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Category “love & relationships”

Find Love

Finding Love Now Without Searching for It

“Even in the loneliest moments I have been there for myself.” ~Sanober Khan

My life coach once suggested I give myself the love I needed, which saddened me profoundly. Was that not supposed to be the job of “the love …


Take the Love Pledge (You Could Win a Copy of Tiny Buddha’s New Love Book)

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrate it! Today is a perfect day to take the Tiny Buddha love pledge if you haven’t already. Over 1,200 people have taken it over the last ten days.

I created this pledge …

Throw Kindness

Your Kindness Could Give Someone a Tiny Seed of Hope

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” ~Scott Adams

I was ten years old and growing up in a home that I can only describe as hellish. …

Remorseful Woman

5 Reasons We All Deserve Forgiveness

“To forgive is somehow associated with saying that it is all right, that we accept the evil deed. But this is not forgiveness. Forgiveness means that you fill yourself with love and you radiate that love outward and refuse to

Couple with Balloons

How Non-Attachment Can Benefit Your Relationship

“You only lose what you cling to.” ~Buddha

I remember one of my first mindfulness classes that pertained to impermanence. I went home in a bit of a slump.

Nothing is permanent; everything ends; “This too, shall pass.” It was …

Torn Paper

Breaking the Pattern of Painful, Unhealthy Relationships

“Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.” ~Byron Katie

As I was listening to other women talking in my support group for battered women, I had a life changing moment.

I caught a …

I Love Me

A Powerful Self-Love Practice: 8 Notes of Appreciation

“E-mail yourself a note of appreciation—for anything. Save it to read whenever you need a reminder of how amazing you are.” ~Lori Deschene, Tiny Buddha’s 365 Tiny Love Challenges, November 5th Challenge

Appreciating ourselves can be a …

Thinking Brain

4 Mistakes That Are Built into Your Brain

“Cognitive bias is the biggest self-imposed obstacle to progress, not only for oneself but in the end, for all mankind.” ~Unknown

On a beautiful Pittsburgh morning in 1995, McArthur Wheeler decided to rob a bank. Not just one bank, but …


Want Happier Relationships? Take the Love Pledge

Most of us have a sense of what helps our relationships and what hurts them, but we struggle to apply that knowledge when we’re caught up in life’s daily challenges.

We can end up feeling like feathers in a tornado, …

Sad Girl

Moving Beyond Passive-Aggression: Stop Repressing Your Feelings

“Don’t let the fear of what people might think stop you from speaking your mind. Speak up, you deserve to be heard.” ~Unknown

I used to suffer from immense communication problems that manifested as passive-aggression. I had no idea how …

Boy Sitting Alone

How to Make New Friends When You’re Feeling Lonely

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s a weird paradox.

In a world where technology and social media seem to bring more of us together more of the time, recent research indicates …

Happy Older Woman

We Don’t Need to “Fix” Our Appearance to Be Beautiful

“Kindness and awareness work together. Through awareness we understand the underlying beauty of everything and every being.” ~Amit Ray

We were in Yorkshire—my brother, sister, and I—driving along narrow, windy roads. Sometimes we would come up a steep incline and …

Man with Mask

Drop the Mask: How to Slowly Lower Your Guard and Change Your Life

“The less you open your heart to others, the more your heart suffers.” ~Deepak Chopra

The root of my inability to be open stems from my childhood. (I guess much of who we are comes from childhood, right?)

I remember …

People Holding Hands

Create a Team to Battle Fears and Loneliness

“When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” ~Lao Tzu

Five years ago, I found myself rebuilding my life after my fourteen-year marriage ended. During those first months preceding my divorce, crushing feelings of fear …

Sad Girl

5 Ways to Deal With Envy So It Doesn’t Steal Your Happiness

“Happiness is found when you stop comparing yourself to other people.” ~Unknown

Throughout this year, I’ve noticed myself feeling envious of other people. Particularly, I would feel envious of the famous people that I would see on television, read about …


The Guru of Caumsett: Simple Yet Profound Lessons from a Kind Stranger

“See the light in others, and treat them as if that is all you see.” ~Dr. Wayne Dyer

It was about a month after my son was born that I was introduced to the man I have come to …

Lonely Man

8 Proactive Ways to Finally End Your Loneliness

“The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness.” ~Norman Cousins

Loneliness … sigh.

It hurts on the inside and feels pathetic on the outside, doesn’t it?

You’re physically and mentally isolated from everyone.

And if …

Woman with Heart

How Self-Awareness Can Help Us Love People Just as They Are

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” ~C.G. Jung

We were visiting my parents’ place in the woods for the weekend. I unlocked the door to the cabin and flipped the switch. The …

Lonely Girl

How to Make Anxiety Work for You, Not Against You

“Growth begins when we start to accept our own weakness.” 
~Jean Vanier

I got fired from my job, my boyfriend left me, and my father died in one day.

In reality, my career was going super well, I didn’t have …

Unhappy Couple

How Expectations Undermine Our Relationships and Happiness

“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.” ~Bruce Lee

A few years ago, my husband was away from me for a few weeks, working in …

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