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What You Take for Granted May be the Key to Happiness

Taking things for granted is natural and necessary. If we could take nothing for granted, we'd be stuck in a neverending battle with overwhelming uncertainty and worry.

Is the sun going to rise tomorrow? Probably a good idea to assume it will and go about your day.

What you take for granted is one less thing to worry about. Of course, we overdo it and take for granted things that we'd be happier appreciating more.

The...

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6 Signs of Trustworthy vs. Untrustworthy Partners

What causes a partner to cheat or become untrustworthy in other ways? It’s a question researchers have been asking for decades and there is no set answer.

For example, you might be tempted to pawn off an infidelity as an indicator that a marriage is unhappy in the first place, but that’s not necessarily true.

A study done by Rutgers University found that 56 percent of men who cheat and 34 percent of women say they are...

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The Easy Gratitude Affirmation that Will Put your Discontent to Rest

Gratitude affirmations are a special brand of affirmation because they awaken an inner truth that nearly everyone understands at some level. The truth is this: Things could be worse.

 The moment you realize things could be worse, you begin to feel lucky and appreciative of how things are.

Studies show that affirmations tend to work well for people who already have the quality they are affirming. Self-esteem affirmations work for those who already have self-esteem. The affirmation...

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How to Know that You Are Enough

You are enough. Say it.

I am enough.

What happens when you do?

I tried it today. I said, "I am enough." Then, I felt a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach, as if I weren't enough; never could be enough.

Who am I kidding? Just raising the issue of being enough brings doubt that we might not be, doesn't it?

Shouldn't being enough - as a person - be taken for granted? Is it meant to be...

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The Rat Park Experiment: Why It Overturned Our Understanding of Addiction

Addiction is a complex psychological and physical process, and approaches to recovery that ignore either the physical or mental components tend to fail. In decades past, it was widely believed that only physical dependency was the root of addiction.

Yet this failed to explain why breaking the physical dependence wasn't enough to cure the problem. In the late 1970s, scientist Bruce K. Alexander and his associates carried out a study on rats that flew under the radar...

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Brain Over Binge: Author Kathryn Hansen’s Radical Eating Disorder Recovery

An estimated 8% of American adults will suffer from Binge Eating Disorder at some point in their lives.

Nearly half of these individuals also exhibit signs of a comorbid mood or anxiety disorder, while nearly 1 in 10 are suffering from different forms of substance abuse.

The numbers jump more dramatically when you consider individuals who have received bariatric surgery -- nearly 1 in 4 are binge eating. What's truly terrifying...

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Why We Fear Ending Destructive Habits (Try this Experiment)


Are we really afraid to end bad habits? Here's how to know.

Try this simple thought experiment:

Think of your bad habit. It could be anything. Biting your nails, smoking, raging, spending too much money, overeating, dating the wrong people; you name it.
Say to yourself, with firmness and a matter-of-fact tone, the following:

I will never (insert bad habit) again. For as long as I live, I will simply abstain from (insert bad...


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Nothing to Do But Complain? How Lucky You Are!

Note: In this article, I use the word “you” a lot. The “you” I’m referring to is me:)

The grocery store only has green bananas. Where are the ripe ones? What a pain!

Traffic backs up suddenly. You’re going to be late! How is the day going so perfectly wrong? Ugh!

Your step-son is acting out again. I didn’t sign up for this! Why can’t he just be normal?

If you’re looking for reasons to complain, you’ll never be disappointed...

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