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'Marriage Doesn't Solve Your Problems; If Anything, It Makes Them Worse'

Gaining clarity on what drives us toward these type of relationships will launch us toward freedom. Once we decide to speak our truth and follow it up with action, we'll feel a confidence that we didn't know existed for us.<p>The comment "marriage doesn't solve your problems; if anything it makes them …

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A Simple Self-Esteem Boost That Improves Emotional Strength

Self-affirmation exercises are an effective way to boost our self-esteem and by doing so, increase our emotional resilience and become better protected against the various psychological injuries we encounter in daily life.<p>Our self-esteem is far from stable. It fluctuates day to day and sometimes …

Self-esteem

6 Healthy Reasons to Be in a Relationship

When you take responsibility for doing the inner work to learn to love and value yourself, you become filled up with love to share, and it is fulfilling to share your love with a partner.<p>If you want to be in a relationship, why do you want it? There are a number of unhealthy reasons for wanting a …

Relationships

Rising From the Ashes

I learned compassion. I learned that you cannot do life alone. I learned that pain is part of life and it cracks you open in ways that make you a more compassionate person. I learned that the obstacles on the path ARE the path.<p>From 2001-2009 I was a caregiver for my mother, who was in and out of …

How to Listen Like a Therapist

Just as we use a camera lens to focus in and out as we look at the details and the background, therapists try to listen for distinct themes as well as the general landscape of what people say.<p><b>How to listen like a therapist:</b><p>You walk into a cocktail party. As you stop in the hallway to hang up your …

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How to Curb Your Inner Control Freak

Put someone else in charge. Yup. Do the thing you can't imagine. Hand over responsibility -- for a project, a trip, a party -- and instead of masterminding everything, go along for the ride.<p><i>By Terri Trespicio</i><p>As an overachieving kid, I was lauded for my top grades, my responsible and well-behaved …

Can Narcissists Change?

As a therapist, I've seen firsthand that changing relational patterns often transforms even the most inflexible "trait" into something softer, gentler -- not a fixed feature, but a protection that eventually yields to touch and intimacy in all the ways one would hope.<p>At the end of May 2013, I wrote …

Narcissism

Thinking Outside the (Skull) Box, Part Five

<i>By Deepak Chopra, M.D., FACP, Menas C. Kafatos, Ph.D., Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor in Computational Physics, Chapman University, P. Murali Doraiswamy, MBBS, FRCP, Professor of Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D., Joseph P. and Rose F.</i> …

Even When Told True Risks, Kids Often Misjudge Them

Parents are forever warning children and teenagers that bad things will happen if they take big risks. But the kids never seem to listen. That may be because their brains just aren't properly processing the odds that they'll break an arm or be in a car crash.<p>To find this out, researchers at …

Inspiring Words From The Plays Of Shakespeare

<i>The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.</i><p>GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify …

23 Hacks To Learn Anything Faster And Better

Learning hacks -- they're a thing, and while the college kids are heading back to school, it's a good time for all of us to rethink the ways we learn. Student, professional, or parent, we're all learning every day -- whether it's how to play guitar, use new software, raise a child or poach an egg, …

Stop Being a People Pleaser!

People pleasers are willing to do anything for the company, anything to make someone happy, and anything to help anyone in need. But people like this should not be exploited. And while kindness is a fine quality, it should not come at the expense of one's needs and personal happiness.<p>Carol came to …

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Manifesting Our Destiny With Imagination, Devotion and Courage

We repeatedly find ourselves in stormy waters, strong tides, and facing fierce winds. But that elemental energy can be harnessed and converted into productive, sustainable, and positive relationships and outcomes.<p><i>"Every moment I shape my destiny with a chisel -- I am the carpenter of my own soul."</i> …

Darkest Hour

20 Scientifically Backed Ways To De-Stress Right Now

What's your stress "tell?" For some, a quickened heart rate or a slight feeling of queasiness is enough to let them know they're getting anxious or overwhelmed. But just as a slight from your boss or bad news from a family member can get your stress hormones pumping and your blood pressure rising …

When Empathy Hurts, Compassion Can Heal

<b>Empathy can be painful.</b><p>Or so suggests a growing body of neuroscientific research.<p>When we witness suffering and distress in others, our natural tendency to empathize can bring us vicarious pain.<p>Is there a better way of approaching distress in other people? A recent study, published in the journal</i> …

Through Darkness Comes Light, Through Fear Comes Love and Through Pain Comes Triumph

What you overcome in life makes you richer in every way. When you are in that dark place looking for a way out of your hardship, you are faced with two choices: give up or tap into the inner resources that you didn't even know you had.<p>There is not one person who will avoid some sort of struggle or …

Happiness

It's Never Too Late to Be Who You Might Have Been (Hope for Codependents)

You know you desperately want to be released from the shackles of self-doubt, self-loathing and fear. You, and only you, can make the determination to walk down a new path in life that will certainly bring you to happiness, serenity and improved self-esteem.<p>We all come into this imperfect world, in …

Self-esteem

Time to Surrender

I'm letting this fall be about surrender. About not being able to control everything and not having everything go the way I'd like it to. About learning whatever lesson my broken heel is supposed to be teaching me instead of powering through or ignoring it.<p>I broke my heel a year ago while I was …

Albert Einstein

4 Emotional Intelligence Tips to Use at Work (And in the Kitchen!)

Finding someone who can share their tales of resilience can give you an emotional boost. Wise words of advice and comfort can go a long way in helping you pick up the pieces and give it another try.<p>I recently read an article about Nick Woodman, creator of GoPro, in <i>Bloomberg</i> and <i>Forbes</i> magazine. I am …

Emotional Intelligence

The Reason Why We Meditate: Wow!

Every time we sit, we are becoming anchors for the truth of wow in the world. And who can say that their world and the world in general cannot use some wow to relieve all suffering?<p>There are lots of reasons people meditate. They sit and look inside for better health, clear thinking, success and …

The Mindfulness Miracle

The preachers of mindfulness are yoga instructors, therapists, and stress reduction psychologists and teachers. It is based on a very specific act that every human is capable of practicing: Be where you are.<p>The evolution of the human species is possible right now, if, and this is the most important …

Mindfulness

3 Ways to Be More Efficient

Why are you driven? If you have a packed schedule, why? What is important to you in your life? Reflect, breathe and be honest with yourself. This is your life we are talking about.<p>It is the American way to get things done. Chop, chop, chop. So what I have to present to you may seem counterintuitive …

Why You Didn't Get What You Asked For

When deciding what you want, whether it's a soul mate, new job or material object, you have to be as specific as possible. How much? What size? What color? By when? With who?<p>Have you ever really, <i>really</i> wanted something? The perfect apartment, a great guy or new job? Maybe it was a trip with your …

Employment

Lights Go On -- Part VIII -- Feeling Love Toward...

Dear Cells -- how often do I look at you and feel what you're doing?<p>Feeling love toward the magic of who I am<p>The creator and myself<p>feeling love toward myself<p>and how to love myself<p>Dear Self -- I want to see you<p>I want to see you as who you are<p>I have seen you through the eyes of need,<p>hormones and …

5 Ways To Be More Outgoing

<i>By Amanda Tust for YouBeauty</i><p>When was the last time you gabbed away at a party or asked an acquaintance to lunch? If it's been a while, it may be time to start putting more effort into happy hour. A June 2013 study published in the <i>Journal of Research in Personality</i> found that being extroverted in …

Sleep 'boosts brain cell numbers'

<b>Scientists believe they have discovered a new reason why we need to sleep - it replenishes a type of brain cell.</b><p>Sleep ramps up the production of cells that go on to make an insulating material known as myelin which protects our brain's circuitry.<p>The findings, so far in mice, could lead to insights …

3 Questions to Awaken Our Capacity for Life

At each experience, ask a real question and answer them truly. It will not only cultivate your capacity for life, but it will create for you a life worthy of your love.<p><i>"We do not learn by experience, but by our capacity for experience." -- The Buddha</i><p>Here is one of the great truths of life that many …

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She Drives a Mercedes, He Rides a Harley: Why We Are Attracted to Opposite Personalities

Psychologically healthier people are attracted to a prospective partner because of their "magnetic" compatibility. Therefore, we must all strive to make our "human magnets" healthier.<p>She drives a Mercedes, he rides a Harley; she's an athlete, he's a bookworm; he's a Republican, she's a Democrat... …

Narcissism

4 Big Reasons Why Your Relationships Fail

Want a path to a life well-lived? Take time to nurture and savor your closest relationships.<p>When you're 80 years old and facing the end of your long life -- a life hopefully well-lived -- what will have been the biggest predictor of whether you would flourish throughout your life or not? A hint: …

Self-Criticism