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This Powerful Campaign Impresses People And Makes Them Quit Smoking

This Powerful Campaign Impresses People And Makes Them Quit Smoking

“The Message from the Lungs” is loud and clear: Stop. Smoking.

Although most smokers probably don’t think too much about it, the above video shows just how much tar builds up in your lungs over a lifetime of inhaling carcinogenic material.

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In conjunction with the Thai Health Promotion Foundation and Faculty of Medicine for Chulalongkorn University, BBDO Proximity Thailand extracted tar from the lungs of a man who had smoked for 50 years of his life on a daily basis, and created ink from it. They then bottled and distributed it to the public, accompanied by a demonstration of just how much ink was created, and how incredibly dark it is.

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Though the exhibition was, of course, meant to reach all members of the public, BBDO Proximity Thailand focused its efforts on “current and potential smokers to see how smoking can harm their lungs and their bodies, and also convince them to quit sooner.”

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Although the dangers of smoking are well-documented and generally well-known, many people continue to ignore warning signs throughout their lives. Smokers need to be especially aware of the dangers of second-hand smoke, which can affect loved ones who have never voluntarily taken a single puff of a cigarette. New studies have shown the detrimental effects of third-hand smoke, a relatively new concept which focuses on the residual smoke deposits on clothes, hair, skin, and surfaces throughout the household of smokers.

If you or someone you know and love needs help quitting smoking, check out this helpful guide full of tips and other resources to assist you along the way to a more healthy lifestyle.

Featured photo credit: Flickr via flickr.com

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Last Updated on May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

Featured photo credit: Kyaw Tun via unsplash.com

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