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  • 10 rewarding reasons to read | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    Biblical themes and personal experience I hope to complete my book Irises and Chariots by Christmas Michael September 28 2015 A love of reading a book is one of the most wonderful gifts of life One can explore a wealth of subjects and with glossaries and references have a laybrinth ladder to take another step into yet another book One subject easily can peak a reader onto another plateau of imagination Reading enables a civil society to delve deep into complex issues and fascinating people and events which sound bites and 300 word summaries do not provide Historical and geographical background information can easily enlighten modern day the elements of current events and the resulting impacts and underpinnings of a back story Reading is always time well spent RELATED ARTICLES Do Taking Shortcuts Really Work February 4 2016 12 01 am I recently discovered a new bad habit that I have When I get in a hurry I tend to take shortcuts The problem is the Appreciating the Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma Experienced by Therapists February 2 2016 12 35 am The long row of 80 motorcycle police officers in a two wide formation was followed by a black hearse and a black limousine We passed them Andrew Solomon Reflects on Resilience February 1 2016 2 03 pm In Andrew Solomon s award winning memoir The Noonday Demon he explored depression recovery and resilience through his experiences and a larger scientific and cultural lens Moms Parenting Depression February 1 2016 1 44 pm When a mother has depression the whole family feels it These coping strategies can help mom dad and the kids weather the added stress CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues November 1 2015 2 07 pm Fall 2015 GLENNON DOYLE MELTON Truth warrior In her Momastery blog her popular speaking tours and her book Carry On Warrior Glennon Doyle Melton shows it s OK Read more August 1 2015 2 07 pm Summer 2015 LEE WOODRUFF STRESS TEST After a family crisis left Lee Woodruff with symptoms of depression and anxiety she found the courage to reach out for Read more May 5 2015 9 31 am Spring 2015 DEPRESSION WHAT BREED IS YOUR BLACK DOG The unwelcome pup looks different for everyone and your particular form of depression can make a difference in choosing Read more February 1 2015 2 12 pm Winter 2015 TAKE THIS TO THE BANK Stressing out about finances These strategies can help you take control of your wallet and your worries by Kelly James Enger Read more SoundOFF MOMS DEPRESSION What is it like to be a mom with depression What is hardest for you What helps you cope CLICK HERE TO ANSWER CURRENT RESEARCH Shake It Off Not So Easy for People with Depression New Brain Research Suggests 2 27 2015 Harsh winter brings some psychological benefits says UB researcher 2 24 2015 Study Linking Suicidal Behavior Psychotic Experiences May Yield Strategies to Help Prevent Suicide Attempts 2 24 2015 Suicide

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  • 10 rewarding reasons to read | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    in Houston specializes in stress management and anxiety She says reading can relax people who are frazzled because it allows them to focus on something other than their day to day problems Plus finding a pleasurable hobby you really enjoy brings positive feelings into your life she adds 5 Calming influence Paul Corona MD author of the three book set Healing the Mind and Body notes that reading is an excellent remedy for worry and rumination Reading takes you out of yourself he says It s good to be transported out of that thinking pattern by reading even if it s only temporary When Lindsey of Grand Haven Michigan gets too far inside her own head she often can quiet her mind by filling it with a writer s words At times she admits she finds it difficult to concentrate But if she can engage herself in a good book I do find it helpful mainly to take my mind away from the negative thought spiral The lights and movement from a screen do not CALM MY BODY THE WAY TURNING PAGES DO That oft repeated bromide reading takes you out of yourself may be the literal truth In a study using brain scans to track how reading affects neural connectivity researchers at Emory University found changes in networks associated with physical sensation and movement This suggests that as we read we place ourselves in the body of the protagonist 6 Social teacher Narrative fiction may sharpen the social skill of empathy helping you better understand other people s thoughts and feelings according to a 2009 study by Canadian researchers The study authors speculated that our brains fire up in response to reading about social situations just as they would in the actual setting thus strengthening all those neural connections Alternately we may actually gain practical knowledge about how to conduct ourselves from how the fictional characters interact Reading narratives even those explicitly labeled as fiction is far from a meaningless leisure activity that ends when one closes the cover of a book they conclude More recently American researchers linked greater empathy and socialization to reading literary fiction specifically a Louise Erdrich novel rather than a John Grisham page turner say because those kind of narratives tend to focus on characters inner lives and relationships 7 Change agent Getting lost in a fictional character s experiences may influence thoughts and actions in your own life a process called experience taking In one study at Ohio State University reading about a university student who overcame obstacles in order to vote made the real life students more likely to vote in a presidential election later that week In another reading about a character who is revealed to be of a different race or sexual orientation made people led to more accepting attitudes and less stereotyping Experience taking can be a powerful way to change our behavior and thoughts in meaningful and beneficial ways reported study co author Lisa Libby PhD 8 Therapeutic

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  • Inspiration | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    Anxiety Weight Loss or Gain Talk Therapy Relationships Personal Relationships and Anxiety Depression Caregivers Children Dating Family Forgiveness Friends Marriage Parenting School Education Spouse Partners Stigma Hope Celebrities Hope Essays Hope Harmony Spirituality Inspiration Motivation Religion Faith Spirituality Blog Forum Log In Forum Home Topics Discussions Members Community Blog Forum Associations Write to Us SoundOFF Magazine Current Issue Archived Issues Customer Service Print Digital Subscriptions Renewal Subscriptions Gift Subscriptions Buy Past Issues Frequently Asked Questions Digital Subscriber Access Subscribe Home Inspiration The Two Things We Can ALL Use By Carol L Rickard October 1 2015 12 01 am I had the opportunity to attend the DBSA I to We conference in Chicago this past weekend as both a participant and a Read more 10 rewarding reasons to read By Stephanie Stephens August 5 2015 9 03 am Reading is a top way to relieve your stress and that s just one benefit By Stephanie Stephens Read a good book lately With so Read more Giving Receiving Love Helps Boost Your Recovery From Depression By Owen February 17 2015 7 00 am He was called the Dalai Lama of Golf That s because he was known to really care about each individual with whom he came in contact Read more CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues November 1 2015 2 07 pm Fall 2015 GLENNON DOYLE MELTON Truth warrior In her Momastery blog her popular speaking tours and her book Carry On Warrior Glennon Doyle Melton shows it s OK Read more August 1 2015 2 07 pm Summer 2015 LEE WOODRUFF STRESS TEST After a family crisis left Lee Woodruff with symptoms of depression and anxiety she found the courage to reach out for Read more May 5 2015 9 31 am Spring 2015 DEPRESSION WHAT BREED IS YOUR BLACK DOG The

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  • Reading | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    Doctors Exercise Hospitalization Humor Medication Meditation Mindfulness Peer Support Pets Animals Psychotherapy Sleep Stress Management Suicide Symptoms of Depression Anxiety Weight Loss or Gain Talk Therapy Relationships Personal Relationships and Anxiety Depression Caregivers Children Dating Family Forgiveness Friends Marriage Parenting School Education Spouse Partners Stigma Hope Celebrities Hope Essays Hope Harmony Spirituality Inspiration Motivation Religion Faith Spirituality Blog Forum Log In Forum Home Topics Discussions Members Community Blog Forum Associations Write to Us SoundOFF Magazine Current Issue Archived Issues Customer Service Print Digital Subscriptions Renewal Subscriptions Gift Subscriptions Buy Past Issues Frequently Asked Questions Digital Subscriber Access Subscribe Home reading 10 rewarding reasons to read By Stephanie Stephens August 5 2015 9 03 am Reading is a top way to relieve your stress and that s just one benefit By Stephanie Stephens Read a good book lately With so Read more Activities that Work to our Strengths May Help Reduce Depression and Anxiety By Owen March 16 2015 9 26 pm How do you decide which book you ll read next Do you find one on your own or do you lean on recommendations from others A Read more CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues November 1 2015 2 07 pm Fall 2015 GLENNON DOYLE MELTON Truth warrior In her Momastery blog her popular speaking tours and her book Carry On Warrior Glennon Doyle Melton shows it s OK Read more August 1 2015 2 07 pm Summer 2015 LEE WOODRUFF STRESS TEST After a family crisis left Lee Woodruff with symptoms of depression and anxiety she found the courage to reach out for Read more May 5 2015 9 31 am Spring 2015 DEPRESSION WHAT BREED IS YOUR BLACK DOG The unwelcome pup looks different for everyone and your particular form of depression can make a difference in choosing Read more

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  • Stephanie Stephens | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    Symptoms of Depression Anxiety Weight Loss or Gain Talk Therapy Relationships Personal Relationships and Anxiety Depression Caregivers Children Dating Family Forgiveness Friends Marriage Parenting School Education Spouse Partners Stigma Hope Celebrities Hope Essays Hope Harmony Spirituality Inspiration Motivation Religion Faith Spirituality Blog Forum Log In Forum Home Topics Discussions Members Community Blog Forum Associations Write to Us SoundOFF Magazine Current Issue Archived Issues Customer Service Print Digital Subscriptions Renewal Subscriptions Gift Subscriptions Buy Past Issues Frequently Asked Questions Digital Subscriber Access Subscribe Home Blog Posts and Articles by Stephanie Stephens Stephanie Stephens Stephanie Stephens a multimedia content specialist based in California run the Women s health Channel mindyourbody tv Top bp Magazine Articles by Stephanie Stephens 10 rewarding reasons to read By Stephanie Stephens August 5 2015 9 03 am Reading is a top way to relieve your stress and that s just one benefit By Stephanie Stephens Read a good book lately With so Read more Blog Posts and Articles by Stephanie Stephens 10 rewarding reasons to read By Stephanie Stephens August 5 2015 9 03 am Reading is a top way to relieve your stress and that s just one benefit By Stephanie Stephens Read a good book lately With so Read more CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues November 1 2015 2 07 pm Fall 2015 GLENNON DOYLE MELTON Truth warrior In her Momastery blog her popular speaking tours and her book Carry On Warrior Glennon Doyle Melton shows it s OK Read more August 1 2015 2 07 pm Summer 2015 LEE WOODRUFF STRESS TEST After a family crisis left Lee Woodruff with symptoms of depression and anxiety she found the courage to reach out for Read more May 5 2015 9 31 am Spring 2015 DEPRESSION WHAT BREED IS YOUR BLACK DOG The unwelcome pup looks different

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  • 10 rewarding reasons to read | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    bromide reading takes you out of yourself may be the literal truth In a study using brain scans to track how reading affects neural connectivity researchers at Emory University found changes in networks associated with physical sensation and movement This suggests that as we read we place ourselves in the body of the protagonist 6 Social teacher Narrative fiction may sharpen the social skill of empathy helping you better understand other people s thoughts and feelings according to a 2009 study by Canadian researchers The study authors speculated that our brains fire up in response to reading about social situations just as they would in the actual setting thus strengthening all those neural connections Alternately we may actually gain practical knowledge about how to conduct ourselves from how the fictional characters interact Reading narratives even those explicitly labeled as fiction is far from a meaningless leisure activity that ends when one closes the cover of a book they conclude More recently American researchers linked greater empathy and socialization to reading literary fiction specifically a Louise Erdrich novel rather than a John Grisham page turner say because those kind of narratives tend to focus on characters inner lives and relationships 7 Change agent Getting lost in a fictional character s experiences may influence thoughts and actions in your own life a process called experience taking In one study at Ohio State University reading about a university student who overcame obstacles in order to vote made the real life students more likely to vote in a presidential election later that week In another reading about a character who is revealed to be of a different race or sexual orientation made people led to more accepting attitudes and less stereotyping Experience taking can be a powerful way to change our behavior and thoughts in meaningful and beneficial ways reported study co author Lisa Libby PhD 8 Therapeutic tool Reading nonfiction also delivers inspiration for change In Britain the National Health Service in 2013 approved a program called Books on Prescription for people with moderate mental health challenges This bibliotherapy approach sort of read one and call me in the morning involves sending patients to the local library for a self help title such as the cognitive behavioral handbooks Mind Over Mood and The Feeling Good Handbook from a pre selected list An offshoot called Reading Well Mood Boosting Books compiles uplifting fiction nonfiction and poetry titles selected by readers and reading groups David an editor in Los Angeles likes inspirational titles with a feel good quality He also turns to biographies or autobiographies to absorb insights from someone who has left a mark on the world We all borrow from people we admire David says he usually has a couple of books going at the same time He likes to revisit books from his past bringing a new perspective to familiar material As you grow when you return to read something you brushed over previously now you can better understand so much more And just like when you leave a movie when you take a break from a book you realize you have a different feeling about the world and the people around you 9 Social lubricant Although reading is by nature a solitary activity discussing what you read with others appears to improve mood enhance well being reduce feelings of isolation and foster a sense of community A 2010 study at the University of Liverpool also found that book group participants grew in self awareness and the ability to articulate profound issues of being Two earlier British surveys also reported that significant proportions of people in reading groups benefited from the social aspect and feelings of inclusion as well as the simple opportunity to relax Sharon the Albert therapist is an enthusiastic member of a book club that meets at the Peace River Municipal Library It s a place where I can mix fiction and real life having meaningful discussions with people who ve read what I read she says You can choose to speak or not It gets you out there and out of your own head in a safe way The relationships aren t always about you and other club members they re about you and the book s characters she adds 10 Rejuvenation I read fiction to awaken my mind and get the creative juices flowing each day says Saverio a marketing and communications consultant based in Manhattan I set aside one hour each morning before breakfast to read a novel Saverio does plenty of other kinds of reading during the day three newspapers magazine articles other documents but it s work not relaxation To clear his mind he sets aside another 30 minutes to revisit his current novel It rejuvenates my energy by slowing me down for a focused amount of time and unplugging me from the day s demands he says Sidebar Titles to try The term beach read was invented for the kind of book that provides a dose of entertainment on a lazy summer s day Here are the top picks for 2015 from the American Library Association s Reference and User Services Association RUSA in the following genres Adrenaline Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes Fantasy The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison Historical Fiction Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth Horror The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman Mystery Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver Romance A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev Science Fiction The Martian by Andy Weir Women s Fiction My Real Children by Jo Walton On the other hand you might be inclined to use your down time to check off some of the classic novels you never got around to Here are 14 Books You Really Should Have Read by Now from Reader s Digest The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee On the Road by Jack Kerouac Tell Me a Riddle by Tillie Olsen Great Expectations by Charles Dickens All Quiet on the Western

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  • Kick pessimism to the curb | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    of doing it but am having a hard time turning it around I am outwardly bright and sunny to others but that s not what s going on inside More on this topic please RELATED ARTICLES Managing Depression and Living Well February 10 2016 11 01 am Through Veterans own voices Veterans have the chance to hear from trusted and credible sources other Veterans like themselves In this video hear Veterans share their Appreciating the Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma Experienced by Therapists February 2 2016 12 35 am The long row of 80 motorcycle police officers in a two wide formation was followed by a black hearse and a black limousine We passed them Douglas M Duncan The Politician s Courageous Depression Disclosure February 1 2016 2 52 pm In his 24 year career in public office including three terms as the top elected official in Maryland s most populous county DOUGLAS M DUNCAN became a Andrew Solomon Reflects on Resilience February 1 2016 2 03 pm In Andrew Solomon s award winning memoir The Noonday Demon he explored depression recovery and resilience through his experiences and a larger scientific and cultural lens CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues November 1 2015 2 07 pm Fall 2015 GLENNON DOYLE MELTON Truth warrior In her Momastery blog her popular speaking tours and her book Carry On Warrior Glennon Doyle Melton shows it s OK Read more August 1 2015 2 07 pm Summer 2015 LEE WOODRUFF STRESS TEST After a family crisis left Lee Woodruff with symptoms of depression and anxiety she found the courage to reach out for Read more May 5 2015 9 31 am Spring 2015 DEPRESSION WHAT BREED IS YOUR BLACK DOG The unwelcome pup looks different for everyone and your particular form of depression can make a difference in choosing Read more February 1 2015 2 12 pm Winter 2015 TAKE THIS TO THE BANK Stressing out about finances These strategies can help you take control of your wallet and your worries by Kelly James Enger Read more SoundOFF MOMS DEPRESSION What is it like to be a mom with depression What is hardest for you What helps you cope CLICK HERE TO ANSWER CURRENT RESEARCH Shake It Off Not So Easy for People with Depression New Brain Research Suggests 2 27 2015 Harsh winter brings some psychological benefits says UB researcher 2 24 2015 Study Linking Suicidal Behavior Psychotic Experiences May Yield Strategies to Help Prevent Suicide Attempts 2 24 2015 Suicide Risk Falls Substantially After Talk Therapy 11 20 2014 A New Test Measures Analytical Thinking Linked to Depression Fueling the Idea That Depression May Be a Form of Adaptation 11 19 2014 CONNECT esperanza s Hope Write a Letter to the Editor SoundOFF Forum Home About Us My Account Checkout Professional Writers Advertising Contact Us Partners Portal Cart Subscribe Back to Top Copyright 2015 Hope to Cope All Rights Reserved Newsletter Signup esperanza Magazine s e newsletter offers the latest research news healthy lifestyle

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  • Kick pessimism to the curb | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    outside influences I admit into my life even if I can t always silence the nattering voice inside my head Choosing to embrace optimism might not have cured my depression but it has made my life a lot more pleasant stable and emotionally fulfilling That dark familiar weight still tries to lodge itself in my belly and there are days when I don t want to get out of bed but even the not so good days are no longer the worst days Positivity is like your favorite fuzzy sweater It just feels good It s not a stretch to say optimism saved my life and it may make all the difference in yours I ve found six ways to kick pessimism to the curb 1 Keep It PG Refuse to watch violent heartbreaking or mean media If what you re watching isn t making you feel happy or doesn t make you want to be a better person turn it off Maybe it s a violent TV show Maybe it s that funny but nasty viral YouTube video Why invite negativity into your life 2 Watch your words Phrases like That figures Of course that would happen to me and Isn t it just my luck keep you stuck in victim mode Turn the thought around Of course that would happen to me should become Too bad that happened but how can I move forward If you expect negativity that s what you ll get It s a self fulfilling prophecy 3 Talk it up Negative people suck the life out of you If a conversation with someone remains more about problems than solutions end it It s hard to do and you ll find friends and family accuse you of being uncaring Explain that for your mental health

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