How Learning Languages is GREAT for Your Brain (Infographic )

Why Not Make a New Year's Resolution Your Brain Will Love?!

Below is a great infographic that shows how learning a new language affects our brain.  We need to make mental fitness a huge part of our everyday routine. Learning new languages is both a fun and challenging way to give our brains the workout they crave.

If you’ve always wanted to learn a second language – you now have a wonderful reason to get started!

How Learning a New Language Benefits Your Brain Infographic
Credit: How Learning Languages Affects Our Brain [Infographic] by the team at Sunbelt Staffing

Art Little? Do Thy Little Well…

Beautiful Words from Goethe

Art little? Do thy little well: And for thy comfort know The great can do their greatest work No better than just so. - Goethe
A Favorite Goethe Quote

Goethe almost always knew the right thing to say, didn’t he? I say almost because he was human after all, with all of the snails and puppy dog tails that come with it.

I think this is always a good thing to keep in mind whether we’re quoting an individual or backing them for President. We’re all human – deep down, we realize that – but how quickly we forget when a weakness is exposed in another.

We want compassion and understanding for ourselves and we even want it for people we support. Yet, when anyone else messes up – by gosh we’re all over it like a cat on a fat mouse with a limp.

I actually caught heat years ago for using a Goethe quote and for saying it was a wonderful quote. Come to think of it, I’ve also gotten flack for using John F. Kennedy, Mother Teresa, Gandhi, and Ronald Reagan quotes.

If I highlight a quote, it’s out of great appreciation for the quote – not always for the quoter. It’s to share the thought, not necessarily the thinker.

Many of the words Goethe left behind are wonderful and if they can be used to bring inspiration, motivation, and encouragement to people – I’ll quote him for years to come.

Was he perfect? No more so than any of us. Heck, even Mother Teresa wasn’t perfect.  I only know of One Man who was perfect and no other will ever even come close.

There’ll be people we like, there’ll be people we don’t like. There’ll be people we all but hate with an un-Christian hatred! That’s just life. But here’s my own personal take on the situation: The fewer people we dislike or (worse yet) the fewer times we go searching for reasons to dislike them.. the better off we’ll be.

Why? Because negativity is a disease that eats us from the inside out. It’s also a habit – you look for reasons to dislike someone and it becomes second nature.

That’s anything BUT a good thing.

There’s another reason to always keep an open mind – one that most people don’t even want to consider. Shhh, don’t let it get out but, we might be wrong! I know, I know – I don’t like it any better than you do, but it’s just the truth.

I have my faults and I’ll be the first one to own up to them. Heck I’ll even alphabetize them if you want me to. But one thing that can be said of me is this – I have now, and always have had, a very open mind.  I think one of the reasons may be the fact that I’m so blissfully aware of how imperfect I am. Maybe somewhere in my mind I’m always thinking, “You could very well be wrong, dear, don’t go shutting any doors or bolting any windows….”

Just recently – while following the Presidential Candidates and reading everything I could get my hands on – I changed my mind. Twice! Some people get so locked into an individual (or party) that they put blinders on their eyes and plugs in their ears.

Talk about a surefire way to make sure you shut out knowledge. Don’t know about you, but I want all the knowledge I can get.

A mind is like a parachute – it works best when, to a point, it’s open.

Just be sure no one comes along trying to fill it with their thoughts… choose your own. Your mind, your thoughts.

Whatever you do in life, wherever you go, and whomever you choose to be – never think of yourself as “too small,” “too young/old,” or “too inadequate…”  The only “too” you are is “too awesome” and I can tell that from here.

Tuck away these words by Goethe and pull them out when needed. They really are WONDERFUL words.

Make each moment count double! – Joi (“Joy”)

Art little? Do thy little well:
And for thy comfort know
The great can do their greatest work
No better than just so.

October is National Healthy Lung Month!

Tips for Healthier Lungs and Mesothelioma Information

Breathing Tips for National Healthy Lung Month

As someone who has lived with asthma her entire life, lung health is never far from my mind. It’s also why I feel so frustrated when I see someone smoking.  Healthy lungs aren’t something to be taken for granted.

Lung health just isn’t something the average person thinks about – certainly not compared with the amount of time they spend thinking about brain health or heart health. However, if someone were to spend just one hour struggling to breath, they’d realize that it’s a very terrifying situation to be in. Trying to get precious oxygen into your lungs while it feels as though your airways are the size of a crushed coffee-stirring straw redefines horrifying.

Naturally we shouldn’t limit our focus on healthier lungs to one month only. We should use the month as a reminder to pay more attention to the health of our lungs…. each and every mont.

The tips in the infographics shown here are outstanding and quite eye-opening. I hope you’ll read them carefully and use this as a wake up call for treating your lungs as the valuable gifts they are.

Mesothelioma and Asbestos

In an effort to raise awareness about mesothelioma, the MAA Center would like to share information with you. This horrible cancer is primarily caused by the inhalation of asbestos, which can be found in homes all across the country. Once asbestos is disturbed or broken, it can be easily inhaled and cause severe health issues later on down the road, including lung cancer.
Since asbestos is still not banned in the US, we all have do our best to stay informed to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
Click HERE  to request your free information packet.

Thanks so much to the MAA Center for sharing the valuable information with Self Help Daily’s readers!

Breathing Tips for National Healthy Lung Month

Three Easy Hacks for Handling Stressful Moments (or Hours, Days, Weeks, Months….)

Free, Quick and Easy Ways to Bring Calm & Peace Back to Your World

Quote About FInding Peace

Quote About Havig a Peaceful State of Mind

Ever had one of those days? I hate to brag (*sarcastic smile*) but my much loved family and I have had one of those YEARS.

I’m not complaining, mind you. We’re still standing and, I’ll let you in on a little secret, we’re still as happy as ever. In fact, we laugh off a lot of the crazy things that have happened. The things we can’t laugh off, we look square in the eye and say, “Even you didn’t destroy us.”

Emergency rooms, wisdom tooth removals, x-rays, blood work, emergency vet visits, shot out radiators, cat operations, a car wreck, broken washers, cat blood work, hospital stays… Wow, 2015.  ZERO chill.

Get this – mice crawled up into my vehicle earlier in the year and did hundreds of dollars worth of damage.

I know, right?!

At the risk of bragging again, “Mom Research” has made me an expert on kidney stones, wisdom teeth, Barrett’s Esophagus, low iron, low vitamin D, and inappropriate sinus tachycardia – not to be confused with appropriate sinus tachycardia which is much worse.

A worried mom can out-research any college senior.

Around August, we thought that maybe… just maybe… the worst was behind us and the rest of the year would end on a nice peaceful note.  HA! 2015 heard us and laughed at our Mary Poppins complex.

Again… I’m not complaining. Not everyone gets this many adventures back to back to back to back.

… to back.

We’ve all discovered one thing – if you don’t have a “go to” way to relax and de-stress, you’d better find one because one day (or one year) you’re going to need it.

Whether your favorite way of handling stress is reading, watching tv, playing games, surfing the internet, watching YouTube videos, or attempting to do them all at once (you do you), I want to tell you about three simple little stress-busting “hacks” that you may one day find useful.

Lighthouse Landing Marina on Kentucky Lake
A Peaceful Setting Can Bring Peace to Where You’re Sitting!
Hack #1 For Restoring Peace & Calm While Eliminating Stress

The first one is as simple as finding a picture that takes you to a place of serenity, peacefulness, and calmness.

You can look online for “relaxing pictures” or even look through your own camera or iPhone. You’ll know THE picture when you see it. It’ll cause you to feel happy, safe, peaceful, and as though you haven’t a care in the world.

You may do like I did and even set it as your phone’s background. That way it’s always just a glance away – and 2015 pretty much demanded easy access.  This probably won’t surprise you, but my image is a picture of my cat.  After all, nothing soothes a crazy cat lady’s nerves quite like a cat picture.

Peace of Mind Affirmation

“My peace of mind is not disturbed by things beyond my control.”

Hack #2 For Restoring Peace & Calm While Eliminating Stress

The second trick is to find a quote or Bible verse that helps to center your thoughts so they don’t run amok. When thoughts run amok, they become worries and then they’ll drag you all over creation with them as they run.


Below are some of my personal favorite quotes and verses. Memorize the ones that resonate with you and you’ll always have them handy. Trust me, anything you can do to keep your thoughts and worries from lacing up their running shoes is time well spent… and energy (and sanity) preserved.

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you…. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” – John 14:27

“Breathe in. Breathe out.”

“Peace is always beautiful.” – Walt Whitman

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” – Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)

“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” – Chinese Proverb

“Peace begins with a smile.” – Mother Teresa

“There is no ‘way to peace,’ there is only ‘peace.'” – Mahatma Gandhi

 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

When you find a quote or verse that resonates with you, memorize it and whip it out any time the thoughts begin trampling around your mind. Focusing on the quote will stop them in their tracks.

Hack #3 For Restoring Peace & Calm While Eliminating Stress

Music soothes the savage beast…. the beast being stress. I’m not necessarily talking about today’s pop or country music – although if they float your boat, sail on.

I’m talking about Classical Music, Japanese Garden Music, Piano Music – beautiful music acts as a salve to burns life leaves across your psyche.  A quick search on YouTube for any of these types of music will give you lots of choices. One of my favorite types of music to put on while cooking cleaning is Japanese Garden Music. When you search for the phrase on YouTube, you’ll find videos that play for 3 hours straight.

By the end of the three hours, it’s like, “Stress? What stress? Where’s my pillow?


When we have a problem (whether it’s stress, anger, fear…), being proactive makes us feel better instantly. Why? It puts us back in the driver’s seat. If you’re under a great deal of stress or things just don’t seem to be going your way, try the three hacks above – it may take one… it may take two.. it may take all three.

Just pour yourself a nice hot cup of tea and hack away.

Quotes About Remaining Calm and Finding Peace:

“To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.” – Alan Watts

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” – William James

“A man of calm is like a shady tree. People who need shelter come to it.” – Toba Beta

“Nothing gives a person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The truth is that stress doesn’t come from your boss, your kids, your spouse, traffic jams, health challenges, or other circumstances. It comes from your thoughts about your circumstances.” – Andrew Bernstein

“The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

Beautiful Quote About Peace (Quote Graphic)

When We are Present in Each Moment...

Quote about Peace and Living in the Moment (Present)

Quote About Living in the Moment

One of my favorite sayings I like to whip out is, “Make each moment count double.”  The thought, feeling, and core belief behind the words is this: Each moment we spend in the PRESENT is a PRESENT we give ourselves.

When we spend time in the past with either regret or longing, it’s as though the PRESENT remains on the table, unopened.

When we spend time in the future with worry or fear, it’s as though we don’t even glance at the unopened PRESENT.

Our time is the most beautiful gift we can give to anyone.. including ourselves.  Do all you can to live in the moment.

And make each one count double!

~ Joi


Guide to Managing Your Emotions with Aromatherapy

Beautiful Infographic Packed with Wonderful Information!

Aromatherapy Infographic
Ironically, when I was contacted about sharing the beautiful infographic above with my Self Help Daily readers, I had just been talking about aromatherapy with two of my three daughters.

Life’s sense of irony always fascinates me.

We had been discussing the wonderful effects from Lavender and Vanilla. I told them that, years ago, when I lost my dad, I had A LOT of trouble unwinding and falling asleep at night. I found that lavender helped calm my frazzled nerves and even soothed my shattered emotions.

Vanilla has a similar effect.  Whether (like me) you work from home or outside the home, you know certain days just have stress written all over them. I once threatened to rename a particular Tuesday “Bluesday” because it did nothing but cause me grief from sunup to sundown.  On days like this, I just automatically reach for one of my favorite candles – usually vanilla or lavender – but I always have seasonal ones on hand as well.

Pumpkin, cinnamon, and evergreen make the world a sweeter place too.

I hope you enjoy the infographic above as much as I did.

~ Joi

Infographic Credit: Holland & Barrett


BawB’s Raven Feathers: Reflections on the Simple Things in Life

Beautiful Inspirational Books Make Perfect Gift Ideas

Bawb's Raven Feathers Books

BawB’s Raven Feathers Volumes I-V Set

I was sent an absolutely beautiful BawB’s Raven Feathers Box Set a while back to review on Self Help Daily. While I told everyone I knew about it right away, I actually put off blogging about it for awhile simply because I wanted to get a little closer to Christmas shopping. These books – whether you buy them as a set or individually for stocking stuffers or for filling in gift baskets – would make perfect gifts. They’re beautiful, timeless, inspiring, and would be cherished for years to come.

One of the things I love most about giving books for gifts is the fact they can be used and enjoyed and re-used and re-enjoyed for years and years. Want to know a beautiful little bonus? They’ll think of you each time they pick the book up!

The BawB’s Raven Feathers Box Set I was sent includes Volume I – V – the first five volumes of BawB’s Raven Feathers.  Each beautiful little hard-cover book is filled with inspirational poetry that will surround you with peace and contentment as you read the words. Truth be told, they’re more like beautiful lyrics than words.

Everything about these books is perfect – from the beautiful illustrations to the equally beautiful words.  The author does more than inspire readers, he causes them to reflect on their lives, their choices, and the world around them.

His words then prompt the reader to cherish the past and relish the present, while looking forward to a future that’s filled with hope.

Yes, the books are that wonderful.

From the Inside Cover of Each Volume:

Bawb’s Raven Feathers is pure and simple. It kick-starts moments of self-reflection and inner peace by drawing on nostalgia and pushing the reader to live in the present and dream of tomorrow. Alternating brief chapters of prose with perfectly rhythmic adult rhymes, and room to write down your own thoughts and inspiring ideas, this book holds appeal for the masses.

Bawb's Raven Feathers

BawB’s Beautifully Inspiring Raven Feathers

Whether you buy the volumes individually or as a set and whether you buy them for yourself or as a gift – you’re going to love each moment spent with BawB and his Raven Feathers.

The clouds will always be up in the sky,

with nothing to portray.

How you choose to look at them

is what determines your day. – BawB’s Raven Feathers Volume II, Page 31

About the Author:

Robert (BawB) Chomany is the author of the BawB’s Raven Feathers series, pure and simple inspirational books. He was born in Calgary, Alberta, with a clear view of the mountains to the west. These mountains eventually drew Bob in, and he spent many years living in the company of nature, exploring his spiritual side. Bob pursues his many interests with passion. You are just as likely to find him twisting a wrench, or riding his motorcycle, as you are to find him holding a pen, writing. Bob still lives in Calgary, where he finds happiness by simply living with a smile and sharing his words of wisdom with others.

The books are available individually, as well. Below is a link to each volume for more information.

There’s also a BawB’s Raven Feathers Volume VI which I don’t have yet… but plan on getting.

Everywhere you walk today,

every step and every mile,

choose to see something that stays with you

and attach it to a smile.   – BawB’s Raven Feathers Volume V, Page 36

Bawb's Raven Feathers Books

Focus Words, Thermostats, and An E-Book Recommendation

Restore Calm and Well-Being by Kay Johnson (I Think You're Going to Love This One)

Ever notice that we all have our own personal focus words? Words that sum up our deepest wishes and hopes. Love is a focus word that all of us have – we all want to love and be loved. Happiness is another focus word that’s universal.

Over our life, our focus words change greatly. For example, in our teens and even twenties, our focus words may be…

  • excitement
  • fun
  • adventure
  • freedom

In out thirties…

  • security
  • steadiness
  • loyalty
  • balance

The forties and beyond often bring a whole new outlook, along with new focus words such as…

  • peace
  • calm
  • well-being
  • health

As I said, the focus word of all focus words, happiness is ever-present.  The thing is, as we grow older, we realize that happiness doesn’t come from without, it comes from within.  No matter which stage of life you’re in, if you don’t have inner calmness and a sense of well-being, your pursuit of happiness will be in vain.

Personally, my favorite focus words have always been love, happiness, laughter, and peace. I’ve always been a great appreciator of peace! When life is calm, it’s as though my inner thermostat is at its resting place. When there’s drama or turmoil of any kind, it’s out of whack and my sense of well-being and happiness plummet. I can’t even stand for people I don’t know to quarrel! I’m at the extreme and I realize it, but there you have it. I’m okay with my crazy – in fact, I usually toast to it with a glass of tea.

Sometimes life hands us situations that throw our balance, happiness, calm, and well-being completely out of whack. They take our inner thermostat and all but smash it into a thousand pieces! That’s life, as they say… but no one ever said we had to enjoy stepping on the pieces.

Restore Calm and Wellbeing is an e-book I think you’ll enjoy. If life has been unkind to your inner thermostat and your focus words, this book may be just the thing to… well… restore calm and well-being.

From the Author:

Restore Calm and Wellbeing helps people to:

  • Take control of their lives again
  • Relieve tension
  • Manage their emotions
  • Change the way they think about their troubles and worries
  • Boost their confidence and self-esteem
  • Look after their bodies to relieve the physical effects of stress
  • Revive their zest for life and achieve more of what they want

Click through the link or image for more information.

~ Joi


Restore Calm and Well Being
Restore Calm and Wellbeing

Infographic: Perfectionism… Is it a Good or Bad Thing?!

Don't Answer too Quickly!

Perfectionism Infographic


Perfectionism. The word has kind of a bad rep, doesn’t it? Yet, just yesterday I was in the Emergency Room with one of my precious daughters and desperately hoped for a doctor who was a perfectionist.  Another daughter has an upcoming doctor’s appointment and I’m counting on his perfectionism.

When my vehicle is at the shop, I hope for a mechanic who’s a perfectionist.

When yet another daughter took her adorable cat, Edgar, to the veterinarian’s office – we wanted nothing lest than perfectionism from the vet.

On the flip side of the same coin, however, I used to build websites for people and I have the emotional scars to prove it.

“That blue isn’t blue enough…” 

“Can the red be about 2 shades brighter?”

“I want my header to be like the header on this website and my logo like the one on this website… but I don’t want it to look like I’m copying.. but make it look just like them..”

Perfectionism can be a beautiful thing, or it can drive you so crazy you have to say, “I used to build websites for people!”

The infographic above does a great job of distinguishing between the two.  Determine which side of the coin you’re on and, if you’re on the wrong side… flip it!

Until then, whatever you do, don’t ask me to build a website for you!

~ Joi (“Joy”)

Infographic Source:

Practicing Confident Parenting While Pregnant

Self Help Daily Info
For many women, becoming pregnant is an exciting time in their life. They have dreamed about starting a family, and are both excited and a little scared to start the road to parenthood. Part of the journey into motherhood is taking your own experiences, and the experiences of others, and creating the style of parenting that you feel you are most comfortable with and confident in. However, as we collect stories and pieces of advice from those around us, we often come across viewpoints that are not our own.

A great way to feel comfortable in your own parenting style is to educate yourself on hot topic items, and to practice talking about your parenting choices. By hearing yourself state how you will be parenting and what you want for your child, you will become more confident in your choices. A few of the most popular topics include:

Breastfeeding vs. formula feeding

Breastfeeding has received a great deal of publicity in recent years. Women have been advocating for themselves so that they may breastfeed in public, and have been raising even more awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is very healthy for most mothers and children. Breast milk provides antibodies to infants to help them fight germs, illness, and even SIDS, and is full of a variety of nutrients that support strong brain, muscle, and skeletal development.

Numerous studies have shown that breast milk does provide better nutrition; however, that doesn’t mean that if a mother isn’t breastfeeding she is being neglectful. Studies have also shown that breastfeeding doesn’t come natural for all mothers, and some find it incredibly painful or struggle with getting their child to latch. With advancements in research surrounding breast milk, manufacturers of formula have been able to create formulas with several nutrients that also support strong brain, muscle, and skeletal development. While formula may not provide the same antibodies that breast milk does, it does provide great nutrition that babies can still benefit from.

Genetic testing vs. limited screening

Any physician or midwife will perform a preliminary form of screening to make sure that a child in the womb is appearing normal. A screening usually just gives an overview of a child’s health and well being. It is usually not a highly accurate test. A screening is followed by a diagnostic test if the screening results come back as abnormal.

Prenatal genetic testing is a more specific in determining whether or not a child has a particular genetic abnormality. Prenatal genetic tests range from the highly invasive amniocentesis to the noninvasive prenatal DNA screening tests, which only require a blood sample. Noninvasive prenatal DNA tests often look for chromosomal abnormalities such as trisomies. Trisomies result from chromosomes not replicating properly, and trisomies 21, 18, and 13 are the most common. By determining in advance if a child will be born with a chromosomal abnormality, parents have the additional time needed to seek out additional resources and tools, as well as education, to make their parenting more successful.

Home birth vs. hospital birth

Hospital births are the standard when it comes to birth. Many women find the hospital setting provides them with the security they want and offers comforts, such as epidurals, that they may not be able to have in a home birth. Women who are experiencing high-risk pregnancies should consider having a hospital birth, as additional medical support is standing by.

Home births facilitated by midwives have become increasingly popular in recent years. Healthy women who don’t wish to deliver in a hospital setting often choose a home birth because of the level of comfort it provides and because they feel more in control of their birthing experience. Home births are often less expensive than hospital births, and average $3,000 with all prenatal care included. Those interested in choosing a home birth should seek out licensed midwives to perform their births, as these individuals have advanced training and have served as an apprentice prior to beginning practice on their own.

Motherhood should be your experience, not everyone else’s. There is more than one way to raise a child, and most ways have studies to support why you should raise your child in such a manner. Your friends, siblings, parents, and relatives will also have varying opinions on how you should raise your child. However, parenthood should be your own journey. As long as the safety and health of your child are your priorities, you can choose to parent in the ways that you are most comfortable with.