HOW TO EXPERIENCE PEACE AND JOY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

peace and joyDespite the fact that we sing Christmas Carols like “Joy to the World” and “Silent Night” lyrics like “sleep in heavenly peace”, often times the holiday season is anything but filled with joy and peace.  Between school pageants, office Christmas parties, shopping for gifts, not to mention the extra cooking and baking for the family, it’s pretty easy to get stressed out.  However, in this article I’m going to share with you a few simple things that you can do so that you really can experience peace and joy this holiday season.   (more…)

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ANGELS: MYTH OR REALITY?

angelsAccording to a 2011 poll, of the 1000 Americans interviewed, 77% believed that angels are real.1  A similar 2007 poll of 1000 Canadians showed that 66% believed in angels.2 As the Christmas Season approaches, angels inevitably pop up everywhere from Bible scripture readings in church, to Christmas tree decorations, to the carols we sing, to the movies we watch like the classic “It’s a Wonderful Life”.  While stories of angels actually span many of the world’s various religions and cultures, how is it that over the millennia, angels continue to have such a popular place in our lives? Are they real or simply a myth to help us feel better in a troubled world? Have you ever had an encounter with an ethereal angel? In this article I’m going to explore both the spiritual and the scientific side to the question, Angels: Myth or Reality?   (more…)

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THE 10 MOST POPULAR NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNERS

NobelTo help us focus on peace this month, I thought it would be helpful to learn some interesting things about the Nobel Peace Prize and some of its recipients.  For example, it has been awarded to 128 laureates since 1901. Before we get into the 10 most popular recipients, here are some other interesting facts:
95 Nobel Peace Prizes have been awarded from 1901-2014.
2 Peace Prizes have been divided between three persons.
16 women have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize so far.
62 is the average age of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates the year they were awarded the prize.
1 Peace Prize Laureate, Le Duc Tho, has declined the Nobel Peace Prize.
3 Peace Prize Laureates have been under arrest at the time of the award: German pacifist and journalist Carl von Ossietzky, Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi and Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo.
*All facts and figures about the Nobel Nobel Peace Prize
Here is a list of the 10 most popular Nobel Peace Prize recipients. (more…)

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CAN MEDITATION CREATE WORLD PEACE?

MeditationPeaceIt’s been speculated that meditation has been around since the dawn of civilization. It’s been part of the spiritual practices across many faiths from Christianity, Judaism and Islam to Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism as well as New Age and Pagan practices. More recently we’ve been hearing about the health benefits of meditation. According to the Mayo Clinic, some research suggests that meditation may help people manage symptoms of conditions such as: anxiety disorders, asthma, cancer, depression, heart disease, high blood pressure, pain and sleep problems. However, can meditation create world peace? Read on to find out more. (more…)

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HOW TO HAVE A STRESS FREE CHRISTMAS

ChristmasRushWell, almost….. Research has shown that the Christmas Holiday Season can be one of the most stressful times of the year. Anyone who has been within a 5 kilometer radius of a shopping centre in the month of December knows what the Christmas rush is like. The crowds, the checkout lines, not to mention the crazy parking lots all add up to increased stress on top of an already hectic month. Even small town grocery stores can be filled with long line ups. Do you want to find out about 10 simple yet effective strategies to help you beat the Christmas rush? Would you like to decrease your stress and actually enjoy the holidays this year? Read on to find out how. (more…)

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WHY FAILURES ARE A GOOD THING

failure-successWhat do the Wright Brothers, the creators of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books and Ellen Degeneres have in common?  They all experienced failure on a grand scale before they achieved success. Not only that, it was their failures that played a key role in helping them be successful in their respective fields. Let’s take a closer look at why failures are a good thing. (more…)

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