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White Fang

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This thrilling adventure story from the celebrated author of The Call of the Wild traces a wolf-dog’s epic journey from savage beast to man’s best friend Three men traverse the frozen landscape of the Yukon Territory on a sled-two stand upright, one lies dead in a coffin. Stalked by a pack of starving wolves, the travelers are out of ammunition and low on food. When night falls, the wolves will make their final assault. The men’s time is running short, but White Fang’s story is just beginning. Part wolf, part dog, White Fang is a hunter without a pack, at home neither in the camp nor in the wilderness. From the banks of the frozen Klondike river to the teeming streets of Gold Rush-era San Francisco, White Fang never stops fighting-first to survive, and then to find a home. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

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Obamas Celebrate Their Last Thanksgiving At The White House

It might be just another Thanksgiving for you, but for the Obamas, it’s their final turkey day in the White House.

First lady Michelle Obama’s Twitter feed shared a message of thanks Thursday, along with this throwback photo of the first family:

President Barack Obama finished his public Thanksgiving duties Wednesday, when he pardoned turkeys Tater and Tot during the traditional ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House. He and the family later served meals at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C..

The president called a handful of deployed service members Thursday morning to thank them for their service and share Thanksgiving wishes, according to a White House official.

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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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8 Habits of Considerate People

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Philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer once said, “Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax.” It’s true. Being kind and considerate softens people and makes them malleable to your way of thinking.

But I see another meaning there, too. I think he’s also saying that being considerate of others is an integral part of what it means to be human. Charles Darwin would have agreed. He argued that our instinct to be considerate is even stronger than our instinct to be self-serving.

As obvious as that may seem, it’s only recently that neuroscience has been able to explain why. Research conducted by Dacher Keltner at Berkeley showed that our brains react exactly the same when we see other people in pain as when we experience pain ourselves. Watching someone else experience pain also activates the structure deep inside the brain that’s responsible for nurturing behavior, called the periaqueductal gray.

Being considerate of others is certainly a good career move, but it’s also good for your health. When you show consideration for others, the brain’s reward center is triggered, which elevates the feel-good chemicals dopamine, oxytocin, and endogenous opioids. This gives you a great feeling, which is similar to what’s known as “runner’s high,” and all that oxytocin is good for your heart.

“Being considerate of others will take you further in life than any college or professional degree.” – Marian Wright Edelman

That’s all well and good, but how practical is it? How do you become more considerate when you have so many other things competing for your finite mental energy? It’s not that hard–all you have to do is emulate the habits of highly considerate people.

1. Show up on time. Sure, sometimes things happen, but always showing up late sends a very clear message that you think your time is more important than everyone else’s, and that’s just rude. Even if you really do think that your time is more important, you don’t have to broadcast that belief to the world. Instead, be considerate and show up when you said you would.

2. Be deliberately empathic. It’s one thing to feel empathy for other people, but putting that feeling into action is another matter entirely. It’s great to be able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes–in fact, it’s essential–but that doesn’t necessarily translate into being considerate. To be deliberately empathic, you have to let your ability to walk in their shoes change what you do, whether that’s changing your behavior to accommodate their feelings or providing tangible help in a tough situation. This requires emotional intelligence.

3. Apologize when you need to (and don’t when you don’t).
We all know people who are so insecure or so afraid of offending someone that they practically apologize for breathing. In such situations, apologizing loses its meaning. But it’s a different matter entirely when a sincere apology is really necessary. When you’ve made a mistake, or even think you’ve made a mistake, apologizing is a crucial part of being considerate.

4. Smile a lot. Physically, it’s easier to frown than to smile–smiling involves 42 different muscles; however, it pays to make the extra effort, as smiling has a huge effect on other people. People naturally (and unconsciously) mirror the body language of the person they’re talking to. When you smile at people, they will unconsciously return the favor and feel good as a result.

5. Mind your manners. A lot of people have come to believe that not only are manners unnecessary, they’re undesirable because they’re fake. These people think that being polite means you’re acting in a way that doesn’t reflect how you actually feel, but they’ve got it backwards. “Minding your manners” is all about focusing on how the other person feels, not on how you feel. It’s consciously acting in a way that puts other people at ease and makes them feel comfortable.

6. Be emotionally intelligent. One of the huge fallacies our culture has embraced is that feeling something is the same as acting on that feeling, and that’s just wrong, because there’s this little thing called self-control. Whether it’s helping out a co-worker when you’re in a crunch to meet your own deadline or continuing to be pleasant with someone who is failing to return the favor, being considerate often means not acting on what you feel.

7. Try to find a way for everybody to win. Many people approach life as a zero-sum game. They think that somebody has to win and somebody else has to lose. Considerate people, on the other hand, try to find a way for everybody to win. That’s not always possible, but it’s their goal. If you want to be more considerate, stop thinking of every interaction with others as a win/lose scenario.

8. Act on your intuition when it comes to other people’s needs.
Sometimes you can just tell when someone is upset or having a bad day. In such cases, being considerate means checking in with them to see if your intuition is correct. If your intuition is telling you to reach out–do it; they’ll appreciate your concern.

Bringing It All Together

Being considerate is good for your mental and physical health, your career, and everyone around you. On top of that, it just feels good.

What are some other ways to show consideration for others? 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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How To Get Drunk The Healthy Way This Holiday Season

If I want to get drunk, but in as healthy a way as possible, what are the best beverages and strategies? originally appeared on Quorathe knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.

Answer by Greg Huang, Co-founder/CEO at drinkwel.com – the multivitamin for people who drink, on Quora:

Because of my company I’ve spent a lot of time learning about being healthier about including alcohol in my lifestyle. Here’s my top ten list for how to get drunk as healthily as possible:

  1. Avoid sugary mixers. Things like margarita mix, juice with high fructose corn syrup, and Red Bull are just as hard for your body to process as the alcohol itself. Not to mention, they’re bad for you. Try mixing your booze with water and fresh fruit juice (no sugar added). You’d be surprised what great drinks you can make without all that extra sugar.
  2. The clearer, the better. Vodka, gin, and light beer are much easier on your body (and lower in calories) than whiskey, bourbon, or red wine.
  3. Don’t mix. It’s hard on your stomach. It’s hard on your head. Mixing alcohol is never a good idea. Pick your drink of choice–and stick to it for the night. You’ll thank yourself the next day.
  4. Take a drinking break. Push yourself to go for an extended period (days, weeks, etc.) with no drinking at all. Your liver will appreciate the rest, and you might even see a decrease in your tolerance so you can drink less (and spend less!), but have just as much fun.
  5. Eat well the next day. If you feel hung over in the morning, try healthy breakfast options like eggs and fresh juice. Despite what you may have heard, greasy food won’t do anything to help you feel better the next day. There’s no such thing as “soaking” up the booze–your body has already processed the alcohol, and the grease will only leave you feeling more bloated. The best thing you can do for yourself is to eat foods that will help replenish the vitamins and minerals you’ve lost and put your body back on a healthy digestive cycle.
  6. Eat before you drink. Having a snack or a meal before your first beverage will help give your body the time it needs to process alcohol and aid in preventing nausea, headache, and an upset stomach. A little bit of starch or dairy goes a long way in coating your stomach lining and preparing your body for alcohol.
  7. Eat while you drink. We all get the drunk-munchies (and are guilty of downing pizza, or Jack in the Box or whatever else sounds delicious when you’re too drunk to think about calories). An excellent way to avoid these grievous choices, and help your body absorb the alcohol correctly, is to keep healthy snacks around while you’re drinking. That way, by the time you’re wasted, you’ll also be full.
  8. Drink water. Before, during, and after. Alcohol is a diuretic and causes dehydration. Have a glass of water in between drinks to keep yourself hydrated and help prevent those nasty dehydration side effects.
  9. Drink less. I know, I know, some people don’t want to hear this, but do yourself a favor, and try to have fewer drinks on those big nights out. Sometimes it’s just about saying no to that last shot of Patrón.
  10. Take your vitamins and minerals. Drinking depletes essential nutrients–make sure you’re feeding them to your system. It won’t do everything, but it will help.

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The Great Ceviche Book

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Start Fresh Ceviche?fresh seafood cured in citrus?boasts lively, bright flavors along with a low-fat, high-protein healthiness. In this revised edition of The Great Ceviche Book, award-winning chef Douglas Rodriguez reminds us why he is the foremost Latin chef in America. You’ll find straightforward instructions and confidence-building advice to walk you through all the ceviche fundamentals: its basic formula of six ingredients, the four safety commandments, helpful kitchen equipment to have on hand, and serving suggestions to create beautiful presentations. Rodriguez’s passionate take on the subject offers more than forty diverse ceviche recipes, from traditional dishes originating in Central and South America such as Chilean Sea Bass with Lemon Oil and Ecuadorian Shrimp, to recipes that draw on diverse ethnic influences such as Gingered Toro Tuna with Soy and Sesame. Chapters on tasty side dishes and helpful basics round out everything you need to know to make this simple yet sophisticated cuisine in your own kitchen. Rodriguez’s streamlined preparations allow home cooks to focus on the virtues of freshness and pure flavors. The Great Ceviche Book is the definitive, authentic guide to this vibrant cuisine.

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Obama Has Some Issues With How The Media Is Covering The Election

“Do you mind if I just vent for a second?” President Barack Obama asked rally attendees in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

The president was pitching Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton when he told supporters he’s “frustrated” that the media has given credence to false equivalences between the two major-party candidates. 

“I’m just telling the truth,” he said.

Obama took issue with how news outlets have covered issues regarding transparency and questionable practices carried out by the candidates’ family foundations. He defended Clinton’s record by noting she has released “decades worth of her tax returns,” even though GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump hasn’t released any. 

“One candidate’s family foundation has saved countless lives around the world,” Obama said. “The other candidate’s foundation took money other people gave to his charity and then bought a 6-foot tall painting of himself.”

“He had the taste not to go for the 10-foot version,” Obama added, to laughs.

The president said the media has let Trump get away with misleading comments that would have led to a candidate’s undoing in past election seasons.

“Somehow, as things go on, because we’ve become so partisan, our standards for what’s normal have changed,” Obama said. “And Donald Trump says stuff every day that used to be considered as disqualifying for being president. And yet, because he says it over and over and over again, the press just gives up.”

The president referred to a recent incident in which NBC’s Matt Lauer allowed Trump to claim he was “totally against the war in Iraq” ― a demonstrably false comment ― without pushing back. It’s a lie Trump has made repeatedly on the campaign trail, and reporters for many media outlets faulted Lauer for his shortcomings.

Obama has a point: Trump has made many comments that would have ruined presidential candidates before him. Democrats have posited that expectations have been set so low for Trump that he has been held to an entirely different standard than other presidential hopefuls. 

“The bottom line is that we cannot afford suddenly to treat this like a reality show,” Obama said. “We can’t afford to act as if there’s some equivalence here.” 

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther 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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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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I’m A Failure!

During my career in Academia, I have noticed an unhealthy trend among students. It’s not drinking or the latest designer drug, but it can be more harmful than both. The trend is the obsessively self-critical thinking that happens when students do something that doesn’t go “right”. They fall into the judgmental trap of thinking they are a failure or something is wrong with them.

We, as a society, are taught from an early age that being hard on ourselves is the only way to make things better… or make us better. We are taught that being self-critical is the driving factor for success.

There is a side effect to this kind of thinking. As students find out that they are not the best in class, or that the projects they created don’t receive the applause they think they deserve, many immediately turn to an obsessive, self-critical way of thinking. They bash themselves and judge themselves negatively. As a result, students become more stressed out, feel insecure, become depressed, and question their own self-worth. If not addressed early on, this kind of thinking can make the college experience a miserable time for any student.

There is a way to fix this kind of thinking, but few talk about it. One of the greatest keys to being successful in life and eliminating obsessive self-criticism is having Mindful Self-Compassion. Yep, that’s right. Compassion for your “self.”

Wait, what? Self-compassion? I know, it sounds somewhat odd to say out loud, but rarely do we consider showing ourselves kindness. We often show friends more caring and compassion than we show ourself. We’ve been trained to be self-critical and self-judgmental. Self-compassion goes against the natural order… or so many think. Some even think that if we are self-compassionate, we are being lazy and complacent.

But research has found that self-criticism only sabotages us and produces a variety of negative consequences. According to Kristin Neff, Ph.D., Associate Professor in human development at the University of Texas at Austin, self-criticism can lead to lowered self-esteem, anxiety and depression. Mindful self-compassion, on the other hand, can lead to greater understanding and peace of mind… and yes, personal and professional success.

So what is “Mindful Self-Compassion”? Actually, it’s quite simple. It can be broken down into three parts.

1. Mindfulness: Mindfulness is about slowing your mind down to become aware of what you are thinking or doing in the present moment. It involves turning off your autopilot response and noticing what is going on, meaning that you pay attention to your thoughts and feelings without attaching any judgment to them.

Being mindful creates a distance between your thoughts or experiences and your reaction to them. It’s almost like observing your thoughts in the third person. You become aware of your thoughts and just notice what’s going on… you don’t sweep them under the rug and you don’t need to obsess about them either. You become aware, make a nonjudgmental note about the thought, (i.e. “There’s Mr. Negative again”.), tell yourself you’re okay, let the thought go, and return to the present moment.

Being mindful of self-critical thoughts will help you to be more objective about any emotions that may try to hitch a ride.

2. Self-kindness: Accept that it is okay to be kind, gentle and understanding with yourself when you’re suffering.

It’s easy to be loving and kind to our friends. It’s time you do the same for yourself. If you mess up on a test, don’t beat yourself up. Think about why you did badly, then plan on studying more next time or find a tutor. People don’t think your project or assignment is the best? So what. You are learning, and making mistakes is part of that process. Take the criticism as tips on how to do better next time. Accept that you aren’t going to be perfect… no one is. Frankly, I don’t know anyone who is “perfect”… and those who think they are fall into the “ego-maniac” category. That’s not where you want to be.

3. Common humanity: Recognize that you are not alone in the self-criticism struggle. We are all struggling. We often think we’re the only ones to make mistakes, feel rejected or fail. Guess what? We all have these experiences; it’s part of being human. We tend not to discuss our struggles, but if you share your experience with others, I bet you’ll find that they have felt the same way at some point. You are not alone. Talking about it may help to negate the power of negative self-talk and criticism.

I know… it’s easier said than done. When you are stuck in a self-criticism rut, try the following mindful self-compassion exercise:

▪ Sit somewhere quiet and pay attention to your breath going in and out of your nose or mouth. Notice how your breath feels as it enters and exits. Stay focused on this for a couple of minutes and then repeat to yourself, “May I be kind to myself, may I know that I am a good person, may I be at peace, may I know that all is well.” Do this for two or more minutes when you feel the negative thoughts creeping in.

This exercise will slow down your thoughts, help train your mind to let go of negative self-talk, and accept that you are okay. For more exercises on gaining mindful self-compassion for yourself, check out the meditations here:

A couple notes for the nay-sayers:

1. Self-compassion is not self-pitying.
Self-pity is being obsessed and immersed in your own problems and forgetting that others struggle, too. Self-compassion is much different. Being self-compassionate is seeing things as they are –while not giving critical self-talk power. Self-compassion focuses on alleviating suffering while self-pity leaves you rolling in self-loathing.

2. Self-criticism is not an effective motivator.
Challenging yourself, recognizing weaknesses and growing from them are productive. However, there’s actually nothing productive or motivating about criticizing yourself. When you criticize yourself you are creating fear of failure and you may wind up losing faith in yourself. Even if you do achieve great things, you’re often miserable because you live in a world of self-loathing and criticism. That doesn’t sound like a very happy world.

I wish you the best. Be kind to yourself!

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We’re all afraid of something: heights, the ocean, clowns. But when we’re little, those fears ― whether big, small or in some cases, totally weird ― feel so much more debilitating.

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Dear Actor,

What you do is invaluable. Remember that.

I write this as an actor who is now a therapist, and loves it, and who works with a lot of actors, each of whom is unique but also very much like you: They know how to use themselves creatively, effectively, and meaningfully in every area of their lives.

Now by “what you do,” I mean the craft of acting, not the business. The craft expands our creative capacities, while the business forces us to only think in twos: in versus out, union versus nonunion, etc. In short, we are shown a hard line between being an actor and not being one.

Fortunately the craft part of you does not think in twos, but in multiplicity and possibility. Your craft precedes your awareness of the business, and begins with a sincere interest in what makes each of us tick. You observe how we differ, and discover common threads linking us together. You get acquainted with yourself as you are, and then explore who you might become, experimenting with the way you talk and walk, and imagining unimaginable dilemmas, and calling upon humor, desire, charisma, fear, authority, rage, grief, despair, bravery, and various other natural resources from deep within yourself that may not have been readily available to you in life as you have known it. And you use them all to tell evocative stories–both about you and about people who seem very different from you on the surface.

Your endless mission then–no matter how you make a living–is to develop your own voice while at the same time breathing life into the multifarious voices of other people.

And in that sense, being an actor is no different from being a therapist, or writer, or friend, or a range of other roles in life that require empathy, and versatility, and openness.

But then there’s that tricky word: career.

Do you need to make your entire living each year from paid, union gigs to call what you do a career? Do you need to qualify for the SAG pension plan or be a household name in order to call what you do a career?

What about my friends who write plays and perform them in parks and warehouses, and sharpen their skills doing readings and web series? Do they not have acting careers because they work 9-to-5 in order to have health insurance? What about my aunt, the psychiatric nurse, who has consistently performed as an actor in NYC and in small towns, on Equity stages and community theaters, in industrials for which she was paid and student films for which she was not–and who uses her performance skills to great empathic effect with her patients? Does she not have an acting career because she makes the bulk of her living as a nurse and doesn’t audition for pilot season?

It’s time to reclaim what it means to be an actor. What we have learned about committing to emotions and expanding empathy, and using our voices to become many great things, is too precious to be taken from us by a reductive industry that capitalizes on trendy stereotypes.

Now, whenever art and industry collide (however rarely), we should certainly applaud. And of course we should celebrate any employment opportunity we are able to earn as artists.

But we must also use words like career to describe the myriad ways we practice the art that we love, live, and breathe. And not only when we are lucky enough to star on a show that everyone’s mother will hear about, but whenever we get to be listeners, healers, lovers, leaders, activists, creators, and storytellers in every facet of our lives.

When I reflect on the disparate voyage of my life–from being an actor, to producing theater, to social activism, to becoming a therapist, writer, and public speaker–it feels like one career, rooted in the art of acting.

After all one of our greatest abilities is to make meaning out of lives that don’t play out exactly as we expect. No matter the circumstances of our scripts, we search deep to make our characters lives make sense. We can do the same for our own.

So, however you practice your craft, please remember that you are an actor.

www.markoconnelltherapist.com

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My Depression Is A Gift

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International Relations class, 2006. The teacher’s assistant is drawing a diagram to explain anarchy on the board. I’m half paying attention, half thinking about the anarchy going on in my own mind.

“Anarchy means there are no rules,” she says. At that moment I decide to be done with the rules.

I’ve struggled with depression since high school, a hyper-competitive all-girls boarding school in Connecticut. Sometime during my freshman year, I began fixating on an endless loop of thoughts that I was never interesting enough, smart enough, pretty enough, popular enough. That loop never stopped cranking.

I became convinced my mediocrity and awkwardness kept me from relishing what were supposed to be the most joyful, formative and carefree years of my life. At night, driving around with my friends after we first got our licenses, I would stare out the window reminding myself how not-good-enough I was while they smoked cigarettes and sang along with the new Strokes album.

I used my self-doubt to catapult myself forward. I set perpetually unrealistic expectations, ones I would inevitably never meet. I never stopped chasing after those high standards, desperately hoping that one day I might prove myself wrong. I got straight As, sang in the all-state choir, starred in school plays, won awards for my writing.

I shrugged off my achievements, paradoxically assuming they were a given, and focused incessantly instead on my inadequacies. I was a terrible athlete, had trouble focusing in class, couldn’t get certain boys to pay attention to me during sweaty school dances. I expected everything of myself, which pretty much guaranteed I would always fall short, find yet another reason to despise my existence.

I got into my first-choice college, Northwestern University, and off I went to Chicago, where my affliction followed me. To the rest of the world, I could have been on the cover of a glossy fundraising magazine. And just like in high school, I usually felt okay enough to convince everyone around me that at my core, I was an enthusiastic, spontaneous, charismatic young woman.

It was true that I could be all of those things, and that I experienced moments of happiness. The flame of self-hate that burned deep inside was rarely stoked into a full-blown wildfire.

But sometimes, the world around me, with all its highs and lows and nuance and beauty, would completely disappear. The high-functioning social butterfly would be crippled, shoved back into a cocoon full of her failures, immobilized for hours or even days at a time. During those moments, I would only know the darkest corners of myself.

But sometimes, the world around me, with all its highs and lows and nuance and beauty, would completely disappear. During those moments, I would only know the darkest corners of myself.

That darkness reached a crescendo that afternoon in International Relations class. I knew my roommates would be at an event for our sorority that evening. I told them I had a sore throat and couldn’t make it. I went to the drugstore and bought a bottle of Tylenol PM.

I still remember walking home in the dark, wondering if I’d be accepted into a prestigious writing seminar I’d applied to the night before. I reminded myself that soon the seminar, along with everything else, would be irrelevant. I felt that overwhelming relief again.

The last thing I can recall from that night is yanking a sheet of paper out of my journal to write “I’m sorry” to everyone I loved, and then leaning over the side of my bed to throw up.

___

Estimates show that one in 12 college students makes some kind of suicide plan. The National Institute of Mental Health pegs depression as the most common medical health problem for college students. Those students are part of a group of roughly 350 million human beings worldwide who struggle with depression.

“It is not pleasant to experience decay, to find yourself exposed to the ravages of an almost daily rain, and to know that you are turning into something feeble,” the author Andrew Solomon, who has struggled with depression his entire adult life, writes in his Pulitzer Prize-finalist book The Noonday Demon. “That more and more of you will blow off with the first strong wind, making you less and less.”

Depression is an ugly, selfish, all-consuming disease. It’s the worst kind of vicious cycle. You feel guilty because you don’t actually have anything tangible to be sad about. That paralyzing guilt makes you feel even more depressed. You alienate those closest to you because you don’t want to bother them with your pain, even though you need them more than ever.

According to Solomon, fewer than half of people with depression receive any kind of treatment, and fewer than half of those individuals find it effective. The mind is an ever-changing enigma that can be impossible to regulate. Emotions come and go in a nebulous, uncontrollable swirl.

Depression is an ugly, selfish, all-consuming disease. It’s the worst kind of vicious cycle.

During joyful moments, it’s extraordinarily difficult to empathize with your depressed self.

During depressive episodes, you can’t remember ever experiencing true happiness or imagine ever feeling it again.

Many doctors like to compare an antidepressant regimen to a diabetic regulating their blood sugar levels. “You wouldn’t just stop taking your insulin because you feel better,” they say. “Why would you stop taking pills that help your mood?”

But it’s not so simple. Diabetes and other physical ailments are largely quantifiable. Consciousness, on the other hand, is a labyrinth of mysteries and malleable feelings. We can only ever consciously acknowledge a tiny sample of the deep complexities baked into our brains. You can’t measure an antidepressant’s effectiveness with a ruler or scale.

Instead, you rely on various cocktails of pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements and exercise routines, tracking incremental changes with the same imprecise mind that got you feeling depressed in the first place. Using the depressed mind as a tool to rewire itself can feel like an impossible feat.

I’ve heard the only true cure for depression is a deep and profound sense of self love. In order to achieve that, you must train yourself to love every part of yourself, darkness and all. But how can you love something you’re so desperate to change? How can you use that love as a weapon to extinguish the very thing you are training yourself to love?

___

I awoke the morning after my overdose in a hospital bed, a catheter shoved up inside me, a stomach full of charcoal. My roommates had found me unconscious and called 911. Over the next few days, they paraded, traumatized, through the hospital, flowers and teddy bears and inspirational books in hand. I lay there in a numb trance, unable to process the gravity of what I had done.

I spent a week in a rehab center where they took away my sharp objects and walked with me to the bathroom every time I had to pee and checked on me once an hour while I slept. My parents spent a small fortune on bipolar tests and psychiatric evaluations and came away with a diagnosis of generalized depression punctuated by a tendency to overthink things.

I dropped out of school and moved back into my dad’s house, the house I grew up in. I started taking Lexapro. I listened to Thich Nhat Hahn meditation podcasts and read mindfulness books by Pema Chodron. I did yoga every day.

I got into that writing seminar but declined. Instead, I enrolled in an intensive group therapy program, where I realized that other people, grandparents and teenagers, poor and rich, gay and straight, black and white, suffer from the same shit that I do.

I had long conversations with my father, learning that depression is deeply embedded in the roots of our family tree. He told me about my great-great uncle, who shot himself after immigrating to the United States from Eastern Europe. He recounted how depression had played out in his own life, how he suffered a severe bout of it during my early teens and could barely get out of bed. How he kept himself moving forward only for my brother and me.

I discovered that medication can actually work, that brain chemicals can be regulated, that I didn’t have to feel the way I’d felt my whole life. Antidepressants weren’t a cure-all, but they helped keep my toxic thoughts at a safe distance, especially when augmented by yoga and psychotherapy and patient loved ones.

I discovered that medication can actually work, that brain chemicals can be regulated, that I didn’t have to feel the way I’d felt my whole life.

Depression began to feel like a manageable challenge rather than an untamed beast. I had power over it, and not vice versa.

Midway through my group therapy program, one of our participants jumped off a highway overpass at rush hour and died. She had spent the last session talking about how she was a bad mother because she let her young sons watch too much television.

The weight of what I had done to myself, how I’d come so close to giving up everything, finally overtook me. I vowed to get well enough to return to school.

___

I managed to graduate from Northwestern almost-on-time, walking across the stage in my bright purple cap and gown with the rest of my class. I landed an internship at San Francisco magazine and moved west.

I spent the next decade managing my depression in a way that one might manage any other commitment in their life. I still had bouts of self-doubt, some stronger than others, but each time I felt like crawling back into that failure cocoon I would recover after a couple days. I glided through a motley lineup of therapists, to each of whom I recited the story of my suicide attempt and my familiar array of issues.

It almost started to feel like any other hobby, hanging out with those therapists. There was the Argentine woman with braces and a formal handshake who told me in her clipped accent that low self-esteem was nothing but a crutch. The hip young surfer chick whom I would have rather been friends with. The awkward social work student who saw me on a sliding-scale fee after I quit my to work, unpaid, for a political campaign. The grandmotherly lady who fell asleep, sitting up, during multiple sessions.

I still worried constantly about a whole assortment of things: my performance at work, money, finding true love, my social life. I struggled with substance abuse and dated a some guys who didn’t treat me that well. I felt like my professional success was more of a result of my inimitable bullshitting skills than talent and dedication. But I was moving forward without having to fumble through long periods of darkness.

Lexapro made me perpetually tired and a couple dozen pounds heavier. Sometimes I would go to bed at 7pm and not wake up until the next morning. My friends teased me for falling asleep in the middle of parties, for flaking on plans because I was “busy” and knowing that I was actually passed out on the couch.

Eventually, I decided to switch medications to one with fewer side effects that had worked well for my dad. I didn’t have good mental health insurance, so I went to a fluorescent-lit, linoleum-floored walk-in clinic in the basement of a community center.

Schizophrenic homeless people stumbled around the waiting room, and the dial-a-psychiatrist spent five minutes sizing me up before he wrote me a prescription for the new pills. On the way out, he asked me why someone so pretty and successful would ever be depressed.

___

Right around my 30th birthday, I quit my job as deputy national editor of The Huffington Post and moved to Latin America alone. I was burned out from five years in a fast-paced newsroom and dreamt of “seeing the world with my eyes, and not through my computer screen,” as I frequently put it.

I took a three-month supply of antidepressants with me. On the way down, they were stolen out of my checked luggage. In broken Spanish, I tried to find a doctor who would re-prescribe them to me, but I soon discovered they didn’t manufacture that brand outside the U.S. A friend managed to smuggle me some when she met up with me a few weeks later.

Taking the pills while I traveled grew from a minor annoyance into a chore, then into a chore that didn’t feel like it was worth dealing with. But each time someone came to visit me, I made sure they’d bring a new supply so I’d never run out.

My travels eventually brought me down to Panama, to environmental research institute in the middle of the jungle, where I decided to stay and open up a journalism school. I got an apartment in a colonial neighborhood in Panama City, splitting my time between there and a tent on open-air platform in the jungle.

I discovered I loved teaching. I made tons of interesting new friends. I fell in love with a smart, funny and handsome guy who treated me better than anyone from my prior relationships. I was exhilarated, living in a neon tropical euphoria, ideas and inspiration constantly searing through my mind.

I didn’t know what to make of all the happiness chemicals. Is this what life could actually feel like? It was nothing I’d ever experienced before. What was the catch?

Along the way, my final bottle of antidepressants diminished and then ran out completely. I decided not to refill it. What the heck, I thought. I’m feeling better than I ever have in my life. I don’t need these anymore. I threw the empty bottle in the trash and proudly told my friends and family that I’d conquered my depression once and for all.

___

Depression is a sneaky villain, one that slowly creeps back into your consciousness, footprint by footprint. One day you feel down on yourself and the next day you feel fine. Then the darkness comes back more forcefully and you’re hanging out in bed a little longer. Then a few days go by and you realize you haven’t had any positive thoughts. Then all your favorite activities start to feel like obligations and all your obligations start to feel like insurmountable burdens.

You start measuring your days based on when you can take a nap. You make up reasons to yell at your boyfriend. You dread daylight because it means you can’t hide in your room (or on your open-air jungle platform). Then your flip-flop breaks on a cobblestone street and you double over onto the nearest stoop in a fit of tears. The thought of buying a new pair of shoes feels as impossible as summiting Kilimanjaro.

One day you feel down on yourself and the next day you feel fine. Then the darkness comes back more forcefully and you’re hanging out in bed a little longer. Then a few days go by and you realize you haven’t had any positive thoughts.

I started taking my medication again right around the broken sandal incident. I waited for it to start working again. And I waited. And waited.

In the meantime, I had 12 journalism students hungry for my leadership. I threw myself into my curriculum, guiding them between Panama City and the jungle, devising creative field trips and workshops and lesson plans. I used my work to mask the unyielding anxiety that had set up camp inside my body.

The smallest things would send my mood plummeting down an icy black diamond ski slope: a student forgetting to turn in an assignment, a news article I’d missed, hearing about someone else’s success. I started fights with my boyfriend daily. I felt tired and drained 100 percent of the time.

___

One morning, leading a lecture on the power of storytelling, I fantasized about what my own life story would look like if I ended it with flair. I would leave a legacy. Foundations would be named in my honor. And most importantly, I would never have to suffer again.

When I got home, I crept upstairs and peeked over the balcony’s edge. A cheerful, languid Latin American afternoon unfolded below. A stray dog wandered past a pair of giggling tourists, a young mother balanced her baby on her hip, reggaeton blared out the window of a passing taxi. I felt so disconnected I may as well have been watching a movie.

I inched myself further toward the railing and took a deep breath. Then I sprinted downstairs and into my bedroom, nose-diving onto my bed, burying my face between the pillow and the mattress, shaking, using that little dark space to muffle my sobs.

One of our most important rules for students in the jungle is to “toughen the fuck up.” You can learn how to power your way through a monsoon-like rainstorm, or homesickness, or digging a trench in the mud, or discovering that a family of fire ants had made a comfortable home inside your half-eaten jar of peanut butter.

So I felt the opposite of tough when I realized my depression had ballooned into something I could no longer handle myself. That it was controlling me instead of me controlling it.

I felt the opposite of tough when I realized my depression had ballooned into something I could no longer handle myself. That it was controlling me instead of me controlling it.

With the support of my boyfriend and coworkers, I decided to return to the United States shortly before the semester ended to find some real, professional help. I felt like a failure for leaving my students behind with such a short time left in a program I’d poured my soul into designing from scratch. For leaving my community behind. For returning to the safe and loving four walls of my dad’s house, once more, just as I had in college.

I’ve been back in the U.S. for about a month now, and I’ve come to discover that asking for help when I needed it actually was my version of “toughening the fuck up.” I’m testing out a new medication regimen, after learning from my doctor that abruptly going off my antidepressants meant my body had built up an immunity to them. I’m doing yoga and meditating and journaling and spending quality time with people I care about. I’m working remotely and networking and reigniting the girlboss inside me.

Slowly but surely, my depression is lifting, just as it did a decade ago. It’s beginning to feel like something I have control over again. My life has purpose. Giving myself time to heal has allowed me to rediscover strength, compassion, resilience and self-love. I probably won’t return to Panama, but the loss of that opportunity means there’s space for a new one.

I recently had dinner with one of my mentors, a woman who runs the yoga studio I went to growing up. She used to suffer from a debilitating form of depression that left her hospitalized for much of her adult life until she reached middle age. A regular yoga practice helped her to recover. Now, she brings yoga into schools and prisons and marginalized areas in the hopes that other people who struggle might find similar relief.

I recounted my story for her, and she reminded me that my life  –  that any life  –  is extraordinary if you allow it to be. That I deserved to get myself back to a place where I truly believed that. Then she told me something I’ll never forget.

“Your depression is a gift,” she said. “For the rest of your life, you will be able to deeply understand the suffering and pain of others. Use that. Help them realize they’re not alone.”

I’ve been wanting to write publicly about my depression, my flirtations with suicide, the harsh storms that have blustered through the arc of my life, for many years. Until now I’ve been too afraid to share my story. I didn’t want to be pegged as that “depression girl” if someone were to Google me before a job interview or a first date.

But the more I talk openly about my struggles, the more I realize that my story is not unique. I’ve met so many people who walk around every day like I so often do, smiles slapped across their faces, crippled by a scalding pain on the inside. They’re ashamed to talk about it and even more ashamed to ask for help.

The more I talk openly about my struggles, the more I realize that my story is not unique.

Maybe someday we’ll all be less afraid to share our stories with one another. Maybe we will feel a little less alone when we find each other. Maybe, as we continue to talk about it, some of the stigma around mental health will begin to dissolve.

Maybe even one person will read what I have to say and feel a tiny bit better. Maybe she’ll start to understand that she’s not on this journey by herself. That help is out there if she can bring herself to ask for it. That she might be battling depression, but she’s winning the battle simply by waking up each morning and continuing to live her life.

That she, like me, is a survivor.

Note: If reading my story makes you want to share your own, please write to me on Facebook. I would love to hear from you.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. If you are outside of the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of international resources.

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Soak The Poor

In the fantasy world known as political discourse, taxes are higher on the wealthy. Single filers making up to $ 9,275 pay a federal income tax of 10 percent, up to $ 37,650 pay 15 percent, up to $ 91,150 pay 25 percent, up to $ 190,150 pay 28 percent, up to $ 413,350 pay 33 percent, up to $ 415,050 pay 35 percent, and beyond pay 39.6 percent. State income taxes broadly track these brackets.

The idea behind these increasing, or progressive, tax rates is that the rich can afford more in absolute dollars than can the poor. For someone making $ 25,000 per year, $ 3,750 just as big of a pocketbook hit, if not greater, as $ 396,000 is for someone making $ 1 million per year. After all, the million-dollar earner has $ 604,000 in his pocket after taxes, while the $ 25,000-earner has merely $ 21,250 to hopefully make ends meet. (P.S. It’s not happening.)

Income tax rates, easy to understand and oft-debated, are but a small part of the tax picture. When you zoom out to see the total burden on poor versus rich, the unavoidable fact is that the poor are taxed at a far higher rate. Call them taxes, call them fees, call them whatever you want. We’re soaking the poor.

Of formal taxes, the most regressive, i.e., hardest on the poor relative to the rich, is the sales tax. Relatively speaking, the expenditure level by people from different income strata on food, gas, and other sales tax-affected goods is pretty even. Everybody’s got to eat and fill up their tank. But because the poor have less money coming in, sales tax hits them hardest. The poorest Americans spend about 11 percent of their money on sales taxes, while the wealthiest spend about 5.4 percent.That’s regressive taxation.

Local public works measures are probably soaking the poor in your hometown right now. Think, for example, of a civic auditorium renovation that is paid for by a restaurant tax. Who goes to a civic auditorium to see the latest off-Broadway touring play? Generally, the wealthy. Who goes to restaurants? Everybody. Effectively, it’s a transfer of benefits from the poor to the rich.

The lottery has gained favor in 44 states, generating $ 17.6 billion as of 2009. It’s shamefully regressive. We’re all susceptible to foolish bets, but when you have a big bank account, $ 20 is nothing. When you’re poor, $ 20 is a family dinner that you can’t afford to throw out the window. States, rather than protecting their citizens from base impulses or at least remaining neutral, have seized upon their citizens’ foibles for revenue. A recent study shows that 60 percent of lottery tickets are purchased by people with very low incomes, and these people disproportionately play for money, not amusement. No matter where the revenues go, when you disproportionately prey upon the poor, you’re exacting a regressive tax.

Perhaps the most insidious poor tax of all is the one that is most seldom categorized as a tax. It’s not collected by the government, and it’s not the product of legislation. Rather, it’s the product of capitalism. I’m talking about the higher rate the poor person pays for a loan. The lower rate the poor person gets for investing $ 1,000 in a bank account versus $ 1 million. The inferior education his child gets at his bad school because he and his neighbors don’t have the income to buy a better one. Her longer commute from the cheaper neighborhood 20 minutes away, which makes her late to renew her tags, which costs her $ 35 in penalties, with more gas cost to boot. Daily life is more expensive for the poor. Quantify it, and you’ll see the most regressive tax of all.

It’s possible for a regressive tax to be worth the burden it places on the poor. Taxes on alcohol, tobacco, and fuel, for example, are often defended for their net benefits to society, despite their regressive nature. If you don’t want people to drink, smoke, or drive, you may think it’s justified to tax those underlying goods to death. Tolls are regressive, but less so than the principal alternative, sales taxes for road improvements.

Perhaps certain regressive taxes are fine. Perhaps all of them are, if we’re consciously balancing them against our progressive income tax code. Problem is, we’re almost completely oblivious to the regressive aspects of our tax system.

If we’re going to have such a broad array of explicit and hidden taxes on the poor, we owe it to ourselves to speak honestly about them. This political season, when you hear about big sales-tax-funded public works, scholarship lotteries, tax reform, or, heaven forbid, the “free-riding poor,” don’t merely think about federal income tax brackets. Instead, think deeper about the hidden, regressive taxes that make our society less equal, bypass the rich, and soak the poor.

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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Why You Should Form Hobbies Instead Of Habits

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Four or so years ago, I was enticed to join a Crossfit gym. Before then, I’d had no habit of working out. While I’d played sports growing up and could comfortably run 3 miles and knew how to do a proper push-up, I’d never really spent time learning about exercising or trying to work out for any particular goal. I was the one going to the gym a few times a week or less, running on a treadmill and doing sit-ups in the corner – making little progress and learning nothing.

After a couple of months of Crossfit (where I’d only been going twice a week) I started to notice something: progress. I was sore regularly, I noticed muscles forming, I was able to lift heavier than when I’d started. A few more months went by and I signed up to compete in local events – both for fun and to push my strength further than I already knew it could go.

As more time went on, I found myself picking up new physically challenging hobbies that I’d never really done before – yoga, cycling, running, calisthenics. Eventually, after years of working toward a goal I’d never initially set for myself, it appeared that a single hobby had led to a well-rounded healthy lifestyle habit.

At the beginning, the number of days or the amount of time I would spend working out was not much different from my uninspired few-times-a-week gym-going days. The difference was in the amount I was learning each time I went. It was always a new experience – new movements, new muscles I’d never noticed before, new strength – and I always wanted to continue learning more.

It finally took four years to realize that what got me to this point wasn’t from an initial habit, it was from a hobby that became a habit.

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Too often we look at habits as though they’re a mechanical reflex formed from repetition – that doing the same thing every day for a few weeks will automate our bodies to eat healthier, to read more books, or to exercise more often.

Even when we’d like to learn a new skill or improve upon an existing one, we often look to start a habit as the first step: we try to get into the habit of practicing a language, we try to get into the habit of running, we try to get into the habit of meditating.

But “getting into a habit” isn’t satisfying, nor is it engaging, which are perhaps the reasons why we’re more likely to fail at forming the habits we want to have.

It’s certainly true that there are activities that benefit from habit: waking up at the same hour each day, drinking water regularly, cleaning your house. These are knee-jerk reactions that, over time, can be formed and you’ll (probably) be better off for having formed them.

But there’s also a negative side to habits that is a result of not having hobbies: eating out of boredom, spending hours online, watching too much TV, drinking or going out every night of the week. If instead you focused on having hobbies, perhaps the good habits you’ve always wanted to have would simply follow as a result.

With hobbies, you may think you haven’t set a goal for yourself or that you’re just “trying something new”, but the goal naturally becomes completing the activity, and the reward is the activity itself. Habits, on the other hand, are bound by goals that are more difficult to achieve – like their seeming necessity to be automatic and repeated routinely – which may in turn make you feel dissatisfied or unhappy with your progress.

The mental state of flow is also more likely to occur when performing hobbies – and you want to get into flow. Flow is when you enter a state of effortless concentration and enjoyment – where goals become clearer, the challenge is neither too easy nor too difficult, and the effort is itself the reward. In fact, psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi found that flow occurred more often in hobbies and even more in sports, than in regularly habitual activities:

“Leisure time in our society is occupied by three major sorts of activities: media consumption, conversation, and active leisure – such as hobbies, making music, going to restaurants and movies, sports, and exercise. Not all of these free-time activities are the same in their potential for flow. For example, U.S.teenagers experience flow about 13% of the time that they spend watching television, 34% of the time they do hobbies, and 44% of the time they are involved in sports and games. Yet these same teenagers spend at least four times more of their free hours watching TV than doing hobbies or sports.”

Habits, by nature, are easier and more accessible, and humans are lazy creatures with greater willingness to do what requires the least amount of effort. By contrast, hobbies require effort– and this effort becomes its own reward.

However, when hobbies then become habit (like I suggest mine have over time) it’s arguable that these hobbies may become less worthy of flow. When this does happen, it could be time to engage in a new hobby, or to reach for new heights of existing hobbies. This could explain, for example, why I moved from Crossfit into other physically challenging hobbies that I’d never tried before.

Stanford psychologist and leading researcher in the field of motivation, Carol Dweck, suggests that effort is a necessary part of a meaningful life:

“Effort is one of the things that gives meaning to life. Effort means you care about something, that something is important to you and you are willing to work for it. It would be an impoverished existence if you were not willing to value things and commit yourself to working toward them.”

Hobbies which require more of my effort, focus, and engagement, which put me into a state of flow where I’m neither too challenged nor too bored, are not always the hobbies I do everyday. In fact, I more often achieve flow during activities that are new or slightly different than usual, activities that I know I can do but require a different sort of effort and focus.

So, if you want a change, consider looking at a different starting point:

  • If you want to get into the habit of eating healthier, why not spend time learning about cooking and trying new recipes?

  • If you want to get into the habit of exercising, why not join a pseudo-fitness group that feels less like exercise and more like fun?

  • If you want to get into the habit of reading more books, why not start a book club with your friends?

  • If you want to get into the habit of practicing a language, why not start watching and learning about foreign films?

  • If you want to get into the habit of waking up earlier, why not join a morning hiking club?

Instead of beginning with a habit, begin with a hobby.

This piece originally appeared on the Flipd Blog, where experts share their productivity and balance tips and stories.

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Craft Beer Isn’t As Healthy As It Sounds, But There’s Still Some Good News

Craft beer often features funky labels, quirky descriptions and creative ingredients. But while it might look healthier than mass-produced brews, the real way to select the healthiest option is by taking stock of what’s inside the can.

Some alcohol manufacturers voluntarily provide nutrition facts on their labeling, though the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau doesn’t require it, which can make it difficult to compare beers’ nutritional value (or lack thereof). 

But first things first. The Brewers Association defines American craft beer as produced by an independently owned brewery in small quantities (6 million or fewer barrels each year) and using traditional brewing methods. In practice, though, what many of us refer to as craft beers are trendy beer styles such as session IPAs, fruit-fruit flavored sour beers and hard ciders. 

Big Beer still rules the market, with AB InBev and MillerCoors controlling 72 percent of beer sales, according to Business Insider. But after eight years of consecutive double-digit growth, craft brewers reported a 13 percent increase in volume in 2015

Beer isn’t a health food, but it does have health benefits?

Both mass-produced and small-batch beer contains selenium, B vitamins, phosphorus, folate and niacin, as well as protein and fiber. It’s also one of the few dietary sources of silicon, which can help prevent osteoporosis, according to NPR. 

“Beers containing high levels of malted barley and hops are richest in silicon,” Dr. Brunilda Nazario, associate medical director at WebMD, told The Huffington Post. And while it might seem like mass-produced beers would be lower in nutrients than their small-batch counterparts, that’s not the case, according to Charlie Bamforth, a professor of brewing science at the University of California Davis. He told NPR that even the big beers are largely made with natural grain-based sugars and few additives

A “common myth about beer is that it’s loaded with calories and is the cause of the so-called ‘beer belly,’” Nazario added. “But when comparing calories for different foods and drinks, there’s no scientific evidence or basis for beer causing abdominal obesity when consumed in moderation.”

Before you reach for that IPA, check its ABV

Of course, you shouldn’t start drinking beer for the health benefits. Regardless of what type of beer you choose, consuming alcohol means adding calories to your diet. And while we don’t advocate for calorie counting just for the sake of calorie counting, consuming too many alcoholic beverages can easily put a dent in an otherwise healthy lifestyle. 

One important factor to note when choosing a beer is average alcohol volume, or ABV. While the average ABV for craft beers is only slightly higher than it is for beer overall ― 5.9 percent ABV compared to 5 percent ABV ― certain beer styles can contain two, or even three, times as much alcohol as the average brew. For example, Dogfish Head’s 120 Minute IPA has an ABV between 15 and 20 percent.

ABV is the most important factor to look for because beers with higher ABVs are typically higher in calories, Kelly Hogan, clinical nutrition coordinator at the Dubin Breast Center of the Tisch Cancer Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital, told HuffPost.

“Every gram of alcohol contains about 7 calories,” Hogan explained. “The more alcohol in a beer, the more calories it will likely contain.” And since alcohol inhibits decision making, you may be more likely to reach for that slice of pizza or cheese fries if you are consuming higher amounts of alcohol.  

“Drinking responsibly should include being aware of the ABV,” Nazario said. “On one end of the spectrum you’ll find beers such as an American lager or barrel-aged beer. These tend to have the some of the lowest content of alcohol. But on the other end are many of the specialty beers or American barley or wheat wine beer and ale.”

The danger of not paying attention to ABV is unknowingly consuming as much alcohol in one beer as you might normally consume in two or three. In addition to the short-term risks of overindulging, like alcohol poisoning, drinking too much over time can cause serious long-term health problems, including cancer, depression and alcoholism. 

Light-colored beer isn’t necessarily less alcoholic

“Hoppy beers like IPAs typically contain more alcohol, calories and carbs,” even though they are lighter in color, Hogan said. “Keep in mind a dark stout like Guinness can also be lower in calories.” (This is mostly because of its lower ABV.)

“A lager is also a decent choice if you are looking for a lower calorie beer due to its lower sugar content,” she said. And perhaps unsurprisingly, sweet-tasting beers tend to contain more residual sugars, which translates to more calories and more carbohydrates, than their drier counterparts such as lagers and pale lagers. 

In spite of appearances or reputation, a beer’s mix of ingredients and how much alcohol it contains matters more than the size of the brewery that produced it. 

And even the least alcoholic beer should be enjoyed in moderation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends adults limit alcohol consumption to one drink per day for women or two drinks per day for men.

That’s especially good to keep in mind if you prefer a brew with an ABV that’s triple the average. 

“The less you weigh, the more you’re going to be effected by the alcohol content of the drink,” Nazario said. “Because men are bigger and have a lower amount of body fat compared to women, they tend to have a higher tolerance for alcohol.

“Consider drinking beer with food to help slow the absorption of alcohol, but don’t bet on it to prevent intoxication,” she cautioned. “It won’t.”

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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How This Single Mom On A Budget Lived Life To The Fullest After Divorce

If there’s ever a time you need a little distraction in your life, it’s during the divorce process. That’s why we launched our Divorce Care Package series. With each post, we’ll show you what things — books, movies, recipes — helped others relieve stress in the midst of divorce, in the hopes that a few of their picks will serve you well too. Want to share what got you through your divorce? Email us at divorce@huffingtonpost.com. 

Like many divorcées, Trish Sammer‘s finances took a hit after she split from her husband in 2010. Still, a tight budget wasn’t going to keep the Philadelphia-based mom from living life to the fullest — even if she had to do it on the cheap. 

Below, Sammer, who was married for eight years, shares five things that helped her embrace life again after divorce. 

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Are We There Yet?

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Are we there yet?

The Practice:
Relax, you’ve arrived.

Why?

We spend so much of our time trying to get somewhere.

Part of this comes from our biological nature. To survive, animals — including us — have to be goal-directed, leaning into the future.

It’s certainly healthy to pursue wholesome aims, like paying the rent on time, raising children well, healing old pain, or improving education.

But it’s also important to see how this focus on the future — on endless striving, on getting the next task done, on climbing the next mountain — can get confused and stressful.

It’s confused because the brain:

  • Overestimates both the pleasure of future gains and the pain of future losses. (This evolved to motivate our ancient ancestors to chase carrots hard and really dodge sticks.)
  • Makes the future seem like a real thing when in fact it doesn’t actually exist and never will. There is only now, forever and always.
  • Overlooks or minimizes the alrightness of this moment — including the many things already resolved or accomplished — in order to keep you looking for the next threat or opportunity. (For more on how the brain makes us stressed and fearful, see Buddha’s Brain.)

Further, this pursuit of the next thing is confused because the mind tends to transfer unfulfilled needs from childhood into the present, such as to be safe, worthy, attractive, successful, or loved. These longings often take on a life of their own — even after the original issues have been largely or even wholly resolved. Then we’re like the proverbial donkey trying to get a carrot held out in front of it on a pole: no matter how long we chase it, it’s always still ahead, never attained. For example, for years I pursued achievement due to underlying feelings of inadequacy; how many accomplishments does a person need to feel like a worthwhile person?

Besides being confused and confusing, striving is stressful. You’ve got to fire up, activating the fight-or-flight sympathetic nervous system and its related stress hormones. There’s a sense of pressure, of worry about a future that’s inherently uncertain, of entrapment on a neverending treadmill. There’s a lack of soothing and balance that would come from recognizing the truth of things:

You’ve actually already arrived.

How?

Recognize the simple fact that you got here, in this place, and now, in this moment. It may not be perfect. But think of the many things you have certainly done to come here. At a minimum, you survived high school! You’ve taken many steps, solved many problems, put many tasks and challenges behind you.

The word, “arrive,” comes from roots that mean “to reach the shore.” Once you land, of course, life is not over, since the next moment will be a new arrival. But sinking into the sense of having arrived, of having crossed the finish line of this moment, is calming, happy, and deserved. And knowing you’ve arrived, you now are more able to turn your attention toward being of true service to others.

To deepen the sense of arrival, help yourself relax into this moment. From time to time, you could softly say in your mind: arriving… arrived… arriving…

Draw on your body to strengthen this experience. Let each breath land in your awareness: arriving… arrived… arriving… Be aware of the bite landing in the mouth, the meal consumed, the body fed. As you walk, notice that, with each step, you have reached another place. Know that your hand has reached a cup, that the eye has received a sunset, that the smile of a friend has landed in your heart.

Consider old longings, old drives, that truly may be fulfilled, at least to a reasonable extent. (And if not fulfilled, maybe it’s time to let something go and move on.) Can you lighten up about these? Or can you accept that you have arrived at a place this moment that contains unfulfilled goals and unmet needs? It’s still an arrival. Plus it’s a “shore” that probably many good things about it no matter what’s still undone?.

In the deepest sense, reflect on the fact that each moment arrives complete in itself. Each wave lands on the shore of Now complete in its own right.

Arriving… arrived… arriving…

Arrived.

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books are available in 26 languages and include Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has numerous audio programs. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at NASA, Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.

Dr. Hanson has been a trustee of Saybrook University and served on the board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR, and he offers the free Just One Thing newsletter with over 115,000 subscribers, plus the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity that anyone with financial need can do for free.

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The ‘Weiner’ Directors on Filming a Political Meltdown

Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg expected to make a documentary about a comeback when Anthony Weiner ran for mayor of New York two years after resigning his Congressional seat in disgrace over a sexting scandal. But they ended up filming a second scandal when the then-front runner was hit with revelations of another round of sexting revelations. 2016-05-30-1464635604-1630835-weinerdocumentary.jpg

In an interview, Kriegman and Steinberg talked about what they hoped audiences would see in the film. Kriegman, who worked on Weiner’s Congressional staff, said it was important for them to show Weiner’s strengths as a politician.

I think that he has a lot of enormous talents as a politician. He’s a really gifted political figure in a lot of ways. The film opens with him basically just screaming on the floor of the House, expressing real outrage at the 9/11 health care bill being blocked by Republicans. And I think that that captured something about him that really was special and really allowed him to become what he was before his scandal, a rising star in the Democratic Party. He had this kind of New York brash, aggressive, kind of happy warrior ethos that he cultivated, where he wasn’t afraid to just stand up and speak very loudly and clearly about his progressive beliefs.

I think that was a voice in our politics that a lot of people are going to be left really yearning for and were really responding to prior to his resignation. A lot of people on the progressive side of the aisle want that kind of voice, unapologetic, willing to mix it up and to go toe to toe with Republicans. He captured that and it really resonated. He became very well known for his health care efforts. And you’re absolutely right he really was a walk, he really did get into the nuts and bolts of how things work and he enjoyed that aspect of it. So his signature issue that really sort of made him a prominent persuasive figure in the Democratic Party was advocating very strongly for single-parent health care doing the health care debate in a way that really I think set him apart from others who maybe had the same positions but weren’t necessarily advocating for it as effectively as he did.

And he said recently, “I think for a lot of politicians, especially politicians on the Hill, interacting with voters is maybe their least favorite part of the job.” For him it really genuinely wasn’t. He was so in his element in connecting to constituents. There was no place that he liked more than to be on the New York City street corner, having an argument about policy. That was where he felt at home and comfortable and where he belonged. I think that he recognized in some ways his temperament maybe fit better as Mayor than even as a Congressman.

The film shows his passion for reaching out to voters. Steinberg said,

I didn’t know Anthony prior to working on this film but I was also very impressed with his retail politics. You saw him just really connecting with voters and not leaving them until he communicated with them about ideas. What you see in the film is genuine, you go to parades or you go stumping and people really responded to him. There is a visceral connection going on and he seemed to really enjoy it.

The documentary is as much about politics and culture in the world of new media and social media, and what it is fair to expect from the private behavior of public figures. Kriegman said,

Should there be a private sphere in public life? I think it’s a good question that I don’t know that we have the answer to. It seems that there used to be and there no longer is. Everything is considered fair game and relevant to public service. I don’t know that we know the answer to whether that should or shouldn’t be the way it is but clearly it is. And from Anthony’s perspective, his feeling about his scandal and his effort to get back into politics was, “I’m going to let the voters decide if they think that this is disqualifying and if it is, it is.”

Steinberg calls the current coverage “entertainment politics.”

In terms of the context of Anthony’s scandal and the events of our film, you do see this shift right now towards spectacle and entertainment rather than substance. Social media and political news coverage which becomes driven by tweets and sensational bloggers. It does drive an entertainment element into politics. And you certainly see that in the way that Anthony’s story unfolded, and you certainly see that right now with Donald Trump and his candidacy. So we were definitely thinking about that when we were putting together the film.

The movie’s most powerful moments contrast the public responses to the story, from headlines to late-night talk show jokes, with intimate, anguished moments between Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin and with his devastated campaign staff. Kriegman explained,

We had 400 hours of our own footage and then we had a literally unlimited quantity of archival footage. There was no end to it and so this was a big challenge for us. How do we make sure that this story does have these underpinnings that speak to the larger moments? One of the tropes that we quickly found was pretty exciting and very useful in this way — taking the public versions of the story and then contrasting them with the behind the scenes version so you would see an event play out and then you literally go home with them and see what’s really going on. We did that contrast again and again throughout the film and I think it really hammers home this idea that the reality is different. It’s more complex and nuanced and interesting than a lot of this kind of reductive flurry that we end up getting through tweets and headlines and cable news.

Steinberg said that as they worked on editing the film, that contrast continued to surprise her.

There would be the public story and then we would see the private story. You see the jokes that were being made about Anthony and then you would see him putting his kid to sleep at night and these are two different stories. Or you see Anthony and Lawrence O’Donnell having an argument on cable television and then you see from a side angle that he is actually alone in that room talking to himself and it’s like a completely different story. It really was about showing humanity behind the headlines.

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Your 20s are your selfish years and it’s a decade where you immerse yourself in everything around you and the world out there. Ensure you are selfish with your time, look after yourself, pay attention to your mental health and love the people who are important to you.

1. Pat attention to your mental health.

While your physical health is extremely important, investing time into taking care of your mind should not be forgotten. Stimulate it, challenge it, be conscious of what you’re exposing your mind to on a daily basis, and look after yourself. The same goes for your family and friends, make sure you are there for them whenever they may need you.

2. Chase your dream job.

Don’t become complacent during your 20s and instead put yourself and challenge yourself. You should persist, move around and be as creative as possible in your career. Now is your opportunity to mess up a few times, work in a job you hate, get back up and then find your dream job. You will be glad you worked hard for it and you will be proud of yourself for trying!

3. Travels lots — and sometimes alone.

Find the courage to travel, and sometimes even travel alone. There is nothing more exciting and life changing that discovering an incredible place you didn’t expect to find. Pack your suitcase, catch a plane and explore a foreign country. With any luck, you’ll see some new beautiful places and meet some interesting people, and get a bit more in touch with yourself while doing it.

4. Make time for your best friends.

As you grow up, leave university and move on with your life, it may sometimes become difficult to live close to friends, however it is now more important than ever to make time for your best friends. They are the ones who will stick by your side through thick and thin, watch you have babies, get married and more importantly be there through all the bad bits.

5. Live on your own.

Nothing feels more independent than moving out of home, and renting your own place. It may seem daunting to begin with but it’s a great way to learn about life early on. You will need to learn how to manage your money, look after yourself and of course the biggest benefit is not having to hide how drunk you are to your parents after a night out on the tiles…

6. Love yourself and be loved.

Love isn’t easy when you’re in your 20s and it can tough, whether you are in a new or long-term relationship. If you are in a long-term relationship, it’s can be a battle to grow alongside each other as you live your lives, and new relationships must fit in to the lives you already have existing. However, if you love yourself, love will come to you.

7. Buy that incred piece of clothing.

Ninety percent of the time you should spend your money on experiences, not things — but once in a while save that $ 150 and use it to buy that incredible coat you’ve lusted after for months or that watch you’ve wanted since university. It will literally make you feel like the most amazing person in the world as you strut out of the shop. May as well do it while you only have to think about funding yourself.

8. Don’t be afraid to ask.

Wherever it may be in your life, don’t be afraid to ask for the things you want or need. Whether it is in your career and you want a pay rise or it is deciding on big life moment with your boyfriend, you have the choice to make a difference to your own life and like the saying goes; don’t ask, don’t get!

9. Look after yourself.

In a few years, the 15-year-old you will regret not looking after yourself more whether it is exercising, looking after your skin or even what you eat. Once you hit 40 I can imagine it’s a lot harder to try

10. Eat whatever you like.

Of course look after yourself but also eat incredible food. Eat food from the other side of the world, eat food you wouldn’t usually eat and learn how to cook dishes from scratch. Food can awaken all of the senses and you can find a lot of joy from food. Your metabolism is also 10 times faster than it will be in 10 years.

11. Rid yourself of bad people.

Once you’ve left school, left university and moved on to real life, being “popular” or whatever that even means, doesn’t matter anymore. Having a million friends that you barely even talk to is unnecessary and often you accrue negative people in your life. Instead, keep your best friends close and dodge any toxic people!

12. Examine what you want out of life.

In your 20s it’s easy to get wrapped up in work, sleep, eat, weekend, work, sleep, eat, weekend and often we forget what we really want out of life. People often forget to actually sit down and contemplate what it is they really want but this is the point in your life where you really do have a chance to shape the future. Make sure you spend time alone because it is the only true way to get to know yourself.

Sophie is a blogger and freelance writer based in the UK. She writes about all things travel on her blog over at Sophie’s Suitcase and in her spare time writes for Huffington Post, Elite Daily and The Culture Trip. You can also find her on social media; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Forget the Gym: 5 Exercises That Don’t Require a Membership

The best way to get — and stay — in shape is to enjoy your workout experience. No matter your fitness level or preferred form of exercise, the key to success is sticking with it. And we all know that having a gym membership doesn’t automatically mean that we’ll use it.

If getting yourself to the gym is, itself, a workout, or you don’t have money for a membership, take heart! Here are 5 exercises you can do on your own to firm your muscles and tone your body that don’t require a gym:

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1. Stairs

Who needs the dreaded StairMaster when there are actual stairs to conquer? If you are looking for a great cardio workout that also doubles as strength training for your lower body, go find your nearest staircase – whether in a building, a stadium or even at home. Running up a set of stairs for 30 minutes is a high-intensity workout that not only targets every muscle in your lower body, including hips, calves, glutes and quads, but also burns a lot of calories.

But don’t worry if you are not yet ready for a high-intensity step workout. It’s okay to start slow! Take the stairs instead of the elevator. When it comes to physical activity, every single step counts. The more active you are, the more energy you will feel.


2. Squats

If you are looking for a low-impact workout to do without leaving your home, squats are an excellent option. They can be done anywhere since they only require your own body weight. Not only do squats help tone your thighs and buttocks, they can also improve your posture, circulation and even digestion.

So, how do you do squats? Stand straight with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms at your side. Lower your body as if into a sitting position, with your body weight resting in your heels. As you lower into the squat position, raise your arms straight out in front of you for balance. Once you are in the squat, imagine a seat behind you forcing you to keep your back straight. Pause for about 10-30 seconds, depending upon how you feel, then return to the starting position.

Repeat as many times as you can while holding each squat for 30 seconds. If this is too hard, try staying in the squat position for 10 seconds. As you progress, you can slowly increase to 15-20 seconds and then gradually build up to 30 seconds. Eventually, try holding each squat for a minute. You can also try variations, including squatting deeper or with a weight in each hand.

3. Planks

If you want to focus on strengthening your core, shoulders, triceps, glutes and forearms, planks are for you. All you need is yourself and a ground surface, whether an inside floor, or outdoors at the beach or on grass.

Begin as if you are about to do a push-up. Then, rest the weight of your upper body on your forearms, which need to be shoulder-width apart. Keep your stomach and glutes tight and your entire body straight. Keep your buttocks from sticking up in the air. Hold the position for 30 seconds to a minute, then rest for 30 seconds between each set. Again, as with the squats, if 30 seconds is too challenging, try holding the position for 5-10 seconds at first. The aim is to feel empowered, not intimidated. So feel free to build up your endurance slowly. For variety, you can also go from your forearms to a regular push-up position, with your arms extended, every 5-10 seconds.

4. Pull-Ups and/or Chin-Ups

Remember recess during elementary school, when everyone gathered on the monkey bars? Now’s your chance to revisit your youth and gain strength in the process. Pull-ups and chin-ups are great exercises for strengthening and toning your shoulders, back, chest and biceps. You can use either an overhand or underhand grip. All you need is a park or even a bar in a doorway at home.

For those of you who never liked the monkey bars or find pull-ups and chin-ups too hard, you can build or tone your upper body by doing push-ups against a wall. Stand with your left side about 1-2 feet from the wall. Wrap your left arm around your body so that your left hand will hug your right side. Then, reach your right arm across your chest, placing your palm on the wall.

Touch the wall with your left shoulder, then push off the wall with your right hand, moving your body away from the wall. Lean back into the wall immediately, and push off again with your right hand. Continue these reps for 30 seconds. Then switch sides.


5. Jogging/Running/Walking

No matter your current level of fitness, running, jogging or walking are great, affordable ways to improve your overall health. Plus you can do it anywhere! You strengthen your heart and legs, tone your body’s muscles and burn calories. Whether you engage in casual walking, high-intensity sprints, running hills or jogging around the neighborhood, the important thing is to get your body moving on a regular basis. So take the dog for a jog, join a running group, or simply park the car father away from your destination than you need to for increased walking. Just get in those extra steps regularly, no matter the pace.


Find What Works For You

There are many ways to achieve your fitness goals that don’t include a gym membership. Take the time to find out how you can incorporate exercise into your daily life. The results are worth it! And no matter your preferred workout, keep in mind that good nutrition and spiritual balance is also part of healthy living.

What are your favorite forms of exercise to do outside of a gym? We want to know, so share with us!

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Progressive Groups Ratchet Up Pressure On Google To Dump The GOP Convention

National progressive organizations are ramping up efforts to get Google to drop its sponsorship of the Republican National Convention’s video live stream, claiming it amounts to an implicit endorsement of Donald Trump’s bigoted rhetoric and views.

CREDO Action, the activism arm of the progressive wireless phone company, released a video on Thursday challenging Google’s financial support for the convention.

The nearly two-minute-long video – entitled “Why is Google sponsoring hate?” – features an image of the Google homepage as someone searches racist tactics used by Donald Trump, such as “scapegoating immigrants” and “anti-Muslim hysteria.” It then cuts to footage of Trump employing the inflammatory tactic shown on screen, including his infamous remarks calling Mexican immigrants “rapists” and “criminals,” and his announcement of a proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States.

“It isn’t too late for Google to do the right thing,” the video concludes in text on the screen. “Tell Google: Don’t sponsor hate. #DumpTrump.”

CREDO blasted the video to 360,000 of its members in an email. A subset of emails sent to several thousand members every day for several weeks will include a request that they call Google senior employees to ask them to withdraw from the agreement to provide the live stream. (CREDO confirmed that it has the office phone numbers of dozens of Google staff members.)

CREDO has also purchased Facebook ads featuring the video that are targeted at some 10,000 Google employees in the San Francisco Bay and Washington, D.C., areas.

CREDO Action’s Heidi Hess, who is leading the new campaign to pressure Google, said that in the event that Trump begins to tone down his rhetoric as part of a general election strategy, the organization does not want corporations to excuse their ties to a Trump-led Republican party by claiming he never meant what he said.

“The goal of the video is to make really clear to Google and to other corporations that are still considering whether or not to support the Republican National Convention, that when they support the convention, they are buying Trump’s platform along with the political access they are trying to buy,” Hess said.

UltraViolet Action, an online women’s rights group, is taking a more tongue-in-cheek approach to pressuring the tech giant. The group announced on Monday that it was debuting a “Big Wig. Tiny Hands.” extension for Google Chrome. The extension, available for download at tinyhands.io, allows users to attach an image of Donald Trump’s hair to the Google logo on Google’s search engine homepage.

Riva Litman, a Google spokeswoman, said Google’s goal in providing the live stream is to make the convention “accessible to millions of people (via YouTube) that can’t be there in person.”

Litman denied that the sponsorship represented any kind of an endorsement of Trump’s views, and noted that Google provided the same service for the conventions of both major parties in 2012. 

“This is a completely neutral, nonpartisan role — and we aren’t endorsing either party or candidate,” Litman said. “We’re just there to provide access, information, and data.”

The company has not yet announced plans to provide the live stream for the Democratic national convention in Philadelphia, which will take place later in July after the GOP convention.

When you allegedly promote values of diversity and inclusion you are asking to be held to a higher standard.
Heidi Hess, CREDO Action

But CREDO Action rejects the notion of neutrality in a convention headlined by a hate-monger like Trump.

“One of the major political parties has chosen to nominate a bigot,” Heidi Hess said. “It is not politics as usual. It is a real time for these companies to make a choice and decide what side of history they want to be on.”

The progressive groups’ new initiatives follow a petition campaign started by Color of Change and joined by CREDO Action, UltraViolet Action and other groups demanding that Google, Coca-Cola, Xerox, AT&T, Adobe Systems, Cisco and other companies cancel their plans to sponsor a “Donald Trump-led” Republican national convention in Cleveland this July.

Activists from the organizations delivered more than 500,000 petition signatures to Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, last Thursday. As part of their action, a plane holding a banner with the message, “Google: Don’t be evil. #DumpTrump,” flew over Google headquarters and the San Francisco Bay. 

Notwithstanding the colorful protest and volume of petition signatures, Google announced that it had finalized its plans to provide the official live stream, and other associated services, for the convention.

There are indications that other companies may be more responsive to the pressure, however. The New York Times reported on March 30 that Coca-Cola decided to donate $ 75,000 to the Republican national convention this year, down from its $ 660,000 donation to the GOP gathering in 2012. The company did not specify to the Times the reasons behind its decision, but the paper noted the Atlanta-based company’s investment in promoting its brand to communities of color. Color of Change’s version of the petition also featured Coca-Cola more prominently than any other corporation.

One reason Google’s backing for the Republican National Convention has become a focal point of CREDO Action and UltraViolet Action’s efforts is because of the ostensibly liberal, benevolent image Google promotes, embodied in its famous motto, “Don’t be evil.”

Google has a long history of ties to the Democratic Party, including an especially close relationship with the Obama White House.  

“When you allegedly promote values of diversity and inclusion you are asking to be held to a higher standard,” Hess said.

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther 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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