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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





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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?

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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.

Harris Jensen tells the story about seasonal depression treatment... sticky icon

Light Therapy Brings Back That Spring In Your Step!  Lamps At The Light Center In Fort Collins Provide The Required Full Spectrum Light

Teton Sunset
by Harris Jensen, MD
Psychiatrist, Fort Collins, Colorado
Key Words: Harris Jensen, seasonal depression, light therapy, full spectrum light therapy.

We’ve fallen in love with lots of sun in Colorado.  More than 300 sunny days a year see us flocking to the mountains to ski or hike or what have you...and we get a little grumpy when we lose some of that light in the fall and winter as the sun sails lower in the sky.
At least one in ten of us feel that way, anyway.
Experts call it seasonal affective disorder or syndrome, but really we just miss our bath of summer sun, all 10,000 lux (or units) of full spectrum light warming our skin and our emotional brain.  
The winter blues start with low energy.  You miss that spring in your step.  You find yourself sleeping more, maybe nine hours instead of eight, and still you feel tired on your to class or work...and getting through your day.  It’s harder to focus, more of an effort to stay what you know you enjoy.
Your “get up and go just got up and left”, thanks to not enough sun.  There’s too much of the sleep hormone melatonin in your head, according to one theory.  
About 10,000 units, or lux, of light, is needed to reduce the release of the melatonin from the pineal gland deep in your brain.  The sun’s light hits the back of your eye and creates an electric signal in the 12 layers of cells in the retina, that rockets at 100 feet per second down specialized highways of nerves called the retinohypothalamic tract and suprachiasmatic nucleus, before it reaches the pineal gland.  Full spectrum lamps, available at The Light Center in Fort Collins, CO, provide just this kind of light, reversing this "seasonal depression."
But come fall, it “ain’t happening” with full spectrum light from the sun.  The earth is tilted away from the sun and much less that 10,000 units of light hit the earth, perhaps 8,000 lux or 6,000 lux make it through a much deeper path through the earth’s atmosphere at northern latitudes, filtering out some wavelengths of light.

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Journal Release First In Series Of Nature Music Videos
Nature images and jazz music make for relaxing moments...

"Autumn Treasure" is ready to web stream to you right now, just click the play button below!

Hit the "square button" in the lower right hand corner for full screen mode...thanks to You Tube, you've got video...

The .m4v file at bottom of article is ready to download to your computer to transfer to your ipod as well...for free!

Click this link to see the video on your ipod or iphone at You Tube!

Key words: relaxation, nature photography, nature video, jazz music, Mark Sloniker, stress managment
by Harris Jensen, MD
Editor Good Day Journal


After several years in development, it’s here!  A collaboration of two Colorado artists has yielded a series of four movies totaling about 90 minutes of relaxing nature images and soothing jazz sounds.
Mark Sloniker, a well known jazz artist in Colorado, has produced a number of CD’s (see which have been used as movie soundtracks before (ABC Sports and Public Television) but this is his first collaboration with Jensen.
Now is Jensen an artist?

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Journal Releases Free Meditation Audio File!!!

Yours for the downloading at the bottom of this article...

just click on the blue "attachments" link below!

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

The audio files below review an introduction to meditation or mindfulness training.  With a little humor involved in the process!

Our lives can be so stressful, but nothing beats quieting our busy brains down, so they simply accept each moment as it comes to it.

We often "resist" each moment as it comes to us.

We may do that by thinking too much, feeling too much, worrying about the past, worrying about the future, planning, dwelling on how things are not how you like them.

Hey, we are good at fighting the present moment!

But that is where we live.

We have no other time to live in, but now.

Stable relationships and routines help stabilize mood, doctors say

Love Is As Good As A New Drug!  It’s Now Part Of The Guidelines For
Treatment of Bipolar Disorder...
Therapy That Boosts Relationships And Social “Rhythms”

Prevents Mood Swings In Bipolar Disorder...

Key Words: Bipolar Affective Disorder, Bipolar Treatment, Social Rhythms, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Social Rhythm Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Quality Of Life, Preventing Mood Swings

by Harris Jensen, MD
Editor, Good Day Journal

“Love is all we need...” or so goes a popular song from the 1970’s, but when it comes to dealing with the pain and suffering of bipolar affective disorder, songs like that seem like just so much superficial “hype.”

On the other hand, based on the hard science of new, well controlled studies, counseling that strengthens relationships and daily routines not only works, doctors are now asked to use it in their treatment of bipolar affective disorder. 
This is now clearly spelled out in the practice guidelines for how psychiatrists are to treat bipolar disorder. 

See the link: Bipolar Treatment Guidelines or the link: APA Practice Guidelines For Bipolar Affective Disorder,
You can also Google “bipolar treatment guidelines.”

Stable routines and stable relationships clearly help control the unstable mood swings of bipolar affective disorder.  A review of interpersonal social rhythm therapy is at this link: rhythm.
Here’s why psychiatrists are now changing the way they do business in treating bipolar disorder.
In a groundbreaking research discovery, a team of researcher from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburge, PA, has found that love matters.  And so does healthy daily social routines.  Things we take for granted. 
But when a person’s brain is suffering, it needs proper care, and that involves feeling close to those who care for you, thinking reasonably, and staying active in the usual daily getting up at a usual time in the morning, socializing, eating three meals per day at usual times, and getting to sleep at a usual time.
The brain, it seems, is a creature of habit.
So, getting back into those habits is helpful.

Update On Treatment Of Bipolar Affective Disorder:

A Monthly Updated Feature Of Good Day Journal

by Harris Jensen, MD
Editor, Good Day Journal
Key Words: bipolar affective disorder, treatment strategies, psychiatry, relapse prevention

...Treating bipolar disorder is now out in the popular press.  News magazines talk about it,  medications for it are advertised on TV assuming people know what bipolar is and how its treated.  But what is the way to measure if treatment is successful or not?
Below are updated notes from current research on bipolar affective disorder help you stay educated on the latest in the science of treating bipolar affective disorder.
*Treat bipolar disorder until there’s no mood swing...or not even a symptom of a mood swing?
Answer: get rid of all the symptoms.    Click this link for the article with insight.  Any symptom can bring on many more.  Just because a person with bipolar affective disorder isn’t “sad” or “angry” or “up” doesn’t mean there isn’t trouble ahead.
In a twenty year prospective naturalistic survey of 223 patients with bipolar I or II, the National Institutes Of Mental Health found some startling results:
...A major mood episode (mania or depression) came on five times faster if a person had some symptoms of mania or depression, compared to people with no symptoms.
  <--!break--> This is news you can use!
Residual sypmptoms need to be removed!  They suggest the bipolar illness is still active!  They are a sign the person needs to do more work with psychotherapy or medications or lifestyle changes to calm the brain down!
People with no symptoms:
...had mood swings one fifth as often
...had mood swings one third as often after routine survey visits
...had half the mood swing rate in the first six months after first diagnosed with bipolar disorder (a critical  time)
...had one fifth the mood swings in the first two years after diagnosis (or first mood swing)
...had no recurrent mood swing ten years after initial diagnosis in 26% of people, compared to everyone having residual symptoms having a recurrent mood episode in that time frame.
The bottom line: residual symptoms of mood swings indicate a person with bipolar disorder is not well.
Residual symptoms are a “flag” that more mood swings are likely in the near future.
The gold standard in bipolar treatment:
treat vigorously until no symptoms of mood swings remain.  To see the article, click “no symptoms are the goal.”
(From Steven Dubovsky, “Are “euthymic patients really well,”  Journal Watch Psychiatry, July 2008, page 55.  And from, “Residual symptom recover from major affective episodes in bipolar disorder and rapid episode relapse/recurrence,” Judd, LL, et. al., Archives of General Psychiatry, April, 2008 65:386.)  HJ 7/7/08

...Rational thinking also prevents mood swings, as this study attests in the American Journal of Psychiatry.  Positive, kind, reasonable thinking works to prevent mood swings!  To see the study, click thinking reasonably prevents mood swings.

...We know the brain is biological.  There are no invisible parts of it that somehow magically give us mood swings.  We know medical illnesses worsen mood swings.  But do mood swings increase the rate of people getting other medical concerns?  Yes.  People with bipolar affective disorder tend to get more: hypertension, weight issues, high cholesterol, diabetes, pulmonary problems, according to this medical problems.

  January, 2009...

Here's a great review of diagnosis and treatment of bipolar affective disorder!  Thanks to Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia!

Here's a great, great review of what bipolar is and how its managed and what's the science behind all those recommendations!  I really like these articles from Wikipedia.  They get right to the point!  If you are getting your bipolar treated, it is very helpful to know what is the role of medicine and what is the role of counseling.  What are they supposed to do?  These articles will give you answers to all of that...

First read What is bipolar and how is it treated?  Then read about cognitive behavior therapy, psychoeducation, then family therapy and interpersonal social rhythm therapy.  Now you have a great review of what is done and why in order to manage the roller coaster mood swings of bipolar disorder...all for free!  Thank you to Jimmy  Wales, founder of Wikipedia.


Good News For People With Bipolar!

New Rating Scale Zeroes In On Details Of Mood Swings

Incorporates New Scientific Findings, Empowers Medical Care For Bipolar Disorder

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

Rating scales are a basic part of a patient communicating with a doctor about his or her mood.

But rating scales currently used are about 10 or more years old.  The Young Mania Rating Scale and the Beck Depression Inventory and the Mood Disorder Questionaire have been used in hundreds of scientific studies, and probably have helped save hundreds or thousands of lives.