Monthly Archives: November 2015

Gratitude

Gratitude

  • Gratitude brings us happiness: Through research by Emmons, happiness expert Sonja Lyubomirsky, and many other scientists, practicing gratitude has proven to be one of the most reliable methods for increasing happiness and life satisfaction; it also boosts feelings of optimism, joy, pleasure, enthusiasm, and other positive emotions.
  • On the flip side, gratitude also reduces anxiety and depression.
  • Gratitude is good for our bodies: Studies by Emmons and his colleague Michael McCullough suggest gratitude strengthens the immune system, lowers blood pressure, reduces symptoms of illness, and makes us less bothered by aches and pains. It also encourages us to exercise more and take better care of our health.
  • Grateful people sleep better: They get more hours of sleep each night, spend less time awake before falling asleep, and feel more refreshed upon awakening. If you want to sleep more soundly, count blessings, not sheep.
  • Gratitude makes us more resilient: It has been found to help people recover from traumatic events, including Vietnam War veterans with PTSD.
  • Gratitude strengthens relationships: It makes us feel closer and more committed to friends and romantic partners. When partners feel and express gratitude for each other, they each become more satisfied with their relationship. Gratitude may also encourage a more equitable division of labor between partners.
  • Gratitude promotes forgiveness—even between ex-spouses after a divorce.
  • Gratitude makes us “pay it forward”: Grateful people are more helpfulaltruistic, and compassionate.
  • Gratitude is good for kids: When 10-19 year olds practice gratitude, they report greater life satisfaction and more positive emotion, and they feel more connected to their community.
  • Gratitude is good for schools: Studies suggest it makes students feel better about their school; it also makes teachers feel more satisfied and accomplished, and less emotionally exhausted, possibly reducing teacher burnout.

http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/gratitude/definition

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Being in a face-to-face role everyday as part of my job, and especially working with people of all walks of life and language barriers, offending someone, which can always happen, is a dialogue. If you meant to offend then being offended is a legitimate response. If you accidentally offended, then as part of that dialogue you engage, learn and you make it right , especially if you didn’t know and all you were trying to do is be pleasant. This is called dialogue and unfortunately is a dying art. We no longer engage, we no longer anticipate, and we no longer size someone up to start that dialogue. Politicians, true sales people and basically just plain personable people have this down to a science. It’s a skill of communication and as I mentioned already fewer and fewer people have the ability of dialogue and these are the people we continually see in customer service face-to-face roles. Perhaps it’s a gift of age, myself I think it’s an ability to successfully interact with all people. It’s also two-way, so if one side fails and cannot engage or wanting to then someone will be offended.

All I can say is that the simplest why to not offend and to provide excellent customer service is to just SMILE and let the rest fall into place. No sign EVER needed!

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ISIS bombings – France

Yes it’s full of hate and damn proud of it! I see France declaring war and as part of the United Nations we will be joining in the fight. War is not compassion it is about fighting to the death. The United States needs to quit being so damn wimpy and passive and do the course and show that we are still the world power that at least we used to be! Yes this is directed at you Mr President Obama!

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George Takei calls for compassion after Paris attacks: ‘We must resist the urge to dehumanize’

George Takei calls for compassion after Paris attacks: ‘We must resist the urge to dehumanize’
Raw Story
ARTURO GARCIA
13 NOV 2015 AT 21:53 ET

http://www.rawstory.com/2015/11/george-takei-calls-for-compassion-after-paris-attacks-we-must-resist-the-urge-to-dehumanize/

Actor and social activist George Takei encouraged Americans not to turn the terrorist attacks against Paris on Friday into an excuse for racist behavior.

“We must resist the urge to categorize and dehumanize, for it is that very impulse that fueled the insanity and violence perpetrated this evening,” Takei wrote on his Facebook page.

At least 120 people died on Friday in the series of assaults against six sites in the French capital, most of them during a hostage situation at a local concert hall. Takei said in the post that he was writing while he was backstage during a performance of Allegiance, a critically-acclaimed Broadway show dealing with the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

“There no doubt will be those who look upon immigrants and refugees as the enemy as a result of these attacks, because they look like those who perpetrated these attacks, just as peaceful Japanese Americans were viewed as the enemy after Pearl Harbor,” he wrote.

He closed the short post by encouraging fans to “pray or wish for peace, not only from guns and bombs, but from hatred and fear.”

“Tonight, hold your loved ones, and If it is our freedom and joy they seek to destroy, give them not that victory. Against the forces of darkness and terror, love and compassion shall always prevail. #‎JeSuisParis,” he wrote.
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Pardon me, but I have no compassion for ISIS. No I’m not racist, I’m not prejudiced nor do I show disdain for Muslims in this country. I will show however disdain for a radical group that has no regard for human life in order to push their agenda under the guise of their religion. As usual religion has been used as a tool to push an agenda, conquering, destroying culture and attempting to become the dominant force. Have I read the Quran – no. Do I understand fully it’s teachings – no. What I do know is that under it’s name, groups, radical groups are using it to discredit my life, my society, my country, and my well-being. No, I will not show compassion for these threats against me. Personally I think they should all get together and hold hands and blow themselves up in a remote desert and show their faith in a big blinding bang light and then let nature and animals return them to the earth.

Don’t Tread On Me!

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Raise Minimum Wage

Think about it. I see the privilege of not working vs. being provided for daily by government programs. I see a trend where one will work minimum wage so health, food, living assistance thru government programs can be continually be provided thusly not even attempting to move above the minimum wage mark.
Raise the minimum wage you say? Yeah, think where that will go. It will cause a bigger upset than what it is now. There is more to the problem than just raising the minimum wage and just raising the minimum wage will not solve the balance without exploring the other components tied to it.

Right now the burden is on the government to fulfill the gap between what is considered a “decent” wage to accommodate what our society today considers “enough to survive”. What is that value? Does working 40 hours a week decent enough to have one child, two, three? Does working 40 hours a week allow cigarettes, eating out, cell phone, cable. What is that value? We fail to realize that sure let’s raise minimum wage (which I have nothing against) but to double it? That means a company will have to double it’s salary for each position above the minimum wage mark. Its just not economically feasible and will have a very adverse effect on consumerism in this country. And discussing other industrialized countries, their pay structure is definitely different but it is also bringing in the social benefits such as health care, child care, and education. Additionally look at the tax rate that these other countries’ citizen’s are paying back to enjoy this higher wage. Again the issue is, what is considered a “decent” wage and what is that value? Should my “decent” wage based on no children be the same as someone with one, two, three children? Or do I just have “extra” money because I have no children, don’t smoke, don’t have cable, don’t eat out, and perhaps live in a less affluent neighborhood to afford to live and pay my heat? There is a fifty-fifty responsibility here and as I mentioned before I’d rather see requirements for all companies to provide health-care, child-care assistance, and education assistance to retain it’s employees and move them up to higher paying positions. Seems pretty “decent” to me and more of a feasible solution than just doubling our minimum wage without considering the other components.

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City to introduce needle-exchange program to combat heroin, infectious diseases

City to introduce needle-exchange program to combat heroin, infectious diseases

By Misti Crane
The Columbus Dispatch • Wednesday November 11, 2015 2:02 PM

Combating heroin’s ability to diminish and destroy is a task both daunting and complex.

Mayor Michael B. Coleman and Columbus Health Commissioner Dr. Teresa Long are convinced they can help with clean needles, treatment, testing for HIV and hepatitis C and improved access to a naloxone, a drug that can rescue addicts from potentially fatal overdoses.

“There’s an epidemic in Ohio and it’s knocking on our front door in Columbus in a significant way,” said Coleman, who hopes a comprehensive heroin program, including a needle exchange, will become part of his legacy.

His budget proposal, to be released Thursday, calls for $280,000 dedicated to efforts led by AIDS Resource Center Ohio in the Short North.

The program, called Safe Point, likely will begin at least one morning a week in January, said Peggy Anderson, the center’s chief operating officer.

“Being in the HIV arena for 30 years, we’ve been used to dealing with the stigma and shame of dealing with HIV,” Anderson said. “We think there’s a similar stigma and shame that goes along with injection drug use.”

The hope is that the program will serve about 750 central Ohio addicts a year, Long said.

Aside from clean needles, services will include an assessment of the drug user and easy access to treatment and counseling. Some communities have seen about one-third of needle-exchange participants move into treatment, Coleman said.

Heroin deaths accounted for 1,177 unintentional overdose deaths in Ohio last year, according to the state Health Department. That was up from 983 in 2013.

“This is really opening the door to recovery,” Long said.

Exchanges also lower the risk that users will contract diseases that could sicken or kill them, including hepatitis C.

Rates of new hepatitis C infection have nearly doubled in the past five years in Franklin County, from 719 diagnoses to 1,369 in 2014.

And in other places in the nation, HIV rates linked to dirty needles have surged.

Getting an addict into treatment can take time and in the meantime, offering them clean needles makes good sense, Long said.

Coleman stressed that the goal is to develop a safe and respectful place for addicts and their families.

“This isn’t a give-away. This is a treatment effort with hands-on analysis and assessment of their situation,” he said. “We have to build trust between them and us so they keep coming back and we will transition them into substantial treatment.

“Unless we intervene, what we will see is more deaths, more spread of hep C, more HIV.”

The work will include cooperating with others in the community who are focused on helping addicts get clean, including the Franklin County Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board, which is looking to expand efforts to treat heroin users with safe, effective detoxification medications, Long said.

Operators of needle-exchange programs in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dayton and Portsmouth helped Columbus leaders develop their plan, which they believe will be the most comprehensive in the state, Long said.

Heidi Riggs, whose 20-year-old daughter Marin died of a heroin overdose in 2012, said the Columbus effort will help save lives and give family members better resources to help addicted loved ones.

Long consulted with Riggs on plans for Safe Point.

“We have too many people who are suffering and not enough treatment,” said Riggs, who lives in Upper Arlington and has become an advocate for prevention and treatment of heroin addiction.

Riggs said she’s hopeful that the program becomes a place of support and education for families as well as a stop for clean needles and ideally treatment for addicts.

The program is a small part of Coleman’s roughly $834 million operating budget proposal for 2016.

The mayor plans to announce details Thursday at City Hall. The proposed budget represents a 2.6 increase over this year’s $813 million budget, which Coleman dubbed a continuation budget.

He wouldn’t give the exact figure of his proposal today.

City Auditor Hugh J. Dorrian sent Coleman his final revenue estimate of $834.8 million available for the city’s general fund earlier this month. Roughly two-thirds of the budget is funded by income tax revenue.

Coleman said he didn’t anticipate earlier in his time as mayor that a heroin program would be the signature program in his final budget proposal.

“We have a problem and it’s only going to get worse. And so I came to the conclusion based on empirical data, the experience of other cities.

“This is the right thing to do for our city and it will save lives.”

Reporter Lucas Sullivan contributed to this story.

@MistiCrane

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/11/11/City-to-introduce-needle-exchange-program.html

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Curious Observation: So how many heroin addicts are going to actually be cognitive enough to plan and go and take the time to exchange their needles? Seems if they are conscientious enough to be aware of using contaminated needles they will be cognitive in using clean needles. My point, both take some cognitive effort and conscientious planning.

This program has been going on for decades in various cities. I’m not saying it is a bad program, just that as usual we apply a band-aid to the problem in hopes that the heroin users feel the same way we do in doing the program mostly to prevent the spread of diseases and HIV; not that we are specifically concerned about the individual heroin users well being.