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Archives for June, 2011


Do You Have a Positive Social Support System?

One of the most important factors in mental and emotional health is having a support system that understands us and can help us work through problems.

Support systems can give us advice, help us to learn new skills, keep us on the right track, and hold us accountable to do what needs to be done.

For instance, research reveals that married couples are better able to cope and manage health concerns...
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Emotional Awareness

How to Overcome the Negativity of Others

What do you do when you're around someone who can't seem to notice or say anything positive? It can be tough to not let their mood and outlook have an effect.

So, who tends to breed negativity in your life? Is it your boss, coworker, family, or friends? Maybe you're the one who tends to view things pessimistically at times.

Either way, no one will always have a wonderful day free of frustrations....
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Social Issues

Meditation in Schools!? Could it be a Promising Educational Tool?

Students today are more stressed, have more distractions, and often don't have an effective outlet to cope with daily tension.

It's all too easy for teenagers to turn to drugs, alcohol, sex, and the media as a way of escaping the pressure of being a young adult.

Meditation is a simple and effective practice to help reduce stress, and been shown to have many other positive psychological effects.

So, would it be valuable for...
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The Importance of Purpose and How to Find It

"Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for." - Viktor E. Frankl

It seems as if everyone is searching for their purpose in today's world. Though, with so many conflicting messages being constantly presented to us, it can be confusing to know who we are, what to connect with, and what we're meant to do.

When we are able to connect with a sense of purpose it adds...
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How Our Thoughts and Emotions Can Physically Heal or Harm

There are many things we can do to improve our physical health. We can exercise, eat a healthy diet, and get adequate sleep - just to name a few.

However, an often overlooked aspect of optimal health is how our emotions and thought life plays in role in our physical health.

Think about a time when you were emotionally exhausted and distressed. How did you feel physically after all was said...
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How Positive Emotions Impact Life Success

The benefits of positive emotions are far reaching, and involve much more than just being "happy."

Research has revealed that positive emotions can enhance our relationships, increase our resilience, and even improve our physical health.

Not to mention that people who rate themselves to be happier make more income are more successful by many standards.

It has also been shown that happiness isn't necessarily a byproduct of success, but that greater levels of success come...
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Emotional Awareness

Cultivate Mindfulness to Enhance Well-Being

Do you have a demanding job, endless responsibilities, and just can't seem to relax? Wouldn't it be nice if you were able "let go" of the idle worries and concerns that come along with life's struggles?

One way to experience the present moment and be more accepting and open to what life may bring is being more mindful. Mindfulness is the intentional process of paying attention and being aware of our moment-to-moment experiences in a non-judgmental...
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Why Keeping Hope Alive Will Advance Your Life

Life is full of uncertainty, danger, and moments of indecision. However, even when times get dark and intimidating, as long as we keep hope alive, we can achieve anything.

There are countless stories of people overcoming what seem to be impossible odds.

This is because hope is more than idle wanting and wishing that things will get better. Hope is the actual belief and faith where we know things will get better and...
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Emotional Awareness

How Music Can Improve Your Mood

Like many people, music is a huge passion of mine. I love writing and listening to music as both a creative outlet and for entertainment. I listen to music to lift my mood when I'm down, and to brighten an already radiant day.

When we connect with music it has an impact on our emotions, and is an activity where we can connect with others, revive our energy, and experience greater joy.

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