Compromise Leads to Unhappiness

Two sisters approached their mother. The older girl carried an orange. Both girls looked unhappy.

“What’s wrong?” asked their mother.

“I want the orange!” replied the younger girl.

“But I want the orange!”...

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Emotional Concussions

A few years ago, I had a concussion. I don’t remember much about the situation, but I came to after a couple seconds with a headache and a case of nausea.

A concussion is when the brain has a bruise from smacking against the inside of the...

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How to Feel Connected

We live in a highly connected time. The internet, social media, emails, and texts connect us to one another. Our phones connect to our tablets and to our computers. We can connect from anywhere in the world to our home and change the temperature...

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Being Pulled to Pieces

Have you ever felt torn? Have you ever felt pulled in two different directions? Or maybe even more than two directions? This can happen when we are faced with a choice, or when there’s a lot on our plate.

Do I change or stay the same?

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Are You Growing or Dying?

You really only have two options: growth or death. You don’t get to stay the same - because everything changes. Businesses, relationships, the human soul never stay the same. They’re either moving forward: growing; or they’re...

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Time Doesn't Heal All Wounds

Imagine that you broke your arm. The bones are out of alignment. It’s terribly painful. And you can’t move it, let alone use it. Of course you go to the doctor, expecting him or her to set it straight and cast it up. But instead, the...

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When You Hurt Others

I had kind of a rough weekend. One of those weekends where after every conversation, I found myself thinking, “Gosh, why did I say that?” Or, “Well that could’ve gone 100 times better.”

I hope I’m not alone when...

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When Someone Hurts You

I can be pretty sensitive. I have thin skin. Some days it feels like if someone just looks at me wrong, I can feel hurt. I’m not proud of it. And I’m working on it.

Here’s what I do when I feel hurt by someone.

Step 1. Make a...

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Don't Speak Your Mind...Do This Instead

When I was growing up, I was raised with the guidance, “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” It taught me to hold my tongue and be polite as a kid. But now in adulthood sometimes “not saying anything...

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How to Prepare for an Upcoming Challenge

What do washing dishes, meetings, Mondays, mornings, and mothers-in-law have in common? They’re challenges. 

A challenge is a situation or circumstance that could potentially trigger a negative emotional reaction in you. Challenges can...

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