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The Value of Sadness

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Our tendency to avoid sadness is almost instinctive. From a very young age, we try to avoid sad feelings. As adults, we’re quick to shush wailing babies or offhandedly say to sobbing children, “Don’t be sad. Cheer up. You’re fine. ...

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Living Mom’s Life?


“I think I want to be good.”  A warm tear rolls down my cheek.  My ten-year-old and I are watching the climactic scene of Descendants, a new movie from Disney Channel.  The girl uttering this revelation is Mal, daughter of ...

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A Guide to Finding Yourself

Finding Yourself

The greatest and most important adventure of our lives is discovering who we really are. Yet, so many of us walk around either not really knowing or listening to an awful inner critic that gives us all the wrong ideas ...

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Why We Won’t Let Ourselves Be Happy

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When it comes to our own happiness, many of us are familiar with the pattern of taking two steps forward, one step back. For example, if we want to lose weight, we may find that after having some success, which ...

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Are You Overthinking Everything?


At any given point in life, it is possible to direct our thoughts in such a way that changes our perception of the same set of circumstances from bright and sunny to dark and stormy. Take a first date, for ...

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I Hate My Life

i hate my life

Most of us have experienced that pivotal peak of pain, anger or frustration in which we want to scream “I hate my life.” Yet, the feeling that a dark cloud has specifically settled over us and our experiences can feel ...

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The Power of Not Knowing

power of not knowing

On a beautiful afternoon not long ago, cottony clouds breezed across a clear sky. Desert sand soaked up the sun’s buttery shine. And in the open air between that robin’s-egg-blue heaven and golden earth, I clung to a tiny ledge ...

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The Curse of the Box Set and Instant Streaming

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Box-sets are a 21st Century phenomenon. It started with DVD’s and now, with our lightning-speed internet connections, we can stream hours of movies and TV shows whenever and wherever we want. As Bim Adewunmi puts it in her article on ...

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