On Becoming More Stress Free

If I told you that spending 15 minutes a day doing something would change your life for the better – would you be interested? The Back Story In 1979, when I was 34 years old, I had a chance meeting with the writer, James Michener, that changed my life forever. We had just finished wrapping …

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Three Words You Should Never Use

There are three words that are often used in an introduction that are actually the wrong thing to say. by Bill Hood Today, I watched a webinar from a very popular writing coach that gets over 1-million page views a month on his website. He is an author of New York Times bestseller, as well …

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The Definition of Insanity

Perhaps you have heard the quote, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Do you think you know who made this statement? In my profession as a consultant in the screenprinting technologies I am often called upon to perform research and development of processes. In research …

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Facebook Friends

Astrology may be bogus, but the month you’re born has certain undeniable coincidences I read an interesting comment concerning one’s Facebook friends today. The study stated that in general people will have more “true” Facebook friends (those which you actually have a close relationship) that are born in the same month as they are. Of …

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Is Our Universe Real or Simply a Simulation?

At the 2016 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate, the seventeenth such event, hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the question was asked whether the universe as we know it, is in effect a simulation. Five esteemed panelists discussed the possibility that maybe everything that’s happening is just a simulation being run on a computer by some …

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Tips From An Old Mezcalero

A Mezcalero is a person who grows the agave that produces mezcal and especially enjoys the pleasures that can be derived from partaking in the “Juice of Life.” The older Mezcaleros live to a ripe old age and seemly do not have a problem in the world. Here are some bits of sage advice from …

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Living Happily Ever After

If you are old and reading this I have some advice that will make what years you have left some of the happiest years of your life. If you have someone in your life that is old, share it with them. If you are still young, print this out and start following the advice now, …

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Relationship Necessities

Are you waiting for the right person to come into your life? You know that special person that will meet your expectations and ideals? Be honest with yourself. Do you desire a certain height, hair color, body style, language, skin color, or other physical attribute? You may be surprised to learn that you are only …

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You Can’t Judge…

Most have heard some version of the adage, “You can never tell a book by its cover.” The phrase first appeared in print in the 1946 novel, “Murder in the Glass Room, by Edwin Rolfe and Lester Fuller.  Even then it was an adaption of “You can’t judge a book by its binding”, from the …

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Perfection

Perfection Perfection is a state of mind – a choice. Your success in all things begins with your will, If you think you can, your will can pull you through. If you have no will, it is almost certain you cannot. Without will, you assign yourself to failure. If you wish to win, but think …

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Eliminating Negativity From Your Life

How to rid your life of negativity and be truly happy I greatly dislike the root word NO! It has a way creating problems for me and creating a ton of anxiety in my life. Then there is also the word not, as in cannot “can’t”, do not “don’t”, and will not “won’t”. And, for …

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Saturday Conversations

Having good friends is extremely important to one’s overall enjoyment of life. ~G. William Hood For the last several years, I have had a wonderful friendship that has continued to grow and become deeper over time. I met Enrique Fuentes when I saw a posting on a community forum that gave the coffee he was …

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The Misery Game

What people do to make each other miserable Misery is that state or feeling of great distress or discomfort of the mind, which can affect the body – making one feel ill. In more severe instances, it can lead to depression. Hedonism[1], as an ethical theory, claims that good and bad consist ultimately in pleasure …

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Friendship Should Be Without Self-Interest

In 2004, I attended a funeral service at the Mount Zion church in Austin, Texas. Mount Zion is a large church nestled among the small wood-framed homes of the working-class neighborhood on Austin’s east side. I had arrived just as the service was to begin. I had not realized that I would have to park …

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Observations on a Spiritual Journey

A week ago, I wrote that I was going on a sabbatical from my … well, from everything. I found my life severally spiraling out of my control. Nothing was going as I had planned and I felt lost. So I decided to take a week off from my self-imposed hectic life to go on …

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A Spiritual Journey

I have made a decision to go on a sabbatical from my … well, from everything. I found my life severally spiraling out of my control. Nothing has been going as I had planned and I have felt lost. So I have decided to take a week off from my self-imposed hectic life to go …

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What Good Should Mean to You

“Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.” ~Dennis Prager[1] Today, a friend posted a meme on social media that stated, “Being good is not synonymous with being a jerk. Being good is a virtue that some …

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How Empathetic Compassion Increases Friendship and Love

There are always problems to be resolved in life. The goal should be to concentrate on the solution – not the problem. ~Bill Hood Yesterday, at the small corner grocery store, which also serves as a cafe, I had an interesting talk with a taxi driver that I know well – Jose Moreno. A cordial, …

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Love is a Gift – Not an Emotion

Up until the late 16th century, everyone “knew” that the sun and planets revolved around the Earth. Up until the late 19th century, epidemic illnesses such as cholera and the plague were “known” to be caused by a poisonous mist filled with particles from rotting things. Up until the early 20th century, the most common …

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The Me-Me-Me World of Narcissism

Sigmund Freud is probably jumping with joy in his grave to know that the concept of psychoanalytic theory that he introduced in his 1914 essay, “On Narcissism” is still alive and flourishing 101-years later. Of course, this leads one to ask that if psychoanalysis is so great, why are there an ever-growing number of people …

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Improving Communication Skills

“The great success in communication is to build on the other person’s observation, not overthrowing it, to exercise the mind with thought rather than our own words, to exercise truth, good sense, humor and wit, saying nothing of our self, and to

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Some Work Harder Than Others

My late father, Tom Hood, was born in Texas in 1911. He later remembered, although he was only a boy at the time, how World War I influenced the financial stability of his family. Still later, when he was a young man trying to raise a family World War II came along and again took …

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20 Ways to Live Better

For as long as I can remember, I have been seeking permanent peace, serenity, and tranquility in my life. And, sometimes I add joy and happiness to my list. Today, for the most part, I have found peace, serenity, and tranquility in my life. But it has not been a easy road to travel, only …

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Expectations of a Friendship

For without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods. ~Aristotle This week I want to discuss “Expectations”, as they relate to friendships and relationships with others. Today, a man wrote on Facebook: “I feel like most of the people that I care deeply about are upset with me. I …

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Is Self Real or an Illusion?

During a conversation with a close friend, she intimated that I seem to be more than one person; sometimes quiet and peaceful, and at others animated and excited. She was of the opinion that this was abnormal in some manner, however I am quite accustom to the shifts in behavior. She, like many others, believe …

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Never Expect Instant Results

Like many people, I have been able to speak since I was perhaps 4 months old. But, I was unable to speak in complete sentences and much of my “speech” was still babbling, but as speech-language pathologist Sherry Artemenko says: “Babbling is an important milestone because it represents the beginning of real communication, when a …

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Hiding Behind The Shield From Criticism

If you are a user of social media and are of the belief that you have a right to “free speech” you should read this article. Most people are not completely aware of the implications of speaking openly in social media or for that matter in public. You may be surprised at what you do …

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Perspective

There is an experiment where two groups of individuals are shown four identical illustrations – three were labeled differently – and given an opportunity to comment on what they believe. As most humans have the ability to make an opinion the results are telling. The opinions of the four groups varied widely. Does this prove …

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The Platinum Rule

You have probably seen many quotes on the Internet that you thought sounded like a good idea, until you begin to consider them from another person’s viewpoint and realize that they sound a bit egotistic. The Golden Rule is one of those quotes that we have come to believe in as being a great idea …

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A Moment of Testing

We are each tested in every minute of our lives. Yes, life is just one test after another. It has always been and will always be. There is no way to avoid the test of the moment. It is laid out in front of us and we will either pass or fail. It is up …

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Living For the Future

Each moment of every day, many are given the opportunity to make decisions that effect their future. Be thankful that you are given the opportunity of the moment, as there are millions who do not have the opportunity to make decisions that effect their future.

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Learning Awareness as a Path

As I go about my daily walk in the neighborhood surrounding my home in Cuernavaca, Mexico I am filled with awareness. Today, I am more aware than I was during my early life and my move to Cuernavaca has increased my awareness tremendously. I cannot remember a more phlegmatic time in my life; calm, serene, …

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You’ve Been Wrong About… Well, Everything!

I know, you are thinking that it could not possibly be that you have been wrong about everything you have said, thought or done in your life, right? Take a deep breath, believe it or not, we are seldom right. Perhaps you are one of those extremely rare individuals who have never been wrong about …

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How’s That Working For You?

How often are you faced with a feeling of being uncomfortable with the statements of others? Like when someone tells you that you are being unfair, when you know in your own mind that you never intended to be anything but fair.

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The Price We Pay for Not Knowing the Truth

The donkey has nothing on humans when it comes to being stubborn. During World War One a scientific test was undertaken to find whether donkeys could be used in combat. As it turned out donkeys are incredibly intelligent and manage to complete a series of puzzles and challenges including undoing a locked pack lock with …

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What We See

As with all things in life, we seldom see the truth. It is not normally, what is right in front of our eyes and we must search for truth. Take for example this illustration of billiard balls. How many balls are there? Most people will simply count the balls in order to come up with …

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In Interacting With Others, We Learn About Ourselves

“He loved her for everything she was and she decided that was enough to let him stay for a very long time.” ~ Brian Andreas Every relationship takes a lot of work and patience. Those who know me well know that I am not a perfect man. It took me years to find out what …

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Rules for First Impressions

There is not a person alive who does not meet others for the first time occasionally. Some of us meet several new persons every day, some may only meet one person a day or even a week. But meet we will, and when we do that first meeting can bring mixed emotions into play. Some …

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The Difference Between Being Alone and Lonely

“Having someone wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night is a very old human need.” – Margaret Mead Most of us are filled with a sense of wonderment as to what new opportunities the future holds for us. Of course, it is and will be what we want it to be. …

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Marriage is Not an Empty Box

  A friend posted a meme on Facebook the other day that I find to be a bit strange in many ways. It was called the Marriage Box, originally written by J. Allan Petersen. It read… Most people get married believing a myth–that marriage is a beautiful box full of all the things they have …

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Worldly Lenses

One of the master skills for individual success in life, is understanding how the mind of other people works – why people say what they do. It’s all about the lenses they use, to view the world around them. We each see the world through a unique set of lenses – our eyes. Our lenses …

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Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

Even if the past may have been disappointing, your future might be better than you could ever imagine. The self-fulfilling prophecy is a statement that alters actions and therefore comes true. For example, a person stating “I can’t have a decent relationship,” might alter his actions so that such a prediction is fulfilled by his …

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Learn to Think – Think to Learn

Many would say that I was blessed at birth, not with a silver spoon in my mouth but a microphone. You know the guy, the one that a microphone is handed and he just won’t give it back as he rambles on and on with lots of ah… and uh… interspersed with bad jokes. I …

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Open Letter to a Friend

  Bill Hood Cuernavaca, Mexico April 26, 2014 Dear Friend: I received your email this morning. You wrote to tell me that you were in love, and of course, that is wonderful news. You asked me to help you understand what you are feeling and if you should pursue the love that you have found. …

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Incompetence

Do you know why your job sucks? Do you know why millions of people work for minimum wage? Why people don’t have proper health care? Why far too often you feel that life itself sucks almost daily? Because incompetence has become a cancer in our society. Competency is the ability to do something successfully or …

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Finding the Dream

Finding the dream is possible if you believe.

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The Fallacy of Compatibility

Yesterday, a friend re-posted an article about “The Ideal Partner,” which attempted to point out what aspects should be present in a relationship before you take the big leap. The article was simply another example of Internet Myth. The article did not have a byline for the author, nor any references to factual studies or …

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Making Decisions on Core Virtues

Meaning, and ‘meaningful’, are very subjective terms. Pretty much everything we see, hear, and feel is open for interpretation, and skewed by our past experiences. I believe it’s the meaning that we choose to place on things, whether deliberately, or without thought, that is the driving force to why we make all of our daily …

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Finding Peace, Serenity and Tranquility

How many times have you been asked, “Are you happy?” and quickly stated yes, without so much as a thought? How many times have you been asked, “What do you really want in life?” and again answered quickly, “I don’t know!” In truth few people are truly happy in their life, with their current circumstances …

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The Unconscious Mind

  How many times today, have you used phrases such as, “I don’t know…,” “I can’t…,” or a similar phrase for something for which there is no immediate answer. Have you given any thought as to how these types of phrases make you feel?

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Be in the Moment – Balanced

As a serial entrepreneur and confirmed workaholic driven by epistemophilia I have always had a ton of projects in work at any given time and thus my life was in a constant hectic state. I had lived in Cuernavaca intermittently for a number of years until I finally made the full time move to Cuernavaca, …

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Choose happiness in all that you think, say or do

  A friend shared the quote the other day that Happiness is a State of Mind. The quote is by Steve Maraboli, from Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience in which he wrote:

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