Benefits Of Being Part Of A Faith Community


I’ve been going to church since I was very young since most of my family members are part of a church community. I speak from experience about what I feel as beneficial about being part of a faith community. I wouldn’t say that I am super religious. I am just a practical person who happens to have my own beliefs about my faith without the intention of influencing others to any particular religion.

I believe that being actively part of a faith community can improve one’s life in several ways.

  1. It Creates Relationships With Supportive Individuals. Through the church group or community, you can create friendships and build bonds with people who have gone through or are going through similar journeys as you. They help you keep yourself focused on the direction that you want to go, which hopefully is towards the better road. You have people you can call when you’re facing difficulty or establish social connections.
  1. You Have A Consistent Place To Contemplate Or Recover. Being part of a faith community means having a place of solace where you can go and replenish yourself when you’re drained, lonely, or need some comfort. A place of spirituality nurtures a sense of identity and belongingness.
  2. It Engages You To Do Ministry Work. As a church member, this allows you to share your blessings with others in the form of ministry work. This will help you improve your social, team, and leadership skills as you continue to meet different kinds of people and share your faith with them. Most importantly, it instills a good character that you can be proud of.
  3. You Have A Ready Place To Get Married Or Christen Your Kids With Divine Blessings. For someone like me, who’s been loving and living the church life, I must get married in a church surrounded by the people who matter to me. I feel so blessed, safe, and happy. Soon, my babies will be baptized in the community church that I am a part of.
  4. You Have A Community That You Can Run To For Personal Or Financial Need. This is true in that most faith community members have instilled in them kindness and generosity so much so that they would be willing to help financially. Financial problems are not rare, especially with families who are struggling. Needless to say, you are also encouraged to do the same when your fellow church members need your help as well.
  1. You Can Honor Your Dead Loved Ones Knowing That You Can Pray For Them With The Community. All of us want to honor our loved ones’ past lives appropriately, without having to think where to have the funeral. There is usually a group or committee assigned to these things, such as taking care of the logistics, schedule of prayers and services, etc. Mourning won’t be as lonely.

 My years of experience of being a faith community member have only given me more than I can ask for. I want that for you too. 


Changing Your Life Through Giving



It has been a well-known fact that giving is the key to happiness. Up until today, research continually supports the idea that giving one’s time, effort, skills, and treasures is a great way to finding meaning, overcoming trials, and discovering one’s fulfillment and purpose in life. It is true what Winston Churchill once said – “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

Here are some great reminders to ourselves why giving is so vital in changing our lives for the better.

  • Giving Makes Us Feel Happy. When we share our time, money, and effort with others, we somehow become ecstatic, and our mood improves. This is apparently because when we do good, we typically feel good. It’s innate.


  • Being Generous Improves Our Mental Health. Our lives are a collection of habits, they say. What we practice doing, and what we are used to doing daily becomes the person that we are, the beliefs that we stand for, and the characters that we portray. If we strive to give something of ourselves every day, generosity becomes part of who we are as humans. Ultimately, if the world were filled with kind and generous individuals, wouldn’t it be a better place to live in?


  • Giving Helps Us Move On With Life. As humans, we are innately social beings, and we thrive and survive taking care of each other. Giving is somehow part of that survival journey that we go through. Even when we share water and food with others, we are moving forward with life with kindness and generosity. We wouldn’t survive this world if we lived with greed. Through sharing, we are indeed helping each other survive and live longer.
  • Giving Improves The Relationships We Have. Giving and sharing with others strengthen our existing relationships and builds new ones. It’s because kindness and generosity make us see people in a positive light while encouraging a sense of fellowship and community, a social as well as a personal connection with others.

Making Giving A Habit

We should encourage each other to be generous to enjoy generosity’s benefits mentioned above. So how do we do that? Keep these reminders in mind.

  • Stay committed to making it a habit. Once you decide to practice generosity, commit to include it into your daily routine. Start with daily then progress to weekly and monthly.
  • Don’t make it complicated. It’s okay if you’re having difficulty changing. It doesn’t happen entirely in a day, so don’t overdo it and don’t take too much responsibility. Do things simply so you’ll have an easier time incorporating it into your routine. You can start by choosing a student in the school that you can share your food with.
  • Learn to appreciate other people’s generosity. Although we would love to give and feel good about it, others might be trying to do the same. Learn to recognize their gesture by saying thank you and accepting their generosity as well. This is also the right way for you to discover other means of giving.
  • Be empathic. This is such a profound and robust feeling, as it involves the ability to understand someone’s situation by trying to be in his or her place – ‘trying to be in his or her shoes.’ Soon you will realize that you don’t need to feel their pain or other hurting emotions they’re going through.



As we keep in mind the health benefits and how giving can make a change in our lives, we would like to pose a challenge to you today. Think of someone you can share your blessings with – and start giving.




Positive Thinking After Your Cancer Diagnosis – Therapist Suggested These Tips


We all know that being diagnosed with cancer is something that is not readily accepted by the person suffering from it. You had your life planned out, and then the worst news hit you – everything is a blur. You think about how your family and loved ones will be once you’re gone, and it breaks your heart. Well, it’s not easy, and some even go to a therapist for additional emotional support and assistance. Hence, there are ways to live your life amidst your cancer diagnosis.

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My Life Struggle With Leukemia

On the previous years of my life, everything was astounding. I have a loving family who is always there to support me in my school as well as career paths. I got surrounded by a lot of good friends that I hang out with, and I am living a life that pretty much has everything. But I guess there is never an ending to what God has planned for you. The perfection of my life that I thought I had begun to change when I got diagnosed with leukemia. Therapists, psychologists, doctors, and caregivers become my fortress. That is, of course, aside from the loving friends and family I already have.


How It All Begin

It was summer, and I was perfectly fine before the beach. I am enjoying the breezy and refreshing feel of the water until I blacked out and the wave crashed on me. I never knew what happened after that until I woke up in the hospital where everyone in my family has gathered around. They were sobbing and crying, and I was like, “I’m still, alive, right?” I am trying to hold my grip even though I knew there is something wrong. Then my mom had to break it. “You have leukemia,” that is what she said. I tried asking her again though I am sure I heard her correctly. I didn’t get the clarification I need because she did not respond. However, I started to feel the chill when she stared at me with tears in her eyes. Seriously, it felt like hell. I was only fourteen back then. What am I supposed to do? How should I react to the unfortunate news? Everything that day was blurry, and all I was thinking was, “Oh My God, I am dying.”


The Mental And Emotional Battle

After knowing that I had leukemia, I never felt the same. I am always sad and lonely. I felt so hopeless, exhausted, and unwilling to live. I get anxious all the time and frequently thought tomorrow I’ll be gone. I developed depression. I keep questioning people and God why it has to be me. I often get emotional breakdown where I cried my heart out night and day. I began feeling afraid of doing everything. I lose the interest of talking to people. I become so desperate into wanting to be alone. Everyone wanted me to find the light so I can try to move on, but I can’t. Everything in my mind has already disappeared. There is nothing in it that motivated me to look at the future once again. I am damaged, physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

Leukemia left me broken inside and out. My life slowly began slipping into the waters of depression. I can no longer see faith in everything. Until one night, I began to write a suicide note that truly represents all the things I want to tell my family, friends, and the world. In my letter, I wrote down I was sorry. I apologized for not being the best. I thanked them for providing everything I need. I wrote down each of the things about them I love the most. I enumerated the experiences and memories I had spent with them that truly made me happy. I looked back and reminisced on my past, and I came to realize it was indeed an excellent reason for living.


The Realization

After writing down all the things I am thankful for and reading my letter once more, something in my head hit me. I don’t want to die. I want to live. I realized I was too focused on thinking that I will never become happy again when, in fact, happiness is entirely in front of me. I was busy forming an idea that things will never get better, but I didn’t pay attention to those beautiful things I still have. I am not dead, and I can create and share memories with the people I love the most.

After that realization, I begin to picture out suicide as the most stupid thing I will ever have to consider. Never again in my entire life, killing myself will come across my mind. I am loved, and I love the people around me. I deserve to be happy. So as a message to all of those who are suffering the condition same as mine, realize one thing. Learn to value life because everything in it can make you smile, laugh, and dream.

Cancer Patients With Their Mental Health Problems


There are more than 360,000 new cancer cases in the UK every year. Cancer doesn’t affect the physical body but also mental health. Being diagnosed with cancer is a life-changing event and anything that drastic can affect one’s psyche. Even after treatment, things aren’t expected to go back to normal, so patients are still concerned by illness, just in their mental state.

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Behavioral Health’s Contribution To Lowering Suicide Incidents In The US

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US. That translates to 47,173 Americans dying because of suicide just in 2017. Moreover, apart from these suicide cases, 1,400,000 more suicide attempts were recorded. These numbers mean that for every single waking day, 129 people die while taking their own lives. Some reports diagnosed mental health concerns in more than 90% of the people who die by suicide. This state makes it valid to target the behavioral health’s improvement to at least lower the number of suicide incidents. Continue reading “Behavioral Health’s Contribution To Lowering Suicide Incidents In The US”

Important Facts You Need To Know About Leukemia


Most people think of leukemia as predominantly a condition seen among children, but it is something that adults usually have. It is more common in men compared to women, and more in whites compared to African-Americans. Families with loved ones inflicted with leukemia should have enough knowledge of what it is and how it affects the lives of their loved ones.

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Fight Through The Worst Time Of Your Life

When I was a kid, I was diagnosed with cancer, and the doctor said there’s no source for a little bit of survival. He said that my parents should take me home so I can allow myself to live for a couple of years. The doctor insisted that there’s nothing they can do to help me. But my parents were eager and determined to look for ways. They believe they still got choices. They can either quit searching for a cure or continue fighting with the disease.


The Greatest Love Of All

My mom only asked me one question, and I know it somehow breaks her heart when I answered it truthfully. She asked me what I want if I have only one wish left. I promptly said, “I want to live and spend the rest of my life being happy.” She shed tears, and it was so painful to see her in that situation. But I have to act tough because it’s the only thing I can do for her at that time. At an early age, I want to know the chances of surviving cancer. That’s when I begin to understand the importance of hope in every battle.


In a very fortunate and unfortunate turn of events, my parents met a doctor who experiments on cancer-related drugs. He said their group is trying to give a trial test of cancer patients, particularly kids (read more about it here: Within a month, most tested individuals passed away. And after a couple of months, only one survived the procedure – me. Though I felt a bit lucky, I know deep inside it is not the thought of being alive. I looked at my mom’s face, and I realized. It is because I don’t have the same pain as my mom every time she looks at the injection of drugs on us poor kids. She endured that moment of continuously hoping that something could have been better than that. From that moment, I thought life is entirely unfair.

One day, I was finally allowed to go home. I thought everything is going to be okay. But the doctor told my parents that even if I survived cancer, I wouldn’t be able to live a normal life. The possibility of going to school is at zero percent, and reaching my teenage years will be a miracle. But my mom never listened to what the doctor said and believed in a miracle instead. That’s because she hoped I would get better. My mom started arranging things for me by setting up a great environment, providing me with healthy stuff, and always taking care of my emotional and mental development.


Soon after she delivered all her sacrifices, everything changed for me. I now live with my own family and now have a kid. So if there is one thing I learned from my experience; that is never to lose hope. There might be a lot of hiccups along the way, but that’s okay. The instilled hope in our lives is incomparable to anything in the world.

Positive Changes You Can Do To Avoid Depression After Cancer Diagnosis


To say that getting a cancer diagnosis is saddening is an understatement. It entails that you have dangerous cells within the body that can travel and expand the problem areas. It means that you’ll need to take a handful of pills daily, possibly receive chemo- or radiation therapy, and pay thousands of dollars per appointment with the specialist. So, yes, that is beyond terrifying.

Understand that “Depression is different from passing sadness or temporary frustration with life’s issues. There are number of common signs for depression and they tend to be persistent.” says Kurt Smith, Psy.D., LMFT, LPCC, AFC. Some cancer patients end up developing depression because of it. After all, it’s easy to experience an all-time low when you hear that you’re already in the second or third stage of the illness. The comorbidity happening does not make the situation more manageable either. Your stress level heightens; you feel too hopeless to continue your treatments.

In case you want to snap out of your miserable thoughts, you should do these positive changes.

  1. Learn About Your Cancer

When I got diagnosed with a blood disease, it was so surreal for me. The doctor was saying, “I’m sorry to tell you this, but you have cancer.” Then, he began to mention the medications I could try to eliminate the cancerous cells. He also told me that I should consider chemotherapy if pills are not enough to cure my illness.

During a session like that, you tend to feel helpless since you are suddenly facing a massive battle with your body, and there’s a high probability that you’ll lose. You might fear the unknown as well, considering the specialist only explained the disease briefly before moving on to talk about treatments.

If your goal is to avoid depression, you shouldn’t be afraid to learn more about your type of cancer. Say, what physical symptoms will you go through when it flares up? Are there foods that you have to forego? How fast will the illness spread? Your physician should be able to answer all of that and more. Alternatively, you can also use the internet to become knowledgeable regarding your ailment.

  1. Stop Pushing Loved Ones Away

You won’t merely see cancer patients leaving their family behind after getting a diagnosis in the movies. I have heard of old parents who act rude and temperamental around their kids to hide their pain. Some couples split because the ill person doesn’t want to be a burden in the other fellow’s life.

Although the depression and the drugs you’re taking make your decisions wobbly, you should never push your loved ones away. It is especially true once you reveal your disease to them, and yet they still wish to be with you. That signifies how much loved you are, to be honest. Thus, be thankful for having these special people around you.

  1. Avoid Hating Yourself

“Someone who’s socially isolated and doesn’t have a lot of social contacts may not feel lonely at all, but someone else may feel lonely even when they’re surrounded by lots of people,” says psychologist Amy Sullivan, PsyD. In your most depressed state, you might say, “Why am I so weak?” “Why can’t I have a strong body that is never prone to cancer?” “Why aren’t the treatments 100% effective on me?” If the hopelessness becomes severe, you may even stop showering, changing clothes, or eating. You assume that those mundane activities are no longer necessary since you’re going to die sooner than later.

The truth is that cancer won’t be the cause of your death in this scenario. It will be your negativity. You hate yourself; you hate your situation. There’s no sense of being patient with you. It’s like you don’t want to wait for months or years for the medication to work.

However, you ought to realize that such depressive thoughts can only worsen your situation. The more you absorb that negative energy, the more you might suffer because of it. The simplest way to make your life manageable is to strengthen your intrapersonal relationship and believe that you can beat the illness.


Final Thoughts

Cancer, frankly speaking, is not the easiest opponent to crush. You may go through many things to win over it. The treatments you’ll submit yourself to may have awful side effects. Nevertheless, once you persevere and keep depression out of your system, you’ll inadvertently increase your chances of overcoming the illness.