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Self Compassion Helps You Get Through Tough Times – by Marie Miguel

Great one to share. Thanks Kindness Blog!

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What is self-compassion?

Self-compassion is the act of extending kindness towards oneself during moments of suffering. When we fail in life, it can be excruciating to handle. But with self-compassion, you can manage those emotions in a way that makes you feel less negatively about yourself. Kristin Neff, a psychology professor at the University of Texas at Austin, created self-compassion scales. A long self-compassion scale has 26 items, while the short one has 12. Neff identified ways that people could be kind toward themselves and showed us that we could accept who we are. There are many ways to be compassionate toward yourself when you’re suffering. Here’s what self-compassion is and what isn’t.

What self-compassion is

  • Kindness toward oneself – it can be easy to fall into negative thinking patterns when bad things happen to us in our lives. But extending genuine kindness toward oneself is self-compassion.
  • Concern for…

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On one side there were Nazis and on the other side there were no Nazis and Trump still came down on the wrong side. #charlottesville

Thank you Helen! She is spot on and this one’s too good not to share.

Margaret and Helen

helen-mug1From Helen:

Margaret, several people have asked me why I haven’t been writing. The truth is, honey, this isn’t funny anymore. Our President… scratch that… the moron currently occupying the White House just equated George Washington to Robert E. Lee. He can’t understand why a memorial to the symbolic founding father of our country is different than a memorial to a general in an army that fought a failed rebellion against our government.

Mr. President, with no respect intended, I implore you to please step down. You are not qualified for the position you now hold. Quite frankly, you are not qualified to be much more than a reality TV star, a position I hold in very low regard by the way.

There is a reason that in Germany you will find no statues of Hitler, no monuments to the Third Reich, and noChancellor of Germany suggesting there was blame…

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An Open Letter To Donald Trump From Some Angry Women.

Another must read. I repeat this blogger’s sentiment: We won’t go back!!!!!

Drifting Through


Dear Mr. Trump… can I call you Mr. Trump? Is that ok? I want you to be happy, that’s very important to me.

Before I get started, let me say this letter isn’t from all women. The Trumpettes surely won’t approve of this message. But this is from most women.

We see right through you. We have all known you at some point. Your ways are not unfamiliar to us. We see through you because we’ve been dealing with you our whole lives.

We heard you call women pigs. And disgusting. And stupid. And bimbos.

We watched as you called a former Ms. Universe “Ms. Piggy” and then spent four days continuing to insult her.

We see your weakness. Your lust for attention at any cost, your need to denigrate women. We see all of it. And we’re mad.

Yes. We’re mad. And fired up. And here’s the thing about us……

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Laugh your way to health

I loved this post so much that I needed to share it. Laughter truly is the best medicine!


laughter is the best medicine


Laughter is the best medicine’: we’re always being told that, but there’s actually more to a good giggle than just raising our spirits for a couple of minutes. Research shows that while children laugh up to 400 times a day, adults do it only 17 times a day, on average.

In fact, laughter therapy is a big deal and can improve your health in lots of different ways. Just check out these 10 benefits of chuckling…


  • Reduces risk of heart disease. Research shows that laughing expands the inner walls of the arteries thereby increasing the blood flow. Furthermore, this positive effect lasted for 30-45 minutes.


  • Checks blood pressure. When you laugh, the blood flow increases and the blood pressure rises. But when you stop laughing, blood pressure drops back to its baseline. This relaxing effect helps bring down blood pressure.


  • Laughing boosts the immune system

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Fellow bloggers: How do you upload photos to your blog?

I’m updating with a new title hoping to get some ideas.  Perhaps I will post this in the help forums as well.

I have been using Webshots to link photos into my blog posts.  Last night I went there to upload some pics for a post and I was redirected to this site.  I signed up but I’m not seeing a way to link pics to my blog.  Unhappiness-making!!  But, I’m not going to panic just yet.  Nothing good ever comes from panicking.  Instead I decided to write this out in the hopes that readers will share with me what they’re doing.  Or if there is a way to continue to link pics to my blog via this new website, that would be great information to have as well.

I think what this means is that all the pics that I’ve uploaded via webshots will disappear :(  Did I mention unhappiness-making? I am not sure what to do and am seeking opinions and advice.

I am curious how others share pics on their blogs.  I have used a combination of direct upload to my blog here and webshots.  But most of my pics are from webshots.  How do you share pics on your blog?

Thank you in advance for any help!  I will leave you with a nice directly uploaded photo to enjoy while I contemplate what to do.

Patty pan squash at the farmers’ market:


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