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Archives for September, 2011

Family

How to Strengthen Your Family Bond

The family can be a source of true joy and love. Family relationships offer us unconditional support and are important for every member of the family unit.

Positive, healthy relationships are built on foundations of trust, respect, love and understanding. These relationships can also be expanded and family bonds can be strengthened to keep relationships healthy for the long haul.

Families that come together and share positive experiences build strong...
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Work

How Can You Be Happier? Find Work You Love

Many people take the impact their work has on their life for granted.

Have you ever known someone who simply hated their job? How did this impact the rest of their life?

Our job can have a crossover effect into our life outside of work. The emotional impact our job has will ultimately affect our relationships, our health, and our overall well-being and happiness.

Whether we are passionate about what we do or...
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Spirituality

Finding Meaning to Cope with Life Struggles

Think of a time you experienced difficulties and felt overwhelmed or burdened with your situation.

How did your view of life and existence change?

When we go through a demanding and trying time, it can be tough to cope and stay self-assured. Going through emotionally demanding experiences like loss and trauma often leads to negative emotions such as grief, anger, fear and shame.

It can be difficult to overcome this negativity...
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Fulfillment

Cultivating Gratitude to Increase Life-Satisfaction

Often times we take things for granted. We focus on what we lack and forget about all the things we have.

Our lack of appreciation can come in many forms. We may wish we made more money, were in better physical shape, or were smarter.

These areas where we perceive lack can be consuming and really steal our joy and satisfaction with life.

When things aren't going well and we're dissatisfied, we tend to focus...
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Relationships

Considering a Moral Obligation to Cultivate Compassion

I came across a very inspiring video that offers insight into an important topic of positive psychology. You can watch the video below.

In this recent TED talk, author, ecologist, teacher, and Zen Buddhism priest Joan Halifax shares the virtues of compassion and empathy, and how these traits are necessary for our existence and a fruitful future.

Compassion is how we connect with others in times of grief and...
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Emotional Awareness

How to Break Your Worry Habit and Overcome Anxiety

If you have ever had a problem with excessive anxiety you know how debilitating it can be. When anxiety is serious it can really steal our joy and impact our ability to live a full and meaningful life.

We may be genetically predisposed to anxiety, though most often anxiety is caused by our thinking, particularly excessive worrying.

There might be feelings of fear and dread, and apprehensive expectations and...
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Inspiration

Recalling the Courage and Heroism of 9-11

As the anniversary of the 9-11 attack approaches, it most likely brings up some difficult memories. It may stir remembrance of worries for your safety or fears about what was taking place.

I'm sure you remember where you were when the first building was hit. If you weren't frightened by the sight of the first plane exploding into the side of the North Tower, the second tower was hit moments later...
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Inspiration

Do You Have a Growth Mindset?

I was speaking with a close friend recently who was having difficulty accepting where she was in her career. She didn't feel things were coming together as quickly as she would've liked and started to second guess if she was following the right path.

This was all based on the idea that progress was coming too slowly and not as naturally as she expected.

She started to discount her ability and even view...
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