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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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Family

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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Relationships

How Many Digital Friends Do You Have? Facebook, Intimate Relationships, and Well-Being

If you haven't accepted that social media is becoming an increasingly important factor in the socialization of youth and adults alike, you're simply behind the times.

Every generation from Baby-Boomers to Millennials utilize mobile devices and online technology to communicate and interact.

Online communication technology is now a staple of peoples' daily life, and because of this people are able to communicate more often with more people than ever before.

This increase in communication would...
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How Mindfulness Can Enhance Relationships

Even happy and well-adjusted couples struggle with stress and life challenges.

When these difficult periods emerge it's important for partners to remain composed, positive, and dedicated to working together.

One practice that a couple can do to grow closer, that is easy and wholesome, is mindfulness meditation.

Specifically, Mindfulness-Based Relationship Enhancement (MBRE) has been shown to be an effective way to boost stress coping skills and increase personal well-being.

This is adapted from Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program, and serves the same...
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What Do You Look For in a Partner? How to Find Love This Valentine’s Day

What is it that draws you to other people?

Is it how they look, their intellect, their talents?

Some people have a "type" that they are drawn to and who they seek out to build a relationship with.

Starting to consider what you really look for in a partner is crucial to have a lasting and fulfilling relationship.

When we know our personal values, what is right for us, and the ingredients of a healthy...
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How to Expand Your Relationships and Make Connections with Others

We all have different personalities. Some people are more introspective and calm, and others are more outgoing and gregarious.

I tend to be more introverted, and because of this I have had to put effort into developing lasting relationships. I have to be intentional with my interactions and work to put myself out there.

As well, I have learned that the quality of my interactions with others depends significantly on how I'm feeling and...
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How to Start Focusing on What’s Positive About Your Partner

Every relationship has its high and low points; people change, we experience unexpected misfortune, and sometimes we simply forget the effort required to make relationships work.

It's during these times that the durability and fortitude of a relationship can be seen. Conflict is going to happen but it doesn't have to last and turn into bitterness and resentment.

As we learn to find and accentuate the positive in our relationships they...
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Have an Altruistic Christmas by Giving Back to Others

As the holiday season closes in, it leads me to sympathize with the many communities that lack caring, kindness and unity.

It's easy to go through life with our own personal priorities and forget about everyone else.

We can have so many things to do with so little time to do them, that we forget to look at the bigger picture beyond ourselves.

Though more than ever, our society is in need of caring and responsible citizens willing to help...
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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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Why Forgiveness is a Major Part of Relationship Success

When someone approaches you with those two apologetic words, "I'm sorry," are you able to respond in kind with those ever important words, "I forgive you?"

In order to have a healthy and positive relationship we must learn to forgive. There are of course many other characteristics of a healthy relationship such as trust and honesty, communication skills and a willingness to compromise - though forgiveness may be one of...
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