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When to be Assertive, When to Hold Your Tongue

It's important to be authentic, but in our relationships, we need to also be smart. We need to be strategic. Expressing every thought and feeling we have doesn't serve us, or our connections with others.

But you don't want to stifle yourself and end up frustrated and resentful either. So here are some ideas about assertiveness versus keeping your own counsel--for a while, at least.
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Gratitude, Anyone?

I just wanted to write a little post today in praise of gratitude.

Let me start by saying what gratitude isn't. It's not complacency. It's not pretending that the world's problems don't exist. It's not denial. It's not a panacea, or a cure-all for all...
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