Monday, January 9, 2012

Congratulations! I'm Sane.

Well, kind of. I took "The Sanity Quiz" on Psych Central, apparently it's an extremely accurate quiz for diagnosis of mental health. I'm sane, for the most part, since I successfully answered each question. I suffer from PTSD and Bulimia, however. 

Based upon your answers, you appear to be in good mental health. Congratulations! You may experience specific mental health concerns, relationship issues, or other issues that come up from time to time in your life, but your overall mental health score suggests that you deal with these well. People with similar scores are more resilient than most people, handle stress appropriately, have good relationships with others, and are able to cope with the in's and out's of everyday life with grace and ease. 
General Coping  11
Life Events  19
Depression  19
Anxiety  8
Phobias  0
Self-Esteem  17
Eating Disorders  25
Schizophrenia  0
Dissociation  0
Mania  10
Sexual Issues  0
Relationship Issues  19
Alcohol  0
Drugs  0
Physical Issues  17
Smoking Issues  0
Gambling Issues  0
Technology Issues  19
Obsessions/Compulsions  19
Posttraumatic Stress  33
Borderline Traits  4

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Gratitude Journal

One of the recommendations of the "Authentic Happiness" website for cultivating happiness is to keep a gratitude journal. It is best to write everyday, (you can see by the cover that was my original intention) but my daily gratitude journal became the 10x a year gratitude journal. Better than nothing. 

The idea is that everyone can find something to be grateful for, even the most pessimistic and sardonic among us. For example, around Thanksgiving my sister said she was grateful that (among other things) she didn't have a six inch leech lodged in her windpipe. According to "Odd News" this was apparently the fate of some young boy in rural China. (He's okay). 

I'm glad I don't have any six inch leeches lodged anywhere either. But other than that, what have I been grateful about over the years? I started my journal on March 20th, 2004, and have written numerous entries up to the present. Here are a few selections from the recent past. To protect the innocent, I will just put the initials of parties unknown. 
  1. I grateful for my two kitties (H.K. and W.K.)
  2. I'm grateful I'm going to Zion National Park. 
  3. I'm grateful ER is making me dessert this Sunday. 
  4. I'm grateful for my friends. 
  5. I'm grateful for chocolate. 
  6. I'm grateful for the surprise send-off my friends threw me today. 
  7. I am grateful I'm making some extra money working at BJ's.
  8. I'm grateful I got some chores done. 
  9. I'm grateful that I traveled and hiked in safety, and so didn't my teammates. 
  10. I'm grateful the sun is out. 
  11. I'm grateful I started writing on my blog again. 
  12. I am grateful for GoodReads. 
  13. I am grateful that I seem to be doing better with my thinking. 
  14. I'm grateful for good Indian food and dinner tonight with MK.
  15. I am grateful that I have a job that's secure and uses my skills.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Good Olde Boy Tells Off Mitt

Here's an interview between Romney and a Vietnam veteran in New Hampshire. After Romney's win in Iowa last night, I want to be reminded of what 'the former governor' truly stands for. (( How did this man get elected governor of Massachusetts???))

When Romney first sits down, he clearly thinks he's talking to a like-minded 'good olde boy' ---Christian, conservative, and Republican. Turns out the good olde boy in the dirty cap and lumberjack shirt is indeed a tough-minded Yankee, but he's a GAY man too. 

I think the best part is the end, when the man sounds off after Romney leaves. If my father were gay, that's what he'd say, and that's how he'd say it. 

I'm so sick of that argument: Marriage is between a man and a women. (((Ha. Ha. I typed 'women' instead of 'woman.' I think I won't edit it, as it seems approprie)))