Defining Ourselves

Have you ever let another person’s perception of you define how you make choices and how you behave?  When we let others compare and define who we are, we sometimes take on roles that are simply assigned by others. 

The New Year Experience

There’s something invigorating about the New Year. Many of us have this sense of a “clean slate,” the turning of a page, a new opportunity, fresh air. Whether you set a New Year’s resolution (like 45% of Americans) or not, I think most of us would agree many times there is some sort of a relief when one year comes to a close and a new year begins.

Gratitude is Good for Your Health

This always makes me think about how gratitude shows up in my everyday life. When I am really serious about being grateful the things that come up are my family, my health, and the connections I have. So, why do I spend so much of my time focused on other things?

Incorporating Self-Compassion Into Your Life

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Why is it we say things to ourselves that we would never say to even our worst enemy? Harsh self-criticism seems to be the norm. But is it really helpful? Instead try a little self-compassion next time you think you’ve messed up.

Self-Compassion: A Healthier Approach to Well-Being

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In our highly-driven culture, the common belief is that success depends on being competitive and pushing yourself to your limits. What if this approach proved to be more harmful than helpful? Recent research shows self-criticism and a competitive attitude create obstacles to achieving goals.

For The Moments When Life Disappoints

Life is definitely not fair. This is a well-known fact. You probably heard an adult tell you this when you were a kid. Things very often do not turn out the way we planned or hoped. Often times, we must develop an alternate plan or goals for ourselves.

Getting to Know the Enneagram

Enneagram Types

Over the course of the past year or so, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve been in conversations, or scrolling on social media, and heard someone mention the Enneagram. The Ennea-what? This long-standing tool has re-gained momentum and popularity within the past couple of years. So, with all the hype—what … Read More

Ways to Raise a Confident Child

Create Confident Children

If you are like most parents, you probably want to raise a confident child. The first step in this process begins with understanding the concept of a “sense of self.” Defining “Sense of Self” Around the age of two, kids began to develop their own sense of self and they … Read More

Decision Making with Distractions

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Thanks to technology, travel, and education, we live in a world of almost endless possibilities. We have access to opportunities and experiences that previous generations couldn’t have even imagined. However, it’s also easier than ever to lose focus, to lose valuable time simply sorting through our options. It can feel … Read More

Relationship: The One Thing You Need for a Happier Life

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It’s not wealth, fame or even success in your career. According to this Washington Post article, Harvard researchers have found that the key to the happy life is…relationship. The 75-year-old Grant Study is the oldest of its kind. It has followed the lives of men from Harvard University and Boston … Read More