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I recently read about a study where 46 college students at the University of Texas, Austin, were asked to write about life events for 15 minutes for four consecutive days. Some were told to do expressive writing and others to write about trivial matters.
In the six months following, the students who wrote about their stressors and traumas took fewer pain relievers and visited the health center less frequently than those who wrote about trivial subjects.
Similar studies have recorded physical benefits for conditions including sleep apnea, asthma, migraines, HIV, and cancer.
In addition, expressive writing has been found to lower stress and anxiety. A recent University of Chicago study found anxious test-takers received better grades on an important exam when they wrote about their feelings before the test, compared to their peers who did not write beforehand.
Therefore, finding the time and will in your day to write appears to be an important part of staying healthy.
Here are a few tips from Sam Horn, author of our Write Well, Write Fast, Write Now course:
- Create a daily ritual. Tell yourself, “For five minutes every morning I’m going to grab a cup of tea and sit down to write.” Sit at the same place each time, and it will eventually become a habit.
- Find a journal that feels right in your hands. If you don’t already have one, go to your local bookstore and find one that speaks to you. Maybe its cover features peacocks… horses… or a fine leather.
- If you don’t know where to begin, do an Internet search to find lists of engaging questions like the Proust Questionnaire. Or begin asking yourself questions: What was something good that happened yesterday? What am I afraid of? What do I really want to say?
- Write whatever comes to mind. Let your thoughts flow onto the paper. The faster your pen moves, the truer your thoughts are, because you are not censoring them.
Write out your thoughts daily while they are fresh and top of mind, and you may soon find yourself reaping the benefits of this nourishing ritual.
Remember when I asked executive directors if 2014 was an awesome or challenging year for them? Well, over 200 responded. Here are the results of this survey.
- 46% agreed that 2014 was an exceptionally challenging year and “I look forward to seeing it in the rear view mirror of my life.”
- 53% agreed that 2014 was an awesome year filled with enriching experiences and “I will look back on this time with a smile on my face.”
Would you please help me by filling out a short survey? I want to know 1) how you feel about saying good-by to 2014, 2) what area of your life was under spiritual attack the most and 3) what you learned this year?
I love “never give up” stories. Here is one that a friend sent me today about Sylvester Stallone and I decided that I just had to pass it on to you. Enjoy…
– Begin –
Sylvester Stallone grew up in and out of foster homes.
As a young adult he had to sell his dog for $25.00 to help turn on his electricity.
Two weeks after selling his dog Stallone wrote the Rocky script in nearly 20 hours straight.
He peddled the script relentlessly.
Finally, after being rejected over 1500 times, Stallone was given a nod by United Artists for $125,000.
BUT – only if Stallone would NOT star in it. Stallone refused.
He was subsequently offered $250,000 and $325,000! But he would not accept unless he starred in it.
Finally they compromised.
Incidentally, Stallone’s first purchase with his $35,000 windfall was buying his dog back for a whopping $15,000!
Rocky cost $1,000,000 to make. It grossed over $200,000,000!! His sequels grossed over a billion dollars!!
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Sometimes, the best place to go to hear about a product or service is to those who have used it. Here are comments from three leaders of pregnancy medical clinics that have become accredited with the Accreditation Association For Ambulatory Health Care.
Renee Wooten, President/CEO
“I recently attended a webinar on AAAHC Accreditation encouraging self-accrediting. Having been through the multitude of hurdles to become accredited with AAAHC, I can’t stress the complexity of it enough. I hired an AAAHC accreditation professional to facilitate the process. It was still a daunting amount of work, even with the specialist providing all the required policies, log books, training, credentialing, and guidance. As a PMC leader, I highly recommend every PMC to thoroughly research the do-it-yourself model verses hiring a AAAHC accreditation professional who specializes in PMC’s.”
Robin Fuller, Executive Director
Pregnancy Care Center of Grants Pass
Grants Pass, Oregon
“The Pregnancy Care Center of Grants Pass made the decision to become accredited because we believe it is our God-given responsibility to operate with excellence. If we claim we really care about people, then we need to be above-reproach in how we serve them. Operating as a medical clinic, we need to really BE a medical clinic not simply claim to be one yet not abide by the basic expected standards of care within the medical industry.
Becoming accredited will help ensure we will operate well into the future, offering those we serve hope and healing, with excellence and love.”
Tammy DeArmas, CEO
Alternatives Women’s Center
“As a crisis pregnancy medical center, we want to provide the very best care to the women that come through our doors. As a 501c3 we believe we owe it to our gracious donors and community that we are providing the care we say. Becoming accredited with AAAHC provides us with both. Becoming accredited will give us measurable controls in which to set our high standards and work from. While it has been challenging it has been rewarding. We are a faith based organization and fully believe that “iron sharpens iron.’ Becoming accredited provides us with this benchmark.
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walking a facility like ours through the process. Lorraine Mazurek , of YOUR SOLUTIONS NOW is now a ancillary memberof our team, and a trusted confidant who shares our vision. We know it is our call to be excellent with the resources that have been provided and becoming
accredited will enable us to do just this and save lives.”