How Technology Is Rewiring Our Brains and Why We Need to Unplug

The importance of unplugging

I’m probably like most people who carry their smartphone around with them everywhere, checking something on it many times a day. We need to be needed, and all those notifications make us feel needed.  Emails, social media updates, texts, reminders – they never stop. But what if they did stop?  What if there wasn’t anything to check?  ...

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6 Ways to Ignite Your Passion For Work

Sometimes you feel trapped at work.  It’s even worse when you’re only working for the paycheck. There’s an old saying, "love what you do and you'll never work a day in your life."  But what happens when you don’t love what you do? Sure, you have bad days at work and dread the feeling of ...

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What’s the Purpose of Life?

What

What’s the purpose of life?  It’s THE big question that we all ask.  What’s the point of all this?  Why are we here?  What are we supposed to be doing with our lives? We ask these questions hoping THE answer drops in our lap making everything okay.  We humans have a control issue around this whole ...

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Mindful Spending: The Happy Way to Financial Freedom

mindful spending, mindfulness money

What if there was a way to save money without feeling like you’re missing out?  To feel great about every dollar you spend, knowing that it’s contributing to your overall happiness and long term financial health? It seems that saving is analogous to deprivation.  You can’t save unless you’re depriving yourself of something you enjoy.  And ...

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Mindfulness at Work: Managing Stress When Everything Is Hitting the Fan

Peaceful woman

Given how we’re programmed to view work, mindfulness and work seem like opposites.  Mindfulness conjures up feelings of peace and serenity while the thought of work brings on a wave of stress. Deadlines, meetings, quotas, difficult bosses or co-workers and the weight of all the work that needs to get done.  Work doesn’t create much of ...

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The Best Investment You’ll Ever Make

Invest in yourself - the last safe investment

The myth of how to be successful in the 20th century has ended (it is the 21st century, after all). You know the myth well because it’s made you feel like a bit of a failure. Go to school and get good grades so you can get into a good college.  Work hard and get more ...

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Why Letting Go Is So Hard and What To Do About It

letting go ocean

We’ve all been blessed with heart-breaking situations where people have wronged us or things haven’t gone the way we would like.  Moving past them is difficult. If you’ve ended a relationship, job or time in your life, it’s tough to let go and move on.  Your subconscious, or monkey mind, wants to hold onto it like ...

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How to Defeat Depression with a Simple Daily Practice

How to Defeat Depression with a Simple Daily Practice

I spent much of my life in a haze of depression.  Growing up never being accepted for who I was and never feeling like I was enough, despite high grades, awards and other accolades, led to a life of depression. I was always striving to be the best at anything I did, hoping to prove myself ...

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How to Be Happy While Achieving Your Goals

Be happy

Goals.  We’re supposed to have them.  Theoretically, we can’t accomplish anything without them.  I beg to differ. I used to be a goal-seeking nut.  Every day I would read my goals, visualize them, break them down into steps, set specific dates and follow all the usual goal “rules.” And the process drove me crazy.  I met very ...

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Secrets to Stronger Bonds in a Committed Relationship

201 Relationship Questions

  Growing up, about 98% of my parents’ friends and my friends’ parents were divorced.  My parents were unhappily married and stayed together for twenty five years “for the kids.” I didn’t grow up with any great relationship role models.  Because of this, I repeated problematic patterns that always led to the same end result: my boredom ...

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