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

The comment "marriage doesn't solve your problems; if anything it makes them worse," is true. Perhaps, we can't be alone. Many of us settle, because a little <i>something, something</i>... is better than a little <i>nothing</i>.<p>In the beginning, do we consider the future? Meaning, when we're dating someone, are we …

Relationships

I Love My Mum

A Simple Self-Esteem Boost That Improves Emotional Strength

Our self-esteem is far from stable. It fluctuates day to day and sometimes hour to hour. Getting praise from our boss, completing our first 5K run, or acing an exam will make our self-esteem go up, while failing to stick to our new diet, getting turned down for a promotion, or getting snubbed by …

Self-help

6 Healthy Reasons to Be in a Relationship

If you want to be in a relationship, why do you want it? There are a number of unhealthy reasons for wanting a relationship, and these reasons often lead to relationship problems or divorce. The most common UNHEALTHY reason looks something like this:<p><i>"I want someone to love me. I didn't get enough</i> …

Relationships

Rising From the Ashes

From 2001-2009 I was a caregiver for my mother, who was in and out of emergency rooms, hospitals, nursing homes and rehabs. I was also raising a teenage daughter, living with a husband whose business had gone under, working hard at my own job, and walking two dogs. I was feeling overwhelmed, but …

Positive Thinking

How to Listen Like a Therapist

<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 coat, you hear the buzz of voices. Excited, some laughter, no voice distinct. Sounds like a good party, you think. You walk in. Gradually, you begin to pick out individual voices. "Is that …

San Diego

How to Curb Your Inner Control Freak

<i>By Terri Trespicio</i><p>As an overachieving kid, I was lauded for my top grades, my responsible and well-behaved nature. I succeeded in a rigorous private school, then went on to graduate Phi Beta Kappa from a reputable college. I showed all the markings of someone who would work hard, stay focused and …

Self-help

Can Narcissists Change?

At the end of May 2013, I wrote an article titled "5 Early Warning Signs You're With a Narcissist." It sparked a number of rich conversations through comments, emails, Facebook and Twitter. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of reactions came from people who feared they were currently in a …

Psychology

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> …

Consciousness

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

<i>By Nick English</i><p>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 …

Stop Being a People Pleaser!

Carol came to see me for stress and mild depression. She was 39, married, had two kids, and had a career dealing with contracts for a major company. She came to see me at the urging of her sister, who noticed she was stressed out.<p>As I got to know Carol a theme emerged: She was willing to drop …

Happiness

Manifesting Our Destiny With Imagination, Devotion and Courage

<i>"Every moment I shape my destiny with a chisel -- I am the carpenter of my own soul."</i> -- Rumi<p>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 …

Motivation

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

<i>By Adam Hoffman</i><p><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 …

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

There is not one person who will avoid some sort of struggle or hardship in life. In fact, there are things that happen in life that often shake us to our very core.<p>The essential nature of being alive and being human is to experience life in its purest form -- the wins and losses, celebrations and …

Positive Thinking

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

We all come into this imperfect world, in imperfect families, as imperfect versions of ourselves. Not one of us is without a story or two about family dysfunction, economic hardships, medical limitations, self-esteem challenges and more. Through conscious choices, personal commitment and hard work, …

Self-esteem

Time to Surrender

I broke my heel a year ago while I was training for my first ultramarathon. I haven't been able to run since. Despite this, I recently re-broke it and find myself back on crutches.<p>In days past I would have gotten frustrated that things weren't going my way. How dare my body betray me? Doesn't it …

Ultramarathons

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

I recently read an article about Nick Woodman, creator of GoPro, in <i>Bloomberg</i> and <i>Forbes</i> magazine. I am a intrigued by Nick and other entrepreneurs just like him. Around 2002, Nick's first two companies went belly up. Today, he is a billionaire (estimated to be 1.3 billon to be exact). If you haven't …

Emotional Intelligence

The Reason Why We Meditate: Wow!

There are lots of reasons people meditate. They sit and look inside for better health, clear thinking, success and creativity. Recently I was reading a popular Buddhist magazine. Inside was an article by a famous Buddhist nun listing five reasons to meditate, including clear seeing, attention, …

Meditation

The Mindfulness Miracle

The evolution of the human species is possible right now, if, and this is the most important "if," for the next century, we decide to use our brains on purpose. You can evolve faster, chart jump nature, if you learn to use your frontal lobes more effectively.<p>Your frontal lobes are the key to …

Mindfulness

3 Ways to Be More Efficient

It is the American way to get things done. Chop, chop, chop. So what I have to present to you may seem counterintuitive and a challenge to your corporate mindset and/or your lifestyle. In fact, when I present these concepts to my business clients when teaching mindfulness, I love to see them squirm …

Mindfulness

Why You Didn't Get What You Asked For

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 friends to a tropical destination or a really awesome new tech gadget.<p>You told everyone that you had to have it... you prayed, wished, vision-boarded and focused your intention …

Positive Thinking

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

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 sex<p>you want freedom<p>no co-dependence<p>to be all of who you are<p>and still be …

Spirituality

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 …

Neuroscience

3 Questions to Awaken Our Capacity for Life

<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 of us are missing in the constant search for something new -- is that experience alone too often leaves us empty. Instead, it is our attention, curiosity and opening …

Meditation

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

She drives a Mercedes, he rides a Harley; she's an athlete, he's a bookworm; he's a Republican, she's a Democrat... Have you ever wondered why some of us have personal friends whom we appreciate, like, or even love, but who are the same people who are likely to annoy us the most? If an attorney and …

Narcissism

4 Big Reasons Why Your Relationships Fail

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: It's not money, physical or mental health or social support. It's about one highly-significant …

Happiness