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Grateful | Terezia Farkas | Beliefnet| depression help

Are you grateful for your life, and all things in it? Take a moment to pause and reflect. Gratitude helps you let go of fear and doubt. In today’s increasingly angry and divided society, it’s important to appreciate all the good things in our lives. It’s important to honour relationships, see the good in people, and pay forward good intentions.  

Gratitude is a part of happiness

Gratitude isn’t some faith-based feeling or idea. Feeling grateful is part of the happiness spectrum. When someone does something nice for you, say like helping shovel snow, or pitching in on the job to help with the work load, you feel happy. You feel appreciated and loved (to a certain extent) by the other person. That happy feeling is gratitude. It’s the feeling you experience after the kindness of others. You are happy someone thought enough about you to help you.

Happiness makes life easier. You approach the world from a viewpoint of love and harmony. You are more optimistic, more spiritual, and less self-centred. You see people for who they are, and you are more accepting and respectful of others. You form a deeper relationship with friends and family. You’re more friendly and open to the world.

Gratitude is a powerful emotional tool that improves your health and shifts energy to a higher level. Gratitude reduces negative feelings, makes you more resilient, increases mental strength, and improves your relationships.

Take happiness to the next higher level

Everyone wants to be happy. But that’s not always possible. Gratitude provides a way to be happy without trying to find a happy experience. For example, you realize you have a terrific wife who takes care of the kids and loves you faithfully. That realization should make you happy. You are blessed to be loved. There is no need to try to find another woman to make you happier, or to love you more. That action would only happen because you don’t recognize what you have, and aren’t grateful.

Gratitude opens you up to love. You appreciate the love that is present in all things and in yourself. It’s tough to hate yourself when you can appreciate both the good and bad in you.

Practicing an attitude of gratitude lets you see your life as a miracle. You see the opportunities and possibilities before you. You look at things and see them as rich and positive, instead of poor and fearful. Gratitude strengthens your body, mind, and heart. By sending out positive energy, you’ll start attracting situations and people into your life that are positive and soul-enriching.

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family | faith | Terezia Farkas | Beliefnet

If you and your family are religious, your faith helps keep you all close. Regardless of the God you worship, your faith acts as the cement that seals your family together as one wholesome unit, and ultimately brings you all closer together with every day that passes. However, in daily living, it can be difficult to bring God and faith into family and home. There are so many distractions. But you can incorporate God and your faith into your family life.

Pray Together

One of the most sacred times in any religion is prayer time. Prayer time is when you personally connect with your God. So, what better time to connect with the family too? For example, you’re going through a stressful time or transition for all of the family, such as selling your house. All you have on your mind as an adult is, “How can I make sure someone wants to buy my house?” Chances are your children are caught up worrying about the transition, whether that be school, clubs, or friendships. What better time to connect and reassure one another than during prayer time?

You could even each take turns of saying a prayer in front of one another, and then finish with a traditional reading as a family unit. Not only are you sharing your hopes and prayers with God, but with each other, and that makes it all the more special. This will really help you all unite together as a family through difficult and strenuous times, and to remember that as long as you have your faith and each other, you’ll never be alone.

Practice Gratitude Every Day

It can be easy to forget how much we have to be grateful for on a day-to-day basis. But compared to so many others out there, we are extraordinarily lucky. Most of us have a roof over our heads, beds to sleep in, and food in the fridge. You even have your faith to keep you strong, and your family who love you unconditionally. That alone, should fill you with unspeakable gratitude.

We’re often quick to forget how lucky we actually are, that it can actually help to make a point of being grateful for something every day. Why not try making a “gratitude board” and put it up on the kitchen wall? Using a whiteboard is ideal because you can edit it week to week. Separate the board into days of the week. Every day each person in the household has to write something they were grateful for on that particular day. This means that even on your worst days, you have to look for something to be thankful for. And there is ALWAYS something to be thankful about. Some days it’s just a little harder to find than others.

Be Traditional on Religious Holidays

Whatever religious holiday you and your family celebrate, make a concerted effort to keep it as traditional as possible. Eat the traditional foods, say the traditional prayers, and spend the day together, just truly appreciating what you have.

Take Christmas for example. Many of us forget the true meaning of Christmas because of avid consumerism. It’s important to teach children the true story of Christmas and how it came to be from a young age. Attend religious ceremonies such as midnight mass on Christmas Eve, and even go to church for the Christmas morning service. Say grace before you eat your meal. Be grateful for every little thing – not just the presents under the tree. Enjoy the day surrounded by each other, and God.

Create a Spiritual Motto Specific to Your Family

Last but certainly not least, why not create a spiritual motto specific to your family? It could be one of your favourite bible verses, or a prayer that you all like to say together. Whatever it is, make sure it’s something that you all relate to. It can be something you all come back to whenever times get tough, and when you can’t be together.

Why not print the spiritual motto, and frame it? That way you’ll always be reminded of what ties you together as a family, and keeps you one with God.

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cucumber | Terezia Farkas | Healthy Living | depression help | Beliefnet


If you want a fruit that’s healthy and can lift your mood, eat a cucumber. Cucumbers are members of the squash, pumpkin, and melon family. This means cucumbers are high in water content, low in calories, and good for flushing out toxins and chemicals from your body. So if you’re taking antidepressants, a cucumber will help keep you from getting kidney stones, keep your body cool, and reduce swollen tissue.

Cucumbers hydrate and remove anti-depressant toxins.

Cucumbers are high in water and low in fat. One medium cucumber has 194 grams (or seven ounces) of water. A person needs to drink 8 eight ounce glasses of water every day to function properly. That’s two litres or half a gallon.

It’s important to stay hydrated when you’re depressed, because antidepressants are harsh on your body. The chemicals dehydrate your body and residual toxins build up in your cells and get stored in your fat. Water is necessary to keep your blood flowing properly, and clean out the chemical waste.

The liquid part of your blood is made up of water. It’s called plasma. Over half of your blood is plasma. Kidneys filter out chemicals from the bloodstream and pass them out of your body in the form of urine. If there isn’t enough water in your blood, the cleaning process starts breaking down. You develop kidney stones, and toxins build up in your bloodstream. For that reason, eating food high in water content helps keep your plasma water content at a healthy level.

How else do cucumbers help if you’re depressed?

There are many other ways that cucumbers help your body when you’re depressed:

First of all, cucumbers flush out chemical toxins and waste materials. Excellent news when you’re using antidepressants, anxiety medications, and other drugs.

A cucumber also dissolves uric acid, thereby preventing kidney stones.

Cucumbers reduce edema, bloating, and swelling.

Cucumbers cool your body by actually lowering your body temperature. That’s why cucumbers are used for soothing the eyes during a migraine, or reduce the swelling of a bruise.

Finally, cucumbers reduce constipation. Constipation is a common when taking antidepressants.

There are many ways to enjoy a cucumber. So however you ingest a cucumber, you will have great health benefits.

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patience | Terezia Farkas | Beliefnet | emotional health


Depression frees anxiety and fear inside you, so you explode at the slightest emotional pressure. The more depressed I became, the more I started loosing my patience with people and situations. I lost my temper easily. I blew up over the least offensive comment or look, and got frustrated with daily chores. My patience was out the window before I knew it. As depression worsened, I was hardly patient, nor did I want to wait for things.

Patience makes you healthier

Patience is your ability to accept delay, or tolerate trouble or suffering without getting angry. You are the calm person while everyone else is panicking or getting angry. You are level-headed, can see clearly the situation, and behave in a responsible, even manner.

Everyone has the capacity for patience. But, everyone has a different level of patience. Anger and stress are harmful to the human body over a long period of time. So if you can master patience, you will tend to live a happier, longer life.

The power of patience

Some people think patience is giving up or rolling over. It’s not.

Patience is power. It’s your power to overcome frustration and anger. Patience frees you emotionally from bad situations, and negative people. Patience is the practice of waiting, watching, and knowing when to act.

It’s you returning to your inner soul, that place of serenity and calm and knowing what to do. It’s you listening to your inner voice. It’s you taking back your power, and putting it out into the world in a strong, positive way.

While everyone has the ability for patience, it’s a skill that needs to be practiced. And it needs nurturing. Don’t put yourself into stressful situations just to prove how patient you can be. Good judgement is part of being patient.

If you’re depressed, and loosing your patience easily, don’t sweat it. Patience will return once you get a grip on the darkness that’s engulfed you. If you’re not patient, you will need to let people around you know that its something you don’t have anymore. They will have to adjust to you. When you’re stronger emotionally, patience will return.

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