Do you want to stop smoking? Maybe this story can help.

@buenavida (8316)
Sweden
December 26, 2006 2:15pm CST
My father smoked for about 50 years and died of cancer at the age of 69. The interesting thing, that makes me write about it is what happened just the year before. He had tried to stop smoking earlier, many years ago but had started again. That time, in the 50s and 60s not so many understood how dangerous smoking is. And nobody talked about how passive smoking affects the rest of the family. After having smoked almost all his life, my father had many health problems, asthma was one of them. One of his friends, who had even worse asthma finally stopped smoking. That helped my father to decide to stop too. He saw it as a sort of channenge and it helped him to make the final decision. Some time after that he started to feel the taste of food. When he was eating, he was already planning for the next meal, and as he was rather thin, he started to put on a little more weight. It was great to see how much younger he looked only after some months without the cigarettes. He told us that he would have stopped smoking years ago if he had known how easy it was. I often wonder if he had decided to stop smoking much ealier, perhaps he would have lived healthier and much longer. About a year after stopping smoking the doctors told him he had cancer and he died a short time after that. I am still glad that he had some time of better health and his life quality was great that time. This shows that even rather old people have a possibility to get a better life quality quitting this dangerous habit. So what about you? It is maybe not too late in your case? You might be adding many years of better health to your life and at the same time the chance to give time to your family members and friends. So if you stop smoking Now, you may still have a chance.
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• Spain
26 Dec 06
sorry to hear about your dad, but think your discussion is most interesting and you seem to be seeing the positive side. I am once again going to give up the evil cigs as a new years resolution, and hopefully this time will work.
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@buenavida (8316)
• Sweden
26 Dec 06
Great, I hope you get rid of the cigs forever. It helps if you write down your goal for this same date next year and write your diary in "advance" for example: "2007-12-26 I am completely free from smoking". The funny thing is if we write down somthing it starts working in our mind "unconcioursly" and you start acting against your goal one thing at a time.
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• United States
28 Mar 07
i am so sorry about your dad. you are right though about how he felt better after he quit and he had the time to do that. i currently smoke and i want to quit it is just really hard. i have tried a few times and well i didnt make it. everyone around me smokes even hubby. my kids are always after me to stop. i just havent found a way yet. my life is so stressful right now i am not sure i could handle doing it right now. i just lost my job, my unemployment hasnt started, we are behind on every bill, my oldest daughter has gone boy crazy, my landlord past away and my credit isnt good enough to buy this place, we are having to move and have no money, my truck broke down, and my dog was ran over, and yesterday my hamster past away. sorry i dont mean to go on and on it is just this year has been ruff but i do want to stop. i think that is one thing that makes it hard on alot of people is the added stress of stopping. i hope i get things back on track cause that will be one of my main goals this year. at the rate i am going i may not be able to afford to smoke. lol
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@buenavida (8316)
• Sweden
28 Mar 07
Oh dear, you could certainly need help. Have you checked the movie: http://www.thescienceofgettingrich.biz/ ? Even if we believe only half of it, the thoughts can really change lots of things. At least we can pick up some things and use it in our life and see if it works. I have some beautiful stones, found on a beach that I put on the table to remind me of things to be greatful for. It helps to feel better. I also use cold pressed fish oil to feed my brain and that has helped me to handle stress.
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@buenavida (8316)
• Sweden
28 Mar 07
Sounds great, we always find something positive in our life and if we concentrate on that, we can influence our surroundings to think positive. I would like to know what you think after seeing the movie.