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Final Post for Pet Ways to Ease Stress

Over the last year, Sparky and other prominent members of the pet community offered tips on easing stress with a woof of humor, a bark of insight and a paw shake of fun. In this final summary post, blog authors Jessica Loftus and Jack Murray highlight their favorite writings.

Many life events cause stress. This blog addressed common life stressors which cause the most psychological upheaval.

Emotional Abuse

Coping with emotional abuse rated as the most harmful stressor for our readers. Collectively, these blog posts landed the most hits.

Dove, a symbol of narcissism

Deathbed Confessions of a Narcissistic Mother

Power animal

Imagining Power Animals: A Technique for Standing up to Verbal Abuse.


An abused dog’s holiday wish list.








Dear Abuser: 15 Wishes for the Holidays


Polly’s phrases to ease a narcissist’s stress

Polly’s Parrot Phrases to Survive a Narcissist



Lies and Deception (often associated with abuse) ranked as the second most significant source of stress for readers.

Catfishing; a Catchy and Fishy Addiction

Catfishing- avoid this fishy and catchy addiction

Cat's Paw
Deception; Beyond the Cat’s Paw.

Deception: Beyond the Cat’s Paw



These blog posts about grief and suffering attracted a lot of attention.

Many people believe that a cardinal signals the presence of a deceased loved one.

Ease the Stress of Grief at the Holiday Season

Suffering: 9 Reasons Why it Promotes Psychological Growth and Change

Mental-Health Disorders

Coping with the stigma and challenges associated with mental-health disorders continues to be a challenge for many people.  In fact, The Centers for Disease Control estimate that one in two Americans suffer a mental-health disorder sometime during their lives.


When Muffy Comforted me Through my Nervous Breakdown


7 Tips to Ease Stress During Early Recovery From an Addiction



Whether it’s pursuing education for a job, getting a job or keeping a job, work continues to be a primary source of stress in this ever-changing global economy.

Easing Stress at Work: Quinsong’s 11 Tips to Relax

Sneakers Insights on Easing Job-Search Stress

To Procrastinate or not to Procrastinate: a Student Dilemma



The holiday season often highlights current and past tragedies. These posts offer some coping strategies.

Adorable Dog expresses his gratitude for a Thanksgiving feast.

What are Counseling Clients Most Grateful For?

Santa’s 11 Secrets for Easing Holiday Stress

11 Tips for the Resolutionally Challenged


Bad Habits

Ease stress caused by common bad habits.

Squirrel your savings.
Smart squirrel saves for a rainy day or cold winter.

Ease Money Stress:6 Squirrel Saving Ideas

Laughter: A Dog’s Best Friend for Easing Stress

Ease Dieting Stress: 7 Simple Suggestions


And finally,

Sparky’s Tips for Easing Stress


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Final Post for Pet Ways to Ease Stress


Jack Murray, an award-winning journalist and former editor of a weekly community newspaper, currently works as a freelance writer. In addition to writing memoirs of a Fortune 200 business executive, he contributes posts to several blogs.

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