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The Ripple Effect of Stress

Your dripping faucet sounds louder than a set of timpani drums. You wake up exhausted on account of the overnight low pressure weather system. You are late for work because it took you much longer to get dressed this morning. You get to work only to wish you were back home due to having to sit all day in front of your computer. You should have taken a sick day or personal day at work. You just want to go home and crawl into bed and under your bedcovers. You are in pain.

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Lose the Sparkle

The quest for joy has done nothing, but cause me grief. I am at my most miserable when I desperately try to hold on to things that bring me joy. When my treasured possessions get broken, damaged or lost, I get upset, brood for a while, then become obsessed with trying to replace them.  It is a vicious cycle. Yet, a new book on home organization advices us to surround ourselves with joy evoking possessions.

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How Many Friends Does a Person Need?

Google announced on Feb 1, 2016, it reached 1 billion Monthly Active Users (MAUs).  Immediately, I thought of Facebook. Sorry, Google, I mean no disregard to Gmail. I am an avid Gmail user. I even have multiple accounts. When I thought about the sheer number of e-mails 1 billion users may generate, I instantly thought about friends. Facebook simply has the vernacular cornered on the use of the term friends. So, I ran a Google search to find out how many MAUs Facebook reports. Facebook reported it has 1.59 billion MAUs on January 27, 2016. I could not help but wonder, “How many friends does a person really need?”