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How Starbucks Taught Me About Self Worth

The first step in making changes in your life is realizing that you have something to change. We get so used to operating our lives within the confines of our stories that we don't even know there is something to change.<p>Take for example my Starbucks experience. I LOVE my Iced Venti Soy Chais! When …

Do I Say 'I Love You' Too Much for a Guy?

By Dillan DiGiovanni<p>I've begun wondering if I say I love you too much for a guy.<p>When I write a closing salutation to emails, it's sitting right there: the blinking cursor, waiting for me. Do I enter xo? xx? Love? Warmly? My best?<p>How about during conversations with people, in general? Since not many …

5 Ways to Make Your Life More Positive

As we grow, we naturally become more in tune with the things and people that facilitate a safe, comfortable and empowered environment. Our experiences and interactions with people and situations give us the ability to further surround ourselves with positive influences and to also avoid potentially …

Teenager's 'Negative Poem' Is Seriously Inspiring If You Read It Backwards

After a tough day, it's all too easy to focus on the negative aspects of life and forget about all the wonderful things and people that are around us.<p>…

Poetry

15 Quotes That Will Inspire You to Pursue Your Dreams

Following your dreams is usually easier said than done. A little motivation and inspiration from people who have successfully pursued their dreams can help you get started.<p>Following your dreams isn't always all it's cracked up to be. Watch a movie about someone following his/her dreams, and the …

Law of Attraction and Love: No, You Are Not Destined to Be Alone Forever

Freedigitalphotos.net<p>When it comes to what draws people to give this whole law of attraction thing a whirl, I would have to say finding a relationship is right up there near the top, along with getting more of that sweet, sweet cash. And people seem to really struggle in the love department. But …

Want to try a meat-free life? How to make a vegan diet work for you

You've probably heard a lot about a vegan diet, a way of eating popular among celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres or Alicia Silverstone. Following a vegan diet means omitting all animal products including meat, fish, poultry, dairy, eggs, and even honey, while loading up on vegetables, fruits, …

Healthy Eating

The Best Way to Deal With Criticism

Many of my clients deal with fear of criticism. I see it in several aspects of their lives. At work people fear criticism from their managers and colleagues so they keep quiet and don't share their opinions. They play it safe. At home people fear that they'll be criticized by their spouse or …

Why Your Stomach Looks Bigger Even Though You Do a Ton of Abs Workouts

And how to prevent it<p><b>I do a ton of core work, but I swear my stomach looks bigger. Haalp!</b><p>Sounds crazy, but it could be true. (So unfair, I know.) The most common reason for this side effect is tight hip flexors. You're probably doing traditional situps or crunches, right? Those standard core moves …

Life Is Measured in Memories. Take Time to Make Some.

I just had another birthday. I'm not a birthday person and don't make it a big deal. This stems from my childhood that led to some self-imposed conditioning. Having a summer birthday meant that as a kid, my friends and schoolmates would often be away on their family vacations, which translated to …

Today I'm Taking a Stand for Me and You, For All of Us

For as long as I can remember, I've chosen to walk into the darkness. To feel all there is to feel in the shadows of this life. I've stuck my hand into the fire, just to feel it burn. Sank myself into a depression that left me a shell of a person with zero real emotion. I chased answers to …

You Are Not Here to Be Liked!

Are you liked by others? Are you stressed out over what others think of you? Is wearing the right brand name important to you? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions I would like to offer a simple truth -- you are not here to be liked! Furthermore, you are not here to be loved, admired, …

Self-Talk and Self-Compassion

We talk to ourselves constantly throughout the day. It is believed by some researchers that we have between 12,000 and 50,000 plus thoughts every day -- although this has not been validated in the research. Regardless of the exact number of thoughts that parade through our minds each day -- when we …

How to Master the Difficult Art of Letting Go

<b>Letting go is a difficult skill that requires deep self-awareness, willpower, and repeated practice.</b><p>The noted French author, François de La Rochefoucauld so appropriately said:<p>"The only thing constant in life is change."<p>Quite often we come to points in our lives that halt us -- where our career …

I LOVE The Imperfect Me

5 Signs He's Falling In Love With You

Women’s Health's Guy Next Door tips you off to the dead giveaways<p>Men aren't always the best at expressing our emotions. It's not that we <i>can't</i> talk about our feelings—we just don't even stop to think about them very often. Emotion, especially the lovey-dovey stuff, is kind of like elevator music to …

Can Fitness and Body Positivity Coexist?

Exercise used to be about molding my body to a shape that I thought would make me acceptable to society. Counting calories, obsessively weighing myself, pinching my stomach; I’ve been there and done that. It’s exhausting and reduces exercise to a chore, or an outlet to express dissatisfaction with …

"Jagged Little Pill" is 20 Years Old, and I Couldn't Have Gotten Through High School Without It

Moving to Boca Raton, Florida, may sound glamorous to some people, but some people are out of their goddamn minds. I moved there against my will at age 15 from my New Jersey hometown when my parents decided to retire(ish), and it wasn't long before I spiraled into a deep depression against a …

IT HAPPENED TO ME: I Got Addicted to Psychics While Looking for Love

I’m addicted to psychics. It’s bad. Real bad. Once I went for a reading and the man simply said, "Stop going to fortunetellers."<p>It cost $90 per visit. Money well spent, I thought. I needed to know that life would work itself out, that I too would find love.<p>Both times I saw him I walked carefully up …

6 Little Things We Forget To Be Grateful For

Let's be honest. When you're thinking about what you're grateful for, items like toilet paper probably don't make the list. But maybe it's time to change that.<p>The anonymous creator of the Tumblr "Be Grateful For Toilet Paper" is on a mission to bring more awareness to the little things in life that …

How My Breakup Motivated Me to Get Fit and Strong

Kaity Krontz's lowest point inspired her to shed 120 pounds.<p><b>Before:</b> 320<p><b>After:</b> 197<p><b>The Lifestyle</b>Between 2012 and 2013, my dad, grandma, and grandpa passed away. Obviously, this was a huge stress on my family, and I took on more responsibility than I had my whole life.<p>Whenever I was sad or …

Random Act of Self-Love

"If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete." ~Jack Kornfield<p>We have all heard about random acts of kindness. We've probably all -- at some point or another -- been a giver or a receiver of these little, big and sometimes life-changing moments.<p>The simple act of doing thoughtful, …

6 Simple Ways to Become a Happier Person Today

<i>By Catherine DiBenedetto</i><p>You can actually choose to feel happier every day -- that's the simple premise behind the new Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness. It's the work of Amit Sood, MD, chair of the Mind-Body Medicine Initiative at Mayo, who has devoted his career to learning how we can live with …