Prepare Yourself For A New Fresh Start This SPRING

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Spring

How to prepare yourself for the spring season so that you too, have a new fresh beginning.

So how prepare for spring? A New beginning, a fresh start?

Let’s reflect and review the following:
Your Relationships, Your Home, Your Health, but over all, you as a whole. A whole spirit, a person on borrowed time on this earth,…

What needs a change? What do you hope to improve or blossom this spring?

Listen in as it’s probably the first start to a NEW FRESH YOU FOR SPRING.

Let me know what you all think.  #AllThingsPositive & #NewFreshBeginnings

Clear Design, Introduction to Carlos Platero

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Welcome to Clear Design!

I have created an introduction podcast to our show.  Listen in to find out more about designer Carlos Platero.

A true designer at heart & mind. Helping you design a better lifestyle #AllThingsPositive

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Your Favorite Album in Your 20’s

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Yup before we all start judging people based on their music, think about where they come from and how old or young they are.

Most people will forever LOVE the music they listened to in their 20’s.

So here is mine!   Weekend Players –  Pursuit of Happiness.  GREAT ALBUM!     Jericho my favorite song ever.  I got attached to it because I drove up to San Francisco for a big time Director job, so I attached myself in this album.  Phantogram may have gotten their inspiration here too.

Weekend Players was an electronic music duo from England. The musicians were vocalist Rachel Foster, who has provided vocals and songwriting on Bent‘s Ariels album, and producer Andy Cato, one half of Groove Armada.[1]

WHERE IS RACHEL FOSTER

 

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Written by:  Carlos Platero Jr.

  1. Your musical taste does accurately tell me about you, including your politics.
  2. Your musical taste is influenced by your parents.
  3. You love your favorite song because it’s associated with an intense emotional experience in your life.
  4. The music you enjoyed when you were 20 you will probably lovefor the rest of your life.
  5. And, yes, rockstars really do live fast and die young.

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Where Happiness is Found… A Very Bad Idea Millions Believe

I had to touch base with this, this morning. Specially with watching Joan River’s documentary last night, which I recommend you all watch on Netflix (A Piece of Work, Joan Rivers).  She had so much and what I mean is, she had fame, money and talent. The talent was unique and hers alone.  Though she continued to work everyday harder and harder, non-stop!  Money was not her drive for happiness… acceptance was. I think we all go through this type of understanding at different points in our lives, which is ‘our happiness is not driven by the chase of money’. Though it may seem that way at first or second glance, but when you think about in-depth.  There is always something stronger, deeper and more meaningful in your existence that will drive you succeed hard and harder everyday.
Don’t let the shiny stuff cloud you from moving forward with you life in a positive way, that ultimately leads you down that happy road for the rest of your life.
Carlos Platero Jr
Her is an article fromDeepak Chopra I found worth the read on happiness and material collections.  Titled:

A Very Bad Idea That Millions of People Believe

For the first time since the field of psychology formally became a science, which was only a century ago, serious attention is being paid to happiness. Previously, the focus was on the causes of unhappiness, and with good reason.

A Very Bad Idea That Millions of People Believe

Mental disorders inflict enormous misery, and generations of clinicians wanted to find some kind of cure. Psychiatrists and psychologists are still devoted to this aim, but room has been made to ask a fundamental question: Is it possible to find lasting happiness?

The jury is still out, so far as a professional consensus is concerned. One view is that happiness is fairly random and incidental – it comes and goes, without anyone predicting when it will happen. Another view is that happiness needs to be redefined so that people don’t chase after a fantasy of constant sunshine and bliss. Our expectations should be reduced, with the aim of a general state of contentment. Finally, there are super-optimists who maintain that the highest level of happiness is possible, but it is attainable only by locating a higher reality and establishing yourself there.

Given these very mixed messages, the vast majority of people ignore psychological theory, using their time and energy to carve out a workable, everyday kind of happiness, while in the back of their minds they fear the catastrophes that may destroy their happiness altogether – poverty, crime, and disease. One reason that the field of “positive psychology” came into being is that this seat-of-the-pants approach to happiness doesn’t actually work very well, and it’s probably declining as we speak.

This is where a very bad idea enters the picture. It holds that money buys happiness, and the more money you have, the happier you will be. In a sense, capitalism runs on this idea, but I’m not writing to outline the flaws in capitalism. Every economic system generates its own myths and is blind to its own defects if you believe in the system. The real problem with “money buys happiness” is twofold. First, it’s not true beyond a very limited point. Having enough money to be comfortable produces more happiness than living with the stress of poverty and want. Beyond this fairly modest state of financial security (not so modest if you were born into a poor country or have an impoverished background in a rich one) money brings more stress than it’s worth.

Positive psychologists seem pretty sure about this finding, looking at a broad range of subjects, although of course there are exceptions – rich people who seem exceedingly happy and poor people who seem the same. Even so, if you really care about your happiness more than your bank account, you shouldn’t devote your life to the pursuit of wealth, no matter how much our society glorifies being rich and mythologizes the wealthy as if they live in a paradise on earth.

The second reason that “money buys happiness” is such a bad idea is subtler. The pursuit of money prevents you from finding happiness another way. I hold the minority position about happiness, the one that says lasting happiness depends on our state of awareness, and to find the highest state of happiness, you must reach a higher state of consciousness. The same view has been held for centuries by all the world’s wisdom traditions, and ironically, now is the best time to test it out. In the past, the average person was helpless in the face of poverty, war, and disease. That’s no longer true for millions of people who have enough control over their destiny to pursue happiness rather than simply try to survive.

It would be a shame to waste this golden opportunity by thoughtlessly adhering to such a bad idea as “money buys happiness.” From the seed of this idea grows offspring, such as the idea that poverty means that you are an inferior person, a loser, or the idea that winning is everything, since winning implies monetary rewards. Then there’s the idea that you can use your money to buy so many glittery toys and distractions that these will constitute happiness, and so on. The truth is that happiness is an inner pursuit that is very different from the pursuit of pleasure or the amassment of a fortune. No one should accept this as a given; it needs to be tested out personally. In the end, the message of the world’s wisdom traditions is a call to find out the truth for yourself. It just helps to clear away the underbrush of untruths, and “money buys happiness” is just that.

https://www.deepakchopra.com/blog/view/1602/a_very_bad_idea_that_millions_of_people_believe

Coffee is Perfect Before a Nap!

I personally believe that Coffee can stimulate all of your body, senses and get you going. Healthiness power drink out there! I drink coffee at night and it may actually help my alertness in the morning. Or at least I know I may be completely alert in my dreams.   What dreams may come right?  You all agree?   Read this story posted and the facts that follow.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/03/coffee-sleep-power-naps-science_n_5753360.html?&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067

Tired? Maybe it’s time for a “coffee nap.”

Though it sounds paradoxical, scientific evidence suggests that consuming caffeine just before taking a short siesta does a better job of restoring your alertness than does simply having a cup of coffee or tea or taking a nap without a caffeine appetizer.

What explains the power of the coffee nap? It all boils down to body chemistry — specifically, to the competing effects of caffeine and adenosine, a drowsiness-inducing chemical compound that accumulates in your brain when you’re awake and dissipates as you sleep.

Caffeine’s alertness-boosting effect typically peaks about 30 minutes after the stimulant is consumed. So by sleeping for 20 or so minutes of those 30, you can reduce the amount of adenosine the caffeine has to compete with. And voila, the caffeine has a greater effect.

“If you can fall asleep in your nap before caffeine does that, when it’s time to wake up, you’re getting the benefits of the caffeine perfectly timed with the nap sleep benefit,” sleep researcher Dr. David Dinges, a professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, told The Huffington Post.

Dinges recalled a 2001 study in which 28 men and women were given either a low-dose caffeine pill or a placebo during the latter stages of an 88-hour period during which the sleep they got came only in the form of seven two-hour naps. In that experiment, the caffeine was successful in overcoming so-called sleep inertia. That’s a term scientists use to describe the grogginess you feel immediately after waking up.

“We were surprised,” Dinges said.

That’s not the only evidence of the curious relationship between caffeine and napping. In a series of studies conducted in the 1990s, researchers at Loughborough Universityin England found that drinking a cup of coffee and then immediately taking a 15-minute nap was better at curbing drowsiness in motorists than simply having a cup of coffee or taking a short nap (the motorists’ alertness was measured not on the road but in a driving simulator).

But if you want to try boosting your naps with caffeine, be sure not to overdo it. As Dinges said, caffeine is disruptive for longer periods of sleep.

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ADDED FACTS ON COFFEE

-Coffee is The Biggest Source of Antioxidants in The Western Diet

-Coffee May Help You Live Longer

-Coffee Does Not Cause Heart Disease and May Lower The Risk of Stroke

-Coffee Drinkers Have a Lower Risk of Some Types of Cancer

-Coffee Can Fight Depression and Make You Happier

-Coffee Appears to Have Protective Effects on The Liver

-Caffeine May Lower The Risk of Parkinson’s

-Coffee May Protect You From Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

-Coffee May Lower Your Risk of Type II Diabetes

-There Are Essential Nutrients in Coffee

-The Caffeine Can Drastically Improve Physical Performance

-Coffee Can Help You Burn Fat

-Coffee Can Improve Energy Levels and Make You Smarter

Coffee is more than just black water. Many of the nutrients in the coffee beans do make it into the final drink.

Bottom Line: Caffeine can increase adrenaline levels and release fatty acids from the fat tissues. It also leads to significant improvements in physical performance.

 

#AllThingsPositive