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Expectations vs Plans – Why the difference matters

Let’s say you’re planning to get together with friends on the weekend to have a picnic. As a plan, you set aside the time, maybe gather up some food, and are looking forward to having [...]

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Want Less Stress? Three Common Truths We Commonly Forget

What are these common truths? You’ve probably heard them many times, even as a child, yet we often overlook them. However, they consistently prove themselves to be true. Life is not fair [...]

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Please Don’t Be Mad, But You May Need to Hear This

Have you ever had a coworker snap at you for no reason? Have you ever had a family member respond in a grumpy manner? Have you ever had a fellow driver cut you off or make you wait unnecessarily? [...]

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Adding a Splash of Emotional Intelligence to the Holidays

I love the holiday season! I enjoy the festivities, lights, music, and gatherings. And I also know that it’s famous for interesting family/friend dynamics. We might be feeling a little more [...]

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Life is a Patchwork Quilt – Choose Your Patches Carefully

One of the most important things I’ve learned from the past 10 years of studying, applying, and teaching positive psychology is the power of our thoughts and how we can actually get better [...]

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How Long Was He Going to Grumble?

My husband asked if I wanted to go for a walk. As we headed out, I asked how things were going for him that morning in his machine shop. I could tell by his scowl that he was in a bad mood. He [...]

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Do You Need to Reprioritize Your To-Do List?

Imagine that you looked at your “to-do” list this morning and the top thing was do something that feels good. This priority came before cleaning the house or doing paperwork or [...]

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Being Kind by Saying “No”

Can you set boundaries from a place of calm and kindness? We often end up confronting these issues when we’re frustrated or feeling guilt or regret. Think of an event or project that [...]

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What Makes a Chicken Happy?

A couple of weeks ago, we received 40 baby chicks in the mail. This is the third year we’ve raised them. I’m amazed at how much I enjoy seeing them grow from little fuzz balls to big [...]

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Feeling Stressed? Try a Different Perspective

What problems, worries, or frustrations have been on your mind recently? Lately, we’ve been concerned about the cost of out-of-state tuition for our daughter as she starts college. The [...]