Healthy Hugs ~ Try 20 Seconds

The average length of a hug between two people is 3 seconds. But the researchers have discovered something fantastic.

When a hug lasts 20 seconds, there is a therapeutic effect on the body and mind.

The reason is that a sincere embrace produces a hormone called “oxytocin”, also known as the love hormone. This substance has many benefits in our physical and mental health, helps us, among other things, to relax, to feel safe and calm our fears and anxiety. This wonderful tranquilizer is offered free of charge every time we have a person in our arms, who cradled a child, who cherish a dog or a cat, that we are dancing with our partner, the closer we get to someone or simply hold the Shoulders of a friend.

A famous quote by psychotherapist Virginia Satir goes, “We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.” Whether those exact numbers have been scientifically proven remains to be seen, but there is a great deal of scientific evidence related to the importance of hugs and physical contact. Here are some reasons why we should hug::

1. STIMULATES OXYTOCIN

Oxytocin is a neurotransmitter that acts on the limbic system, the brain’s emotional centre, promoting feelings of contentment, reducing anxiety and stress, and even making mammals monogamous. It is the hormone responsible for us all being here today. You see this little gem is released during childbirth, making our mothers forget about all of the excruciating pain they endured expelling us from their bodies and making them want to still love and spend time with us. New research from the University of California suggests that it has a similarly civilising effect on human males, making them more affectionate and better at forming relationships and social bonding. And it dramatically increased the libido and sexual performance of test subjects. When we hug someone, oxytocin is released into our bodies by our pituitary gland, lowering both our heart rates and our cortisol levels. Cortisol is the hormone responsible for stress, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

2. CULTIVATES PATIENCE

Connections are fostered when people take the time to appreciate and acknowledge one another. A hug is one of the easiest ways to show appreciation and acknowledgement of another person. The world is a busy, hustle-bustle place and we’re constantly rushing to the next task. By slowing down and taking a moment to offer sincere hugs throughout the day, we’re benefiting ourselves, others, and cultivating better patience within ourselves.

3. PREVENTS DISEASE

Affection also has a direct response on the reduction of stress which prevents many diseases. The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine says it has carried out more than 100 studies into touch and found evidence of significant effects, including faster growth in premature babies, reduced pain, decreased autoimmune disease symptoms, lowered glucose levels in children with diabetes, and improved immune systems in people with cancer.

4. STIMULATES THYMUS GLAND

Hugs strengthen the immune system. The gentle pressure on the sternum and the emotional charge this creates activates the Solar Plexus Chakra. This stimulates the thymus gland, which regulates and balances the body’s production of white blood cells, which keep you healthy and disease free.

5. COMMUNICATION WITHOUT SAYING A WORD

Almost 70 percent of communication is nonverbal. The interpretation of body language can be based on a single gesture and hugging is an excellent method of expressing yourself nonverbally to another human being or animal. Not only can they feel the love and care in your embrace, but they can actually be receptive enough to pay it forward to others based on your initiative alone.

6. SELF-ESTEEM

Hugging boosts self-esteem, especially in children. The tactile sense is all-important in infants. A baby recognizes its parents initially by touch. From the time we’re born our family’s touch shows us that we’re loved and special. The associations of self-worth and tactile sensations from our early years are still imbedded in our nervous system as adults. The cuddles we received from our Mom and Dad while growing up remain imprinted at a cellular level, and hugs remind us at a somatic level of that. Hugs, therefore, connect us to our ability to self love.

7. STIMULATES DOPAMINE

Everything everyone does involves protecting and triggering dopamine flow. Low dopamine levels play a role in the neurodegenerative disease Parkinson’s as well as mood disorders such as depression. Dopamine is responsible for giving us that feel-good feeling, and it’s also responsible for motivation! Hugs stimulate brains to release dopamine, the pleasure hormone. Dopamine sensors are the areas that many stimulating drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamine target. The presence of a certain kinds of dopamine receptors are also associated with sensation-seeking.

8. STIMULATES SEROTONIN

Reaching out and hugging releases endorphins and serotonin into the blood vessels and the released endorphins and serotonin cause pleasure and negate pain and sadness and decrease the chances of getting heart problems, helps fight excess weight and prolongs life. Even the cuddling of pets has a soothing effect that reduces the stress levels. Hugging for an extended time lifts one’s serotonin levels, elevating mood and creating happiness.

9. PARASYMPATHETIC BALANCE

Hugs balance out the nervous system. The skin contains a network of tiny, egg-shaped pressure centers called Pacinian corpuscles that can sense touch and which are in contact with the brain through the vagus nerve. The galvanic skin response of someone receiving and giving a hug shows a change in skin conductance. The effect in moisture and electricity in the skin suggests a more balanced state in the nervous system – parasympathetic.
Embrace, embrace with your heart.~

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Case to Include the UCF (University of Central Florida) Football Team into the Final Four National Championship Playoffs

UCF is undefeated. Only four college football squads remain undefeated. If their North Carolina Tar Heels game was not cancelled because of a hurricane, UCF would be 11-0 also having soundly beaten a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference, that includes undefeated Clemson Tigers and other colleges that have upset higher ranked teams.

Not only would this outcome be righteous, but it would eliminate any controversy about allowing one team over another school with a similar record, which had lost one or two games this season, from being included into the four-team playoff. Why should one single-loss team be chosen over another? This would be an objective, not subjective committee decision.

How else could UCF prove it is on-par with the Notre Dames and Alabamas of the world unless there was an actual match-up on the field.

Another reason to select UCF is based not only on their unbeaten performance but also their outstanding defensive and offensive prowess. Could Clemson, Notre Dame, or Alabama hold back UCF’s potent offense?

Not only is undefeated UCF deserving of a crack at the playoffs, having the longest two-season winning streak, and they are an exciting team to watch. Their entertainment value is very high.

Selecting UCF this post-season would give over 200 colleges hope that in coming years that they too could play for the National Championship.

Honestly, using the same ol’ measuring sticks and computer-generated models, the committee has ‘sort of screwed up’ for the last two years.

  • In 2016, Ohio State was selected as the fourth team and they got smoked (shutout) in the first round.
  • No team from the Big Ten in 2017, like Ohio State, was chosen last year in favor (giving the appearance of SEC conference bias and favoritism) allowing two of the four teams to be from the very same conference in a tournament that is supposedly a NATIONAL Championship playoff.

(For God’s sake) Look at their statistics:

  1. UCF has a quarterback with a marvelous 161.9 rating. No professional quarterback has even achieved this very high rating over the course of ten and eleven games!
  2. McKenzie Milton has passed for 24 touchdowns and thrown only 5 interceptions during ten games! He has also run for 9 touchdowns on 74 carries for close to 300 yards. Keep in mind that quarterback sacks and kneel-downs behind the line of scrimmage figure into statistics of those 291 total yards gained by running.
  3. The UCF has a total of 31 rushing touchdowns this season; that is an average of three per game. They have an average of 5.8 yards per carry with 444 carries totaling 2,577 yards. Few college teams have rushed for more than 250 yards every game!
  4. UCF’s place-kicker has NOT missed an extra point all year long! Matthew Wright is 58 for 58 and has scored 88 points (8.8/game). His longest field goal was from 47 yards. Not even Notre Dame’s career record-breaking senior kicker  – Justin Yoon – cannot boast these kinds of accuracy statistics this season.
  5. Statistics and algorithms can lie. If the Selection Committee ignores objective selection criteria (simply wins and losses) they are going to make mistakes again and continually be open to both valid and irrational rounds of criticism.
  6. UCF’s passing offense is also very exciting. They have scored 25 touchdowns by the pass (that is 56 TDs in all). Very few college teams have averaged more than 5 touchdowns a game. They average 17.8 yards a pass play. In their first ten games, UCF has amassed 2,715 yards with 183 catches!

Three receivers have made more than 35 catches, four more players have more than 15 receptions this far, and as previously mentioned UCF’s turnover ratio is phenomenal.

Take note that this analysis and recommendation is coming from a 64 year-old lifetime college football fan that grew up in South Bend, graduated with two degrees from a Big Ten Conference school in Southern Indiana, and am a huge, huge Coach Jim Harbaugh (University of Michigan and former Stanford and San Fran 49er) fan.

Of course, I would root for Michigan to be chosen over another one-loss team (the Wolverines only lost to Notre Dame on-the-road by a touchdown) if there was not another deserving undefeated team.

 

Fact: UCF is Undefeated at 10-0

 

Come on man! Please NCAA Selection Committee (please) be more objective and allow the three-game national championship playoff scheme to crown an undisputed national event. Even the “March Madness” national basketball tournament gives smaller college programs a chance to win and succeed.

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More Need for Gun Reform from Coast-to-Coast

 

True Stories from USA Today newspaper in late October and early November

“No Rumors, No Fakes – Just the Facts, Jack!”  and Why are minors being tried as adults?

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Volume VII, Issue 31                                   11 – 17 – 2018                         ***** Edition

 

Gun Control Gone Amuck in America

 First Along the North Atlantic Coast . . .

Dateline: Forsyth, Georgia

Authorities admit sheriff deputies fatally shot a 42-year-old woman confronting them with a pellet gun.

Dateline: Allentown, Pennsylvania

Police say the fatal shootings of two women stemmed from a family dispute.

Dateline: Hodges, South Carolina

Deputies say a 17-year-old shooting at a street sign accidently killed a man sitting at home on his front porch.

 

More from the South . . .

Dateline: St. Joseph, Tennessee

Authorities say a 10-year-old girl was accidently shot in the head by her twin brother.

 

Dateline: Birmingham, Alabama

A masked gunman was killed by a McDonald’s employee, who had opened up fire inside the restaurant.

 

Dateline: Dora, Alabama

Autopsy results show a city councilman fatally shot a woman then killed himself.

 

Dateline: Greenville, South Carolina

Police sought treatment for a pit bull who dug up a loaded .38-caliber pistol.

 

Dateline: Austin, Texas

State authorities announce that more than 200 school districts in Texas have adopted policies allowing staff to carry firearms.

 

Dateline: El Dorado, Arkansas

Two were killed and two others injured during an early Sunday morning shooting in their home.

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In the North American Wild West . . .

Dateline: Cheyenne, Wyoming

A man convicted of 1st degree murder when he was 16 will soon be eligible for parole after serving 35 years in prison.

Dateline: Las Cruces, New Mexico

Tex Gilligan is recovering after he claims it was Charlie his Rottweiler dog, who shot him in the back after getting his paw caught in the trigger of a gun. They were out and about hunting for jackrabbits.

Dateline: Colorado Springs, Colorado

A 15-year-old who is accused of killing his mother and stepfather in Woodland Park. The minor will be tried as an adult.

Dateline: Helena, Montana

A good doctor died when his rifle discharged after he returned from a hunting trip.

Dateline: Fountain Hills, Arizona

92-year-old Anna Mae Blessing fatally shot her 72-year-old son, who wanted to place her in an assisted living facility.

Dateline: Lamar Township, Pennsylvania

A man and woman, believed to be “intoxicated on bath salts,” were shooting bullets into the sky to chase away alien lasers. The aliens actually were merely fireflies.

 

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Mass Shooting Fatality Statistics Since 1990

 

 

More in the American Heartland . . .

Dateline: St. Louis, Missouri

Retired 67-year-oldpolice Sgt. Harper is dead after a street shootout with another.

 

Dateline: Hebron, Nebraska

A 21-year-old is facing charges in connection with a fatal shooting of one man and wounding of his brother.

 

Dateline: West Valley City, Utah

A naked gunman is suspected of killing two people living in a trailer on the property behind his house.

 

Dateline: Chicago, Illinois

CPD officers seize an average of one illegal handgun per hour.

 

Dateline: Charlotte, North Caroline

A man was arrested for going on-line to hire a hit man.

 

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More Evidence Supporting the Need for

Gun Control in the U.S.A. !?!

From the White House Press Secretary’s Office – Trump Administration

LESSONS LEARNED – – – Those who have served in the office have some common observations about White House.

a) Talk to You Predecessors. Press secretaries indicated they learned a great deal from those who preceded them.

b) Don’t Reduce Reporters’ Opportunities or Venues for Receiving Information. You can add to what information reporters are given and opportunities there are to receive it, but you cannot subtract from it without paying a heavy cost.

c) 90% of Information You Are Dealing With Comes From the Press. While it is natural to think information one is dealing with in a White House is exclusively held, the contrary is true.

d) Don’t Hire People You Don’t Know.

e) An Inquisitive Press Corps Can Work in the Favor of the White House. While the White House spends a great deal of its energy trying to stop stories it does not like as well as redirecting reporters to stories they want covered, it can come to haunt a President and his staff.1

f) Don’t Sandbag the Press.

g) There Are Many Ways to Say ‘I Don’t Know’. All reporters really want is to be able to get the information they need and have it right when they get it.

h) Lying. Providing reporters with misinformation is a cardinal sin no matter whether it is willful or unintentional.

i) Be Wary of Adopting a Role of Persuader. The Press Office is the setting where official information is released not a place where persuasion is the central task.

j) Combining the Functions of Communications and/or Public Liaison with the Press Office. When the Press Office is combined with Communications is there is less control over Executive Branch information and less strategic planning done than is the case when the offices are independent units.

k) Personality Needs. A cool temperament works somewhat better than a hot tempered person.

Reference to Gaslighting =  Gaslighting by D.A. Dailey

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Trump is “Gaslighting” American Voters – Can the USA Survive?!?

Recognizing 11 Warning Signs of Gaslighting [ source: Psychology Today ]

Gaslighting is a manipulation tactic used to gain power and maintain it… And it works too well, as President Donald J. Trump and his staff know.

Gaslighting is a tactic in which a person or entity, in order to gain more power, makes a victim question their reality. It works much better than you may think.

Anyone is susceptible to gaslighting, and it is a common technique of abusers, dictators, narcissists, and cult leaders. It is done slowly, so the victim doesn’t realize how much they’ve been brainwashed. For example, in the movie Gaslight (1944), a man manipulates his wife to the point where she thinks she is losing her mind.

In the book Gaslighting: Recognize Manipulative and Emotionally Abusive People – and Break Free, there is detail how “gaslighters” typically use the following techniques:

  1. They tell blatant lies.

You know it’s an outright lie. Yet they are telling you this lie with a straight face. Why are they so blatant? Because they’re setting up a precedent. Once they tell you a huge lie, you’re not sure if anything they say is true. Keeping you unsteady and off-kilter is the goal.

Newspapers have lost track of how many mistruths and outright lies the Trump Administration have spoken.

  1. They deny they ever said something, even though you have proof. 

You know they said they would do something; you know you heard it. But they out and out deny it. It makes you start questioning your reality—maybe they never said that thing. And the more they do this, the more you question your reality and start accepting theirs. Blame is directed away from the gaslighter.

Nor will they take responsibility (i.e. terrorist activities motivated by the President’s angry speeches and comments to and about the press).

  1. They use what is near and dear to you as ammunition. 

They know how important your kids are to you, and they know how important your identity is to you. So those may be one of the first things they attack. If you have kids, they tell you that you should not have had those children. They will tell you’d be a worthy person if only you didn’t have a long list of negative traits. They attack the foundation of your being.

  1. They wear you down over time.

This is one of the insidious things about gaslighting—it is done gradually, over time. A lie here, a lie there, a snide comment every so often…and then it starts ramping up. Even the brightest, most self-aware people can be sucked into gaslighting—it is that effective. It’s the “frog in the frying pan” analogy: The heat is turned up slowly, so the frog never realizes what’s happening to it.

Trump has been at it for almost two years in the presidency.

  1. Their actions do not match their words.

When dealing with a person or entity that gaslights, look at what they are doing rather than what they are saying. What they are saying means nothing; it is just talk. What they are doing is the issue.

  1. They throw in positive reinforcement to confuse you. 

This person or entity that is cutting you down, telling you that you don’t have value, is now praising you for something you did. This adds an additional sense of uneasiness. You think, “Well maybe they aren’t so bad.” Yes, they are. This is a calculated attempt to keep you off-kilter—and again, to question your reality. Also look at what you were praised for; it is probably something that served the gaslighter.

Republicans act like the end justifies the means (getting to the end point; namely, getting votes).

  1. They know confusion weakens people. 

Gaslighters know that people like having a sense of stability and normalcy. Their goal is to uproot this and make you constantly question everything. And humans’ natural tendency is to look to the person or entity that will help you feel more stable—and that happens to be the gaslighter.

The Republican Party is after votes.

  1. They project.

They are a drug user or a cheater, yet they are constantly accusing you of that. This is done so often that you start trying to defend yourself, and are distracted from the gaslighter’s own behavior.

Projection is a common psychological defense mechanism.

  1. They try to align people against you.

Gaslighters are masters at manipulating and finding the people they know will stand by them no matter what—and they use these people against you. They will make comments such as, “This person knows that you’re not right,” or “This person knows you’re useless too.” Keep in mind it does not mean that these people actually said these things. A gaslighter is a constant liar. When the gaslighter uses this tactic it makes you feel like you don’t know who to trust or turn to—and that leads you right back to the gaslighter. And that’s exactly what they want: Isolation gives them more control.

  1. They tell you or others that you are crazy.

This is one of the most effective tools of the gaslighter, because it’s dismissive. The gaslighter knows if they question your sanity, people will not believe you when you tell them the gaslighter is abusive or out-of-control. It’s a master technique.

  1. They tell you everyone else is a liar.

By telling you that everyone else (your family, the media) is a liar, it again makes you question your reality. You’ve never known someone with the audacity to do this, so they must be telling the truth, right? No. It’s a manipulation technique. It makes people turn to the gaslighter for the “correct” information—which isn’t correct information at all.

The more you are aware of these techniques, the quicker you can identify them and avoid falling into the gaslighter’s trap.

President Trump is remarkable in his implementation of these gaslighting techniques; justifying his actions.

 

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Congressional Reform Act Proposal

Congressional Reform Act of 2013

1A. Congressional candidates will not accept campaign funds from PACs and SuperPACs…

1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they’re out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

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4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 12/31/13. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.

Congressmen/women made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message. Don’t you think it’s time?

Three Green Party Candidates for Congress in California

join the California Green Wave to support our three congressional candidates Kenneth Mejia (CD 34), Rodolfo Cortes Barragan (CD 40), and Laura Wells (CD 13).

These three California candidates have advanced to the 2018 General Election, so we have an historic opportunity to break through the duopoly and bring national attention to our Green values and priorities. If there was ever a time to put Greens in congress, it is NOW!

Our corporate-free Green Party doesn’t need billionaires and their corporations funding our campaigns. We can WIN with PEOPLE POWER!

We need YOU to join the Green Wave!

This is how we defeat big money, THREE Clean, Green Candidates at a time!

We are helping Kenneth Mejia build a team of 10,000 volunteers and campaigners nationwide and we need your help too. Los Angeles area volunteers can walk precincts and canvass, but you can also volunteer from anywhere in the country by phone banking, donating, and promoting Kenneth’s campaign on social media. Sign up to volunteer today: https://www.mejia4congress.com/volunteer

All three of our California candidates will be at Green Party Annual National Meeting in Salt Lake City this weekend to spread the word about our historic opportunity. You can watch the national meeting proceedings live-streamed on GP-US Facebook or Twitter.

Help spread the word! Share this message with Greens and other progressives, and share your photos and ideas with us on social media using the tags @GreenPartyCalifornia and #CAGreens