Making Snow Angel

Joyful Snow-showers

Posted Posted in Resiliency

Snowflakes, soft and fluffy, were floating down, atop the 8 inches of snow on the ground. I watched my dog delightedly running circles in the yard as if to say, “Yey! Fresh snow! Look at me!” I called my 12 year-old son to the window. “I wonder why all dogs, big or small, short coats […]

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Holding Christmas Ornament

Healthy (and Fun) Communication During Family Holidays

Posted Posted in Gratitude

…As each of you prepares for your family holidays, maybe you are also considering what to expect this year. Even though you may have had sadness or loss, political changes or political consistency, marriages or divorces, there are often unifying factors. There are often things that can bring you closer as a family to talk about over snacks, dinner, or desert. Moreover, there may even be things that you can talk about that are not uncomfortable….

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Kindness

5 Things to Know about Kindness

Posted Posted in Kindness

……We all want to believe that we are good people, and that we contribute well to our communities. Acts of kindness and giving, even small gestures, validate these lovely parts of ourselves. What better way to feel like a kind and loving person than through small little actions that put more good out into the world……..

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And

The Power of “AND”

Posted Posted in Coping, Relationships, Resiliency

“And” is a word that we don’t often think about.  It is quite powerful Let’s start by looking at the following examples “I really liked your presentation, but I think you could make a few improvements” What do you take away from that statement? Do you think you would walk away thinking “boy, that person […]

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sorry

Stop Saying “Sorry” So Much

Posted Posted in Coping, Resiliency

The other day, someone bumped me with their cart on the way by, while I was quietly searching for a nice soup for lunch. And I turned around and said, “Oh, sorry!” A friend was talking to me about the loss of her pet, and when her tears came (which, of course they would) she […]

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thinking errors

The Easy, Quick Solutions are Usually NOT Best: Beware of Common Thinking Errors

Posted Posted in Coping, Latest News, Resiliency

Life is not easy.  At some of the most difficult times, we are asked to make complex decisions about out health, our family, our job or other important parts of our lives.  When it comes to mental health, easy answers are particularly tempting. Thinking errors are common for ALL people, including people who are well-educated, […]

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Grounding and Gratitude

Posted Posted in Coping, Latest News, Self-care

Being present and experiencing the world around us is so important. Around the holidays, many of us experience a wide array of emotions, from stress and overwhelm, to joy, excitement, and love. Grounding in the here and now can be a great way to slow down and experience the world around you. Here are two […]

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How Your Uncertainty Can Hold You Back From Life (And What To Do About It)

Sometimes A Parent Time Out Is Important Too

Posted Posted in Latest News, Mental Health, Parenting, Self-care

Parenting is hard. Children are joyful, energetic, and loving; they are also often challenging, frustrating, and overwhelming. Many of us think of time-outs as a way to help our children understand when they are acting in ways that are unhelpful, harmful, hurtful, or dangerous. When this is the case, we often recognize that our children […]

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