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People who follow this blog have already figured out that I’m a regular listener to NPR. In this case, I missed the story and a friend sent it, then it sat languishing in my unread e-mail for a while. But it’s too good not to pass on. Part of it includes a study that a group of young people who exercised apparently exercised their way completely out of depression. Wow. Cheaper than prozac and good for your heart. Another story I followed noted that in a study that tested the effectiveness of two fifteen minute walks versus one 30 minute walk, the beneficial effects of walking actually persisted longer after the walk was over when it came in two fifteen minute sessions.

But wait, there’s more! (and I’m not going to offer a special, limited time offer) There are angles here that go along with the psychological part of…

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Living, Breathing, and Surviving, and Coping with Mental Illness

Having bipolar, ptsd, and borderline personality, along with bad social anxiety causes me to have problems with relationships in my life.  So many times in my life I have been involved with people that bring me down.  They destroy me.  I long so much to be wanted, to be understood, to have someone care about me though that I don’t seem to understand that these people are just making my mental illness worse and they are hurting me. 

I have such bad social anxiety that once I do find someone I am comfortable being around, I don’t want to leave that situation even if it is a bad one – be it a friendship or a romantic relationship. 

I didn’t grow up in a great environment.  I don’t have a great relationship with my parents.  I currently talk to them, but I try to set up boundaries around the relationship I have with…

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Baja California By Madeleine Pujals Maya


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Ocean of Flowers in Luoping, China / unknown photographer(s)

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Best of Our Blogs: July 4, 2014 | World of Psychology.

Positive Cookie Attitudes (tm)

Goal 4   Today’s Positive Thought is by Pamela Vaull Starr.

“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul.  Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.”

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Soul Gatherings


This being human is a guest house,
every morning a new arrival…
a joy, a depression, a meanness,
Some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all.
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows
who violently sweep the house empty of its furniture.
Still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whomever comes
because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.

~ Rumi ~


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