5 Foods That Help Reduce Arthritis Pain


“Things that most people take for granted, for example sleeping, bathing, brushing one’s teeth, getting dressed, making meals, and even driving a car, are extremely challenging for me.” ~ Mrs. ‘K.D.’: “Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, arthritis affects nearly 55 million American adults. There are over 100 different forms of arthritis and relative diseases. The most common types being osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), fibromyalgia, and gout.

There is one common denominator between all of them: joint pain. Aching, dull, hot, throbbing joint pain. As anyone who has suffered from the condition can attest, joint pain is among the worst types of pain out in existence. The inflammation of intersecting bone, cartilage, and ligaments defines the aches and pains associated with arthritis.


“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ~ Hippocrates

Per WebMD, prescription medications for arthritis work for about 2 out of every 3 arthritis sufferers. Worse still are the costs: “…the drugs are expensive,” states WebMD, “they cost about $1,000 to $3,000 a month.”

One to three grand for arthritis treatment?! That’s more than most peoples’ mortgage! Even after taking health insurance into account, out-of-pocket costs are likely to reach into the hundreds – if not thousands – of dollars.

As a result of these exorbitant prescription drug costs, many seniors turn to high doses of over-the-counter meds (e.g., NSAIDs, aspirin) known to cause health problems ranging from headaches and dizziness to liver failure. Take into consideration the fact that many seniors are on a fixed income, and it’s clear that we have a big problem on our hands.

Perhaps the most feasible way to manage arthritic pain is through nutrition. According to The Brisbane Clinic of Nutritional Medicine, “Diet has been strongly implicated as a cause and therapy for many forms of arthritis. Unfortunately, this aspect is often overlooked and underestimated.”


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To start with, it is crucial to be aware of and steer clear from “trigger foods.” Trigger foods are those that produce an allergic or otherwise unfavorable bodily response (usually inflammation). Common trigger foods include dairy, red meats, wheat, corn, beef, and nightshade vegetables. Once you’ve identified and are actively avoiding your food triggers, you can turn your attention to nutritional healing.

With that in mind, here are 5 foods that may help significantly reduce arthritis pain.


Apples are loaded with two powerful bioflavonoids, quercetin and rutin. Both inhibit the release of histamine; protect the body from inflammation; boost blood circulation, and promote cellular health.

Other excellent sources of quercetin and rutin include chamomile tea, celery, capers, citrus fruits (orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime), cranberries, green peppers, and onions.


Make that a second non-meat source! Almonds are the most abundant source of vitamin E at 7.3 milligrams (mg) per ounce. Vitamin E helps stabilize cell membranes and, together with zinc, promotes the growth of cartilage.

Other top sources of vitamin E include spinach, sweet potatoes, avocado, wheat germ, palm oil, butternut squash, and sunflower seeds!


Cold water fish contain abundant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which have potent anti-inflammatory properties. Omega-3’s contain eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), also known as marine fatty acids. EPA and DHA suppress the body’s inflammatory response by interfering with immune cells and enzymes involved in it.

The best marine omega-3s are salmon, tuna, sardines, and mackerel. Vegans and vegetarians can acquire omega-3s through flaxseed, chia seeds, soy, kale, and other plant-based sources.


The protein in eggs can significantly increase the levels of tryptophan in the blood. Tryptophan is the building block of serotonin; the brain chemical that both stabilizes mood and boosts pain threshold. Tryptophan also raises endorphin levels in the brain and body!

Cheese, salmon, and turkey are also excellent sources of tryptophan. Vegan and vegetarian options include nuts and seeds, pineapples, and tofu.


Lamb is an excellent source of zinc, an essential mineral with many functional roles in the human body. According to the Arthritis Association, “Studies show significantly lower zinc levels in people with rheumatoid arthritis compared to those without it.” Individuals whose tests revealed “the lowest levels (of zinc)” tended to have it worse off.

Other meat sources of zinc include seafood, red meat, and poultry. Fortified cereals; bean, nuts, seeds (especially pumpkin!), and whole grains are good non-meat sources of the mineral.


5 Foods That Help Stop Cancer From Spreading


Being diagnosed with cancer is still a stressful and scary time in any person’s life, even if it doesn’t always mean fatality. Health issues can cause any number of stress, anxiety and depression symptoms, and it may feel like there isn’t much you can do but let the doctors handle your treatment. Fortunately, studies have shown that there are certain types of food that stop the spread of cancerous cells.

“Nutritional science has made such wonderful advances in the last 10 years, and we’re now able to give people much more power to control their health destiny” – Joel Fuhrman, MD

These foods will often prevent the growth and spreading of cancerous cells. The types of food and the types of cancer that they prevent often vary, so make sure you know what you’re at risk for and what you would most like to prevent. The food that you eat that starves cancerous cells can also prevent it from growing before it starts. Eating these foods should help with preventing or starving cancerous cells in your body.



Strawberries are full of antioxidants, as well as something called ellagic acid. The antioxidants and acids in strawberries are known to prevent cancer that can affect your skin, breast tissue, lungs and even your bladder. Eating the proper amount of strawberries can cause something called apoptosis, which causes the cancer cells to die.

To get the most out of your strawberries, it’s best to eat 1 cup of strawberries a day. Dietitian Nigel Denby was quoted saying, “Strawberries can legitimately claim to be heart protective, anti-inflammatory and have anti-cancer properties – all rolled into one. They rank as one of the world’s healthiest foods.”


Though you can eat raw tomatoes to help fight off cancer, cooked tomatoes have more strength in fighting cancer than raw ones do. Though all tomatoes contain cancer-fighting properties called lycopene, the heat from cooking them makes them more available for your body to use.

Lycopene is known to slow the growth of cancerous cells in your body, which helps give you a better chance of getting rid of it with other treatments. One-half cup of cook tomatoes once a week will help slow the growth of cancerous cells.

As Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD, rightly pointed out, “The photochemical lycopene may be one of best disease-fighting compounds on the plate, especially if the plate contains tomatoes. Research suggests that lycopene found in tomatoes and tomato products may help prevent prostate cancer.”


Bok choy is a type of Chinese cabbage, and it contains something called brassinin, which is known to be very powerful against fighting the growth of cancerous cells. Brassinin can also be found in other sprouts, such as broccoli and cauliflower. Bok choy and brassinin is best known at fighting the spread and growth of breast cancer cells. For the best possible results, plan your meals to have bok choy (or even broccoli!) in them three times a week, with a half cup serving.


Like most fish, Flounder is full of omega-3 fatty acids, which are well known to prevent inflammation and reduce the risk of heart disease. Omega-3 fatty acids are also known to help prevent both the start and spread of cancerous cells.

“Instead of shrimp, you can substitute any seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids; options include salmon, haddock, flounder and sardines”, says Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD.

Flounder is best for the prevention and starvation of colorectal cancer. It’s been shown that patients with more Omega-3 fatty acids in their system responded better to treatments and lived longer. For the best results, Flounder should be had in three 6-ounce servings at least once a week.


Artichokes are full of antioxidants. Research on the cancer-preventative antioxidants in artichoke show that the antioxidants can cause apoptosis and even slow the growth of cancerous cells. This vegetable is best for the prevention of prostate and breast cancer, and can also be used to help slow the cancerous growth of leukemia.

Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga, Dawn Bradford Lange says, “When eaten regularly as part of an overall cancer free lifestyle, antioxidant-rich foods such as artichoke hearts and leaves may provide anti-aging benefits and protection against degenerative diseases.”

To get the most out of your artichokes and help prevent or slow the growth of cancerous cells, you should have ¼ cup of artichoke hearts a day.

Doing something as simple as changing your diet can help prevent a disease that can be difficult to cure. Or, it can help the treatment that you’re already on work better. The same way that steering clear for cigarettes can prevent lung cancer, eating certain types of food can prevent any number of cancers from growing in your body.


We often underestimate the things that we put into our body, and the drastic effects that they can have on our well-being. These are only just a small sample of foods that prevent and slow the growth of cancerous cells, and changing your diet to be more health-conscious is just one step in making sure your body stays as healthy as humanly possible. There’s a reason you’ve been told to eat your fruits and vegetables!


4 Mixtures That Completely Remove Plaque From Your Teeth

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Most everyone wants sparkling white teeth – it looks and feels good. As impressive as a set of gleaming chicklets is, proper oral health is important for other reasons.

Taking proper care of your mouth, including the teeth and gums, should be considered a health priority, as good oral hygiene can help prevent bad breath, gum disease and tooth decay. Good oral hygiene also helps to protect your teeth in your later years.

Research studies have linked poor oral health to some serious diseases. Here are three noteworthy discoveries:

– In 2010, researchers from New York University discovered a link between gum inflammation and Alzheimer’s disease.

– A research team at Harvard University found strong evidence for a link between gum disease and pancreatic cancer.

– A well-established correlation exists between dental hygiene and heart disease.

How plaque forms

Bacteria in your mouth mixes with food byproducts and proteins to form plaque – this stuff coats your teeth, grows below the gum line, and sticks to fillings and other dental work.

When plaque hardens, it becomes tartar – and this can lead to serious problems, including gum disease and inflammation(along with the abovementioned medical conditions.) Inflammation of the gums is a condition called gingivitis; the mild form of which is easily treatable.

Tartar almost always surfaces due to lack of oral hygiene over an extended period. The formation of plaque and tartar should motivate someone to begin caring for their teeth.


The first step is to start properly taking care of the teeth and gums. Here are the teeth brushing basics, per the American Dental Association (ADA):

– Brush your teeth twice daily. Take the time to do a thorough job (don’t rush).

– Use proper equipment. Use a good toothpaste with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Battery-operated and electric toothbrushes may reduce plaque and mild gum disease better than manual brushing.

– Use proper technique. Hold the toothbrush at a slight angle – toward the area when the tooth meets the gum line. Brush the chewing surfaces, inside and outside of the teeth, and the tongue.

 Maintain your equipment. Properly rinse and store the toothbrush in an upright position until next use. Don’t cover the brush with anything, as this can encourage the growth of bacteria.

– Replace your brush. Replace your brush every 3-4 months, which is usually when the bristles become frayed.

(For the sake of time, we’ve excluded flossing details. For proper information on flossing, refer to the ADA’s website.)

Natural solutions

Some people (including yours truly) prefer using more natural methods for some oral hygiene stuff. For example, you can make your very own mouthwash and toothpaste at home!

Preparing homemade mouthwash is simple and efficient. Additionally, self-made mouthwash isn’t loaded with alcohol and other chemicals.

How to make homemade mouthwash (and toothpaste!)

We’ve included four simple recipes for making your own oral care products. As you’ll see, all of these ingredients are widely available, inexpensive, and healthy.

They’re also effective at helping remove tartar and other bacteria from the mouth. So, let’s get going!



Ingredients: anise, mint oil, lemon, water.

In a glass of water, mix a few drops of each ingredient and rinse 4-5 times daily.


Ingredients: ½ cup rosemary, 1 cup of fresh mint, 2 cups of water.

Bring the water to a boil, then add the mint and rosemary. Leave the mix for about 15 minutes, and then drain. When the mix is cool, rinse your mouth thoroughly.


Ingredients: 7 tablespoons (tbsp.)  of coconut oil, 7 tbsp. baking soda, essential oil (tea tree oil and clove essential oil is recommended), 1 ½ tbsp. of Stevia.

(A 2014 study discovered the following about essential oils: they efficiently inhibit plaque, can be used with dental implants, and also inhibit certain problematic bacteria strains. Unrelatedly (but to our benefit!), the scent of lavender oil reduces anxiety and stress!)

Mix all ingredients until the paste has a consistent texture. Use this natural mixture every day instead of regular toothpaste, if desired.


Ingredient: coconut oil (that’s all!).

(Dentists and other oral health practitioners have lauded coconut oil for its numerous benefits – fighting bacteria, cleaning the mouth’s orifices, preventing cavities, and whitening teeth.)

Swish around a couple of tbsp. of coconut oil and allow the substance to melt for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with coconut oil daily to improve and maintain oral health!

To your health!


Relationship Experts Reveal 7 Habits Strong Women Should Never Tolerate In A Relationship


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“A strong woman is a woman determined to do something others are determined not be done.” – Marge Piercy

Women tolerate all kinds of things in a relationship. When women get together and talk about their past relationships, they’re often appalled by all of the things they put up with. Thankfully, relationship experts have been listening and they’ve been able to compile a list of things that women should never tolerate in a relationship. Some of these things seem so normalized that many strong women don’t realize that it’s something they don’t need to put up with.



As charming as it might be to cook dinner for your partner every once in a while, not knowing how to cook isn’t actually a charming trait. A strong woman should never put up with someone who can’t cook themselves a meal or doesn’t know how to fend alone for a few days.

Women should be companions to their partners – not mothers. Not knowing how to cook is really, truly, a baseline for any adult. Otherwise, “This signals that he may not see you as an equal,” says Jennine Estes, M.F.T and author of Relationships In The Raw.


A woman in a relationship is not a maid or a housekeeper! If a man leaves his drawers all over the floor, his wet towel on the bathroom sink, and his socks outside the hamper, then he’s definitely not ready for an adult relationship. A strong woman should never have to tolerate picking up after a man every time she comes over. If he can’t clean up after himself, then he needs to do some growing up.


Rex Tillerson once said, “Compromise on ethical conduct is not an option.” A strong woman should always have a relationship in which compromise is the preferred form of ending disagreements. No strong woman should ever tolerate being in a relationship with a man who doesn’t want to compromise. Compromise is one of the backbones of being in a serious relationship. There’s no need to tolerate a relationship where one person doesn’t want to give and only wants to take.


Strong women may not realize that they’re being abused in a relationship, because the abuse might not be physical. Relationship experts all agree that this is one of the top things that strong women should never tolerate in a relationship. Their partners should all be speaking to them with respect. Strong women should never tolerate being spoken down to, condescended, insulted, or verbally humiliated in her own relationship.


Being in a relationship is like having a built-in support system. According to research by the Brigham Young University, “ambivalence in a relationship — the feeling that a partner may be unpredictable with his or her support or negativity — can take a quiet toll on the health of an individual.” A strong woman will have plenty of goals that she wants to achieve in her life.

A strong woman should have a partner who is supportive of those goals. If a man in a relationship is ever unsupportive of a strong woman’s goals, then that’s a red flag that the relationship isn’t going to work. Relationship experts agree that a strong woman should never tolerate an unsupportive partner.


Sometimes, a relationship gets all the way to marriage and children before a strong woman realizes that she’s been tolerating unacceptable behavior. Strong women should never tolerate a man who doesn’t help out with the children. Parenthood should be a task that is shared among both partners, and a strong woman should never tolerate a man who doesn’t pull his share of the weight.


A strong woman should always be able to trust her partner. Relationships survive on trust and communication. No one should feel like they can’t trust the person they love. A strong woman, then, should never tolerate being in a relationship with someone who can’t be trusted. She should never have to tolerate a man who tells lies – about himself, or his life, or about what he’s doing or who he is with.

Final thoughts

There are so many things in a relationship that no one should have to tolerate. Many women may not realize that the little annoyances in their relationships are actually pretty unacceptable. A strong woman should know all of her boundaries, desires, and wants in a relationship. She should have control of her life, and that includes controlling who she chooses as a partner. Relationship experts have been researching the types of things that should never be tolerated in a relationship, and these are the top behaviors. Strong women should not tolerate their partners exhibiting these things in a relationship.


Scientists Explain How Many Hours of Sleep You Need, According to Your Age Group


Getting adequate sleep can make all the difference between feeling great and feeling like you got hit by a truck. Unfortunately, many of us suffer from chronic sleep deprivation; in fact, 35% of us claim to get less than the recommended minimum of 7 hours of sleep per night. The problem is so severe that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) called our sleep habits a public health epidemic, and rightly so.

About 40 percent of adults have insomnia, according to the National Sleep Foundation. It’s no surprise, really, when you think about the chronic stress epidemic we’re facing as well. With so much responsibility weighing on our shoulders, allowing our minds to relax when we fall into bed at night doesn’t come so easily.

However, we can’t allow modern society to interrupt our precious sleep time. Whatever is going on in the world, we have to be able to shut it out for at least seven hours a night. Life goes on, and some things we just can’t control. We can control our sleep hygiene, however, so we will talk in this article about some tips to help you get better sleep. The first thing that comes to mind when talking about getting good sleep is simply to prioritize it! Make it important to you, and the rest will fall in line.

With this in mind, how much sleep do you need, exactly? Depending on your age, it will differ slightly.


Obviously, young children and teens will require more sleep than grown adults; however, most adults definitely do not get the required amount of sleep. Here’s exactly how much sleep you should be getting according to your age group:


As you can see from the data above, both young adults and adults need 7-9 hours of sleep per night. School age children need 9-11 hours, and teens require 8-10.

Because of the advent of smartphones and Netflix, we stay up far past our bedtime getting lost in social media and TV shows. We text, email, scroll, play games, and read statuses until we wonder where the time went. Meanwhile, the blue light emitted from our phone, computer, or other device tells our brain “Wake up! You don’t need sleep yet!” See how this is counterproductive? Below, we will discuss a few important sleep habits (including putting down the technology) so you can get the quality sleep you deserve.



Countless studies have shown that the bright lights emitted from devices can keep you up because it throws off your circadian rhythm and melatonin levels. The lights from technology literally tell your brain to wake up, not go to sleep. Think about it: out in nature, the sun would wake us up and tell our bodies to get moving. Now that we live in modern society, we use lights late into the night, and our brains don’t know the difference between natural and unnatural light sources.

The fix: Try to keep your room as dim as possible when it starts getting dark outside, and avoid tech a few hours before bed.


Caffeine may help you wake up in the morning, but drinking it too close to bedtime will keep you awake during the night, too. Alcohol is a depressant and can make you sleepy initially, but you won’t get a good night’s rest. Alcohol spikes your insulin levels as your body processes the sugar, which can lead to disturbed sleep.

The fix: Drink all caffeine and alcohol 5-6 hours before bedtime.


Thinking too much usually leads to worrying and stressing, which will spike your cortisol levels and send adrenaline rushing through your body. Not the most relaxing activity before bed.

The fix: Relax. Unwind. Disconnect. Be in the moment. Take deep breaths. Do yoga, journal, or meditate before bed so that you can destress and truly prepare your mind and body for sleep.


Your body likes schedules, so when you don’t have a normal sleep pattern, your body gets confused. We used to go to sleep as soon as the sun set and awaken as it rose, so now that we live farther from nature, our bodies haven’t adjusted very well.

The fix: Living in modern society doesn’t mean our sleep habits have to suffer. Try to go to sleep and get up at the same time every day. Set alarms if you have to, and stick to them. Don’t stay up too late on weekends, or it will throw your sleep schedule off even more.


Researchers Reveal The Only Thing Someone Who Truly Loves You Wants In Return


Your presence is presently requested. A present is not required, so just put that phone down and skedaddle (after reading this highly informative article, of course!).

The gift of face-to-face human interaction is yours by right. Sure, the distance covered thanks to today’s cutting edge technology has diminished greatly, yet paradoxically the same technology has put us further away from those whom we are with in a closer physical proximity. In other words, it brings us closer to Ed and Ted in Peru and Cebu respectively, but we are sailing away from Ned after we decided against his idea of a drink at the local bar. We would rather “like” a picture on Facebook of a dog “driving” a car… in Madagascar!

There was a young man on Facebook,
Who said to Tommy: “I’ll just have a look.”
But Tom was enraged,
While he scrolled down the page,
For more than five hours the young man took.


You can physically hug a laptop or a Smartphone, just like you can hug a tree or a human being. Try not to laugh! Hugging technology, though, just does not have the same endorphin-releasing benefits as giving someone a hug (or even hugging a tree for that matter). It is also much easier to understand people face-to-face: intonation of words, body language, mood detection, lies. With communication through messengers or phone calls to a lesser extent, things can be misconstrued, which can cause tempers to flare up in an instant. Watch out for autocorrect; romantic relationships have ended just because of a misunderstanding caused by autocorrect. What about sending messages to the wrong people? Apologies galore!

Then there are Emojis, those mostly yellow faces showing happy, sad, angry, excited, and now there are SYMBOLS, HAND GESTURES, and even FLAGS. According to Emojipedia, there are 1,394 normal Emojis, 435 modified Emojis, and 22 Sequences and the most popular in 2015 is the laughing face. Yet these Emojis, ironically enough, can be and have been used by people without emotion attached to them.

In terms of human interactions, face-to-face (and/or body-to-body!) connections are the equivalent of using the elevator and technological ones are the equivalent of taking the stairs. You can start off and connect electronically, but sooner or later, that must be translated into physical presence. Long Distance Relationships (LDRs) are the perfect example. “LDRs are not more prone to break-ups than normal relationships,” states Long Distance Relationship Statistics. With that said, it takes on average 4 1/2 months before a LDR breaks down and 40% of all LDRs end in a break-up, it adds. The end goal of a LDR is to see each other at some point after a generally specified timeframe. This could be anything between once every fortnight and once a year, and sometimes less.

Let’s turn our attention to the tangible – presenting presents or money. To buy a little something is not essential but can help with the “absence makes the heart grow fonder” part of interpersonal relationships. However, gifts can never replace basic emotional and spiritual ties between people. What they can be is supplements to the bond, like taking vitamins in tandem with a healthy diet and lifestyle. Naturally, if there is an exchange of material goods and/or money for time spent or other activities, this would be a business transaction and would be foolish to think differently. For everything else, there’s MasterCard?v

His girlfriend Ann is a peach,
Deep in his pockets he has to reach
In the club without champagne,
It’s called on the account of rain,
For her to stay Rob must beseech.

In essence, love of the true variety is measured in time spent and memories shared with the other person or people in question. Technology is a back-up plan or a substitute and material objects are a supplement to the real deal. Love is:-

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The Top 10 Regrets Of The Dying

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As children, we don’t really think much about the end of our lives. We think mostly about what our parents will cook us for dinner, or what friends we will play with tomorrow, or which show we’ll watch on TV later. We don’t think about death very often, simply because we think we have time. As we grow older, the thought of death may enter our minds, but we still don’t take it seriously because we have plenty of years left here, right? So, we live our lives on the basis of denial. We deny our inevitable fate, and gamble with the idea that we have plenty of time to live our dreams. We all live with the hopes of seeing tomorrow, but we’ve only really got today.

We don’t want to scare or depress anyone, but simply awaken you to the idea of following your dreams NOW, so that you won’t have regrets later.



According to Bronnie Ware, a palliative nurse from Australia, many of her dying patients listed this as their biggest regret.Ware took care of patients in their last three to twelve weeks of life, and heard many stories and confessions from them all. While she said that all of them found peace before their death, listening to their regrets moved her so much that she actually wrote a bestselling novel about it called “The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying.”

In the book, she said many of her patients had not honored even half of the dreams they wanted to fulfill, and this caused them to have major regrets before the end of their life. They wanted so badly to knock other things off their bucket list, but they had to die knowing they still had dreams. Don’t die with your dreams still in your heart. Don’t die knowing that you lived for someone else’s dreams and stuffed yours under the rug. Live life the way you want NOW, and don’t wait for anyone’s permission.


Ware said that this regret came in at number two, based on how often she heard people say this. We all work too hard in today’s world, but for what? We all want to reach some goal, some achievement, some number in our bank account. However, what will all this really mean? Sure, we may have security and pride knowing that we can afford certain things or have a specific title, but humans need more than that. We thrive on emotional connection and love, both of which require other people.

In the end, you won’t remember how much money you made or how far you got in your career; you’ll remember the people you made connections with, and how they impacted your life. You’ll think about the memories you made and all the laughs you had with those you loved. We have to work to survive, but don’t work so much that you forget to build relationships and a life outside of your job.


Coming in at third on Ware’s list, the dying patients also regretted holding back their feelings. They wanted to keep the peace and not rock the boat, so they settled for repressing their feelings. However, this leads to a limited and very resentful existence. You will come to resent those you keep feelings from, because you obviously have an issue with them but choose not to voice it. This results in bottled up feelings that can even lead to mental and physical illness.

Speak your truth, even if your voice shakes. Even if you lose friends or a relationship, say how you feel. You may lose someone, but no person on this Earth is worth holding back your feelings for. This will only haunt you in the end.


People at the end of their lives also regretted losing touch with friends. They missed their companionship, and wished they had put more effort into keeping in touch. We may take our friends for granted now, but remember, they won’t always be around. If you miss a friend, try to get back in touch with them via Facebook, email, text, or some other form of communication. They probably miss you too, and would love to hear from you sometime. Friends help us get through life, and stick with us through the ups and downs. Life may take you in different directions, but it doesn’t have to alienate you from them. Pick up the phone and chat with them for a bit; you will never regret reaching out.


We like to think that outside forces control our emotions, but the key to emotional control lies within us. We don’t choose what happens to us, but we can choose how we react to it. Life goes by so fast, so why spend it finding every little thing to complain about? Being happy costs nothing, keeps you healthier, makes life more fulfilling, attracts more positive relationships, and so on. So, unhappiness, then, actually costs MORE in the long run, and can even lead to serious illnesses. Our mental, emotional, and physical health relies on our perception, so if you want to start living a better life now, simply change how you look at things.


Again, why care so much about the opinions of others? Keep in mind that most people probably don’t think about you as much as you’d like to think, so stop worrying so much. Other people have so much going on that they probably don’t fixate on how you live or the decisions you make. Live in your truth, and don’t worry yourself with what others think; that’s their problem.

Live authentically, simply, and happily, and do what feels right for you. As long as you feel happy with yourself, nothing else matters.


We spend A LOT of our lives worrying. No matter what role you play in this world, whether you’re a mom, student, daughter, son, father, CEO, banker, farmer, janitor, etc, you have something to worry about. However, will you let this worry take over your life? Will you let the heaviness of the burden drag you down? Or, will you release these worries and realize that this world worries far too much?

At the end of your life, remember that the unpaid bills and debts, what other people think of you, how much money you have, and everything else we worry about won’t really matter. The fleeting nature of life should cause us to shed our worries immediately, but unfortunately, we don’t feel how quickly life goes by until we wake up one day as a 75 year old. Then, we begin to see how small our worries are. But, why not choose to awaken to this truth NOW? Remember: don’t be a worrier; be a warrior!


If you don’t have your health, you have nothing, so make sure to look after yourself. After someone else must take care of you due to not taking care of yourself, you pretty much have no freedom left. You have to live with illnesses and ailments that probably could have been prevented simply by taking care of your health. You only have one body, mind, and spirit, so take care of all of them now to ensure that you can enjoy life even in your older years.


Many people actually take their life for granted, and don’t appreciate all the little things around them that make up their environment. The bees that pollinate the foods we eat, the plants that provide us with sustenance, the air we breathe that gives us oxygen, the water we drink that keeps us hydrated, the sun that shines down on us and gives us life – we should appreciate all of it. Even if you don’t have much in life, you could at least say your thanks for having the basics that the universe provides you with.

Have an attitude of gratitude, and it will come back to you tenfold.


More than anything else, it seems most of us have issues with living in the NOW. We reminisce on the past and wish we could bring it back, or we long for a future that hasn’t happened yet. Either way, we live out of alignment with the present, which means that we’re NEVER truly experiencing life. We’re experiencing moments in our memory, or moments in our imagination. We aren’t experiencing the raw moments, the moments unfolding right before our eyes.

If anything, remember that one day, you won’t have any more present moments left to experience. You won’t have road trips to go on, or mountains to climb, or children to kiss goodnight, or a partner to cuddle with. You will have your memories, serving as a reality check. Did you live according to your dreams? Did you live the hell out of this life and leave no stone unturned? No matter your age, you can choose to live life fully right now. Don’t wait until it’s too late and all you’re left with is regrets. Say no to regrets, and say yes to fulfilling your greatest destiny.


8 Ways To Be Intimate With Your Partner (without having sex)


If you and your partner plan to be together for a long time to come, you’ll surely want to find ways to stay close far into your future, and it doesn’t always mean getting physical with each other. If you can keep the spark alive, it can be rekindled into a flame of passion that can keep a long-term romance from becoming just a companionship.



Researchers studying closeness in long-term relationships found that ‘disclosure about needs, wants, and desires may be an important way to promote sexual communal strength in ongoing relationships.’ Simply talking through what you like is a way to create a close, intimate bond with your partner and keep the spark alive in your relationship.

Ask open-ended questions about what your partner needs and wants in order to feel fulfilled in the relationship. You don’t want to find out after a two year relationship that your partner needed something that you weren’t giving them so they decided to leave.


Can you tell what your partner is feeling right now? By looking at his or her body language, facial expressions and tone of voice, as well as his or her words you should be able to tell. If your partner is not looking ‘joyful,’ consider it your job to make sure that you do your best to help change their expression to a positive one.

Empathy is something that emotionally sensitive people can give to their partner. Supporting your partner’s emotions, no matter what they are, and giving them a supportive place to express them is one of the best gifts that you can give to your partner.


If you can’t describe your partner’s scent, focus on your sense of smell the next time you spend close time together. Do the same thing for your sense of touch. Be present in the moment of your partner’s body existing next to yours in warm, intimate closeness.


Emotional openness is one way to keep the spark alive in your relationship. Honest communication builds trust between partners. When you trust your partner, you are more willing to open yourself to be vulnerable, which we are during sex.

Open up about what you are afraid your partner won’t like about you. Showing vulnerability can be very sexy. Exploring the emotion of vulnerability is one way to keep the spark alive in your relationship.


Commitment means that you continue to have a shared goal of being happy together in the future, and knowing that your relationship is secure is very sexy. Security and trust is important in order for you to feel trusting enough to work to keep the spark alive in your relationship.


Create a communal bond with your partner by working toward something as a partnership. For example, you might work toward early retirement and a future travel goal with your lover. The shared destiny will keep you a united front moving forward together.


You might think you know your partner completely, but there are surely that you don’t know about each other’s past before you met, or even way before that. Our early memories with our family are often the building blocks for how we see relationships.

These beliefs about closeness, love, trust, etc. are formed in our youth and sharing these memories with your partner can be a bonding experience. How old were you when you first learned what sex was? What do you wish your parents did differently in their relationship?

Express gratitude for your partner’s past experiences that brought them into the right moment of your life. The same researchers who studied closeness in long-term relationships also say ‘expressing gratitude to a relationship partner promotes communal strength.’


Having more fun with your partner is the most fun way to keep the spark alive in your relationship. Think about what you both love doing and spend lots of time doing it.

In a study of traits that men and women found desirable, someone who was ‘personable’ aroused more passion in both men and women. Being ‘personable’ meant that participants rated the person they felt passion for as being ‘fun, responsive, trustworthy, and nice.’ Obviously you could try being all of these things to your partner, but committing to have fun with your partner is one way you can keep the spark alive in your relationship.

When was the last time you laughed together? No, I mean, REALLY laughed? Positive people know that there should be lots more laughing between lovers and that it’s the best contagious thing you can catch. Laughing is one perfectly acceptable display of affection.



The Singlemost Important Thing Married Couples Can Do To Stay In Love


Young love is a magical place to be and makes for some very exciting and thrilling memories. The emotional rush. The longing to be with each other when you are apart. The excitement and anticipation of seeing them again. It is very addictive and some people chase that feeling all of their lives. They want to feel the warmth of that bonfire of emotional energy. Bonfires are just not sustainable over a very long time. Like huge stars, they burn hot and fast but then collapse into a black hole of pain and anger. Other stars, like other loves, burn on for a long time. They are stable in their warmth and in their intensity. Married couples who last are like this second kind of star. They may not burn as bright, but they burn for far far longer than their counterparts.

How do married couples stay in love for the long haul? They are grateful to have one another in their lives. They do not take each other for granted. Every little thing their partner does is a gift to them. No act is too small to warrant appreciation, because they know that these little things are small manifestations of their love for one another. Every dinner is a banquet, no matter how small or hastily prepared, because it was made with love and devotion for your partner. Every chore completed is a vast burden off of your back.

When you are grateful, you really appreciate every little thing that someone does for you. You don’t sweat the little stuff and you don’t complain because things are not absolutely perfect. You are deeply grateful for everything your partner does for you, your family and your friends.


These small acts of love and devotion every single day put fuel on the fire of your love. They feed the flames with small acts of kindness, empathy and forgiveness. It is easy to just throw wood on the fire, right? You have obviously never had to keep a fire going in the middle of a fierce winter storm. It is when the simple and the easy things become hard that the fire needs tending the most. In the wilderness, letting the fire go out means death in some cases and mutilation through frostbite in others. In a loving relationship, it can mean the same things.

If you neglect the fire, then the love will die as it slowly burns what fuel remains until eventually, the love is all burned up. And when the fire goes out, the relationship is just as dead as a cold campfire. But, instead of losing fingers and toes, you lose a chunk of your heart that you can’t get back.

Just like that campfire in the darkness of the wilderness, you have to feed the fire of your relationship. You do not feed it out of fear or out of love of the flames, but in gratitude for its warmth and security. You are thankful for the light, the warmth and the security that it provides. When you are both feeding the fire of your relationship and are grateful for what it gives, then the fire stays alive even in the harshest weather. But if you get lazy or neglectful, it is easy to let the fire burn out, and once it is out, you may not be able to ignite that fire again.

Life will bring many storms that will try to snuff out your fire. You can spend your time trying to keep yourself warm and dry and let your partner fend for themselves, or you can snuggle with your partner by the fire and share the only poncho you have. If you want love to last a lifetime, then you have to share your warmth with each other and tend the fire together as a team.

When you are truly grateful for your partner, you will sacrifice for them instead of sacrificing them for yourself. When you are grateful for your partner, you will share your meager supplies with them rather than hoard them all for yourself in a vain attempt to survive. When you are grateful, you realize that you are stronger together than apart and you appreciate your partner sticking with you through the rough times. You might carry them today, but when you are grateful, you know they might just as easily be carrying you tomorrow.

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” ~ Epicurus


8 Signs Someone Is Jealous Of You (And How To Fix It)


“The jealous are troublesome to others, but a torment to themselves.” – William Penn

Nothing feels worse than achieving a goal or becoming successful in an endeavor and discovering that the people around you don’t feel proud or positive about it – but rather, they feel jealous. A person’s jealous feelings can cause them to act unkindly towards us, especially in the face of our own achievements or success.

Psychologist Steven Stosny says that jealousy “makes you think the same thing over and over and the more you do that, the less reality-testing you do. Emotions all have an illusion of certainty, and jealousy makes you certain of your perception of the world.

Everyone has felt this unpleasant emotion at least once in their lives, and most likely much more than that. It seems much harder to deal with when other people feel jealous towards us, though. After all, we can control how we feel, but we can’t control other people’s emotions. Recognizing the signs that someone is jealous of you can be the first step to fixing it.



When someone is jealous of you, they’re often the first to give you a compliment that sounds sincere, or seems to be dripping with passive aggression. However, you’ll find that these people will be rolling their eyes the minute you leave the room.

They would rather pretend they’re not jealous than address the issue. One way to turn it back around is to give them sincere compliments when something good happens to them. It may help them see that you’re a genuine person, and help curb their jealousy.

Clinical psychologist Leon F. Seltzer, Ph.D., says, “Short of becoming indiscriminately wary of others’ praise or flattery, it’s only prudent to consider whether they might have a hidden agenda in praising you. That way you can minimize the possibility that their seemingly trustworthy compliments aren’t really some sort of two-faced con.


No matter what you achieve or how hard you worked to do so, jealous people will always try to make it seem like it was a fluke, or that you didn’t work as hard as you did to achieve your success. The reasons that they come up with may be rude or condescending.

People who will envy you the most are the ones who are in need the most of what you possess, says M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

Rising to their bait will only make them more likely to talk poorly. Stay humble but firm in your achievements. If you brag, they may be more likely to stay jealous of you.


Someone who is jealous of you may be more inclined to flaunt their success more than it’s really worth flaunting. They may be more inclined to flaunt their own achievements while you’re celebrating your own. These are the type of people to get engaged at a wedding.

But why do they flaunt their success in the first place?

Because chances are, they’re not as successful as you are. Author Bob Bly states, “There are always people who are filled with negative thoughts — not only about others whom they envy (you) but also about themselves and their perceived failure to having achieved their goals (which are often to own their own business or be richer than they are).

While it may be frustrating, getting upset is only going to make them feel more justified in their behavior. Instead, offer them sincere praise in their achievements. Leading by example is a good way to alter someone’s behavior.


Someone who is jealous of you alternatively wants to be better than you, and also be just like you. They may imitate the way you talk or the way you dress in order to feel better about themselves. Instead of allowing this to upset you, try to encourage them to go their own way. When they’re doing their own thing, give them positive reinforcement. Show them that they don’t have to be you to be great, and that they can be their own person.


Jealous people tend to be highly competitive, because they always want to be the one reaping the success or as clinical psychologist Melanie Greenberg says, they are “either insecure or arrogant and want to prove superiority.

While it can be tempting to take them down a peg, refuse to make the competition unhealthy, or even refuse to participate. If they try to argue with you about a job promotion, just simply tell them: “It isn’t a competition.” Refusing to play into their game will make them less likely to try and continue to one up you.


Someone who is jealous is going to privately feel very good about when you make mistakes, or get reprimanded or corrected at work or school. While they may never show it, they’re often secretly enjoying your failures. Handle your mistakes with grace! You can always remind them that making mistakes are part of life and learning. If you’re not upset, they’re not getting the enjoyment out of it that they thought they would.


Jealous people will always find a way to talk about you behind your back. It’s not fun, and the things they say can be malicious and hurtful. The best way to deal with someone who does this may be just to confront them directly.

As author James Clear mentions, “… negativity from other people is like a wall. And if you focus on it, then you’ll run right into it. You’ll get blocked by negative emotions, anger, and self-doubt. Your mind will go where your attention is focused. Criticism and negativity don’t prevent you from reaching the finish line, but they can certainly distract you from it.

Since jealous people don’t tend to be outwardly confrontational, talking to them seriously about what they’re doing may be enough to get them to rethink their behavior, or to get it to stop entirely.


If there’s someone you know who hates you for no conceivable reason, they may just be jealous. This one is hard to deal with, because we often don’t like to be hated for no reason. You may feel the urge to show this person that you’re entirely likeable. But, there may be nothing to do about it. If you can’t charm them into liking you, it may just be best to cut them out of your life. You don’t need that negativity, and they’re most likely working themselves up hating you for no reason. The best way to fix it is to let it go.

Final thoughts

Dealing with someone else’s jealousy can be a tricky situation. You may feel the desire to just tell them off. But, dealing with a jealous person in a non-confrontational and positive manner is ultimately better for both you and the other person. They may feel a lot of self-esteem issues that they need to work through, and getting upset with them won’t fix or deal with their jealous tendencies. Knowing the signs of a jealous person will make it easier to fix and handle in a positive and productive manner.