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LuvIsTheAnswer In The Press
July 20, 2009 - Yahoo! News - 9 Creative Steps to Being Happy
9 Creative Steps to Being Happy
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February 25, 2009 - Topix - The Cutest Kitten in the Whole Wide World
The Cutest Kitten in the Whole Wide World
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LuvIsTheAnswer On The Web
July 19, 2010 - lifestyletom.com - 9 Creative Steps to Being Happy
9 Creative Steps to Being Happy
July 20, 2009 - Entrepreneur.com - LuvIsTheAnswer Offers Happiness Tip Sheet
LuvIsTheAnswer Offers Happiness Tip Sheet
March 2, 2009 - Extraordinary Like Me - Is Luv The Answer?
Like American Idol - Your Votes Count
Winner Takes All
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LOS ANGELES, CA -- Like American Idol, your votes count, says Katrina Balance, founder of LuvIsTheAnswer.org. This new contest has already been on Yahoo News, Topix News and other places around the web. So it was a real life or death, winner takes all, death match to the finish for these kittens, jokes Katrina. A real shoot out at the O.K. Corral. But we have a winner folks! Now we know absolutely and without a doubt who the cutest kitten in the whole wide world is for this month.
LuvIsTheAnswer announced the winner of the new online kitten contest, The Cutest Kitten In The Whole Wide World, this morning. Olley, a white and black kitten, was crowned the world's first Cutest Kitten In The Whole Wide World, as the winner of LuvIsTheAnswer.org first monthly kitten contest held online for the month of March. Olley, the winner for the month of April, is owned by Mrs. Donna Linky.
"Olley is just the cutest little boy," says Katrina. "I really feel that in these troubled times people need pleasant distractions, such as a kitten contest, to get back to a more peaceful, loving and joyous place. The world can always use more peace, love and joy, and our pets are a big part of that. I mean, who couldn't love a kitten. I think cats can help us get back to a place of peace, love and joy when we need it most, and especially adorable, furry, little kittens. There are no fees to enter the contest, no rules, and it's open to everyone - so just tons of fun and cute, cuddly kittens. Although everyone knows that all kittens are the cutest kittens in the whole wide world, now you can prove it. You can come just to vote for your favorite kittens, to look, make polls or even enter your own little bundle of joy."
The photo of the winning kitten, along with the winner(s) name(s) and/or the kitten's name, will be placed on the home page of LuvIsTheAnswer.org. Also a press release will be issued every month following the contest for the news to pick up for the winner(s) and their kitten. If you would like more information on the contest found on the message boards/forums of LuvIsTheAnswer, you can go to http://www.LuvIsTheAnswer.org/cutest-kitten.html.
LuvIsTheAnswer.org is an entertainment site featuring jokes, message boards (with a kitten contest), chat, free games, and over 12,000 free ecards for most events, holidays and occasions, articles about peace, love and joy and more. For more information visit http://www.LuvIsTheAnswer.org.
Health Happiness and The Magic Pill
Optimism and Gratitude are Just What the Doctor Ordered
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LOS ANGELES, CA -- Besides the fact that the entire month of March is Optimism month, you really can´t deny all the research that indicates that optimism and gratitude do lead to good health and happiness and many people like me find it to be "The Magic Pill", besides optimism and gratitude are easier to get than you might think, said the founder of LuvIsTheAnswer.org.
Research suggests that optimism significantly predicts rates of recovery, such that optimists are faster in achieving behavioral milestones, such as sitting up in bed and walking, than are pessimists, and are rated by staff members as showing a better physical recovery. Even at six-month follow-ups, optimists still continued to have a recovery advantage.
"I´m living proof that optimism and gratitude lead to better health and happiness. Every year I used to get sicker and sicker for longer and longer periods of time," said Katrina Balance, founder of LuvIsTheAnswer.org. "As my attitude changed, so did my health and happiness. Now I hardly ever get sick and when I do it doesn´t last very long."
Research also indicates that those who write out their gratitude on a weekly basis report fewer physical symptoms, feel better about their lives as a whole, and are more optimistic about the upcoming week. Grateful people also tend to be more optimistic overall, a characteristic that boosts the immune system. Grateful people also report higher levels of positive emotions, life satisfaction, vitality, and lower levels of depression and stress.
"Since I´m a lot happier and healthier now I want to show everyone that it´s a lot easier than they might think," said Katrina Balance. "That´s why I recently started the optimism board at LuvIsTheAnswer.org to help people re-frame things. For an instant jolt of happiness though you might want to read the gratitude board. The real secret to good health and happiness though is in writing out your gratitude and optimism for the whole world to see, even if you remain anonymous, because that helps others remember things they are grateful for as well. Which leads to the other secret to good health and happiness, helping others."
LuvIsTheAnswer.org, a site dedicated to peace, love and joy, has chat, message boards (featuring a gratitude board and now an optimism board), and over 12,000 free cards to send to friends and loved ones for most events, holidays and occasions, articles about peace, love and joy and more. For more information you can visit the optimism board at http://www.LuvIsTheAnswer.org/optimism.html or the gratitude board at http://www.LuvIsTheAnswer.org/gratitude.html.
Cutest Kitten in the Whole Wide World
Online Contest - Cutest Kitten in the Whole Wide World
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LOS ANGELES, CA -- Troubled times cause many people to seek pleasant distractions to get back to a more peaceful, loving and joyous place. One such distraction can be found at LuvIsTheAnswer.org in its Cutest Kitten in the Whole Wide World contest. The First annual Cutest Kitten in the Whole Wide World contest can be found on the message boards/forums at LuvIsTheAnswer.org. The contest runs from now until the end of March, with the winning entry showing up in April. Katrina Balance, Founder of LuvIsTheAnswer.org, a site dedicated to peace, love and joy has this to say about the online contest:
"There are no fees to enter the free online contest, no rules, and it´s open to everyone - just tons of fun and cute, cuddly kittens," she smiles. "I think the world could use more peace, love and joy, and pets are a big part of that. Who couldn´t love a kitten, I think cats can help us get back to a place of peace, love and joy when we need it most, and especially adorable, furry, little kittens. You can come just to look at the kittens, or to vote for your favorites, make polls or even enter your own bundle of joy. Of course everyone knows that all kittens are the cutest kittens in the whole wide world, but now someone can prove it," she winks.
The photo of the winning kitten, along with the winners name and/or the kitten´s name, will be placed on the home page of LuvIsTheAnswer.org. Also a press release will be issued in April for the news to pick up for the winning entry. If you would like more information on the contest you can go to the message boards/forums at LuvIsTheAnswer.org.
LuvIsTheAnswer.org is an entertainment site featuring jokes, free games, message boards, chat and over 12,000 free cards for most events, holidays and occasions, articles about peace, love and joy and more. LuvIsTheAnswer.org can be found in all major search engines or you can go there directly by going to http://www.LuvIsTheAnswer.org.
Former Homeless Woman acquires LuvIsTheAnswer.com
If You Became Homeless Would You be Okay?
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LOS ANGELES, CA -- In these hard economic times people can't help but wonder what would happen if they lost everything. Lots of people today are only a few paychecks away from being homeless themselves. Katrina Balance knows firsthand what it's like to be homeless. So how did she acquire LuvIsTheAnswer.com and how did she survive being homeless?
"Yeah I acquired LuvIsTheAnswer.com, but it sounds much bigger than it really is," she laughs. "I originally started LuvIsTheAnswer.com after I became homeless and had to let it go because it was a matter of, you know, do I keep it and go without necessities or do I get what I need to survive. As much as I wanted to keep it and find ways to bring more peace, love and joy into the world, I did need necessities more," she smiles. "The wonderful homeless shelters where I lived provided food and some necessities, but others came out of your own pocket."
"Someone else eventually bought the domain name LuvIsTheAnswer.com, but I really wanted to bring more peace, love and joy to the world, so I went without some stuff to buy LuvIsTheAnswer.org. The person who bought the domain name offered to sell it to me for about a thousand dollars or so, but he didn't know that wasn't possible for me. It was all good though, I've been wanting to turn it into a non-profit organization since I started the first site, and so changing from .com to .org was a good thing. The person who bought the domain name LuvIsTheAnswer.com eventually let it go when he saw it wasn't a money maker because of the very small amount of traffic it received, and he couldn't make money by selling it back to the former owner (myself) so eventually he just let it go. So I really only paid about $10 for the domain name LuvIsTheAnswer.com, but I do need it because most people just put in LuvIsTheAnswer.com assuming a domain name starts with .com. So I bought it to point to the first page of LuvIsTheAnswer."
Katrina Balance started LuvIsTheAnswer.com in 2002 while she was homeless. She became homeless through a series of events which started with a divorce, then losing her job, then being evicted and finally was compounded by other family problems which led to her being homeless in her car. At that time she decided to drive to California, where she had always wanted to live, and since she didn't have a residence anyway, it worked out for her. She couldn't afford to pay her car insurance after that and eventually got in a car crash, which led to her briefly being homeless on the streets of L.A. The homeless shelters she had driven by when she had her car looked too scary to her (the locations and the people around it) so she tried sleeping on a cement bench but found it to be too cold so she tried a wooden bench and eventually decided to try to find some shelter in a bathroom she found open. Eventually she decided to try the homeless shelters in the area after trying to get to sleep on a bus and being too worried of what might happen if she fell asleep. The bus driver could tell she needed help and told her of a decent shelter in the area. So how is she doing financially?
"I still need to pay off some tickets I received when I was homeless. I got one because I was so tired one night while sleeping in my car that I didn't pay attention to the fact that it was street cleaning the next morning and it woke me up just as a parking enforcement lady who was following the street cleaning vehicle put a ticket on my window," she laughs. "She explained to me that the law was the law and she was right. Also I got a ticket because I was looking for an address once and thought it was a four way stop, it wasn't, and I almost hit a police car, he wasn't very amused by it and gave me a ticket for no insurance. And then there was the time I was driving with a friend and she didn't want to dirty her ashtray so we threw our cigarettes out the window and a cop saw us, I guess it's just as well because I really don't like to litter anyway. I never really got into drugs or alcohol, so I guess smoking is my only vice. I started when I was 25, which you'd think you would know better by that age. But I did quit for two years once. Right now I smoke some and I quit some, I was never a big smoker anyway, it can take me anywhere from a couple of days to a week to smoke a pack even when I do smoke. I guess the only other vices would be food and chocolate, but I'm about normal weight for my height, so I guess that's okay."
A lot of homeless people get tickets because they have more pressing issues on their mind, like where they will sleep that night, and how they will get food for that day. It's also a common misconception that all or most people who are homeless are homeless because of drug and alcohol abuse.
"I've heard that, and some are, but there are many others who have bad physical problems and others who have family problems like abuse, and others who are too proud to ask for help from friends and relatives to everything in between. The real key to getting through homelessness is to remember that love truly is the answer and we need people to help us through it. Other than that it's all about balancing your life and watching your thoughts so that you see the good that can come from any situation. I'm only human so I'm constantly working on seeing the silver lining just as much as anyone else, but it really is worth it. You can overcome any challenge with the right attitude."
Currently she has been living in cheap hotels and gets her mail at a homeless shelter that she formerly stayed at. She hopes that her site will soon bring in enough money to pay for the first, last and down payment for an apartment as well as paying off her tickets so she can get her drivers license back and eventually another car. She also hopes to fix her teeth soon (as the pain from her cavities sometimes bothers her) and hopes to get a faster laptop so that she doesn't have to run her site from the public libraries and different friends apartments.
Katrina owns and runs LuvIsTheAnswer.org, a site dedicated to peace, love and joy (with a heavy focus on joy), which is an entertainment site featuring jokes, free games, message boards, (featuring a gratitude board), chat and over 12,000 free cards for most events, holidays and occasions and articles about peace, love and joy. LuvIsTheAnswer.org can be found in all major search engines or you can go there directly by going to http://www.LuvIsTheAnswer.org.
LuvIsTheAnswer.org Hunts Happiness For You
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LOS ANGELES, CA -- Ask most people if they want to be happy and you'll likely get a response to the affirmative. On that note Hunt For Happiness Week runs from January 18th to January 24th this year. How can you hunt for happiness in your own life? Katrina Balance, Founder of LuvIsTheAnswer.org, a site dedicated to peace, love and joy (with a heavy focus on happiness and joy) has this to say about hunting for happiness:
"Hunt For Happiness Week is the perfect time to stalk my prey (happiness)," she jokes. "Happiness is a great thing to hunt for in life as it can help you be your best self and it can rub off on others. You can be a shining example for others to feel like they have permission to be happy as well. Happiness and joy both come from a wonderful balance, just like everything else in life. One of the wonderful things to hunt for with happiness is taking the time to enjoy life every day and every moment with things like comedy and humor to pick you up."
Katrina goes on to say:
"Of course letting others know you care and love them can really add to your happiness. Complimenting people or just sending a card or note for any reason at all can make both you and the receiver happy. Also counting your blessings and remembering all the many things to be thankful for in your life contributes greatly to your happiness and health. Stay focused on your happiness, it's so important because it not only helps you, it helps those around you as well."
LuvIsTheAnswer.org is an entertainment site featuring jokes, free games, message boards, (featuring a gratitude board), chat and over 12,000 free cards for most events, holidays and occasions and articles about peace, love and joy. LuvIsTheAnswer.org can be found in all major search engines or you can go there directly by going to http://www.LuvIsTheAnswer.org.
JOYGERMS ARE CONTAGIOUS SAYS LUVISTHEANSWER.ORG
LuvIsTheAnswer.org says You can Catch JoyGerms
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LOS ANGELES, CA -- January 8th is National JoyGerm Day - a day devoted to spreading joy. Katrina Balance, Founder of LuvIsTheAnswer.org, a site dedicated to peace, love and joy (with a heavy focus on joy) has this to say about JoyGerm Day:
"JoyGerms are absolutely contagious, you can catch them just as well as you can give them to people. You can become unofficially but affectionately infected and spread them by way of the Internet. One really great way to become infected is by reading message boards on gratitude and thankfulness like the one on LuvIsTheAnswer. It helps you see what other people are thankful for and helps you realize the abundance of joy in your own life, so that you too may want to spread your joy by letting other people know what you are thankful and grateful for as well."
Katrina goes on to say:
"Also this month happens to be Holiday Thank You month which brings to mind another way of spreading JoyGerms which is sending wonderful online thank you cards to anyone you wish to infect with joy. Any cards will work online or offline but a quick and free solution can be found at LuvIsTheAnswer.org where there are over 12,000 free cards for almost any reason you can think of. Life is really a balance and joy is a big part of that."
You can find the LuvIsTheAnswer gratitude board by going to www.LuvIsTheAnswer.org and clicking on Boards, from there just click on the gratitude board. You can also access the message boards and cards from any page on the site at the top navigation bar, to access the cards click on the "Free Cards" section.
Katrina Balance started LuvIsTheAnswer.com in 2004 and because of financial reasons had to let it go. The domain name LuvIsTheAnswer.com was bought before she could renew it and so she started fresh with LuvIsTheAnswer.org. Wanting to turn it into a non profit corporation anyway she was happy to change it from .com to .org. LuvIsTheAnswer.org can be found in all major search engines.
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LUVISTHEANSWER.ORG MAY HOLD THE SECRET TO PEACE LOVE AND JOY
A Message to All for Peace Friendship and Good Will Week from LuvIsTheAnswer.org
LOS ANGELES, CA -- LuvIsTheAnswer.org, a website started by Katrina Balance, has an inspiring message to the world for Peace Friendship and Good Will Week. Peace Friendship and Good Will Week runs from October 25 - 31 every year, and was started by The International Society of Friendship and Good Will. When asked why she started her site, she kids, "I originally started my site to bring more peace, love and joy to the huddled masses." All kidding aside her message is a very positive one for all.
Here is her message for Peace Friendship and Good Will Week:
I envision a world where people come together in harmony.
Where love spelled L-U-V is the love of friendship for all.
Where we treat everyone the way we would treat our best friends.
Where "luv" truly is the answer. Where everyone is enough, just by themselves.
Where we all accept that it´s okay to be human, and that´s all right.
A world where the news celebrates our greatest joys.
Where thanksgiving - the giving of thanks for all our blessings - is enjoyed daily.
Where hugs and smiles are given freely.
Where strangers are friends we just haven´t met yet.
Where positive reinforcement is nurtured in schools.
And where words of encouragement and praise fall freely from our lips.
Where we really stop and smell the roses - truly living in the moment.
Where everyone can laugh at all jokes - because we realize we are all one and the same.
A world filled with peace, love and joy.
I envision a world where luv truly IS the answer.
She said the words in the message just came to her one morning after a very pleasant night of great dreams. "I wanted to share it with the world," she said, "and what better time than on Peace Friendship and Good Will Week." When pressed about her secrets to peace, love and joy she points to it all being a balance, and it all starts with you and your thoughts. For more secrets on how to bring more peace, love and joy into your life you can visit her site at http://www.LuvIsTheAnswer.org.