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Emotions

26 Characteristics of Truly Happy People

How can you tell when you meet a truly happy person?

What signs do you look for? What indicates to you that someone is truly content with their life and themselves?

Genuinely happy people:

Feel gratitude. Happy people appreciate all of the good things in their lives, rather than focusing on what they perceive they lack. Happy people have a “glass half-full” mentality.
Express gratitude. Happy people don’t keep their gratitude to themselves. They let others know how...


Anxiety

7 Ways To Become A More Patient Person

Patience is one of the most useful character traits we can develop.

Whether we’re dealing with a prolonged case of the flu, a troubling relative, learning a second (or third) language, or digging ourselves out of a financial hole, patience makes it possible for us to withstand frustrations, control our temper, regulate our stress level, and keep our situation in perspective.

Facts about patience:

Patience can be even more important than talent. You’ve probably heard the fable about the...


Emotions

30 Tips To Increase Your Happiness In 2019

As you ring in the New Year, no matter what your personal resolutions may be for 2019, chances are that you would like to live with a modicum of happiness and contentment. Although priorities vary from person to person, the following are guidelines that are likely to help:

List three positive things that happened in your day and consider what caused them. How did you contribute? What roles did other people play? This exercise gives you...


Anxiety

Make 2019 The Year You Finally Solve Your Problems

As the New Year approaches, we tend to review the high points and challenges of the past 12 months, and make some resolutions for the coming year. For many of us, those resolutions can be much the same as those we made last year.

Why is it that some problems are so difficult to surmount, even when we’ve spent countless hours, money, and energy on trying to solve them? The answers vary, depending on the magnitude and...


Anxiety

What You Need To Know About Panic Attacks

Anyone who has experienced a panic attack will tell you that such episodes are among the most painful, terrifying, and seemingly unbearable experiences he or she has endured. Panic attacks can come out of the blue and generally last no longer than ten minutes or so – but that ten minutes can feel like an eternity and have a traumatic impact on you.

Common physical symptoms of a panic attack include:

Heart palpitations
Shortness of breath
Tightening...


Anxiety

9 Ways Exercise Improves Your Emotional Health

Whether you’ve been down in the dumps due to a relationship ending, have gotten into a funk during the shorter winter days, or even suffered clinical depression requiring medical attention, chances are that you’ve experienced depression in some form during your life. Maybe you’ve gone through such classic symptoms as not enjoying activities that you used to enjoy, changes in appetite, insomnia or difficulty getting out of bed, recurrent episodes of crying, or feeling completely devoid...


Anxiety

How To Lower Anxiety When You Feel Overwhelmed

In addition to containing many moments of joy, life clearly also involves hassles. Sometimes, in addition to the everyday challenges, we find (or put) ourselves in situations which seem absolutely unbearable, and we're overwhelmed by powerful feelings that if unchecked might cause us to act in destructive ways.

It can be extremely difficult to think clearly and make healthy choices when we’re boiling over in anger, shaking with fear, or sobbing in grief. While there may be...


Change

12 Ways To Develop A Growth Mindset (and The Benefits Of Doing So)

Do you often say things to yourself like, "This experience means that I'm not a good person,",] "I'm not good at math," or "I'm not worthy of my husband?"

If so, this is a clue that you may have a fixed mindset, in which you see things fatalistically, as if certain qualities of yours are set in stone, incapable of being changed.

On the other hand, if your thoughts usually express curiosity about how you might grow from...


General

7 Essential Experiences We Need To Have A Healthy Mind

You may spend a lot of time thinking about what foods to eat to nourish your body and mind – and with good reason, as there is definitely a connection between inflammation and depression, which can be either exacerbated or alleviated in part by your chosen diet. In addition, a nutritious food plan can help to stave off illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, some forms of cancer, and osteoporosis.

However, we also need a healthy balance...


Communication

14 Ways To Improve Your Connections With Other People

How do you feel when you watch a news segment about yet another school shooting or the devastation left by Hurricane Florence?

Does your heart ache for the victims? Can you imagine how these people might be feeling and what they might be going through?

If so, you're feeling empathy, defined as the ability to sense what someone else is feeling, thinking, and experiencing, from their point of view rather than our own, and feel what they're feeling.

As...