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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Hugs For A Healthy World

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Each of us has the ability to reach out and make a difference in the world and in the lives of others, whether it be through a kind act or volunteering, or something as unusual as offering a stranger a hug. I laughed (and also felt sad) as I watched this 3:30-minute video, link below. This is certainly one person's unique way of touching the world... have a watch;

It is true that we all have the capacity to bridge the gap between ourselves and strangers, if we can dare to let our guard down. Our world is big and fast now and even scary at times... and it can afford all the help it can get to become a more gentle, kind and compassionate planet. I can't say that this approach would be MY unique way of reaching out, but hey, who's to judge!?!

Personally, I like the message this video sends... I like sharing hugs around.

The music in the video is by Sick Puppies... what a name, hey!

Warmly, Carolyn
Inner Fitness(R) Programs

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Help Girls To Love Themselves More

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(I'm so frustrated... for some reason, Blogger won't let me insert photos right now! And, you know how much I LOVE photos... sigh.)

The topic I want to address today doesn't fall within my Work and Life Balance theme, but it is a pressing issue in our North American culture and deserves as much attention as possible.

The issue? The faltering self image and inclination towards anorexia and bulemia in our young girls because of the social pressure to be unnaturally thin!

This has been a news item for many years now... I was even aware of the pressure when I was an adolescent decades ago... but it has escalated to an all-time crisis because of the heightened media frenzy following the young starlets in the fashion and movie industry today. Pathetically, the Kate Mosses, Lindsay Lohans and Paris Hiltons of today seem to set the "standards" for how many young girls aspire to look.

Richard and I witness many young woman in our counselling work struggling with poor self images and in eating crisis, punishing themselves to create thinner versions of themselves... which is sad considering each of them are already lovely, but just don't see it.

In this 6-minute video, host Katie Couric talks with Dr. Diane Mickley of the Wilkins Center and 'Today' contributor Dr. Gail Saltz about how mothers can help their daughters love themselves and their bodies, creating self esteem in an environment of bad body images.

Surely there are ways to help the blossoming young girls around us to feel good about themselves, no matter whether they're a size 4 or a size 16. Perhaps the few tips offered here will give you ideas on how to help those girls in your life.

Click on this link;

Here's to accenting the natural beauty in every woman... no matter their size, shape or age! (On that note, I have to express my appreciation to the skincare company, Dove, for it is making a concerted effort to raise awareness in this very regard... good work to them!)

Warmly, Carolyn
Inner Fitness(R) Programs

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