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Do You Suffer From Terminal Uniqueness?

Posted on May 29th, 2015

Do You Suffer From Terminal Uniqueness?Recovery support groups typically contain people from all walks of life. At AA or NA meetings, you may come across people from different social classes as well as different races and religions. You’ll meet people who are young and old, rich and poor or somewhere in-between. From criminals to judges and from street people to royalty, just about every type of person you can imagine can be found in meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.

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World Health Organization Backs Higher Cigarette Taxes

Posted on May 27th, 2015

World Health Organization Backs Higher Cigarette TaxesAccording to the CDC, smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. An addiction to nicotine is the driving force behind the harm done by smoking, both in the U.S. and around the world, so taking steps to reduce this addiction and to encourage smokers to quit is essential for improving public health. The dangers of smoking are well-known, but—as with all addictions—the short-term perceived “benefits” of using the substance are enough to keep users coming back for more, and then it isn’t long before dependence takes hold. Many strategies have been suggested, but as part of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the group has backed higher tobacco taxes as a strategy for reducing the death and disease caused by smoking.

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Mindfulness Is Everywhere

Posted on May 23rd, 2015

Mindfulness Is EverywhereThere are many types of mindfulness practice. Some are meditative and draw on traditional practices such as transcendental meditation, Zen Buddhist meditation, yogic meditation, and the walking meditation popularized by the Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Some types of mindfulness practices are task-oriented and rooted in daily life. Mindfulness teachers urge their students to instill everyday activities such as cooking, cleaning and gardening with the qualities of mindfulness. Other mindfulness practices are rooted in the pursuit of artistic hobbies, such as painting, model-building or sculpture. Mindfulness teachers will even suggest to their students that they approach their work—whether it’s carpentry, data entry, fixing cars or medicine—with an attitude of mindfulness. No matter the task or context, what unites all of these activities and gives them the potential to be mindfulness practices is the mindset of the person performing the activity while the activity is being performed. The mindfulness mindset is one of focus and awareness: if you slow down, bring your attention fully to the task at hand, and become careful and attentive to the way you are doing what you are doing, completely and without judgment, you are practicing mindfulness.

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Why Are Some People More Resilient After Psychological Trauma?

Posted on May 20th, 2015

Why Are Some People More Resilient After Psychological Trauma?Approximately 10 percent of people suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after experiencing a severe trauma, while others go on to experience varying levels of emotional stress. Around one-third of those who develop PTSD will have symptoms for the rest of their lifetimes, while others are able to recover fully from a severely traumatic event or series of events.

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Control vs. Surrender in the Face of Life Change

Posted on May 13th, 2015

Control vs. Surrender in the Face of Life Change

“Change is inevitable, change is constant.” — Benjamin Disraeli

Humans never stop changing — which means we never stop coping with change. From the moment we’re born, we must learn to adapt to our environment in order to live and thrive, often without even being conscious of this instinct. By the time we’re old enough to read the people and circumstances around us, we begin mastering those skills.

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