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Cultivating Gratitude in Our Lives

We all have busy lives and are constantly bombarded with responsibilities, so it is easy to forget how important it is to stop and smell the roses. If we are able to slow down and pay more attention to the positive things in our lives, we will be able to cultivate a more grateful attitude in general. Practicing gratitude can help us attain a more positive outlook on life and help us achieve genuine fulfillment. Sometimes we need small reminders to help us remember to be grateful for what we have. Keeping a daily journal can be a huge help in reminding us to be thankful. Read the full article...

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Validating Our Children’s Emotions

Being able to accurately assess the needs of children can be a daunting task, but it is very important to learn. Young children will often ask for emotional support by showing vulnerability. It is at this point where the response of the parents is extremely important, because what the child is asking for is for their parents to be their allies. These situations are often emotionally charged and many parents respond by trying to distract their child instead of taking the time to understand and mirror their emotions. Learning to emotionally validate children is a priceless skill because it...

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Signs of an Anxiety Disorder

We all have anxiety from time to time, but sometimes anxiety can become so persistent that it permeates the entirety of our days. At this point it is valuable to understand some of the symptoms of anxiety disorders in order to help determine if we may have one. One of the primary symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is excessive worry, especially about everyday things. If this is occurring most days of the week for at least six months, chances are an anxiety disorder is present. Another notable symptom is having irrational fears about very specific situations, such as crowds or...

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Love in the Information Age

If there’s one characteristic that overwhelmingly defines the digital age, it is the fact that we are constantly bombarded by a sea of information. What we may not realize is that all of the videos, websites, shows, and movies are indirectly educating us about love, sex, and relationships. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, we have to be careful with some of the biased messages we are receiving. Is this show objectifying and sexualizing woman? Is this video romanticizing and idealizing the way relationships work? Over time, we may develop some misconceptions about love and...

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Navigating the Empty Nest

For many parents, the thought of kids going away to college can be frightening due to the fact that parenting was such a central focus of their life. For other parents, an empty nest seems more like an opportunity, freeing up tons of time that can now be spent on exploring hobbies and other interests. How parents react to their kids moving on depends upon many factors. For instance, if the kids were a distraction to keep the focus off of a troubled relationship, the empty nests might be experienced as a crisis. There are also parents who feel they are no longer needed because parenting was...

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Trust in Relationships

New research from Northwestern University and Redeemer University College in Ontario has found that having a trusting personality can be the most helpful thing possible for a relationship. Psychologists have always known the importance of trust and its role in attachment theory. In this new study, however, trust is also considered to be a perspective on life. What this means is that people who have a general attitude of trust enjoy better relationships owing to the fact that they are not caught up in worrying about the small things. By focusing on what’s positive, people with trusting...

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