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Be Happy Now. But How?

I’m reminded of the lyrics of a 70s song “Counting flowers on the wall; that don’t bother me at all. Playing solitaire ‘til dawn with a deck of fifty-one. Smoking cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo… Now don’t tell me I’ve nothing to do…” Optimism, pessimism, good news and bad can hypnotize you to be happy or […]

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Opinionated? Who Me?

Raise your hand if you know someone who’s opinionated?  If indecisive, raise your hand halfway up… Now let’s get personal: Are you opinionated about people who are opinionated?  Are you stubborn about what you KNOW? Do you populate “facts” you hear with what you “know?”  If so, your opinions could cause blind spots. You, Dear […]

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A Message of Hope

Times are scary right now. My own mind jumps from hope to fear and back again, though I refuse to let myself dwell in the fear that seems to have gripped the world. As countries shut down their borders and the movement of their people, sometimes I find myself at a loss for words. It […]

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Don’t Let Emotions Cloud Decision Making

If you’re stuck and can’t find an answer, consider your emotions. Guilt, attachment to money, anger, hurt, frustration, fear and sorrow are all emotional states that impair your ability to move forward, let alone make wise decisions.  Consider this… “Emotions influence, skew or sometimes completely determine the outcome of a large number of decisions we are […]

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See the Light: Be the Light!

Has this happened to you? You’re going about life when SHAZAAM, out of the blue, someone fascinates you, catches your eye. What did they do to mesmerize you? They somehow radiate palpable, indescribable magnificence as your mind dissolves in awe and one-ness. You love them yet may not have even met them. The experience leaves […]

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Rethinking Holiday Stress Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

One way to understand why the holidays are so stressful is to take an ACT-based approach to rethinking holiday stress. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a values-based approach to dealing with mental distress, is the perfect framework for understanding holiday stress because stress often occurs when two or more strongly held values conflict with each other. […]

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