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Are You Tending to Your Pain with Unhealthy Habits?

Courtney Carver spent many, many hours shopping and many, many dollars to relieve different types of pain---everything from the pain of boredom to the pain of fatigue to the pain of frustration to the pain of worry.

Her pain lingered, seeping into the everyday.

As she writes in her book, Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More, "The pain wasn't acute or based on one traumatic event, but...
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General

A Wish for You for 2018

May you stop letting numbers dictate your life, your happiness, your sense of peace, what you eat, how you spend your day (, decide to work out because you need to burn off ______ calories or because you must lose those last _____ lbs.). And most importantly, may you stop letting numbers dictate how you feel about yourself (, I weigh _____ lbs., which means I'm not worthy, which means it's OK for...
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Body Image

A More Meaningful Way to Practice Gratitude

Gratitude can easily get dismissed. After all, it's everywhere. The articles are especially rampant during the holiday season. And after a while, all those tips and tricks and tools turn to noise. Noise that feels like an empty trend. Noise that you're choosing to ignore and pass on. But cultivating thankfulness is helpful (when you genuinely feel thankful; it's totally OK if you don't).

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Body Image

73 Last-Minute Body Positive Gifts For Your Loved Ones & Yourself

Since I started writing Weightless (in 2009!), every year around this time, I’ve shared a list of last-minute gifts we can give to our loved ones and ourselves. I’ve combined those lists, updated them and added new ideas.

Below, you’ll find a combination of presents you can purchase and gifts that don’t cost a thing. When I say body positive in the title, I mean anything that supports a positive body image. Anything that...
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Culture

Navigating Rude Food and Weight-Related Remarks at Your Holiday Meal


Someone---a family member, friend, colleague, acquaintance or even a stranger---comments on what you're eating or how you look. Maybe it's a subtle remark. I've heard about such and such diet. You should give it a try. You know it's good to weigh yourself every week.

Maybe it's downright rude or cruel. Oh, you're having another helping. You sure that's a good idea? Wow, you've put on some weight, or Geez, you've gotten so skinny. I don't...
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Culture

When We Pretend It’s All Perfect

You post pictures on Facebook and Instagram with captions that illustrate your flawless life. You post about your wonderful spouse. You post about how #grateful you are. You post about how easy grad school is or how much you love traveling for your job. You share how simple the transition from two kids to three kids has been---and how well they behave and how much they sleep. You post about the fun places...
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Caring for Your Four Kinds of Needs

We have all kinds of needs. Our main needs are physical, mental, emotional and spiritual---and it's important to care for all of them. The best way to do that is to explore and examine. It's to get curious. It's to constantly ask ourselves questions. Big questions like What soothes my soul? and basic questions like Am I thirsty right now?

Because, as Janet Conner beautifully writes in her book Writing Down Your Soul: How to Activate and Listen...
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