positive outlook

How to challenge negative thought patterns— Yes, it’s possible!

What was the last negative thought you had? Did you snidely comment on your own appearance? Did you wish you were more successful? Or more in shape?  Did you think about something you’re afraid of? Did you obsess about how short life is, and you are nowhere close to meeting your goals? This post contains …

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Showing Gratitude on Thanksgiving

“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” – Henry Ward Beecher “Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – Anonymous I love this one too: “Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.” – Amy Collette I love these quotes, especially …

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Amazing Self Care Ideas: 10 Ways You Can Beat Holiday Stress

I’m not sure if I’m writing this post more for me or for you. After all, I’ve been incredibly stressed and looking for an outlet for it. Sometimes I feel like a bit of a fraud. I offer all these pieces of wisdom, and lately, I just can’t seem to get my life together. **This …

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Postpartum Depression Symptoms: My Story & How You Can Cope

To any moms reading this, what was the initial postpartum period like for you? Was it filled with joy? I bet it was sleepless, right? Maybe a coffee hazed period of confused bliss. For most moms this is the case. You are tired as all get out, but you are wonderfully in love with your …

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Gender differences in depression: How men & women deal with a common problem

** This post contains affiliate links. That means if you make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.** How many men in your life deal with depression? What about women? Do you feel like one sex talks about it more than the other? Do you notice any particular gender …

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6 Secretly Amazing Tips for Doing Halloween Crafts—That Won’t Stress You Out

**This post contains affiliate links. That means, if you make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.** What’s your favorite holiday? Do you love the flowers around Easter time? The family gatherings around Thanksgiving and Christmas? What about counting down to midnight on New Year’s Eve? One of my …

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What is emotional intelligence? The definition and my thoughts on a common test

*This post contains affiliate links. That means that, if you make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Okay?* How do you define emotional intelligence? Have you ever taken a test to see if you are emotionally intelligent? According to the Oxford Dictionary, emotional intelligence is: “…the capacity to …

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