Today’s Inspiration ~ Hardships Prepare Us for Something Greater

“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”

~ C.S. Lewis


Think About It ~ Everyone Needs a Friend

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Everyone needs a friend. Everyone needs someone he/she can count on. Some folks find it easy to make friends, others have a tougher time. Reach out to those who are lonely, your friendship will make a difference in their lives. Everyone needs a friend.

Today’s Health Tip ~ Does Breastfeeding Boost IQ?

Children Who are Breastfed Have Higher IQ’s and Higher Earning Ability

The researchers found that information about IQ and breastfeeding was available for 3,493 of the 5,914 neonates enrolled. The durations of total breastfeeding and predominant breastfeeding correlated positively with IQ, educational attainment, and income in crude and adjusted analyses. Dose-response associations were identified for breastfeeding duration with IQ and educational attainment. Participants who were breastfed for 12 months or more had higher IQ scores, more years of education, and higher monthly incomes than those breastfed for less than one month, in confounder-adjusted analysis. Based on mediation analysis, IQ was found to be responsible for 72 percent of the effect on income.

“Our results suggest that breastfeeding not only improves intelligence up to adulthood, but also has an effect at both the individual and societal level, by increasing educational attainment and earning ability,” the authors write.


Kindness Works ~ Kindness is Good for the Body

Kindness has been shown to increase self-esteem, empathy and compassion, and improve mood. It can decrease blood pressure and cortisol, a stress hormone, which directly impacts stress levels. People who give of themselves in a balanced way also tend to be healthier and live longer. Kindness can increase your sense of connectivity with others, which can directly impact loneliness, improve low mood and enhance relationships in general. It also can be contagious. Looking for ways to show kindness can give you a focus activity, especially if you tend to be anxious or stressed in some social situations.


Today’s Positive Thought ~ A Life’s Mission

To have made even one person’s life a little better, that is to succeed (Henry David Thoreau).”

Being connected and contributing to each other’s happiness is central to living a good life. When we’re connected to each other and contribute in a positive way to each other we enrich the other and ourselves as well. 

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