Your Hair Can Reveal Stress to Predict Heart Attacks

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But what if you’re bald?  I guess this is a good argument against shaving one’s head?  Or is it?

Your hair can reveal stress to predict heart attacks

September 8th, 2010

Cortisol,the main steroid hormone associated with the stress response system, is researched quite extensively. Blood tests reveal heart-attack-proneness from too much cortisol circulating through veins of the chronically stressed even during calm times. Social scientists enthusiastically test saliva for cortisol levels to link psychosocial factors like perfectionism and shame to stress see the WBI Research Library articles. But the latest way to detect cortisol levels that can predict coronary artery disease CAD comes from Canadian researchers — your Hair!

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Why I Write (with a link to "The Night Writer")

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I love the article that is linked below.  It says everything that I would want to say if I were asked the same question!  Reading this article gives a lot of insight into the writer’s mind.

I have always had an easier time expressing myself through the written word.  People who have never met me face-to-face might be surprised about how shy I can actually be.  I can go for a while, saying absolutely nothing to people that I am very familiar with on Facebook or Twitter and the like.  Put a keyboard in front of me and I become the guy that people are  most familiar with (my handwriting looks like a chicken shit on the paper, so don’t even ask!) .

People have tried to change this quirk in my personality.  I even got dinged for it on my job evaluations – using memos and emails too much to communicate.  My answer to that was mainly to throw the same bullshit back at the people making the critique – I knew others that were no better about face-to-face yacking than I was.  Don’t preach if you’re not listening to the sermon, Reverend!

Someday it might be nice to meet some of the people I have met through social networking.  If we do happen to meet, don’t be surprised if I take a while to warm up.  I guess I’m just like that old Buick I used to have – never take it out on a cold day until the heater had a chance to fire up.  I will warm up and when I do, you may regret wishing I would speak up.  I’m a foul-mouthed SOB and my humor can get really raunchy.  But I like to have fun and if we get together, I will eventually do my part to make things lively!  Just don’t expect me to drive the Buick out of the garage for a bit, OK?

Read this article, please: Why I Write « The Night Writer.

20 Hysterical Time Suck Blogs (via Kommein)

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20 Hysterical Time Suck Blogs

AUGUST 27, 2010

There are plenty of blogs I read for business, these are those who teach and inform. I also read some blogs for news so I can stay up on the current trades. Now and then, I read what I call my “Time Suck” blogs. These are the blogs that don’t offer any value other than making me laugh and giving me something to share with others. So if you’re up for a little procrastination or looking to brighten your day, you might enjoy some of my favorite time suck blogs.

Click here to continue and get the list: 20 Hysterical Time Suck Blogs – Kommein.

10 Signs: Change Is Happening in Your Life (via Bit Rebels)

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10 Signs: Change Is Happening in Your Life

09/25/2009 – 5:00 pm By Diana Adams

In 2007 I went to the Republic of Panama to hear a group of inspirational leaders teach an advanced personal development seminar about change as it relates to our lives. One of the speakers, Ellie Drake, spoke specifically about “signs that show you that change has begun in your life.” This picture was taken on the day of that seminar (Yes, I had blonde hair then).

One positive thing that has come out of this uncertain world economy is that it has paved the road for incredible personal development within us all. Many of us are getting “back to basics” and remembering what is important in life.

I see many people using this time to make changes and grow personally. In times when people are forced to step out of their comfort zone, true personal growth and fantastic breakthroughs can occur. But, how do you know if you’ve actually begun to change?

Continued at: 10 Signs: Change Is Happening in Your Life | Bit Rebels.

Riding an Emotional Yo-Yo (via Leadership Freak)

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By Dan Rockwell

This is the “Y” installment of the series “Alphabet for Leaders.”

Emotional lows inevitably follow emotional highs. Nagging stress pulls you down like a lead weight. In addition, monthly physical cycles, duties you’d like to avoid, unexpected failures, and reoccurring problems lower your defenses and drain your emotional energy.

On the other hand, unexpected successes, individuals who exceed expectations, positive outcomes to ugly tasks, and affirming feedback lift you. They fill your emotional tank.

Read more: Riding an emotional Yo-yo « Leadership Freak.

Stephen King and Bangor a Matched Pair (via

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Anyone that knows me well knows that Stephen King is my favorite writer.  I have always had a love for the macabre and during his career, King has taken the genre to bigger and more bizarre heights.  My favorite novel of all – not just King’s, but of all time – is “The Stand.”  If someone is looking for a creepier book than that, then the search is bound to be a long one.

Anyone who knows me well also knows that Jen and I got married at Niagara Falls on August 28, 1999 and we honeymooned in Maine.  We did not make King’s hometown of Bangor one of our stops, but we could have.  It just didn’t seem right to take that kind of a weird side trip.  This coming from the guy that insisted that one of our honeymoon stops be the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

Jen and I love to travel, but while I am trying to find steady work, our travels are essentially limited to going to see family and friends that are within reasonable driving distance.  Someday we intend to return to Maine and then we will make a point to go to Bangor and maybe catch a glimpse of King’s home.  Until then, I will continue to be one of many “Number 1 fans” that the “King of Macabre” has.

Now if I may be so bold, I will borrow some of King’s verbiage and ask you, “Constant Reader,” to enjoy this article about Mr. King.

Stephen King and Bangor a Matched Pair

By Ellen Creager, McClatchy-Tribune

August 10, 2010

BANGOR, Maine — The most famous celebrity in Maine is horror novelist Stephen King. He lives in Bangor on West Broadway Street.

The house is hard to miss. Some might call it burgundy red — or possibly blood red. The 19th-Century Victorian mansion is surrounded by a black wrought iron fence. The fence is emblazoned with bats and spider webs. You can drive by. You can even stop and take a picture. But don’t knock, don’t hang around, don’t come back a million times or try to look in the windows to see the author. That’s creepy.

I drove past only twice and sneaked a picture out the car window.

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How to Boost Your Self-Esteem

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How to Boost Your Self Esteem

By: Mark Aubrey

To start with, do not take company with people who are unsupportive and critical. Abusive people can make your life very difficult and should not be tolerated. Seek out the company of stable, supportive and positive people. Don’t make friends or associate with losers. They will bring you down and leave you feeling worthless.

Take the time to give support and help to people who will appreciate your efforts and show you respect. A good way to do this is to get involved in voluntary work. There are many charities that will greatly appreciate your help and you will feel good about yourself, giving them your time.

Make an effort to keep yourself in good shape, exercise regularly. If you feel happy about the way you look, you will feel good about yourself and this will increase your confidence.  If you can’t change the way you look and are not happy about it, do not judge yourself. You did not choose to be the way you are, so don’t be self critical.

Spend some time everyday, sitting in silence, allowing the way things are to be as they are without judgment, be they positive or negative. Sit with your feelings of inadequacy and discomfort, without criticism. Soon you will find a sense of acceptance and compassion arising. This will increase your well being and improve your self-esteem.  Increase your knowledge and further your education. You will get great satisfaction from learning new things and achieving a higher level of education. Learn a new skill that others will appreciate, such as a second language.

Stop any negative self talk. Do not talk yourself down, whether it be within yourself or whilst conversing to others. It is very important to accept yourself and to build positive inner rapport.  Work at improving your conversation skills. Being a good communicator will benefit your social status.

Take care of your appearance. If you take pride in the way you look and project a good self image others will respond well to you.

I hope you have found this article useful and it helps you to combat any low self-esteem you may have acquired.

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