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The sight of that chubby kid always draws the comment “how cute!” but the same kid ends up facing unpleasant situations as she grows up. My son was that “cute kid” and his classmates loved to pinch his cheeks. He’d be good-natured about it. But he had an unexpected growth spurt along with an accident that broke his shoulder blade when he was 6 years old, and the two-month recovery added on some extra weight. He wasn’t lazy. In fact, quite the opposite. Loved to run around the school ground, take the stairs to the third floor, and always ready to run an errand. Yet, he never shed those extra pounds. Then people started talking, and his peers called him names. I think until he got to middle school, he didn’t care. Around the sixth grade, even the teachers were occasionally mean. It almost seemed like bad luck that he was…

All is well in my world This post is a tribute to Louise Hay, who will live forever in the hearts of those whose lives she transformed through her legacy of wisdom. On 30 August, the world lost one of its most powerful motivators, Louise Hay, author, and the founder of Hay House. She’s known as one of the pioneers of the self-help movement and her blockbuster bestselling book “You Can Heal Your Life” has changed billions of lives. In fact, in one of my health groups, we recommend this book as a healing practice. I love Louse Hay because she teaches how to create more of makes us happy, in addition to mind, spirit and body wellness. It is true we can attract what we want. She did not have an easy life, and is immortal proof that positive affirmations and visualization work. She succeeded in healing herself from…

We all have things we are not proud of about ourselves or feel ashamed of doing. Feeling ashamed is normal, but holding on to that thought is not healthy. Of course, life doesn’t always go the way we plan. Maybe you yearn to be like others and want to fit in. But feeling shame can be toxic and hurt your health and self-esteem. What can you do to get over this? Recognize your strengths Focus on the good things in life See the forest, not the trees Realize that there’s no need to be perfect Know that there’s no need to fit in Be courageous enough to follow your own path Practice self-love Don’t focus on what others think Be kind to yourself. Shame hurts, but learn to overcome it. Remember it is okay to be imperfect. Be proud of who you are. If you find it difficult to deal…

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