How Safe is Your Home (Checklist and Tips)

There is a reason that there are city codes (with fines) that limit the time you can park on the street, unload your RV or boat in your driveway, leave a non-running car in your drive, leave your trash cans out, etc.

Tulsa City Codes are to preserve property values & to guard the health of residents & the safety of residential property.

A  Homeowners Association (HOA) is formed to help keep residents safe by enforcing restrictions upon all lots. The HOA should have a committee that makes sure codes are followed. Every resident should receive a copy of the city residential codes and the phone number to report violations to help keep your area safe.

Make sure you aren’t in violation and end up with a fine. Check out violations to see the criminal penalty for failure to abate the problem

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Crime tends to be lower in tight-knit communities because neighbors offer an extra set of eyes and are more likely to look out for each other.

Meet your neighbors.   Your neighbors can be one of your best assets in home crime prevention. If you know your neighbors and are aware of your surroundings, you can more easily spot something that’s just not right, like a  window that is broken or a suspicious car.  If neighbors have a different work or school schedule from yours, they might be around during the day when you’re away and can alert you or call 911 regarding any suspicious activity they see.     Working with  neighbors to clean up the neighborhood can be an excellent chance to  bond with your neighbors as you get to know them better.

Be attentive and observe your surroundings.  Be alert to any suspicious persons,  loitering, walking or vehicles driving through the area or any possible drug activities.  (You may want to use that Smartphone if possible to discreetly take pictures of car tags or other concerns.)

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Police tell us that they only have six policeman to work this area. You must look out for yourself and your family!

Don’t let things get out of control, by expecting someone else to keep your family safe! It is up to each of us, to take action immediately. Be PROactive, not REactive when we see something that violates any city code or our HOA covenant. 

Hold every resident, whether owner or renter, accountable in order to stop crime before it starts by reporting problems!   The smallest details can tip and even reverse the outcome. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

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HOW MANY OF THE FOLLOWING ARE YOU ALREADY DOING TO HELP KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE?

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___ Make a detailed inventory of all valuables. (Use your smartphone video, if you need to, but be careful to store the info in a safe place.)  This will help police identify you as the owner should your property be stolen and later recovered.

___ Have your keys ready when you come home – go right in and lock the door behind you.

___ Intruders look for small signs that someone is away,  such as flyers and ads piled up on a porch or driveway or stuck on the door.

  • ___ If you don’t read the Union Boundary paper that is thrown in your yard, simply call  918 254-1515 to ask Sharon that they not throw it at your home anymore. They are very nice about it. You can always read it online
  • ___ If a business  leaves a flyer on your door, you should call and request that they no longer do so. (Even better, Walmart, Home Depot and Lowes sell a No Soliciting sign for your front door.)

___  Diligent about picking up trash that ends up on your street. Hypodermic needles are being found in several areas….yes, right on the streets! Leaving them there endangers our kids and pets.

___ Forming a neighborhood watch program, for your area, provides another  opportunity to get to know your neighbors better.

___ Be attentive to new people walking or driving through the area. Take notice if someone is loitering

___ Graffiti Should Be Removed Immediately. Graffiti leads to the overall decline of a neighborhood and often often leads to violence and crime by giving the appearance of it being rundown. More, including how to report

 

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WINDOWS

An open exterior window is an invitation for burglars to easily enter your home.

Thieves know how to spot weak window locks that would be easily forced open.    Make sure your window locks work well and update them, if needed.

  • ___ Aftermarket window locks are available that let you open the window a few inches while still keeping it secure.   If you like fresh air, shop for locks with a vent locking system.
  • ___ Install keyed sash locks on your windows to make them more secure.
  • ___ A window-break sensor alarm will go off if someone tries to open a window in your home. They are inexpensive and you can install them yourself (Lowe’s & Home Depot)
  • ___ Also, you can get text or email notifications when a window in your home has been opened allowing you to respond by turning on the lights remotely or accessing a video feed of the location.
  • ___ Burglars often break a small window in order to gain entry. Reinforce windows by  installing safety glass or metal bars to make it impossible for intruders to squeeze through.  There are plenty of decorative options for metal grilles that can make the adjustment both practical and aesthetically-pleasing.
  • ___ Use curtains or blinds on garage windows so crooks can’t look in to see what valuables are there.
  • Jalousie windows are almost impossible to secure without adding protective security grillwork. Police suggest this type of window should be replaced whenever possible.

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DOORS

An open exterior door or window (one that is not properly secured)   is an open invitation for intruders to easily enter your home.  In at least one – half of all residential burglaries, thieves entered through unlocked doors or windows.

 NOTE: Remember, you really don’t know who is behind that Halloween mask when you throw open the door, so it isn’t worth it to take a chance.

  • ___ NEVER open the door to uninvited or unwelcome visitors. (Put up a NO SOLICITING sign, so they do not ring the bell or leave flyers on your front door.)
  • ___ ring.com Ring Video doorbell for your Smartphone lets you answer the door from anywhere with your smartphone. It connects to your Wi-Fi network and works with iOS and Android devices.
  • ___ Keep all doors and windows shut/closed and securely locked and use your alarm system all the time, whether you’re home or not and even if it’s pouring rain. Burglars don’t take days off due to weather!
  • ___ Never leave your home without locking the front door to secure your home, no matter how brief your trip next door, going to the store, or when doing yard work. Double-check all doors and windows before you leave, after entering, and before bedtime.
  • ___ Install a good  quality peephole to allow you to see who is outside before opening the door.  (Some cheap ones are so bad that the visitor can  tell when you look out!)
  • ___ Horizontal sliding windows and patio glass doors have a latch to close them, but are often an easy point of entry for burglars. Prevent sliding patio doors from being forced open or from being lifted off the track secure with a door jamb, or use vertical bolts and a wooden dowel* in the track. Adjust track clearance so the doors can’t be removed from their frame. Intruders won’t be able to slide the window or door open even if they get past the lock.  (*or an adjustable safety bar, a metal shower curtain rod or a piece of closet rod cut to fit in the interior floor track. To secure sliding glass doors install auxiliary locks. Remember that metal locks can become corroded from weather and wear. 
  • ___ Stained or decorative glass on and around exterior doors can have privacy film added to distort the view from the outside to reduce the chances of an unwanted visitor knowing what valuables are inside and if anyone is home.
  • ___ Garage doors are a common point of entry. Yet, drive down almost any street and you will see a garage door that is open and the inner door is unlocked. Never leave your garage door open!
  • ___ Keep fences, gates, and garage doors closed and locked. It’s worth investing in a quality padlock for each outside entrance.

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The side door attached to the garage  is often a route of entry. Flimsy doors with glass window  in the top is one of the easiest to get into. 

To help prevent criminals from easily kicking your doors open:

  • ___ Your front door, like the side door on the garage, should be solid hardwood or steel or metal clad, not a lightweight hollow core door which is easy-to-breach.
  • ___ Purchase a heavy-duty four-screw deadbolt strike plate (the piece of metal where the deadbolt latch goes into the door’s frame) at a hardware store.
  • ___ Reinforce door frames with two and a half inch to three-inch wood screws to make sure the plate is strongly attached to the door frame. For around $100, you can get a doorway reinforcement kit such as the Door Devil, which fortifies your front door’s weak spots.
  • ___ Door jammers – slide the soft rubber part under the door handle and move with your foot until secure. Some people use these when staying in hotel rooms.

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Locks are the weakest point on a door. Don’t make it easy for a stranger to be able to walk into your  home.

  • ___ Make sure exterior doors have a grade 1 or grade 2 dead-bolt lock that penetrates the door frame, as well as a chain lock,  for added safety and security. These can be purchased at a big-box home store. The strike plate—the stationary piece that the bolt enters—must be heavy duty, made of solid metal or brass, with six three-inch-long screws that penetrate the door jamb and the door frame. Check out this door lock buying guide and read about the $10 part that will make your door lock safer.
  • When glass is present within 40” of the inside latch, install a double cylinder deadbolt lock. If small children or the elderly reside in the house, consider installing securit y film or decorative grillwork since double cylinder deadbolts can create a problem in case of fire
  • ___ Change the locks when moving into a new place, even if the previous owner gave you all the keys. There’s no way to know for sure if there were ever other copies given to their friends or handymen who did work there who might still have a key to your house
  • ___ A quality lockset adds beauty and value to your home while sending a strong message to would-be intruders.

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SECURITY SYSTEM:

Security system false alarms can bring on expensive fines not to mention annoy your neighbors who have heard it going off so often that they just ignore it when they hear it!  Make sure all family members know how to use the alarm.  Each family member should be mindful of what can trip the alarm.    Have your system checked by the alarm company and consider upgrading your system.

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SECURITY CAMERAS:

  • ___ Security cameras allow homeowners to monitor activities outside of the home see who is approaching from the driveway without leaving the sofa.
  • ___ ring.com  lets you answer the door from anywhere with your smartphone. It connects to your Wi-Fi network and works with iOS and Android devices.
  • ___ Installing fake security cameras  used to scare off potential burglars, but today criminals have become more bold.
  • ___ Turn your old phone into a security camera- Kim Komando

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DECOY FOR THIEVES

___ Convicted burglars have confessed that they quickly grab the most valuable stuff they find and get out. They always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet. Instead of keeping your valuables in the usual hiding places,  get creative.    This online forum suggests leaving an old, worthless laptop by your front entrance so a burglar will spot it, grab it, and get out.

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WHEN YOU ARE GOING TO BE GONE FOR A DAY OR MORE

  • ___ Put a temporary stop on newspaper delivery or arrange for a trusted friend or neighbor to collect your mail, newspapers, and any delivered packages. Have someone check in on your home periodically to ensure no one has entered in your absence. They can help create a “lived-in” look, by using and setting out your trash ad recycle bins on trash day. However, remember trash cans left at the curb longer than trash day give the appearance that no one is home.
  • ___ Pay someone to cut your grass and keep the yard tidy.
  • ___ If you’re gone in the winter, ask your neighbor to create tire tracks in your driveway and leave footprints leading up to your front door to create the illusion that someone is home.
  • ___ Don’t advertise your trip. Most people’s addresses are easy to find online, don’t  tempt a potential burglar with the promise of an empty home.  It’s pretty common for people to post all about their upcoming trip on social media, but avoid the urge. Don’t announce or post your vacation photos on Facebook and Instagram. Wait until after the vacation is over to post your photos.    The more people who know your house will be empty, the more you open yourself up to the possibility of a break-in.  Similarly, don’t leave a message on your landline answering machine that you’re out of town.
  • ___ Leave some curtains and blinds open to give the illusion that someone is around. Thieves  take note of a house that’s clearly been closed up.
  • ___ Garage doors may seem impenetrable, but don’t depend on your automatic garage door for security. Disconnect the automatic opener and lock the garage door.

There are many gadgets available, to help give the appearance that  “someone is home”:

  • ___ Fake TV  simulates the flickering lights of a television, and from outside, it appears that someone is watching TV.
  • ___ Leave a radio on and turn down your doorbell. A battery-operated radio is a practical, cheap way to make it sound like someone is around. And since many burglars ring the doorbell or knock to see if anyone’s home turning down the sound of the doorbell combined with a loud radio will make thieves unsure if the house is empty or if the resident simply doesn’t hear the door.
  • ___ Barking dog alarm

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SHRUBS

  • ___ Hiding spots-are  you  providing a nice hiding spot for a potential burglar to hide, with  shrubbery is too tall, bushy, or not well spaced.
  • ___ Prune hedges and plants on your property and keep them trimmed.  Walk outside, right now and look to see if they come up to your windows. (Also, make sure fences or trees don’t hide your doors and windows from view.)

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SIGNS

  • ___ Because burglars are looking for the easiest target, they don’t want to risk being mauled by a Doberman or Pit Bull. A simple WARNING sign even if you don’t have a dog, could provide some deterrence. Consider posting a few “beware of dog” signs in visible spots in your yard or on your fence at the front of the house or on a gate to the backyard and put a dog bowl by your side door.
  • ___ A fence with sharp pointed tops can help keep unwanted visitors off your property.
  • ___ Post security-company signs or window stickers near all entryways—whether you have a security system or not. Maybe you have signs/stickers on hand from a previous contract with a security firm, or maybe you can get some from a friend.
  • ___ Trees around two-story homes should be pruned.  A determined crook may scale a tree and break into an upstairs window if branches are long enough to give him access.

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ACCESS an intruder may use that you may have never thought about:

  • ___ Air conditioning units- Unsecured window air conditioners could provide an easy entry point for a crook. Use an air conditioner bracket, sliding window lock, or corner braces.
  • ___ Doggie doors- Intruders coming into homes that way is on the rise. Do you really want that opening to be available to a crook?
  • ___ The door attached to the garage is one of the easiest targets and a likely route of entry.
  • ___ A ladder left outside makes it easier for a criminal to get into your home.

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Thieves hate bright lights so light up the darkness  outside  of your house. Burglars often case an entire street or neighborhood preferring to target homes that are dark at night.   Shine a light on a potential intruder before getting to your door or windows makes it almost impossible  to sneak up on your home.   A well-lit neighborhood will help deter a crook, or at the very least make it very difficult for him to slip away undetected A bright house welcomes friendly guests, while a dark house welcomes undesirable visitors.

Use a combination of motion sensor, photo – electric, low – voltage and decorative landscape lighting for maximum protection.

  • ___ Install low-voltage outdoor lighting to your home’s exterior (entryways, ground level windows, garages and to the landscaping) to illuminate areas around your home.
  • ___ Motion sensor lighting placed around each side of your home and near each point of entry  which come on when someone walks up, will give the appearance that someone  has spotted them and flipped on a light.  Add  extra lighting with motion detectors especially around dark corners of your home.
  • ___ Replace burned-out lightbulbs and place inexpensive solar powered landscape lights around your home.
  • ___ If you’re home,  turn on your porch light at dusk or purchase one that comes on at dusk. Don’t wait until bedtime to turn it on.  (Paying a tiny bit more per month in electricity to protect your family is a no-brainer!)
  • ____  A dark street can lead to crime on that street which shows up on the crime reports, which can affect (lower) the property value of all the homes in the area. Crime can  quickly spread to other areas of your neighborhood. Contact PSO immediately if it is dark in any area.
  • ___  Talk to your neighborhood association about increased lighting on your street. HOA dues are to be used to help keep neighborhoods safe.
  • ___ Large, reflective numbers on your house and mailbox makes it easier for police to identify your home in the event of an emergency. Burglars prefer dark houses difficult to identify by address as it can buy them crucial spare moments in the event they’re caught in the act.

LIGHTS WITH TIMERS

If you leave or get home after dark, create the illusion that you’re at home by using timers to turn lights on and off.  You want to make it  impossible for an intruder to observe your movements and know when your home is likely to be empty.

  • ___Don’t come home to a dark house. Install a photo – sensitive lighting fixture at the front door and leave several lights on timers inside
  • ___ Set your porch and other exterior lights, especially around entrances on a timer  when you leave for work or appointments or go on vacation, set to light up every evening. Turn certain lights on and off remotely via your phone.
  • ___ For the inside of your home, select a few rooms to put light timers near your windows—but close your curtains so intruders can’t see them.  Light-timers   are inexpensive and can be found almost everywhere. They should be used on a daily basis, not just when you’re away. Find the best bulbs for outdoor uses.
  • ___ Set timers to turn on a TV, radio, and lights, to fool intruders into thinking your home is occupied.

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IN THE YARD AND GARAGE

Break-ins can occur in even the safest neighborhoods. Eliminating  temptation helps keep your home safe and secure.

  • ___ Trash and recycle bins left out at the curb give the appearance of no one is home. ALWAYS move them from the curb, as soon as you can!  Fines for leaving your trash and recycle bins out.
  • ___ Thieves look for yards littered with toys as that signals to a that the house may be filled with equally interesting entertainment, like game consoles, tablets, or laptops.
  • ___ A ladder or toolbox left out even briefly for an afternoon can give an opportunistic thief help in gaining access to your house.  A burglar, perhaps posing as a handyman or contractor, could use a ladder left outside to gain access to a second-floor window or balcony.
  • ___Keep  cars in the garage, if at all possible. (Why use your garage as an expensive mini-storage for old junk while leaving an expensive vehicle in the driveway,  just asking for it to be broken into or stolen.    Secure your car by always locking the doors and rolling up windows.  Never leave anything of value in it. Take cell phones, purses, GPS devices, and satellite radios inside. Never leave a spare key in the visor or anywhere else inside, even if the car is locked.
  • ___Lock  outdoor and recreational equipment, such as grills, lawn mowers and bikes in the garage or in a storage shed with a good lock.

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KEYS

  • ___IF YOU WERE LOCKED OUT OF YOUR HOUSE, WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO GET IN? Everyone hides a house key so burglars know to look  under mats, statues, planters, inside the mailbox or in the gravel beneath a fake rock. Maybe you leave a window at the back of the house unlocked. Remember – if you can get in – so can a burglarInstead of hiding a spare key outside, leave it with a trusted neighbor, in case of emergencies, and make sure they have a good contact number where you can be reached while you’re away. Return the favor for your neighbor can make the neighborhood safer.
  • ___ Never leave car and house keys and remotes near the door or otherwise visible inside your house. Secure them inside a cabinet or a drawer to keep them hidden.
  • ___ Don’t label your personal keys. If your keys are labeled and get lost or stolen you could be in big trouble, especially if your wallet with your ID and address are with them.

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A HOME SAFE

Make it more difficult for the burglar to find your valuables if he does get inside your home. Find a safe hiding place for your valuables. Don’t leave them on the dresser or in a dresser drawer.

___ Secure valuables in a home safe or lockbox, an off-premises safe-deposit box, or stash  jewelry and cash in unorthodox places. If  the lockbox is small,  many burglars will simply grab it and take it with them. Your safe bolted to the floor in a closet can help to keep a burglar from carrying it away.     Give your pass code or combination only to a trusted loved one in case of emergency. Don’t leave it posted anywhere in your house easily accessible to an intruder.

___  Designate one closet as “safe” room and fit it with a solid core or metal door with hinges on the inside and a single cylinder deadbolt lock

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Mailboxes hanging open make houses look vacant.  Lori Fullbright on keeping your mail safe.

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REMOVE INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR FAMILY FROM THE INTERNET

Google Maps-

Your family’s safety could  at risk with Google Maps putting pictures of your home on the World Wide Web giving strangers a great deal of details of your home and private life !

Different ways a criminal could take advantage of information gleaned from pictures on Google Maps for nefarious ends:

  • See the inside of your garage and its contents, if you have left the garage door open the day the Google car drives down your street.
  • See what make, model, and color of vehicle you drive with a picture of your cars and the  license plates numbers. Google claims it blurs out license plates and individuals before it posts pictures to street view, although that doesn’t always happen.
  • Locate entrances to buildings
  • Determine locations of your security cameras, gates, etc
  • Find good hiding places such as in shrubs and other areas
  • Find holes or weak spots in perimeter fences
  • Locate utility boxes (power, water, gas, etc)
  • See if locks, guards, dogs, etc, are normally present
  • Measure distances between objects…to determine how quickly it would take to run or drive from one point to another.

Several sites on how to remove your home. This one shows  how to remove it from Google, Bing and Yahoo

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YOUR VOTERS INFO Look for your name on Oklavoters.com  (Where it shows ‘Search by Name’, choose the first letter of your last name.) Once you find your name,  click on details and you will see even your birthdate.

How to remove personal information from oklavoters.com

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SCRIPTURE TO GIVE PEACE

  • Our battle is not against flesh and blood….For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.    (KJV)  Ephesians 6-12.
  • Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (ESV) Philippians 4:6-7
  • For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
  • ‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; Luke 4:10
  •  For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” Matthew 18:20 NLT
  • If my people will humble themselves. 2 Chronicles 7:14

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Crimestoppers will pay a cash reward up to $1,500 for information which results in the arrest of fugitives and/or individuals responsible for committing felony crimes. Call 918-596-2677 or click the button in the link, after it opens.  All tipsters remain anonymous.

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AMAZON’S DIRTY LITTLE SECRET

Amazon and E-bay are NOT always the cheapest places to buy!

Their prices aren’t that low according to Clark Howard who uses wish.com , geek.wish. com,  and 6pm.com which helped him buy $90 sneakers for $20. 

 

BEWARE OF “RETAIL ARBITRAGE”: People buy up hot products at low prices and then resell them higher on Amazon or Ebay. Avoid overpaying by googling the product name along with the phrase “best price”.

NOW THAT YOU KNOW THAT AMAZON’S PRICES AREN’T SO LOW, HERE IS HOW TO LOOK FOR DEALS

  • Amazon Deals 
  • Goldbox   Deal of the Day, Lightning Deals & limited-time sales.
  • Amazon’s prices change daily (sometimes hourly), so scan camelcamelcamel.com for the cost history of any item on Amazon. Amazon Outlet is perhaps the web’s biggest warehouse sale, where watches, toys and other items are typically 40 to 80 percent off.
  • Daily rollbacks on household and grocery items. Under the Today’s Deals tab, click Coupons on the left sidebar under the section Deal Type.  You might find $1 off a Crest or 25% off cereal.
  • To find the best discounts simply  add &pct-off=percent to the end of any Amazon URL (replacing percent with the exact discount you want. For example adding &pct-off=50-70 to the url  it will show only the products that are 50-70% off!)   
  • COUPONS: couponcabin.com    retailmenot.com

LOOPHOLES AND HACKS

AMAZON PRIME

Amazon Prime at $99 a year can pay off : Beyond rapid free shipping on many items, there are low-priced grocery and household products, free music, e-books and video streaming, 30-minute early access to Amazon Lightning Deals and unlimited photo storage on Amazon Drive. To avoid the fee: Credit card companies may offer Prime as a free perk for new members.

 

FREE SHIPPING WITHOUT BEING AN AMAZON PRIME MEMBER

Read how  here:

MAKING MONEY WITH AMAZON

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Maybe Dad Was Wrong……

Many of us were taught as a young child that boys don’t cry and as men we often bury our feelings in an attempt to conform to social pressure. However, we now know that the benefits associated with crying include healing and warding off heart disease and reducing pain.

  • Crying releases stress. According to Dr. Stephen Sinatra, a highly respected and sought-after cardiologist who has treated and  revitalized patients with even the most advanced forms of cardiovascular disease there’s nothing like a good cry when it comes to healing and warding heart disease risk factors. Crying frees the heart  of muscular tension and rigidity,  while enhancing oxygen delivery. The ability to feel emotions deeply, to cry during times of intense sadness and heartbreak, are essential in the prevention of heart disease risk factors. It is important to not allow your stress or emotions to remain bottled up inside you.  
  • Weight loss from crying? Crying releases toxins that assist your body in ridding itself of chemicals that raise cortisol levels. Controlling cortisol helps you cope with stress. (Cortisol is the hormone that puts fat around your belly, so controlling cortisol could contribute to weight loss.) 
  • Pain tolerance Our emotional pain tolerance increases after we have cried because tears from emotional crying contain “leucine-enkephalin,” an endorphin which improves mood and reduces pain.  Whenever you cry your mental health and your physical body receive the occasional vulnerable state (and euphoria) that emotional crying provides.The feeling of relief we experience after crying allowing us to settle down almost instantly  comes from the  “feel-good” hormones and neurotransmitters that are released. It feels good  to let those tears out and then blow your nose.
  • Tears are antibacterial. An article published by Medical Daily found that tears (which contain lysozyme) can kill up to 95 percent of bacteria in under 10 minutes!
  • Crying improves communication. Babies cry to let us know about their discomfort.  Adults, seeing another person’s tears quickly sense the extreme level of anger, frustration or sadness that words fail to convey.

While some prefer to cry alone in the shower, crying is a sign of a kind-hearted sensitive man; not a sign of weakness like you might have been taught as a child.   Jesus wept. John 11:35

Like crying, laughing  be a tremendous remedy for the heart as laughter helps us breathe deeply and releases  tension in our chests. If we laugh hard enough, we may even cry.

In order to restore balance to both your body and mind, it is important that we give ourselves permission to cry and embrace the lacrimation (flow of tears).

  Read more on this subject from  Suzy Cohen “America’s Most Trusted Pharmacist

 

 

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Prescription Discounts (Tulsa, OK Area)

  • Compare Prescription Prices for your area & Get Coupons: werx.org
  • CVS and Target offer coupons frequently for gift cards if you purchase a new or transferred prescription through them. Watch the weekly ads for those and also CVS.com.
  • Walmart has some for $4. *
  • Reasors in Tulsa free prescription antibiotic and vitamins.
  • K-Mart sales ~  Gold K prescription discounts are available up to 20% off for those age 50+.
  • Genscripts in TulsaA reader just advised us that  “Walmart & GenScripts have lists of prescriptions that are totally free. Ask your doctor to look to see if  there is a similar medication on those lists to the one(s) he is prescribing.   I carry Insurance in case we need an expensive cancer or heart drug or something like that in the future, but for now, we spend about $25 per month each. You can get the list from GenScripts.” Genscripts is located on the north side of 41st St and Hudson Ave, facing Hudson.  Hudson Ave. is at the stop light at 41st St. and Hudson right across from Pet Smart.
  • Costco no membership is needed to fill a prescription!! Costco’s prescription list   Savings are estimated up to 70% off and calculated at the time of sale according to this page of Costco’s site.    6 things you can do at Costco without a-membership


OTHER WAYS TO SAVE

  • Ask your doctor for samples.
  • Ask your pharmacist if there are any discounts.
  • Google the name of the drug to find the manufacturer of the drug you were prescribed, to see if you the manufacturer can help with a discount.
  • 5 Hacks for Lowering Your Prescription Drug Costs

IMPORTANT TO YOUR HEALTH AND THE HEALTH OF OTHERS:

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Simple Way Successful People Accomplish More in a Day

Charles M. Schwab, one of the richest men in the world at the time, was president of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, the largest shipbuilder and the second-largest steel producer in America. He was also business manager for Andrew Carnegie, the the father of the steel Industry in the United States.

Constantly seeking an edge over the competition, in 1918, Schwab asked Ivy Lee, who had worked for the great industrialist John D. Rockefeller,  what the cost would be for him to  increase the efficiency of his team at Bethlehem Steel.

Lee replied, “Nothing, unless it works. After three months, send me a check for whatever you feel it’s worth to you.”

Spending 15 minutes with each of Schwab’s executives Lee explained the simple method for achieving peak productivity that is said to have also been used by J.P. Morgan, who died in 1913:

1.) At the end of each  day, write down the  most important things you need to accomplish tomorrow, including all your appointments and work items, then prioritize those  tasks in order of their true importance.
2.) In the morning, concentrate only on the first task until it is finished. Then go to the next one on  the list and work it until it is finished. Work you way down the list in the same fashion. Move any unfinished items to a new list for the following day.

After less than three months, Schwab was so pleased with how much more that he and his executive team were able to achieve in a day that he wrote Lee a check for $25,000, the equivalent of $431,614.96 in 2016.

Many successful and world-class experts use this method for the simple reason that mastery requires focus and consistency.  Fewer priorities leads to better focus leading to better outcome. Trimming away everything that isn’t absolutely necessary eliminates feeling overwhelmed and disorganized when constantly trying to divide your time several different ways.

While we have been repeatedly told that multi-tasking is good, according to neuroscientist Earl Miller the exact opposite is true.   Miller, professor of neuroscience at MIT,  warns that the human brain simply can’t fully focus on more than one thing at a time. While we may switch back and forth quickly between tasks that isn’t multitasking.

Doing the most important things first, each day is the way to be successful.

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Nothing Bundt Cakes

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These are wonderful for gifting. Think Valentine’s Day or Random Acts of Kindness week which is Feb. 12-18 in 2017.

In the Tulsa area, Nothing Bundt Cakes is located next to Rustic Cuff on South Memorial. We wish they’d go in at Tulsa Hills.

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