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You are what you think

By Nancy S Buck, PhD, RN

Do you pay attention to the food you eat? Are you choosing foods and drinks that refresh, nourish and support your body and optimal health? These days there is more information than ever about what good and healthy choices actually mean. Sometimes this information and advice can actually be more confusing than helpful. The need to become informed, thoughtful and an educated consumer is not only true for your own individual needs, but also for your family.

If you drive a car, do you pay attention to your safe driving habits? Are you cautious and conscious when driving in a school zone, on mountain pass or through inclement weather? Before you take a long road trip you probably conscientiously have your mechanic give your car the tending and overhaul necessary to ensure a safe and hazard-free trip.

How would you rate your dental and oral hygiene routine? On a scale of one to ten with one being neglectful and careless and ten indicating that you follow your dentist’s and hygienist’s recommendations regularly, what is your score?

You are what you eat.
You are what you do.
You are what you think. 

Louise Hay, self-help guru and mother of the modern-day positive affirmation movement has been preaching the idea that you become what you think for years. Your thoughts either support, heal and help you, or they harm, hurt and damage you.

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Consistent with Glasser’s notion that all behavior is total comprised of the four simultaneously occurring components of: acting, thinking, feeling, and physiology (ing), a thought is not simply a thought. There is simultaneously accompanying acting, feeling and physiology(ing) with every thought. When you think happy, optimistic, affirmative thoughts your concurrent acting, feeling and physiology is optimistic and affirmative. When you think negative, hurtful or angry thoughts, your concurrent acting, feeling and physiology is negative, hurtful or angry.

Is it time you started considering your verbal and thought diet? When you start self-evaluating and taking a similar inventory about your private thoughts, as well as your oral and written statements as you did with your food, driving and oral hygiene habits, how are you doing?

If you aren’t really sure, let today be the day you start being conscious of your private thoughts. Start listening to what you say to others and yourself.

Is it time for you to alter your thinking and verbal diet to improve your Mental Health & Happiness? You are what you think. Since there are so many wonderful thoughts to choose from, start choosing delightful, loving and kind thoughts today. Try this:

Today I choose to be Mentally Healthy & Happy

I’ve Said It A Million Times!

by Rebecca Gray

Icrazyn my work as a school social worker, I’m always telling people that we are all doing the best that we can, because if we knew how to do better, we would obviously chose that option over the agony of failure.

This seems a pretty solid philosophy when you are dealing with a child who is in a situation that they’ve never been in before, and they don’t have the skills or knowledge to handle it.  But here’s the tricky part… What about the kid who has made the same mistake over and over again and you’ve told them a million times what to do, and they still don’t do it?

Or think about yourself… don’t you know that you should exercise more, or eat better, or quit smoking?  And yet, you don’t do it.  So, how can it be true that if we knew a better way, we would chose that?

This is where we tend to start labeling behavior.  It’s because that kid is oppositional.  It’s because I’m just lazy.

But every behavior exists for a purpose.  It’s easy to simply label someone as bad, and say they are making poor choices.   It’s harder to dig for the real purpose behind seemingly bad choices, and find the need that is being met by that choice.

That kid who skips school may be at home caring for their preschool sister because mom never came home last night.

The child who talks back to the teacher may be trying to gain status with his peers because he feels he is not as smart as the rest of the kids.

I may not stick to my diet because it’s Christmas time and it’s more important to me to share food and drink with the people I love than worry about the number on the scale.

The answer is not in labeling people as bad, it’s in helping them find a way to meet all their competing needs.  Is there a way for the kid to know their preschool sister is safe and attend school at the same time?  Is there a way for the child to feel “cool” with their peers and still be a respectful person?  Is there a way I can maintain a healthy weight without feeling left out of the party?

A favorite quote of mine is “To know and not do is to really not know.”  You may be able to tell me what to do to meet one of my needs, but if I don’t do it, it’s because there is another need that is interfering.   When people know how to meet all their needs effectively, they do.