Stress

Easter Inspiration: How to Get Back Up When You Get Knocked Down

The Easter holiday is here, full of bunnies, chocolate, and Easter egg hunts. Of course, Easter is about much more than bunnies and eggs, and whatever your beliefs and traditions may be, it’s a wonderful time of year to remind ourselves about starting anew, standing-up to oppression, and overcoming trials and tribulations.

In our day to day life, whether it is our health, relationships, career, or finances, we can encounter everything from minor inconveniences...
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Inspiration

What Makes Life Worth Living?

I know it's a heavy question, but really think about it. What makes life worth living? What's most important to you? Why do you get out of bed in the morning?

When it comes to our search for happiness and fulfillment, we can go down many different paths. Some of the paths will end with empty and trivial outcomes, where others will have more memorable experiences full of immense...
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Social Issues

The Mindfulness Manifesto: It’s Time to Transform Your Life and the World

I am a firm believer in the value of practicing mindfulness in everyday life for mental, emotional and physical health, and know that many other people could benefits if they only understood more clearly what it is, and how it offers benefits.

Fortunately I stumbled upon The Mindful Manifesto, a new book by Dr. Jonty Heaversedge and Ed Halliwell, exploring the uses of mindfulness meditation for physical and mental health, addiction and emotional...
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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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Spirituality

What’s the Deal With Spiritual Intelligence?

Spirituality is an abstract topic that is not easy to define, and it is not typically considered a focal point of science.

Despite this, it's a meaningful and common part of many peoples' lives, and the benefits and mental processes of spirituality deserve more attention.

Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences has been well established for many years, and has helped evolve the traditional view of what it means to be intelligent.

It was instrumental in...
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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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Inspiration

5 Ways to Raise Your Creative Potential

More than ever, creativity is a valuable asset for getting ahead in your career and standing out from the crowd.

For some people, creativity comes naturally, but for other, more left-brained individuals, creativity can be a struggle and an uncommon occurrence.

If we aren't engaging in creative hobbies, like painting or writing, we can become separated from this natural capacity and cease to grow this latent talent.

Fortunately, creativity is a skill anyone can learn and...
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Family

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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Relationships

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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Happiness

A Recipe for Positive Thinking and Greater Well-being

The idea of positive thinking has been thrown around for many decades as the source of wealth, health and happiness.

From Norman Vincent Peale’s classic book The Power of Positive Thinking, to Al Fraken’s satiric self-help character Stuart Smally on Saturday Night Live, reminding us to affirm that, "I'm good enough, smart enough, and doggone it people like me."

Frankly, positive thinking has become such a popularized and commercial notion that many people...
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