Category: In the News
Globally an estimated 34 million people have HIV. More than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007 have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
Today, many scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. But despite this, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others from HIV, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with HIV. World AIDS Day is important as it reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.
Facts about World AIDS Day
The theme for World AIDS Day in 2014 is “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation.”
The Red Ribbon is the universal symbol of support for those living with HIV/AIDS.
The AIDS Memorial Quilt Project allows friends and family members of someone who has died from AIDS to construct a quilt panel and have it placed in the quilt. The quilt travels and is displayed throughout the US. (Source: www.aidsquilt.org)
The first case of what is now known as AIDS, was reported in the US in June 1981.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than a million people in the United States are living with HIV infection, and almost 1 in 5 are unaware of their infection.
A 19 year old robs, assaults a store owner- is stopped by the police- wrestles with the officer for his gun- get s shot and killed and the mother is shocked when the police officer is not indicted?
Then the community- pissed off sets fire to stores that have nothing to do with the situation because they are pissed and they community wants to be perceived differently.
Then take responsibility for your stupid choices- I hope they lock up everyone who set a fire, looted a store or committed a crime- and I don’t care what color they are!
This is just crazy!
Well said brother!
$428.8 million spent on ads for this election- think of the issues we could have solved if this money was spent there instead of slinging mud at each other!
Rachel (school counselor) went into labor today- can’t wait, she has the cutest babies! Her is mommy and Tommy- the new baby is also a boy.
Maddox Reid Fullerton was born at 3:19pm on Monday,
March 24th, weighing 7 lbs 13 oz and 20.5 inches long.
The International Day of Happiness is celebrated throughout the world on 20 March. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012. Here are 10 ideas for celebrating happiness in ways that will make you happier by doing them.
1. Be kind to yourself:
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”Dalai Lama. Being kind rather than critical towards yourself boosts happiness more than anything else I know. If you do one thing today, do this. Wish yourself well. Treat yourself as kindly as you would a small child.
2. Be grateful:
Gratitude is one of life’s most vitalising ingredients. Research has shown that practicing gratitude can have dramatic and lasting effects in a person’s life. This can be accepting anther person’s kindness, appreciating nature, or recognising the gifts in one’s own life. Beyond these benefits, it feels good in its own right to appreciate that we have been “the beneficiary of freely and generously bestowed kindness.” In my course “Six weeks to a happier you,” we have just finished the session on gratitude and the most popular homework assignment was the pleasure walk. More ideas for experiencing the happiness effect of gratitude can be found in my previous post on an Aussie Thanksgiving experiment.
3. Be curious:
Ben Dean Ph.D., tells us that “Curious people have an ongoing, intrinsic interest in both their inner experience and the world around them. Curious people tend to be attracted to new people, new things, and new experiences, and they are rarely bored. Everyone possesses curiosity to some degree.” It is the antidote to judging ourselves and others and opens us up to everyday sources of happiness.
4. Take in the good:
One of my favorite practices from Rick Hanson. Make good facts become experiences by noticing them, savoring them for 15 to 30 seconds and really letting them sink in to your body. That way your brain and body really registers that happy moment and you override the brains tendency to be velcro for bad experiences and teflon for good.
5. Connect with someone:
Drop your agenda and really tune in to that person. Listen with your whole body. Notice how happy and energised you can feel to share a moment of understanding and ease really connecting with another person ands savour the warmth, respect and goodwill.
6. Read Love 2.0: Really. It will change how you see your opportunities for happiness and connection with others. It will really help with the suggestion above too!
We know laughter feels good, so find the joy in life today. Its good to know that the science backs us up and that humour is intimately related to quality of life. Even smiling will usually make you feel happier.
Just breathing slowly in and out, slower out than in, for two minutes can reduce your stress and bring on a physiological relaxation response regardless of what your head is caught up in. Its portable stress management that works. And you are more likely to notice happy things around you after breathing this way. Give it a go.
9. Do one thing at a time:
I have written before about the madness of multitasking. And yet it is so seductive in our busy lives to try to do a few things at once. But research has shown that we are far less happy when we do. Even boring tasks are more enjoyable if we focus on them rather than let our mind wander.
So when you have celebrated international day in all these ways, have a good night’s sleep. According to the American Psychological Association, more than 35 percent of Americans get less sleep than they need. A good nights sleep improves memory, increases people’s ability to concentrate, strengthens the immune system and decreases people’s risk of being killed in accidents. Mindful breathing for a few minutes before sleep can really help and more good ideas can be found here. Happy International Day of Happiness to you all.
Kris is safe and sound back in NC- good thing, she would not have made it out the rest of the week!
Car washed (salt off), full tank of gas,pellets for stove in garage, house cleaned, plenty of food and water…bring it on! School was just called off so I plan on staying home…safe & sound!
Can you guess who’s house is featured on the cover of the Finger Lakes Times? That would be Mad Maddam Mim’s house. Way to go mom! Super spooky and fun!
Aunt Kris was flying home and told me that my company was featured in the U.S. Airways Magazine. Here’s the article for anyone curious: