The Pursuit of Happiness

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During the holidays, I find that there is an emphasis on joy, cheerfulness, and merriness. However, what happens when you have tried to find happiness and failed? Sometimes, individuals think they are entitled to it. The fact of the matter is that life can be difficult and can crush the … Read More

Sobriety During the Holidays

Eat, Drink, and be Merry! This is a popular holiday slogan that many of us are familiar with. Nevertheless, holidays are often a time that can be a trigger for individuals struggling with addiction and sobriety. Many people think that the holidays are just a time for happiness and time … Read More

Making Stress Your Friend: Experiencing Stress Positively – Part 3

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In the previous sections of this blog, we began exploring the health benefits the body experiences by simply viewing the body’s stress response (quickening heart beat, sweaty hands, etc) as helpful. In the last part of this series, we will investigate how the hormone oxytocin is a critical component to … Read More

Athletes: Listening To Your Body

Beep, Beep, Beep. I sleepily rolled over and looked at my alarm. The clock showed 6:15a.m. on Saturday morning. I lay in bed for a moment and had an internal debate. Should I put on my running shoes and get my 8 miles in? Deep down, my body ached; it … Read More

Am I An Addict?

Am I an addict? Labels, diagnosis, and prognosis: we are obsessed with putting labels on people and putting them in neat little categories. Society likes to know what the diagnosis is and what the prognosis will be. Many times I hear, “I use and abuse drugs and alcohol, but I … Read More

How to Make Stress Your Friend – Part 2

In the second part of this blog series, we are going to discover the positive side effects that occur by having confidence in your body’s ability to handle stress. Harvard University conducted a study where participants were told before going through a social stress test about the possible signs that their body … Read More

Making Stress Your Friend – Part 1

Recently, I was listening to Psychologist Kelly McGonigal talk about stress. We all know that stress can be detrimental, and there is significant research that indicates its negative impact on health. However, stress is something that most of us experience a moderate to high amount in life. There are many … Read More

Compassion – Part 2

Compassion is about being able to get outside of oneself and feel for someone else. There are also some great benefits that are side effects from being able to have compassion for another person. Research has indicated that an individual who is able to practice a more compassionate lifestyle is … Read More

Challenging Negative Self-Talk

Internal dialogue often serves as a guide to the appropriateness of our behavior. However, sometimes we can get caught up in a skewed belief about ourselves and then struggle with an abundance of negative internal dialogue. Negative self-talk is a way of applying a label that we have heard or … Read More

Compassion – Part 1

Kindness is contagious!! Many of us feel instantly drawn to a person who stops what they are doing to help us when we are in need. Throughout my life, the people for whom I have been whole heartily grateful are the ones who have made a sacrifice for me. Sometimes … Read More