May 27 2015

The Best Frozen Yogurt Is the One You Make Yourself | Serious Eats

Homemade frozen yogurt tastes better than anything you can buy at a fro-yo shop, and all it takes is two ingredients.
Source: The Best Frozen Yogurt Is the One You Make Yourself | Serious Eats

May 25 2015

Pop Brixton Houses Local Businesses in an Upcycled Shipping Container Campus

A new pop-up local business campus is set to open in Brixton, London, UK. Pop Brixton will be home to local independent start-ups and small businesses. It will be housed in a temporary shipping container village, but it is the project's ethos that is perhaps its most innovative facet.
Source: Pop Brixton houses local businesses in an upcycled shipping container campus

May 23 2015

All Shows | TestTube

TestTube is internet tv.
Source: All Shows | TestTube

May 23 2015

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD and ADHD) – Psych Central

Attention deficit disorder (ADHD) symptoms, resources, and treatment from Psych Central.
Source: Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD and ADHD) - Psych Central

May 23 2015

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – Psych Central

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms, resources, and treatment information.
Source: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Psych Central

May 23 2015

Ways to Find Joy

Why not resolve to find more joy in your everyday life? Joy is what makes life beautiful. It's what gets us through challenges and allows light in to illuminate the shadows. Joy heals our wounds, inspires us to greatness, and fills our souls with goodness.

 
Here are simple ways I for accessing joy on a daily basis. I'd love for you to share your ideas and pictures with me. Please write your suggestions here in the comments section, 1. Play with kids.
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2. Play like a kid.
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3. Learn something new (play a new sport or game, learn how to cook a new dish). 4. Get out in nature.
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5. Help someone in a small way (by carrying their groceries or paying their toll on the highway). 6. Count your blessings. 7. Spend time with your pet.
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8. Travel.
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9. Nurture romance (spend time just kissing your partner, buy a surprise gift, write a love letter).
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10. Dress up in costume for no reason.
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11. Lose yourself in a great book.
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12. Laugh and smile, no matter how you're feeling. 13. Sing out loud. 14. Connect authentically with friends and family, sharing your vulnerabilities. 15. Dance. If you can't dance, just skip.
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16. Pay a compliment to a total stranger. 17. Listen to uplifting music. 18. Serve others. Volunteer.
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19. Exercise.
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20. Set a goal, then reach it (run that marathon, pass that test, lose those five pounds). 21. Meditate and enjoy the silence.
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22. Write a thank you letter or Facebook post to someone for no particular reason other than just to say "I appreciate you." 23. Get messy (go barefoot, play in the mud).
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24. Prepare and slowly eat a healthy meal.
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25. Offer to teach someone a new skill. 26. Memorize a poem. 27. Turn your errands into an adventure (by making a game out of finding certain items at the store or spotting yellow cars while driving there).
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28. Take a nap.
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29. Ask someone for help (and express appreciation for their guidance). 30. Watch a favorite old movie for the hundredth time.
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31. Discover a new smell (in the form of a candle, flower, or massage oil).
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32. Snuggle. 33. Get rid of stuff. (Take it to a homeless shelter. Lighten your load and make someone else's life better at the same time.)
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34. Watch a sunrise or sunset.
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35. Make a commitment to change a bad habit, then do it. 36. Create something.
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37. Eat a cupcake.
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38. Spend an evening by candlelight.
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39. Take a walk in the rain.
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40. Surrender (give it up to God).
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May 23 2015

20-Year-Old Dog Dumped at Shelter Learns What Hope Really Means

Reach out and help a pet.

I believe this is  one of the most important things you could do.

This is a sad story with a happy ending. For the love of animals. Pass it on.

7fac6592f97d5d4e4d98fbf14917e28c3ba765819254cbe80e10a528391bb4d1   Source: 20-Year-Old Dog Dumped At Shelter Learns What Hope Really Means

May 10 2015

Schizoid Personality Disorder – Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia

Schizoid personality disorder (SPD) is a personality disorder characterized by a lack of interest in social relationships, a tendency towards a solitary lifestyle, secretiveness, emotional coldness, and apathy. Affected individuals may simultaneously demonstrate a rich, elaborate and exclusively internal fantasy world.[1] SPD is not the same as schizophrenia. Some psychologists argue that the definition of SPD is flawed due to cultural bias: "One reason schizoid people are pathologized is because they are comparatively rare. People in majorities tend to assume that their own psychology is normative and to equate difference with inferiority". Therefore "[t]he so-called schizoid personality disorder is one of the more blatant examples of the APA’s pathologizing of normal human differences.
Source: Schizoid personality disorder - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Aug 30 2013

17 Counter Intuitive Things

You’re always going to get the same results, doing what everyone else does.  Sometimes you have to know when to zig where others zag These are some of the counterintuitive lessons I've learned and applied from the most successful folks I've met. 

Pick Fights – to test others’ resolve in their own beliefs.  In business you can’t turn over the reins to someone who doesn't know how to defend their own ideas and plans.

Isolate Yourself – to reenergize.  Many seemingly extroverts are introverts.  If you recharge when by yourself, you need to seek out isolation from time to time.

Purposefully Offend – sometimes the only way to get someone’s attention is to call him or her out.  But, you can always positively turn the relationship around with persistence and some mea culpa.

Hyper Self-Critical – of your own standards and choices.  I once watched  George Carlin berate himself on stage, in a rehearsal standup performance, for missing the timing of one of his jokes by a few seconds.  He nailed the follow-up HBO special.

Peacock – don’t give others the option not to see you or hear your message.  The pick-up lesson from “The Game” applies to business as well.  Nobody buys a product they’ve never seen.  (TIP: more of my thoughts on marketing and publicity).

Repeat Mistakes – enough times until you really learn the lesson.  Sometimes, mistakes do need to be repeated if the payoff is big enough.  We hardly ever learn anything truly worthwhile after one try.

Seek Out Rejection – to get desensitized to the fear of it.   Once we lose the fear of rejection we more easily go after what we want, and thus get more of it.  (TIP: more details in the 5 Steps Sales Process)

Ignore Consensus – when your own data and foresight is convincingly contrary to the wisdom of the crowd (like Jobs, MLK, Gandhi).  Consensus bonds us together and creates harmony, but it rarely moves us forward.  Progress sometimes has to come at the hands of an individual’s decisive disruption.

Expect Nothing – in return for helping your peers. Karma points are dispersed unexpectedly over decades, not in a scorecard of dollars.

Quit – those endeavors you’ll never win at, and take a new swing at the plate.  Don’t double down on a losing effort by not knowing when to walk away.   (TIP: watch How to Make the Right Business Decisions)

Play Possum – with your competitors.  Don’t be so eager to show off your strengths until it’s the perfect time to strike.   If rope-a-dope worked for The Champ, it will for you too.

Get C’s instead of A’s – if you excel in non-traditional environments (like entrepreneurs) & can justify the opportunity cost of your time.  Oddly enough, more of the C students I went to school with, employ our A student classmates, than vice versa.  (TIP: I explain this point in more detail in video here)

Become Indifferent to Slights – because time and energy are too valuable to waste on petty matters.  Attention being paid to wounds of our ego is precious energy diverted from achieving our goals.  You can win the argument, or win the game.  I know what I’d choose.

Self-Sabotage – yourself when you find yourself mired in complacency.  Don’t ever get too comfortable with the status quo, always be willing to blow it up and start all over again to truly create something better.

Abstain from Work – which others can do for you.  Delegate every task that others can do 80% as well as you, and focus on those items that only you can achieve that have big payoffs.   (TIP: focus on The One Most Important Thing)

Plot & Scheme – your next couple moves ahead.  If you don’t see the whole landscape of the playing field, you’re bound to get sideswiped.  Know where you’re going far in advance of making your first move.

Underestimate Demand – for your products and services.  Don't ever assume people want what you got, and you’ll always have the appropriate amount of urgency and hustle to validate what you're trying to achieve.

Aug 25 2013

The Phoenix Rises From the Ashes…

The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated. - Mark Twain

For the first time in 6 months, I am encouraged to say that I finally seem to be on the path to my health recovery. After suffering a stroke, a cancer scare, a deep chronic internal organ infection, several hospitalizations, and a number of other maladies, it appears as though I am on the road to recovery. I have had 10 functional (Read that as "Not Bedridden") days in a row. This is the most in the 6 months. I am sure there will be some setbacks as I ease back into day-to-day life. I think I can say that it looks like I have survived the "Scientific Wild Ass Guessing" of 14 different doctors.

I have recently started hormone replacement therapy and I will soon be in the care of a pain management team. I plan on switching to a new psychiatrist in hopes of getting proper care for my ADD and other mental health issues. In addition, I have started a course of homeopathic medications and vitamin supplements. I am still very limited in what I can do on a daily basis but, I think I see a light at the end of the tunnel. I have learned a great deal about the current state of health care in the US today and will be writing and blogging on that in the near future.

To those of you who have reached out to me over the last few months I thank you. The plan is I will restart up my publishing company, Nascent Digital Press, on September 1st. provided my health continues to improve. I will be publishing my 19th book on Amazon.com on that day. For those who might like to see some of my current 18 titles please look here:

http://www.amazon.com/Thom-Byxbe/e/B009PA92PK/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1377357958&sr=1-2-ent

All books are available as Kindle e-books or paperbacks. If you're looking for a good book to introduce you to my writing style I recomend "Man Up!" or "Real Woman" they are a complementary set.

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