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A Tribute to the Leadership Responsibility of Mother’s Everywhere

Mother's Day has arrived and it's time to celebrate the unique responsibilities, challenges and excitement of motherhood.

If you’re a mother, this post is an offering to your happiness and contentment, and a reminder of the indispensable role you fill.

Mothers are a unique leader of their children and family. They fill a crucial role of teaching future generations the power of living a loving and compassionate life.

This is because mothers live...
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Do Pets Make Us Happier?

We live in a society where people spend billions of dollars annually on their pets, and according to the American Pet Products Association, 62% of households own a pet.

Clearly many people view their pets as a part of the family and more than merely a wild animal.

In my life I have always appreciated and loved our family dog and everyone in my immediate family holds their dog near and dear to their...
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Helping At-Risk Youth Build Developmental Assets

I'm sure when you think of "teenagers" there is a tinge of stress. We have all heard horror stories of the argumentative teenager with mood-swing and a know-it-all attitude.

Fortunately, most youth will be well-adjusted, happy, enjoy life, believe they can cope effectively with stress, and value school and work.

But, what about the smaller percentage who end up going down an unhealthy and risky path?

All youth can learn to be confident, connected, and contributing members of society,...
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4 Tips for Having a Happier Family

I was fortunate to have a healthy and positive upbringing. By this I mean I was shown love, given support, and had my needs taken care of.

My family was by no means perfect. We had our ups and downs, though overall I have many more positive than negative memories.

From my immediate to extended family I was shown unconditional love and given support through my many mistakes.

We shared fun and enjoyable experiences together, such as family vacations...
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How to Facilitate Positive Change in Daily Life and the Workplace

The idea of having an inspiring vision and collective mission is important in many different areas.

Whether it be marriage, career, or personal growth, having a vision and mission to direct decision making and stimulate goal-setting is crucial to keeping a healthy and productive perspective.

One model, called Appreciate Inquiry (AI) has been shown to help elicit positive change and transformation both in and out of the workplace. It is often utilized as a prescription for change...
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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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How to Help Kids Deal with Emotions

Everyone is raised in a unique family culture. Some kids' home life models emotions as easily expressed and understood and others have a situation where emotions are inconsistent or even prohibited.

We experience a vast range of emotions through the family dynamic. All families have moments of joy, amusement, and love, though families also experience more unpleasant emotions such as anger, frustration, and worry.

These are all a normal part of a family’s journey, and it’s important...
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Grow a Healthy Family Tree Through Positive Family Values

Family is such an integral part of who we are and what we become. Our family offers us needed support along every step of the way, and helps us learn how to deal with life's problems, make decisions, and interact with others.

Much of this comes from modeling and observing other family members, and learning how to think and behave around others.

Family patterns, values, and behaviors are often passed along...
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How Positive Psychology Enhances Youth Development

There is a vast array of problems that youth of today may have to face. It can be a fast and confusing world taking place during such a crucial stage of adolescent cognitive, psychological, and social development.

Living a mentally, physically, and socially healthy life is something that is learned. Promoting positive youth development means helping youth understand what success means to them, and the characteristics and skills of a...
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How to Encourage Resilience in Children


It seems that certain people are just made to handle adversity. No matter what comes their way they find a solution and don't seem overly concerned.

Though, resilience doesn't come out of nowhere. These people learned somewhere along the way how to deal with problems and find value within life's difficulties.

Why is resilience important?

Resilience offers protective factors against mental and physical illness, providing a buffer against stress, strain,...
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