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Dr. Jensen Is The Doctor Of Positivity, So Check Out His Positivity Library!

It begins here on the Free Stuff page, and continues with a link to The Positivity Library, which is a massive data base showing the power of a positive attitude in a wide variety of unique situations.

Here's how to use the free stuff page...these are all blogs, movies, music, soundfiles, and ebooks to empower you to live a happier life! Click the "Attachments" link in blue below and you will find dozens of free files.  All meant to empower you're ability to be optimistic!  The book, "The Power Of Optimism," is at the bottom of the list and gives you an overview of the elements of optimism and how to become more optimistic.  And how Dr. Jensen learned to be optimistic!

If you want more of this knowledge, you can purchase access to almost 1,000 audio files and ebooks in the Positivity Library! Positivity means the thoughts and actions of being optimistic.  You are not born optimistic, you have to learn it. The data base teaches you a wide variety of situations.

To access the data base, purchase the password by calling this number, 970-416-8354, during usual business hours.  That is 8 am - 5 pm, Monday to Friday, Mountain Standard Time. A credit card purchase of the password will be your admission ticket to the wonderful world of living with positivity!

Some of the chapter titles are listed below and address situations that "stress people out."  These mp3's are meant for you to be able to listen to them "on the go," wherever you might be, to empower you to live the life you want. You can learn simply by listening to these 2 to 10 minute audio files.

Books include learning: Relationship Success, Social Confidence, Self Confidence, Professional Success, Personal Success, Sitting Meditation, Walking Meditation, Time Managment,  Job Hunting, School Success, Dating Success.  Also there are books on how to overcome procrastination, anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, bipolar disorder and addictions.  There are books on weight loss and getting fit and staying motivated to work out.  Check them out and enjoy!

As you might now imagine, optimism is massively powerful for self improvement.  Far more powerful than people thought possible 20 or 30 years ago.  To tap into this treasure all you have to do is listen to one file per day to learn one new thing every day. 


And these audio files and ebooks (pdf's) make it convenient.  They can download to your smart phone or computer.  Then you can use them where and when you have the time and motivation in your day.

Your optimism will grow and grow as you simply listen to a file every day, and become aware of new  technique and practice it a little that day.  I recommend people write down one thing they learn so they can see their progress.  It will be so encouraging for you!

I've checked the visitor's log on the Good Day, and seen that people have read or listened to these articles from all over the world!  Your interest in optimism is amazing!  I've had visitors from Russia, Eastern Europe, The Middle East, China, Africa and Asia, and North and South America!  Welcome to the Positivity Library!

The best way to upload these documents is to upload the ebooks (pdf's) and view them in a pdf reader (Acrobat or iBooks reader). Save them in a file labeled "Positivity Books." The audio books are MP3's.  Go to Audio Books in the data base, then open up one file (like Power For Time Managment). Download all of them to your computer or phone, or listen to one at a time, from the top to the bottom of the list.

If the chapter titles in the list  look interesting to you, then just download all the audio files at once. Or stream them one at a time. 

If you want, you can first create a play list in your mp3 player (like iTunes), then download all the mp3's for the book (you won't be able to read all the chapter titles but since they are all going into one play list it wouldn't matter), and drag them all into a playlist!

Now you can put something positive into your mind whenever you have the time, going to and from work or school.  I tell you the secrets I've learned  for success and stress managment, based on 20 years of work as a physician. And now you will be aware of them.  Then it will be up to you, at your comfort level, to listen to files again to better understand them, or to try to do one thing each day to put your positivity into practice. 

I wish you the best in your life journey!


Harris Jensen, MD


Here below are more of the things I've produced and I'm giving away!  Thanks for visiting Free Stuff.  To see the stuff to download, click  the blue word "Attachments" below or right here: Attachments.

I believe you can make the world a better place with knowledge and music, so here's some of both.  Thousands of people visit this page every month.  Thanks for visiting!

I produced the music here offered.  It is classical piano jazz performed by Billy Dennison Froehner, a jazz musician from the New York City area, who has played with Frank Sinatra and many other jazz greats. These MP3's will play on any MP3 player.

Near the bottom of my list is "The Four Secrets" in epub format, my first ebook. Drag and drop it into a Nook For PC reader, which is a free download from Barnes And Noble, and you can read this ebook.

I also produced the guided relaxation CD's, to assist people in learning meditation and in just learning how to relax the brain and the rest of the body to get to sleep.  Download and enjoy!

Book 1 The Power Over Stress has been a popular download for years, complete with lots of color photos and diagrams for stress managment strategy learning.




Harris Jensen, MD





The New Pragmatists Are Rising From The Ashes Of A Bad Economy sticky icon

 Common People Are Rediscovering Time Honored Truths About Our Divine Humanity

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

I have the greatest admiration for flowers and spring. This morning I neighbors sidehill, an Evening Primrose shot out its 3 inch wide yellow  plumes for the world to see. Nearby a scarlet gilia scattered it several red and shot shell pink blossoms into the sun from the shade of a crab apple tree.
If you live in Colorado, you know what kind of winter we have had. One neighbor had half their shingles ripped off their roof in 90 mile an hour winds in December. There has been frigid cold, after the driest of  falls, and the insufferable heat last summer was something else. That's when the seeds were dropped for this spring's blooms.
Nature tells us lessons about how to make it through hard times.  How to bloom in the midst of hardship.
Nature is focused on adapting.
There is a new attitude in this country that is all about just that.  I call them the New Pragmatists.  Americans have always considered themselves practical people, results oriented, but they still hung on to their "hangups" about not asking for help, and being embarrassed to ask for help.  Especially when it came to matters of the body and especially the brain.
But there is a new attitude in the winds.
"I figured, if there was something that would help my brain, what would be wrong with doing that?" one woman recently told me, who was seeing me for a medication and counseling to help her depression..  "To not do something to help myself, well that would be just dumb.  And I don't care what other people think.  I'm doing this for me, not them!"
I couldn't have captured this "New Pragmatist" atttitude any better with words.
 Evidence of this changing attitude is reviewed in, "American's Attitudes Towards Mental Health Treatment Seeking: 1990-2003," by Ramin Mojtabai, MD, PHD, in Psychiatric Services, 58:642-651, the May, 2007 issue.  A nationwide survey found in 2001-3 found Americans had changed their attitudes, compared to the 1990's and 1950's.  People were more likely to ask for help from a mental health professional, feel comfortable about it, and feel like it was the smart thing to do--not feel stigmatized.
In 2003, compared to much lower rates in the 1950's, 41 percent said they would ask a mental health professional for help with mental health concerns, 32 percent said they'd feel comfortable about it, and 40 percent said they wouldn't be embarrassed at all for seeking out such assistance.  "Attitudes of younger participants improved more than attitudes of middle aged participants," Dr. Mojtabai wrote.
In soil made from volcanic ash. This is some nasty soil. Get it on your feet and calluses forms that get so sick of your skin will bleed. Get it on your hands and they become chapped and dry. The darned stuff sucks the water right out of you. I guess it's good for something. The cat litter we buy is made out of this stuff. Apparently it absorbs odors two.
Hauling hay bales one evening last winter, I paused and noticed a movement in the light of my headlamp. It was some of this clay. Small particles drifting in the winter wind, probably sailing for miles, only to drop down and add to the soil where ever it fell.
Over the eons, this clay has been blown and drifted,
 With the dead and decomposed remains of so many plants, and made into something that can support life, but it better be a damn tough life form.
That's what these spring flowers are. Damn tough. Taking light from the sun, water from this clay that does not give it up easily, finding nutrients at the ends of its roots, and somehow making it self bloom.
I admire this kind of tenacity. To thrive in adversity. In the harshest of conditions, it finds a way to survive. When times get better, through the wisdom of nature, woven in to that marvelous fabric of its DNA, it knows when to sprout, and better yet when to throw out its leaves, and even better than that it knows the right time to throw out its blossoms and thrive so it can lay the foundation for yet another successful generation.
There's much to learn from the book of God's works.
For glory and beauty really comes from the DNA. It responds adaptively to the environment. With the right temperature and water, it triggers the bloom.
The DNA has the information for life. There i

Depression Strikes Every Family In America! sticky icon


Depression strikes more people than you think, and in more ways than you imagine

Dr. Harris Jensen Reviews The Devastating Impact Of Depression On Ordinary People In America

No Family Is Spared

By Harris Jensen, MD
Editor, Good Day Journal
Each year Americans lose $70 billion due to medical problems, and depression accounts for 12 billion of those dollars. This is money lost due to time off work and another $11 billion is lost from decreased effectiveness at work.
These and other amazing facts are reviewed in an article, "Statistics On Depression," in the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance website, and all are facts based on articles in scientific publications or government documents.
 How much do you know about Depression? Test your knowledge with the questions below, which are taken from the DBSA website. These amount to an avalanche of statistics that show depression is not just a medical problem, but the number one health care crisis in the world, causing more problems in families lives than any other medical problem.
In the face of these facts, people who say depression is just  a “mental” thing clearly come across as callous and self absorbed or else just not well informed. 
Maybe hopelessly uninformed.
But that is the common attitude about depression in the US. Depression is just a result of “weak thinking” that is easy to reverse if a person would just try a little.
The common person’s view of depression in this country is way off base. About 80% of people in the US think depression comes from how you think, or evil spirits, or a weak character, or a person just isn’t trying hard to be positive. From the mid 1950's to the early 1990's people did not change their attitudes much in regard to taking care of their head, but with the coming of the internet and a higher percentage of well educated people in this country, those attitudes are changing.  People are taking an interest in getting informed about how to take good care of their "noggin."
These ignorant attitudes are changing for the better in this country, and this change is reviewed in an article, “Americans’ Attitudes Toward Mental Health Treatment Seekling: 1990-2003,” by Ramin Mojtabai, MD, PHD, in the May, 2007 issue of Psychiatric Services. (You can Google this article.)
See how well you can be a part of this new trend of people getting informed about what works to take care of your brain. Take the quiz below and try to guess the right answers…
1.       Adults in America with depression in any given year?
14.8 million or 6.7 percent of adults
2.       Average age depression starts?

Alternative Medicine: Can It Only Deliver A Placebo Effect? sticky icon

Placebo effect seems to be about all that most herbal rememdies and alternative therapies can deliver, according to a number of scientific reviews in journals all over the world...don't be swindled and your money taken!

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

It used to be hard to get anybody to take a medicine for anything.  Now TV ads tout medicines for any thing under the sun, and internet ads are full of promises of fabulous cures from every natural and alternative treatment, from certain dried plants curing anxiety or depression, to mushrooms aiding the immune system, to special devices that deliver miracle cures for insomnia or pain or...any of a number of conditions that desparate people are willing to pay alot of money to at least get some benefit.

Is this all a bunch of phoney baloney?

For the most part, yes.

Scientists just looking at the facts say yes.  In scientific journals from all over the world, it seems no one can find many good studies that back up the claims that alternative medicine can deliver results, or that homeopathy and complementary medicine in general can produce what they claim they can do.

For example, the purple coneflower is a pretty summer flower on the prairie.  But should you trust your health to this plant?  I had one relative think it helped her resolve her chronic sinus infections, but lots of other things could have done it.  She believes it was the plant.  The picture of it is above here, in the article.  It is no more than so much salad.  No double blind placebo controlled studies show it works for anything.  It is salad...expensive salad if you think it is a drug and pay for it when it is packaged in a bottle.  The placebo effect is a real effect.  Brain imaging studies show subtle changes in brain chemistry or other effects...but it is only because you "think" you are doing something.  You can pay a lot less for some salad in the grocery store and tell yourself your doing something good for yourself.

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Adding 500 micrograms of Folate adds to Prozac's antidepressant effect

by Harris Jensen, MD

Good Day Journal Editor

What to do if you're antidepressant isn't working so well, and the alternatives of adding another antidepressant are too expensive?

Add a vitamin, folate, according to a study in 2000, printed in the esteemed Journal of Affective Disorders.  Men and women did better after adding folate to prozac, than with taking prozac alone.  For more see the link FOLATE.

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Are you happy with your medication?  Your mood?  Your doctor?  Your medical care?

New survey helps patients give feedback to their doctor on how they feel about their medical care...

Mood Swings can break through medicines because of poor communication between doctors and patients...don't let it happen to you!  Updated 4/24/09

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

Stable Roles, Relationships and Routines... sticky icon

help maintain the gains in mood

for patients with anxiety, depression and bipolar mood swings

New chart by Dr. Harris Jensen helps to chart your progress

by Harris Jensen, MD

It may seem odd to some, but skipping breakfast isn't good for you, nor is "holing up" in your home when you're stressed out--a common thing for people to do nowdays, with the economic recession wreaking havoc in people's heads, whether they are employed or not.

A Time To Honor One Who Was Mindful... sticky icon

Harris Jensn offers free banners for your computer desktop for mindfulness training...they are offered for free to you as a way of remembering the wonder that mindfulness brings to our lives


by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

She left this world for the next one, last night, here in the first week of January of 2009,  suffering cancer, battling hard and long, surrounded by those who loved her.  To honor her privacy I won't mention her name.  But to honor her life I'd like to share 4 meditation banners I've made.  I've used these as a background on my computer screen to encourage my mindfulness training.  She was one who in a kind and gentle way introduced me to the awesome power that resides in the practices of yoga and meditation.  Wow, what a difference she made in my life.  If interested, view the banners in the slide show below.  If you'd like one for free, put your cursor on the image, then click the lower right corner, the cllick the colored circle, and at Picassa web albums you can download the actual jpegs.  Or you can click one of the blue file attachments below, by first clicking the "4 Attachments" link below, then clicking the link to the meditation poster you want.

All the banners have the meditative saying, "Solid As A Mountain, Calm As Water," which is a saying from the Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn, whom I heard give a talk at YMCA of the Rockies up in Estes Park, Colorado.   He spoke in a quiet voice and yet with great courage and conviction about how mindfulness can help make your day a good day.

This dear one who has left us was strong in her quiet unassuming way, too, and she was calm in the face of the storm. 


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New Study Shows Emotions Are Indeed Contagious!

A Good Day Can In Part "Just Happen" From Catching Good Feelings From Those Around You

Even Three Contacts Removed From Source Of Happiness Are Affected

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

Good days don't just happen, you have to make them happen, right?  It's not that simple according to a study in the esteemed British Medical Journal.  In a survey of 5,000 people, it was found that emotions and attitudes were contagious.  Who you surround yourself with is a big deal.

New Self Help Book Released By Harris Jensen, MD sticky icon

"The Four Secrets For Successful Living"

Combines The Most Powerful Elements Of Several

Psychotherapy Strategies Into One Powerful Approach (Updated 5/14/09)

by Harris Jensen,MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

(To get the PDF book now, click GET BOOK and go to bottom of the article and click the blue words "The Four Secrets For Successful Living.pdf" to get book, or click the blue audio ".m4a" file, "The Four Secrets -- Preface.m4a, " to hear the book read by the author!  The audio file will start playing shortly, and after the full file is downloaded you can save it to your computer and burn it to a cd and listen to it wherever you want to!  You may be able to go to "file" on your browser and "save page" and save the audio file to your computer.)

Growing up, I had a hard time learning to believe in myself.  Finally, a camp director caught me doing some actions well.  He not only told me I did a "good job" but said this was evidence of continued promise for success.

I had what it took to succeed.

This is the approach used in motivational psychotherapy. Help people see they can generalize from successes in one area to other areas that currently leave them "stuck."

The weakness in that approach is one often needs some sophistication in naming irrational thoughts.  That is the approach used in cognitive behavior therapy.  And sometimes that isn't enough.  In situations involving the need for communication skills, interpesonal therapy can train thos


I've pulled together these diverse approaches in my book, "The Four Secrets For Successful Living."

Here is how it helps stress managment:  A person let's say comes home and his children are screaming and that gets on his nerves.  Instead of yelling, he sees he's having an emotional response--that's normal and expected--that is the first of four steps in solving problems effectively.  Seeing that, and that emotions don't inform his decisions, he takes the "energy," as it were, from the emotions, and directs that energy to talk to his girlfriend.  "Boy these kids get on my nerves," he self discloses, "but I love you and I love them!  I wonder what we can do. You are good at working with their rascally behavior?"  She suggests they play hide and go seek, a game outside that will redirect the kid's energy, which is up in part because they are frustrated about being inside, and about Dad being at work all day.  He is now at the second step of successful problem solving, the thinking step, and he's gathering information, resisting the urge to go back to the first step, the emotional response step, because that wouldn't bring him any more information.  It's information he needs now to make a well informed decision.  Thanks to his girlfriend's help and her thoughts, he's got that information.  Then he swings into the third step, the action step, and makes a well informed decision that the family can focus on what works for "us," and vote on what we as a family want to do.  He's encouraging "us" thinking, and modeling the four step model.  The kids vote to play...what else was possible?  But the structure of how they relate to others is different.  There is an order and direction here, based on he and his girlfriend working together in a loving way.  The fourth step is observing the situation you started with.  It's changed!  But he is seeing the situation in a new way, informed by his  thinking, guided by his love and devotion for his family, and energized by his emotions--not misguided by them.

Does this make sense?  If so, read the PDF book below!

I am not satisfied with the self help books out there.  After 15 years of work as a psychiatrist, I keep seeing people read books and make the same mistakes.  Whether the mistakes are -- thinking errors, interpersonal skill deficits, communication mistakes, motivation problems--the books just are not communicating well enough.  So I've just simply pulled together the very best of all those books and put them in one.

I think alot of self help books are hopelessly boring.

No color pictures!  No sound!  No drawings!  No color drawings! My pdf book has lots of color illustrations.  And some books have no CD audio book...hello isn't this the internet era where multimedia approaches help people learn everything from software to meditation?

So I have added an audio book version...and an audio and PDF versions of the book are  available here for free at the bottom of this article.  Click "read more" at the end of the article here, then go to the bottom of the article and you will see the .pdf book, "The Four Secrets For Successful Living.pdf."  Click the .pdf file to download it.  It has dozens and dozens of color pictures to help you learn key concepts! 

Then click the audio files and download them...they may start playing in a minute or less after clicking them...a full download may take several minutes or longer.   The preface of the book took about 25 minutes to read.  Then, once the audio file has fully downloaded, save that audio file to your computer, if your software permits that.  At any rate, open up the .pdf file and move forward to the preface to the book.  Then play the audio file "The Four Secrets--Preface" and  you can listen to me read the book while you read it. 

I think people learn best from both reading and listening to a book being read.  That way you get both the auditory and visual information at the same time.  I think some people learn more effectively if they get both auditory and visual information at the same time.  At any rate, do as you wish, and hope you enjoy the pdf and audio book.

As an added note, the clock face used in the book is available for download as a jpeg file at the end of the story, here.  Just click on the blue link for "clock face" and you got it!

Have a good day!