Why Attending a Church is So Important

Why Attending a Church is So Important

For many years I was very private about my faith, I rarely went to a church at all and it was always my preference to worship at home, on my own. I had a chance meeting with an old friend who invited me to come to his church the Westside Family Church, I reluctantly went and it turned out to be one of the best decisions that I ever made.

The fact that I am now heavily involved in a church has not changed the way in which I worship at home, but it has given me a great deal of additional benefits which are attached to my faith in God. If you aren’t sure whether going to a church is the right thing for you, here are some of the reasons why I would say that it is a great choice to make.

Community

The level of community at my church is incredible and it works on a number of different levels. The first part of the community is the one which I am now a part of, the church community, a tight knit group of fellow believers who work for each other and their families to ensure that everyone is looked after. The other aspect of community which I enjoy in this church is that of the outer community and I have been able to help people near and far through my involvement and volunteering which has taken place through the church.

Praising Worship

Worshiping at home is very often a quiet and introspective event, something which I believe is necessary to my beliefs. With this being said, I have now been introduced to a form of worship which uses praise and song to give thanks, my church even uses electric guitars to really turn the levels up when it comes to how we worship. This is something which can only be done when in a community and it is exhilarating to be a part of and in my opinion, brings us all closer to God.

Learnings

I am an avid theologian and enjoy reading my Bible and the Holy Scriptures very much, this is all well and good but going to classes and being taught important values during mass are equally as important and it was something which I missed out on in the past. When a religious leader stands at the from to the church, reads a passage from the Gospel and then explains who it is relative to our modern day lives, you take much more from it than you would if you were only reading from a piece of text.

Aside from learning, I have also been able to use the wealth of knowledge at my church to answer questions of faith which I have had in the past. Any problems or questions which you may have can be easily answered by those within your church and it is an aspect of going to church that I have enjoyed the most.

Get Rid of Back Pain with the Right Mattress

Get Rid of Back Pain with the Right Mattress

Memory foam is all the rage right now, and for good reason. When you read Nectar bed reviews, you will find that thousands of people the world over rave about the fantastic benefits they have experienced by switching to this type of mattress. When sleeping on it, the foam molds itself around the shape of your body, making you feel as if you’ve melted into it. Furthermore, research has shown that it improves body posture and blood circulation. Indeed, a good quality mattress will help you to get rid of back pain. Key is, however, that you buy good quality, so what should you look for?

Foam Density

Always check the density of the mattress, as this tells you how long it will last as well. A density of between 5lbs and 7lbs is best, but also very expensive. Do not settle for less than 2.5lbs, however. Go as high as you can, with 4lbs really being the minimum. If you have never slept on a high density mattress, it may take some getting used to, but it will be worth it.

Warranty

You also have to make sure that you get a good warranty with your mattress, one that covers all the essential things. While rare, memory foam does break sometimes, and this should be fully covered. Remember that mattresses are expensive, mainly because they are supposed to last for quite some time, so you have to make sure you’re covered.

Money Back Guarantee

If you have never slept on memory foam before, you may just find that it really isn’t for you. This is rare, and most people get used to it very quickly, converting to the foam. However, you may just be that one in a million that doesn’t like it. Because it is such a switch from a different type of material, you have to make sure that you can return your mattress if it just isn’t for you.

Size and Thickness

The fact that you have to get the right size mattress should go without saying, but it is all too easy to make a mistake. Most mattresses come in single, double, queen, king, and super king. However, US markets, UK markets, and European markets all use those terms, but do not use the same measurements. Hence, make sure you check this. The thickness of the mattress is also very important. It is quite common for memory foam mattresses to be substantially thicker than those of other materials. If your mattress is supposed to sink into your bedframe, this could pose a bit of a problem.

Buying a mattress, regardless of material or size, is a significant investment and one that you should only make after you have done your research. You should visit bed stores and get a real feel for what they look like and how comfortable they are. That said, the best place to shop is definitely online, where everything is more affordable, so long as you shop in the right place.

How do you know you are in love?

How do you know you are in love?

Love is said to be that universal feeling that brings the world together; at least that’s what some people think. Love is often manifested with how we feel towards our partner; whilst for others it is just how they feel towards their family and friends… The truth is that there is no real universal definition of the word, not in a scientific way anyway. This makes it difficult for us to know when we are in love; so let’s define the term before we move any further.

What is love?

Most people will think love as that romantic attachment they have towards their partner. It often involves the idea that two people can become soulmates; being together for the rest of their lives. But as much of a long-term feel as it is, it is also something people can feel in an instant. This is also referred to as ‘love at first sight’; but in all fairness it is more a form of infatuation than being the real deal. After all how can one feel the same for people that have been around them all their life with a person they have only just met? The bottom line is this: how you feel in love will be different to how other people feel it. The one thing we can all agree is that love is a strong feeling that sometimes takes the best of us and can also make us do very silly things.

Example #1 – you keep thinking about them

So you’ve just been on a first date with someone. Maybe you met them through friends, or maybe you met them online using a dating site. You finally got to meet face-to-face for that first date yesterday, and the only thing you can think about since is them. Every time you close your eyes you see their face; you visualise them talking to you. Usually you just think of your life but that person has invaded your thoughts. You might very well be in love, at least in an infatuated sort of way. It is worth noting that at this stage, you are probably building up an idealistic image of that person; making them to be that perfect being. As you get to know them over time, the love you feel will most likely change; for the better or for the worst, but only time will tell.

Example #2 – you keep talking about them

This is a step further, and you won’t always realise you are doing it. Normally when you meet with your friends you sit down and talk about football, video games or music; but since a week the only thing you seem to talk about is that new date of yours. You might not notice you are doing it, but your friends will be quick at pointing it out: there is no secret, you are in love!

Example #3 – you’re ready to compromise your plans

This might not sound like an obvious one, after all we do need to come to some compromise at different stages of our lives. However, most of us have a good idea of where we are headed; we make plans and we like to stick to them. If you really feel love towards your partner, then you will want to meet them half-way with regards to most things. This is why we see people settling down even though they were living a life of debauchery before meeting that new partner. Love gives a new sense of perspective to our lives, and it often makes us take a turn for the better.

Example #4 – for the rest of your life

One big tell that you are in love with someone is if you keep seeing yourself being together for the reminder of your life. If you feel comfortable enough around that person that you want to make it a long-term thing; then you probably are in love. No need for your heart rate to accelerate every time you see your partner, if you trust them on the long-term then it is most likely love that you are feeling.

Some sort of conclusion

So to conclude, real love isn’t just about having an accelerated heart rate and having that fuzzy feeling in our brains; this can easily be caused by infatuation or even lust. Heck you can get that buzz from having some sex with no strings, but love goes beyond that. Real love is all about trust and it will make you want to be a better person. Love will change you from being unambitious to looking forwards to a real future. So don’t settle for what the media tells you about love, but instead look at the changes in your behaviour. A man or a woman in love is a changed person; all for the better of course!

4 Heart Health Tips for Office Workers Constantly On-the-Go

4 Heart Health Tips for Office Workers Constantly On-the-Go

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The busier you are, the more likely you are to neglect your health and well-being.

You probably understand well enough the dangers of heart disease and other complications from living the hustle-and-bustle lifestyle. That being said, ignoring your heart health is a dangerous gamble, especially if you have a history of high blood pressure or hypertension in your family.

If the phrase “lifestyle change” freaks you out, instead consider the small tweaks you can make to your day to day routine to keep your heart health in check. The following tips apply to any entrepreneur looking to stay healthy regardless of your profession.

Get a Handle on Your Medication

The price point of your daily medication shouldn’t be the deciding factor as to whether or not you manage your heart health. Yet with the rising costs of healthcare, many people fall into a trap where they let their wallets determine their well-being.

Consider first and foremost the fact that you can find discounts on Xarelto and other crucial medication via web coupons. Meanwhile, consider how daily supplements such vitamin C and folic avid can reduce your risk of heart attack, strokes or blood clots despite being purchased over the counter. Starting off your day with your medicine likewise keeps you from missing doses and helps you start your day off on the right note.

Clean Up Your Diet

Diet is arguably the biggest hurdle most people face in regard to their health and well-being. Nobody wants to give up fast food and instant meals in lieu of fresh fruits and veggies; however, are those few moments of pleasure during mealtime really worth a potential heart attack?

There are tons of heart healthy diet plans out there, but as a rule of thumb you should strive to limit or eliminate the following from most meals:

  • Red meat
  • Excessively sugary or salty processed foods
  • Alcohol

Beyond prepping healthy meals in advance, knowing what to avoid can help you make dietary decisions on the go that won’t take a toll on your heart.

Make It a Point to Move

In some way, shape or form you’re going to need to find to exercise. From biking to work to a walk during your lunch break, even the smallest bit of physical activity on a daily basis can result in huge benefits.

Ideally you can find at least thirty minutes a day to get your heartrate up at the gym. You can also knock out your workouts incrementally throughout the day. For example, consider investing in pedometer to get 10,000 steps throughout the day day, even if that means pacing around the office.

Eliminate Stressful Situations from Your Life

Simply put, the more you’re stressed out, the more likely you are to suffer from heart problems.

Client driving you insane? Morning routines and traffic regularly resulting in road rage? You need to make it a point to approach each and every day calmly versus dreading your daily activities. Although doing so may take time, it’s well worth it in the long-run and you avoid putting unnecessary strain on your heart.

Don’t allow heart problems to creep up on you. Make the point to find time in your busy schedule to focus on your heart and know that such a decision will be worthwhile in the long run.

5 Reasons To Switch To Grass Fed Beef

5 Reasons To Switch To Grass Fed Beef

With every supermarket product sporting a label that professes it’s produced to be “cruelty-free”, “organic” or things of the likes, being inundated with these terms can make buying meat a hard task. Not only that, but the added prospect of your decision making influencing the world at large makes choosing tonight’s roast seem like life or death.

Fear not. We’ll make dinner tonight a little less dramatic by explaining what “grass fed” beef is and why it’s the best choice when it comes to your grocery shopping.


  1. Grass fed beef eats what it’s meant to, grass.

While the common standard is for cows to be fed grains, this in fact has a deleterious effect on their health. This option may be much cheaper for farmers, but the high starch concentrates effect the PH balance in the cow’s system, making them very ill and in need of antibiotics.

A diet of cow’s milk and grass (as nature intended), ensures that the cow’s inner equilibrium is maintained, making grass fed meat the healthier option for your dinner table.


  1. Grass fed meat can potentially hinder cancer.

While you wouldn’t compare a salmon to a cow, grass fed meat contains high levels of beta-carotene and those scrumptious omega-3 essential fatty acids too! Studies have proven that these key ingredients reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes and other health issues related to high blood pressure. Not only that, but the meat is also richer in vitamins A and E, more-so than the traditional grain fed option.


  1. E-coli issues are banished.

With the grass diet causing their stomachs to become stronger (due to the regulated pH balance within) grass fed cows produce microbes in their guts that fend off diseases related E-coli. The open pastures also limit the chance of disease spreading amongst the cow’s due to the open space, unlike cramped unhygienic quarters characterised by feedlots.


  1. Grass fed beef is lower in calories.

Did you know that grass fed meat helps lower cholesterol levels, consequently being lower in calories? Studies have shown that a 6- ounce steak from a grass-fed cow carries 100% fewer calories than a grain finished animal. A revelation for meat eaters who are also health conscious!


  1. Grass fed cows are cruelty free.

With the reality of factory conditions becoming more exposed to public scrutiny, it’s plain to see that the level of cruelty inflicted on cows in traditional factories is inexcusable. Grass fed cows are given ample space to live and feed, improving not only their quality of life, but the meat they produce.

Cannings prides itself on being a completely free-range butcher of speciality meats located in five permanent locations in the Melbourne area. Together with a passion for produce excellence and animal welfare, we aim to bring quality meats to the community at large at a price that won’t cost the planet.

Contact us today via the link below to view our produce with the option of purchasing your meat online, coupled with our delivery options.

https://canningsfreerangebutchers.com.au/how-it-works/

The Medicinal Value of Cannabis

The Medicinal Value of Cannabis

Numerous states in the US have now legalized the medicinal use of marijuana. Colorado has even legalized it for recreational purposes. Overall, however, states only allow those with a qualifying illness to access it. Despite all of this, some people continue to say medicinal marijuana is wrong, and that those who need it for their health should access the synthetic form that the FDA has approved.

The Evidence for Marijuana

Why some people believe that there is no medicinal value to marijuana is incomprehensible. So much modern scientific studies have proven them completely wrong. It is undeniable that marijuana helps to reduce nausea and vomiting, that it helps people to put on weight, that it stimulates the appetite, that it helps lower glaucoma intra-ocular pressure, and that it reduces various forms of chronic pain.

A new study, which has not yet been peer reviewed, has also demonstrated that cannabis can help lower muscle spasticity, particularly when caused by multiple sclerosis or by spinal cord injuries. Another similar study has shown that the tremors associated with multiple sclerosis are reduced. Research is also being conducted into how marijuana can prevent convulsions, insomnia, seizures, depression, and migraine headaches.

Synthetic THC, the most important cannabinoid found in marijuana, has been available since 1986, when the FDA approved it and classified it as a Schedule II drug. Known as Marinol, it can be prescribed to fight nausea and to stimulate the appetite. It is mainly prescribed to HIV/AIDS patients and to those undergoing chemotherapy. Yet, many people have reported that vaporizing or smoking marijuana is far more effective, mainly because it works quickly and because it is difficult to swallow a pill when someone is nauseous or has no appetite.

One of the problems with cannabis is, however, that most people smoke it. Smoking is seen as the big bad bogeyman by physicians, who are more used to prescribing capsules, gel tabs, pills, or other oral preparations. Yet, when marijuana is smoked or vaporized, the blood concentration levels are as high as what they would be if they were intravenously injected.

Interestingly, marijuana is still a Schedule I classified substance. Hence, any user technically violates federal laws whenever they use it, even if they have a prescription for medical marijuana delivery in Los Angeles. However, people will never get prosecuted for it, since it is now accepted as a form of medical treatment. At the same time, this still varies by state, and only those in states where it is legalized can it be accessed, with a valid physician’s recommendation.

Numerous societies have spoken out publicly about the benefits of marijuana. This includes the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lymphoma Foundation of America, the Physicians Association for AIDS Car, the Federation of American Scientists, and the American Public Health Association. This public statement, coupled with the extensive scientific research on the benefits of cannabis for a variety of different conditions, truly shows that cannabis is effective and should be available on prescription.

Tips for Staying Safe on the Field

Tips for Staying Safe on the Field

Playing kickball or basketball with your friends can be a great way to stay active and be social at the same time. However, it is important that you take steps to avoid both nagging and potentially serious injuries while playing. If you are picking up a sport after a long period of inactivity, it may be a good idea to talk to your doctor before doing so.

Know Your Limits

If you notice that your back is starting to bother you or that your knee is acting up, don’t be afraid to take a break. Trying to play through the pain is one of the easiest ways to hurt yourself or exacerbate an existing injury. If your have asthma, you should bring an inhaler to the game or any other medication that you usually take.

Wear Proper Equipment

While you may think that your injury risk is relatively low playing a pickup game with friends, that may not necessarily be true. An inadvertent poke to the eye or a kick to the groin could be painful and result in lingering side effects. Therefore, make sure that you wear goggles or an athletic supporter if you are playing a contact sport. Wearing cleats instead of sneakers may be best when playing on muddy or slippery fields.

Use Proper Form

You don’t get extra points for tackling someone especially hard. Your golf score is rarely going to improve by getting an extra couple of yards off the tee. However, you could hurt your head or back if you hit or swing too hard. The odds of an injury are increased significantly if you use poor form on a repeated basis.

Stay Sober

Your body loses water and other nutrients each time that you drink a beer or otherwise drink an alcoholic beverage. If you play in especially hot weather, you could put yourself at risk for pulled muscles, heat stroke or other serious health ailments. There is also the possibility that you say something stupid to an official or another player that could lead to a fight. It is generally a better idea to drink water or a sports drink until after the game is over.

It is critical that you take steps to remain safe while on the field. Although your competitive nature may drive you to be aggressive during a game, there is nothing worse than missing weeks or months of action because you dove for a loose ball or wanted to make the green in two shots. By remembering that sports are supposed to be fun, you can have a good time without the need to see the doctor afterward.

Jessica Kane is a writer for SteelLocker Sports, a leading retailer of brand name baseball equipment at great discount prices.

Things You Can do to Make Yourself Happy

Things You Can do to Make Yourself Happy

These days we often either put our happiness on the back burner, or in the hands of others and as a result we rarely end up being happy. The truth is that in order to be happy, we have to take control of our means for happiness. The great news is that there are things that we can do on our own to make ourselves happy. Here is a list of some of those things:

Buy Something You Love

The reason people like shopping is because shopping releases chemicals in the brain that cause us to be happy. In fact, even the thought of purchasing something we really love is enough to get these juices flowing. So to make yourself happy consider making a purchase of something you adore. Your purchase can be big or small but it needs to be meaningful to bring your real happiness. You might consider a ticket to your favorite show, a trip to an exotic island, or purchasing a new Suzuki Swift automobile; what matters is that it stirs the passion and makes you feel like you have received something you really want.

Get Yourself a Pet

Relationships these days are more and more difficult to enter and sustain. Everyone wants to ensure that they are not taken advantage of, and that the person to whom they are giving their friendship or heart, is truly someone they can trust. As uncertain as all of this can be, there is no uncertainty when you consider getting a pet. Most pet owners will tell you that owning one is not only worth it, it is the highlight of their life.

The reason for this is that pets never betray or disappoint. They are always there for you and never judge or put you down. Pets provide a consistency that can lead to better self-image and self-worth, and their unconditional love can lift you out of nearly any bad mood. In other words, they are a constant source of happiness.

Change Jobs

For many, the biggest source of unhappiness in their lives is their place of work. The work environment may be toxic or the work itself may be unfulfilling or in the worst case scenario, both are true. Due to the fact that you will likely spend a major part of your life at your work, if it is a downer, you will spend a lot of time being unhappy. Getting away from a job can be difficult though, because you may have been there a long time, like the pay, or are afraid that if you leave you may not find another one.

But for the sake of your own happiness, you need to take the step and move on to something new and more fulfilling. Just imagine what it would be like to actually enjoy getting up every day and going to work. This is possible for you, if you take the steps to finding something that is right for you. When you search for something new, be discerning. Do not settle for a job that fits some of the requirements like good pay, but falls far short on other important ones like happiness. Happiness is a primary reason to take a job and when you are happy at work you will wonder how you allowed yourself to be unhappy in the first place. So get yourself a job that adds to rather than detracts from your happiness.

Take a Class

Humans have a tendency to get into routines and stick with them for long periods of time, and often only change those routines when they are forced to do so. They lose a job, someone dies or they get fired from a job. Other than something dramatic happening most don’t go outside of the regimen they have established. Although having a routine is productive and creates comfort, it can also create stagnation, boredom and unhappiness.

A great way to break out of your mundane routine is to take a class in something completely out of your comfort zone. How about a cooking class, or one for public speaking? How about studying a new language, painting, or learning about how to garden? By introducing new subjects into your life, you stimulate your brain, acquire new and interesting information and open the chance to meet new an interesting people. The combination of the three is sure to bring you happiness.

Happiness is in your hands, take control of it and enjoy your life all the time.

Why Is Smoking Bad for You?

Why Is Smoking Bad for You?

Why is smoking bad? Well, everyone is aware that smoking can pose a serious risk to your health and wellbeing.

However, with so much information out there, it can be difficult to differentiate between what’s fact and what’s fiction.

Read on and find out some of the main reasons why cigarettes are terrible for your health.

It contains cancer causing chemicals

Arguably the most concerning factor of smoking cigarettes are that they contain cancer causing chemicals.

In fact, there around 41,000 chemicals in cigarettes, with the fast majority of them being carcinogenic and combined with the heat of the smoke, this can cause you’re cells to multiply until they become cancerous.

Nose, mouth, oesophagus, stomach, blood and kidney cancers are just a handful of diseases that smoking can cause.

It makes you prone to heart disease or a stroke

You hear accounts of heavy smokers living late into their lives without suffering from a serious illness, but despite these accounts the figures don’t lie, and according to the British Heart Foundation, smokers are almost twice as likely to have a heart attack compared to those who have never smoked.

This is due to the fact that smoking cigarettes can disrupt the composition of your blood, which can cause it to clot. This can increase your blood pressure which will result in your chances of having either a stroke, heart disease or any other cardiovascular illness being increasingly higher.

It makes your bones brittle

Perhaps one of the least known dangers of smoking is that in can wreak havoc on your skeletal system.

Smoking can lead to a slower bone cell production, as well as faster bone loss, which postmenopausal women are more prone to.

As smoking can result in a loss in bone density, this can cause smokers to suffer from joint and back pain, and in some rare circumstances, even tooth loss due to the loss of bone density in their jaw.

Lastly, smoking’s effect on your bone structure can make smokers more prone to fractures with slower healing periods.

It can cause premature aging

As well as causing damage to your insides, smoking can be harsh on the outside too.

Smoking speeds up the ageing process, despite how much you fight it. Examples of how it can affect your appearance include, age spots, dry skin, puffy eyes and fine lines around your eyes and lips.

These changes can be permanent due to how a lack of blood flow to your skin causes damage to your connective fibres.

It can lead to erectile dysfunction

As smoking can have such a damning effect on your blood flow, this can also impact on your ability to maintain an erection too.

A study published in June of last year discovered that male smokers have caused significantly more damage to their sperm than those that don’t smoke. This is due to nicotine causing damage to your blood vessels that supply the penis.

This lack of blood to the penis can also cause both younger and older men to suffer from premature ejaculation. Decreased blood flow can also cause a lack of stamina, which again can be very detrimental to a man’s performance in the bedroom. If studies are to be believed, smoking can also lead to a lack of sensation and can cause male smokers to have less sexual desire.

If you don’t want smoking to cause potentially unrepairable damage to your body, perhaps vaping is the way forward for you.

Is vaping as bad for you as smoking? No, in fact certain e cig kits contain an adjustable ring which allows you to choose a higher or lesser airflow, making it a far healthier alternative to smoking.

For more information on how to kick your smoking habit, try out some of these recommended steps.

What Does a Successful Life Mean To You

What Does a Successful Life Mean To You

I was talking to a group of students recently about careers and what kind of thing they were looking at doing. The idea of the talk was to identify what kind path the students would have to take in order to gain the career they were after but during our talk, something kept occurring which interested me far more. It seemed that each student that I spoke to had a different idea of what a successful life looked like and it made me think about how much importance, if any, most people placed on this idea when electing a career.

Power

Many of the students were looking for a job which meant that they could yield power on a daily basis. The most popular jobs that cam up within this field was positions such as CEO like the successful Lloyd Claycomb II or Bill Gates, others looked at varying managerial positions in a wide variety of industries when I asked them to define what kind of jobs they considered to boast the most amount of power.

Money

Almost all of the students answered that money to them was a direct link to success in their careers although when asked if they would value this above their own happiness at work, many of the students were not convinced that they would. Professions such as doctors, lawyers and entrepreneurs were the most popular jobs that were mentioned when we got to talking about high wage earners in society.

Happiness

This was the idea of success that really split the group as everyone has different ideas as to what happiness is to them. For many, it was the money and the power which they said would bring them happiness. Many other students cited a peaceful life, free from stress with lots of spare time to spend with the family and kids as their definition of happiness. Those who opted for the latter however, were hesitant to say whether they would take a job that was boring, in order to gain their idea of a happy life.

Fame

Interestingly, when the topic of fame came up, many of the students were very clear that they had absolutely no desire whatsoever to pursue a career in sports or entertainment for reasons of fame. There were some in the group who wanted to be sports stars but none of them said that fame was a driving factor behind this and that instead they simply wanted to reach the pinnacle of their careers and seek to win whatever they could.

What does success mean to you? Have you spent the time to look at your life in reverse and begin with the life which you want to create for yourself and then tracked it back to see what kind of career could give you that life? If not then perhaps now is the time to do it, in order to make sure that you go after a career which can reward you in the way that you want to be rewarded.