Articles written by Marisol

10 Basic Relationship Tips I Learned Along the Way 

The internet is teeming with too many relationship tips and advice, making it difficult to filter the wise from the silly. So I’ve had to rely on credible sources for guidance and transpose them on my own experiences to navigate through my own relationships with some success.

My 5 Personal Best TED Talks

It’s almost impossible to pick the best TED talks because there are so many great ones. TED talks are opportunities for learning and sources of inspiration. The top TED talks are based on categories since the topics are extremely diverse. I have picked a few of them because they appealed to my desire for self-improvement.

Getting Over Someone: How to Find Closure

Getting over someone who was a significant person in your life is tough and painful, especially if you didn’t initiate the breakup or didn’t want the relationship to end. It becomes doubly difficult when there is no closure and you are left hanging, confused and wondering what went wrong, or why he left you.

The 8 Most Popular Diets in the 21st Century

Popular diets are not necessarily effective or healthy. When it’s celebrity-tweeted, or there’s enough promotional hype, millions of people who are forever counting calories take on any newfangled weight loss plan. Here are diets, both good and bad, that had their share of buzz in the 21st century.

Can Vulnerability Strengthen Your Relationship?

Most people fear vulnerability. We open ourselves up to disappointment, hurt, pain and rejection. Vulnerability also makes us look weak and needy, or worse, desperate and pathetic! We always want to portray ourselves as strong and independent, capable of being happy and successful even without a man (or woman) by our side. And there’s nothing […]

Healthy Boundaries You Should Set in Your Relationship

Healthy boundaries in your relationship are the limits you set on what is and is not acceptable behavior from your partner. They pave the way to mutual respect, understanding, support, and caring – essential elements for strong and enduring love. On the other hand, weak or nonexistent boundaries open you up to exploitation, abuse, hurt, […]

How to Recognize and Stop Passive Aggressive Behavior Before It Destroys You

You may have heard of passive-aggressive behavior but have only a vague concept of it. It’s a personality disorder characterized by subtle and covert negative acts to show defiance to requests and demands, but avoid direct confrontation. In the long-term, like all disorders, it has a destructive effect on our personal relationships, our careers and […]

What Samurai Philosophy Can Teach You About Modern Life Part 2

This is the second part of our Samurai philosophy series. See Part One: What Samurai Philosophy Can Teach You About Modern Life 1  The Samurai philosophy is composed of universal lessons and timeless truths to live by. It’s not surprising to see that they are as relevant now as they were then. But the abstruse and […]

Overcoming Challenges to Meditation

Meditation has its own peculiar challenges, not least of which are the obstacles you encounter going into meditating. Some meditation challenges are tougher to overcome than minor distractions, like the noise outside or thoughts inside your head. They are physical, emotional and mental factors that impede your progress in this spiritual discipline. If you want […]

Parenting: How Affection Raises Resilient Kids

Rarely do we hear about the need for affection in parenting. Yet, it is one trait in parents that means a lot to children and plays a big factor in the way they turn out on their journey to adulthood. How? For one thing, it helps raise resilient kids.

Are You Sabotaging Your Own Life?

You may be on a path to self-sabotage without knowing it. Dictionaries define sabotage as willful acts of destroying something or someone so that it does not work or succeed. If your destructive actions are directed towards yourself, that’s self-sabotage. People resort to these types of behavior as coping mechanisms to deal with pressures or […]

Commitment Or Attachment in a Relationship: Don’t Confuse One With The Other

In a relationship, could you be confusing commitment with attachment? You’re proud of your commitment to your partner. So you don’t bail out when they’re abusive or unfaithful. You change your usual behavior and keep silent on your opinions so as not to anger them. You know in your heart that the relationship couldn’t have […]

10 Books to Help You Break Bad Habits

The problem with bad habits is they’re not easy to shake off. Ask the smoker, the overeater, the couch potato, or the social media addict. Bad habits can also be attitudes – negativism, procrastination, envy, etc. We all know that these types of behaviors can strain if not outright destroy relationships, at work and in […]

How to Turn Conflict Into a Personal Development Tool

Conflict conveys gloom and negativism, making it seem an unlikely medium as a personal development tool. That’s because our general concept of achieving personal growth is acquiring skills and cultivating attitudes through formal classes, life experiences, strategies and outlooks that are acceptable to society. But conflict, unwelcome as it is, does have its uses, if […]

Emotional Detachment in a Relationship: How to Make It Work for You

There is an art to emotional detachment in a relationship to make it work for you. On the one hand, when you constantly tune out your partner during a conflict, you’re slowly chipping away at the ties that bind your relationship, and you’re caught unawares when it finally crumbles like a sand castle. Then again, […]

How to Live with Toxic Family Members

We’ve all heard about toxic relationships, and why it’s best to make a total break. But what about toxic family members you live with? Unlike an intimate partner or a spouse, it’s unimaginable to throw a parent, child, or sibling out of the house. If you’re the bread winner, it’s plain cruelty. It’s easier if […]

5 Things You Should Know If You’re Living with a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease

One of the most difficult people to live with is a person with Alzheimer’s disease. But unlike the chronic complainer, the know-it-all, the narcissist and all those other obnoxious personalities, the behavior of an Alzheimer’s-afflicted individual is not of his own making, but is the result of failing brain cells. Which adds to the difficulty […]

What Feeling Powerless Does to You and How to Deal With It

A generalized perception of feeling powerless can have an adverse impact on your self-esteem, well-being and behavior in everyday life. Being in control of your life and, to a certain extent your environment, is a fundamental human need. When that control is taken away from you, you feel a sense of powerlessness.

Are You Giving Too Much of Yourself in Your Relationships?

This article is primarily for women, as studies show that the female species are more inclined to take on prosocial behavior (selflessness) than men. In relationships with your partner, parents and friends, do you feel that you are giving too much of yourself?