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How Much Do You Appreciate Your Life? Take the Test!

Appreciation is like the ebb and flow of the tide.  When the tide goes out, it allows more of the flow to come in.  The more you appreciate your life and the people in it, the more you are appreciated.  It’s a great feeling to keep this natural law of nature working.Af0sF2OS5S5gatqrKzVP_Silhoutte

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  1.  _____I like to go out with friends, family and keep my social life active.
  2.  _____I am grateful for my job and the work I do.
  3.  _____I am constantly working on my self-growth and personal improvement.
  4. _____I have a good plan for saving money.
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Signs Your Family is in Crisis

argument-conflict-controversy-dispute-contentionThere are so many books written about families in crisis, with the topics ranging from troubled teenagers to cheating spouses.  It’s confusing to know the most effective way to handle a situation since there are volumes of opinions and suggestions. When you try to handle things yourself, you often encounter defensiveness, hostility, resistance and power struggles, which just make matters worse and doesn’t help stabilize your situation. How do you handle the challenge of getting your family back on its feet, able to cope with whatever lies ahead, without everyone succumbing to the calamity?

The challenge facing you and your family is great and if you saw the signs before hand, you may have been able to prevent the crisis from happening in the first place.… CONTINUE READING

The Key to Making Relationships Last

Relationships are not always easy, and sometimes they take a lot of hard work, but it’s worth the effort.  Why?  Because a long-term committed relationship is fulfilling, satisfying, good for your health and just makes you feel happy. 

When you finally meet someone you think may be The One, you want to make sure the relationship lasts.  Here are a few ways to get the momentum going:photo

  1. As a couple, it can’t always be about your agenda. So be aware of how flexible you are, how understanding you are and how willing you are to see your partner’s perspective on things.
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Coping with the Unexpected: How to Be More Resilient

girls-women-happy-sexy-sunset-sunrise-birdsLife has a way of surprising us with challenges we didn’t expect, especially when it comes to our family, health and work.  Studies show that some individuals can deal with these significant issues with greater resiliency than others.  They tend to rebound and take on the challenge with confidence and hope.  If you believe yourself to be strong in the face of stressful situations, you can classify your emotional hardiness as high.  If not, you may want to learn how to develop and apply the characteristics of a resilient personality to better enhance your chances of successfully dealing with your unexpected crises. CONTINUE READING

Dealing with Midlife Guilt & Shame: Learn Your Lessons Well!

John Bradshaw, the award winning author of “Healing the Shame that Binds You ” says that “shame is the all pervasive sense that [you] are flawed and defective as a human being.”  Guilt, on the other hand, means you have committed a wrongdoing and feel bad about it.  Shame is more personal, intrinsic.  It is more about who you are, not about what you did. Both are human emotions that cause you to put a negative label on yourself, when it’s not who you really are. 15234996483_f47c500c42_o

What parent hasn’t said, “I could’ve been a better parent.”  What child hasn’t said, “I could have done more for my aging parent.”

You are human and you will make mistakes. … CONTINUE READING