aloha friday

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I hope your week went well. This weekend there is a PD support group meeting and I’ll be getting ready for our trip to Brazil. My current dose of carbidopa/levodopa is starting to wear off before my next scheduled dose, so I’m thinking of adding Entacapone to help extend it. If you have tried it, I would so appreciate it if you would email me with your experience. Thanks and enjoy your weekend.

~ Great, more good books to add to my TBR list. 14 Books You Wish You Could Read for the First Time Again.

~ This summer cocktail looks strange and interesting at the same time.

~ Watched The Accountant of Auschwitz on Netflix. Very interesting doc about one of the last living members of the SS who went on trial for war crimes. Also really enjoying Big Little Lies on HBO.

~ Books I’m currently reading - The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer, Heirs and Graces (The Royal Spyness Mysteries #7) by Rhys Bowen, Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz, My Friend Anna by Rachel DeLoache Williams.

~ The photo above Sweet Potato and Black Bean Freezer Burritos if from Molly Yeh. What a great idea for an easy lunch or dinner. I’m making a batch this weekend.

~ Melissa Clark has a new food podcast called Weeknight Kitchen with Melissa Clark. Listen to the intro episode and try her tomato salad recipe. It is out of this world.

~ Interesting article The Biggest Wastes of Time We Regret When We Get Older.

~ “It is not happy people who are thankful, but thankful people who are happy.”

practicing happiness

Being happy can sometimes be challenging when you have a chronic illness. First there is the lack of dopamine and all the other physiological reasons. Then there are the daily challenges that can rack up, and zap our ability to be happy or positive. On those days, we may need to nudge ourselves in a more positive direction. It doesn’t always work and sometimes I’d rather have a short pity party, but then it’s time to get back on track.  

 Here are a few things that can zap happiness:

- Don’t “should” yourself all the time. I should do this, I should do that. It comes from a negative place. Say instead “I’d like to do this” or “I will do this”. And while we are at it, try not to “should” others in our lives.

- Comparing yourself to others. As FDR said, “comparison is the thief of joy”. It really doesn’t matter what others have done. Do what’s right for you. When you have a chronic illness, it can sometimes feel that everyone is whizzing past you in life. But it’s not a race. You do you.

- When you’re having a tough day, don’t pile on. It’s easy to start adding on other negative feelings or thoughts. Try to keep it to just that situation. You’ll get through it.

Practicing these things can create more happiness:

- Do little positive things each day. It’s not the grand gestures that make you happier, but the little daily habits that build on themselves.

- Exercise. It’s shown in studies that it not only helps us physically but can help reduce anxiety and depression.

- Spend time outdoors. Exercise, read, people watch, anything. Do it now while the weather is good.

- Socialize with others. Not only with friends and family, but casual relationships are also beneficial. So, chat with your postman each day or the cashier in your grocery store each time you see them.

- Write down two things each day that you’re grateful for. They can be the smallest things but write them down.

- If you want to keep it, give it away. Helping someone else can make you feel happier.

xoxo-kai