laughter is freedom


I invite an abundance of laughter into my life… I love to laugh and revel in the uninhibited joy that comes with it!

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Sometimes I feel I take life too seriously. Also, my ‘big fear’ (now a small, insignificant fear) inhibited my natural joy and ability to laugh at myself. I am now ready to ENJOY the JOY!

Laughter is the symptom of happiness and joy. Laughter is like a big neon flashing sign telling us “This is what life is about – allow more of this! Make this a priority.”

And laughter is available to all of us, right now. It doesn’t require you to first “get that new job” or “find the perfect spouse” or “lose 30 pounds” and then you can experience laughter.

That just sounds silly, but yet so many people think those same thoughts about happiness. “If I could just get out of credit card debt, then I’d be happy.”

Nonsense! In fact, it is the exact opposite.

Be happy now, laugh now and the desire to have things you can’t afford wil go away and your debt along with it.

Be happy now, laugh now and the need to “satisfy” yourself with food will go away and your extra pounds along with it.

This is a wonderful intention. I know you will allow it to be.

A difficult summer

I don’t need a committed relationship to be happy. I have absolute confidence in her, and I know she won’t forget the way she feels about me. I have no doubts about her. None. I have no trouble finding happiness in the simpler things in life.

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I don’t know there’s much I can do here. This is just the way I am. She means absolutely everything to me, and it seems impossible for me to change that. I don’t know if I want to. Being with her made me the happiest I’ve ever been, and I just feel so lost, so desperate, so confused without her. Any comments, ideas, suggestions, or positive thinking anyone could pass along would be greatly appreciated.

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I was recently dating this girl in college for a good while, but she graduated and moved about 2 hours from where I live, while I still have 3 years of school left. We both realized it was going to be hard, but she said she needs time to adjust to living in the “real world”, and coping with that and trying to make a long-distance relationship work is too much pressure for her right now. It was really, really hard for me, but I eventually had to come to terms that this would be the only way I could continue our relationship, whether it be intimate or friendly. We’re currently in the “friend zone”, I try not to mention the whole “I love you” thing to her, and try not to think about how desperately difficult and depressing this whole matter is. I’m just…scared. I’m scared she’ll forget about the way she feels about me, forget about how completely happy we were, forget how absolutely perfect we are for each other, that she’ll get consumed in her new life, and there won’t be a place for me in it. Like I said, I’ve never been happier in my life than when I was with her, and I’m scared I’ll never be able to get back to that.

This summer away from her is an opportunity to find out a lot about yourself and grow into the person you want to be. Get excited about that opportunity.

Andy I believe that your everyday thoughts, feelings and actions can attract this person back into your life as a lover EVEN if they are 3 hours away.

Think about what this woman most finds attractive about you. Is it your laugh, you sense of humor, your spontaneity, your independence? Make a list.

Now, your job is to accentuate the traits and actions on that list, everyday and in all parts of your life.

This should be fun, as I am sure, nearly everything on that list will be things you actually want yourself to be more of anyway.

Focusing on this list, can help you get out of states of desperation, helplessness, worry, fear, or anything else you may temporarily feel when you think about your woman. These states will repel her, so you need to change your focus anytime they arise.

You can and will do this. Its going to be a great summer as your learn more about what you are truly capable of.

How to Jump Higher to Dunk

The slam dunk. It’s a fan favorite at basketball games. It is a grand display of athleticism that is usually demoralizing to opponents.

Below is quick top ten list of the best dunkers in basketball history according to the-top-tens public voting. These guys are the best of the best.

  1. Vince Carter
  2. Michael Jordan
  3. Julius Erving
  4. Lebron James
  5. Dominique Wilkins
  6. Kobe Bryant
  7. Tracy McGrady
  8. Spud Webb
  9. Shawn Kemp
  10. Jason Richardson

There are numerous ways to dunk the ball with today’s players getting more creative every year. Following are the steps you should take when executing the perfect slam dunk.

  • Dribble towards the basket at the proper speed while avoiding defenders
  • When you are about ten feet away, pick up the ball
  • Palm the ball with your dominant hand (or hold the ball with both hands if you cannot palm the ball)
  • Take two steps – on your second step you will explosively jump high up towards the rim to dunk
  • Throw in some mid-air acrobatics
  • Slam the ball home, but don’t hang on the rim

The sounds easy enough, right? The hardest part about the whole thing is the “jump high” part. Not everyone is born with awesome jumping skills.

Let’s have some inspiration. For those of you not old enough to remember the 1986 slam dunk contest, please see the embedded video. If the competition’s winner, Spud Webb, who is only 5’7″ tall, could learn how to jump higher to dunk, anyone can.

Spud Webb at 5’7″ is arguably a more impressive dunker than Michael Jordan at 6’6″, mostly due to his super human vertical jump. So how does one go about learning how to jump higher to dunk? May I suggest thoroughly reading the pages on this website as a great start.

Learning to jump higher to dunk starts with having a solid plan for attaining your goals. It should be realistic and include diet, exercise, and recovery time. There is one such program I have come across that has worked well for me and I’m sure you would be impressed as well.

The Jump Manual is a complete program whose only goal is to teach you how to jump higher to dunk. It was formulated by a guy who has trained NBA and Olympic athletes, as well as professional dunkers.

Natural Diuretics For Edema

Substances that supplement “diuresis, ” or perhaps the taking away of fluids on the body by urination, are usually considered diuretics. More commonly known as “water capsules ,” it may perhaps be prescription or otc drugs. They may also be homeopathic treatments or foodstuff that assistance to prevent or perhaps treat substance retention. I suggest you consult that has a healthcare qualified before making use of any sort of diuretics.

Diuretics are utilized for plenty of reasons. They usually are indicated those of you that suffer via edema, you’ll need stamina accumulation associated with fluids inside body’s cells, and people that suffer via high continue pressure or perhaps other heart and soul related diseases. Increasing your production associated with urine not simply releases substance, but furthermore helps rid our bodies of excess salts and will reduce continue volume.

Lots of people use this supplement for a weight decline aid, usually when a lot of weight has to be lost within a short timeframe. The fact usually diuretics aren’t proven to promote the foreclosure of fat; that they simply remove retained substance. While your scale could show the foreclosure of a several pounds, this can be a temporary decline. This isn’t a healthy solution to lose fat. Abusing natural diuretics can result in dehydration and sometimes serious potassium deficiencies, which could be dangerous.

In case you only need minimal substance reduction, and now have no serious health issues, foods having natural diuretic properties may be a better alternative than drug-based diuretics. Some foods that incorporate natural diuretics are usually cranberries and cranberry veggie juice, coffee and other beverages that incorporate caffeine, and apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar furthermore contains potassium, therefore it may help avoid potassium deficiency. Still, it should be used sparingly. Adding vegetables and fruit such as cucumbers, watermelon and others that contain plenty of water will in addition help raise urination.

Natural diuretics also need to be used in moderation, and despite the fact that they usually are healthier in comparison with taking h2o pills, more air . overdo the item. It is actually wise to check with your physician before starting any new regimen, and that includes taking therapies, taking otc medications, as well as using foods to take care of medical troubles.

Beck Diet Review

If you think thin, you’ll get thin. That’s essence of the Beck Diet plan.

Get serious.

Beck’s diet relies upon cognitive behavioral therapy. Premised on the idea that you are what you think, the diet ignores what we truly face trying to do long-term weight loss (here are other Reviews of Nutrisystem ). That includes more than thinking. Try a low carb diet, for example, and your body starts physically craving carbs or you lose your appetite after eating that 50th piece of chicken with an unappetizing salad. Conversely, try a high carb, low fat diet, and your body goes on a sugar rollercoaster ride.

Are thoughts part of weight loss? Of course.

Sadness, depression, boredom, happiness, etc. can all be triggers or excuses for a binge.

Yet changing thoughts isn’t a magic solution to weight loss. You need the right diet to get you there…one that you can stay on with little discipline because the food actually tastes good.

Positive thinking by itself just isn’t going to cut it … even if you use fancy words like “cognitive behavorial therapy” to describe what you’re doing.

The road to the gym is paved with good intentions…followed by a piece of chocolate cake as a reward for working out.

Although I can’t promise that you’ll get the same results, I’ve lost 33 pounds so far without sitting around chanting mantras, reciting affirmations, or reading a book on cognitive behavioral therapy. If you want to find out what has worked for me and then inform me.

Tips for women to maintain a healthy heart

Very few women realize that the greatest threat to their life and health at an advanced age is a heart disease more than any form of cancer or any other disease. To speak statistically, more women die of heart disease and heart attacks than American men each year, and heart problems pose a greater threat to American women than all forms of cancer combined. Added to it is the fact that because the symptoms of heart attack in women are very different from the symptoms in men, the delay in treatment often results in a loss of life. Here are a few tips which can be used by women to keep their heart healthy:

  1. Keep a regular check on your blood pressure, blood cholesterol and blood sugar. If you have a family history of heart disease, start annual checkups early.
  2. Do not hesitate to bring up your health concerned queries before your doctor or gynecologist. Ask for a thorough assessment of your heart disease risk factors: family history, cholesterol — especially LDL, HDL and triglycerides — glucose (blood sugar) levels, blood pressure, smoking history, weight, stress and exercise. Having a proper assessment will help you form a guideline to maintain healthy lifestyle.
  3. If you have one or more risk factors, ask your doctor or gynecologist if you should have an electrocardiogram (ECG) or exercise stress test.
  4. Look out for the symptoms of heart attack specific to women. Do not make the mistake of thinking the chest pain as the only symptom of heart attack. The general symptoms of heart attack which are associated with both men and women include Squeezing chest pain or pressure, Shortness of breath, Sweating, Tightness in chest and Pain spreading to shoulders, neck or arm. However, the symptoms associated mostly with women include Indigestion or gas-like pain, Dizziness, nausea or vomiting, Unexplained weakness, fatigue, discomfort/pain between shoulder blades, Recurring chest discomfort and Sense of impending doom.
  5. Make yourself clear about the medications or special instructions your doctor has given you. Ensure that you are regular with not only your medicines but also with your follow-up tests.
  6. Follow a healthy diet and lifestyle. Avoid foods that are high in saturated fats. Eat 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Look for regular and mild exercises like walking, climbing stairs, etc. Maintain an active lifestyle. Keep your weight under control and lead a stress free life.
  7. Cigarettes are greatest enemies of heart. If you smoke, quit smoking now!!
  8. If you have the first sign of heart attack symptoms, take aspirin. Call 9-1-1 in case of emergency. Discuss this with your doctor.

Clinical trial continues

Phase one of the clinical trial is over.

Mostly boring. Lots of eye tests, only a week between the last two. Nothing has changed which pleases everyone. Another day of blood-letting like my first day and a couple of days with just one lot of blood taken. Yesterday, more lying down Very Still inside various circular machines. I had to do that to get into the program and today I got the results.

Last week they told me about a very small tumour in the brain. Too small to do anything about yet, but if it grows it’s easy to get at and remove. None of this “inoperable” malarcky you get on television where only the handsome neurosurgeon is prepared to tackle the job and then only with lots of close-ups of anxious eyes and perspiring forehead.

It’s gone. It can’t be seen any more.

And the big one in the chest? This was six centimetres and shaped like a potato. This time last year it was 2.9 and the beginning of last year, 2.2. In the 28 days of the trial it has shrunk to 5.4.

This stuff is working!

Chile de Arbol Salsa Recipe

Chile de Arbol Salsa


24 chiles de arbol
1 garlic clove
1/4 c white onion, diced
3/4 c water
2 tsp oil
1/2 tsp salt


Sweat the onions, garlic clove (whole, no skin), and chiles in oil over medium heat. Be careful not to burn the chiles. When the chiles are pliable and slightly browned and the onions and garlic are softened, transfer them to a blender. Add 1/4 cup of water and puree. When it stops making progress, add another 1/4 cup of water and continue to puree. When it appears to be fully blended, add the final 1/4 cup of water and the salt and puree, stopping to scrape down the sides until the salsa is as smooth as possible. Makes about 3/4 cup.

Biofuel Criteria for Use in the EU

Andris Piebalgs,  Member of the European Commission responsible for Energy spoke at the eBio 1 European Bioethanol Fuel Conference in Brussels 1 April 2009 on the topic of  ‘The Future of Biofuels.’ Importantly, he outlined the criteria for using biofuels in the EU, which serves to clarify some misconceptions about what can and cannot be included in the production of energy.

The criteria include the following – from the speech:

Firstly, biofuels have to guarantee at least a 35% greenhouse gas saving compared to traditional fuels, increasing in 2017 to 50% for existing installations, and to 60% for new installations. In addition, incentives were added in the text to promote second generation biofuels and electric- or hydrogen-fuelled cars. In fact second generation biofuels will count double towards the target.

Secondly, areas that contain high carbon stock should not be converted for biofuels. This is to avoid the risk of causing big greenhouse gas losses through the release of carbon stored in the soil and in plants.

Thirdly, areas with high biodiversity should not be used for biofuels production in order to avoid disturbing biodiversity and disrupting natural habitats.

As shown, biofuels must be able to achieve high levels of ‘clean’ production and purposely avoid the use of high carbons such as conifer trees and peats. Biodiversity is maintained in the production of energy.

Class and Sophistication in Metal Arts

These days abstract art has become quite popular in different versions and styles. Whether they are paintings, sculptures, or glass art, more and more people like using abstract art to decorate their environment, whether it is at home or in the workplace. Nature scenes and figure paintings are now a thing of the past. These days, its all about abstract art; something that cannot be defined and yet evokes a variety of feelings and emotions in the mind of the beholder. Abstract metal wall art also falls into this category.

The uniqueness of abstract metal art lies in the fact that it does not confer to any natural design but is a composition that utilizes all kinds of shapes, dimensions, line and colors. The result is an aesthetic form that is completely different and pleasing to the eye. Most of times, abstract art is used to depict feelings or objects of the real world in a more simplified or even complex manner. This is why these art pieces are perfect for enhancing the décor of your home without making it look too obvious.

These metal wall art pieces can become great conversation pieces when they are placed at focal points in your home. They can help you to break the ice at parties. This type of art can be placed on a wall next to a staircase or fireplace mantel.

Smaller pieces of metal art can be used to fill up the small nooks and corners of your home. You can place them on depressions next to the bay window or breakfast nooks. Your home will acquire an understated elegance that also showcases your own creativity.

Take time in selecting the right kind of abstract metal art pieces for your home. It should be something that helps you to both balance and enhance your environment. Moreover, when you do get the right art work, make sure that you use the right kind of lighting around it to enhance the effect.

With the right kind of lighting and décor, an abstract metal art pience can help your home look unique and classy.