Articles — The Eighth Year(48)

Integrity Vs Despair

Dr. Linda Hancock Home and Family Retirement The Eighth Year

My uncle was a judge of the Queen's Bench of Canada. I remember how upset he was when he was told that he had to retire by his 75th birthday. He waited until the day before that birthday to leave office and was upset that he didn't have a choice in this matter. My uncle's opinion was certainly in stark contrast to the "freedom 55" messages that were being thrown at us a few years ago! Everyone seems to have an idea about retirement - when it should begin and how life should be lived thereafter. Some individuals query whether...

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10 Unique Christmas Shopping Ideas

Dr. Linda Hancock Christmas Holidays Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_Christmas The Eighth Year

It's the time of year when you are likely scrambling to finish your preparations for the Christmas celebrations. Following are some ideas that might help you to finish off the gift-giving list.   Renew a Membership - Ask the person who you are buying for if you can help support their special interest. Perhaps they belong to a club or organization that has yearly membership fees that you could pay as your gift to them. Plan an outing - Most people would enjoy spending time with you rather than receiving a gift. Think about a creative way that you can enjoy the...

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Making A Difference In the World

Dr. Linda Hancock Christmas Holidays Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_Christmas The Eighth Year

Every major religion in the world has some form of the Golden Rule or implies that we are responsible for each other. No one seems to demonstrate that better than the new Roman Catholic Pope Francis. Since he was elected to this position, he has broken many of the rules that were observed by his predecessors. For example, he does not live in the papal residence but instead stays in a guest house and eats his meals with staff and guests, visiting freely with them. He rides in elevators with others and rather than using the luxury transportation that is...

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The Happiness Formula

Dr. Linda Hancock Holidays Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_New Years New Years The Eighth Year

Often clients come to see me and state "I want to be happy. How can I do that?" My first response is "First you have to make a decision that you will be happy. It is so much easier to reach a goal if you first decide with conviction that you will succeed. The second step is to focus on the things for which you can be thankful rather than focusing on all the troubles and problems in your life and in the world. I was watching a television special with Deepak Chopra last weekend and was very surprised when...

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Deal With It So Everyone Benefits

Dr. Linda Hancock More from Self Improvement Self Improvement The Eighth Year

In 1967 Barbra Streisand was singing at a Central Park concert in New York when she forgot the words to the song. This was a horrible experience for her as she is a perfectionist. Barbra was not able to perform again for twenty-seven years because she just couldn't let go of her negative emotions! She entered therapy, took anti-anxiety medication and made a decision to use Teleprompters in the future so she would never have to worry about forgetting the words again. In 1994 Barbra returned to the stage in Las Vegas. She is now able to record and to...

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Fatigue Management

Dr. Linda Hancock More from Self Improvement Self Improvement The Eighth Year

No matter where you go it seems that people are complaining that they are tired! Some think that this is because we live in a 24 hour world where there is no obvious beginning or ending to the day. We try to do more and more just because we think we can. Commerce offers us extended "open hours" stating that this is a convenience but the result is often the opposite - shift work and schedules that may not promote healthy personal or family lives. Today I took a course on Fatigue Management and was quite surprised by the information presented. Research...

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We're Engaged!

Dr. Linda Hancock Other Relationships Relationships The Eighth Year

I had a very interesting situation in my office recently. A couple had booked a series of "pre-engagement" appointments. The fellow's mother had offered to pay for these as a gift because she wanted the couple to put their relationship on the right footing! (A wise woman for sure). I explained that most relationship problems fall into one of six categories as follows:   Communication - Everyone can benefit from working on this topic! Parenting - This can begin with pre-pregnancy right through the elementary and teen-age stages and into then expand into the years of being the parent of an adult....

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Do You Know Your FICO Score?

Dr. Linda Hancock Finance Finance_And More Other Finance The Eighth Year

In 1956 an engineer named Bill Fair and a mathematician named Earl Isaac founded Fair, Isaac and Company (FICO), a credit score company, in San Rafael, California. Over the years, their formula for determining risk with consumers has evolved and now is recognized as one of the most used products throughout the world particularly in the banking industry. Data about you and your financial patterns in five specific categories is gathered from banking, mortgage, credit card, retail and auto industries and then recorded in a file with your name. In Canada there are two companies who have your file - Equifax and Transunion. Approximately 35% of...

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How Are You?

Dr. Linda Hancock Health and Fitness Health and Fitness_And More Other Health and Fitness The Eighth Year

So often people ask, "How are you?" and we automatically reply "Fine" when we really don't mean it. It has become such a habit that we aren't really being honest about our situation. Well, often people ask us as a habit and don't really want to know anyway but there are times in our lives when it is important to have a clearer answer. Following is an excellent communication system that will help you to understand yourself and tell others the truth about how you are feeling. It is especially helpful when you are talking with your physician, an insurance...

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Don't Forget to Remember

Dr. Linda Hancock Holidays Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_Remembrance Day Remembrance Day The Eighth Year

Often I hear people complain about not being able to remember the way that they expect they should. They seem frustrated, embarrassed and angry about the fact that they forget the things that they think should be automatic or simple to hold onto. For example, walking from one room to another in order to get something and then arriving there only to realize that they cannot remember what they were getting. Or, for the first time, forgetting the birthday of a loved one. Or not being able to remember their own telephone number, middle name or address. The more anxious...

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Here Comes the Tiger!

Dr. Linda Hancock More from Self Improvement Self Improvement The Eighth Year

If the door opened right now and a big ferocious tiger wandered in, what would you do? There are three basic responses that people might choose:   RUN - Some people would turn and flee as quickly as their legs would take them in the other direction. They might climb on top of something or try to find a place to hide but their fear would definitely put them in a retreat mode. FIGHT - Others may reach for something in the immediate vicinity that they could use to hit the tiger or protect themselves from it. They might stand...

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Filling the Hopper

Dr. Linda Hancock More from Self Improvement Self Improvement The Eighth Year

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines the word hopper as: "a usually funnel-shaped receptacle for delivering material (as grain or coal); or any of various other receptacles for the temporary storage of material". Farmers usually use the term "hopper" to describe part of the combine or freight car ("hopper car"). Others might refer to a tank with a device for releasing liquid contents as a "hopper". A legislative body refers to the box in which a bill is stored for future consideration as a "hopper". What these all have in common is that they are temporary storage units that hold a commodity which will be...

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Is Your Perception Accurate?

Dr. Linda Hancock Health and Fitness Health and Fitness_Multiple Sclerosis Multiple Sclerosis The Eighth Year

My younger sister has had Multiple Sclerosis for about three decades. Her health has declined so that she has been in a wheelchair for the past eleven years. In August she was airlifted to ICU because of a seizure that signaled progression of the illness. I took a week off to be at her side. On the first day that I was with her husband and son, I cried and said, "I feel so badly that I have had such a good life and she has had such a horrible life". The reply that I received as not what I...

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Adjustment Disorder

Dr. Linda Hancock Health and Fitness Health and Fitness_Mental Health Mental Health The Eighth Year

A few years ago I was in Seattle and was surprised to learn that the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks which were built in 1911 are second largest in size after the Panama Cannel. These nicknamed "Ballard Locks" provide a link for boats travelling between the salt water of Puget Sound and the fresh water of the Ship Canal that connects eastward to Lake Union and Lake Washington. Tourists and locals can descend steps in order to watch salmon pass between fresh and salt water through glass panels situated below the water line. I was curious about the way that the...

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Your Child Is Now An Adult

Dr. Linda Hancock Other Relationships Relationships The Eighth Year

So many parents come to me for advice regarding their adult children. Following are a few of the areas that can cause confusion and problems: FINANCES - Once your child has become an adult, you are really not financially responsible anymore unless they are disabled or still in school. Help them to find a job or begin working towards a career so that they can establish independence. It is not helpful to allow your adult child to be idle so ensure that they are either working or attending an educational program. If they are working and you all agree that...

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Thanksgiving - Yesterday and Today

Dr. Linda Hancock Holidays Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_Thanksgiving Thanksgiving The Eighth Year

Because Thanksgiving has always been an important part of my life, I sometimes forget that other countries do not recognize the holiday. The reason why, of course, is because Thanksgiving was a celebration established by those who came to North America from other lands as a way of showing gratitude for their blessings on this continent. In 1578 the explorer Martin Frobisher was trying to find a northern passage to the Pacific Ocean and after surviving the long journey from England through storms and icebergs, he held a formal ceremony in Frobisher Bay to give thanks. The communion service that...

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Things I Wish People Could Do

Dr. Linda Hancock More from Self Improvement Self Improvement The Eighth Year

Lately I have come across so many situations where I just expected people to be able to do things and found out that they have never learned this particular skill. Following are ten things that I wish everyone could do: 1. Handle money - It's sad to hear employers state that they cannot hire people because they don't know how to make change for the customers. This is a result of using debit and credit cards rather than paper money and coins. Unfortunately, another negative consequence of using plastic is that you never know when you are broke in the...

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The Miracle of The Harvest

Dr. Linda Hancock More from Self Improvement Self Improvement The Eighth Year

In the fall, farmers and gardeners gather in the grain and produce that they have been looking forward to for months. Preparations are made for storage so that they can sell at the optimal time or enjoy foods that are preserved throughout the winter. But the harvest begins long before fall and, in fact, is the result of observing specific principles that can also be applied to most aspects of life. When you understand these, you will usually reap a good harvest but if you neglect them, chances are that you will have to do without. 1. Prepare the soil...

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A King Is Born!

Dr. Linda Hancock News & Society Other News & Society The Eighth Year

Over the past few weeks there has been a great deal of excitement and all eyes have been on Britain as people around the world have waited for Catherine Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, better known as "Kate" to give birth to her first child. The media has been camped outside the doors of the hospital where the child was born for weeks. Millions of people all around the world have waited in anticipation not just for the birth but also for the name of the boy who will one day rule over several countries and influence others. Prince George...

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Dealing with Crisis

Dr. Linda Hancock Health and Fitness_Mental Health Health and Fitness_Multiple Sclerosis Mental Health Multiple Sclerosis The Eighth Year

It was five in the morning and thankfully I had received lots of rest on the weekend. A message flashed on my computer screen and I learned that my sister had been airlifted to ICU in Regina. Within minutes my bags were packed, and I was on my way for the four-and-a-half-hour drive. One message and everything changed immediately. All the plans for the next few days lost their significance and I was into a totally new set of goals. The week before I had been part of a team of nine individuals who walked the streets of High River...

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Getting Ready for School

Dr. Linda Hancock Home and Family The Eighth Year

It's only a short time until the fall semester begins for you and your children. There are some things that you can do right now, however, that will help everyone to do well in the upcoming months ahead.   Start talking about Success - Make sure that you are focusing on the positive. Even if the past year wasn't as wonderful as you had hoped it would be, it doesn't mean that this one won't be better. Say what you want and not what you don't want. Meet the teachers - Make sure that the school staff knows that you want to...

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What Really Matters When It Comes to Living?

Dr. Linda Hancock More from Self Improvement Self Improvement The Eighth Year

My aunt lived in a fairly large house that had a basement suite and it was full of furniture and personal possessions. When she was older and ended up in a private nursing home all she had was her cane and slippers. Talk about downsizing! Last week when I was with my sister in ICU I once again was reminded that when a person is sick, things just don't matter. You don't need a new vehicle or couch when you are in the hospital. Jewelry is not important. Even flowers, balloons, cards and gifts are banned from certain wards. The...

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The Power Of Music!

Dr. Linda Hancock More from Self Improvement Self Improvement The Eighth Year

The other night I was watching a program on television, referred to as the "British Invasion" that featured music and original artists from the 1960s. I was actually quite surprised by the fact that I knew almost every word to the songs and could easily sing along in tune. Several times, the hits transported me back to my teenage days and I could recall dancing with a certain person or being in a specific place when that tune had been played. These thoughts were once again reminders of how important music is in our lives. When I have visited in...

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Trying to Remember

Dr. Linda Hancock More from Self Improvement Self Improvement The Eighth Year

It just seems that there is so much to remember these days. I really don't think that I can blame age (or don't want to) because there is an excess of information that I didn't even have when I was younger. Like passwords and PIN numbers. You aren't supposed to use the same one over and over again but how on earth can you remember all of them? Well, you could enter them in a computer app as long as you put a password on the app! Over the years I have developed some strategies that allow me to trick...

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Boring Is Good

Dr. Linda Hancock Personal Growth Self Improvement The Eighth Year

We live in a society that seems to be performance and crisis driven. Everyone I talk with seems to be tired and when asked "How are you?" replies with "I've been so busy". I remember growing up in small-town Saskatchewan where the stores were closed on Sunday and Monday. We didn't have night shopping. Our closets were small but held all of our clothes. People worked at one job and then went home to sit at a table where they would talk and share supper with their family members. There were a couple of channels on the television which went...

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