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  • 5 Ways to Reframe Negative Thinking

    Negative thoughts have absolutely no purpose. They don’t define you as a person, nor can they determine your destiny. What they can do is cause untold damage and severely influence your way of life.

    Sometimes these negative thoughts tend to hang around – this is known as cognitive restructuring. According to Dr. Alice Boyes, a former psychologist, cognitive restructuring is the main part of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy also known as CBT.

    She claims that the CBT is probably the most effective psychologic treatment. That is why we would like to focus on showing you some of the essential basic principles of cognitive restructuring.

    5 Ways to Remove Negative Thoughts

    These are the simplest ways you can reframe your negative thoughts.

    1. Examine the Negative Thoughts

    Sit somewhere quiet and think about your negative thoughts.

    In the back of your mind try to observe the thoughts. Next, think about a bird flying over a rooftop. Usually, these negative thoughts are a product of cognitive distortions that psychologists can easily recognize.

    Plus, you don’t need to get medications or psychotherapy to remove the thoughts. All you have to do is observe and watch them disappear.

    2. Question Your Overthinking

    Overthinking is common. This problem can come in patterns. So, unless you actively engage the frontal lobe of the brain to work to solve the problem, overthinking will be pointless.

    If you are wondering how you can refrain these thoughts, these tricks are for you.

    • On a sheet of paper draw 2 columns. Label the first one ‘’thought’’ and the second one ‘’solution’’.
    • When you start overthinking, write the time down. Next, write anything you deem useful in the ‘’solution’’ column.
    • At the end of the week or month, count the number of times you were overthinking and try to see any insights.

    3. Evaluate the Evidence

    The best way to reframe the negative thoughts is to learn to evaluate the evidence. If you are always overthinking, it is best to try to assess the situation and try to come up with a solution. Once again draw 2 column.

    In the first column write the source of your overthinking, and in the second one write the evidence that proves the contrary.

    For example, if you think that you never have enough money, write in the first column why you think that is true, and in the second one, why that is not true.

    For instance, it is not true because you have a shelter, food, and clothing, but you consider it to be true because the people around you have more than you do. Try to understand these negative thoughts and solve them.

    If you, for example, don’t have enough money, you should create a limit or a budget for spending that you will be comfortable with.

    4. Practice Mindfulness

    Mindfulness is more simple than most people believe. The most basic way to practice it is to break down the approach to mindfulness in 3 different steps:

    • stop
    • breathe
    • evaluate your thinking

    Therefore, all you have to do is stay calm, optimistic, focused, and kind during the entire day. In the end, practicing mindfulness can reduce stress and help people become more optimistic about their way of life.

    5. Understand Neutrality and Impermanence

    Negative thoughts are temporary without any real purpose. Therefore, when they do cross your mind, it is important to learn to understand them. In fact, if you can observe the negative thought and not engage in it, you can watch it dissipate.

    Remember, the only thing that negative thoughts are good for is distraction. As a result, we suggest that you do something that will occupy your mind so that you will leave no space for negative thoughts.

  • You Can Grow New Brain Cells, Regardless of Age. Here’s How

    Sandrine Thuret is an eminent neuroscientist who claims that we, as adults, can grow new neurons. She provides a research and tips on how to stimulate the growth of new neurons and help our brains function better, in terms of increasing memory and mood as well as preventing the decline linked with age.

    If you are familiar with the field of neurology, this article might seem ridiculous, but the surprising fact is that adults CAN grow new brain cells, regardless of their age. As researchers noted in 2005, “the discovery that the adult mammalian brain creates new neurons from pools of stem-like cells was a breakthrough in neuroscience”.

    It was initially believed that the human brain is “fixed”, meaning that once the brain cells are depleted or lost, they couldn’t be re-grown. But, this was shown to be untrue. Neurogenesis is the process of developing new brain cells and it is most active during pre-natal development.  However, the brain has two parts which keep developing in adulthood, too. They are named the sub ventricular zone and the hippocampus. Although additional research might reveal other regions that demonstrate neurogenesis, science has yet to show any developments.

    Joseph Altman is the one who must be given credit for his work in the field of neurogenesis. Although his work was initially considered ridiculous, mainstream research started to regard this process as a priority in the 1990s.

    In addition to memory and learning, some neuronal effects are found in the regulation of stress and some beneficial mechanisms of certain antidepressants.

    Tips on How to Boost Neurogenesis

    1. Exercise

    Any type of exercise, even walking, is directly associated with neurogenesis. It has been scientifically shown that walking for about 45 minutes daily leads to new hippocampal tissue growth.

    Exercise provides a wide range of mental and emotional benefits as well. Multiple studies have shown that exercise is extremely beneficial to neurogenesis, even protecting against Alzheimer`s disease.

    2. Curcumin

    Curcumin has been shown to affect neurogenesis, at least in rats. It increases neuropathic factor expression, which is essential for various neurological functions.

    3. Blueberries

    According to one study, flavonoids in blueberries are extremely beneficial. Given that the link between increased neurogenesis and increased mood is obvious, it makes sense to eat blueberries on a regular basis.  Not only you will be enjoying their taste, but you will reap their cognitive effects, too.

    4. Green Tea

    Green tea contains a compound called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which has been associated with the growth of new brain cells. It has been scientifically shown that that “EGCG treatment significantly increased the number of 5-bromo-2′-deoxyuridine (BrdU)-labeled cells in adult hippocampal neural progenitor cell (NPC) cultures and in the dentate gyrus of adult mice.” This means that drinking green tea, or supplementing with EGCG in isolated form increases your rate of neuronal growth.

    Note: It is worth mentioning that neurogenesis resembles taking a supplement. While increasing your intake of foods/ supplements that promote neurogenesis is beneficial, it will have little effect if your diet and lifestyle is poor.

  • Groom Turns To Stepson During Wedding, Speaks 6 Words That Brings Entire Room To Tears

    Being a stepparent is one of the hardest things a person can do. You have to balance giving your stepchild time to adjust to the new situation, while also being a parent, disciplinarian and friend.

    After years of looking for the perfect stepfather for her son Rylan, Natalie finally found Joe. The two were old friends but lost touch over the years. By the grace of God, they reconnected and fell madly in love. So when it came time for Natalie and Joe to tie the knot, they made sure to include their children in the ceremony.

    Natalie had no idea that Joe’s vows would take such an emotional turn…

    Natalie shared their story and what happened the day of their wedding with Love What Matters. She wrote:

    “My son Rylan had been without a positive, stable father figure for 5 out of the 7 years of his life. It is something he has always longed for. I would watch him watch other children with their daddies, and it just broke my heart.

    Over those five years, I had been through a few relationships that just didn’t work out. No matter how cautious I was with keeping my guard up and making sure those people loved my son just as much as I did, we still couldn’t find the one for us. Those relationships ended in nothing but heartache and trust issues for Rylan and me.

    Then Joe came along.

    A year and a half ago, I met up with an old high school friend. Little did I know that he would be our missing piece.

    He has two children as well, and I instantly fell in love with him and his babies. From day one, we did not go one day without seeing each other. I used to dream about finding someone who would complete us. Joe is better than any of those dreams. He has shown us what it is like to have a family. He loves us with so much intensity that it feels unreal at times.”

    “At the beginning of our relationship, I explained to Joe that Rylan needs a male who will invest time in him, do things one-on-one with him, and teach him and guide him. Joe has done just that. He helps Rylan with his homework, he makes every school event when I can’t, and they go on bike rides together. He taught Rylan how to golf this past summer, and now it’s their thing.

    I picked Ry up from school the other day and he said, ‘Mom, can I go have a daddy-son day with Joey soon? I want to go golfing. It is my favorite thing to do!’

    Then he went on tell me that there are NO MOMS ALLOWED because it will be a boys day. I was okay with that. To know that he wants quality time with Joe just melts my heart. That is what he has always wanted. It is what WE have always wanted. We are so lucky to have Joe. Not only do we have him, but he also has two children, so our family has expanded quite a bit.

    Joe and I got married on February 17, 2018. We each chose to write/say vows to our stepchildren. The moment when Joe brought Rylan up in front of our guests on that special day, is a moment I will never forget.

    He told Rylan:

    ‘I promise to always be there for you when you need someone. Whether it be a coach, a dad, a friend. Anything you need, you can always come to me, and I’ll be your shoulder. I love you, Bub.’

    Although those words may have been short and sweet, they meant the world to me and I know they meant the world to Rylan. He burst into tears hearing Joe’s promises to him, and the whole room did as well.

    They all knew our story, the struggles we have been through, and how important it was for me to find someone like Joe for Rylan. Rylan knew, in that moment, that he now has a father; one who truly loves him and will not leave like others have.

    I couldn’t ask for anyone greater to be by our side through life’s journey. Joe and my stepchildren are our greatest gifts.”

    Now Rylan has a friend, confidant and father who will care for him the way he deserves to be cared for. This type of unconditional love is everything Rylan and Natalie could’ve asked for – their dreams have come true.

    Listen to Joe’s heartwarming vows to his new son in the video below!

  • Dolphin Creates Sand Circle & Waits. Seconds Later Camera Captures Stunning Ocean Phenomenon

    Dolphins never seem to grow out of their happy-go-lucky attitude, which is probably why we love them so much – they remind us about the importance of play time! But, as cool and fun as these animals appear to be on the outside, there is another side to them that we don’t really like to think about.

    It doesn’t help that nature documentaries leave this part of their lives on the cutting room floor. There’s a secret brewing underneath the surface of dolphin-ville, and this revealing video clip shows what our mammalian cousins are up to when they’re not being so cute and cuddly.

    Here’s a fact of dolphin life that most of us don’t give much thought to – they need to eat! When they’re in a sea park, dolphins are hand-fed their meals, but out in the great blue yonder the critters actually have to round up their grub the old fashioned way – by hunting for it!

    However, instead of silently stalking their prey like a lion or wolf, bottlenose dolphins have figured out it’s actually much easier to give up the chase. When these snarky little tricksters stuck their bottle noses together, they came up with a brilliant game plan that delivers food right into their adorable little maws.

    The footage below shows a dolphin that at first seems to be exhibiting unusual behavior. She’s flapping her tail against the bottom of a shallow sea bed as she swims around in a circle.

    However, this clever girl isn’t just goofing off – the ring of silt and mud she’s dredged up is actually a homemade fishing net!

    After she’s laid her fun little trap, the poor, clueless fish do all the work for her. Check out the video below to see why dolphins are the masters of meal planning. Talk about getting the fresh “catch” of the day!

  • Stranger Walks Up To Soldier At Airport, Later Gets Urgent News Arriving At Hotel

    Our brave men and women in the United States Armed Forces dedicate their lives to keeping us safe at home and abroad. So when they finally have the chance to come home, it’s important that they make the most of it! Thankfully, one kind stranger decided to make U.S. Army soldier Mr. Glascott’s leave the best time ever. It all started when they sat down next to each other at the airport.

    The stranger, a businessman named Brad, plopped down and started asking Mr. Glascott about his duties and the inner workings of the Armed Forces.

    The two got to talking and Mr. Glascott revealed that he was on leave so he could celebrate his son’s birthday and spend a much-needed vacation with his family! He had no idea that Brad was planning something unusual in his head as they chatted…

    As soon as Mr. Glascott and his family checked at The Great Wolf Lodge, they knew something was going on. The hotel clerk told Mr. Glascott, “You have a message on your account – from Brad.” At first, the name “Brad” didn’t ring any bells.

    But then the clerk elaborated and told Mr. Glascott that Brad wished them a good time from Atlanta. Thinking that Brad’s message was just a simple, albeit very sweet, gesture and nothing else, he took out his card to pay for their stay. But what happened next left the entire family speechless!

    The chance meeting resulted in Brad doing something that went above and beyond. Mr. Glascott was able to enjoy his time at The Great Wolf Lodge even more now that he didn’t have to worry about anything!
    Learn more about Brad’s generous gift by pressing “play” on the video below. Our servicemen and women deserve nothing but the best – and that’s something Brad understood perfectly.
    Source: YouTube
  • 1-Year-Old Hears His Favorite Song, Stops Everything To Give Mom Show She Won’t Forget

    When mom Jamie Grumet and her family hit the highway, she decided to play some traveling music for the gang. As soon as Lady Gaga’s crazy hit song “Poker Face” came on, her little boy goes bonkers!

    This dance pop song was released in 2008 on Lady Gaga’s album The Fame. It was so wildly popular that it was nominated for a Grammy award for song of the year. It has a great beat, which Jamie’s little one-year-old boy could not ignore.

    As he’s strapped safely into his car seat, her tyke begins head banging to the song. Mom had to start recording his adorable antics and we’re glad she did! Mom loved every second of it! He dances around to the song while Lady Gaga sings the verses of her song. But when she starts in on the intro to the chorus “Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh-oh-e-oh-oh-oh,” this guy just cannot hold back.

    He starts singing right along with Lady Gaga and even continues on into the chorus: “P p p poker face, p p p poker face.” He may not be interested in singing the verses, but he’s all about the chorus.

    He even wiggles his upper body a bit and treats us to a car seat dance while singing. Almost four million people have viewed this hilarious video and love this car seat concert.

    Mom even posted along with the video: “Lady Gaga – we found you a back-up singer!” You have to see the very ending of the video for total cuteness overload.

    Source: YouTube
  • Mom’s Confused When Woman Begins Staring, But It’s The Stranger’s Words That Leave Her Frozen

    Charli Stevens is the first to admit that she’s not one of the moms who likes to post personal stuff about herself on social media. But, after she was humiliated in public for doing nothing more than being herself, she felt it was necessary to share her message.

    Not long ago Charli was out shopping with her 5-month-old son, Grayson, when a woman suddenly approached them. Without missing a beat, the stranger made a comment that left her both stunned and in tears. All she could do was stand there and cry.

    Although she was completely devastated, the determined mom decided she couldn’t let this one go. In a world that continues to judge people based on their appearance, her story is one that needs to be told.

    Most of us would agree that it would be totally rude to just walk up to someone and hurl insults their way. It’s especially true if you don’t even know the other person!

    Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened to Charli when she was at her local grocery store. A middle-aged woman decided to not to mind her own business, and she made a beeline straight towards the Ohio mom.

    “While there, I notice this woman, who was probably in her 50’s, kept staring at me. I hate when people stare but didn’t say or do anything. A couple minutes later, she came up to me and said ‘I think your clothes are a little too small on you.'”

    Charli couldn’t believe that she was being body-shamed right there in public! She was completely shocked and caught off guard by the woman’s intrusive behavior.

    A very baffled Charli was hoping that she had misheard the unkind stranger, but sadly she got slapped in the face with a second and third round of unwarranted put-downs.

    “I said, “excuse me?” And she said, “well no offense but you’re just a bit big to wear those type of clothes.” Instant tears. I didn’t know what to say.”

    The mother-of-two said that she’s usually not shy about speaking her mind, but this time she froze in place. Poor Charli was too stunned to move, and that’s when the stranger tried to defend her comments by prefacing it with the usual “I’m not trying to be mean” hogwash.

    “I’m not trying to be mean but maybe just reconsider your outfit before leaving your house from now on.”

    After the woman walked away, Charli just stood there and cried. She put everything back on the shelf and left the store without buying a thing.

    Charli decided to post a photo of her “too-tight” outfit and an important message about body-shaming.

    “Why would a complete stranger go out of their way to insult someone? What if I was severely depressed? Or what if I was constantly made fun of for my weight and that one comment from that stranger pushed me over the edge? Luckily, I’m neither of those things.”

    The concerned mother went on to say that people need to start being nice to each other, have common sense, and just be respectful.

    “This lady also doesn’t know that I’ve lost nearly 50 pounds from my heaviest weight before having Grayson- but apparently that’s not good enough. My clothes were tighter than what I would normally wear but so what?! It shouldn’t matter what people wear.”

    The only bright side to the whole ordeal was the fact that her 4-year-old daughter wasn’t there to hear the snide remarks. Charli doesn’t want her little girl to grow up in a world where her body is being scrutinized and judged by others, which is why she’s trying to spread awareness about her experience.

    “Please, PLEASE, have some respect for people. You never know what someone is going through or if your one little comment, snicker, stare, whatever will be enough to break someone down or push them over the edge. I’m not writing this for sympathy but just as a plea to anyone who might read this to just be nice and have respect for people. I fear for my daughter to grow up in this world. We’ve gotta set a good example for our children.”

    Fortunately, since Charli posted her story on Facebook – she has received a lot of support from people who couldn’t agree with her more!


  • Nervous Man Takes Stage Alone, But Second He Opens His Mouth Crowd Knocked Back In Disbelief

    Stephen Barry has a voice unlike any other, and the judges’ heart strings were pulled as soon as he began singing. It just may seem impossible to have a soft tone, yet a powerful voice, but Stephen Barry demonstrates exactly what that sounds like, and how beautiful it is.

    With the perfect song choice, he stepped up with the microphone in hand. Though the nerves started to show through, he knew he couldn’t turn back now.

    Instead of caving into those nervous feelings, he did something very brave. He took matters into his own hands, sung with his whole heart, and because of that, his performance made a lasting impression. Stephen took the stage and instantly stole the hearts of everyone in the audience. It wasn’t just because of his voice, but his courage. His performance was so powerful that it even began building his courage as the song continued. The judges found themselves grasping hands and swaying because of the emotions built up from Stephen’s voice.

    It is artists like Stephen Barry that people can relate to the most. When the audience saw him walk across the stage, nervous as could be, they saw a man. When he began singing, they witnessed a true star in his own element.

    Though Stephen Barry took a risk to perform that day not knowing the outcome, he was willing to give it a try because of his love for singing. His courage is a true inspiration to pursue what you love. By the end of his song, it was clear that he was more comfortable than ever.

    With a smile and a deep breath, he had done his very best, and the judges sprung to their feet in adoration. Watch this humbling moment take place in the beautiful video below.

    Source: YouTube
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