October 16th, 2014

When Relationships End…Badly

When people enter a relationship, they don’t think about it ending. When everything seems right (at that time), partners may even think about spending the rest of their lives together.

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The reality, however, is that not all relationships have happy endings; and relationships can be hard. In a previous post, Why Are Relationships So Hard?, Luciana shared a quote:

“In order to have a satisfying love relationship, both partners need to draw their energy back into the relationship. It is very difficult to identify what is wrong with a relationship if the participants keep themselves distant and distracted. Even more important, two intimate partners cannot reconnect with each other until they are physically and emotionally available.” – Harvelle Hendrix, Getting The Love You Want

This is probably the key to a successful relationship, but what if your relationship is one of those that end…badly? Read the rest of this article →

October 7th, 2014

Determine If You’re Lacking Self-Compassion, and Learn How to Develop It

Day in and day out, we are hammered by expectations, judgements, and obligations. As can be expected, we sometimes make mistakes. We fail. And during those times, we beat ourselves up – some more than others.

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If you find yourself beating yourself up for whatever mistake you’ve made, maybe you should ask yourself this question: “Do I lack self-compassion?” Read the rest of this article →

October 3rd, 2014

5 Quotes on Addiction that Can Spurn You to Action

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Maybe you think a loved one has a problem with addiction, or maybe you’re worried about your own recent habits. “Addiction” doesn’t have to include drugs or alcohol. It can be food, smartphones, gaming and just about anything else that leaks into other parts of your life. You can’t help somebody who doesn’t want it, including yourself, but being open, honest and inviting can be the buoy necessary for healing.

Here are some of the best quotes on addiction that might serve as a wake-up call. If you suspect someone you know is an addict, don’t be afraid to let them know you care and are available to help. You just might be exactly who they need to take action: Read the rest of this article →

September 30th, 2014

6 Ways to Cheer You – and/or Others – Up

When you need a pick-me-upper, the tendency may be to curl up in bed and wallow. We do know how tempting that can be, but it may not be the best thing to do. You can do some other “productive” things instead, and cheer yourself up in the process.

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Additionally, these things may help you cheer others up; and it has been said many times that the best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer another person up. So why don’t you do one or more of these things the next time you feel down? Read the rest of this article →

September 29th, 2014

Losing Your Religion: The Appeal of the Gittite Way

They say that there are two topics that you should never bring up during a social gathering: politics and religion. One reason is that people usually have very passionate and rigid opinions when it comes to politics and religion. Another reason is that there will always be at least two people in a group who will come to loggerheads, hence a potentially awkward situation at best.

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We cannot deny, however, that religion has played a significant role in humanity even before “civilized” societies were formed. Religious or spiritual beliefs have always existed, although they have evolved over time. In modern society, the changes have become even more apparent. Read the rest of this article →