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Worry Spelled Backward is Yrrow

20 Sep

Do you worry about things too much?         I do.

This past week I had a few conversations with my friends about how worry influences our lives.  I found it interesting that although we all worry about the same things,  we feel so alone in our worry. 
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During these conversations a common question came up:  What can we do to decrease our worry? 

Although many solutions were presented (meditation, exercise, good eating and sleep habits, ect.) we agreed that none of them actually solve the problem.  

I recently read a study about how our brains can become addicted to excessive worry or anxious thoughts. When we worry, a chemical is released which triggers the pleasure center of our brain which makes us feel good.  Although we THINK that worry makes us unhappy, biologically, we actually ENJOY it.  Worry gives our minds something to focus on; a problem to try to solve.  Essentially, we become addicted to solving problems that aren’t very important. Continue reading

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How I Beat My Back-to-School Blues

4 Sep

This is how I felt on Tuesday when I went back to school.

Usually, I’m excited to go back to school.  I love buying new clothes and new pencils.  I love getting a new syllabus and planning out when and how I will study.

This school year is different.
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What do Peanut Butter, Anne Of Green Gables, and Housework Have to do With Having a Better Day?

18 May

Do you remember a children’s show called “The Big Comfy Couch“? It was about a clown who lived on a HUGE couch and pulled out unusual things out from between the cushions.  I don’t remember much about the show itself but I know that it came on after one of my favorite shows… Sailor Moon. Whenever Sailor Moon and the Sailor Scouts finished up their latest adventure The Big Comfy Couch would come on and I found myself faced with a difficult decision: Should I go do my chores? Or watch the couch show?

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Live on $1.50 for One Day

24 Apr

Action hero, heart throb, and Oscar winner Ben Affleck is going to live on one dollar and fifty cents a day for a whole week to support the poverty awareness campaign “Live Below the Line.”  This campaign is attempting to spread awareness about global poverty by inviting celebrities to live on $1.50 a day for a week like the 1.4 billion people around the world who don’t have the choice

I’m not really into celebrity gossip and gimmicky stuff but I actually think this is kind of cool!  Could I do it?  What would I eat?

Obviously most American food is super inflated so you wouldn’t be able to eat normal things like granola bars, meat, or ice cream.  I assume that IF I tried to do this I would eat a lot of rice, bread, top roman… I just price checked and bananas are about 33 cents a piece.  So Bananas and rice it is!

Honestly, I don’t think that I could do it.  I developed a mild case of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) on my mission and I’m not able to eat carbs without protein and fats BUT I think that if I could do it, I would.  Not for Ben but for me.

I suppose that this campaign appeals to me so much because I’m not a big fan of people going to foreign countries to do humanitarian work.  Why am I so cruel? Because FOR THE MOST PART the people that go aren’t very skilled at the specific type of work that they’re going to do.  I think that the money would be better spent if they would mail it to the third world country and hire a worker there to build or cook or do whatever else they want their money to do.  Its better to send the $2,000 rather then spend it on your plane ticket so that you can be a “part of the experience”.

I like Live Below the Line because it allows you to have a mini third-world experience without breaking the bank.  Anyone can make a difference in both their lives and in the lives of others.  Now that I’m thinking about it the Mormon church actually does something like this too.

Anyway what do you think of Ben’s big humanitarian move? Do you think that you could handle it?

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