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Three Cheers for Intentions and Why I Prefer Them Over Affirmations

I've recently found myself in numerous conversations about the pros and cons of <i>affirmations.</i> For whatever reason, it's a hot topic in my corner of the world. Even last week, a new client let me know her opinion about them. "I'm sorry. I hope I'm not offending you, but I hate affirmations and I'll …

15 Quotes to Help You Smash Negative Thinking! | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Negative thinking is definitely one of the biggest problems a lot of us suffer from.<p>Ironically, the more you try to rationalize it, the more you tend …

Talking to Toddlers So They Will Listen

<b>"As parents, we guide by our unspoken example. It is only when we're talking to them that our kids aren't listening." -Robert Brault</b><p>Listening has been a hot topic around here lately. Well, more specifically... not listening.<p>My son, in all his just-turned-3 glory, has been giving us a serious run …

Your Body Is Talking. Are You Listening?

<i>Photo credit: Julie Dermansky</i><p>Over the last decade working in hospitals, I was surprised by the number of times learning the skills to communicate helped alleviate my patients' physical symptoms and even helped them get rid of a dependence on certain medications.<p>Research shows that communicating …

The 7 Top Habits of High Achievers | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

What separates the high achievers from the also ran’s, the scorers from the mediocre, the successful from the ordinary. The answer greatly lies in …

Motivation

The Simple Yet Effective Not-So Secret Strategy For Motivation

Are you waiting for a sign?<p>The skies to part and a splendid sunrise to stir you?<p>Receiving an unprompted letter in the mail encouraging you to take …

Hack Your Mind: 23 Tricks to Learn Anything Better

Photo: Jack Oughton<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 …

How to Resolve Arguments With Your Child

If your kid is always arguing her case, take these steps to end the negotiations.<p>When it comes to having her way, your child probably knows exactly how to work the system. She may have little trouble convincing you to go along with her request for ten more minutes at bedtime or one more game of …

Parenting

6 Simple Tips to Be More Mindful in Everyday Life | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

As a psychiatrist and meditation practitioner, I work with many people who have heard of the benefits of meditation, and want to commit to a daily …

Mindfulness

3 Ways to Rebuild Your Life When You've Hit Rock Bottom

<i>“Thinking will not overcome fear, but action will.”</i><p><i>– W Clement Stone</i><p><b>In 2010 I had the best year of my life. By far.</b><p><b>And then in 2011, I had the worst</b> …

Why Confidence is Both an Inner and Outer Game | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

When it comes to confidence, or the lack of it rather, people just want more of it.<p>Because they have to little of it, everything in their lives seems …

Lifestyle Intervention Beats Diet for Weight Loss: 6 Simple Changes to Make Today

As a nutritionist, for years I've seen the pendulum swing back and forth as to which "diet" works best for weight loss: low-carb, high-carb, low-fat, the fill-in-the-blank diet (rice diet, grapefruit diet, peanut butter diet), you name it. The diet rage of the day just leaves overweight individuals …

Spiritual Colonic

I wear many professional hats: journalist, author, therapist, speaker, minister, healer, radio show host social worker, PR goddess, reiki master and clown. My resume is two pages long and growing. My personal roles include: mother, sister, friend and aunt. There are times when the two realms blend …

52 Healthy Meals in 12 Minutes or Less

Being hungry sucks (it's a scientific fact). So why spend hours cooking a gourmet feast when a nutritious meal could be only 12 minutes away from …

Healthy Eating

17 Quotes That Will Help You Discover Your Life's Purpose

Stop The Drama Train: 6 Steps To A Drama Free Life

Drama is a habit, just like any other unproductive habit we acquire. When our lives seem dull or uninspired we crave to ramp things up. When our …

Finding out what you really want to do in life

For the past month I have been reading a book based on the life of Tulsidas, one of the greatest religious poets of India. He is credited with …

Happiness

Foodily Blog

Ginger-Peach Glazed Turkey Cutlets Recipe

How To Have A Success Mindset When You Don’t Think You Can Do It | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

<i>“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”</i> -Henry Ford<p>You know that in order to achieve your big goal you have to believe in …

Motivation

Steps To Obtain Closure And Move Forward | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

<b>“Closure</b> <i>or need for closure are psychological terms that describe the desire or need individuals have for information that will allow them to</i> …

Berry Patch Cocktail Recipe

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