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Creating Your Happy Thought List

Practical Practice Management A Division of Top Practices


For many the Holiday Season can be very difficult for one reason or another.  This year I personally know a couple of families that have suffered the loss of loved ones in the past few months.  They are trying to do their best to keep the Holiday Spirit alive but are finding it very difficult.

There is a good antidote that can help you get through the days ahead if you are finding it difficult.  It will not change your situation or the loss you feel, but it will make it easier to get through each day.

Make a Happy Thought List.  This is a list of things that make you happy.  Take the time to jot down big and little things that make you happy and bring a smile to your face.  Maybe it is watching your children play, or a favorite childhood memory.  It may be a fond memory with your loved ones, who are…

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Focus On The Future

Practical Practice Management A Division of Top Practices


“Life is not about looking back and wishing that today is the same with the past. Life is about moving on, accepting changes and looking forward to what makes you stronger and more complete because it’s never been too late to have a life and never too late to change one.”  ~ ~Unknown

Have a great Tuesday and remember to look forward and not back because you don’t want to miss a thing that is coming down the road!

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My Religion Is Kindness

Practical Practice Management A Division of Top Practices


With the Holidays approaching you may notice that some of your coworkers are feeling bit more stressed.  This can be caused by various things, from financial issues to family issues.  Whatever the reason, it is important to be sympathetic and understanding.

The normal thought when it comes to the Holiday Season is that everyone is happy and excited.  We need to keep in mind that for many this is not so.

Be kind, be patient and be thoughtful.  Those we encounter will appreciate it.

“My religion is very simple.  My religion is kindness.” ~ Dalai Lama

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Periyava Golden Quotes-79

Sage of Kanchi

எந்தச் சிவன் கோயிலிலும் கன்னி மூலையில் (South West Corner) விக்நேச்வரரும், மேற்கில் சுப்பிரமணியரும், வடக்கில் சண்டேச்வரரும், தெற்கில் தக்ஷிணாமூர்த்தியும், அக்னி மூலையில் (South East Corner) சோமாஸ்கந்தரும், ஈசானத்தில் (North East) நடராஜரும் இருப்பார்கள். மத்தியார்ஜுனத்திற்கு நேர் மேற்கில் பத்துமைல் தூரத்திலுள்ள ஸ்வாமிமலை சுப்பிரமணிய க்ஷேத்திரம். அதற்குச் சிறிது தெற்கில் கன்னி மூலையிலுள்ள திருவலஞ்சுழிக் கோயில் திருவிடைமருதூர் மஹாலிங்கத்துக்கு விக்நேச்வரர் சந்நிதி. திருவிடைமருதூருக்குப் பத்து மைல் தெற்கில் ஆலங்குடி என்ற ஊர் இருக்கிறது. அது தக்ஷிணாமூர்த்தி க்ஷேத்திரம். திருவிடைமருதூருக்கு நேர் வடக்கிலுள்ள திருச்சேய்ஞலூர் என்பது சண்டேஸ்வரர் கோயில். திருவிடைமருதூருக்கு நேர் கிழக்கிலுள்ளது திருவாவடுதுறை. அது நந்திகேசுவரர் சந்நிதி. திருவாரூரில் சோமாஸ்கந்தர், தில்லையில் நடராஜர், சீர்காழியில் பைரவர். இப்படிச் சோழ தேசமே ஒரு சிவாலயமாக இருக்கிறது. – ஜகத்குரு ஸ்ரீசந்திரசேகரேந்திர சரஸ்வதி ஸ்வாமிகளின் அருள்மொழிகள்

In any Siva temple Kanni Moolai (South West Corner) resides Lord Vigeswarar, Lord Subramaniar resides in the West, Lord Chandigeswarar resides in the North, Lord Dakshinamurthy resides in the South, Lord Somaaskanadar resides in Agni Moolai (South East Corner), and Lord Nataraja resides in Esaanam (North East). Swami Malai Subramaniar Kshethram is located in 10 miles direct west of Madhiyarjuna (Thiruvidai Marudhur…

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13 Health Benefits of Oranges

Our Better Health

by Diana Herrington

“Orange strengthens your emotional body, encouraging a general feeling of joy, well-being, and cheerfulness.” – Tae Yun Kim

Who doesn’t love a delicious and juicy orange as a snack? They are popular with athletes because they can be easily eaten for a burst of energy. I enjoy eating one or two oranges a day most of the year for that same energy-boosting effect.

13 Health Benefits of Oranges:

1. Helps Prevent Cancer
Oranges are rich in citrus limonoids, proven to help fight a number of varieties of cancer including that of the skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon.

2. Prevents Kidney Diseases
Drinking orange juice regularly prevents kidney diseases and reduces the risk of kidney stones.

Note: drink juice in moderate amounts. The high sugar content of fruit juices can cause tooth decay and the high acid content can wear away enamel if consumed in excess.


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Is Yogurt the Secret to Happiness?

Our Better Health

Recent research reveals fascinating new connections between gut and brain — and yogurt’s mood-boosting abilities.

By Reynard Loki / AlterNet December 15, 2015

Scientists have long known that the brain sends signals to the gut, a process that reveals why stress, for example, can express itself through gastrointestinal symptoms. But it wasn’t until 2013, when researchers at the UCLA uncovered the first evidence that the signal can go the other way as well: from gut to brain.

By studying a group of women who regularly ate yogurt — and with it, the beneficial bacteria known as probiotics — they found that ingested bacteria in food can affect human brain function, effectively altering the way the brain responds to the environment. Specifically, the researchers found that the bacteria in yogurt may help relieve anxiety and stress by reducing activity in the insula, the region of the brain responsible for emotion.


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8 Fascinating Things We Learned About Sleep In 2015

Our Better Health

Scientists dove deeper into the mystery of sleep this year.

12/22/2015    Carolyn Gregoire    Senior Health & Science Writer, The Huffington Post

Turning off your devices and practicing mindfulness can help you get better sleep, research suggests.
Arianna Huffington has shared the big idea that she thinks will define 2016 — and it’s probably not what you would expect.

“Sleep. That’s right, sleep!” Huffington wrote in a Dec. 16 blog post. “How much and how well we sleep in the coming year — and the years to follow — will determine, in no small measure, our ability to address and solve the problems we’re facing as individuals and as a society.”

As more individuals wake up to the importance of sleep, scientists are continuing to learn more about the mechanics of sleep and the necessity of a good night’s rest for physical and mental health, productivity, cognitive function, psychological…

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Contemplation – Becoming the Truth

Known is a drop, Unknown is an Ocean

Through concentration we become one-pointed. Through meditation we expand our consciousness into the Vast and enter into its consciousness. But in contemplation we grow into the Vast itself, and its consciousness becomes our very own. In contemplation we are at once in our deepest concentration and our highest meditation. The truth that we have seen and felt in meditation, we grow into and become totally one with in contemplation. When we are concentrating on God, we may feel God right in front of us or beside us. When we are meditating, we are bound to feel Infinity, Eternity and Immortality within us. But when we are contemplating, we will see that we ourselves are God, that we ourselves are Infinity, Eternity and Immortality.

Contemplation means our conscious oneness with the infinite, eternal Absolute. In contemplation the Creator and the creation, the lover and the Beloved, the knower and the known…

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just relax…

Known is a drop, Unknown is an Ocean

just relax

Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand – relax. If you relax, it comes. If you relax, it is there. If you relax, you start vibrating with it…

~ Osho

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10 Courtesies Every Leader Should Remember

Doug Dickerson on Leadership

courteousCourtesy – Excellence of manners or social conduct; polite behavior. –Random House Dictionary

“Everything rises and falls on leadership,” says John Maxwell. He’s right. The temperament of a leader is an important ingredient that goes a long way in determining his or her success. In short; behaviors and attitudes matter.

Too often sadly, we hear the stories of workplace bullying and other behaviors that are contributing to poor morale and working conditions. As a leader it is important to be aware of your surroundings and your workplace culture.

Now is a good time to be reminded of simple courtesies that make a difference. Here is a list of ten common courtesies every leader should remember. The list is not exhaustive but is a good place to start. They are in no particular order.

  1. How to say “thank you”, “please”, ‘you’re welcome”, etc.

It should go without saying but these polite…

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