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DID you ever notice that you easily catch a cold when you are lonely? Loneliness weakens the body’s immune system, so it is not surprising that many lonely people develop diseases. This is one very important reason why we need to strive to be calm and positive amidst life’s storms – we need to take care of our health. Like what I always emphasize, a person may be hardworking and optimistic, but if his health is failing, how can he accomplish anything?

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Rx for patience

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Expectant mothers wait for nine months before they can see and hold their babies. Students wait for years before they earn a diploma. Farmers wait for months before they can harvest crops. Senior citizens look forward to receiving their monthly pension. Sometimes the waiting periods are shorter, like when we wait for our fast-food order, wait for our turn to use the restroom, or when we wait for a reply to an important message – but just the same, many of us become impatient.

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IT’S two weeks before Christmas! With gatherings and celebrations this season, the temptation to indulge in sweet, salty, and fatty food is greater compared to other times of the year. Since our physical health affects our quality of life, daily activities, relationships, finances, and even our mood, here’s a rundown of health facts that will hopefully make us think twice before we get another serving of our sweet, salty, and fatty favorites.

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DID you wake up one day realizing that you are in a one-sided relationship and that contrary to what the other person has been telling you – he/she does not intend to change his/her ways? Was your energy drained when you realized you wasted years trying to please someone who only cares about himself/herself?

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FROM a reporter’s interview with the mother of a female domestic violence victim: “Sabi ko sa kaniya noon pa, hiwalayan na. Sabi ko, balang araw iyan pa ang papatay sa iyo”. Not the exact words, but it did happen.

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PSYCHOLOGISTS emphasize the need for infant-parent/caregiver attachment because it impacts the infant’s future as a toddler, a child, a teen-ager, and an adult! When an infant cries because he is hungry, afraid, or wet, somebody picks him up and gives a quick and appropriate response. Somebody cuddles him. He develops eye contact. He hears real voices and laughter. The infant learns that there is an adult who is sensitive to his needs and in whom he can depend. Psychologists say this is how an infant develops trust.

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