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17 Top Questions About HIV Treatment

•This is an adapted selection from “Introduction to ART,” a booklet published by HIV i-Base, a British treatment activist group, which is also available in a pocket version.

What Is ART and What Are ARVs?

ART stands for antiretroviral treatment. It is also called therapy or combination therapy or HIV treatment.

HIV drugs are called antiretrovirals (ARVs) because HIV is a type of virus called a retrovirus. ART nearly always includes at least three active drugs. Some pills contain more than one drug and some single pills contain a complete combination.

Does ART Really Work?

ART has reduced HIV-related deaths and illnesses in every country. More than 15 million people are now on treatment worldwide. ART works for adults and children, for women, men and transgender people. It works no matter how you were infected, whether this was sexually, through injecting drug use, at birth, or by blood or blood products.

Does Everyone Need ART?

Mostly, yes. We now know that HIV can cause serious problems even with a strong immune system. Treatment is very effective and easy to take. It often involves only one or two pills a day.

Across the world, guidelines differ but the United States guidelines say People with HIV should begin ART as soon as possible.

UK 2015 guidelines say you can begin ART whenever you are ready. For some people this will be straight away and others might take more time. Timing depends on your individual situation and whether you need other test results. Even in your first appointment, your HIV doctor should talk about ART.

What About Side Effects?

ART today has a very low risk of serious side effects. Mild side effects are more common when you first start. These are usually easy to manage and improve within the first few weeks. If side effects are difficult or do not improve, you can change to other drugs. Your quality of life should be as good or better on ART than before you started.

How Do HIV Drugs Work?

HIV drugs stop the virus from making copies of itself. This reduces viral load to very low levels. Your CD4 count then has a chance to grow stronger again. When not on treatment, your immune system works in overdrive. HIV infects CD4 cells and makes more virus. Your body produces new CD4 cells to fight the virus. Then HIV uses these new cells to produce more virus. It is like a dog chasing its own tail. Over time, and without ART, your immune system gets worn out.

How Long Will the Drugs Work?

As long as you do not develop drug resistance, the same drugs can work for years or even decades. This involves getting viral load to undetectable (less than 50 copies/mL). This is also why it is important to take your drugs on time, to follow advice on taking with or without food, and to not miss doses.

Around 19 out of every 20 people (95%) in the UK whose viral load stays undetectable for the first year, will continue to be undetectable for each following year.

Can I Change Drugs?

Yes, this is usually easy.

Although most people do well on their first choice, if it is difficult you can change one or all or the drugs. This will not harm your long-term health. It will not reduce your treatment options. You can still use the same drugs in the future. You have many choices, especially if your viral load is already undetectable. You do not have to put up with difficult side effects.

For most people it is often better to see whether it gets easier after the first weeks or month. A few people may change quickly, even after only a few days. Everything in HIV care is individual.

Can I Stop Treatment?

If you have problems with ART, do not stop taking your drugs without first speaking with your doctor. Contact your HIV clinic to book an early appointment. Unless there is a medical need to stop, taking a break in ART is not usually recommended. Staying on ART will generally be better for your long term health. It will keep your CD4 count high and keep HIV under control.

Can I Stop ARTs?

Stopping ART is not generally a good idea.

  • Your viral load is likely to increase within days. Each time you stop there is a risk of drug resistance.
  • Your CD4 count is likely to drop. It will be more difficult to recover when you restart ART.

If you really want to take a break, then first talk to your doctor. If this is because side effects are difficult or you don’t like the food advice, there are other drugs that might be better. If you still want to stop, your HIV doctor can tell you how to do this as safely as possible.

What About if I Have Been Doing Well Without ART?

The 2015 guidelines recommended that everyone can benefit from ART. This means that some people will be now be thinking about ART earlier than they expected, because the advice from their doctor has changed.

Previous guidelines included the option to wait until the CD4 count was 350. If your CD4 count is still above 500, it is still okay to take time to think about this. The risk of complications at high CD4 counts is still relatively low. Also, some providers may be slow in making changes depending on where you are treated.

In general though, your doctor is right to be talking about starting ART and this is good information.

What About Slow Progressors?

The range of responses to HIV has always been very wide. Some people become ill within 1 to 2 years of infection. Others can have a strong immune response that lasts for many years. If your CD4 count stayed above 500 for more than ten years without ART you a long-term slow progressor (LTSP). If viral load is also undetectable, this is called an elite controller (EC).

The benefits of ART are now thought likely to be important for people with LTSP and EC responses. This is because HIV may have been affecting other parts of your body than just your CD4 count.

Does ART Always Work?

Nearly everyone can get an undetectable viral load on ART. If you do not get a full response it can be for one (or more) of the reasons below:

  • Drug interactions
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Drug resistance
  • Choice of drugs

Knowing a little about each issue is good before starting ART. With all these factors covered, if you have a good doctor and you take your drugs carefully, everyone starting ART should be able to get an undetectable viral load.

How Often Should ART Be Reviewed?

Your doctor should review your treatment every year.

New research can change the way that ART is used. The drugs that your doctor prescribes today may be different from last year. And they may be different again next year. This isn’t just because of new drugs or formulations. It is because of better understanding about many things:

  • How the drugs work.
  • Why drugs sometimes do not work.
  • The impact of HIV when not on treatment.
  • Long-term safety of drugs.

Should I Enter a Study?

Many HIV clinics are research centers and you may be asked to join a study. Research is essential to improve how we use both new and existing drugs.

If you are interested, take time to find out about the details. It is your choice whether to join a study. You should not feel pressured into taking part. Ask about the alternatives to the study treatment. Ask what advantages or risks the study offers over existing care. You can ask for advice from HIV organizations.

Your future care will not be affected if you decide not to join a study. However, well-planned research studies can often include closer monitoring and care than your regular clinic. This may mean a few more clinic visits.

What About Drug Interactions, Including Alcohol and Recreational Drugs?

Some HIV drugs interact with recreational and street drugs, methadone, vitamins and supplements and over-the-counter medicines.

Interactions can be complex. They can increase or decrease levels of the HIV drugs or the other drugs. It is therefore important that your HIV doctor and pharmacist know about other drugs or supplements that you take, even if you use them rarely and even if they are not legal. Your doctor will treat this information in confidence.

Although alcohol does not interact with HIV drugs, the side effects of alcohol might lead to missing doses. This is because alcohol can change your mood, priorities and sense of time. It is easy to forget your HIV meds including if you oversleep the next day. For these reasons, people who drink more alcohol have a higher risk of ART failure. This is another thing that it is good to talk about with your doctor.

What About a Cure?

The current drugs are a treatment, but they are not a cure.

Even people who have an undetectable viral load for years, still have small amounts of HIV in their body. This HIV is mainly in CD4 cells that are resting. Most of your immune cells are meant to be resting. These cells are not in your blood but in lymph nodes. The resting cells are like books on the shelves in a reference library. When they become active in response to an infection, it is like someone taking the book they need off the shelves. The HIV in resting cells is why curing HIV is so difficult. These cells might sleep for 50 years — or wake up at any time.

This is why you need to continue taking ART.

Research into the search for a cure for HIV is making exciting progress, though this is likely to still take many years. Even if a cure takes a long time, if you take your drugs and look after your health, you are likely to live into old age.

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Paul Stalbaum

It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of Paul Stalbaum. Paul was the original founder of POZitive Attitudes and the sponsor of the POZ cruises. He was also a Penn State buddy of mine. I will miss him.

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Topic: 17 Top Questions About HIV Treatment
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17 Top Questions About HIV Treatment

•This is an adapted selection from “Introduction to ART,” a booklet published by HIV i-Base, a British treatment activist group, which is also available in a pocket version.

What Is ART and What Are ARVs?

ART stands for antiretroviral treatment. It is also called therapy or combination therapy or HIV treatment.

HIV drugs are called antiretrovirals (ARVs) because HIV is a type of virus called a retrovirus. ART nearly always includes at least three active drugs. Some pills contain more than one drug and some single pills contain a complete combination.

Does ART Really Work?

ART has reduced HIV-related deaths and illnesses in every country. More than 15 million people are now on treatment worldwide. ART works for adults and children, for women, men and transgender people. It works no matter how you were infected, whether this was sexually, through injecting drug use, at birth, or by blood or blood products.

Does Everyone Need ART?

Mostly, yes. We now know that HIV can cause serious problems even with a strong immune system. Treatment is very effective and easy to take. It often involves only one or two pills a day.

Across the world, guidelines differ but the United States guidelines say People with HIV should begin ART as soon as possible.

UK 2015 guidelines say you can begin ART whenever you are ready. For some people this will be straight away and others might take more time. Timing depends on your individual situation and whether you need other test results. Even in your first appointment, your HIV doctor should talk about ART.

What About Side Effects?

ART today has a very low risk of serious side effects. Mild side effects are more common when you first start. These are usually easy to manage and improve within the first few weeks. If side effects are difficult or do not improve, you can change to other drugs. Your quality of life should be as good or better on ART than before you started.

How Do HIV Drugs Work?

HIV drugs stop the virus from making copies of itself. This reduces viral load to very low levels. Your CD4 count then has a chance to grow stronger again. When not on treatment, your immune system works in overdrive. HIV infects CD4 cells and makes more virus. Your body produces new CD4 cells to fight the virus. Then HIV uses these new cells to produce more virus. It is like a dog chasing its own tail. Over time, and without ART, your immune system gets worn out.

How Long Will the Drugs Work?

As long as you do not develop drug resistance, the same drugs can work for years or even decades. This involves getting viral load to undetectable (less than 50 copies/mL). This is also why it is important to take your drugs on time, to follow advice on taking with or without food, and to not miss doses.

Around 19 out of every 20 people (95%) in the UK whose viral load stays undetectable for the first year, will continue to be undetectable for each following year.

Can I Change Drugs?

Yes, this is usually easy.

Although most people do well on their first choice, if it is difficult you can change one or all or the drugs. This will not harm your long-term health. It will not reduce your treatment options. You can still use the same drugs in the future. You have many choices, especially if your viral load is already undetectable. You do not have to put up with difficult side effects.

For most people it is often better to see whether it gets easier after the first weeks or month. A few people may change quickly, even after only a few days. Everything in HIV care is individual.

Can I Stop Treatment?

If you have problems with ART, do not stop taking your drugs without first speaking with your doctor. Contact your HIV clinic to book an early appointment. Unless there is a medical need to stop, taking a break in ART is not usually recommended. Staying on ART will generally be better for your long term health. It will keep your CD4 count high and keep HIV under control.

Can I Stop ARTs?

Stopping ART is not generally a good idea.

  • Your viral load is likely to increase within days. Each time you stop there is a risk of drug resistance.
  • Your CD4 count is likely to drop. It will be more difficult to recover when you restart ART.

If you really want to take a break, then first talk to your doctor. If this is because side effects are difficult or you don’t like the food advice, there are other drugs that might be better. If you still want to stop, your HIV doctor can tell you how to do this as safely as possible.

What About if I Have Been Doing Well Without ART?

The 2015 guidelines recommended that everyone can benefit from ART. This means that some people will be now be thinking about ART earlier than they expected, because the advice from their doctor has changed.

Previous guidelines included the option to wait until the CD4 count was 350. If your CD4 count is still above 500, it is still okay to take time to think about this. The risk of complications at high CD4 counts is still relatively low. Also, some providers may be slow in making changes depending on where you are treated.

In general though, your doctor is right to be talking about starting ART and this is good information.

What About Slow Progressors?

The range of responses to HIV has always been very wide. Some people become ill within 1 to 2 years of infection. Others can have a strong immune response that lasts for many years. If your CD4 count stayed above 500 for more than ten years without ART you a long-term slow progressor (LTSP). If viral load is also undetectable, this is called an elite controller (EC).

The benefits of ART are now thought likely to be important for people with LTSP and EC responses. This is because HIV may have been affecting other parts of your body than just your CD4 count.

Does ART Always Work?

Nearly everyone can get an undetectable viral load on ART. If you do not get a full response it can be for one (or more) of the reasons below:

  • Drug interactions
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Drug resistance
  • Choice of drugs

Knowing a little about each issue is good before starting ART. With all these factors covered, if you have a good doctor and you take your drugs carefully, everyone starting ART should be able to get an undetectable viral load.

How Often Should ART Be Reviewed?

Your doctor should review your treatment every year.

New research can change the way that ART is used. The drugs that your doctor prescribes today may be different from last year. And they may be different again next year. This isn’t just because of new drugs or formulations. It is because of better understanding about many things:

  • How the drugs work.
  • Why drugs sometimes do not work.
  • The impact of HIV when not on treatment.
  • Long-term safety of drugs.

Should I Enter a Study?

Many HIV clinics are research centers and you may be asked to join a study. Research is essential to improve how we use both new and existing drugs.

If you are interested, take time to find out about the details. It is your choice whether to join a study. You should not feel pressured into taking part. Ask about the alternatives to the study treatment. Ask what advantages or risks the study offers over existing care. You can ask for advice from HIV organizations.

Your future care will not be affected if you decide not to join a study. However, well-planned research studies can often include closer monitoring and care than your regular clinic. This may mean a few more clinic visits.

What About Drug Interactions, Including Alcohol and Recreational Drugs?

Some HIV drugs interact with recreational and street drugs, methadone, vitamins and supplements and over-the-counter medicines.

Interactions can be complex. They can increase or decrease levels of the HIV drugs or the other drugs. It is therefore important that your HIV doctor and pharmacist know about other drugs or supplements that you take, even if you use them rarely and even if they are not legal. Your doctor will treat this information in confidence.

Although alcohol does not interact with HIV drugs, the side effects of alcohol might lead to missing doses. This is because alcohol can change your mood, priorities and sense of time. It is easy to forget your HIV meds including if you oversleep the next day. For these reasons, people who drink more alcohol have a higher risk of ART failure. This is another thing that it is good to talk about with your doctor.

What About a Cure?

The current drugs are a treatment, but they are not a cure.

Even people who have an undetectable viral load for years, still have small amounts of HIV in their body. This HIV is mainly in CD4 cells that are resting. Most of your immune cells are meant to be resting. These cells are not in your blood but in lymph nodes. The resting cells are like books on the shelves in a reference library. When they become active in response to an infection, it is like someone taking the book they need off the shelves. The HIV in resting cells is why curing HIV is so difficult. These cells might sleep for 50 years — or wake up at any time.

This is why you need to continue taking ART.

Research into the search for a cure for HIV is making exciting progress, though this is likely to still take many years. Even if a cure takes a long time, if you take your drugs and look after your health, you are likely to live into old age.

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A positive attitude makes you happier and more resilient, it improves your relationships, and it even increases your chances of success in any endeavor. In addition, having a positive attitude makes you more creative and it can help you to make better decisions. To top it all off, there are studies that show that people with a positive attitude live longer than their sourpuss counterparts. Below you’ll discover 21 ways to create and maintain a positive attitude.

1. Have a Morning Routine. How you start your morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. Make sure that you have an attitude-boosting morning routine that puts you in a good mood so that you can start the day off right.

2. Carry An Attitude of Happiness With You. Instead of waiting for external things to make you happy, be happy and then watch how that influences the things that go on around you. That is, instead of telling yourself that first something good has to happen, and then you’ll be happy, be happy first. Happiness is an attitude, not a situation.

3. Relish Small Pleasures. Big pleasures—graduation, getting married, being promoted, having your book published—come too infrequently. Life is made up of tiny victories and simple pleasures. With the right mental attitude, watching the sunset, eating an ice cream cone, and walking barefoot on the grass are all you need to be filled with joy.

4. Smile. Smiling will give you an instantaneous attitude boost. Try smiling for a minute while you think of a happy memory or the last thing that made you smile. Smiling releases endorphins and serotonin, also known as the feel good hormones. It’s a lot easier to adopt a positive attitude when the chemicals being released by your body are conducive to well-being.

5. Upload Positivity to Your Brain. Read books with a positive message, listen to music with uplifting lyrics, and watch movies in which the protagonist’s optimism helps him/her to overcome obstacles and win, despite the odds. Change your attitude for the better by uploading as much positivity into your brain as you possibly can.

6. Take Responsibility. At any moment your attitude can be that of a victim or of a creator. The first step you need to take to shift from victim-mode to creator-mode is to take responsibility. Here’s the attitude of a creator:

  • I create my life.

  • I am responsible for me.

  • I’m in charge of my destiny.

7. Have a Zen Attitude. Think of life not as something that’s happening to you, but as something that’s happening for you. Look at any challenging situation, person, or event as a teacher that’s been brought into your life to teach you something.

The next time you find yourself thinking, “Why is this happening to me?” choose to have a Zen attitude, instead. Ask yourself, “What am I supposed to learn or gain from this”? or “How will this help me grow and become a better, more enlightened being?”

8. Be Proactive. A reactive person allows others and external events to determine how they will feel. A proactive person decides how they will feel regardless of what may be going on around them. Be proactive by choosing your attitude and maintaining it throughout the day, regardless of what the day may bring.

9. Change Your Thoughts. Positive thoughts lead to a positive attitude, while negative thoughts lead to a negative attitude. Changing your attitude is as easy as hitting the “pause” button on what you’re thinking and choosing to think different thoughts.

10. Have a Purpose. Having a purpose in life gives you a fixed point in the horizon to focus on, so that you can remain steady amid life’s vicissitudes and challenges. Bringing meaning and purpose into your life—knowing why you are here—will do wonders for your attitude.

11. Focus On the Good. In order to have a positive attitude, focus on the good. Focus on the good in yourself, the good in your life, and the good in others.

12. Stop Expecting Life to Be Easy. The truth is, life gets tough at times. For all of us. It can even be painful. But you’re brave and resourceful, and you can take it. Know that sometimes things won’t be easy, and adopt the attitude that you have what it takes to deal with anything that life throws at you.

13. Keep Up Your Enthusiasm. Enthusiastic people have a great attitude toward life. Have a list of ways to lift your enthusiasready for those times when you feel your zest for life draining away. Being enthusiastic will help you maintain the attitude that life is good and that you’re lucky to be alive.

14. Give Up On Having An Attitude of Entitlement. Think of the parable “Who Moved My Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson. Two little mice and two miniature people are put in a maze. Here’s what happens:

  • When the mice discover that the cheese isn’t where it’s supposed to be, they immediately get to work on finding another piece of cheese.

  • The two miniature people, instead, get angry that the cheese has been moved. They waste time expressing outrage and blaming each other.

Stop demanding that things be handed to you. Your attitude at all times should be the following:

  • It’s up to me to get what I want.

  • Good things come to those who work hard.

  • I adapt to change easily and quickly.

  • I keep going even when things get tough.

15. Visualize. When things aren’t going your way, keep a positive attitude by visualizing yourself succeeding and achieving your goals. When Nelson Mandela was incarcerated—in a tiny cell that was just 6 feet wide–he kept his hopes up by visualizing himself being set free.

Mandela once said, “I thought of the day when I would walk free. Over and over again, I fantasized about what I would like to do.” By visualizing his release he was able to maintain a positive attitude, even when he found himself under extraordinarily difficult circumstances.

16. Limit Your Complaints. Whining about anything and everything is not conducive to a positive attitude. When you complain you’re saying negative things about a person, place, or event, without offering a solution to fix the situation. Instead of complaining, do the following:

  • Remove yourself from the situation.

  • Shift your perspective about the situation.

  • Offer a possible solution.

  • Accept that there’s nothing you can do to change the situation and that complaining about it just fosters negativity.

Constantly complaining leads to a bad attitude. So stop complaining. Instead, start looking for solutions or accept what cannot be changed 

17. Watch Your Words. Use positive words when you talk to yourself. Studies have found that positive self-talk can boost your willpower and help you psych yourself up when you need to get through a difficult task. In addition, it can calm you down when you’re worried or anxious. If you want to change your attitude from “I can’t do this” or “I’m going to fail”, to “I’ve got this” or “I’m going to do great”, change your self -talk. 

18. Use The Power of Humor. People who know how to laugh at themselves and at life’s absurdities have a great attitude. Your sense of humor is a power tool, and you can use it to lift your mood and enhance your emotional state at any time. When something goes wrong, ask yourself, “What’s funny about this?” A humorous perspective will have a positive effect on your attitude. 

19. Use Gratitude to Improve Your Attitude. When you find yourself focusing on what’s wrong in your life, what you don’t have, or what you’re missing out on, adjust your attitude by feeling gratitude. Studies show that having an attitude of gratitude is beneficial for every aspect of your life: being grateful improves your health, your mood, your relationships, your career satisfaction, and on, and on. If you need an attitude lift simply think of all the things that you have to be grateful for.  

20. Develop an Attitude of Curiosity. The best way to approach any situation is to be open to what you can learn from it. That is, be curious.Curiosity gives you a present-moment orientation which is similar to mindfulness. Being curious about a situation allows you to experience it more fully. In addition, curiosity will help you to approach uncertainty in your daily life with a positive attitude.

 21. Seek Out Others With a Positive Attitude. A positive attitude is contagious. When you feel that you need an attitude boost, find someone with a great attitude and look for an excuse to hang out with them. Their attitude can’t help but rub itself off on you and you’ll be able to face the world with renewed optimism.

Conclusion

John Mitchell once said the following: “Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude toward us.” The 21 tips above will help you to keep a positive attitude at all times. Live your best life by having a great attitude.

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A positive attitude makes you happier and more resilient, it improves your relationships, and it even increases your chances of success in any endeavor. In addition, having a positive attitude makes you more creative and it can help you to make better decisions. To top it all off, there are studies that show that people with a positive attitude live longer than their sourpuss counterparts. Below you’ll discover 21 ways to create and maintain a positive attitude.

1. Have a Morning Routine. How you start your morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. Make sure that you have an attitude-boosting morning routine that puts you in a good mood so that you can start the day off right.

2. Carry An Attitude of Happiness With You. Instead of waiting for external things to make you happy, be happy and then watch how that influences the things that go on around you. That is, instead of telling yourself that first something good has to happen, and then you’ll be happy, be happy first. Happiness is an attitude, not a situation.

3. Relish Small Pleasures. Big pleasures—graduation, getting married, being promoted, having your book published—come too infrequently. Life is made up of tiny victories and simple pleasures. With the right mental attitude, watching the sunset, eating an ice cream cone, and walking barefoot on the grass are all you need to be filled with joy.

4. Smile. Smiling will give you an instantaneous attitude boost. Try smiling for a minute while you think of a happy memory or the last thing that made you smile. Smiling releases endorphins and serotonin, also known as the feel good hormones. It’s a lot easier to adopt a positive attitude when the chemicals being released by your body are conducive to well-being.

5. Upload Positivity to Your Brain. Read books with a positive message, listen to music with uplifting lyrics, and watch movies in which the protagonist’s optimism helps him/her to overcome obstacles and win, despite the odds. Change your attitude for the better by uploading as much positivity into your brain as you possibly can.

6. Take Responsibility. At any moment your attitude can be that of a victim or of a creator. The first step you need to take to shift from victim-mode to creator-mode is to take responsibility. Here’s the attitude of a creator:

  • I create my life.

  • I am responsible for me.

  • I’m in charge of my destiny.

7. Have a Zen Attitude. Think of life not as something that’s happening to you, but as something that’s happening for you. Look at any challenging situation, person, or event as a teacher that’s been brought into your life to teach you something.

The next time you find yourself thinking, “Why is this happening to me?” choose to have a Zen attitude, instead. Ask yourself, “What am I supposed to learn or gain from this”? or “How will this help me grow and become a better, more enlightened being?”

8. Be Proactive. A reactive person allows others and external events to determine how they will feel. A proactive person decides how they will feel regardless of what may be going on around them. Be proactive by choosing your attitude and maintaining it throughout the day, regardless of what the day may bring.

9. Change Your Thoughts. Positive thoughts lead to a positive attitude, while negative thoughts lead to a negative attitude. Changing your attitude is as easy as hitting the “pause” button on what you’re thinking and choosing to think different thoughts.

10. Have a Purpose. Having a purpose in life gives you a fixed point in the horizon to focus on, so that you can remain steady amid life’s vicissitudes and challenges. Bringing meaning and purpose into your life—knowing why you are here—will do wonders for your attitude.

11. Focus On the Good. In order to have a positive attitude, focus on the good. Focus on the good in yourself, the good in your life, and the good in others.

12. Stop Expecting Life to Be Easy. The truth is, life gets tough at times. For all of us. It can even be painful. But you’re brave and resourceful, and you can take it. Know that sometimes things won’t be easy, and adopt the attitude that you have what it takes to deal with anything that life throws at you.

13. Keep Up Your Enthusiasm. Enthusiastic people have a great attitude toward life. Have a list of ways to lift your enthusiasready for those times when you feel your zest for life draining away. Being enthusiastic will help you maintain the attitude that life is good and that you’re lucky to be alive.

14. Give Up On Having An Attitude of Entitlement. Think of the parable “Who Moved My Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson. Two little mice and two miniature people are put in a maze. Here’s what happens:

  • When the mice discover that the cheese isn’t where it’s supposed to be, they immediately get to work on finding another piece of cheese.

  • The two miniature people, instead, get angry that the cheese has been moved. They waste time expressing outrage and blaming each other.

Stop demanding that things be handed to you. Your attitude at all times should be the following:

  • It’s up to me to get what I want.

  • Good things come to those who work hard.

  • I adapt to change easily and quickly.

  • I keep going even when things get tough.

15. Visualize. When things aren’t going your way, keep a positive attitude by visualizing yourself succeeding and achieving your goals. When Nelson Mandela was incarcerated—in a tiny cell that was just 6 feet wide–he kept his hopes up by visualizing himself being set free.

Mandela once said, “I thought of the day when I would walk free. Over and over again, I fantasized about what I would like to do.” By visualizing his release he was able to maintain a positive attitude, even when he found himself under extraordinarily difficult circumstances.

16. Limit Your Complaints. Whining about anything and everything is not conducive to a positive attitude. When you complain you’re saying negative things about a person, place, or event, without offering a solution to fix the situation. Instead of complaining, do the following:

  • Remove yourself from the situation.

  • Shift your perspective about the situation.

  • Offer a possible solution.

  • Accept that there’s nothing you can do to change the situation and that complaining about it just fosters negativity.

Constantly complaining leads to a bad attitude. So stop complaining. Instead, start looking for solutions or accept what cannot be changed 

17. Watch Your Words. Use positive words when you talk to yourself. Studies have found that positive self-talk can boost your willpower and help you psych yourself up when you need to get through a difficult task. In addition, it can calm you down when you’re worried or anxious. If you want to change your attitude from “I can’t do this” or “I’m going to fail”, to “I’ve got this” or “I’m going to do great”, change your self -talk. 

18. Use The Power of Humor. People who know how to laugh at themselves and at life’s absurdities have a great attitude. Your sense of humor is a power tool, and you can use it to lift your mood and enhance your emotional state at any time. When something goes wrong, ask yourself, “What’s funny about this?” A humorous perspective will have a positive effect on your attitude. 

19. Use Gratitude to Improve Your Attitude. When you find yourself focusing on what’s wrong in your life, what you don’t have, or what you’re missing out on, adjust your attitude by feeling gratitude. Studies show that having an attitude of gratitude is beneficial for every aspect of your life: being grateful improves your health, your mood, your relationships, your career satisfaction, and on, and on. If you need an attitude lift simply think of all the things that you have to be grateful for.  

20. Develop an Attitude of Curiosity. The best way to approach any situation is to be open to what you can learn from it. That is, be curious.Curiosity gives you a present-moment orientation which is similar to mindfulness. Being curious about a situation allows you to experience it more fully. In addition, curiosity will help you to approach uncertainty in your daily life with a positive attitude.

 21. Seek Out Others With a Positive Attitude. A positive attitude is contagious. When you feel that you need an attitude boost, find someone with a great attitude and look for an excuse to hang out with them. Their attitude can’t help but rub itself off on you and you’ll be able to face the world with renewed optimism.

Conclusion

John Mitchell once said the following: “Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude toward us.” The 21 tips above will help you to keep a positive attitude at all times. Live your best life by having a great attitude.

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Hi Everybody, here are a few movies and shows we have enjoyed. Some are on Netflix, Hulu or HBO. Well worth the subscription during a pandemic. Highly recommend the Free viewing of HBO’s ground breaking documentary about the recent LGBT persecutions in Russia & Chechnyas called “WELCOME TO CHECHNYA.” Also, loved the HULU comedy series “LOVE VICTOR” (a sequel to LOVE SIMON). The boys are cutie pies. Send your picks to: John at Jramos4000@aol.com. Enjoy and stay safe. 

 

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  • From Academy Award-nominated director David France (How to Survive a Plague, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson) comes Welcome to Chechnya, a powerful and eye-opening documentary about a group of activists risking their lives to confront the ongoing anti-LGBTQ persecution in the repressive and closed Russian republic of Chechnya.

  • With unfettered access and a commitment to protecting anonymity, this documentary exposes Chehnya’s underreported atrocities while highlighting a group of people who are confronting brutality head-on. The film follows these LGBTQ+ activists as they work undercover to rescue victims and provide them with safe houses and visa assistance to escape persecution.

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“LOVE VICTOR” ON HULU (THE SEQUEL TO “LOVE SIMON”)

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TV14 • LGBTQ+, Drama, Teen • TV Series • 2020

Set in the world of the original 2018 film “Love, Simon,” the series follows Victor, a new student at Creekwood High School on his own journey of self-discovery, facing challenges at home, adjusting to a new city, and struggling with his sexual orientation. When it all seems too much, he reaches out to Simon to help him navigate the ups and downs of high school. This show is sweet, funny and worth watching.

 

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The Last Czars is a six-part English-language docudrama TV-series that premiered on Netflix on July 3, 2019. There are magnificent sets, costumes and scenery. For those who like history, this is a must see that explains how and why the Communist Party came to power in Russia. The plot revolves around the Romanov family, the last royal family of Russia, which ruled until the Russian Revolution finally deposed the last czar, Nicholas II, in 1917. It is part documentary, part drama that starts with Nicholas II’s accession to the throne, the outbreak of the Russian revolution and ends with Nicholas II’s eventual ejection from the throne.[1][2][3]

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THE SHOW MUST GO ON: QUEEN+ADAM LAMBERT

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The Show Must Go On follows the behind-the-scenes activities between Lambert and original Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor since Lambert’s American Idol debut in 2009. The pair first performed together singing ‘We Are the Champions’ on the reality TV show and then decided to work together on a larger scale through several tours, eventually creating the Queen + Adam Lambert brand.

The Show Must Go On contains rare concert footage and interviews with Lambert, his parents Leila and Eber, Brian May and Roger Taylor, Simon Cowell, Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek and Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins. The documentary is a two-hour special that will focus on the rise of a collaboration that would lead to “200 sold-out show in arenas and stadiums across the world.”

 

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Meet the Dutchess of Hyde Park, a sweet Pekingese dog. Our friend and group member Stan Roller is looking for a home for this lovely dog. He is making arrangements for this pet due to Stan’s health condition. My plan would be to have someone take her immediately after I’m gone. I will add a stipend for the cost of her care for whoever takes her, I’m thinking a couple of thousand dollars,” says Stan.

First a little bit about Pekingese in general. They’re a very small breed. Usually range in weight from 9 to 14 pounds. They have a lifespan of about 10 to 14 years. It’s also one of the oldest breeds they’ve been around since the Chinese emperors. And in fact at one point it was a death penalty offense to own one if you are not an approved member of the Chinese royal family. They are not yappy dogs, but will bark if they think you’re in danger (like someone’s at the door).

 

So if you or anyone you know that is dependable can take her please give Stan a call at 414 248 5457.  Stan can be reached at email at Stan.roller.1962@gmail.com.

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Stan says: “More about Duchess: I adopted Duchess in the spring of 2008 when she was about 8 months old from a small Rescue Agency. At the time she was very submissive, and in fact she still is, and had been clearly abused. I suspected a small boy had been hitting her since she was absolutely terrified of small children especially little boys. She’s much more social now but small kids still scare her. She loves other animals, and in fact I had to leave pull her back on the leash one time to keep her from chasing a coyote. This breed of dog tends to live 10 to 13 years. So she does have a little bit of arthritis. She also has epilepsy that requires no treatment and seizures happen about once a month at tops. The seizures are not anything to worry about. Although she tends to be nervous around new people she does warm up to them and is a very friendly sweet dog. My current circumstance is the only one in which I would even consider giving her up”

 

So if you or anyone you know that is dependable can take her please give Stan a call at 414 248 5457.  Stan can be reached at email at Stan.roller.1962@gmail.com.

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