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Spirit e-Newsletter | April 2009 | Krist Samaritan Center | Touching Lives, Healing Hearts
It’s a Beautiful Day! Now more than ever, we should be thankful  for what we have and rejoice in it. It’s time to  look forward to a brighter day. This month, the  Krist Samaritan Center is helping you get  there. So, sit back, relax and catch  this month’s Spirit.
Pour on the Optimism | Most people are familiar with the expression, “Is the glass half empty or half full?” While we all experience life’s ups and downs—relationship issues, money problems, job struggles, grief and loss—going through life with a “glass half empty” mentality can leave you feeling mentally, emotionally and physically…half empty. An optimistic focus is essential for better mental health and more happiness in life.
Believe it or not, optimism is hardwired in our brains. Having a rosy outlook is actually a human personality trait with deep, neurological roots. So even if you feel the glass is half empty, you have the ability to get a refill. You can make a conscious choice to move your attention to what you like about your life, rather than focusing on the negative. Taking steps, like the ones listed below, can help you find a more optimistic outlook while leaving the negative behind. Let it go. Take a break from trying to solve the situation. Let your mind rest. Don’t dwell. Limit the time spent dwelling on or talking about the problem. It can be good to “let it out,” but talking obsessively about your problem can keep you panicked. Treat yourself. A nap, a scoop of ice cream or reading a book can be a little lift to help you through hard times. Put it on paper. Write down how you feel to release the problem. Things often look better on paper than they do in your head. Grieve on. Grief is a natural and necessary process when facing a loss, whether it’s a job, a person, lifestyle or marriage. Don’t hold everything in because it can take a toll mentally and physically.  No more negative vibes. There is always someone determined to spread the negativity “virus.” Be wise about who gets your attention.
We're Growing | The Krist Samaritan Center is happy to announce the addition of two new clinicians to the clinical team.  Rev. Ignacio Barcenas, M.A., L.P.C. Psychotherapist, Spanish Speaking Individual, marital and family therapy, South Houston & Clear Lake Offices & Harolyn Craig M.A., L.P.C. Psychotherapist, Individual, adolescent, marital and family therapy, Clear Lake Office
Location Spotlight  Each month, Spirit spotlights one of our partnering congregations to reveal how Krist Samaritan Center is touching lives and healing hearts all across Houston.  The Houston Heights – Zion Lutheran Church  Zion Lutheran Church in the Houston Heights is committed to touching the hopes and needs of its congregation and others in real ways—just as Jesus did—through worship, giving, service and encouragement. Located at 3606 Beauchamp, the Center’s Heights counseling location is staffed by Suzanne Counts, M.A., L.P.C., on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m.
Mark Your Calendars! A Samaritan Celebration 2009 – November 5, 2009 at River Oaks Country Club
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