There is a relationship between perception and reality. Through this connection, we can assume that being optimistic is of much importance.
When I think of remarkably optimistic characters, I think of Olaf because he remains his brilliant, bubbly, light-hearted, happy and friendly self even when faced with his own obstacle, a fireplace.
He responds to this dilemma as his face melts and slides to one side, “Some people are worth melting for.”
Yes, he’s a TV character, but the lessons one can learn from such optimism is universal. In theory, we all would want Olaf as our friend right? This proves how much attitudes make or break a person. Continue reading →
We are often told that stress is the enemy. But to think of it that way isn’t good for you. In a study conducted by the University of Wisconsin that tracked 30,000 adults over 8 years, researchers found that those who think of stress as harmful to their health had a 43 percent increased risk of dying. Those who experienced stress but didn’t view it as harmful were least likely to die. Continue reading →
“Specific inherited characteristics, early experience in life, and particular, learned cognitive predispositions make individuals more or less susceptible to the effects of stressors.”
In this blog post, I will identify personality characteristics of those prone to stress and those that are resistant to stress to better help aid in your self-discovery and possibly to correct some harmful perceptions you may currently have that you are unaware is damaging your well-being.
According to Garfield, in a perfect world you’d love your job and it will love you back, you would always be first in line, sleeping would be an Olympic event, everyone in your graduating class would age except you, and TV would actually make you smart. Like Garfield, we all have fantasies of a perfect world. These fantasies motivate us to escape the real world we are in.
In the real world, we will face bumps on the road no matter how smart we are. The good news is that these struggles aren’t uncommon and should therefore not make us feel isolated from each other; we all go through hardships.
When life throws you lemons, I make chicken soup. When I think of the words “chicken soup”, I think of the inspirational and empowering Chicken Soup for the Soul books I read as an adolescent. Those books I could count on to cure my sadness and empower me to conquer my fears and weaknesses. This week, I made chicken soup and I’ll share with you the recipe inspired by an amazing cooking blog, Tastes Better from Scratch.
Around this time of year, we often make resolutions for self-improvement. Sadly, although more than 40 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, only about 8 percent follow through, according to a study by the University of Scranton.
Making resolutions is good, but it’s just the first step. You still need to form a game plan if you want to succeed. Habits and behaviors like trying to lose weight, quit smoking, exercise and reduce alcohol consumption are very difficult to change, and without a carefully thought-out plan on how you hope to accomplish these changes into your lifestyle, it can lead to failure. In other words, what you need to accomplish such tasks is a blueprint: a map to show how to reach these goals. Here are some essential tools you’ll need for your blueprint:
Today my family and I went on a hike at Schabarum Regional Park. Aside from the photography opportunities and the chance to get away from city life, one of hiking’s greatest perks is the positive impact it has on your health.
It all started as I was stuck in bed, bored. I had just taken out all four of my wisdom teeth and had nothing to do but watch TV all day while applying ice and heat packs on my newly developed chipmunk face stuffed with gauze. I needed a distraction and I was looking for something more productive than staring at a TV screen all day.
And then I had the idea of becoming a fish hobbyist and with school on halt, I yolo’d it out and told myself I could manage taking on this new responsibility.
As a college student, I am very familiar with procrastination. As finals week approaches, I find that after taking out my books and sitting down at my desk (ready to study), I notice something is terribly wrong: suddenly my environment looks like it needs cleaning and organizing. I then undergo an internal battle where part of me would want to overcome this urge to study, but the other side (that always wins) says, “I can’t work in this mess.” The next thing I know I’m cleaning the entire house.