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5 Ways to Deal with Emotional Oversensitivity

“It isn’t what happens to us that causes us to suffer; it’s what we say to ourselves about what happens.” ~Pema Chodron

I’ve never been much of a sun worshipper. I’m a pale blend of Irish, Scottish, and English, so my skin goes from alabaster to boiled lobster in about 20 minutes.… Read More

Sitting Alone in Peace

Enjoy Your Alone Time: Be Happy Without Seeking Validation

“Do not rely completely on any other human being, however dear. We meet all life’s greatest tests alone.” ~Agnes Macphail 

I have found that the more time I spend alone, the more comfortable I become in my own skin because I can truly get to know myself. This provides me with more patience to accept myself as I am, wherever I am in my journey, on a daily basis.… Read More

Calm Acceptance

You Don’t Need to Fix Yourself to Be Healed

“Growth begins when we begin to accept our weaknesses.” -Jean Vanier

I used to believe the word “healed” had a very specific meaning. In my mind, it described a state of perfection that always looked very different from the chronic health challenges I endured.

Being born with VACTERL Association, a birth disorder that causes malformations in six of the body’s systems, meant that I entered the world needing a lot of fixes.… Read More

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Transforming Panic Into Peace: 3 Steps to Relieve Anxiety

“No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again.” ~Buddha

Growing up, I was one of those people much more concerned about what you thought of me than what I thought of me.

With my focus being on how I was being perceived by those around me, it left me feeling extremely unsettled.… Read More

Chicken Soup for the Soul

Book Giveaway: Chicken Soup for the Soul 20th Anniversary Edition

Update: The winners for this giveaway have already been chosen. The winners:

  • Karen
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  • If you enjoy touching, uplifting stories, you’ve likely stumbled upon the Chicken Soup for the Soul series at one time or another.

    What started with one book two decades ago has expanded to more than 200 titles, providing motivation and inspiration to millions of people of all ages, from all over the world.… Read More

    Orange Sky

    When Things Fall Apart: Breakdowns Can Create Breakthroughs

    “Breakdowns can create breakthroughs. Things fall apart so things can fall together.” ~Unknown

    “I’m sorry,” the email said, “but our phone call left me feeling uncomfortable, and we’ve decided to work with someone else.”

    I felt like I’d been punched in the gut. Even though I saw it coming. Even though I’d brought it on myself.Read More

    Standing in the Storm

    5 Ways to Thrive When Life Feels Chaotic and Uncertain

    “All great changes are preceded by chaos.” ~Deepak Chopra

    A personal tempest blew through the doors and windows of my life and I am forever changed. Think major upheaval in every area of your life. Conjure Dorothy Gale, Robinson Crusoe, Job, yeah them.

    In the process, I’ve learned that the disorienting storms of life are not just about survival but of learning to thrive.Read More

    Clearheaded

    Become Open-Minded: The Benefits of Embracing New People and Ideas

    “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

    Toward the end of last spring I was feeling a little restless in Los Angeles, so I decided to take some time in the summer to live on a yoga retreat in Hawaii.… Read More

    Two Friends Talking

    7 Helpful Things to Consider If You’re in an Unhealthy Friendship

    “Letting go gives us freedom and freedom is the only condition for happiness.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

    For much of my life, I lived for approval and acceptance from family members, friends, and co-workers.  I can’t recall not considering what one thought about my actions or what I had said, wondering if I could have done them better.… Read More

    Leap in the Air

    The Time to Act Is Now: Get Out There and Seize the Moment

    “Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you won’t do anything with it.” ~M. Scott Peck

    For most of my life, I thought I had no ambition.

    To be fair, I thought it because it was true. Don’t get me wrong. I had ambition to keep living, to shower daily, and to seek out entertainment at the end of my miserable days working in customer service.… Read More

    Standing on a Bridge

    5 Steps to Overcome Fear and Meet Your Goals

    “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.” ~Nelson Mandela

    The world can be a scary place.

    As we go through our daily lives, we face many challenges, and often these challenges can bring about fear. We may fear the loss of something, or perhaps the lack of fulfillment.… Read More

    Debate

    How to Get Your Point Across Calmly and Effectively

    “Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.” ~Aristotle

    I’ve been mostly introverted for a majority of my life, often running away from issues that could cause a damaging conversation between me and another person.

    Experience has taught me that when I get upset, I don’t naturally handle my hardship with grace.… Read More

    Anger

    5 Steps to Learn from Anger to Grow and Be Happier

    “Don’t wait for your feelings to change to take the action. Take the action and your feelings will change.” ~Barbara Baron

    How do you feel about anger? Growing up, I always felt that anger was “bad.” In school and at home I learned that anger made people do “bad” things, and anger was a source of “evil” in the world.… Read More

    Hugging

    Your Loving Presence Is Enough: Helping Someone Who’s Hurting

    “Wisdom is nothing more than healed pain.” ~Robert Gary Lee

    As the only child of a single parent, my family of two was small and our relationship could be intense.

    My southern belle mom, with her stories and easy laugh, her quick wit, and her love of all things literary was the mom who all my high school friends adored and loved—the one who my teenage friends could talk to when they were too angry or irritated with their own mother.… Read More

    Social Media

    Compassionate Posting: Minimizing Social Media Comparisons

    “We must each lead a way of life with self-awareness and compassion, to do as much as we can. Then, whatever happens we will have no regrets.” ~Dalai Lama

    If you’re anything like me, you may have a love-hate relationship with social networking.

    There are so many cool facets to social networking sites, such as Facebook, but I am finding that the relative ease of information sharing with the masses and portable nature of technology bring their own set of challenges.… Read More

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    Don’t Wait for a Major Wake Up Call to Start Loving Your Life

    “Sometimes in tragedy we find our life’s purpose. The eye sheds a tear to find its focus.” ~Robert Brault

    “Lay still. We think both your arms are broken.”

    I obeyed the police officer and stopped struggling to rise from the hard, cold pavement.

    An ambulance soon had me in emergency, where I discovered that my problem was a lot worse than broken arms.… Read More

    Walking

    8 Lessons About Living Fully from a Journey of 500 Miles

    “The journey is the reward.” ~Proverb

    I should start by clarifying that even though there’s a lot of walking involved in this story, I’m not a walker, or particularly sporty. So what was I thinking going on a 500-mile pilgrimage you may (rightly) ask? I wasn’t. I was feeling it. In my gut.… Read More

    Walking Through Airport

    Are You Stressed, Rushed, and Aggravated?

    “Meaning is not what you start with but what you end up with.” ~Peter Elbow

    As a boy, I had a romantic notion about having a job where I traveled for business. It sounded so important and stylish. I liked the idea of dashing through airports to my next big meeting.… Read More

    Poised

    The Power of Poise: How to Stop Losing Your Cool

    “Poise is an unseen power, and this unseen power is always ready to come to the aid of the outer action.” ~Sri Chinmoy

    Poise is the seeker’s goal because poise is our highest state of consciousness. Poised, we are in a state of balance, composure, and equanimity, all of our powers at our disposal.… Read More

    Enjoy the Journey

    Happiness is Not a Destination: How to Enjoy the Journey

    “Happiness is a direction, not a place.” ~Sydney J Harris

    Being happy is for most of us one of the key aims in life. But where we often go wrong is in figuring out which path to take to achieve that happiness.

    My own path has been a somewhat unconventional one.… Read More

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