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These 10 habits could be seriously hurting your eyesight. Sure, mom used to scold you about sitting too close to the TV, but that’s not the only thing that could be hurting your eyes. 1. Not wearing sunglasses Remember when Anderson Cooper wore that eye patch? He sunburned his eyes while jet skiing in Portugal […]
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These 10 habits could be seriously hurting your eyesight.

Sure, mom used to scold you about sitting too close to the TV, but that’s not the only thing that could be hurting your eyes.

1. Not wearing sunglasses
Remember when Anderson Cooper wore that eye patch? He sunburned his eyes while jet skiing in Portugal on a “60 Minutes” assignment, and while he didn’t technically lose his sight, he wore it to protect his eye while it healed. If you don’t want that to happen to you, always wear a broad-brimmed hat and shades, making sure they protect against ultraviolet rays (look for a special sticker that says, “100 percent UV blocking”). Exposure to UV rays damages the retina and increases your risk of cloudiness on your eye, also known as cataracts. It also makes you more likely to get skin cancer on your eyelids, says Vinay Aakalu, M.D., assistant professor of ophthalmology and ocular facial plastic surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Overexposure to the sun’s rays can also lead to ultraviolet keratitis — sunburn on the epithelium of the cornea (the clear outer part of the eye) — which you can get when skiing or even in a tanning booth, if you skip the protective goggles. Like sunburn, it can sneak up on you: Pain, blurry vision, and tearing can start hours later.

2. Overusing eye drops
Drops that take the red out make your eyes look better because they temporarily constrict blood vessels, but the inflammation can come back. “After a few hours, they stop working, and the blood vessels dilate, making the eyes often appear redder than they were to start,” says Stephanie Marioneaux, M.D., an ophthalmologist and clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

3. Improperly treating dry eyes
About 3.5 million women and 1.5 million men in the U.S. suffer from moderate to severe ocular dryness (a.k.a. “dry eyes”). Lubricating drops usually come in bottles with preservatives and using them too many times can actually irritate your eyes. It’s more costly, but better, to get individual blister packs of artificial tears if you’re going to use them more than four times a day. If you’re treating itchy eyes, keep your drops in the refrigerator. “The coolness helps to take away that itchy sensation,” says Artis Montague, M.D., an ophthalmologist who is clinic director of Stanford’s Byers Eye Institute. Also, avoid rubbing your dry eyes, and use a humidifier to increase moisture in your home.

4. Staring too long at a screen
Blinking helps distribute fluid throughout your eyes. But when you focus on a computer, you blink less often than usual. “You should be blinking 12 to 15 times per minute, so staring at the computer generally means you are not blinking enough,” says Marioneaux. “Your tears evaporate, your vision becomes smeary, and your eyes may burn and water. Blink!” Reading very small print for prolonged periods of time causes your eyes to work too hard, so be sure to look up from your screen and look at something far away every so often. One more reason to decrease screen time: New data suggests that looking at small print on mobile devices may stimulate the gene for nearsightedness.

5. Being careless with your contact lenses
Use fresh cleaning solution daily and never put them in your mouth or rinse them in water, says Marioneaux. Many ophthalmologists recommend daily disposables. And never wear contact lenses in the shower, hot tubs, swimming pools, or the ocean. To ensure your eyes get enough oxygen, don’t sleep in your contacts. Also, don’t just order lenses without seeing an eye doctor to get them fit properly. Otherwise, you increase your risk of getting infections. “If the contact lens fits like a suction cup, then removing it may cause a small scratch on the cornea, which becomes an entry for bad bacteria that may cause serious eye infections,” says Marioneaux.

6. Using old makeup — and sleeping in it
To avoid exposure to infection-causing bacteria, toss cosmetics after three months, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. And always, always remove your makeup before bed.

7. Not wearing goggles
Don’t just save your goggles for swimming. If you’re mowing the lawn, using a weed whacker, or doing home repairs, put some on to protect yourself from any flying debris, which can cause abrasions in the cornea. Make sure anyone nearby, especially children, also have protective eyewear on.

8. Smoking
You shouldn’t be smoking for a lot of reasons, but here’s another one: It increases the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration (the progressive deterioration of part of the retina). “It impairs the ability of your body to provide adequate nutrition and oxygenation to tissues, and that includes the tissues in your eye,” says Ian Conner, M.D., an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

9. Skipping regular eye exams
Visit the ophthalmologist — especially if you have eye-affecting conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to blindness, warns Montague.

10. Ignoring symptoms
Don’t assume that flashing lights, pain, fuzzy vision, redness, or light sensitivity will vanish automatically, says Anne Sumers, M.D., an ophthalmologist who is a clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “To me, the five most dangerous words in the English language are, ‘Maybe it will go away.’” If you see things floating around and then turning fuzzy, it could mean your retina is coming off, she says. Get to the ophthalmologist quickly: “A delay in diagnosis can mean much more complex surgery and a more guarded prognosis for recovery of vision.”

– By Karen Springen
10 Ways You’re Ruining Your Eyes | Healthy Living – Yahoo Shine

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Oxfam  international published an article “Working for the Few” in  January 2014. Here is an extract: “In November 2013, the World Economic Forum released its ‘Outlook on the Global Agenda 2014’, in which it ranked widening income disparities as the second greatest worldwide risk in the coming 12 to 18 months. Based on those surveyed, […]
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Oxfam  international published an article “Working for the Few” in  January 2014. Here is an extract:

“In November 2013, the World Economic Forum released its ‘Outlook on the Global Agenda 2014’, in which it ranked widening income disparities as the second greatest worldwide risk in the coming 12 to 18 months. Based on those surveyed, inequality is ‘impacting social stability within countries and threatening security on a global scale. Take a look at this:
– Almost half of the world’s wealth is now owned by just one percent of the population.
– The wealth of the one percent richest people in the world amounts to $110 trillion. That’s 65 times the total wealth of the bottom half of the world’s population.
– The bottom half of the world’s population owns the same as the richest 85 people in the world.
– The richest one percent increased their share of income in 24 out of 26 countries for which we have data between 1980 and 2012.
– In the US, the wealthiest one percent captured 95 percent of post-financial crisis growth since 2009, while the bottom 90 percent became poorer.
This massive concentration of economic resources in the hands of fewer people presents a significant threat to inclusive political and economic systems. Instead of moving forward together, people are increasingly separated by economic and political power, inevitably heightening social tensions and increasing the risk of societal breakdown…”

As the rich increase in number, the poor also increase and the gap widens.
I feel that many times when we talk about the poor and poverty many people do not understand what we are talking about.

Poverty is not about numbers, it’s about people. It’s about families and communities. People who do not have food to eat, cloths to wear or a place to sleep. Parents who have children but do not know how long they would live because they can’t feed them or  pay the hospital bills or buy drugs for their illnesses. That’s what poverty is… it takes everything away from you.

When the world calls for empowerment of the poor, all people think about is how to throw money at them. Giving them little change to feed as if they are beggars. Has this solved the problem? I ask you. Will it solve the problem?

Even if all the money of the rich is given to the poor, will it solve the problem of increasing economic inequality? No,it won’t. You know why? It’s because the rich have 2 things the poor do not have.
A wealth mindset and Financial Education.

A wealth mindset keeps your eye focused on the money and you see money making opportunities almost everywhere even in a financial crisis as the millionaires in US showed us after their own crisis.

Financial Education is important because this helps you preserve the wealth. This type of education is not taught in regular schools but it helps you create, manage and multiply your money.

Rather than a focus on Poverty and trying to fight it wouldn’t it be better to have a focus on Personal Finance and Wealth. Rather than Poverty Summits and Workshops to Eradicate Poverty can’t we have Wealth Creation Workshops and Personal Financial Education Courses. Rather than find ways to weaken the rich so the poor could be strengthened which is a system that will fail would it not be better to ask the rich in addition to their philanthropy to teach people how to acquire, manage and multiply wealth that way both parties will be empowered and their economic gap closed.

Ignorance can only be helped by enlightenment.Enlightenment comes from Education. The more financially educated people are the more they can help their communities and other people. An education in personal finance is a sure way to eradicate poverty if we are serious about it.

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Its the first day of 2014, hope you had a great 2013? Got a mail from my friend and mentor. Great stuff. I had to share,italics are mine…please read… 2013 has been an amazing year in many ways, and 2014 has the potential for you to truly take giants steps forward and achieve the goals […]
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cfvg Its the first day of 2014, hope you had a great 2013?

Got a mail from my friend and mentor. Great stuff. I had to share,italics are mine…please read…

2013 has been an amazing year in many ways, and 2014 has the potential for you to truly take giants steps forward and achieve the goals you set. But did you know, according to Forbes, only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions? It is possible that you could be part of the 8%, but chances are that you have set some resolutions or goals – maybe even the same goals – year in and year out without achieving them. Don’t despair or throw your hands up and give up. I have a way to approach 2014 that will up the odds of you truly doing what you want to do in 2014

First, take time to celebrate your achievements of 2013. I know you have some and probably some really terrific ones. Lift your champagne or sparkling cider glass and give yourself a toast. Write out a list of your major accomplishments. Cheers to you! In order to really up your energy vibration, celebrations are important.

thzdNext, reflect on what did not happen in 2013 for you. What were some of the goals that remained elusive? This is not the time to beat yourself up, but it is the time to let all of the emotions surface. Acknowledge how you feel. Are you angry? sad? frustrated? resigned? exhausted? Let yourself have those feelings.

Then let go of 2013. Light a candle. Take three deep breaths, in through your nose and out through your mouth. Close your eyes. Imagine everything, all the residue from 2013 lifting off you like a mist and floating up into the sky and transforming  into a beautiful light. Blow out your candle. You are ready to go move into 2014.

Now it is vision time, but with a different approach. Imagine it is Jan 1, 2015. Yes, I said 2015. Reflect back over 2014 on all of your accomplishments. Notice I said your accomplishments not what others expect but what you truly want, ‘cos if its not truly yours, achieving it would be practically impossible. Own your goals. Your values and goals must align for you to accomplish them.

images7Write them down like they occurred in the past. Example, “It is Jan 1, 2015 and as I look back over 2014, I am amazed and in awe that I paid all of my obligations in full. I even created a comfortable cushion of $25,000 in my checking account. I traveled to India, the trip was magnificent. I remember when I first landed at the airport…. ” and so on. When you write like something has already happened there is more power in it. It creates the feeling of “a sure” thing. We reminisce all of the time- why not use it to your powerful advantage.

Finally,  take inspired action steps related to your vision every day.

Here are some top tips for success and happiness  in 2014.

  • Practice a daily journaling habit  and write about positive things.
  • Be grateful every day- create a gratitude list every day.
  • Meditate/pray every day.
  • Exercise 6 days a week- doing what you love.
  • Learn something new every day.
  • Give 8 hugs per day.
  • Give generously and Receive generously.
  • Play every day.
  • Love every day- including yourself.
  • Be kind and gentle with yourself and others.

'looIf some of these habits seem overwhelming, remember that willpower is like a muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it gets and the easier it gets.  If you start a habit it and practice it for a month, you are highly likely to make it a permanent change. If you practice it for three months, you are almost guaranteed to make a permanent change.

Dr. Sheri Kaye Hoff, PhD, MA

Your Inspired Action Success Coach

www.lifeisjoyful.org

Hope you enjoyed it. I did… See you soon. Have a great 2014…prosper and be in health!

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