Month: November 2012

Two Blogging Awards!

Posted on Updated on


I am flattered to have been recognized for my blogging with two blogging awards: The Beautiful Blogger Award and the Inspiring Blogger Award!  I know I am not the most consistent blogger (by a long shot), and I hope to be a more frequent blogger going forward.  These awards are certainly motivating! Many thanks to myrealfoodfamily for this nomination!

Here are the rules:

1. Display the award image on your blog.

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

3. State 7 things about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers and link to their sites.

5. Notify the bloggers that they have been nominated and link to the post.

So, here are some things to know about me:

1. Painting and drawing are a couple of my hobbies.

2. I love hearing people’s stories.

3. I love nature…. mountains, oceans, birds, trees.  Anything nature!

4. I am fascinated by neuroscience.

5. I used to dislike public speaking and now one of my favorite things is teaching my classes.

6. I am not very tech-savvy, but I try.

7. Music is motivating for me.

Here are the blogs I am nominating for these awards:

1.The Power Within

2.Creating a Healthy Lifestyle

3.Knowing Neurons

4.the flow channel: Psychology, Neuroscience, Health, Yoga.

5.My Real Food Family

6.Positive Positive Positive

7.The Greatness Project

8.100 Smile Challenge Blog

9.Exhilarated Living

10.Thinking out loud


12.Distracted by the lights

13.Something More

14.Nourished Balance

15. newbloggycat

Thanks to each one of you for your inspiring blogs!

Tamra Hughes, MA, LPC



Why Learn Positive Thinking?

Posted on


Take a deep breath and look around you.  Name a few of the wonderful things about this day.  Is it the weather? A conversation with a friend? A delicious meal?  Giving thanks for the goodness in our lives is a great way to start on the path to more positive thinking.   If you need some help getting motivated to begin practicing the art of optimism, here are some things to think about:

  1. When practiced regularly, positive thinking changes the neural pathways in the brain reducing depression and autonomic pessimism, and increasing happiness.
  2. Increasing a non-judgmental stance improves one’s ability to grow and take responsibility for mistakes without feeling the added weight of stress, pressure or shame.
  3. Improved confidence.
  4. Less impacted by the stressors of life.
  5. More positive, connected relationships.
  6. Some research has shown that people approaching life with a positive attitude tend to find more meaning in life.
  7. Positive thinking often leads to a more pro-active approach to physical health and preventative measures for health.  Positive thinkers are more likely to engage in exercise programs and good nutrition.
  8. Improved immune system.  Whether it is due to the pro-active approach to physical health or the reduced stress, research has shown that positive thinking correlates to an improved immune system and greater disease tolerance.
  9. Greater life satisfaction.

So start by being thankful for the small things in life, such as a smile someone gave you or a beautiful day. See where those thoughts lead you in your life and the good things that follow.  Take an opportunity to change a negative thought into something positive—or take a non-judgmental approach to negative people or negative interactions.  There are opportunities in all that we do and ultimately we have choices every step of the way in how we choose to see things.

For more information on thankfulness, please visit:

Tamra Hughes, MA, LPC