Hippies World Saviours or Not? Free
Why Is It So Hard to Build Healthy Habits?
Short Memory Courses
A lot of baby boomers would like to forget that one of the watershed movements that defined the personality of this generation was the time frame dominated by, for lack of a better word, hippies. That term that seems somewhat quaint and antiquated now had a tremendous power in the mid to late sixties when it carried with it the impact of tremendous social change as well as a massive shift in public morality and consciousness. So while this is often a time of a bit of embarrassment for the baby boomer generation, it is also a formative part of their history and it deserves respect for that reason.
To be fair, not all baby boomers were hippies. As is often the case, the hippie movement was something that got tremendous media coverage but it represented only a small portion of the baby boomer population at the time. By percentage, very few of that age group actually joined the “tune in, drop out, turn on” society of the hippies. But because hippies were a colorful, eccentric, flamboyant and sinful crowd, they titillated the public interest any time there was a public spectacle brought on by hippie gathering.
But despite being few in number, the hippie culture did send waves of change into the society at the time. Part of that was because there was a general discontent with the Vietnam War. So when the hippie movement became linked with the antiwar movement, they blended to where there was virtually no distinction. Add to that big changes in youth culture brought on by the explosion of new musical styles and changes in lifestyle and worldview that the new cultural leaders in the rock music world promoted and you have a formula for the hippie movement becoming a watershed shift of social values in a generation.
Rather than just look back on the hippies with mild amusement and a little disgust, it may be best to review this important part of our past and notice the good this part of our history left for the boomer generation to carry forward. While on the surface we associate hippies with drug use and free love (e.g. sex), the actual movement itself was grounded in tremendous sense of value, morality and social responsibility.
The youth movement at the time held a mirror up to society and demanded we look. Moreover, for the first time ever, it held public figures accountable for actions that were taken that harmed the public good. This was revolutionary to be sure and it has made the public more demanding and scrutinizing of the government ever since. And that is a good thing.
There was a strong thread of ethics and philosophy in the hippie social system that, while different from what America and the world was used to, was grounded in a fierce devotion to right and wrong in the hippie or counterculture movements. Along with a strong commitment to the values of that society, hippies and associated societies were fearless and uncompromising in their willingness to put themselves on the line to see their values translate into public policy. This was an element of the hippie subculture that made it so explosive. Because the youth movement was so willing to demonstrate and make grand and flamboyant public statements to emphasize their political, ethical or moral outrage, things changed in a way that various countries had never seen before.
The counter culture of the sixties literally put the power for change back into the hands of the people, where it should be at all times. And that is in step with what the founding fathers wanted for America and something we can be thankful to the hippie movement for giving back to our society.
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World Saviours' or Not?
For a group of people that were virtually only around for approximately 20 years, considering that the Human race has been around for thousands of years, the Hippies created quite a lot of changes as to how the World had been run by only self-interested groups of industries and politicians that were only interested in financial gains for themselves and no interest in what was suitable or even acceptable to the general public what-so-ever!
The World really owes the Hippie Generation a vote of thanks and gratitude for their devotion and desires for a better life for all, not just them but all for then and the future generations to come!
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Why Is It So Hard to
Build Healthy Habits?
As a species, humans are resistant to change by nature. Because of that resistance, it takes us a while to break a bad habit or implement a new one – up to as long as a month. During this transition period, it is easy to fall back into our old ways, unless we consciously keep ourselves on track until our new change has taken hold as a habit.
In the case of healthy habits, not only can introducing them increase our resistance to disease now, but they also improve life later down the road. That means taking fewer prescribed drugs in the future, maintaining independent living longer and more longevity as we age. But the road to change can be bumpy if not done correctly.
Do you like food that is not good for you? Food that is high in calories and fat? If so, you are not alone… and it is not your fault! We are genetically engineered to gravitate toward that kind of food from our ancestral days. Hunting, gathering and exploring the surrounding area took a lot of energy and so food with a lot of calories and fat provided the energy.
But the food today is different than it was eons ago. Today processed and fast food lurks around on every corner, inviting you to come in … and while you are there, super-size everything making for even more fat and calories. But that isn’t the end of the story. Food is addictive. So, if you succumb to eating a lot of processed and fast food, that is what your body becomes accustomed to eating, what it prefers, and in fact, what it craves.
However, the opposite side of the coin is also true. If you start eating healthy, it too, over time will become addictive also. The trick is to make small incremental changes over time and not a big change all at once. That way your body will slowly change and adapt to your new way of eating. What gets people into trouble and they fail is they try to make too much of a change in too short a time. Don’t quit eating bad food cold turkey – slowly start eating less bad food and more good food over the course of say a month.
The same rationale of change also applies to exercising. At the start of each New Year, people make all-or-nothing commitments in the form resolutions where they are going to conquer the world fitness-wise - exercise five days a week, run a marathon in a month, etc. But after the first time or two in the gym, they are so sore they can hardly move. They take a few days to heal up and never return to the gym again.
Instead, they should have started slowly by doing some short easy workouts a day or two the first week and gradually increase the frequency, workout time and type of workout over the course of the first month.
Building healthy habits is a process of setting an attainable and realistic end goal with several milestones of mini-goals along the way. Be sure to reward yourself in a positive way after reaching each milestone as it provides the mental boost to continue forging ahead to the next one.
A SHORT MEMORY COURSE!
HOW TO REMEMBER NAMES
You just called the TV repair shop and the voice on the other
end of the line tells you "this is Don Smith". About 5 minutes
later you tell your wife that "this guy" will be out to fix the
TV in the morning. You can't think of his name although you
know he mentioned it on the phone.
This happens all the time to just about any of us unless we have
learned to concentrate and implant the name in our memory right
at the time we hear it. To do this you first must make a habit
of repeating the name back to the person. This action will
remind you to store the name in your "Memory banks" each time
you hear someone's name, and, within a matter of a short time
the "repeating" process can be discontinued.
When you meet someone in person use the same procedure, and in
addition visualize something different, unusual from the
ordinary, or "ridiculous" about their appearance, position, or
actions that "ties in" with their name. You may have to put the
descriptive information on one side of a card or piece of paper
and the name on the other side for a while until it is imbedded
in your memory permanently. Look at it repeatedly, see the
"picture" in your mind's eye as you look at the name, or when
you see the name visualize the "picture" you have assigned to
Getting this system to work will require certain changes in your
thinking and it may take several days or several weeks to become
proficient. After all, you have developed a "bad Habit" over a
period of many years and it is difficult to turn it around
This method also works with anything else work remembering, not
just names. When you have occasion to remember something, jot
it down and incorporate it into your list . . .
No complicated formula . . .
Just a system that works with a little concentration.
HOW TO REMEMBER ANYTHING!
As mentioned above a person may train their memory by
associating names with specific illustrations. This works just
as well with written information.
There are several key words or a key thought in each paragraph
of printed matter that can be associated with an illogical or
ridiculous illustration. It is much easier to remember and
recall ridiculous associations than it is to recall normal and
As you proceed through any text choose one or several Key words
or key thoughts from each subject and relate the same to a
ridiculous cartoon or illustration. Actually "see" it in your
mind’s eye as it relates to the key word or key thought.
When you have occasion to remember a particular matter, the
"picture" should automatically appear to you and the entire
thought should be recalled. Be sure to SEE the ridiculous
picture associated with the printed matter you wish to recall.
As you proceed through a book, practice seeing a picture and
relate it to the key words or the main thought of the written
material. This method of learning should improve your ability
to retain what you read. With sufficient "practice" using this
method, many individuals will be able to develop a "photo-Type"
The Key to this memory system is to "see" the "picture" in your
"mind's eye". After you have practiced and mastered the system
and are able to get instant flashback recall you should be able
to read most any text material and visualize ridiculous pictures
to associate with the thoughts expressed in the printed
We suggest you prove this system to yourself. As you read the
first several pages of information, "see" a picture related to
the words or thought. It may be rather difficult to "see" at
first but by constant effort and concentration amazing progress
can be made. When you have seen the picture, just go on
reading the following subject matter and repeat the process.
Don't be concerned that you will forget the prior subjects!
They should remain imprinted on your mind and recalled later,
instantaneously and clearly.
After you have read several pages, recall the first few
"mind-pictures". If you originally "saw" the picture as related
to the key thought of the printed material, you should remember
the basic information.
Try it! It's interesting! After you have mastered this
learning system, it should be easy to file various programs away
in your memory and recall them as needed to progress in your
search for success.
MEMORY AND PUBLIC SPEAKING TIPS!
The same system mentioned on the previous page may be used to
memorize a speech by linking a series of thoughts to a series of
ridiculous pictures in sequence.
Proper preparation of your speech is half the battle. Know you
subject thoroughly then make an outline for the introduction,
main body and conclusion. Start your speech with something to
startle your audience into complete attention such as a weird
statement or funny happening.
In presenting the main body of your speech get the confidence of
your audience by letting them know you know your subject very
well. Get your points across without argument.
In making your conclusion you can briefly sum up what you have
just stated then end with a big bang; recommending action your
audience should take or suggesting they change their viewpoint
on the subject etc.; finalize with a joke that fits the
circumstances, or powerful word pictures they will remember
after they leave the meeting.
Make your outline in large print with plenty of space between
lines so you will be able to look up without losing your place
on the sheets. Rely on your memory for the most important
points, including the opening and closing lines.
Practice your speech with a tape recorder and in front of a
mirror before the meeting. Work out any apparent speaking
problems or things that don't sound just right. Know what you
are going to do with your hands and determine the better body
movements to go with your personality. Continually make eye
contact back and forth across the room.
Take time to think before answering questions. If you don't
have the answer, ask another question, refer it to someone else
better qualified to answer, answer in general terms, or change
the subject (like politicians do) complimenting the person asking
the "impossible" question, or by telling a "clean" joke.
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Wishing you and yours a long and happy life.
And remembering all of those happy times and friends.
From the Team