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PEACE: MAY YOUR HOLIDAY BE FILLED WITH IT 
Many people find peace hard to obtain during the holidays. There are many painful things that come to mind, often having to do with family. If there isn't peace in your family,these things are often on your mind. Your mind often thinks about things you wish you can do to create peace. However, often, the sad reality is there is nothing you can do to change the way things are. Your best bet is to accept that. Accepting that and focusing on the things you have control over is often called the practice of "radical acceptance." This is something I teach patients to practice all the time. I even practice it myself. However, there are some things which seem to just agitate like a virus that won't go way. Sometimes, you need to practice a radical form of radical acceptance. If you are not spiritual, you may be left with the behavioral and cognitive approaches that I teach many clients; e.g., do something nice for someone else, i.e., create peace in someone else's life. Acts of kindness are the antidote to many ills that befall our minds and hearts. No matter how poor you are, you can always give a smile, hold open a door, pick up something that somebody dropped, give a compliment etc. Often you will find that the thing that was bothering you has left your mind, and is no longer so troublesome.

However, sometimes there are those thoughts and pains that will not be denied, Read More...

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Levity in the Work Place Increases Productivity 
Laughter linked to increased productivity
- September 17, 2008
A researcher has discovered that positive humour in the workplace can lead to greater job satisfaction.

Psychologist Maren Rawlings from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne surveyed 300 workers from 20 different countries about their use of humour and how they perceived the humour used by their colleagues.

Ms Rawlings says she found a direct correlation between the climate of good humour in a workplace and employee satisfaction.

"If there is a lot of good humour that is shared and supports others...then people are generally well satisfied with what they are doing," she said.

Ms Rawlings says previous research has linked job satisfaction with productivity and her findings contradict the misconception that people who enjoy themselves in the workplace are not as productive.

She says it is important for employers to recognise the role humour plays in keeping workers satisfied.

"If employers take measures to encourage a positive humour climate in the workplace, they are more likely to retain their staff," she said.

"And with an ageing workforce it is vital for companies to keep good people."

Ms Rawlings will present her findings at the Australian Psychological Society's annual conference in Hobart later this month.

See http://www.abc.net.au

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HURRICANE PREPARDNESS AND COPING WITH AFTERMATH 
As many may be fearing the approach of new storms or dealing with the aftermath of the ones we've had so far know that there is much help available. First, make sure you are out of harms way and prepared far in advance of the arival of any severe weather. Once that is taken care of you may have some concerns about your anxiety. The links here may be helpful as you copy with physical preparedness and dealing with stress, anxiety and unwanted memories from past storms: Read More...

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TV watching can harm relationships 
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Jan 23, 2007 (UPI via COMTEX) -- A Purdue University professor in West Lafayette, Ind., says chronic television watching can be harmful to the development of a relationship.

"Some forms of technology, such as cell phones or e-mail, can help relationships survive long distances or busy schedules," said Glenn Sparks, professor of communication at the university and mass media effects expert. "But other uses, such as chronic television watching, can affect how people communicate in relationships or even keep people from making friends.

"There may be programs we like to watch together, and this is good, but there is a concern that a television that is always on interferes with how we communicate," Sparks said.

The professor said a reduced amount of talking, listening and eye contact takes place in rooms with TVs on. Sparks suggested that friends and couples make plans to do other activities besides watch TV, such as taking a walk, planning a vacation or playing a game.

"Making a change can mean more than just turning the television off," he said.

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Test this 
Sometimes it's good just to try something new, just to break the monotony of life.

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