Elsia Virella

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10 Ways to Evolve and Be a Better Person

<b>"What a man can be, he must be. This need we call self-actualization." -- Abraham Maslow</b><p><b>Practice gratitude.</b> Look at the good parts. One of my clients broke his neck in a car accident and sustained other serious injuries. Session after session, he expressed gratitude that his life was spared and …

Positive Thinking

How to Make Perfect Choices -- Every Time

I woke up very early on the Saturday before Easter and took a beach walk. The sky and the sea were the same shade of ever-lightening gray, and there was no one else in sight. As I walked, I prayed, and the voice came to me and said, "Quit thinking you're doing this wrong."<p>I stopped.<p>"Quit thinking …

Positive Thinking

Here's A Horrifying Picture Of What Sleep Loss Will Do To You

If you <i>don't</i> snooze, you lose. Skimping on sleep can wreak havoc from head to toe. In fact, one study published last year showed that just one week of sleeping fewer than six hours a night resulted in changes to more than 700 genes. That's alarming news, considering nearly half of Americans don't …

Stop Muscle Cramps--Fast!

<b>Swig some pickle juice.</b><br>Weird but true: A study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that sipping it can alleviate muscle cramps within seconds. Researchers think an ingredient in the juice ignites a neurological reaction that helps calm spasms.<p><b>If that doesn't work. . .</b><p><b>Fill up on</b> …

The Best And Worst Ways To Cope With Stress

<i>By Lauren A. Greene</i><p>From natural disasters to overly demanding bosses, our world is filled with stressors. While some research has shown that short bursts of stress can be good for you, a new study out of Ohio State University and published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of …

2 Proven Ways to Conquer the Pain of Heartbreak

How do you relate to someone who is in pain? With empathy and warmth, right? Strangely, this is not usually how we relate to ourselves when we are struggling and this often serves to worsen our predicament. There are very consistent findings in psychological research that indicate that …

Mindfulness

How to Get Exactly What You Desire Without Changing a Thing

I'm going to let you in on a little secret when it comes to fulfilling your dreams and desires... <b>At any moment, you have the power to fully embody and become the person that you want to become.</b><p>Even if your job is terrible, your husband doesn't make the effort anymore, or you're 20 pounds over where …

Positive Thinking

Tips for Breakups, Heartaches and Sadness

What to do when the going gets tough? Keep going.<p>This post goes out to all of you who are navigating the tricky waters of transition, heartbreak, loneliness, disappointment or loss.<p>Both my parents grew up on corn and soybean farms in central Illinois. I come from grounded, humble, hardworking and …

Breakups

Ways to reduce stress

7 Things That Are Secretly Stressing You Out<p>Keep calm and read this article<p>Feeling especially tense these days? It's easy to blame it on your job or your in-laws, but you may be shocked to discover that these sneaky culprits could be stressing you out, too. Read on for the random things that might …

9 Tasty (and Healthy!) Pizza Recipes

These amazing and good-for-you pies put take-out pizza to shame<p>There are two ways you can celebrate National Pizza Month: You <i>could</i> order greasy delivery pizza that’s loaded with fat and sodium—or you could fire up the oven and serve one of these healthy—and unbelievably good—pies instead. We’ll let …