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Recognizing We're All in This Together!

Dr. Linda Hancock 01. The First Year iStock Self Improvement Self Improvement_Inspirational

A couple of years ago I travelled to Jamaica. I'm not a typical tourist who sits on the beach with a Margarita. I loaded my luggage with supplies for this third-world country and arranged to visit three schools and an orphanage. Then I decided that it would be fun to visit Family Court! Jamaica has a murder every thirty minutes and despite warnings about not leaving the resort, I hired a taxi and headed for the Court House. Well, what an old primitive building. Crooked cement stairs up the side allowed me to view the first floor which housed used...

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Balance is Important For Healthy Living

Dr. Linda Hancock 01. The First Year iStock Self Improvement Self Improvement_Inspirational

In 1990, Dr. Seuss, published the book "Oh, the Places You'll Go" in which he claims "Life's a Great Balancing Act". Unfortunately our world is out of balance and full of contradictions. We can transplant a human heart but are not able to protect it from breaking. We can make a baby in a test tube but not feed all the millions of hungry children in the Third World. We give out Peace prizes but do not know how to make peace where over 100 wars are now occurring. We have developed a way for man to walk on the...

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Be Well-Seasoned in Your Life

Dr. Linda Hancock 01. The First Year iStock Self Improvement Self Improvement_Inspirational

I've loved food my whole life. I love buying groceries, looking at weekly flyers and taste testing new recipes. I love restaurants and invitations to friends' for dinner and eating at home. I love lunch and dinner but mostly I love snacks. Ice cream cones, cookies, cheese cake, pies, rice pudding, chocolate covered almonds, muffins, O Henry bars... Yes, I love food ... and the Food Channel. The trouble is that every show seems to feature a chef who loads their recipes with everything that my doctors (and common sense) warn me against - like sugar, butter, salt and various...

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Codependency - Caring Too Much

Dr. Linda Hancock 01. The First Year iStock Self Improvement Self Improvement_Addictions

Often people do not know how to handle their emotions. They may choose to avoid or numb them with alcohol, drugs, gambling or excessively doing any number of behaviours such as shopping or eating. They often become "dependent" upon these in order to cope with their emotions and get through the day. Family and friends who care about them may be affected in an unhealthy manner or even develop a sole purpose in life of trying to change the loved one. They can become "codependent" on the situation. In fact, the person who suffers from codependency usually does not feel...

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The Faith Factor - How Does This Affect Your Life?

Dr. Linda Hancock 01. The First Year iStock Self Improvement Self Improvement_And More

Often Canada has been called a "pagan nation" or a "non-churched country" and, on the surface, it appears that dropping attendance in our churches represents a lack of faith by our people. Dr. Reginald Bibby, a researcher with the University of Lethbridge who has been studying our country for more than thirty years, states that this is definitely not the case. He has written several books, including Fragmented Gods in which he presents very interesting statistics. He states that Canadians are a people who do have faith in God but demonstrate it differently than our ancestors. We still pray and turn to...

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