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Building Self-Esteem in Difficult Times – our ebook

building self esteem in difficult times

Each chapter of our ebook 10 Key Steps to Building Self-Esteem in Difficult Times is one of 10 key points to building self-esteem, including taking care of the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of your life. If you follow these steps and really put them to work, you will discover an amazing transformation toward a life of self-esteem.

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Esteem for Switzerland

Swiss Watching book about SwitzerlandIt’s not difficult to give esteem to a country like Switzerland. For me it isn’t. I was born in Switzerland and lived there most of my years. At first glance it seems obvious that somebody gives esteem to his home country.

But by knowing the country and its people so well, it might just be the opposite. Well, it isn’t. I give easily and full-heartedly esteem to Switzerland and invite you to discover this country so you can give esteem too.

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Esteem for Iceland

Lonely Planet Iceland Travel GuideIceland is one of those countries I still dream of being able to visit it one day. Why does this country fascinate so many people, me included?

Its location so far in the north is certainly one point. Iceland. Its climate seems to be unwelcoming – at first glance. Then you discover so many great details about this country that are amazing and surely call for our esteem toward this beautiful country Iceland.

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Biophilia as esteem toward nature

Biophilia Eward O. WilsonThe term Biophilia means “love of life or living systems”.  It was first used by German philosopher Erich Fromm who defined it as being attracted to all that is alive.

Biophilia describes something we all experience in our life: it’s our subconscious search for the connection to nature by enjoying the diversity of life on earth.  With other words:  human beings’ deep affiliation with nature must be rooted in our biology.

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Esteem for Tuscany

Rick Steves Tuscany 2017Tuscany belongs to the most beautiful landscapes in the world. Well, that’s me speaking. But I don’t think I’m alone with this opinion.

I was fortunate to make several visits to the Tuscany and was never disappointed. In the contrary, everything seems to be there for beauty and discovery. Tuscany is rich on natural beauty but also art, history and all sorts of food and wines.

It’s easy to give esteem to Tuscany.

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Esteem for our wildlife

wildlife refuge

Our visit of the Wildlife Refuge in Vermont made me think of the important mission of the National Wildlife Refuge Association which is: To conserve America’s wildlife heritage for future generations through strategic programs that protect, enhance, and expand the National Wildlife Refuge System and the landscapes beyond its boundaries that secure its ecological integrity.

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Esteem for the biodiversity on our planet Earth

Arizona State University’s International Institute for Species Exploration announces a top 10 new species list each year as part of its public awareness campaign to bring attention to biodiversity.

Check out the Top 10 new species list 2013. My personal favorite is the Lesula Monkey with the human-like eyes. It was discovered in the Lomami Basin of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The day of the announcement is not an accident. Every year it is made on or near May 23 to honor Linnaeus, the initiator of the modern system for naming plants and animals. Almost 2 million species have been named and classified. Scientists estimate though that there are 10-12 million living species on our planet Earth, not included the unknown millions of microbes.

The goal of the mission of the scientists is huge. “We are calling for a NASA-like mission to discover 10 million species in the next 50 years. This would lead to discovering countless options for a more sustainable future while securing evidence of the origins of the biosphere,” Quentin Wheeler, founding director of the International Institute for Species Exploration at ASU, said.

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The Fresh Air Fund gives esteem to children

There are many ways to give esteem to children. One of them Fresh Air Fund is living.

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer vacations to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Nearly 10,000 New York City children enjoy free Fresh Air Fund programs annually. In 2010, close to 5,000 children visited volunteer host families in suburbs and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada. 3,000 children also attended five Fresh Air camps on a 2,300-acre site in Fishkill, New York. The Fund’s year-round camping program serves an additional 2,000 young people each year.

Fresh Air children are boys and girls, six to 18 years old, who live in New York City. Children on first-time visits are six to 12 years old and stay for either one or two weeks. Youngsters who are re-invited by the same family may continue with The Fund through age 18, and many enjoy longer summertime visits, year after year. A visit to the home of a warm and loving volunteer host family can make all the difference in the world to an inner-city child. All it takes to create lifelong memories is laughing in the sunshine and making new friends.

This program is a real gift for children, but also for host families. If you’re interested in becoming a hosting family for this summer, the Fresh Air Fund is happy to give you all necessary information. What a great gesture of esteem toward children!

Esteem for animal welfare – or how to ask pigs if they’re optimistic about their lives

Our daily mood affects our judgment of ambiguous events.  We experience this for example at our job. If we’re having a bad day and we’re presented with an ambiguous cue such as our boss calling us into his office, the first thing that goes through our head is what have I done wrong? We call this a negative cognitive bias. But on a good day we greet the same ambiguous event far more positively, we might look forward to a pay rise.

Experts from the Newcastle University’s School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development have shown for the first time that a pig’s mood can lead to similar reactions showing that pigs are capable of complex emotions which are directly influenced by their living conditions. Pigs living in an enriched environment (more space, freedom to roam and play) were optimistic toward an unknown noise. While pigs placed in a smaller, boring environment showed pessimistic reactions toward the same unknown noise.

Dr Catherine Douglas, leader of the research team explains: “We can use this findings to finally answer important questions about animal welfare in relation to a range of farm environments, for pigs and potentially other farm animals.”

Quality of life of our farm animals is becoming increasingly important. The study is part of ongoing research at Newcastle to further our understanding of animal welfare and improve the lives of farmed stock.  For consumers as well as for scientists and government it is important to acknowledge the welfare of farmed stock.

Esteem for beautiful destinations

National Geographic published a list of the world’s 50 greatest destinations.  Among these 50 special places, 7 are located in the U.S..  Being added to this list represents a great sign of esteem.   These are the selected U.S. destinations:

  1. Library of Congress in Washington D.C.
  2. Piedmont of Virginia
  3. Atlanta in Georgia
  4. Coast Redwoods, California and Oregon
  5. Sawthooth Mountains in Idaho
  6. Aleutian Islands in Alaska
  7. Molokau in Hawaii

If you find your favorite destination on this list it may encourage you to give esteem toward this place.  You can give your dream destination esteem by speaking about its beauty or special meaning.  Which destination would you choose to be your favorite place?