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— and as usual, a few of my favorite quotes.

You may not agree with me on all of these, but they come out of an era when insults had class, and most of them made me laugh out loud when I read them:

A member of Parliament to Disraeli:

Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease.”. "That depends, Sir," said Disraeli, "whether I embrace your policies or your mistress.".

"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."
— Winston Churchill

"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure."
— Clarence Darrow

"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I
approved of it.
— Mark Twain

"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends."
— Oscar Wilde

"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one."
- George Bernard Shaw
to Winston Churchill.
"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second ... if there is one." — Winston Churchill, in response.

"I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here."
— Stephen Bishop

"He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others."
— Samuel Johnson

"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address
on it?
— Mark Twain

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go." — Oscar Wilde

"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it."
— Groucho Marx

And one for inspiration:

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.
— Jane Goodall

Welcome to the August newsletter. I apologize for not getting you all out a July newsletter, but I was dealing with some medical issues that are hopefully resolved now or will be soon. I hope this month finds all of you doing well and even more than that, doing exactly what you want to be doing. If not, keep reading because I have a few suggestions to help you. In addition, I’ve got lots of interesting, fun and healthy facts for you all to think about and digest.

Left-Handers DayFirst, just have to mention this; August 13th is the annual International Left-Handers Day, a celebration of the minority of men and women of the world who identify as lefties.

“Celebrate your right to be left-handed,” declared the site run by The Left-Handers Club, which launched the celebration in 1992. It claims the effort is more than a token cause, citing a list of left-handed events that have been held in more than 20 countries, including the following:

“Left-v-right sports matches, a left-handed tea party, pubs using left-handed corkscrews where patrons drank and played pub games with the left hand only, and nationwide ‘Lefty Zones’ where left-handers creativity, adaptability and sporting prowess were celebrated, whilst right-handers were encouraged to try out everyday left-handed objects to see just how awkward it can feel using the wrong equipment!”

So, Left Handers unit and celebrate your uniqueness. We all need to do that much more often! Being unique is what truly makes each of us special. So again, celebrate exactly what it is that makes you unique!

Now, July has come and gone and here in the U.S. we celebrated our independence on July 4th. Every country has an independence day of one sort of another. I thought it might be fun to look at a few other independence days.

First, in honor of the man responsible for getting these newsletters out to all of you,Australia Day there is no such thing as Australian Independence day; however, there is “Australia Day” which is Australia's official national day and is celebrated on the January 26. It commemorates the landing of the First Fleet in Sydney Cove on that day in 1788.

When most people think of Cinco de Mayo, in addition to thinking about having their favorite Mexican beer they also think that it is the Mexican Independence Day. It is not. The 5th of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle of Puebla in 1862. It is September 16 that is the true independence day.

In looking over a list of countries that received independence from Great Britain, there are many. I thought I’d list just a few: Afghanistan, Bahamas, Barbados, Cyprus, Fiji, The Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, India, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Nigeria, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Zimbabwe; and that’s just a few. I knew the British Empire extended far and wide, but I really, truly had no idea just how far and wide.

So, in thinking about Independence Days and independence in general, I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be nice to have personal independence? Independence from addictions, independence from bad relationships or disappointing jobs, eating too much or too little, or any other behavior, habit or addiction that has caused you pain (both emotional and physical) and that you would like to be free from.

Hypnosis can help you re-claim your independence and take back control of your life, let me explain how.

In the process of just living, we are all exposed to an overload of message units. Think of these excessive message units as pollution in your subconscious (or even as a huge junk pile that needs to be disposed of). You know how after a long dry summer everything gets a coating of dirt and dust and pollution from the sky? You might not even truly be aware of it, but after the first good rain, you go outside and everything looks brighter and the air smells amazing, all fresh and clean. That’s what hypnosis can do for your subconscious.

Hypnosis can clear away the dust and “pollution” you’ve been carrying around with you for too long. It is this overload of negative message units and pollution that can cloud your thinking and interfere with your ability to control or take back control in your life.

WrongThese negative message units come from sources outside of ourselves. They can come from the people in our lives, our jobs, the world we live in even the news we hear and read. They can come from the stressful situations we are all exposed to. A divorce, the death of a loved one, loss of a job, loss of a home, end of a relationship or any of a hundred of other stressful and/or overwhelming situations we can find ourselves in.

Hypnosis allows you to release and discard the trash that has built up in your subconscious and hypnosis also allows you to deliberately choose the types of suggestions, thoughts and ideas that you and only you want. A session with a hypnotherapist will help you discover what trash you’ve been carrying around and the best way to remove it. Then the fun can start while you re-fill your subconscious with what you want and you start to experience true independence!

Linda Simmon C.Ht.
New Beginnings

  • Fight Wrinkles with This Breathing Exercise
    Take a deep breath. Now let it out. Breathe in again. Breathe out. In. Out. Slowly. Evenly.

Feel better? More relaxed? Good. You might look better when you are done, too, because studies show that stress does more than rumple your mood. It may actually help rumple your face, too.

According to RealAge skin expert Amy Wechsler, MD, author of "The Mind-Beauty Connection", stress can cause wrinkles. How? By increasing the production of cortisol -- a stress hormone that also stymies collagen production, one of the natural substances skin needs in order to plump itself, repair itself, and keep wrinkles at bay.
[Note in addition to skin damage, cortisol is also responsible for damage to your heart and may be a contributing factor to the growth of cancer cells.]

3 More Feel-Better, Look-Better Tips

    • Don’t skimp on sleep. Sleep deprivation exacerbates stress and a haggard appearance. It may seem like a lot, but we should all strive to get nine hours of sleep. Maybe if that’s what we strive for, we can all get at least eight.

    • Have more sex. Besides boosting beta-endorphins, making love and cuddling with your significant other increases levels of the tension-squashing, feel-good hormones prolactin and oxytocin.

    • End the love affair with your couch. Exercise jacks up your beta-endorphins, too. And it also releases pent up energy and increases blood flow -- all of which your skin will love. Yoga does wonderful things for your body and your mind..

  • Want Bigger Brains? Walk
    True, there’s no home-gym equipment designed to build up your brain muscle. But a simple walk will do.

A new study shows that regular cardiovascular exercise can enlarge the hippocampus -- a brain structure vital to memory function. As we age, our brains tend to shrink, and our memory can wither in the process. But a new study shows that an aerobically fit person has a larger hippocampus and performs better on spatial memory tests than a less fit subject.

In the study, being more fit did not slow the rate of hippocampal shrinkage once it began, but it meant that people generally had more to work with once shrinking started. And that means less total deterioration overall. Find out what types of exercise provide brain-boosting benefits.

Related research suggests that exercise may even help restore lost brain volume and cognitive function in people with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, possibly because exercise increases cerebral blood flow and boosts the birth of new brain cells.

Here are some other cognitive-health tips to consider:

    • Stamp out stress. Chronic stress can be a real brain drain, and troubled finances may be one major cause.

    • Ditch depressing thoughts.

    • Minimize the beers or wine. Some studies suggest that alcohol abuse may shrink the hippocampus.
  • Give Your Brain a Facelift
    You don't have to download a single Miley Cyrus song or say "like" in every sentence to make your brain younger. Simply make your meals more colorful with broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, arugula, watercress, radishes, bok choy, or cabbage. They're all part of the cruciferous family of vegetables. To botanists, that means they all have four-petaled flowers. To you, it means they can tickle your taste buds while adding vital health powers.

Women who ate the most of these vegetables had scores on brain tests that were the same as those of women 2 years younger. Eat them regularly yourself and your brain could be 48 when the calendar says it's 50. Botox can't do that!

Then combine these with other ways we've talked about to make your brain younger -- for instance, taking DHA (600 milligrams a day) and walking (30 minutes a day). They'll all contribute to keeping your brainpower potent. Not a big fan of cruciferous veggies? Boo on you!

But there's another option: spinach. The big spinach eaters also had younger brains. Nutrients like lutein and folate, found abundantly in these foods, may be responsible for turning back the mental clock.

Push your brainpower even higher by cooking some fish -- say salmon, trout, or sole -- in a foil pouch with a little olive oil and some herbs and then serving it with your veggies. The omega-3 fatty acids in these types of fish also have an anti-aging effect on your mind, possibly because they're anti-inflammatory.

So eat up and keep your mental powers strong. And don't be surprised when you beat your kids at Scrabble.

  • Turn Off Your Worries
    Whatever you're stressing about probably won't kill you, but worrying about it can. When you cultivate a "this too shall pass" attitude, you boost your health in more than one way:

    • It keeps your arteries younger than Beaujolais Nouveau. Anxiety is so hard on your heart: Highly anxious people with heart disease are twice as likely as their more mellow-minded peers to suffer a heart attack or die. Give your body anxiety and it snaps into "Uh, oh, is that python going to be my dinner, or do I need to start running now?" kind of thinking.

      This fight-or-flight response comes complete with a racing heart, shallow breathing, dilated pupils, and increased blood flow to your extremities. Handy when facing the python, not so much when facing the CEO. Over time, this high-alert state causes needless aging of your blood vessels. It can also bring about clinical depression or even over an extended period of time, bi-polar disorder.

    • Your memory stays more agile than a 10-year-old gymnast. Obsessive worriers have more than double the risk of cognitive decline compared with their more carefree peers, a problem linked to that artery wear and tear.

  • Here are some additional ways to keep yourself younger:

    • Knock out your concerns by writing them down (along with potential solutions).

    • Talk them out with people you love. Work on decisive plans of action for worries that won't go away.

    • Settle your mind with activities like walking, yoga or lifting weights. It won't take long -- recent research suggests that as little as 8 weeks of yoga can drop your anxiety level.

    • Bonus:
      Kicking worries to the curb drives up your motivation and concentration, too.

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