Teaching Our Children to be Resilient

As a teacher at an independent school, I see so often how kids will do almost anything for great grades. They sometimes make great sacrifices, sometimes even sacrificing their health, to ensure they can earn that grade that they perceive will be the difference in getting into the college or university of their choice.

So what happens when the student … Read the rest

How to Take Control of Your Fears

Fear and Imagination Quote

What is fear?

An unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat

Often, fear tells us there is something wrong that needs to be addressed or corrected.  For example, I feared if I didn’t change my eating habits, my cholesterol, triglyceride, and blood glucose levels would continue to increase … Read the rest

How Can Being More Selfish be the Key to a Successful Relationship?

“‘Making small sacrifices for your partner when you don’t feel like it could be damaging to your relationship,’ according to social scientists from the University of Arizona.”

via Being MORE selfish is the key to a successful relationship claims research | Mail Online.

I have generally been a selfish person.  Giving of myself has not been a trait I’ve … Read the rest

Do You Have a “Microwave Mentality” Toward Change?

Popcorn

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I had a craving for some popcorn today.  So I popped some.

If we’re popcorn eaters, it is probably fair to say that many of us would purchase microwave instead of regular popcorn.  Why?  The microwave variety is more convenient and takes less time to prepare.  Just throw it in the microwave for approximately 2-4 minutes (or … Read the rest

The Power of Practicing Empathy

Practice empathy by quinn.anya, on Flickr

We pass them in the grocery store.  We breeze by them in the office.  We ride with them on elevators.  Yet, we have no idea what the person standing next to us is really going through, what trauma they may have just experienced, what bad news they may

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have just heard.

A spouse diagnosed with a … Read the rest