6 Steps to Transforming Negative Emotions

How often do you feel like negative emotions are running your life? They get set off or triggered by some unfortunate circumstance, someone treating us poorly, us treating ourselves poorly, and a slew of other things. Sometimes these negative emotions just roll in like a fog, with no discernible reason, and they just sit there, making visibility limited or impossible....[ read more ]

Handling Difficult Situations

If we're being honest, life is filled with difficult situations. They seem to pop up weekly, daily, sometimes even hourly. In the video at the end of this post, Tony Robbins gives an great process for handling difficult situations. The part we are focusing on today starts at around the 14 minute mark. I pulled out some of the most...[ read more ]

Nurturing vs. Depleting Activities: Getting Your Ratio Right

Do you feel like your life is growing or shrinking? Do you feel like the activities you do give you energy or drain it? Dr. Jason Ong posits that it is important to keep an inventory of these activities. In an article he wrote (click here), he states that we can create a more meaningful life by tracking and comparing...[ read more ]

The Struggle Switch

Life throws difficulties at us daily, sometimes hourly. When we face these difficulties it often seems as if a switch gets flipped, and we have a hard time coping.   Dr. Russ Harris, author of the Happiness Trap, calls this the Struggle Switch.   As soon as an uncomfortable emotion, painful feeling, or hurtful memory pops up in our mind...[ read more ]

Tripping Over Joy

I was reading this poem the other day, and I believe it has significant applications for helping us to live a more peaceful and happier life. The poet uses "God" throughout the poem. Feel free to substitute whatever makes sense to you: whatever faith you practice, fate, the universe, etc. I think the message remains the same. TRIPPING OVER JOY...[ read more ]

Are You Blind?

Imagine walking along a sidewalk with your arms full of groceries, and someone roughly bumps into you so that you fall and your groceries are strewn over the ground. As you rise up from the puddle of broken eggs and tomato juice, you are ready to shout out, 'You idiot! What's wrong with you? Are you blind?' But just before...[ read more ]

You can have the brain of a 25-year-old if you meditate for just 15 minutes a day

Melanie Curtin (a writer for inc.com) wrote a beautiful article about how meditation can help us to reshape our brains (check out the full article here). In this article she shared the findings of Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Mass General and Harvard Medical School. The findings of Sara's work is astonishing. She discovered that people who meditate "had more...[ read more ]

How Couples Therapy Can Help You

Many men and women feel scared to start couples counseling. The root of this fear is often in the assumption that “I will be blamed for all the problems in our relationships”. Or, even worse, my partner and therapist together will unite against me. Fears like this keep couples from taking actions. John Gottman's research found that in the United...[ read more ]

Four Things That Can Destroy Relationships

  What is the secret of a successful relationship? How can you maintain a long-term relationship and feel heard and fulfilled? If you are asking yourself these questions, it is probably because your relationship is that important to you. Do you feel like sometimes you are caught in some sort of a cycle, where you are struggling to be heard...[ read more ]

Your 2020 Shift List

Happy New Year!  As we journey through the month of January, there are countless people talking about New Year's Resolutions, a word of the year, goals for 2020, etc.  And those things are all great and if they work for you, that's fantastic!  Today, however, I would like to share with you a slightly different twist on the concept of...[ read more ]

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