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The 4 Minute Kindness Challenge

Thursday, March 8, 2018,
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Much like many awareness days, World Kindness Day (November 13th) and National Random Acts of Kindness Day (February 17th) were designed to bring focus to an issue that often is neglected in day-to-day life. However, unlike national and world awareness days, it is baffling to consider there is such a lack of kindness that we need to mark a day to celebrate something that is genetically encoded in each of us. Since we think National Random Acts of Kindness Day might be EVERY DAY,  we wanted to take the opportunity to explore why kindness is such an integral part of the human experience and challenge people to spread awareness and engage in the kindness challenge…..more on that toward the end.

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Self Worth Matters

Thursday, March 8, 2018,
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What if I was to tell you that your sense of your self-worth is directly proportional to your happiness in life?

Have you ever pondered what on earth self-worth is?

The dictionary defines self-worth as “the sense of one’s own value or worth as a person.” But how do we get to value ourselves? Well, one thing is for sure: None of us are born with it.

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From the Frontlines - Brief Counseling in Disaster Response

Wednesday, March 7, 2018,
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I typically wake up at 4:00am each day to go to the gym, but on the morning of January 9, 2018, I was already stirring at 3:30am, as I heard a soothing rain beating on my bedroom window. I was nestled warm in bed, when all of a sudden, I heard a loud, chirping sound that startled me! It was an emergency evacuation alert on my cell phone indicating a flash flood warning in an area about five miles away from my home. I quickly switched on the television to see if there was anything broadcast, along with opening Facebook on my phone to see if there was anything posted.

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Optimism and Stress: What the Research Says

Wednesday, March 7, 2018,
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“Every cloud has a silver lining,” “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” or “count your blessings” are all familiar sayings that reflect the common sense understanding that being optimistic works in our favor; it helps protect us against the challenges of stressful and demanding life situations. Society has an innate grasp of the value of optimism knowing that “a glass half full” approach to life will bolster us and take us much further than a pessimistic or ”glass half empty” perspective. In a previous article of mine, I introduced the concept of optimism and explored how it can be used as an effective tool for managing stress. This article offers some insights into the links between stress and optimism in terms of what the research has to say. How does an optimistic demeanor actually influence our capacity to manage stress? What are the mechanisms through which the impact is felt?

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Don’t Let the Holidays Turn You Into a Fruitcake

Saturday, December 19, 2015,
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Don’t Let the Holidays Turn You Into a Fruitcake

holidays are just around the corner, and the stores are filling up with decorations, beckoning you to buy. According to marketers, the holiday season is supposed to be the most joyous time of the year

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Resilient Recovery: Importance of establishing self-regulation abilities within addiction treatment and recovery

Monday, April 7, 2014,
Categories: Emotional Health
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I believe a common denominator underlying addiction is either the loss of or lack of ever establishing good physiological self-regulation. This impairment sets the stage for addiction vulnerability, makes treatment difficult and once abstinence is established, leaves the addict vulnerable to relapse.

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Rediscovering the Heart: Finding the Source of Love and Life

Tuesday, February 4, 2014,
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The heart of the 12-step model of recovery involves turning the heart from selfishness and self-centeredness toward a higher power and service toward others. Part of that process involves a fearless and moral inventory during which the painful images of the past are cleared away, allowing for the heart to be filled with light and love. Heart-to-heart sharing of stories results in healing and changed lives. Like the caterpillar that becomes a butterfly, this deep healing of the heart results in authentic transformation. Healing begins in the heart. How can anyone recover from addiction or any other issue without healing the heart?

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Empowerment through Vulnerability

Tuesday, February 4, 2014,
Author: Larry Smith
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The cursory interpretations of the words empowerment and vulnerability imply opposite connotations. It is easy to associate vulnerability with being fragile, weak, or susceptible to emotional pain – which indeed it is. Nevertheless, taking the risk to expose one’s vulnerability opens the door to personal growth. Embracing one’s authentic self to include our weaknesses creates a sense of acceptance, while at the same time opens truthful communications with others. People are attracted to the combination of authenticity and humor. Once someone recognizes these traits in another individual, they usually respond by displaying the same level of vulnerability.

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Positivity Training

Friday, December 6, 2013,
Author: Anonym
Categories: Emotional Health
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In his presidential address to the American Psychological Association, psychologist Martin Seligman, one of the world's leading scholars on learned helplessness and depression, urged psychology to “turn toward understanding and building the human strengths to complement our emphasis on healing damage”. 

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Don't Worry, Be Happy

Friday, December 6, 2013,
Author: Larry Smith
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Definition of Happiness: State of wellbeing characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.

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