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Destination Spotlight: Jamaica

Any Secrets resort is sure to be a winner from our experiences with the Secrets resorts. We have in the last 4 years been to Secrets 4 times. Once in Cancun and three times in Cabo (Cabo is amazing)!!! Our favorite. It would be nice to go to a different country. I have always wanted to visit Jamaica (Jamaica man)!!! There are so many new resorts opening up and they are all on my bucket list.

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Interested in exploring a country you’ve never visited before, one with a beautiful landscape and culture you can immerse yourself in? Look no further than Jamaica!

At Secrets® St. James Montego Bay and Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay, we can’t wait to share the incredible sights and sounds of Jamaica with you.

Read on to learn more about all that Jamaica has to offer!

iStock - 538351988 Beautiful views await you when you step foot in Jamaica at Secrets Resorts & Spas!

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Positive Affirmations

An affirmation is a positive statement that we make to ourselves in order to focus our thoughts on a particular feeling or goal. Law of attraction affirmations is designed to help us focus our thoughts to allow us to start to manifest our desires.  Below we have ten general affirmations, ten affirmations to help us attract money, ten affirmations to bring us love and my favourite Law of Attraction affirmations.

Using affirmations is easy.  Decide on what you want and pick two or three of your favourite affirmations and write them down.  Make sure that you place these affirmations somewhere that you can see them.  then, at least, three times a day repeat each affirmation a minimum of ten times.  You can do this anywhere, you can say it just to yourself but they are more powerful if you say them out loud.  You can do this while walking, while in the shower while driving it does not matter just get in the habit of doing it.  You should always say your affirmations as early in the day as possible to get your day started on a great positive note.

Law of Attraction Affirmations

  1.  The law of attraction is working.
  2. I am manifesting my destiny.
  3. My powers of manifestation are growing.
  4. By applying the law of attraction, I create new opportunities in my life every day.
  5. Every day I attract people who help me towards my goals.
  6. I am a magnet for all the good that life has to offer.
  7. As I think a thought, energy is put in motion to create my new reality.
  8. I feel good and good is attracted to me.
  9. Everything I need is on the way to me.
  10. I appreciate all that I have.

Law of Attraction Money Affirmations

  1. I am a magnet to money, prosperity and abundance.
  2. Money serves me I don’t serve money.
  3. Every day I am attracting money into my life.
  4. There is enough money for me to do all I wish.
  5. I use the money for good and I am grateful for my good and the riches of my mind.
  6. I am already in abundance.
  7. Money allows me to do good in the world.
  8. I am creating unlimited wealth.
  9. I give from abundance and receive abundance in turn. There is more than enough to go around.
  10. I deserve to have wealth in abundance because I care about making a difference in the world.

Law of Attraction Love Affirmations

  1. I am loving and I am loved.
  2. I love in abundance.
  3. I am ready to be loved.
  4. There is so much love in the world.
  5. Love and I are a perfect match.
  6. I believe completely that I am attracting my soulmate.
  7.  I always project a loving and welcoming energy.
  8. An infinite positive loving energy is growing between myself and my partner.
  9. Each day I experience more love in my life.
  10. I am focusing on what I love to bring it to me.

My favourite Law Of Attraction Affirmations

  1. I allow the Universe to do the manifesting and focus my attention in this present moment.
  2. By applying the law of attraction, I create new opportunities in my life every day.
  3. As I think a thought, energy is put in motion to create my new reality.
  4. Money serves me I don’t serve money.
  5. Love and I are a perfect match.
  6. I believe completely that I am attracting my soulmate.

Gratitude

Gratitude is a Gateway Drug

When was the last time you felt sorry for your self? How about annoyed?

Think about the last time you felt low, for whatever reason. What thoughts were going through your head? If you examine your mental talk track during low periods, you’ll likely find one common theme: An absence of gratitude.

Think about the most depressed, or angry, or lonely, or mean people you know. How much gratitude do they experience? Chance are, little to none. Negative people resist gratitude. Some will even argue with you feverishly to assert their negative worldview.

I was speaking to a friend recently who, despite good overall life circumstances, was depressed and anxious about several issues. I tried to point out all the good things in his life, and help him see the reality: his current challenge was merely temporary. But it was to no avail. He agreed intellectually, yes, overall things were good, but his emotions were stuck in negativity.

So I asked him, what he was grateful for? He started small, a good dinner. Then I asked what else, he went on to say he was grateful for his home, his job, and his family. Within six sentences his entire countenance changed. He went from slumped shoulders and frowning to sitting up straight and smiling.

Gratitude is the gateway drug to happiness. It’s an instant mood lifter and it’s the secret to loving your life and the people around you. It is literally impossible to feel bad about your life when you’re in a state of gratitude. As my friend author Mike Robbins says, “Gratitude and victimhood can’t coexist.” The happiness you create for yourself with gratitude is contagious.

Look at anyone who feels like life is treating them wrong, you’ll see a total absence of gratitude. When you’re stuck in victimhood – be it lifelong victimhood or anger at the driver who cut you off on the freeway – you’re only thinking about yourself. It might not seem like self-focus when you’re feeling wronged by a boss or spouse, but in that state, all your attention is on your own negative feelings. Victimhood takes the negative aspect of a situation, pulls it inward and keeps it there.

Gratitude is different. Standing in gratitude is about seeing the good, bringing it in, and then it naturally radiates back out. For me, gratitude is not a pious head down, taking only meager offerings attitude. Gratitude is a head up smiling openhearted glow.

My husband and I were talking about our parents recently, all four of whom are now deceased. We realized the happiest one of the four by leaps and bounds was my father. He was also the one who was most grateful. That’s not a coincidence.

It’s also not a coincidence that of our four parents, my father lived the longest and experienced the most personal and professional success in his life.  Gratitude makes you healthier, and more enthusiastic about life in general.

Gratitude is funny. We’re attracted to it, when we see it in others, but it’s harder to cultivate in ourselves. Bosses, parents, and spouses often complain, their employees, kids, spouses aren’t grateful enough. But complaining that others aren’t grateful enough rarely makes them more grateful, and it actually keeps you in a state of victimhood yourself.

If you want yourself and the people around you to be happier, say or make a gratitude list. Gratitude, really is the gateway drug to happiness.

A Bad Day

10 Ways to Turn Around a Bad Day in 10 Minutes Or Less

 

“Peace begins with a smile.” ~Mother Theresa

Minor things can trigger bad days, whether it’s a having a tiff with your roommate, getting stuck in traffic, or just waking up on the wrong side of the bed.

As a fitness instructor, I’ve found that one negative comment from a member in a class can completely derail an otherwise happy day.

Someone in one of my fitness classes once griped about my music selection after what I thought was an amazing class. It almost drained my entire high, but after hearing from the other 99.9% of the class that was sweaty and happy—people who’d enjoyed my class—I brushed the comment aside.

This has happened to me quite often, and I have to remember not to let one measly comment tarnish an otherwise great day.

This is the good news: You can turn around a bad day just as quickly as it started.

The first thing you need to do is get some positive juices flowing. Once you’ve started to feel good inside, it’s much easier to change your perspective on the day and let the pity parade pass you by.

If a bad day’s got you down, try one of these 10 ways to turn it around in 10 minutes or less:

1. Listen to a favorite song and sing along.

Studies have shown that listening to music you like can alter your mood and even alleviate depression.

In your iPod, make a “Feel Better” playlist that includes songs that work for you. Try to choose positive, uplifting songs that you can sing along to. “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz works for me every time.

2. Take a shower.

I’m not sure what it is about taking a shower, but I feel that it metaphorically helps “clean” the negativity. Taking a quick shower, especially one that alternates cold and hot water, can help increase circulation and rid negative energy.

Start with a warm shower and then slowly turn the temperature of the water as cold as you can stand for 20 seconds. Then bring the temperature back up again. Alternate this cycle for 3−5 minutes to start until you can slowly start to tolerate longer durations.

3. Watch a funny YouTube video.

In a study performed at the University of Western Ontario, participants who listened to an upbeat piece of music and watched a funny YouTube video were more productive and better able to solve problems than groups who listened to depressing music and video clips.

In theory, watching funny YouTube video can actually boost productivity. (Try telling that to your boss.)

Watch this video and tell me your day didn’t just get 10 times better.

4. Pet an animal.

Petting an animal can dramatically improve your mood. It can have such positive effects that behavioral therapists use animals to help with healing—with equine therapy, for example. Even though owning a pet has been shown to improve self-esteem and well-being, you don’t have to have one to reap the benefits.

You may not be at a farm, but chances are, someone in your neighborhood or building owns a pet. Also, animal shelters are always looking for volunteers. Animals need us as much as we need them!

5. Give and get a hug.

We often overlook human touch as a form of therapy. Health providers actually use therapeutic touch as a form of energy healing in hospitals and hospices to help patients recover from surgery.

The next time you’re feeling a little wonky, reach out to your partner, a close friend, or a family member and share a quick embrace.

6. Practice deep breathing.

Deep breathing has a naturally therapeutic, stress-reducing quality that can help you quell the rush of stress hormones that a bad day can bring about.

Take a few moments to close your eyes. Practice inhaling deeply through your nose for a two-second count, pausing for two seconds, and then exhaling for another two seconds. This will help stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system, thus quieting down your stress response.

7. Write about what’s bothering you and then write something you are grateful for.

Journaling is a great way to release stress and anxiety since it helps you get things off your chest in a safe way. Even if no one is going to read it, the fact that you wrote it down will make dealing with the stress a little easier.

Write in a journal exactly what’s bothering you and how you’re feeling about it. Then write a few things that you are grateful for. This will help bring you into a positive frame of mind, which will help get you out of your slump.

8. Do some light bodyweight exercises.

Even though you may not feel like it, getting up and moving your body will help stimulate blood flow and the release of endorphins, the well-known “feel good” hormone.

Luckily for you, you don’t have to tie your laces and head out for a three-mile run to get the benefits of exercise; even a five-minute routine that you can do right next to your desk can do the trick.

Perform a simple routine of light squats, push-ups, and easy stretches. This not only gets you out of the chair, it also stimulates happy hormone production, increases blood flow, and boosts your mood.

9. Sign out of Facebook.

Social media has done many positive things to bring people together, but there is a dark side.

Many studies have shown that checking social media can actually trigger depression because we often compare ourselves to our peers, creating feelings of inadequacy and doubt.

Heavily limit your exposure to your Facebook or Twitter feed. At work, check them only if you have to. Keep in mind that most people are always going to put their best foot forward, so don’t compare your insides to somebody else’s outsides.

10. Walk barefoot in the grass.

Being stuck inside all day without direct exposure from the sun, and without connecting to the energy of nature, can actually made a bad day even worse.

Grounding is the practice of exposing yourself to the ground, usually with your bare feet to help stimulate energy, improve immune function, and boost happiness.

The theory states that the earth’s magnetic field can lower stress hormones.

During your lunch break, find a grassy space where you can sit and relax for a few minutes, allowing your feet to rest in the grass. Enjoy your lunch or just sit and read a book for several minutes, letting your heart rate and stress levels go down.

These are just a few ideas to turn a bad day around. What helps you get out of a funk when you’re feeling down?

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Pain Relief

Press On These Points On Your Palms And See What Happens To Your Body

Did you know that pain from different parts of your body can be alleviated only if you press on specific points on your hands? This is possible because each finger is associated with at least one organ in the body, but also with some emotions.

The method is simple: you have to press that point for 5 seconds, while you deeply breath. In this way you can combat many health problems.

I will present you the point you should press and how these points are related to your organs and emotions.

Thumb – is directly linked to spline and stomach. In addition, here are find the anxiety and depression. When you feel stressed, nervous, have stomach pain, headaches or skin problems, press on the thumb top and you will feel better.

Forefinger – If you have problems with bladder and kidneys, this will help you solve these problems. In addition, pressing the tip of the finger, you will manage disappointment, fear and confusion. At the same time, you can get rid of toothaches, muscle pain, back problems and stomach burns.

The middle finger – It regulates the gallbladder and liver. In addition, if you have problems with temperament or you feel irritable and indecisive, press the tip of the finger and you will improve your mood. At the same time, it helps to improve eyesight and blood circulation, relieves pain caused by menstrual cramps and migraines.

Ring finger – By pressing the tip of this finger, you can stimulate colon and lung function. Regarding the emotions, you can improve fear of rejection and negativity. In addition, people who have digestive problems, skin disorders or respiratory problems such as asthma, can combat these diseases by pressing the tip of the ring finger.

Little finger – This finger is directly connected to the heart and small intestine. When you are angry, worried or insecure, you can get your confidence by pressing the tip of the little finger. Also, you can relieve bone pain, heart pain, neck pain and bloating.

Base of the thumb – Pressing this point can combat cough, breathing problems and also this point can improve the function of the thyroid gland.

Palm center – Pressing this point combat the problem produced by the stomach, abdominal pain and digestive problems.

The fleshy part of the palm – This part of the palm is responsible for heart and endocrine function. Pressing this point to combat heart problems and maintain the hormones balanced

The continuation of the little finger – Pressing this point helps to combat problems caused by appendicitis and keep under control the level of sugar in the body.

 Press On These Points On Your Palms And See What Happens To Your Body