Will Shaving that Beard Make A Better You?

To shave or not to shave that is the question at hand. When or if that question is being considered, some may want to ponder a few things. A study on beards and what women think of beards was conducted last year by 'Evolution and Human Behavior Institute.' The study indicated that, women overall prefer men with heavy stubble then their counterparts who are clean shaven or have very light stubble or full beards.

When men in the study were asked what is preferable by their male peers, they said they thought full beards and heavy stubble was the answer given the most. Clean shaven and light stubble was the much lessor of the choices.

The research was conducted by two professors, Barnaby Dixon and Rob Brooks. The two both teach at the University of New South Whales. The participants of the study included both men and women. The groups were shown 10 pictures of smiling men. Every man in the pictures, was shown at four different stages, with light stubble, clean shaven, 10 days of growth and a full beard. The men and women were asked to give a rating to each man at every stage. Consistently the clear winner or the stage with the highest rankings were the men at the heavy stubble stage.

The researchers were asked about the findings. They say only that full bearded men were perceived as good or better fathers, and more mature. They were also thought to be more faithful and responsible, but necessarily the most attractive. They also went on to say that men with full beards are often thought of as more masculine and more dominate and aggressive. Overly aggressive can be looked upon in a negative light say the researchers. They say the reason why light stubble fairs so low, is because it doesn't send an strong enough statement, it's too subtle.

However before you go shaving it all off there are even a few more things to consider. Mens Fitness Magazine also released some interesting factoids about men and beards, and the way people and women perceive them. Most bearded men will have a lot of respect, but not as many dates as their counterparts who elect to be clean shaven. The magazine recently referred to a study whose participants included 200 women. The women were showed pictures of men with a beard and clean shave. Fifty men's pictures were used in the study.

The same man was shown with a beard and without a beard, the women were asked in their opinion which man was more attractive. The pictures that were clean shaven were picked over 80% of the time. Those findings speak out very loudly to the fact that women prefer clean shaven men.

Both men and women concur that men with beards often times garner more respect and are thought of as mature and more worldly then their clean shaven counterparts. Light stubble is sometimes the preference of women over a clean shaven baby face look. Sometimes that old adage “beauty is the eye of the beholder” may apply.

However in most studies conducted on the issue, it is always an overwhelming number of women think men that are clean shaven are more attractive then men that aren't. Perhaps if the issue is coming up, a person may have had a beard for a while, change is good more often then not, if it's not working out, and the new found vibes from being clean shaven are not as expected, then growing a beard is not that hard to do again. Here is to new beginnings and change!


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Finding A New Perspective – With Bees

Life can get so busy and stressful sometimes that it is easy to lose sight of the things that are important to you, the things that really matter, the things that make you happy. Sometimes you just need to take a step back, pause a little, and remind yourself that the world is a big crazy place and you need to follow the path that is right for you. That’s why I took up bee keeping. I have a very stressful life, most can be attributed to a demanding job, if your like me and decided to find a new one you might find this online resume builder useful, you can find it here. Anyway… bee keeping makes it sound a little more grand than it actually is, but I had read recently a lot about how bee numbers are declining around the world and it seemed like a good chance for me to give something back to my local environment, so I got set up a small beehive in my garden. My garden is pretty tiny, it’s not some orchard full of fruit trees and berries, it’s just a little small suburban garden, but the bees seem to like it. Here’s some of the things that I’ve learnt about keeping bees.

Bees can fly

At first I was worried that my bees wouldn’t be able to make any honey because there wasn’t really a lot of flowers or blossom in my garden. What surprised me was that bees can happily fly up to two miles from the hive in order to gather the nectar and pollen that they search for. So you don’t necessarily need to have a lot of flowers in your garden, there just need to be some flowers somewhere in the neighbourhood. The bees will be more productive if they don’t have to fly too far (bees get tired) but don’t underestimate your bees.

Bees cant swim

One of the essential things for your bees is that they need to have access to water. They use the water to dilute the honey that they produce and also to keep their hive cool during warm weather. The best way to give your bees water is to have some water running through loose gravel. They don’t cope well with open buckets of water (as they drown) so I’ve taken the opportunity to create a nice little water feature next to the hive. When I first switched it on I anxiously monitored it for any signs of bees floating face down, but so far it seems to be working and no dead bees.

Bees like smoke

One of my favourite things to do as a bee keeper, and possibly the main reason that I decided to get a bee hive, is to put on the big veiled hat, waft a lot of smoke around and inspect the hive. During peak honey producing season it’s important to inspect the hive at least once a week – checking for any signs of disease in your bees or other misfortunes. The smoke calms the bees down and helps to ensure that you don’t hurt anyone of them while you’re checking the hive. Maybe your neighbor keeps bees and now you have a bee problem within your household? We’ve found this website which has tons of info on bees and bee control methods.

I am now completely obsessed with my bees, but above all it is a great daily reminder that whatever is happening out there in the world, I am doing my bit to help the bees.

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Sometimes Changing Your Life Means Big Decisions

Sometimes a little change can make a big difference. It may seem like a little thing to some people, but that little change makes a huge difference in how you see yourself. That change can be as simple as a little plastic surgery in the right place, and no one else need even know about it. All that matters is that you know about it for it to make a difference in how you see things. Sometimes those decisions start with some little ones, and changing your life means big decisions.

One of the problems I have had since an early age is that my clothes fit too tight. We are not talking “too tight” in that the clothes are the wrong size, but that I rubbed against my clothes in all the wrong places. This can make even the loosest pants or softest material hurt just to wear. Suffice to say that this means that any number of social situations were out of the question, as dances encouraged too much motion for comfort and pool parties required tight, painful clothes even for just lounging around. There hit a point where I realized that a labiaplasty was possibly the best solution.

A labiaplasty is a surgery that reduces the size or changes the shape of the labia. This can sometimes be mistaken for vaginoplasty which in fact deals with the inner vagina walls and is not the same thing. For some women the labia is just large enough to cause irritation whenever it rubs against anything, such as clothes. This can create additional problems, especially if the area is rubbed raw. Although infection rarely results, the pain can be a problem, especially for those that need to wear tight clothes. Although there are some some solutions, such as wearing loose underwear or lubricants, these solutions usually tend to be short-term and more drastic solutions need to be considered and researched thoroughly, and I considered several before deciding on the labiaplasty.

After the labiaplasty my life turned around. It may sound like a minor thing to wear whatever I wanted to, but it does make a major difference. It meant that I was not stuck at home and could actually enjoy a beer with co-workers. I could actually take advantage of the invitations I was receiving and let my hair down a little. It meant some dance lessons were in order for me to really enjoy my new found freedom but the lessons were worth it. I was a new woman and the dance floor was my new friend.

There were some changes at work as well. Because I no longer had to settle on loose clothing I was able to enjoy clothes shopping. It may sound shallow, but there are few dresses that look good hanging from a woman’s frame; now I could wear something that felt comfortable without having to be loose. This is not to say I went wild and started wearing tight dresses, but I was comfortable enough to wear just about anything, and the change was noticed at work. The labiaplasty opened up new doors for me, and I walked right through them.

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My Checklist Manifesto

My Checklist Manifesto:

I recently had to go to a IT systems and solutions conference in Sydney, Australia. However, in the past every time I had to go on a conference trip out of town I used to find myself forgetting something important that I should have taken with me from home and ended up having to purchase while at the conference.  It always ends up racking up my unplanned expenses and not to mention buying something I didn’t really have a need to buy, had if I had planned my trip a little better.

It is a pain, as the item may not always be available at the hotel convenience store or I’ll have to make a special trip at the end of long day to go out get the item. I can compromise on not having a lot of things but, I need to have my shave in the morning.

I like to have smooth shave, sometimes I like using razor which gives a lot smoother shave as compared to an electric shaver. But I like the convenience of carrying an electric shaver, so that I don’t need to take the shaving gel or shaving brush. Since last 5 years or more I’ve used the electric shaver for the most part.

But we are digressing from the main topic I wanted to address in this article, which is, quoting from Benjamin Franklin, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure err..a little up front planning can go a long way in stopping unplanned emergencies and spending extra monies in unplanned purchases. So I’ve prepared a checklist of items that I plan on taking on each trip. I was inspired in part after reading the book, Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande. By the way, if you haven’t read it I certainly recommend for your reading. I saved this checklist to my Evernote app. To prepare the trip I visualized myself doing all the things while at the conference, starting with waking up and getting ready to packing my grooming kit, enough dresses, under clothing, socks, shoes and gym clothes, pairs of shoes etc.

So now, before I go on a trip I’m starting the process at least 2-3 days ahead of time and open up my trusty Evernote check list and start accumulating all the items one by one in my spare room. Once all the items are gathered, I pack them the night before travel.


One of the other items, I sued to commonly forget to pack is my laptop charger or the cell phone charger. Now you can relate to how big a hassle it can be without the chargers. Yes, there are options available that can compensate for the poor up front planning, but it comes with an added expense.

But I’m very happy to report that since I started following my new system i.e. my well thought out check list, I haven’t experienced any issues in terms of forgetting to pack something important and having to make unplanned purchases. Hope you have couple of insights that might be able to help you with your next trip and save you some dollars in unplanned purchases.

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Home Sweet Home: Creating a Sanctuary for Your Family

Parents often worry that when their children start having a circle of friends and new interests of their own, they may not often see their kids at home anymore.

Well, this normally happens at an age when the children begin to socialize and mingle with their own peer. They would hang out more often with their friends than they would with their parents. It hurts the parents to see their kids slowly slipping away, but they must learn to accept the inevitable.

Keeping the children at home

While it is true your children will not be by your side for the rest of your life, you can do something to make them want to stay home as often as they can. Here are some of the ways.

  • Keep your house always neat and orderly. Make it a cozy and comfortable place to live in – with the bed sheets regularly changed and the rooms well ventilated. In other words, turn your dwelling into a place that your children will look forward to come home to at the end of each day.
  • Try not to be too rigid with house rules. Keep your house orderly but stay away from the kids’ bedrooms if possible. Children do not like their parents to be fixing their bedroom mess because they have a way of arranging their stuff, no matter how topsy-turvy it may seem. Just remind them now and then that they need to straighten up their rooms as part of their duties in the house.
  • Keep the pantry full. Children are always hungry. If they cannot find enough food to eat in the pantry, they will look for it somewhere else.
  • Keep the kitchen busy with something that is always cooking. Prepare their favorite dishes on weekends. Plan your meals so that you can still serve warm and freshly cooked food during weekday dinners.
  • Invest on some interesting board games and sports items. Schedule a night of games for everyone. At first the kids might find this boring but once you establish the habit, they will learn to like the fun family nights.
  • Keep your communication open. Talk to your children in a loving manner but keep a firm hand when instilling discipline. Love them naturally without expecting them to give back the same love to you. Love is earned, not imposed or demanded and when you give it unconditionally, they will do the same in return.

Home is where the heart is and there is no place like home, so the old sayings go. Strive to make your home a sanctuary for you and your kids so that wherever they may decide to be when they grow up, they know they have a place to go home to.

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Finding Medical Miracles to Cure Various Illnesses

getting healthyYou have probably heard about medical miracles from the news, social media networks, work place or even your own neighborhood. In this age of modern technology and medicine, most people would much prefer to bank on scientific methods to cure their ailments.

However, the potency of alternative medical cure must not be underestimated as many of them have been proven to be effective.

The body as a machine

The body is like a machine that needs to be checked and maintained on a regular basis. Just like a car, the oil must be replaced, the motor must be lubricated and the exterior must be washed and polished as well. The human body must be given all the attention and care that it needs for it to stay fit and healthy all the time. More than the medicines, surgery and clinical treatments that are provided when one is sick, disease prevention through health maintenance works better.

Proper nutrition

To correct poor health, a person must make sure he is getting enough nourishment from the food that he eats. Meanwhile when he becomes sick, his nutritional provisions must be intensified so that his body’s immune system will have enough strength to fight the disease. This can be observed on a person who is sick with flu. By providing him with vitamin-rich foods, his body eventually regains strength and recovers from the virus. Proper and enough nutrition then is the answer to many diseases.

Medical miracles often take place through nourishing the body with the right nutrients that will help it counter diseases. Even cancer, a much-dreaded disease, is said to respond well to nutrition as an alternative means to eradicate the symptoms.

Although pharmaceutical products are the proven and accepted cures to all maladies, the field of medicine is now slowly accepting the natural approach of treating sick people.

Looking for the miracle cures

So where can one find the miracle cures? Can the healing priest in your community provide this miracle treatment on your sick child? No, he cannot. But you can find the miracle cures right under your watch if you will only open your eyes and mind.

The use of natural methods in curing the sick is actually within your reach. They can be the greens in the market or the herbs in your garden. Indeed medical miracles are in your hands and it is up to you to decide how to utilize them to the fullest.

At this point, one must also take note that medical miracles are also brought by adapting a healthy lifestyle in which you have to treat your body well by not abusing it through late nights and poor eating habits.

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Loving Unconditionally by Living for Others

positive livingWhat makes you want to get up in the morning? This question is used in an advertisement where several people are asked what motivates them to get up from bed everyday. Some answered it is their work. Others answered it is their hobbies. On the other hand, quite a few referred to their families as their motivation. Of the three responses, the last one shows there are indeed people that live their lives not for themselves alone, but for others as well, which is their loved ones.

Understanding unconditional love

Love is not merely a feeling. When you meet a person and you feel your heart throbbing wildly and your eyes flutter while you talk to him or her, it does not really mean that you love the person already. On the other hand when you cry so painfully because your partner deserted you to be with another love interest, the tears do not necessarily define love. Telling a person you love him from head to toe because his eyes make you melt and his scent makes you faint in ecstasy is not enough to show your love.

More of an action and commitment

Love is more of an action and commitment. Holding, hugging and lovemaking are only physical intimacies that form part of the whole act of loving. More than any of these physical closeness, love is demonstrated by keeping up with your commitment with the person. This means you must be willing to stay with your loved one through time, regardless of his imperfections and faults.

When you say you love a person because he is kind and thoughtful, you do not really love him per se. Instead, you feel like you love him because of the things he is doing to you, which satisfies and makes you happy. The issue now is, when the person ceases to meet your expectations, your love starts to wane. That is not true love at all, for love that is real does not put conditions or terms of measurement on the other person’s capacity to love back.

Living for others

When you live for others, you make yourself available for the people you love at all times, especially when they are in need of your attention, care or presence. By living for others, you are willing to put aside your own priorities and put the person in front of you so that you can back him up. With unconditional love, you cease to be selfish but you become selfless instead. And since love begets love, those you love and live for will naturally love you back and will be willing to live for you as well.

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Know your purpose in life to live a happy and a fulfilled life

Many of us are living a mundane life that has no meaning or purpose attached to it. While we all wish to live an inspired life, living each day with the zeal and purpose to rise up and live for the day, this is not always the case.

Knowing our purpose in life maybe planning our future on a day to day basis on whether we live up to our dreams or during difficult times. If you are not aware of how to realize your purpose in life, this article will be of great help.

1. Realize your purpose in life
One thing that may stop you from realizing your purpose in life is your failure to think of your purpose for existence. Everyone has a purpose in their lives but it is only those whop have hearts to listen and minds to apply ends up realizing their purpose. Try to think of what your purpose is and start applying it. Living a life that has no purpose is like living with colorized teeth without even thinking of finding out the best teeth whitening toothpaste to take care of the matter.

2. Evaluate your skills
Just like you cannot purchase whitening toothpaste without considering the cost of teeth whitening, the same applies to the realization of a purpose in life. You need to start evaluating your skills and see if you can develop new ones. You may be surprised to realize that you are potentially a brilliant artist, a salesperson, a scientist, a good communicator, or any other skill that can give a meaning to your life. You can also visit career expositions and seminars which can open your minds to more possibilities.

3. Appreciate what life has given you
By taking time to step back and examine the good things that you have already done or achieved, this can bring a sense of gladness and appreciation. This can also help you find ways to avoid doing things that may cause you unhappiness or dissatisfaction. Just take time and think of how you can contribute to the world by making a difference in your backyard. It can be as simple as that.

4. Think positively
I once heard someone say that “it is all in our minds”. Things will happen depending on how you perceive them to be. For this reason, you need to understand that a positive mind is very important when it comes to realizing your purpose in life. With a positive mind, you will not be of inspiration to yourself but also to others. By thinking positively, actions that follow your thinking are likely to be positive. This is the basis of a universal law know as “law of attraction” and you can apply it into your day to day life. By living a life full of positive thinking, you can be a source of inspiration to both yourself and others.

Find your purpose in life and maximize your potential and live your dream because until you realize your purpose, you will never be fulfilled. Your life has a purpose and all you need is to realize yours and move towards this purpose while living and enjoying each and every day as you realize your goals. By so doing, you will be living your life to the fullest. Remember life is so short to be wasted doing nothing of value.

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Before You Discover Your Purpose In Life, Get Healthy

The goal here is to help you discover your purpose in life. We have showcased stories of many different people here who have transformed their life for the better. When you’re transforming yourself you can focus on the body, spirit or the mind. Preferably you will transform all three to make sure you are the best possible human you can be.

Today we will be focusing on transforming the body. Your purpose in life might not be surrounded around health and fitness but I can guarantee you that you will have a much better outlook on life if you are fit and healthy while you are driving to succeed in your purpose. So in this article we will discuss a few tips to help you get started on the right foot as you work to improve your body.

Calories In Vs. Calories Out

The first law of thermodynamics states: energy can neither be created nor destroyed. It can only change forms. What does this mean when you’re trying to lose weight? Well, food has calories (or energy) and when you live your life and exercise you burn energy (calories). If you eat more calories than you are burning those extra calories go into your body as fat or muscle and you gain weight. If you eat less calories than you are burning then your body must make up for that with it’s own fuel (fat) so you will lose weight. If you eat the same amount of calories that you burn then you will stay the same weight.

So, if you want to lose weight, eat less calories than you burn on a given day.

Depending on how active you are will depend on how many calories you’re burning. For example, a waiter or waitress is far more active than a receptionist. You can find good estimates of how many calories you burn online depending on your activity level.

To figure out how many calories you’re eating, just keep track of exactly what you eat for the day and then use the nutrition labels to figure out how many calories you ate. If you have a smartphone you can use the app myfitnesspal to track everything for you.

Hit The Gym

One of the ways to burn more calories in the day is to exercise more or to build more muscle. Muscle needs a lot of energy to sustain so if you have more muscle then you will burn more calories just sitting around than if you would if you had less muscle. So, a good strategy is to get into the gym and start lifting weights.

There are many different exercises you can do and different types of supplements that you can take to help you build muscle faster. One strategy is to lift as much weight as possible while you’re at the gym. Some people will drink a cup of coffee for the boost in energy that the caffeine gives them, or they will take a pre-workout supplement for that extra boost of energy during their workout.

Do adequate research or talk to a personal trainer to help decide what routine will work best for you and your goals.

With just these two steps you will be well on your way to transforming your body into a masterpiece, which will make you much happier while you’re also pursuing your purpose in life.

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I restarted my studies after many years

teacherMy name is Sarah and I want to tell you about my experience. I started working when I was very young, because I have not had the luck to be born into a wealthy family.

When I had just finished high school I started to look for work.

My first job was as a waitress in a busy bar in the city where I was born. Here I met my husband, who at the time was a forester for a private company. Very often he was doing the night shift, running through the forest, illuminating the path with a flashlight on high power looking for poachers.

You can well imagine that if he worked all night and slept during the day he left the house shortly before I came home from work. The first years of life together were not easy, both for the short time we spent together and the lack of money we had.
There were days when the fatigue was so much that I did not have the strength to take a shower when I got home. After a few years my husband finally had a promotion and with this he began to work fewer hours and only during the day. We lived in a tiny house for rent in the suburbs. In that year we also conceived a child.
The joy of becoming a mother was unfortunately overshadowed by the worry of losing our jobs. My work was very heavy. I worked many hours and then I had to leave the child with a baby sitter. I looked for another job, but unfortunately having no specific qualification nobody offered me something that we could live with.
I have made huge sacrifices to begin studying. This time it was my turn to ask my husband to do the evening shift at work. I studied during the day, many times with the baby in my arms. I worked in the evening. I slept very little and became much thinner. My appearance was certainly not the best.
I and my entire family have made enormous sacrifices for a long time. However I finally managed to get my diploma as a kindergarten teacher. Now my situation is greatly improved. I currently work in a nursery from 8 am until 2 pm.

The salary is good and I have a lot of time to devote to my family. We moved house and now we live in a little cottage near the school where I work.

All that’s left is to have another child and then soon our family will grow in number.
I’m very happy right now and I want to give some advice to all the people who are experiencing a difficult time.
For me and for my family it was not easy to face my studies. We had very little money and I had to take care of a newborn baby. There were difficult days and many times I thought I would not make it.
But when I think back now to all the satisfaction I have in this moment I feel completely sure of my choice. No matter how difficult the path you have chosen: do it! It does not matter if you feel too old and tired to get back in the game. Eventually you will look back on your past and compare it to your bright future full of opportunities and you will understand that it is definitely worth it.

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How I made my dog happier

Boom! I awoke with a start in the middle of the night, terrified that someone had broken into my house. When the momentary confusion of awakening to a loud sound from downstairs passed, I realized what had actually happened. It was 3:30 in the morning my dog was up again. He was rooting around in the kitchen, and had gotten into the trash. Again. I scolded him and put him into his kennel as he whimpered. I’m sure it would have broken my heart normally, but my sleep deprived self was so angry that I had to pick my dinner leftovers off the floor.

This had been a problem for a while.  My dog was restless in the middle of the night, but then also lethargic during the day. His late night restlessness was turning into destructive behavior, and I was finding myself locking him in his kennel over and over again in the middle of the night. I didn’t like putting him in that cage, I usually only use it when we travel. I wanted him to sleep in his bed in our mudroom, but at 3 am, when I would come downstairs, bleary eyed to trash all over the kitchen, it seemed to be the only solution.

I started talking to some friends, desperate for a solution that wouldn’t involve caging my dog every night. Most of them didn’t any helpful ideas, but one thought that my dog bed might be to blame. I had never before considered the quality of the bed I bought for my dog. I always just kind of picked the cheapest one that was big enough for him, and replaced it when it started to look worn. I took a look at the bed I had, which was just a standard pillow style, and noticed that most of the loft had gone out of the dog bed. It was sagging in the middle, and when I pushed my hand down on it, I could feel the hardness of the floor. No wonder my dog wouldn’t stay in it all night!

I did some research online at some sites reviewing the best dog beds, and found that today they are making orthopedic dog beds out of memory foam, just like the cover I have on my own mattress. The memory foam redistributes the weight of the dog, and takes pressure off of weary joints and bones, giving them a more restful sleep. Also, the beds are less likely to sag after repeated use. I did a lot of research, and choose one that had good online reviews and was suited for my dog’s size, weight and needs. The bed I ended up choosing was a little more expensive than the ones I normally buy for the dog, but not as expensive as a memory foam mattress for a human!

My dog was slightly suspicious about the new bed when it first arrived, and he sniffed around it a few times before getting in. However, by the third night he was fully accommodated and seemed to love it. The best part of the new bed is that the destructive, rooting behavior he was exhibiting in the middle of the night has totally gone away. In addition, he’s energetic and playful during the day, almost like a new puppy! I’m so happy that such a small change made such a difference in my dog’s life, and I feel great about making him happier. It was worth the extra money to put a new spring in his step, and get a little bit more sleep for myself.

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How Veterans can benefit from a Service or Emotional Support Dog

Over a million numbers of veterans who have served the military are left physically, emotionally, and sometimes mentally incapacitated after being deployed to fight the constant feuding in Afghanistan and Iraq. Majority of the veterans suffer from Post-traumatic stress disorder or commonly known as PTSD. Many veterans feel like they are not part of the civilization and are having a hard time controlling their temper hence, having a problem when it comes to relationships. Some have a constant outburst of anger and believe that they are not part of the “normal” civilization due to being used to being alert and always standing on guard for any form of attack. Others experience frequent hallucinations. This is a very sad situation since these men and woman went out to protect our freedoms while we were in the comfort of our home.

It’s sad to think that these people who once have a positive outlook in life before they are deployed come back with a major damage which they will never be able to recover from. These veterans are the reason why we could go around the country worry-free. They are the ones who keep us safe from outside threats. They sacrificed their own life for us. And yet, the government doesn’t give them sufficient needs and a lot of people don’t give them any recognition. Some even end up being homeless.

PTSD is the most common emotional disorder that veterans suffer from. And clinical studies show that having a service dog is a great way to deal with PTSD. Recovering from PTSD is a long process and a service dog can help out his owner through conveying feelings and emotions. Service dogs are well trained and they can do certain tasks that can help you out and learn to accept that the dog will be your constant helper from then on.

Veterans can benefit also from emotional support dogs.  Dogs are great companions and hey can really help elevate and lift up their owner’s feelings and spirit. Emotional Support Dogs provide a kind of feeling that you can’t get from another human. That’s what makes them unique. If given the right kind and appropriate training, veterans can improve from their disability or disorder through time with the help of an emotional support dog. People often confuse Emotional support dogs with service dogs. They are very different in the role that they serve for their owner. Service dogs are trained to help people with disabilities functional fully out in the world. They also go through very extensive training that has strict standards with a high attrition rate. Emotional support dogs do not go through the same training that they do. Emotional support dogs can be normal dogs that are ran through some tests, but not necessarily training.

Take note that a service dog and an emotional support dog are two different entities. Service dogs are required to be trained well in a repeated manner to be able to learn “humanly tasks” that could help out a veteran. An emotional support dog require little to no training. But they must be highly groomed and accommodated accordingly. Every service or emotional support dog should be potty trained. They should be well disciplined and must be taught how to behave well especially in a crowd. A poorly trained service dog would end up running around the place which would make the owner even more stressed.

Service and emotional support dogs are both beneficial to after-war veterans especially when the individual is an emotional wreck after being deployed in a war-zone environment. These dogs will help the individual stay calm especially on places with lots of people and places or other things that may remind them of their experience in the war. Hopefully this started you off in the right direction in knowing what questions to ask concerning service and emotional support dogs.

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Depression: Can You Possibly Win This Never Ending Battle?

Depression is one of the worst mental diseases that can quite simply eat you up from the inside and destroy you internally. The worst part is that every other human being is bound to face depression at least a handful times in their life.

Some things aggravate it or accelerate the onset of depression. Alcohol for one. Gambling is another. Many sites like www.freebetoptions.co.uk , have warnings of the risks associated with gambling. However, being on the wrong side of a bet often can quickly lead to depression.

However, betting alone doesn’t cause depression. There are many other factors that can cause it. Learning how to deal with it is important.

If you are also facing depression, there are several things you can do to possibly fight back. A few of the most effective ideas for fighting depression are discussed below:

Friends and Family

The people around you are simply your allies no matter what sort of a personal battle you might be facing. In your fight against depression, you can always ask for a bit of help from your inner circle. It is more than likely that you will find a good listener or two among your friends and family. Reach out to your trusted ones and tell them you are going through a difficult time. There is no reason why they will turn you down. Besides, reconnecting with friends and family is also a great way to keep yourself occupied. As long as you are preoccupied, depression will not find enough room to infiltrate your thoughts.

Social Involvement

It is understandable that not all of us are socialites. Plus, in your time of depression you will feel like crawling into a hole and staying away from the world. However, never give up on any opportunity of meeting new people, and social events are the best place to do so.

It is necessary for all of us to attend a social gathering or two every once in awhile. Keeping up with social activities helps you stay on the loop regarding all the things that are happening around you. Plus, it is a great way to refresh your mind and connect with new people.

Support Group

If nothing else works out for you, you can always consider joining a support group that consists of other people going through the same problem as you. Having the people who can relate to your problems around you will help you feel connected. Plus, you will also receive much needed encouragement and advisory on how you can come out on top of your battle.

Busy Routine

A routine that keeps you occupied throughout the day is your most effective weapon against depression. As long as you are caught up in any sort of activities throughout your day, you will hardly ever have time to be depressed. Of course, initially the thought might come across your mind, but once you’ve settled into your routine, there’s every possible chance that you will be over your depressive days for good.

Despite the fact that you may always feel as if you’re on the losing end, you can still turn it all around and be a healthier, happier you. The most important thing is to stay mentally healthy and keep positive thoughts inside your head. If you learn how to do this, you will be on your way out of depression in no time.

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How to Setup your Home for Perfect Family Health

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Homes should be where cleanliness begins. It should be a safe haven to prevent illnesses. Everyone should take responsibility in cleaning the house and making sure it is a safe place for each household member to be healthy and disease-free. Parents should instill the importance of keeping the surroundings clean. Here are ways to ensure your home is optimized for perfect health:

Avoid Allergens and Irritants

The house should be free of allergens and irritants, regardless if you have kids or not. Allergens affect everyone. This could be ensured by proper cleaning and maintenance of the home. Smokers should be prohibited to smoke inside the house because second-hand smoke could be equally harmful as first-degree smoke. Make sure your home has low humidity level. Bacteria breeds at moist places. Use exhaust fans and proper ventilation, especially in damp areas such s the bathroom, laundry room and kitchen. You can use dehumidifiers as well. The carpets and rugs should also be properly maintained for they absorb dirt, dust, and allergens. Furnace filters should also be changed regularly. When you treat insects and pests at home, make sure you do it safely. Instead of using pesticides, seal the areas where these pests come from. Cleanliness also drives pests away.

Monitor Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide (CO) is harmful to the body. It reduces oxygen delivery to vital organs such as the heart and brain. At high levels, it can even cause death. Thus, your home should be carbon monoxide-free. CO at home comes from fuel including gas, kerosene, oil, charcoal and wood. The amount of carbon monoxide depends on the efficiency or quality of combustion. So make sure your burner functions properly to produce little combustion and CO. You can use carbon monoxide alarms to test the level of CO in your home.

Store Food Properly

Proper storage of food is significant. This prevents bacteria and germs from invading your food and your digestive system. Storage includes keeping food in the refrigerator and dry containers. Dry containers should be tightly sealed and sanitized. Meat should be placed in clean containers before storing in the refrigerator. The ones that were stored first should also be consumed first. Proper kitchen organization is also key to food safety.

Drink Safe Water

Water is vital to our body, and we take it every day. Our drinking water should be safe. Why not treat water using water softeners that remove minerals in tap water. Your body can benefit from softened water since you are free from minerals that may have adverse effects. Softened water also protects your sinks and pipes, and prevent your skin from developing irritation and dryness. You can have a water softening system installed in your home for a safe cleaning and drinking water.

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How I survived 18 months with a whiplash injury

This happened to me last year when I was driving to Toronto to visit a friend’s wedding. The drive was pretty much uneventful until I heard the sudden screech of tires. I looked in my rearview mirror and all I saw was a minivan very close to my back mirror. I was pushed forward with a force I had never experienced before. Pain shot from my neck and continued down the length of my right arm. My vision went hazy and then darkness.

Next thing I know, I was in hospital emergency room. The doctors cleared me to go home with some painkillers and told me that the soreness would go away. As days passed, the pain in my neck just kept getting worse. I eventually went to the doctor and he diagnosed the pain to be caused by a whiplash injury from the accident and told me that issues like these usually go away with time.

This incident in life told me how unpredictable life can be. One second you are making plans for the next week and the next second fate puts you in a situation where your plans are totally disrupted. The pain in my neck would usually get so bad that I could only sleep a couple of hours at night. It affected my work and at one point, almost lost my job because I repeatedly missed deadlines. A friend of mine told me to contact the insurance agency and try to get some sort of compensation for the injury, since the accident was not my fault. After conducting comprehensive research online I found a detailed guide about how to go about claiming whiplash compensation. I have now contacted the insurance company and am waiting for their doctor to examine me.

I have heard that the process is pretty long and it would take several weeks before any sort of decision could be reached. The pain in my neck is constant and I am learning to live with it. I am an accountant by profession which may sound boring but it’s an honest living. The day I left hospital after my recovery, I went straight to work the next day. I enjoy my work and have always been good with numbers. However, after this incident, it became hard for me to focus on work. I started making really stupid mistakes that made me look careless. The main reason for it was that my pain wouldn’t let me concentrate on work for more than a few minutes at a time. And the kind of work that I do is detail oriented and requires intense concentration.

The accident not only caused havoc on my life, I also ended up with a huge crack in the back windshield of my car. Once I was done with the hospital bills I had very little money left. So I had to find a cheap car shop that could fix my windshield. Most of the companies that I called recommended me to replace my windshield. So I took their advice and bought a new aftermarket windshield. Hopefully, things will get back to normal for me once I get done with all of this.

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