even a walk in the yard.

I want to thank you. The book is Chain of Title, David Dayen. Its really worth reading, and when you think the election is getting a little tedious, pick up this book, think about it, think about whats left out of the discussion, and I want to thank you for coming in.

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In-Control vs. Under-Control Leadership

One of the biggest mistakes I see leaders make, is overvaluing being in control and undervaluing being under control.

Understanding, appreciating, and even building upon this distinction is what separates the empowering, inspiring leaders  from the draining and fear-driven micromanagers.

The Genesis of Control

Many leaders  especially founders  find initial career success by exhibiting high degrees of control on projects, products, and company visions. Without a team around them, its this tight end-to-end grip on work that seems to generate strong results, especially during the early stages, when theyre getting a product or startup off the ground.

Because they dont know any other way  and because this locus of control seems to have paid off in the short-term  they then extrapolate and overvalue control while leading larger, more complex teams and projects.

But here comes the great paradox: in the words of world-leading management coach and consultant, Marshall Goldsmith,

This dependency on overvaluing control, becomes a major issue as these leaders let their ego, fear and authority limit their teams, instead of empowering them and driving amazing results through under control leadership.

The Limits of Control

Though many leaders may think of their desire for control as a manifestation of their self-confidence (often reinforced by good results, previously), reality reflects the exact opposite. The most confident leaders are those who are comfortable relinquishing control to their team, and placing trust in others to do great work.

A leader who overvalues being in control leads to:

  • Micromanagement: exhausting the leader while frustrating and limiting her team.
  • Lack of diverse perspectives: instead of allowing new ideas and approaches to organically develop, a tight grip on control reigns in creativity, self-expression, and serendipitous progress.
  • A disempowered team: Dan Pink points out that is a top factor driving motivation. A controlling leader fails his teammates in growing, developing, and maturing to their full potential.

The Under Control Leader
The difference between being in control and under control is small in vocabulary  but huge in semantics.

In contrast to the controlling leader who is driven by fear, ego, and power, the under control leader is calm, confident, and empowering to her staff.

Heres how she does it:

  • Vision and values: she understands that the role of the leader is to set a vision for her team or project, and articulate (and model) the way to go about making it a reality.
  • Empowers her team: Once the vision and values are set, she knows that things are under control as she replaces micromanagement with trust in her teammates.
  • Servant leadership: rather than command and authority, she relies on helping her team be their very best, and does whatever it takes to make that happen.
  • Information and decisions: she lets go of her ego  wanting to have all of the information and make every decision  and instead allows others to have agency in service of the teams goals.

To be clear, an under control leader is not passive; in fact, he is the exact opposite.

Because he has worked so actively to create a culture and environment where teammates know their roles, how they fit into the larger vision, and where they have the room to be creative and innovative, hes built the infrastructure that allows for a high-functioning team to blossom. This is a far more difficult task than controlling everything and everyone. Whereas being in control is a lizard brain reaction, letting fear and ego drive immediate decisions, an under-control leader spends her time on the important but not urgent area of leadership and management  far less frantic and far more time truly feeling under control.

From In Control to Under Control

Think of the transition from in control to under control, as going from micromanagement to microleadership. Micromanaging is exhausting (on both sides) and disempowering.

by contrast, turns leadership from a title  into an act. It helps teammates operate at their highest capacity, come up with new ideas, and contribute to the greater whole.

And if you are a leader who is currently in control but wants to instead be under control, know that many fellow leaders have made this transition. Think of it as your final, yet finest, act of being in control  showing the agency and control to let go.

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A Quick Technique To Stay Positive When Youre Feeling Down

We all like to think of ourselves as the woman warrior, the indomitable female the can-do girl who lives every moment with intensity and attention. But, alas, we are human and we have our down days and up days and in-between days. The days when we dont feel as positive or as motivated as we might are days when the energy stuck and the balance is tipping toward the negative.

Get Off The Couch

The pull of the couch, the lure of mindless entertainment, the distraction of people, places, and things drain any potential for positive energy. Hopefully, we dont have many of the down days when sitting on the couch sounds more appealing than going for a walk. Maybe the overwhelming nature of a large project prevents you from taking that first step, so you decide to start tomorrow. Or maybe its more of an abstract lack of motivation, and you feel unable to focus on what needs to be done or what you want to do for fun but cant seem to get there.

The key to staying positive when youre feeling down is the ability to consciously focus attention on your state of being: emotionally, physically, intellectually, and spiritually. Your ability to focus in on yourself to self-reflect requires you to let go of the mindless messages from your environment, the people, places and things that are energy drains and the attachment to technology. Your environment can overwhelm you with distractions and keep you in quicksand. Your thinking gets small, and the size of your thinking determines the sizes of your results.

Practice Mindfulness

The simplest way to get in the groove of self-reflection is to practice mindfulness staying 100% present in the moment. Mindfulness is not a skill like being organized or having massive amounts of self-discipline and self-control. The present moment tells you all you need to know about how you are feeling and give you an awareness that leads you to your next step. Mindfulness lets you see possibilities and opportunities so you can prioritize with purpose. It gives you time and space to daily reflect on what adds value to your life.

Lets illustrate an example of how you can turn the negative into a positive.

You are fixed to the couch mindlessly watching yet another mundane TV program. The day is passing quickly and you feel like a sloth. Turn off the TV, close your eyes and take a few minutes to breathe deeply. Then draw the attention into yourself and experience the present moment without judging or labeling. Your head will begin to clear of distraction and clutter; your resistance will begin to subside and the negative energy will turn into positive energy.

Change the Energy

When you open your eyes, you might that the antidote to your negative state is to do some stretching, take a walk, or go to the gym and get even more energized. The neurotransmitters start to flood your body with adrenaline, serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. Its a startling transformation!

We all get into the habit of labeling and judging our actions and thoughts. Labeling and judging can create a state of resistance that is toxic and negative. Staying positive gives you the courage to say yes instead of no when you feel immobilized. It is then that you can release your personal power and find direction and fulfillment.

Joan Moran is a keynote speaker, commanding the stage with her delightful humor, raw energy, and wealth of life experiences. She is an expert on wellness and is passionate about addressing the problems of mental inertia. A yoga instructor and an Argentine tango dancer, Joan is the author of 60, Sex, Tango, Confessions of a Beatnik Boomer. Her new book, Im The Boss of Me! Stay Sexy, Strong Smart at Any Age, is now on Amazon.

Visit her website: www.joanfrancesmoran.com

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