Tips to a Happier You in 2012~Choosing to See Truth

As a pharmacist who became the patient for seven years, I gained quite the understanding on depression. If you’ve never experienced it, I’m rejoicing with you! It’s not a place you want to go. If you have experienced it…well, I’m right there with you.  In the gloomy pit of despair and hopelessness that is depression, desperation is born. The desire to be out of that pit is overwhelming. We will do anything to get out.  Prozac, one of the most {Read More}

Tips to a Happer You in 2012~When life gives you lemons, sniff them!

“Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles  and all the years you have lived.” – Helen Keller God gave us five senses—hearing, sight, taste, touch, and smell. All of these senses send direct messages to our brains. Consider the information given by the Social Issues Research Center on the subject of fragrance and emotion:  The association of fragrance and emotion is not an invention of poets or perfume-makers. Our olfactory receptors are directly connected to {Read More}

Tips to a Happier You in 2012~Stretch Your Way to Happy

When Marlee was just a toddler, she would stretch endlessly. When I would go to get her up in the mornings, she would stall saying, “Hang on, I’m not finished stretching yet.” And she would stretch to one side, then the other, procrastinating because she didn’t want to get out of bed.  But she always got up in the best of moods!  Stretching does so much for our mind and body. When I get up in the morning, I try {Read More}

Sometimes You Just Have to Suffer

Do you ever feel like God has left you or forgotten about you? Do you think Jesus thought His father forgot Him?  Jesus did not want to endure the pain and agony of the cross. But He knew that His crucifixion must take place for God’s plan to be carried out.  God never left Jesus during His suffering. When Jesus hung on the cross at the very end of his life, He separated Himself from God when he sacrificed Himself for {Read More}

Make a Change Monday~A Sugar Fast

I am currently reading Made to Crave, by Lysa Terkeurst, and I love it. I’ll talk more about the book at a later date, but for now I just want to share one of Lysa’s suggestions for today’s make-a-change.  Lysa explains we are made to crave. God designed our bodies to crave, but more importantly, he designed our soul to crave…Him. When we sacrifice something our body craves and replace that physical craving with a spiritual craving, we grow closer to {Read More}

Tips to a Happier you in 2012~The Sweet Truth

What are the most common conditions for which we would consider a change in our diet? •   High blood pressure?  •   Obesity? •   Diabetes? •     Those are the no-brainers. But what about your brain? Do you think about the food we eat being connected to our brain?  Let me give you an example from personal experience:  When I was finishing pharmacy school, I did a clinical rotation at Greenville Memorial Hospital in the Cancer Treatment Center. I had to {Read More}

Tips to a Happier You in 2012~Music Therapy

Everyone is affected by music. In one form or another, it’s all around us.  In the Bible, David wrote the entire book of Psalm dedicated to singing to the Lord. David had a heart for God, but if you read the stories of David in scripture, you also know he was just another sinful human being saved by the grace of God.  Music has been used for years as therapy for depression, stroke victims, and accident victims—virtually anyone, whose brain {Read More}

Make-a-change Monday~Maintaining a Healthy Body pH Could Save Your Life!

Between my career as a pharmacist and the seven years I spent trying to fix myself, I learned a LOT about health and nutrition.  One thing you can count on in the world of nutrition is everyone has an opinion and they believe their way is the best way.  Through research and/or personal experience, I tried:  •   Xango Juice •   Barley Green •   Juicing •   The Hallelujah Diet (all raw food) •   The 21-day Detox Diet •   Juice Plus •   {Read More}

Tips to a Happier You in 2012~Time to Dance

   I will admit that this Southern Baptist girl hasn’t done much dancing in her time. It’s not that I don’t like dancing; I’ve just never had many opportunities to dance. There was my senior prom, for which my date (now my hubby) and I learned to shag, but beyond that we have never spent too much time in ballrooms. With the era of X-Box and PlayStation, you no longer need a fancy dress and a ballroom to dance. You {Read More}

Tips to a Happier You in 2012~Forgiveness

Today’s tip to a happier you is forgiveness.  First, forgive me for such a quick post today. I have been invited to speak this weekend, so I’ve been busy preparing (and biting my nails =o/) and haven’t had time to spend much time blogging this week.  God commands us to forgive over and over again in His word.  Holding a grudge only hurts the one holding it. It can consume and destroy you from the inside out.  I am short {Read More}

The only physician who can save your life

This week I’ve been focusing on faith. If you didn’t read Saturday’s “Tip to a Happier You,” click here.  I’m currently reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp…which will go at the top of my “Books that will change your life” list. She contemplates Luke 17: 15-19, where there seems to be some inconsistency in the scripture: One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and {Read More}

Tips to a Happier You in 2012~Do you have insomnia? Learn how to sleep!

When God created the earth, he rested on the seventh day. Wouldn’t it be nice if we only had to rest once a week? It sure would free up time for my to-do list. But sleep doesn’t work that way. God created us to need sleep, and unfortunately, a little more than once a week.  When I was in the midst of my seven years of hell, insomnia plagued me frequently. In my depression, all I wanted to do was {Read More}

Make-a-change Monday~Post it!

New Year’s Day 2008~ This is it. This year is going to be the year.  I’m going to read my Bible more and pray more.  I want to be a better person. Closer to God.  New Year’s Day 2009~  This is it. This year is going to be the year.  I’m going to read my Bible more and pray more.  I want to be a better person. Closer to God.  New Year’s Day 2010~ This is it. This year is {Read More}

Tips to a Happier You in 2012~Acts of Kindness & Altruism

Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?”  (Romans 15:1-2 Msg) The definition of altruism in the New American Oxford Dictionary reads as follows:  altruism |ˈaltroōˌizəm| noun the belief in or practice of disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others  One of the foundational truths repeated time and time again throughout the Bible is that we should practice altruism: You shall love {Read More}