• Domestic Violence in the Gay Community 

    In the straight world, the laws protecting victims from domestic violence is pretty much straight forward, but those laws become muddied when you try to apply them to homosexual relationships.

    The main reason why this is so is due to ignorance and the belief that domestic violence only occurs to women in straight relationships. For these reasons, similar problems are also being faced by men who are being abused by women.

    Contrary to the popular belief that gay relationships are free from domestic violence, recent surveys and studies show that domestic violence is just as prevalent in gay relationships as it is in straight ones.

    The statistics show that 22 to 46 percent of lesbians have experienced abuse in a same-sex relationship and 25 percent of gay males in same-sex relationships have suffered abuse. These numbers may actually be significantly higher because people in the LGBT (Lesbian; Gay; Bisexual; Transgender[ed]) community are more loath to come forward and report abuse to the authorities.

  • The Art of Overcomplicating and How to Avoid It

    For some reason, humans have some gene that wants to make simple issues complex. Over complicating. Making something bigger than it is. Creating a mountain out of a molehill.

    Take my niece, for example, she dropped out of high school and now 2 years later she decided she wants to go the college. There are many successful people who had a similar path, right? I decided to help her in this process, so we started to look for the best resources.

    There are several free websites that offer GED instruction, and I really like the video lessons from website Best GED Classes because they’re so visual and come with many explanations.

    This worked pretty well we were making a progress until my niece started to have doubts about everything, her ability to learn, her future plans, books, and websites.  She wanted to argue about everything!

  • When do we speak of Domestic Abuse and Violence?

    When do we speak of domestic abuse and violence? The NCADV (National Coalition Against Domestic violence) describes it as the “physical assault, willful intimidation, sexual assault, battery, and/or any other abusive behavior that’s perpetrated by an intimate partner toward or against another.”

    Often, domestic abuse is characterized by physical abuse accompanied by mental and/or emotional abuse, controlling behavior, and dominance. The following video explains a lot as Emma Murphy tells about how she broke her silence about domestic violence at a recent TEDxUniversityofNicosia event.

    Domestic abuse and violence have been on the rise since the beginning of time. Increasingly, in the 20th and 21st centuries, advocates have spoken out on behalf of domestic abuse victims.  Laws have also been enacted to protect victims, but domestic abuse and violence are still under-represented in legislation and enforcement of the domestic abuse laws.

  • Domestic Abuse and Violence

    Have you ever met up with a friend you haven’t seen for a long time because you thought she was avoiding you, and she had bruises on her face? Have you wanted to ask her why she had them, but you weren’t sure how to approach it?

    Did you think deep inside she was being abused by her spouse but was not sure how to ask her if she was or not? Check out this Dr. Phil video for more explanation:

    Most women who are going through this do not tell anyone what they are going through, some have spent many hours, days, or even weeks in the hospital from being abused by their spouses.

    Women who are going through this are not able to say anything for fear of what could happen to them if they do say anything, and it happens more than you think. Ask them if there is something they would like to talk about, try to get them to talk to you and tell you what is going on. You could possibly save their lives.

  • Domestic violence-How to stop it

    Domestic violence is everyone’s business. Maybe you know someone who has faced domestic violence. Maybe you have experienced it yourself.

    Or maybe you think that domestic violence is simply wrong, and you want to do something about it. In the following video, Leslie Morgan Steiner is talking about why domestic violence victims don’t leave:

    On the other hand, the good news is domestic violence is a problem we can solve. There are things that each and every one of us can do to help.

    With estimates ranging from 960,000 incidents of domestic violence annually to three million women who are physically abused by their husbands or boyfriends per year, it is time to take action. You can help by placing a banner or write about this problem to educate your audience.

    Some websites include this kind of questions in their very popular standardized practice tests. These questions, integrated into the quiz, raise awareness about the devastating but preventable social problem in a natural way.

  • Use Yoga To Improve Relationships

    The main philosophy of yoga is simple: mind, body, and spirit are all one entity that cannot be clearly separated. Each of these components represents the three major building blocks of a relationship: mental attraction, physical attraction, and a personal connection.

    Practicing yoga helps connect us to our truest selves, and many of the lessons learned on the mat can be applied to our relationships in the real world. See also this video that explains in what way women can best use Yoga to improve relationships:

    Create a Strong Foundation

    In yoga, strong poses are built from a firm and level foundation. As Yoga Journal quotes the old adage, “As the foundation is laid, so the walls of the house will rise.” Although this can take years of practice, it’s always well worth the effort.

  • 7 thinking errors we often make…

    We all make mistakes. Once bitten twice shy? Unfortunately, that does not hold when it comes to thinking. We do not recognize thinking errors as such. By thinking about how you think you can avoid these mistakes.

    Your brain loves shortcuts. Finding answers takes time, time you can use for many other purposes. The downside of shortcuts is that they can – and often will – give you the wrong answer. Below you find seven common mistakes.

    Tying the wrong concepts together

    • Confusing causation and correlation: When two things happen at the same moment, or when one thing happens just before the other, the conclusion that the one caused the other is easily made. Yet both events can be caused by something else as was evident in Brasil when the first efforts were implemented to roll out the Internet in that country (beware: the article is in Portuguese). Rain and lightning go together, but there is no causal relation.
    • Over-generalization: what is true for one is not per se true for all. If you and three of your friends enjoyed a day at the beach, it does not mean everybody likes that. And the fact that some people committed fraud is no reason to believe everyone does (it is a reason to be cautious though).
    • Nothing happened – yet: evidence is needed to be sure something happened, but lack of evidence can also mean there is no evidence yet. If nothing happened in the past this is no guarantee nothing will ever happen. Stating that you have never been in a car accident is no reason not to wear seatbelts.
  • Homemade Cottage Cheese – Why it is so good for you

    I am a big fan of homemade cottage cheese!! Why? First of all, you don’t have to prepare anything. If you get hungry you just open the lid and start eating! I also love it because it is high in casein protein and therefore keeps you full but doesn’t have a lot of fat.

    But why is cottage cheese good for you and what is it? I don’t want to bore you with all the details about the production of this protein-bomb. So let’s keep it simple and let’s just say it’s a cheese curd product and you usually find it between the yogurt and the chocolate milk in the supermarket. 🙂

    Like most of the other products in our modern world, it comes as either no-fat, low-fat or regular-fat variation. The important thing to know here is that most of the low-fat cottage cheeses contain added sugar.

    This is because low-fat products, in general, lose a lot of their taste (fat is a flavor carrier) and to fight the occurring tastelessness the sugar comes into play. So make sure you take a look at the list of ingredients before you decide for a certain brand.

  • Healthy Lifestyle and Toxic Noise

    What type of Lifestyle do you have? Would you like to find out how you could improve yours? Healthy lifestyles can dramatically improve out health, our appearance, our confidence and the way we look to others can be enhanced by healthy lifestyles.

    You will find new energy to complete everyday tasks and challenges, plus all the other activities you want to participate in and enjoy life. In my years in college, I learned already that it comes from your healthy lifestyles.

    Adapting to our surroundings e.g. your job, the environment you work in, where you live – a city, town or village, the type of building you live in – tower block, house, bungalow or flat. Everything around us has an effect on our healthy lifestyles.

    So How Can You Achieve, Improve or Develop a Healthy Lifestyle?

    Healthy Lifestyles are achieved by a combination of different actions and activities on an everyday basis. These actions can be very subtle or quite drastic dependent on your current lifestyle now.

    A certain amount of consistency and continuity will develop into new habits very quickly and you will definitely start to feel a difference very soon if you persevere.

  • Heart Attacks in Women

    Heart attacks used to be a man’s disease. This adage is no longer true. With the additional stress women are experiencing with juggling a career, parenting, running a home, feeding, clothing and educating their families, women are becoming increasingly susceptible to this man’s disease. However, it is very important to note that the systems differ in gender for men and women with heart problems.

    Take also a close look and listen to this video in which Malissa Wood, MD (Director of Mass General Heart Center’s Women Heart Health Program) talks about how symptoms of heart attacks may differ between men and women and what the risks are. She explains about unique women heart attack symptoms and how and why heart disease treatment should be gender-specific.

    Women who are pre-menopausal have very few heart attacks. The exceptions are smokers, diabetics, and women who are on the pill long-term. The largest risk factor by far is smokers. The following symptoms are the most prevalent indicators of possible heart problems amongst women.