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Improving Your Life: Step 1 - Relax!

For the next few weeks I will be posting some steps I think are necessary to improve your life. Take the journey with me and give me your feedback. Let's build a strategy we can all use to improve our life and the lives of everyone around us!

Step 1 - Relax!

All of us have stories to tell. Some are exciting and full of progress. However, some of us struggle to understand what's going wrong. These posts will be an attempt to facilitate a conversation about progress. We need to move forward. I believe we can help each other do just that.

Step one of this process will be one of the hardest. We all have stress, and sometimes our stress is overwhelming. We need to take a step back and relax! Before our journey begins we must have an open mind. Take a second, sit back, and relax. Feelings of anxiety and stress will only prevent you from moving towards your goals.

What are some things that help you relax? What are your coping mechanisms?

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      Jun 19 2013: Kate,

      Thanks for the input. I like what you said about the news headlines. At the very least you get a sense of what is going on without reading the potentially biased information inside. However, headlines can be just as misleading, more so at times. Headlines are designed to catch your eye. They may exaggerate the information contained in the body of a news article or broadcast.

      Great insights though. I think we are all on the same page as far as the news goes. I choose to read through the news and, like Wikipedia, use that information as a starting point for my research on the subject.
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          Jun 20 2013: Kate,

          I try not to assume anything. I truly believe a balanced approach is the key to effective critical thinking. Biased thought, one way or the other, only serves to exclude potentially accurate information. If you approach a situation in a balanced way, you give all information the respect it deserves, until you can research further.

          I understand your view. Many of our media outlets produce biased information. However, assuming a piece of data is biased before you analyze it is biased in itself.

          Let's think of a certain subject as X. X contains all of the factual information available. This means all of the information we could possibly use to substantiate that subject.

          You receive a certain portion of data (aodiufjlkjaoisud898safu). In that portion of data, only a few items are correct (898). If you disregard the entire set, you will inevitably miss accurate information.

          If we look at news this way, we may be able to start analyzing it correctly. I am not saying all news broadcasts contain accurate information but they might. Having all of the available information is important.

          Another important thing to consider is leads. A lead, or starting point for research, can uncover data we may not have looked for in the first place. In this context, the media can be a great source of information.

          Don't eat everything they feed you. Take a look at what they serve, and hand-pick the items worth eating.

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