Archive for November 2014

Finding The Most Suitable Gift Options

by: Nanci Lewis

Gifts are certainly the first thing that comes to mind when we think about the holiday season. Especially during the festive season, is when you see markets flooded with a huge variety of gifts available. And, of course, Valentine’s Day gift baskets are an ideal gift giving option at anytime. These baskets can be filled with a bottle of wine, body lotion, gourmet chocolate, chocolate bars, candy or toys and novelties before being gifted to anyone. Such a basket can be a suitable gift for a child, an adult, a co-worker, or anyone who loves gourmet chocolates, candy and gifts!

A holiday gift basket can indeed be the easiest and most convenient way of showering your affection on your friends and family members without the hassles of going for another shopping trip. In fact purchasing a holiday gift basket can be quite a fun filled experience for anyone. Then, of course, mini gift baskets also make great holiday party favors. Such holiday gift baskets can even serve as a utility item for the people who are always on the move. Such gift baskets can be a great option to carry around when you are out on a business trip or need a personal hostess gift.

Also, in today’s modern world of extreme stress, the evolution of a new breed of diseases with diabetes leading the charts has become reality and people have become more health conscious than ever. This rising awareness has initiated people to quit synthetically manufactured sweets and other bakery products. So, keeping such things in mind, it’s better to choose gifts wisely by opting for gift baskets geared for health conscious people and also gain their appreciation in return. In our fast paced world of specialization, obtaining a gift basket with customized features or matching a theme of your choice, is also completely possible. There are a lot of online based stores today which comprehensively cater to such requirements in no time. So, if time is also a constraint for you then such online based stores can be quite a handy option. Therefore, now, whether you are buying gifts for friends, family members or a romantic partner, there is no point wasting your precious time considering all the futile gifting options. But rather you should immediately opt for a special occasion gift basket and make life a lot easier for yourself.

About The Author

Myself webmaster of www.sweetrexies.com, a candy store in Fairfield offering various gift baskets for every occasion.Celebrate your valentine day with sweetrexies by giving valentine day gift baskets to make your special ones more special.

Photo of the Week: Happy Thanksgiving!

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Although I don’t agree with the title, I understand that these are typical activities on Thanksgiving. I especially don’t like Black Friday, but it is what it is! Yet, how others choose to enjoy themselves and spend their money is their business. I just wanted to share some things that we can be thankful for (food, family, and friends). Click here to read more.

Video of the Week: Secrets to Saving at the Supermarket

Click here for some last minute Thanksgiving tips.

Photo of the Week: Weekend State of Mind

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Click here to read more about weekend activities.

Video of the Week: Best Luxury Cars for the Money

Authenticity – Why people aren’t themselves and what that costs them

by: Bella Enahoro

Why should you be yourself? The simple answer is ‘because everyone else is taken’ – it’s both the simple answer and an accurate answer. The important question is ‘why are we not ourselves?’ What is the pay off for not being ourselves? Ahhh, now we’re talking.

To begin with, what would cause us to not want to be ourselves? For some of us, we may have been raised in environments where it was dangerous to be who we are. Even as adults we may be working in environments that demand that we be other than who we are in order to ensure job security. So we conclude, I have to be other than I am to get what I want i.e. love, safety, income etc.

We may have learned to believe ‘who I am is not good enough to be loved, guaranteed safety, approved of’. We may have been told ‘who you are is not worth treating well’. We may have learned ‘who you are is not good enough to meet my standards for ‘being good enough’. We may become convinced that we are less than we should be.

When we feel not good enough what happens to our lives? We end up putting things on hold until we feel we ‘deserve’ by becoming good enough. We spend so much time striving to feel that we’re good enough. Have I accomplished enough, am I good looking enough, is my car big/fast/exclusive enough, is my job title high enough, do I have enough awards to be good enough? Exhausting isn’t it?

Self worth and authenticity are intrinsically linked. The worth we have in our own eyes, a sense of worth not built on acquisition, job title, appearance, credentials – is the only worth, worth living out of. How many of us realise that we have an intrinsic worth greater than anything on the outside? If we go through life with a sense of being deficient then we are motivated to acquire value – the things that others value in the world then become our aim in life. I may not be good enough in and of myself but look what I’ve got, becomes our calling card.

Sooner or later, things fall apart, if we’re lucky. It can take many forms e.g we can lose everything we spent our whole lives accruing or we meet someone or a situation who places no value on our ‘social bling’. We run helter skelter trying to get them to ‘see’ us as our bling or we go somewhere else. But there’s a crack in the tea cup. When it finally breaks open, our break down becomes our breakthrough.

We begin to look for another way. What we’ve been looking for is a way to feel good about who we are, under all circumstance. We don’t always realise it at first since there’s much howling in pain and hanging onto fast disappearing ‘bling’.

The breakthrough cracks us wide open and everything we’ve been taught is ‘wrong’ with us, all the things we’ve been taught make us ‘not good enough’ stare us in the face. Excruciating at first but if we stay, refuse to take flight, we can transform. Now begins the re-acquainting ourselves with the ‘real’ us, all of it.

There are many transformation technologies from journaling, meditation, prayer, walking, body work, sound, vibrational healing. We tend to gravitate towards one that works for us. Soon the pain subsides, loses its edge. We don’t feel so raw. Our lives may be in shambles around us but we can stand to be alive and increasingly we can stand to be ourselves. We live in a time of infinite help with wonderful teachers who can assist us in moving out of our debris; emotional, psychological and spiritual.

Not being who we are, may be something we picked up at our beginning but was never a part of our being and we need not continue with it.

November’s LiveWell Audio features Sarah Ban Breathnach who guides the listener on a journey to reclaim our authentic selves and the beauty of the life we can create from our ‘real’ selves.

About The Author

Bella Enahoro is the founder of http://www.livewellaudio.com a Motivational company that helps individuals,non-profits and companies improve their lives, build communities, profts and positive impact.

Visit her website for the latest on audiobooks, downloads and articles on self-help, personal growth, professional development and spirituality.

Positive Thinking And Its Effect On Your Health

by: Greg Riley

The first situation to consider is the relationship between thoughts and conditions like depression and stress. A crucial question is whether the person’s thoughts are creating the physical depression or the physical depression is creating the negative thinking. When it comes to how you can use your mind to help, this can be accomplished consciously and subconsciously. When someone has a habit of imagining things turning out very badly, rational thinking can show them that they often exaggerate. However, the unconscious mind is much more powerful in shaping our habitual behavior, oftentimes beyond our conscious control. Visualization and hypnosis can be very effective in modifying beliefs and, if you do this, the long-lasting effects can be more powerful than using logic only.

It is likewise true that positive thinking can have an impact on our physical health, and you may be aware of the placebo effect on people who feel ill. This is when individuals are given a pill which in reality does not have any healing value, and yet they claim to notice an improvement in how they feel. This is evidence of the connection between mind and body, and there are many examples of men and women with a positive outlook being able to recover faster from malady and injury. You can also use the power of your mind to help you in achieving your fitness goals. A historic example of this is when the four minute barrier for running the mile was broken, which had been considered as unachievable up to that point. Once the “barrier” had been broken, other runners also began to break through what had really been a barrier of belief.

The effects of aging are likewise influenced by how we think about the process. As you get older, do you talk to your friends about your “aches and pains” and your weakened capabilities? It seems there’s a great deal of truth to the saying, “You’re only as old as you think you are,” and our thoughts can be used to undo a lot of the so-called effects of aging. Unfortunately, numerous individuals will continue to hold on to old beliefs about the unavoidable “decline” of health in old age, and not pay attention to the benefits of a positive outlook.

Now that you are aware that your attitude can bring you a much better state of health, it’s up to you to take advantage of this information and set your intention to think positive thoughts whenever you remember.

Video of the Week: In Memory of Dr. Myles Munroe

Click here to read more about the life and legacy of a great man, Dr. Myles Munroe.

Photo of the Week: Happy Veterans Day!

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Photo of the Week: Stress Test

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Click here to read more about the impacts of stress on your body.