Alison Duchnycz-Sharpe

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Meditate and Change Your Life

We live in a time when we tend to look so far ahead into the future that we may lose sight of what's going on in our lives at the moment. I know I used to find myself running so far and so fast that I missed an entire year here and there.<p>All that changed when I began meditating.<p>Meditation stills …

Meditation

Hacking Into Your Happy Chemicals: Dopamine, Serotonin, Endorphins and Oxytocin

<i>Image Credit: Pixabay.</i><p>We might not have a money tree, but we can have a happiness tree. Dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and endorphins are the quartet responsible for our happiness. Many events can trigger these neurotransmitters, but rather than being in the passenger seat, there are ways we can …

Self-improvement

Harvard, Schmarvard: Why Getting Your Kids Into College Should Be the Least of Your Concerns

It's almost that time of year. I can feel it in the fall air and see it on the faces of parents and seniors everywhere. It's almost college application time and the race begins, as parents and kids vie for the chance to get into their first choice colleges.<p>For some parents, college acceptance …

How American parenting is killing the American marriage

Sometime between when we were children and when we had children of our own, parenthood became a religion in America. As with many religions, complete unthinking devotion is required from its practitioners. Nothing in life is allowed to be more important than our children, and we must never speak a …

Religion

What to Say When Other New Parents Ask How It's Going

I remember trying to get the real scoop on parenting, good and bad, before I had a baby. "It's hard," new parents would say, and then quickly paper over that tiny admission. "But of course I wouldn't trade it for anything!"<p>It sounded suspicious to me. Even so, once I had a baby, I followed …

What to Say to a Friend Who Has Lost a Baby

An estimated 2 million women in this country lose pregnancies every year, according to the American Pregnancy Association. Follow these do's and don'ts to make sure your words to a grieving friend are helpful, not hurtful.<p>My dreams of the perfect little sibling for my 2-year-old daughter …

The Best Present I Could Ever Give My Children

I've noticed something very interesting during my third pregnancy. If I'm out in public alone, I get a lot of this: "Oh how far along are you?" from smiling faces. They almost always follow up with "How exciting! Is this your first?" When I am out with my kids, it's very different. I have two girls …

How to Use Mindfulness to Work With Difficult Emotions: A Six Step Process

<b>By Melissa O’Brien</b><p>There are moments in life that are hard, painful, scary and difficult to endure. There are times when we feel anger, anxiety, …

Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers

<b>Haiku Desk</b> is a free presentation tool with many themes and Creative Commons images to choose from. Users can import photos, make charts, and …

Self-Conscious

The Power of Mantra

The sages tell us that our essential nature is truth, consciousness, and bliss, and that the source of our misery is estrangement from our essential …

The Answer I Wish I'd Given

The other day someone asked me if I liked being a mom.<p>I was holding onto Tegan, whose spindly legs were wrapped around my waist. Her head was resting on my dampening shoulder, pigtails were dusting my cheek. She occasionally readjusted, looked up at me with her enormous eyes.<p>We sat on a couch as …

Letting Go of Judging People

One of the best changes I’ve made to help me be happier is learning to see judging other people as a red flag.<p>Now, I’m not going to pretend I don’t …

8 Simple Reminders For a Happy, Fulfilling Life | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Life can be pretty tough eh?<p>We get so caught up in everything that we tend to forget the most important thing for ourselves, which is to be happy, no …

5 Ways To Inspire Others

As a trainer, a big part of my job is to motivate and inspire my clients. It’s my job to help them reach their goals and transform their lives. Over …

A Letter from Your Future Self

<b>“The place to be happy is here. The time to be happy is now.” ~Robert G. Ingersoll</b><p>Dear Past Me,<p>Remember that day when you thought all was lost? When …

13 Things to Remember When Life Gets Rough

Is it time to do some spring cleaning with the group of people who make up your circle of acquaintances, colleagues and friends? There are probably …

Number of chemicals linked to autism and other disorders doubled in past 7 years, study shows

The number of industrial chemicals with known links to neurodevelopmental disabilities like autism has more than doubled in the past seven years, according to new research published in <i>The Lancet Neurology</i>.<p>As rates of autism and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) increase worldwide, …

'Putting the next generation of brains in danger'

The number of chemicals known to be toxic to children's developing brains has doubled over the last seven years, researchers said.<p>Dr. Philip Landrigan at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and Dr. Philippe Grandjean from Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, authors of the review …

3 Critical Things To Say When You Talk to Yourself | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Are you an optimist? Pessimist? Idealist? Realist? Perhaps you’re a combination of the above or somewhere in between. After all, the world isn’t …

Outsourcing

10 Food Rules To Live By If You're Trying To Get Pregnant

As a licensed acupuncturist specializing in women’s health, I can tell you from personal and clinical experience that you have tremendous influencing …

Are We Happier When We Stay In The Moment?

<i>Part 2 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Simply Happy.<p><b>About Matt Killingsworth's TED Talk</b><p>When are humans most happy? To answer this question, researcher Matt Killingsworth built an app, Track Your Happiness, that let people report their feelings in real time. Among the results: We're often happiest when …

10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Therapy

Being a therapist can be an amazing profession full of challenges, heartaches, and celebration. We see you at your worst and see you at your best, …

Self-esteem

3 Ways to Start Every Day Better

Great athletes put the odds in their favor by having a routine that helps them start each day right. Why don't you? Here are three tips to do just that.<p>Most top athletes go through a preparation routine before every game which starts long before they get on the field. The best ones usually start …

Tiger Woods

Your Pregnancy To-Do List

Between preparing for Baby and staying as healthy as possible, you have a lot to think about for the next nine months. Follow our week-by-week to-do lists to make it easy.<p>Congratulations! You're actively trying to concieve—and you might even be pregnant already! Here's what you need to do now:<p>1. …

Exhausted new mom's hilarious take on 'expert' sleep advice goes viral

Like many exhausted new moms, Ava Neyer read stacks of books about baby sleep. But nothing seemed to work for her twins, now 5 months, one a night owl and one an early bird. Every new expert offered a different solution -- and what's worse, they all seemed to contradict each other.<p>Neyer poured out …

Someone

From the true story of a woman's 15 months in captivity to Oprah's Super Soulful Book of the Month, these reads will amaze you.<p>Enon<p>By Paul Harding<p>238 …

How to Mindfully Transform a Painful Memory

Memories can be greatly distorted by strong, painful emotions from a trauma and can create unwholesome, distorted self-judgments. Returning to the original ordeal from the safety of the present, particularly with a supportive therapist or a wise and trusted friend at your side, can allow you to …

Jacob Barnett, boy genius

Diagnosed with severe autism as a child, Barnett is now 15 and one of the world’s most promising physicists<p>by<p>THE CHAT