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Happiness and Terrible, Horrible, Etc. Changes

Happiness and Terrible, Horrible, Etc. Changes

What if you need to make a change? One that’s terrible, horrible, no good, etc? Maybe the change is something that scares you so much you start hyperventilating just thinking about getting ready to do it. Or, it’s such a terrible and horrible change that you can’t...

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Are You Too Sensitive?

Are You Too Sensitive?

Women & depression ... it's such a complex issue. And there can be hidden triggers lurking underneath the surface, causing the depression. It's complicated, in part, because ... there are several different types of depression; it can mimic other conditions;...

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Depression: How to Help Someone You Love

Depression: How to Help Someone You Love

I've had a lot of personal experience with this one. I love someone, a close family member, who struggles mightily with Bipolar Disorder Type I. And two other family members have suffered with serious depression, as well. Full disclosure: there've been times when I've...

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Happiness Isn’t a Luxury. It’s a Necessity.

Happiness Isn’t a Luxury. It’s a Necessity.

Happiness isn't a luxury. It's a necessity. You can't do one danged thing for anyone else when you're in despair, or feeling hopeless. Taking a wild guess here ... you're not on the planet to be miserable. You're not here to drag yourself through each day. Are you?...

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Happiness and Meditation: Simple Mindful Basics

Happiness and Meditation: Simple Mindful Basics

Happiness and meditation are two powerful tools for self-esteem and self-confidence. But sometimes, it's hard to find simple mindful basics. The whole mindfulness thing can seem a little ... confusing, at best. One of the reasons for this is because mindful awareness...

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Happiness and Success: Why Your Story Matters

Happiness and Success: Why Your Story Matters

When I was a child, my sisters and brother and I ran wild and free over the land my grandparents took care of. Almost 3,000 isolated acres, inland of San Diego, CA, bordering Mexico, we were the only ones there. Heaven indeed! Practically penniless, usually barefoot,...

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Can You Hear It? Mindful Awareness = Deep Listening

Can You Hear It? Mindful Awareness = Deep Listening

I live in Santa Fe, which has long been home to a beloved independent bookstore, The Ark. The owner, Michael, and I were talking one day. As I thanked him for having created such a wonderful place, he smiled, and asked me, "Want to know my secret?" I waited. "Love."...

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Why Mindfulness Isn’t For You

Why Mindfulness Isn’t For You

Surprise! Mindful awareness isn’t for everyone. First, being mindful quietly asks something of you. And it doesn’t appear to offer very much in return, at least not right away. It asks that you slow down, and step off the carousel of external life — all those...

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Increase Self-Esteem … Yes, You Can

Increase Self-Esteem … Yes, You Can

Struggling with low self-esteem can be such an invisible problem! So many people who look like they’ve got it all together — good relationships, satisfying jobs, easy lives — actually suffer from low self-esteem. Low self-esteem can keep you from ... well, everything....

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