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Quotes (January 2012)

Posted By National Wellness Institute, Sunday, January 1, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
January's quotes are meant to inspire us to do great things in the new year!

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. –Thomas A. Edison

It is never too late to be what you might have been. –George Eliot

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain. –Maya Angelou

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go... –Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!

You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, Sing like there's nobody listening, And live like it's heaven on earth. –William W. Purkey

Be the change that you wish to see in the world. –Mahatma Gandhi

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. –Oscar Wilde

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. –Eleanor Roosevelt, This is My Story

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. –Mahatma Gandhi

I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles. –Audrey Hepburn

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. –Martin Luther King, Jr.

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present. –Bil Keane

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. –Albert Einstein

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. –Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference. –Elie Wiesel

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. –Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn: Her Life in Her Own Words

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. –Theodore Roosevelt

Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love. –Mother Teresa

Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be. –Shel Silverstein

We accept the love we think we deserve. –Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. –Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles

Everything you can imagine is real. –Pablo Picasso

I know God won't give me anything I can't handle. I just wish he didn't trust me so much. –Mother Teresa

A person's a person, no matter how small. –Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a Who!

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. –Winston S. Churchill

A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. –Maya Angelou

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone. –Sam Levenson

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. –Margaret Mead

Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions. –Dalai Lama XIV

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always. –Mahatma Gandhi

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'! –Audrey Hepburn

Whatever you are, be a good one. –Abraham Lincoln

Tags:  Emotional  Inspiration  January 2012  Quotes  Spiritual 

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Quotes (Dec. 2011)

Posted By National Wellness Institute, Monday, December 19, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, December 19, 2012

This month's quotes are brought to us by the spirit of giving highlighted in the holiday season.

Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go. –Mother Teresa

Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check, but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one's soul. –Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver. –Maya Angelou

When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. –Khalil Gibran

The giving of love is an education in itself. –Eleanor Roosevelt

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. –Lao Tzu

Time and money spent in helping men to do more for themselves is far better than mere giving. –Henry Ford

No one has ever become poor by giving. –Anne Frank

For it is in giving that we receive. –Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals

Tags:  December 2011  Inspiration  Quotes  Social  Spiritual 

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CommonWealth Fund Grades U.S. Health System 64 out of a possible 100 on National and International Health Benchmarks (Nov. 2011)

Posted By National Wellness Institute, Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The National Scorecard on U.S. Health System Performance, 2011, updates a series of comprehensive assessments of U.S. population health and health care quality, access, efficiency, and equity. It finds substantial improvement on quality-of-care indicators that have been the focus of public reporting and collaborative initiatives. However, U.S. health system performance continues to fall far short of what is attainable, especially given the enormity of public and private resources devoted nationally to health. Across 42 performance indicators, the United States achieves a total score of 64 out of a possible 100, when comparing national rates with domestic and international benchmarks. (That's a "D" people!). Overall, the U.S. failed to improve relative to these benchmarks, which in many cases rose. Costs were up sharply, access to care deteriorated, health system efficiency remained low, disparities persisted, and health outcomes failed to keep pace with benchmarks. The Affordable Care Act targets many of the gaps identified by the Scorecard.

According to the report, variations in health care delivery persist throughout the United States, and opportunities to prevent disease are often missed. At the same time, the Scorecard finds notable gains in quality of care in those areas where the nation has made a commitment to accountability and undertaken targeted improvement efforts. Although the Scorecard draws on the latest available data, primarily from the period 2007 to 2009, the results do not fully reflect the effects of the recent economic recession on access to and use of care.

Some good news can be found in an exception to the overall pattern of U.S. performance: rapid progress on quality metrics that have been the focus of national initiatives and public reporting efforts. Hospitals, nursing homes, and home health care agencies are showing marked improvement in patient treatment and outcomes for which data are collected and reported nationally on federal websites and as part of improvement campaigns. There has also been significant improvement in the control of high blood pressure, a measure that is publicly reported by health plans; increasingly, physician groups are being rewarded for improving their treatment of this and other chronic conditions. Better management of chronic diseases also has likely contributed to reductions in rates of avoidable hospitalizations for certain conditions, though rates continue to vary substantially across the country.

Of great concern, access to health care significantly eroded since 2006. As of 2010, more than 81 million working-age adults—44 percent of those ages 19 to 64—were uninsured during the year or underinsured, up from 61 million (35%) in 2003. Further, the United States failed to keep pace with gains in health outcomes achieved by the leading countries. The United States ranks last out of 16 industrialized countries on a measure of mortality amenable to medical care (deaths that might have been prevented with timely and effective care), with premature death rates that are 68 percent higher than in the best-performing countries. As many as 91,000 fewer people would die prematurely if the United States could achieve the leading country rate.

Sharply rising costs are putting both access and budgets at risk. Health care spending per person in the United States is double that in several other major industrialized countries, and costs in the United States continue to rise faster than income. We are headed toward spending $1 of every $5 of national income on health care. We should expect a better return on this investment.

Of particular concern from a wellness standpoint, the following areas saw declining improvement:

  • Primary and preventive care: In 2008, more than 2 of 5 (44%) non-elderly adults lacked a regular primary care provider who is easy to get to and consult with by phone during office hours, and only half received a set of basic preventive services— representing little change from 2002. The vaccination rate for young children recovered in 2010 following a sharp decline caused by a vaccine shortage in 2009, yet one-quarter of children still lacked full protection against communicable diseases.
  • Childhood obesity: Nearly one-third (32%) of children ages 10 to 17 were overweight or obese as of 2007, with rates ranging from 24 percent to 39 percent among the top and bottom five states. Unless there is an improvement in healthy eating and weight control, obesity and related health problems are likely to rise—and could wipe out recent health gains from declining smoking rates.
  • Disparities: Minorities and low-income or uninsured adults and children were generally more likely than their white, higher-income, or insured counterparts to wait to see a doctor when sick, to encounter delays and experience poorly coordinated care, and to have untreated dental caries, uncontrolled chronic disease, avoidable hospitalizations, and worse outcomes. And they were less likely to receive preventive care or have an accessible source of primary care.

THE NATIONAL SCORECARD

The 2011 National Scorecard comprises an expanded set of 42 indicators within five dimensions of health system performance: healthy lives, quality, access, efficiency, and equity. The Scorecard compares U.S. average performance with benchmarks drawn from the top 10 percent of U.S. states, regions, health plans, and hospitals or other providers, as well as from the top-performing countries. If average U.S. performance came close to the top rates achieved here at home or abroad, then average scores would approach the maximum of 100.

For more information: The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System, Why Not the Best? Results from the National Scorecard on U.S. Health System Performance, 2011, The Commonwealth Fund, October 2011.

Tags:  Health  November 2011  Physical  Policy  Social  Spiritual  Wellness 

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Quotes (Nov. 2011)

Posted By National Wellness Institute, Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, December 19, 2012

November quotes are brought to us by kindness and World Kindness Week, November 14-20. For more information, visit The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation online!

Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true. – Robert Brault

If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. – Bob Hope

Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up. – Jesse Jackson

A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble. – Charles H. Spurgeon

It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice. – Author Unknown

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day. – Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you—not because they are nice, but because you are. – Author Unknown

What this world needs is a new kind of army—the army of the kind. – Cleveland Amory

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. – Dalai Lama

During my second year of nursing school our professor gave us a quiz. I breezed through the questions until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?" Surely this was a joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our grade. "Absolutely," the professor said. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello." I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy. – Joann C. Jones

I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble. – Rudyard Kipling

Don't be yourself—be someone a little nicer. – Mignon McLaughlin,The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

A fellow who does things that count, doesn't usually stop to count them. – Variation of a saying by Albert Einstein

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness. – Seneca

Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not. – Samuel Johnson

There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life—reciprocity. – Confucius

Don't wait for people to be friendly, show them how. – Author Unknown

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these. – George Washington Carver

You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you. – John Wooden

If those who owe us nothing gave us nothing, how poor we would be. – Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. – Epictetus

Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree. – Marian Wright Edelman

A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses. – Chinese Proverb

As the bus slowed down at the crowded bus stop, the Pakistani bus conductor leaned from the platform and called out, "Six only!" The bus stopped. He counted on six passengers, rang the bell, and then, as the bus moved off, called to those left behind: "So sorry, plenty of room in my heart—but the bus is full." He left behind a row of smiling faces. It's not what you do, it's the way that you do it. – The Friendship Book of Francis Gay, 1977

Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something and has lost something. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

The best way to knock the chip off your neighbor's shoulder is to pat him on the back. – Author Unknown

Because that's what kindness is. It's not doing something for someone else because they can't, but because you can. – Andrew Iskander

A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person. – Dave Barry, "Things That It Took Me 50 Years to Learn"

Life is short but there is always time for courtesy. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Social Aims

One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him. – Booker T. Washington

Love someone who doesn't deserve it. – Author Unknown

The more sympathy you give, the less you need. – Malcolm S. Forbes

It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens. – Baha'u'llah

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. – Nelson Henderson

Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. – James Matthew Barrie

In about the same degree as you are helpful, you will be happy. – Karl Reiland

I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again. – William Penn

Sometimes someone says something really small, and it just fits right into this empty place in your heart. – From the television show My So-Called Life

Tags:  Emotional  Inspiration  Kindness  November 2011  Quotes  Spiritual 

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Uncommon Bed-Fellows: Science and Religion (Oct.2011)

Posted By National Wellness Institute, Saturday, October 1, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A recent Rice University (RU) study revealed that science and religion do mix. The study found that only 15 percent of scientists at major research universities see religion and science always in conflict. Rice University scientist Elaine Howard Ecklund interviewed the scientists and found a majority believed both religion and science as "valid avenues of knowledge" that can bring broader understanding to important questions.

Ecklund summarized her findings in a recent Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion article. Her co-authors were sociologists Jerry Park of Baylor University and Katherine Sorrell, a former postbaccalaureate fellow at Rice and current doctoral student at the University of Notre Dame.

The group interviewed a sample of 275 participants, pulled from a survey of 2,198 tenured and tenure-track faculty in the natural and social sciences at 21 elite U.S. research universities. Only 15 percent of those surveyed view religion and science as always in conflict. Another 15 percent say the two are never in conflict, and 70 percent believe religion and science are only sometimes in conflict. Approximately half of the original survey population expressed some form of religious identity, whereas the other half did not. Many of those surveyed cited issues in the public realm (e.g., teaching of creationism versus evolution, stem cell research) as reasons for believing there is conflict between the two. The study showed that these individuals generally have a particular kind of religion in mind (and religious people and institutions) when they say that religion and science are in conflict.

Tags:  Intellectual  October 2011  Religion  science  Spiritual 

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Don't Forget To Laugh! (Sept. 2011)

Posted By National Wellness Institute, Thursday, September 1, 2011
Updated: Thursday, December 27, 2012

Encountering stress is simply a fact of life. We have all heard the old adage "Laughter is the best medicine" when it comes to dealing with stress, but many people don't realize just how truthful this saying can actually be. A good laugh can trigger many positive emotional and physical changes in the body, while also enhancing the social aspects of our lives. Best of all, this "medicine" is fun and free to use!

Finding time to laugh is very beneficial to your physical health in many ways. Studies have shown that good, hearty laughter relaxes the whole body, relieving tension and stress, and leaving the muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes. It is also good for the heart. Laughter increases blood flow and improves the function of blood vessels, which can help prevent cardiovascular problems in the future. It is known to boost the immune system by increasing the production of immune cells and antibodies, as well as releasing endorphins, the body's natural feel-good chemicals, which can provide the body with an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

Every bit as important as the physical aspect of health is emotional health. Humor can play a tremendous role in reducing distressing emotions. You can't feel anxious, angry, or sad when laughing. It also reduces stress and increases energy, allowing you to stay focused and get more things accomplished. Laughter allows you to see things in a more realistic and less intimidating light, which can help you feel less overwhelmed.

Humor and laughter can be very powerful tools in strengthening your relationships with others. Laughing with others creates a strong positive bond with them. Shared laughter adds joy, vitality, and resilience to these bonds, which can help heal disagreements and resentments. It also lets you forget judgments, criticisms, doubts, and your fear of holding back disappears. Mutual laughter is an essential component of healthy, lasting relationships.

There are many ways you can incorporate laughter into your life. Practice smiling anytime you see or hear anything even mildly pleasing. Smiling is the precursor to laughter. Make it a point to spend time with fun people that have great senses of humor. Their playfulness can be contagious. Bring humor into your conversations. Ask someone about the funniest thing that happened to him or her on that particular day. Watching a funny movie, TV show, or even playing with a pet, can all be great ways to foster laughter as well.

By setting aside specific times to seek out humor and laughter in life, you will eventually want to integrate it into everything you do. You will discover more ways to laugh, which will allow you to live your life in a much more positive way.

Source: www.helpguide.org

Tags:  Emotional  Intellectual  September 2011  Social  Spiritual 

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The Take-Away from the Gallup Mid-Year Well-Being Report (Sept. 2011)

Posted By National Wellness Institute, Thursday, September 1, 2011
Updated: Thursday, December 27, 2012

Data is great…it can tell us all sorts of things. For instance, according to a recent article summarizing of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index at the mid-year point, "Americans in Hawaii continued to set the national standard in well-being in the first half of 2011, followed closely by North Dakota. West Virginia and Kentucky maintained their status as the states with the lowest well-being. Nebraska, which showed the biggest gains in wellbeing rank from 2009 (25th) to 2010 (10th), continued to move up, landing in the top five."

However, if you happen to live in an unhealthy state with no plans to move, or you happen to be less than healthy in a state that is ranked high in overall health, what should you do with this telling data? While overall data is great for regional and state planning, and is able to find a niche in legislative activities, it doesn't have a great deal of application for individuals. Or does it?

If we use the survey questions as a guide to being healthier, we might find a simple approach to adding some more quality to our overall wellbeing.

Let's start with the components of wellbeing according to Gallup research:

  • Life Evaluation
  • Emotional Health
  • Physical Health
  • Healthy Behavior
  • Work Environment
  • Basic Access

Gallup uses a scientific scale to measure life evaluation based on an individual's current situation and their anticipated situation. For your purposes let's just say "0" is low, "10" is high. Based on numeric responses you are either "thriving," "struggling," or "suffering," with "thriving" respondents evaluating their current state as a "7" or higher and their future state as a "8" or higher, while "suffering" respondents provide a "4" or lower to both evaluations. Still with me?

Where do you rate? Could you do something differently to change your number? For instance, fill in the blank, "If I had more help with________________________, my evaluation number would improve." Now brainstorm all of the possible ways to make that statement come true. Remember small changes help, not all changes need be drastic!"

To measure your emotional health, according to Gallup, think about your daily experiences.

How often to you…

  1. Smiling or laugh
  2. Feel treated with respect
  3. Experience enjoyment
  4. Learning or doing something interesting
  5. Feel happiness
  6. Worry
  7. Experience sadness
  8. Have anger
  9. Feel stress
  10. Experience depression

For 1-5 above, think of ways to add one more bit of laughter or happiness to your day…even if it's just reading the comics in the morning. For 6-10, think of one thing you can let go of that causes these unwanted feelings. Remember, this is a small way to retrain your brain to experience life in a way that is acceptable to you. Changes can be small, but embracing them can have lasting benefits.

To measure your physical health, according to Gallup, think about your daily experiences.

How often to you or have you had…

  • Sick days in the past month
  • Disease burden
  • Health problems that get in the way of normal activities
  • Obesity
  • Feeling well-rested
  • Energy
  • Colds
  • Flu
  • Headaches

This category might take some additional thinking, but if any of these items stand out to you, do you know what is causing the issue? For instance, if you have a lot of headaches ask yourself: Do you drink enough water? Do you drink too much caffeine? Are you experiencing stress that you could make a plan to lessen (Remember, small changes help. You might not be able to cure someone for whom you are the caretaker, but maybe you could carve out 5 minutes of you time per day to give yourself a small break.

To measure your healthy behavior, according to Gallup, think about your daily habits.

Do you have room for improvement?

  • Do you smoke
  • Do you eat healthy (think un-processed food consumption)
  • What is your weekly consumption of fruits and vegetables
  • What is your weekly exercise frequency

To measure your work environment, according to Gallup, think about your work day.

Remember, although it is easier to look at work environment extrinsically (Somebody else's fault), the research shows that in most instances there is an intrinsic solution to work issues (Yes, that means you are the master of your fate, even if it means you should look for other employment because you don't see a bad situation changing). Think about your…

  • Job satisfaction
  • Ability to use your strengths at work
  • Supervisor's treatment (more like a boss or a partner)
  • Supervisor creates an open and trusting work environment

To measure your basic access, according to Gallup, think about your access to the following 13 items. While some of the items might be out of your control, are there ways you can work to expand your access?

  1. Satisfaction with community or area
  2. Area getting better as a place to live
  3. Clean water
  4. Medicine
  5. Safe place to exercise
  6. Affordable fruits and vegetables
  7. Feel safe walking alone at night
  8. Enough money for food
  9. Enough money for shelter
  10. Enough money for healthcare
  11. Visited a dentist recently
  12. Access to a doctor
  13. Access to health insurance

For more on Gallup's research visit: http://www.well-beingindex.com/

Tags:  Emotional  Intellectual  Occupational  Physical  September 2011  Spiritual  Wellness 

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Quotes (Sept. 2011)

Posted By National Wellness Institute, Thursday, September 1, 2011
Updated: Thursday, December 27, 2012

September's quotes are provided to us by Healthy Aging Month, International Day of Peace (Sept. 21), and Family Health and Fitness Day USA (Sept. 24).

  • Aging is not 'lost youth' but a new stage of opportunity and strength. Betty Friedan
  • Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional. Unknown
  • The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. Frank Lloyd Wright
  • To resist the frigidity of old age, one must combine the body, the mind and the heart - and to keep them in parallel vigor one must exercise, study and love. Karl von Bonstetten
  • The idea is to die young, as late as possible. Ashley Montagu
  • Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • You can't shake hands with a clenched fist. Indira Ghandi
  • One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • There is no way to peace; peace is the way. A.J. Muste
  • You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them. Desmond Tutu
  • Families are the compass that guide us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter. Brad Henry
  • Other things may change us, but we start and end with family. Anthony Brandt

Tags:  Inspiration  intellectual  Physical  Quotes  September 2011  Spiritual  Wellness 

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University of Michigan Study links Spiritual Retreats to Lower Depression in Heart Patients (August 2011)

Posted By National Wellness Institute, Monday, August 1, 2011
Updated: Thursday, December 27, 2012

4-day, non-denominational spiritual retreat may help patients who want to avoid antidepressants

The University of Michigan Health System study has found that heart patients who participated in a four-day retreat that included techniques such as meditation, guided imagery, drumming, journal writing, and outdoor activities saw immediate improvement in tests measuring depression and hopefulness. Those improvements persisted at three- and six-month follow-up measurements.

The study was the first randomized clinical trial to demonstrate an intervention that raises hope in patients with acute coronary syndrome, a condition that includes chest pain and heart attack. Previous research has shown that hope and its opposite, hopelessness, have an impact on how patients face uncertain futures.

The findings were published in the July issue of Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing.

The retreat group was compared to two other groups: one received standard cardiac care and the other participated in a lifestyle change retreat run by the U-M Cardiovascular Center that focused on nutrition, physical exercise and stress management.

For more information on the research cited in this story visit: University of Michigan Health System

Tags:  August 2011  Depression  Emotional  Spiritual 

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Quotes (April 2011)

Posted By National Wellness Institute, Friday, April 1, 2011
Updated: Thursday, December 27, 2012

This month's quotes are dedicated to teachers. The following quotes are from Randy Pausch, a computer science professor, gave his "Last Lecture" after discovering he had pancreatic cancer. Randy was a professor of Computer Science, Human Computer Interaction, and Design at Carnegie Mellon University. He lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on July 25th, 2008, but left a legacy for his students and family. For more information on The Last Lecture, the book or the video, click: here.

Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted.

We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.

The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.

It's not about how to achieve your dreams, it's about how to lead your life, ... If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself, the dreams will come to you.

The key question to keep asking is, Are you spending your time on the right things? Because time is all you have.

Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.

If I only had three words of advice, they would be, Tell the Truth. If got three more words, I'd add, all the time.

Wait long enough and people will surprise and impress. When you're pissed off at someone and you're angry at them, you just haven't given them enough time. Just give them a little more time and they almost always will impress you.

Luck is where preparation meets opportunity.

A lot of people want a shortcut. I find the best shortcut is the long way, which is basically two words: work hard.

The questions are always more important than the answers.

It's not how hard you hit. It's how hard you get hit...and keep moving forward.

When we're connected to others, we become better people.

Too many people go through life complaining about their problems. I've always believed that if you took one tenth the energy you put into complaining and applied it to solving the problem, you'd be surprised by how well things can work out.

When there's an elephant in the room introduce him.

Be good at something. It makes you valuable. Have something to bring to the table, because that will make you more welcome.

Don't complain; just work harder.

You can always change you plan, but only if you have one.

One thing that makes it possible to be an optimist is if you have a contingency plan for when all hell breaks loose.

When you see yourself doing something badly and nobody's bothering to tell you anymore, that's a bad place to be. You may not want to hear it, but your critics are often the ones telling you they still love you and care about you, and want to make you better,

People are more important than things.

Give yourself permission to dream. Fuel your kids' dreams too. Once in a while, that might even mean letting them stay up past their bedtimes.

Are you a Tigger or an Eyore?

A good apology is like antibiotic, a bad apology is like rubbing salt in the wound.

I'm sorry. It's my fault. How do I make it right?

Apologies are not pass/fail.

No matter how bad things are, you can always make things worse.

No job is beneath you. You ought to be thrilled you got a job in the mailroom And when you get there, here's what you do: Be really great at sorting mail.

(My coach) knew there was only one way to develop (self esteem): You give children something they can't do, they work hard until they find they can do it, and you just keep repeating the process.

Never lose the child like wonder. It's just too important. It's what drives us. Help others.

We've placed a lot of emphasis in this country on the idea of people's rights. That's how it should be, but it makes no sense to talk about rights without also talking about responsibilities.

The person who failed often knows how to avoid future failures. The person who knows only success can be more oblivious to all the pitfalls.

I know you're smart. But everyone here is smart. Smart isn't enough. The kind of people I want on my research team are those who will help everyone feel happy to be here.

There are more ways than one to measure profits and losses.

Put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others.

... I was hugely impressed... was the ultimate example of a man who knew what he didn't know, was perfectly willing to admit it, and didn't want to leave until he understood. That's heroic to me. I wish every grad student had that attitude.

If you have a question, then find the answer.

Complaining does not work as a strategy.

It's not helpful if we spend every day dreading tomorrow ~Jai

Focus on other people, not on yourself.

I don't believe in the no-win scenario

An injured lion wants to know if he can still roar.

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