Author Archives: Joni B. Bailey

The Best Gift You Can Give Your Loved Ones is Your Smile

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I meet with hundreds of people every year who are going through a crisis of some sort—illness, injury, death of a loved one, loss of a job. 

Some people seem to manage the crisis better than others. 

Some seem to be more mentally resilient and to have more durable relationships. Some heal faster.  Some maintain their sense of humor.  But some get stuck in their pain and make every relationship toxic as if they want other people to suffer if they are suffering.

Many experts and religious leaders seem to suggest the same basic practices—mindfulness, focusing on the moment, having compassion for others, and expressing and demonstrating gratitude.

Maybe that is why everyone feels so wonderful at Christmas.  Each of these practices has a place in the traditional celebration.  Maybe that is why the celebration of Christmas starts so early!

Give yourself and your loved ones the gift of a more centered and loving you by developing some of these as daily practices.

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If Social Security Says You Can Work, Use These Job-hunting Tips

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If you filed a Social Security Disability claim but it was denied because the judge thinks you can still find work, use these job-hunting tips to help you get back into the working world.

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What is Social Security? [Infographic]

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What is Social Security?  You might encounter that question from friends and family when they hear that you are filing a Social Security Disability insurance claim.  This infographic by the Social Security Administration makes it a snap to explain!

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Social Security Disability Benefits to Rise in 2017

© Sergey Ryzhov / fotolia.comSocial Security’s Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) is set to raise Social Security benefits by a small amount in 2017.  

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New from SSA:  Improved Status Updates for Disability Applications and Appeals

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The Social Security Administration is launching a new service for mySocialSecurity account users.  This is great news for Southern Illinois residents!

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