"It is difficult indeed to struggle against what one has been taught. The child's mind is a helpless one, pliable, absorbing. It makes what it learns a part of its very nature....Yet...you must change your minds, you must renew your hearts, and you must do it alone. There are no teachers for you." ~Pearl S. Buck, To My Daughters with Love
Cognitive-based compassion training has been shown to reduce C-reactive protein, a marker for inflammation linked to heart disease and diabetes. The study was done with children in foster care in Georgia who reported lower anxiety and increased feelings of hope.
RECOGNIZING A STROKE: STR If something is amiss:
S = SMILE Ask the person to SMILE. T = TALK Ask the person to say a simple sentence, like "I like ice cream." R = RAISE BOTH ARMS Ask the person to raise both arms.
Trouble with any one of the above tasks is reason enough to call an ambulance and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
NOTE : Another 'sign' of a stroke is a crooked tongue. Ask the person to stick out their tongue and if it's crooked (meaning it goes to one side), it could mean the person is having a stroke.
Life is about getting back up and running your heart out. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM5A1K6TxxM&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]