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+ Is my emotional response to pain controllable?

[ Posted on 06.12.2017 ]

June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month!  According to Migraine.com, there are about 100 million people with headaches in the U.S.; about 37 million of these people have migraines. The World Health Organization suggests that 18 percent of women and 7 percent of men in the U.S. suffer from migraines.  After back pain, which accounts for 27% of pain; headache pain accounts for 15%. Apparently we are a nation in pain. According to paindoctor.com, “pain affects more people in the US than diabetes heart disease and cancer combined. A whopping 126 million or 55% of all adults experienced pain in the past three months. And that’s just the pain that’s reported. I remember having migraines when I was in my late teens. There was little else I could do than lie in bed until it passed. Lucky for me, it was episodic and I never had to deal with them…

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+ What is the one truth of your happiness?

[ Posted on 01.30.2017 ]

“The Upanishads say ‘Ekam sat, vipraha bahudha vadanti,’ meaning ‘Truth is one. Seers express it in many ways.’ (The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda). As I was reading this today I thought, we all express the truth of our happiness in many ways, but the truth of happiness is one truth.  The expressions of happiness may be our definition of what it is and where it comes from. For one, the truth of happiness may lie in the well-being of family; for another, in the acquisition of wealth; for others, in having good health, a good place to live, friends to count on; for others, in communion with God, living in union with nature; being connected to others. For some, simply the absence of unhappiness in all its forms. Or the expressions of happiness may be in the feelings associated with it: peace, joy, being okay, exuberance, love…

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+ Eight ways to jumpstart your new year

[ Posted on 12.31.2016 ]

As we say goodbye to 2016, we may already thinking about how to make 2017 the best year yet. Every new year, in fact, every day and every moment of the day, is a perfect opportunity to reassess what’s working and not working in our lives. Here are eight ideas that have served me well. I hope you find them helpful. One. Declutter your belief system. If this is the only thing you do, you will have an enormous leg up on everything else. We all have beliefs that reflect our values and mores, but when beliefs become self-limiting, it has a stifling effect on our happiness, well-being, creativity, productivity and spirituality. Behind every project you feel stuck on, behind your response to every challenge you face, behind every life change that is tripping you up, behind all negative emotions and lack of positive emotions, are your beliefs about how…

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+ Holidays bringing up painful memories? Here’s what to do.

[ Posted on 12.06.2016 ]

I love the holidays, especially Christmastime.  Whether I am alone or with family, I love the hustle and bustle of the season. The singing. The gift giving. The love. I’m not so crazy about the unrelenting merchandising that pops out earlier and earlier each year but I’ve gotten very good at tuning it out. I know that isn’t true for many others. I often hear people say, “I hate Christmas.” Or “This is the worst time of the year for me.” The reason is often because they are remembering some event that happened during the holidays. That was the time my husband died. Or a fire destroyed our home. Or I lost a child. If you have someone like this in your life, what can you do to help them through this time of year (or any time of year)? What can you do to help yourself? One. Deal with…

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+ What do your mornings say about your happiness?

[ Posted on 11.29.2016 ]

There’s no better time than first thing in the morning to take stock of your sense of well being.  Free of the distractions of daily life, these few moments provide a window into how you take on the day, every day. Think back to this morning when you first woke up. Perhaps you were in a deep sleep and were awakened by the sun streaming into your room. Perhaps you were jarred out of that warm dreamy state by the sound of your alarm or a car door slamming outside. Whatever the circumstances, think back to when you opened your eyes and recalibrated for the day. What were your first thoughts? And how did that affect your morning or even your entire day so far? Waking up from sleep is perhaps the most telling moment of the day in terms of our emotional state.  Although we might not be aware…

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The principle of The Option Method is to take unhappiness from that vague cloud of confusion and tha…

The principle of The Option Method is to take unhappiness from that vague cloud of confusion and that which just happens to you by fate and bad genetics or whatever, and bring it down to the real dynamics that cause emotions, your beliefs and your judgments, and that people who want to get happier and happier don’t need to do this all the time.

[ Bruce Di Marsico ]