5 Types of Negative People and Things You Should Avoid

1. Say no to people/relationships that make more withdrawals than deposits. 
If a relationship – whether platonic or romantic – is taking more from your spiritual bank account than it’s putting in, then it may be time to close the account. When they’re not around, you feel like a tug of war between them and your soul. For example, it’s that guy or girl who plays mind games and/or manipulates and builds you up into thinking you’re in love, but only so that later down the road they can break you down and break your heart. However, a solid relationship should never make you feel hopeless or empty on the inside. Think of it as balancing a checkbook or your online account. When it comes to any friendship/relationship, always make sure there’s a healthy balance of withdrawals and deposits on both sides.
2. Say no to the people who say no to you.If you pay close attention, even when people aren’t speaking, you can tell when they’re saying “no” to you whether friends or lovers (i.e., ignore your calls or text messages, stop calling, spend less time together, etc.). Whether communicated directly or indirectly, take heed and don’t ignore the signs. You don’t have to always break your back trying to be there for someone who’s never there for you. Although the realization can hurt emotionally, it can help provide a clearer perspective of where the relationship stands.
3. Say no to those who repeatedly hurt or mistreat you.
Many of us can admit there are times when we’ve allowed certain people to stay around longer than necessary or we allow them to take advantage of us more often than not. Instead of happiness there was hurt. Instead of laughter there were tears. However, comfort and convenience aren’t adequate replacements for true love and simply put, healthy relationships yield healthy results. It’s one thing to go through rough times, but there shouldn’t be more bad than good. There shouldn’t be more pain than pleasure. People hide behind words, but they can’t hide behind actions. If it’s bad to you, then it’s bad for you. So, let their actions speak louder than their words; and if or when they’re actions aren’t enough, be bold enough to take action and move on.
4. Say no to activities and/or places that are harmful to your health or spiritual wellness.
The saying goes, “I can’t do it like I used to,” but quite honestly there are some things I don’t want to do like I used to because I’m older and wiser now. For instance, as a married woman there are certain places that I won’t go to and/or activities I won’t partake in not only because I’m a married woman, but because I know it will likely bring more harm than good. There comes a point in our lives when we have to cut out and/or cut off certain habits (and people) that are detrimental to our spiritual growth.
5. Say no to negativity and hello to positivity.
Do you know someone who drains the life out of you because they’re always negative (i.e., “Debbie Downer” or “Negative Nancy”) or they’re constantly talking about their self-induced drama? Or maybe you know someone who isn’t always open to share, support or celebrate with you because there’s a cloud of jealousy hanging over their sunshine. Sometimes it’s so bad that you find yourself deliberately limiting the amount of interactions with them because it’s so negative. While it’s not always easy to completely remove certain people from our lives for whatever the reason, we can distance ourselves.
Furthermore, it’s not just about negative people. My Pastor reminded me at church one day about the simple input/output theory as he talked about the renewing of our minds: If all you’re putting in your mind is negative, then you’ll put out negative. What you put in your mind will pour out in your actions.” So, we must ask ourselves, “What is my input/output? Am I mindful of what I allow into my head space as it relates to people, social media, TV and even music?” Furthermore, if you’re surrounded by nothing but mostly negativity, re-position and surround yourself with other like-minded, positive people.
Rejecting negativity allows for more for positivity to enter our lives. In turn, the good stuff ends up ruling our hearts and minds and controlling our actions so much so that we’re open to helping and serving others more.

source and courtesy: shondabrownwhite.com

7 Nutrition Secrets To Live A Longer — And Healthier — Life

Let’s face it. We all want to live a longer — and healthier — life. Aging is inevitable but there are healthy habits we can create and foods we can enjoy to help prologue our lives. A nutrient dense diet along with a stress-free lifestyle goes hand in hand to promote longevity.
As a nutritionist, I regularly get asked how to help slow the aging process. Below are some simple tricks to help stop the clock.

1. Go meatless.

Swapping meat for fish, beans, and legumes is a great way to fight inflammation and prevent aging. Indeed, consuming fish regularly has been shown to promote brain health. Fatty fish such as salmon and sardines also help boost our intake of omega 3 fatty acids, healthy fats also shown to promote heart health. Incorporating elements of the Mediterranean diet by eating less meat and more legumes along with more fruits and vegetables has also been shown to fight inflammation.

2. Eat brain candy.

To keep our brains sharp and to prevent cognitive decline, what we eat can make a difference. Foods high in certain vitamins, antioxidants and phytochemicals may help to boost brain health. Deep red foods such as tomatoes and watermelon contain the antioxidant lycopene which fights free radicals that come with aging. Leafy greens such as kale and spinach are rich in vitamins E and K which may prevent memory loss and help reduce our “brain age.” Berries contain anthocyanins which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

3. Maintain your weight.

As we age, our metabolism tends to slow down so it is important to watch calories and exercise more to avoid weight gain. It turns out that maintaining a steady weight and avoiding yoyo dieting is equally important. The centenarians from Okinawa, known to live long and healthy lives, were known to keep their calories down and their weight steady.
Maintaining a healthy body mass index (BMI) has been associated with lower rates of heart disease and certain cancers. Eating nutrient dense foods along with practicing portion control allows you to eat almost all of your favorite foods while helping to keep your calories in check.

4. Eat a colorful plate.

Besides helping us feel fuller on fewer calories, eating a colorful diet high in fruits and vegetables (both fresh and frozen) can give your diet a boost of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber which cut your risk of chronic disease and help counter free radicals, thereby helping to fight cellular damage and aging. Choosing a colorful assortment of produce is best, as different health benefits exist from the different color spectrum. Try to start each meal with a mixed salad and as diet planning guides suggest, fill half of your plate fruits and veggies.

5. Skimp on added sugar.

For the first time, the Dietary Guidelines set a specific recommendation for limiting added sugar. This was done for good reason. A diet high in added sugar has been linked to obesity, chronic diseases, and inflammation. The 2015-2020 guidelines advise that added sugars comprise no more than 10 percent of calories, which amounts to around 12 teaspoons of sugar, for a 2,000-calorie diet. Americans currently consume 22 to 30 teaspoons of added sugar daily, half of which comes from sugary beverages.
While we should skip soda, we also must watch out for other foods such as many store bought salad dressings, ketchup, and prepared foods which contain considerable amounts of added sugar. Read food labels and take note: high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, dextrose, maltose, and honey are all other names for “sugar.”

6. Spice it up.

Seasoning your favorite foods with spices will not only enhance the flavor, but will boost your nutrient intake, and help fight the aging process. Turmeric, for example, contains the active ingredient curcumin which has anti-inflammatory properties and help relieve joint pain. And, for an added boost, seasoning your foods with spices helps to reduce your need to use added sugar and salt.

7. Keep moving.

As a nutritionist, I am a huge advocate for exercise and recommend that my clients incorporate an exercise program into their (almost) daily routine. Cardiovascular exercise including walking, biking, and swimming help keep our heart strong while strength training helps preserve lean muscle and is therefore equally important as we age.

source and courtesy: sivanaspirit.com

6 Things Your Hair Says About Your Health

Your hair is useful for a lot more than looking fabulous; it can also reveal a great deal about what’s going on inside your body. Seriously, you’d be surprised at how many issues your hair’s condition can indicate. You just need to know what to look for.
Without further ado, let’s dive right into today’s list of 6 common hair troubles and what they mean.

#1. Thinning – Stress

Under normal circumstances, your hair falls out long after it’s stopped growing. Stress disrupts this process, making hair fall out as it’s still growing. This leaves you with patches of bald spots.
This effect can take between three and six weeks to appear. So if you notice your hair has begun to thin, think back and try to pinpoint any stressful situation that happened recently. Then, make a plan to deal with stress better in the future – after all, it affects much more than your hair!

#2. Dull, Brittle Hair – Nutrition Problems

“If you’re eating a highly processed diet, any nutrients you do get are shuttled to your body’s crucial operations, like your heart and other organs,” says dietitian Wendy Bazilian.
In other words, those nutrients won’t get to your hair, which needs them to stay strong and healthy. One bad meal won’t wreck your hair; you’ll need to eat junk habitually to see that effect.
Bazilian also says that a deficiency in dietary fat can actually prevent your hair from absorbing nutrients like vitamin D. Make sure you’re getting enough healthy fats, like omega-3 fatty acids and monosaturated fats.
Dehydration can also spark hair loss; your hair is actually one quarter water. Water is the primary energy source for hair cells, including those responsible for generating new hair.
Make sure you’ve covered in both areas – diet and hydration – for healthy hair.

#3. Crown Hair Loss – Too Much Dihydrotestosterone

If you’re losing clumps around your crown and simultaneously gaining fat around your stomach,abnormally high levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) could be to blame.
In men, an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase transforms testosterone into DHT. Some men are especially sensitive to DHT. In those men, the hormone attacks hair follicles and produces crown hair loss. In some women, a hormone called DHEA has the same effect, converting testosterone into DHT.
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#4. Seemingly Random Bald Patches: Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania is a condition characterized by a compulsion to pull one’s hair out. It’s an impulse control disorder that typically flares up during moments of stress or perceived failure.
Some trichotillomania suffers don’t actually realize they’re pulling out their hair. If you notice random bald patches on your head, you might want to pay attention to what you do with your hands during stressful moments – watch out for hair rubbing and tugging.

Want to learn more about what your hair says about your health? Check out this video!

Courtesy: davidwolfe

11 Habits Of Extremely Happy People



The only way love can last a lifetime is if it’s unconditional. The truth is this: love is not determined by the one being loved, but rather by the one choosing to love. – Stephen Kendrick,The Love Dare
Loving and loving unconditionally have a few fundamental differences.  You can choose love, but to choose unconditional love means that you see past the imperfections.  You release judgment and accept others as they are and choosing to act in a loving manner always.  Choosing to love unconditionally means that you’re choosing to love in a BIG way.  Bigger than the social and emotional restrictions that hold our love in bondage.
Your unconditional love doesn’t have to be outwardly in all situations either; unconditional love can also be inward. Accepting yourself fully as you are and showing yourself this same unconditional love can provide protection, healing, and the confidence you need to take your next step toward victory.


“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” – Epictetus
We cannot express the importance of gratitude as a habit of happy people.  When you make a habit to think of, and express, everything you’re grateful for, you’ll see that these joyous experiences continue to expand in your life.  Just like the law of gravity, the law of attraction will expand what you focus on – and if you’re focusing on what you’re thankful for, you can certainly expect to be more thankful in the future.


Doing nothing for others is the undoing of one’s self.  We must be purposely kind and generous, or we miss the best part of existence. The heart that goes out of itself, gets large and full of joy. This is the great secret of the inner life. We do ourselves the most good doing something for others. – Horace Mann
Taking time to be of service shows a great deal of character, especially when you aim to serve without expectation of return.  Giving your time without the need for gain returns something much greater – it gives you the satisfaction of adding value to the world.  Working to help improve a physical, mental, environmental, or spiritual state will not only help improve the world, but will also help build positive karma in your life.


You must love yourself before you love another. By accepting yourself and fully being what you are, your simple presence can make others happy.  You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love & affection. ~Buddha
If your own needs aren’t taken care of, how can you take care of the needs of others?  There’s nothing selfish about setting aside a certain time for yourself each day or week to make sure that your own mind, body, and soul are well and rested.  Here are just a few things we do ourselves to meet our self care needs.  Try a few and/or add your own self care habits in the comments below:
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  • 15 minute morning meditation- This is very grounding.  Try it each morning before you get out of bed, or each night before sleep.
  • Affirmations – Affirmations are key in our lives.  Select affirmations that resonate with you and repeat them in the mirror DAILY.
  • Reading a chapter of a book – Just 6 minutes of reading can reduce stress by 68%. 
  • A warm soak in the tub – Try adding 2 cups of iodized sea salt with 2 cups of pure baking soda to a hot tub of water – you’ll LOVE it!
  • Exercise – Staying active not only helps you look and feel better, it also clears your mind of negative, doubting thoughts.
  • Eat raw, organic fruits and vegetables (you can put them in juices or smoothies, or eat them right out of the garden!)
  • Buy a new outfit – Hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little retail therapy every now and then!  Treat yourself, you deserve it!


Forgiveness can bring you a renewed peaceful spirit. You’ll find yourself feeling more positive overall and less stressed. You may even experience health benefits like lower blood pressure.  When someone hurts or offends you, negative feelings of bitterness or revenge are created. Don’t let yourself pay the price over and over. Oftentimes the focus on the past and the hurt will keep you from enjoying the wonders of today and the potential of tomorrow.

Good news: Although you cannot control their actions or their decisions, you CAN control yours.


Compassion is a foundation for sharing our aliveness and building a more humane world. — Martin Lowenthal, Opening the Heart of Compassion
Having compassion brings out an important human element.  Showing recognition and respect for all situations can not only solve many of the world’s problems, but can also bring people comfort, knowing that they are cared for, loved, and recognized as equal.  Show compassion for others and where they are in life.
Although their situation may not be desirable to you, it’s where they are – and if they’re going to get closer to where they want to be, they need caring support from people just like you.


As the old adage states, “Laughter is the best medicine.” It’s true and happy people know it. They laugh often and even at themselves sometimes. Laughter can create a lightness out of a heavy or negative situation. One good belly laugh is all it takes too; humor is contagious. One funny, happy person in a group can create a roomful of happy people.
Humor doesn’t just make you happy, but healthy too. Studies show humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boosts your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress.
“Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you can have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.” – Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D


Taking responsibility for your thoughts, words, actions, and reactions can ultimately bring you more happiness in life. If your intention is to create a more positive world for yourself and those around you, it’s up to you to have the thoughts, moods, and actions that will create that positive world.
If however, you analyze your current situation and see a negative consequence being created as a result of your moods/actions/reactions, taking responsibility for that will make you adjust your sails to strive toward a better outcome.  Release the fear of judgment and create responsibly, the Divine never loses count of your true intention.


If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Focus on what you want and build yourself to be that person through positive affirmations, intention, and action.  When we pursue something of great value with an undying spirit, the Divine knows this and will deliver.  It may not come all at once, or through the avenue you expect, but persistence will grant the achievements that create happiness.


Happy people focus on solutions.  Unhappy people focus on problems. – Chris Butler
Releasing focus on problems is relieving yourself of the negative focus. Great problem solvers, and many millionaires exist because they don’t see a need to focus on the problem as much as the solution for it.  Life is full of possibilities and solutions when you believe and focus on them.  Life is also full of problems when you focus on them.  Where will you put your focus?


You may get away with dishonesty at times, but as mentioned earlier, the Divine ALWAYS keeps count. For every thought, word, or action you express, an equal energy will be returned to you.  If honesty is what you portray, you will gain respect, trust, and honesty in return.  With dishonesty, a barren and lonely environment that is devoid of happiness is sure to ensue in time.  You may not see the effect of dishonesty right away, but it will erode you from within.  The option to repair however, is always available. You can begin practicing honesty RIGHT NOW to build a better, happier tomorrow.


Positive thinking is key to happiness. Happy people have practiced turning negative thoughts or experiences into positive ones. Seeing the glass half full, living a life full of positive habits, and learning to turn on your own “happy switch” consistently will turn your life around in ways you’ve never imagined.
source and courtesy: powerofpositivity.com

Rub THIS On Your Hands To Remove Age Spots!

Age spots, also known as liver spots, are flat, tan, brown or black spots that appear on the skin. They vary in size and are most commonly seen on the face, hands, shoulders and arms — areas that get the most sun exposure. You may associate age spots with adults over the age of 50, but young adults can get them as well, especially if they spend a lot of time in the sun.

What Causes Age Spots?

Age spots are caused by years of exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun, and using a tanning bed can also contribute to the development of age spots. The pigment in the upper layer of the skin that gives your skin its normal color is called melanin. When UV light comes in contact with the skin, the rays accelerate the production of melanin, creating a tan on the skin to help protect deeper layers of skin from damage caused by UV rays. Age spots appear on areas of the skin that have had frequent and prolonged sun exposure because the melanin is produced in particularly high concentrations.
So what’s your best defense against age spots? Proper protection from the sun. Anyone can develop them, but you are more likely to get age spots if you have light-colored or fair skin, or if you have a history of frequent or intense sun exposure or sunburns.
True age spots are harmless, but if you notice spots that have changed in appearance, check in with a doctor. It may be a sign of melanoma. Visit a health care professional if you notice that your age spot:
  • is darkly pigmented
  • is rapidly increasing in size
    – has an irregular border
    – has an unusual combination of colors.
    –  is accompanied by itching, redness, tenderness or bleeding.

Home Remedy for Age Spots

Treatment for age spots can include medications such as bleaching creams, laser therapy, freezing, dermabrasion or chemical peels. If you’re unhappy with your age spots, there is a much more natural option to help lighten them.
Dr. Doug Willen, author of Quantum Paleo, has provided a quick and natural solution to age spots. He recommends Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with onion juice. Yep, onion juice! Onions contain several antioxidant compounds that help to neutralize free radicals in the body.
The other ingredient in this concoction, apple cider vinegar, contains alpha hydroxy acids that will remove dead skin and reveal the healthy skin underneath. Many swear by using it on their skin to maintain a natural glow. So here’s how it works:
  • Take one fresh onion and dice it.
  • Pulverize it using a mortar and pestle.
  • Put the liquefied onion into a blender.
  • Add in the apple cider vinegar and blend.
  • Use a cotton ball to apply the remedy to your age spots.
Watch the video below for more information about this natural home remedy for age spots. You’ll want to stick with organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar for the mix. And don’t forget to use a natural sunscreen!

source and courtesy: davidwolfe

20 Reminders You Need When You Feel Like Giving Up

1. Always look at how far you’ve come instead of how far you still need to go. As long as you keep moving you will eventually get to where you want to be.
2. Do not pay too much attention to what people say or think about you. Only trust a few close friends who know you well.
3. Don’t compare yourself to others and feel inadequate. Their journey is not the same as yours and their success doesn’t mean you’re a failure — it means your path is different.
4. Remember that you’ve gotten through hard times before and it only made you stronger. Every challenge is making you stronger.
5. Crying is not a sign of weakness. Don’t confuse your sadness with weakness, crying means you’re healing and it means you’re getting rid of all the anger inside of you so you can have a clearer and better vision. 
6. Making mistakes is a part of life and it doesn’t mean you’re failing — it means you’re trying. Mistakes only take you to another direction.
7. You shouldn’t measure your self-worth and value based on those who couldn’t love you or those who only took your love for granted.
8. Remember that there is always someone who is willing to help you. Friends, family, mentors, life coaches, therapists or even your next door neighbor. Sometimes all you have to do is ask for help and you will be surprised by how many people want to be there for you.
9. Accept that change is the only constant in life and your life will change in so many ways whether you’re prepared for it or not. Nothing will ever be safe and predictable in life, you just have to continue building resiliency and keeping the faith.

10. Sometimes not getting what you want is a blessing in disguise and sometimes it’s a sign that you need to look for something better.
11. Remember that pain and suffering sometimes bring the best in us; they bring out our talents, our kindness and our compassion. Pain changes people for the better.
12. This feeling is temporary. In time, you will get over it and feel better. You will not be stuck in this rut forever.
13. Remember that you are not alone. There are books, articles, videos and movies about what you’re going through. All you have to do is find them.
14. Transformation is not smooth. It is often preceded by chaos, misery and self-doubt. Your breakdown will eventually turn into a breakthrough.
15. You’re going through this because you will inspire someone someday; maybe you will inspire hundreds or thousands of people. You’re meant to share your challenges with someone who will need your help and your guidance in the future.
16. Don’t chase perfection because of what you see around you. Chase progress and what you truly want even if it doesn’t make sense to anyone.
17. Take a break and remember all the things in your life that you’re grateful for and try to be thankful for as many of them as possible. Sometimes we take important things for granted. Don’t let your pain cloud your gratitude.
18. Sometimes giving back when you don’t have anything else is the ultimate therapy. Helping others will heal you.
19. Fear might stop you from trying a lot things but you should always try anyway and fear will step back.
20. No matter how hard it gets, giving up on yourself will make it harder, you have to always pick yourself up because you can, because you’re capable of overcoming hardships and because this is how you make a comeback.
source and courtesy: themindsjournal.com

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