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If you feel like killing yourself, please, PLEASE call a suicide hotline and talk to someone immediately! Don't wait! Don't hesitate! If you feel you can't go on, PLEASE call now!

''Get immediate[, professional] help if a loved one talks of suicide, has excessive guilt or anxiety, or starts to abuse drugs or alcohol.'' - Living With Anxiety | skip

Words of Encouragement and Hope

First, Some Quotes to Think About

''Everything can be taken from a [person] but one thing; the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances.''

''The way in which a man accepts his fate and all the suffering it entails, the way in which he takes up his cross, gives him ample opportunity — even under the most difficult circumstances — to add a deeper meaning to his life.'' - Holocaust Surviror Victor Frankl

''A life without purpose is a life without meaning. A life without meaning is a life without hope.'' - Nick Vujicic: No Limbs, No Worries, No Limits

Affluenza, n. ''a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.'' - John de Graaf

Affluenza, n. 1. ''The bloated, sluggish and unfulfilled feeling that results from efforts to keep up with the Joneses.'' 2. ''An epidemic of stress, overwork, waste and indebtedness caused by the American Dream.'' 3. ''An unsustainable addiction to economic growth.'' - PBS

''It ruins people, who need a lot more down time than they get. It ruins families, who increasingly prefer plugging in to interacting. It ruins communities as neighborhoods turn into barred, deadbolted, wary populations of strangers. And it ruins the environment as the earth is trashed to meet the excessive demands of...consumers.''

''The cure for affluenza thus begins - like all good cures - with rest. What people need is not more money, but more time; not more expensive stuff, but more meaningful contact with one another.'' - John de Graaf, David Wann, Thomas H. Naylor

Affluenza Documentary and Simple Living Resources

For some, ''forgiveness is a journey. Today you can forgive and tomorrow you can feel the pain all over again.'' - The Forgiveness Project

Holocaust Survivor Corrie ten Boom: I'm Still Learning to Forgive

For others, after the initial shock and grief subside, it's an immediate choice.

Videos on the Power of Forgiveness & How Others Have Done It | skip

''With every period of exhaustion comes a corresponding period of depression which goes to our weakest point at that time.'' - Drs. Ron and Nancy Rockey

''When you don't feel good about yourself you make wrong choices in terms of relationships, in terms of the jobs you settle for. You make wrong choices at every turn. And when you make a wrong choice, what then happens is it breeds a sense of being a victim.'' - Francine Ward

''The missing component with most self-help information products is, unfortunately, they...offer no automatic way to change the limiting patterns, which you run daily, that have been giving you your disappointing results. The greatest information in the world can't help you unless you're exposed to it repeatedly.'' - Think Right Now!

''If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.'' - Mother Teresa

''Tolerance is just a makeshift, suitable for an overcrowded and overheated planet. It carries on when love gives out, and love generally gives out as soon as we move away from our home and our friends.'' - E. M. Forster

Resilience is created by community connectedness. ''Information by itself does not change people. It takes a community.'' - The Circle of Courage Project (inspired by traditional Native American methods of raising youth - focuses on belonging, mastery, independence and generosity)

''The most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.'' - Kurt Vonnegut

''We are living art, created to hang on, stand up, forbear, continue and encourage others.'' – Maya Angelou

What In Life Has You Feeling Discouraged?

Words That May or May Not Help

Hi. I'm awfully sorry you're feeling discouraged or hopeless. For whatever reason you're feeling that way, I sincerely hope you'll find words of encouragement and hope here because you deserve them. No matter what anyone says, including yourself, you're of infinite value and significance and deserve peace, happiness and meaning in your life.

If you have thoughts, feelings and behaviors which have kept you bound in fear, anger, sadness, or feelings of worthlessness, these words probably won't give you the encouragement or hope you're looking for.

You certainly may read them, in case they will. skip

If they don't, don't worry.

There's still hope!

Seriously consider getting daily doses of Hope Channel, Windows of Hope or Voice of Hope Radio, humor and childlike play for survival from crises.

World-renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson recommends Hope Channel, and psychologists, counselors and coaches recommend humor as a vital tool for dealing with stress.

''A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.'' - William Arthur Ward | skip

''Humor, no matter when it comes, helps us bear the unbearable.'' - Allen Klein, ''How Can You Laugh at a Time Like This?''

''Humor is another of the soul's weapons in the fight for self-preservation. It is well known that humor more than anything else in the human makeup, can afford an aloofness and an ability to rise above any situation, even if only for a few seconds.'' - Holocaust Survivor Viktor Frankl

No matter what your age or situation is, if you're teachable, your stressed-out, unsatisfying or shattered life is fixable!

But those aren't the only reasons you'll want to get your life fixed. Stress created by developmental conditions, inequality, bad habits, trauma and suppressed and toxic emotions is dangerous to our, our children's and our grandchildren's health.

''If you do not give to yourself, you will always hold others at emotional gunpoint.'' - David White

''If we do not know our familial history, we are most likely to repeat it.'' - John Bradshaw

''It is true that we do not or cannot change what we do not know about ourselves. And we cannot alter history. But because the human brain is plastic and changeable, we are repairable.'' - Drs. Ron and Nancy Rockey

Why not commit to processing and recovering from those emotions and learning how to build healthy relationships, if not for yourself or even your children or your sibling's or friend's children, if you are or will be helping to raise them, why not do it for your or your friend's grandchildren?

Hope for Those With a Negative Past

Ways to Heal the Emotional Wounds

Revolutionary Mind Self Therapy Books

Are you yearning for a better life? Then I encourage you to check out the spiritual or biblical section below. But if the secular section is more your style, or even if it isn't, I highly recommend getting the book by Dr. David Burns, ''Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy - The Clinically Proven Drug-free Treatment for [Mild] Depression[, Discouragement and Unhappiness].'' (cognitive behavioral therapy and how to apply it)

(''The ten forms of cognitive distortion cause many, if not all, of your depressed states...When you become familiar with these ten forms of distortion, you will benefit from this knowledge all your life.'' - Dr. David Burns in ''Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy'')

15 Common Cognitive Distortions (Burns' and Beck's)

I also encourage you to check out the other revolutionary mind self therapy books by peak mental performance expert Dr. Neil Nedley and brain plasticity expert Michael Merzenich.

Revolutionary Mind Self Therapy Books

Another book I encourage you to also check out is real horse whisperer Monty Roberts' book ''Horse Sense for People: Using the Gentle Wisdom of Join-Up to Enrich Our Relationships at Home and at Work'' in which he ''demonstrates how trust, respect and communication - not coercion - are the keys to fruitful relationships.''

In raising his three children and 47 foster children, most of whom came to him as troubled teens, Monty applied and taught them principles he learned from the natural behavior and language of wild horses and his gentle Join-Up technique.

To learn more, visit the Resources on Toxic Emotion Management & Relationship Improvement section.

Secular Words of Encouragement, Tips & Support

May you be encouraged and find hope to press on in spite of the trials in your life as you check out these resources. I encourage you to also explore answers to the following tough questions. skip

Spiritual Words of Encouragement, Tips & Support

May you be encouraged and find hope to press on in spite of the trials in your life as you check out these resources. I encourage you to also explore answers to the following tough questions. skip

Biblical Words of Encouragement That May or May Not Help

If you believe God exists, aren't angry at Him and think of Him in a positive way, or want to, or want to learn about Him and how much He loves you and cares about you, here are some quotes from the Bible and a favorite writer of mine that I hope will give you the encouragement and hope you're looking for and a new outlook on life.

If you are angry at God, think of Him in a negative way or have thoughts, feelings and behaviors which have kept you bound in fear, anger, sadness, or feelings of worthlessness, as I said earlier, these words probably won't give you much, if any, encouragement or hope.

Again, you certainly may read them, in case they will, but if they don't, don't worry. Remember, there's still hope! If you're teachable, your stressed-out, unsatisfying or shattered life is fixable! How? With one of the following.

Effective Biblical Solutions

The one I especially recommend is either the ''Binding the Wounds'' or ''The Journey'' seminar by Drs. Ron and Nancy Rockey. skip

If you just can't bring yourself to view God in a positive way or see what the Bible really has to say about Him and about recovering from your emotional wounds, check out the...

Secular (Non-Religious) Support and Recovery Options

Words of Encouragement & Hope from the Bible & A Favorite Author

To get a greater benefit from this part of my site, now, for the rest of your life and for the next life, I earnestly encourage you to read, listen to and apply the contents of as many of the sections in the following list as you can make time for.

I truly believe that if you do, you'll find most, if not all of the answers you're looking for and the encouragement, hope, healing, peace of mind, meaning and happiness you desire. skip

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