What are some secrets to a long, healthy, and happy life?

What are some secrets to a long, healthy, and happy life? Ninety nine-year old Walter Mitchell and one hundred year old Agnes Zhelesnik have some answers.

Walter Mitchell spends most of his days driving shoppers home from the supermarket, filling his days with purpose and keeping himself busy.

He waits at local supermarkets for his regulars or whoever needs a ride. Sometimes the wait is minutes. Sometimes it’s hours, but he doesn’t care. Walter does this six days per week. Continue reading “What are some secrets to a long, healthy, and happy life?”

Do you have to be aggressive to be assertive?

Do you have to be aggressive to be assertive? Being the highly sensitive person that I am, I know it can be challenging to assert your needs and wants to others. Do you feel that you need to take an aggressive approach to accomplish this?

The good news is that you don’t have to be an aggressive maniac to get what you want. Assertive communication is making your point of view clear in a concise and direct fashion. It’s doing so with a strong and firm voice without being aggressive and confrontational. Assertiveness leaves no doubt what you are saying and why you are saying it. Continue reading “Do you have to be aggressive to be assertive?”

Do you have SAD (seasonal affective disorder)?

Each winter, 500,000 people in the United States are said to become depressed and suffer from seasonal affective disorder or SAD, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.

The cause of this disorder is the decrease in the amount of available daytime light, an amount that drops from the long days of summer months.

It’s not the lack of light that causes a drop in mood specifically, it’s how that drop in light causes reactions in the body. Research from the Mayo Clinic suggests that lack of light can do one of three things in the body to cause depression. (1) It disrupts the natural rhythms of the body, which include our natural clock for sleeping and waking up. (2) An increase in the body’s level of melatonin, which has a sleep-inducing effect, rises during winter nights, possibly causing depression. (3) A drop in serotonin, a natural brain chemical that uplifts mood, could cause an impact because it drops with the decrease in sunlight. Continue reading “Do you have SAD (seasonal affective disorder)?”

Does a decision have one solution?

Does a decision have one solution? The answer is a definitive NO! Is life an all or nothing proposition? What do you think?

Why do we highly sensitive people look at making decisions as a life or death proposition? Do we really need to add extra drama to our lives?

There are different solutions to the dilemmas that we have in our lives. It’s human nature to overlook the many options that we have. The key is to expand our thinking, gather information, ask for guidance, and not be afraid to make changes or adjustments as needed. Continue reading “Does a decision have one solution?”