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Mental Health Affected by Facebook?

The more you use Facebook the worse you feel? Check out this Study

Is mental health affected if you’re addicted to Facebook? Enjoy liking posts and making comments? Be warned, a new psychology study has found the more people use Facebook the lower their self-esteem becomes.

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Before exploring the new psychological research, how much time does a typical person spend each day using Facebook? The answer, based on an average user, is one hour on the site every day. This is based on data provided by Mark Zuckerberg’s company (relating to 2016 use and as reported by the New York Times).

A second thing to factor in is not just how often does a regular person spend on Facebook, but when? A Deloitte survey found that for many people check-out Facebook, along with other social media apps, first thing in the morning (and quite often before getting out of bed).


These findings infer that many people are dedicated to the use of social sites like Facebook.Overall the use of social media and Facebook does no harm and some studies suggest moderate use may actually be good for our mental health, especially when we engage with the online community (such as a classic paper from the Journal of Urban Health “Social ties and mental health.”)


However, things can go awry. Writing in the Harvard Business Review Holly B. Shakya (University of San Diego) and Nicholas A. Christakis (Yale University) describe how the use of social media can detract from face-to-face relationships, lower the amount of time we put into meaningful activities, make use more sedentary, trigger Internet addiction, and, importantly, erode self-esteem.



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The lower self-esteem comes about via making unfavorable social comparisons. Often we measure our own lives against others. When this is far away celebrities this matters less than when it is Facebook friends.In the article, the researchers write: “Self-comparison can be a strong influence on human behavior, and because people tend to display the most positive aspects of their lives on social media, it is possible for an individual to believe that their own life compares negatively to what they see presented by others.


“To assess whether people with lower well-being are more likely to use social media, rather than social media causing lower well-being, the researchers conducted a study. For the research data from 5,208 adults was analyzed. This considered social media use against measures like life satisfaction, mental health, physical health, and body-mass index (BMI). With the social media dimension, the survey assessed the degree to which Facebook users liked other people’s posts, created their own posts, and clicked on links. Account was taken as to how ‘close’ Facebook users felt to the ‘Facebook friends’ they engaged with.


The findings showed that social networks can be positively associated with overall well-being, the use of Facebook in particular was negatively associated with overall well-being. This of course depends on the individuals and how much time they spent online and what they engaged with. However, as a general trend those who consistently liked others’ content and clicked on links general reported a reduction in physical health, mental health, and life satisfaction.


For good mental health a better self-esteem, the researchers argue for a tradeoff between offline and online relationships.The findings are published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, in a paper titled “Association of Facebook Use With Compromised Well-Being: A Longitudinal Study.”


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Craving? Great tips + Check out this Alternative – Ketogenics


Craving something ‘yummy’?

Saw this infographic at https://www.ruled.me/ketogenic-diet-food-list/ and loved it! It led me to investigate another type of eating style ..

I really wanted to know the benefits of the ketogenic diet, as my friends are moving to this and feeling better – more energy, less headaches.

‘A keto diet is well known for being a low carb diet, where the body produces ketones in the liver to be used as energy. It’s referred to as many different names – ketogenic diet, low carb diet, low carb high fat (LCHF), etc.

When you eat something high in carbs, your body will produce glucose and insulin, which encourages that craving.

  • Glucose is the easiest molecule for your body to convert and use as energy so that it will be chosen over any other energy source.
  • Insulin is produced to process the glucose in your bloodstream by taking it around the body.

Since the glucose is being used as a primary energy, your fats are not needed and are therefore stored. Typically on a normal, higher carbohydrate diet, the body will use glucose as the main form of energy. By lowering the intake of carbs, the body is induced into a state known as ketosis.

Ketosis is a natural process the body initiates to help us survive when food intake is low. During this state, we produce ketones, which are produced from the breakdown of fats in the liver.

The end goal of a properly maintained keto diet is to force your body into this metabolic state. We don’t do this through starvation of calories but starvation of carbohydrates – yeah, less craving!’


‘Our bodies are incredibly adaptive to what you put into it – when you overload it with fats and take away carbohydrates, it will begin to burn ketones as the primary energy source. Optimal ketone levels offer many health, weight loss, physical and mental performance benefits.

Below, you’ll find a list of things that you should always be on the look out for – and avoid.

  • Sugar. It’s typically found in soda, juice, sports drinks, candy, chocolate, and ice cream. Anything that’s processed and sweet you can think of most likely contains sugar. Avoid sugar at all costs.
  • Grains. Any wheat products (bread or buns), pasta, cereal, cakes, pastries, rice, corn, and beer should be avoided. This includes whole grains like wheat, rye, barley, buckwheat, and quinoa.
  • Starch. Avoid vegetables (like potatoes and yams) and other things like oats, muesli, etc. Some root vegetables are okay in moderation 
  • Trans Fats. Margarine or any other spreadable replacement butter should be avoided as they contain hydrogenated fats (bad for us).
  • Fruit. Avoid any large fruits (apples, oranges, bananas) as they’re extremely high in sugar. Some berries can be consumed in moderation
  • Low-fat foods. These tend to be much higher in carbs and sugar than full-fat versions. Make sure you read the package to make sure a mistake isn’t made.

In general, the more “real” the food, the better it is for you. While some processed foods are acceptable, many are not. Make sure that you read through the ingredients and nutrition information to make sure that it can fit within your diet.’

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Why Is Our Self-Esteem Controlled by a ‘Like’ Button?

self-esteemSelf Esteem: ‘Yesterday, an 19-year old girl who is young, attractive and popular on Instagram, Snapchat and all the usual suspects “quit” her job as a social media personality after fearing she was drowning in the fraudulent life she had created for herself online.

Essena O’Neill recorded a video on why she was leaving behind her Youtube films and edited images when she realized how unhappy and miserable she was; acknowledging that the lifestyle she had meticulously fashioned to share with others online was not real.

“I quit social media for my 12 year-old self”

she states with genuine sadness,

“Everything I was doing was edited and contrived. Everything I did was for views, for likes, for followers”.

She continues by saying,

“I let numbers define me at 12 and that stopped me from becoming the person I am and that should be…I’ve been living in a screen.”

I find her honesty refreshing, brave and also a real temperature gauge of the mentality of today’s generation of young Millennials and Gen Y who spend their time chasing Facebook and Instagram likes; creating a storyline for a life they want people to believe they lead through filtered pictures and upbeat videos.

Love Your Own Self-Esteem: I applaud Ms. O’Neill’s zest for telling others that it’s OK to be happy in your own skin and to enjoy the life you have. The pursuit of accolades from strangers should not be a measurement for a successful life. Browsing pictures that have been carefully constructed to look as glamorous as possible and yet appearing as part of a typical day for a person you don’t know is not a reflection of your self-worth by comparison.

There is a clear and present danger that millions of children and teenagers are chasing views and likes to fuel their self-esteem. Online personas are the new status symbols – your job, your friends, the events you go to, the places you visit, even the food you eat has to continuously raise the ante. A recent study showed that teenagers with high emotional investment in their Facebook and Twitter profiles suffer from low self-esteem, anxiety and depression. A startling revelation to say the least.

Thankfully, the social media community has started to recognize the issue that is building among the ranks. Socality Barbie gleefully satires pretentious images,Samantha Ravndahl, a very talented make-up artist with 1.9 million followers recently shared a make-up free Selfie with un-styled hair and exposing a little acne – the caption read “Because it’s easy to get caught up thinking everyone but you is flawless 24/7.” Satiregram also pokes fun at Instagram clichés and includes written descriptions of pictures we see often on the site but also the funny reasons why people really post them.

Add to the mix Oscar-winner Kate Winslet who recently spoke out about the harm social media is causing among young people. In an interview with The Sunday Times, the mother-of-three discussed the pressures young women feel when they are immersed in an online universe, stating that it was a “huge problem” and

“….all they ever do is design themselves for people to like them. And what comes along with that? Eating disorders. And that makes my blood boil. And is the reason we don’t have any social media in our house.”

Although we may relish the opportunity to open a window into our lives for others, it should be genuine and authentic to who you really are. Why? Because YOU are, and will always be, enough.

To echo Essena’s sentiments, happiness starts from within and should be uplifted by the family and friends you choose to surround yourself who are real; the people you can touch and talk to face-to-face.

A thumbs up icon will never do justice for the accomplishments you make in life, no matter how big or small. Popularity is fleeting but great self-esteem lasts forever.’

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Fear Holding You Back? Decide to Succeed


Fear holding you back? Where do you feel incapable? What daunting task can you complete, one step at a time?

Read on for action steps that will propel you forward.

  • Make the decision to succeed. Once you decide on success you rarely allow doubt to enter your mind. Your persistence, dedication, and resilience are strengthened. You free yourself to do the uncommon and the impossible.
  • Take risks. Chase your fear. Do what scares you. Make the dreaded phone call. Ask for what you want. When you experience rejection, ask someone else. Be bold and brave. Defy the odds.
  • Be prepared. Anticipate your own needs. Unemployment is the world’s fastest-rising worry, according to a BBC World Service survey. Don’t live in fear, create solutions in advance. Know how you will get out, over, around, and through what could go wrong.
  • Let go of urgency and fear. Learn to relax and go with the flow. Our anxiety and stress are caused by living in the pain of the past or the fear of the future. Life happens in the present moment.
  • Focus on the benefits of your success. Become focused on what you will gain. Is your benefit financial freedom, travel, saving the lives of others, or leaving a legacy you can be proud of? When the going gets tough, focus on your “why.”
  • Calm your body. Find a quiet place and bring your attention inward, notice where your fear resides in your body. Notice if you have a tense forehead, shallow breathing, or aching shoulders. Relax the area of your body that’s being affected. Learn to calm and center yourself.
  • Create your own fan base. I believe that most people have good hearts. They want to see you succeed. Believe people are cheering for you. When you are scared out of your mind, imagine everyone you know in one place rooting wildly for you.
  • Participate in life. Turn off your television, electronics, and the negative media. Take a guitar lesson, a skydiving lesson or yoga lesson. Swim in the ocean, hike in the mountains, get back to that yoga class, or go for a morning walk or run.
  • You are enough. Accept who you are and where you are today. When you compare yourself to others you create your own suffering. My friends were in college when I was changing diapers. I was too busy to care. What others think of you is none of your business.

Hugh Macleod, from Gaping Void, has advice for our economic times: “Learn how to work hard, work long hours, find something you love, and then excel at it. Above all else, learn how to create, learn how to invent. That’s your only hope, really.”

I agree with Hugh, however — unless you can learn how to move through your fear, you’ll continue to hold yourself back. You’ll never learn to risk, to excel, to create, to invent or to experience Joy.

Tess Marshall is the founder of The Bold Life, where she inspires people to live a fearless life. 






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Life is a Gift! Let’s unwrap the package and enjoy the contents!

Life is a Gift! Let’s unwrap the package and enjoy the contents! 
 Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility, to give something back.
Anthony Robbins


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Gaining Direction by knowing Your Life Purpose

Gaining Direction by knowing Your Life Purpose.. During your life you have probably come to some decisions as to the purpose of your life owing to the career, hobbies, interests you pursue. Yet, how about having this pinpointed down for you? Knowing your purpose gives your life more direction, meaning, foundation. I looked into this when researching the Kabalarian Philosophy. (kabal means ‘receive wisdom’) 
The Philosophy is based on Numerology and has been used in some format since Ancient History, being developed by Alfred Parker until his death in 1964. It is a life analysis, enabling you to live a more fulfilled and happy life through balancing your name with your birth date.
Through Numerology you can get an explanation of the meaning of your name, and whether this is a ‘balanced’ name for you. 
To get a multi-page analysis of your full name, nicknames, business signature and birth date, which determines your birthpath or natural purpose in life, go to:

You will also receive career and compatibility suggestions. It’s invaluable!


Here’s an explanation of my purpose:


“Your role is to teach others the principles that will lead to a better understanding of human mind and potential, health, happiness, and the attainment of success on all levels.”


Let me know if you decide to investigate this free report. I’d love to hear about the meaning of your name, and your purpose. Also, comment on how making any recommended changes has affected your life.  These may range from personal or business success to relationships.







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Living by Your Values – Mind Tools video

An important aspect of establishing a firm foundation on which to develop your True Self is to have a set of values that guide the way in which you live your life.



How would you define your values?

Before you answer this question, you need to know what, in general, values are.

Your values are the things that you believe are important in the way you live and work.

They (ideally) determine your priorities, and, deep down, they’re probably the measures you use to tell if your life is turning out the way you want it to.

When the things that you do and the way you behave match your values, life is usually good – you’re satisfied and content. But when these don’t align with your personal values, that’s when things feel… wrong. This can be a real source of unhappiness.

This is why making a conscious effort to identify your values is so important.


How Values Help You

Values exist, whether you recognize them or not. Life can be much easier when you acknowledge your values – and when you make plans and decisions that honor them.

If you value family, but you have to work 70-hour weeks in your job, will you feel internal stress and conflict? And if you don’t value competition, and you work in a highly competitive sales environment, are you likely to be satisfied with your job?

In these types of situations, understanding your values can really help. When you know your own values, you can use them to make decisions about how to live your life, and you can answer questions like these:

  • What job should I pursue?
  • Should I accept this promotion?
  • Should I start my own business?
  • Should I compromise, or be firm with my position?
  • Should I follow tradition, or travel down a new path?

So, take the time to understand the real priorities in your life, and you’ll be able to determine the best direction for you and your life goals.


Values are usually fairly stable, yet they don’t have strict limits or boundaries.
Also, as you move through life, your values may change. For example, when you start your career, success – measured by money and status – might be a top priority. But after you have a family, work-life balance may be what you value more.

As your definition of success changes, so do your personal values. This is why keeping in touch with your values is a lifelong exercise. You should continuously revisit this, especially if you start to feel unbalanced… and you can’t quite figure out why.

As you go through the exercise below, bear in mind that values that were important in the past may not be relevant now.

Defining Your Values

When you define your personal values, you discover what’s truly important to you. A good way of starting to do this is to look back on your life – to identify when you felt really good, and really confident that you were making good choices.

Step 1: Identify the times when you were happiest

Find examples from both your career and personal life. This will ensure some balance in your answers. 

  • What were you doing?
  • Were you with other people? Who? 
  • What other factors contributed to your happiness?

Step 2: Identify the times when you were most proud

Use examples from your career and personal life. 

  • Why were you proud?
  • Did other people share your pride? Who? 
  • What other factors contributed to your feelings of pride?

Step 3: Identify the times when you were most fulfilled and satisfied

Again, use both work and personal examples. 

  • What need or desire was fulfilled? 
  • How and why did the experience give your life meaning? 
  • What other factors contributed to your feelings of fulfillment?

Step 4: Determine your top values, based on your experiences of happiness, pride, and fulfillment

Why is each experience truly important and memorable? Use the following list of common personal values to help you get started – and aim for about 10 top values. (As you work through, you may find that some of these naturally combine. For instance, if you value philanthropy, community, and generosity, you might say that service to others is one of your top values.)

Being the best
Continuous Improvement
Hard Work
Helping Society
Inner Harmony
Intellectual Status
Making a difference

Step 5: Prioritize your top values

This step is probably the most difficult, because you’ll have to look deep inside yourself. It’s also the most important step, because, when making a decision, you’ll have to choose between solutions that may satisfy different values. This is when you must know which value is more important to you. 

  • Write down your top values, not in any particular order 
  • Look at the first two values and ask yourself

“If I could satisfy only one of these, which would I choose?” It might help to visualize a situation in which you would have to make that choice. For example, if you compare the values of service and stability, imagine that you must decide whether to sell your house and move to another country to do valuable foreign aid work, or keep your house and volunteer to do charity work closer to home. 

  • Keep working through the list, by comparing each value with each other value, until your list is in the correct order.


If you have a tough time doing this, consider using Paired Comparison Analysis to help you. With this method, you decide which of two options is most important, and then assign a score to show how much more important it is.
Since it’s so important to identify and prioritize your values, investing your
time in this step is definitely worth it.

Step 6: Reaffirm your values

Check your top-priority values, and make sure they fit with your life and your vision for yourself. 

  • Do these values make you feel good about yourself? 
  • Are you proud of your top three values? 
  •  Would you be comfortable and proud to tell your values to people you respect and admire? 
  • Do these values represent things you would support, even if your choice isn’t popular, and it puts you in the minority? 

When you consider your values in decision making, you can be sure to keep your sense of integrity and what you know is right, and approach decisions with confidence and clarity. You’ll also know that what you’re doing is best for your current and future happiness and satisfaction.

Making value-based choices may not always be easy. However, making a choice that you know is right is a lot less difficult in the long run.

Key Points

Identifying and understanding your values is a challenging and important exercise. Your personal values are a central part of who you are – and who you want to be. By becoming more aware of these important factors in your life, you can use them as a guide to make the best choice in any situation.

Some of life’s decisions are really about determining what you value most. When many options seem reasonable, it’s helpful and comforting to rely on your values – and use them as a strong guiding force to point you in the right direction.         https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTED_85.htm




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Eat Your Veggies! Clean Eating means Clear Thinking

Eat you veggies! “Clean eating means clear thinking, so let’s get these brainwaves moving! Here is my list of high vibration, naturally nutrient-packed and delicious foods to enjoy for expanded awareness and a beautiful, functioning body. 

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1. Dark Leafy Greens.

This means greens such as kale, arugula, spinach, Swiss chard, bok choy, and mustard greens. These are so vibrant because of the energy they soak up directly from the sun in their production of chlorophyll. As a rule, any bright or dark colored vegetable or fruit is packed with nutrition, and good vibration. Pick any one of these to toss in a salad or sauté with a little salt and raw apple cider vinegar.

2. Green Juice.

This is the perfect way to get those dark leafy greens. Throw them in the juicer and out comes an easy to drink, easy to digest, immediately absorbed energy source. This, above all else is my favorite way to raise my energy and awareness through food. When I feel stuck, lost, or uninspired, I make one of these and seriously feel better within seconds after my first gulp.   You’d be surprised at how delicious, and satisfying a green juice can be. 

3. Fermented Foods.

This food is ALIVE. It is roaming with beneficial probiotic flora, just waiting to join our gut ecosystem. This is what we want! There is literally so much action here, and it affects us accordingly! Living foods lighten and brighten us, leaving us feeling great. Raw sauerkraut, kimchi, rejuvelac, and kombucha are all great examples.

4. Sprouts and any Raw and Living Foods.

Raw nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables are good for obvious reasons. These have not been processed or degraded in any way and are vitamin and mineral goldmines. Sprouts, too! Sprouting is easy, and it improves the digestibility, nutrition, and liveliness of any nut, legume or seed!  Add sprouts to any salad, or snack on them for high vibe goodness!

5. Medicinal Mushrooms.

Chaga and Reishi are the big ones here. All edible mushrooms boost your immune system and have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory benefits. And the subtle creation of these fascinating plants is enough to see its vibrational qualities. Just LOOK at them, they’re truly beautiful, and so fascinating. These two medicinals are at the top of the list, for these properties, and so much more. It’s worth looking into, and getting your hands on some. Why not try a tea extracted from Chaga each and every morning, and enjoy Reishi tincture each day as well?

6. Clean and Pure Water.

Reverse osmosis or freshly collected spring water are the best choices. These waters are pure, and immediately sucked up and circulated. Our organs need to be hydrated to function properly, and we need it to think clearly. Our bodies are over 70% water, so this is worth paying attention to. These waters are best because they are free from the chemical waste products and pharmaceuticals that are lingering in our water systems. This includes the worst offender of all, especially for spiritual and creative growth…FLOURIDE.  I think we can all agree we don’t want to drink it. So go with the clean stuff.

If these high quality waters aren’t available to you, filtering your water is definitely better than drinking straight from the tap. Avoid buying bottled water as the plastic is leached into the water. There are some high quality water filters, that don’t include reverse osmosis, but still filter out fluoride.

7. Superfruits and Berries.

Goji berries, golden berries, gooseberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, are included in this section. These colorful treats vibrate at a high frequency and during the summer months we are blessed with most of these, fresh and easy.

8. Raw Chocolate.

Raw cacao nibs are the natural, unprocessed form of the cacao bean, and you can find them at any health food store. This is one of the most antioxidant rich foods on the earth. Heat can destroy this miracle food, so it’s best to eat this raw. Cacao nibs are good added to salads, trail mix, or just on their own for a bitter and sweet energy surge. Chocolate is also high in phenylethylamines, also known as the love chemical, which makes us feel so blissful and full of passion… high energy!

9. Bless your Food.

Think positive thoughts, and pour your own energy into what you are eating. Feel truly thankful and in love with what you are about to eat. Try placing your hands directly above each meal before you eat, as a physical gesture of mindfulness, forcing you to slow down, appreciate and be thankful before taking your first bite. It is truly powerful.

10. Buy organic.

Not only does the lack of pesticides raise the vibe of anything, but the way the food is planted, handled and cared for also plays a huge role. This is why local AND organic is the best combination ever, aside from wild grown and foraged foods.”

 eat you veggies

Thank you to wakeupworld.com for this great info!

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I Am Now In My Bliss – Get into Your Zone



Love this not just for the words, yet the color just pops and brightens the day!

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Making the Most of Lemon Water for Health

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  • Wow – who knew that lemon water was so good for you!

Impressed with lemon water and I love infographics – you are able to see at a glance exactly what benefits are achieved




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