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How to Cope with Holiday Emotions

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Excuse the language, but leave it to the Griswolds to nail the hard truth about the holidays:   “And when Santa squeezes his fat ass down the chimney tonight, he’s going to find the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nut house.” – Clark Griswold, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation   I know, I know … you’re supposed to …


How to Escape the Awkward Holiday Conversation

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May your days be merry and a little less awkward with these three strategies for avoiding uncomfortable conversations during the holidays. They’re (almost) inevitable: those awkward holiday moments when you find yourself internally begging someone — anyone! — to change the subject. Maybe Dad is picking a fight about politics, Mom is asking invasive questions or your sister is criticizing …


Book Review: Go Set a Watchman

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A LITERARY VIEW: How to Have the Difficult Discussions Without Losing Yourself Fictional writing can often provide excellent examples of healthy (and unhealthy) emotional processing and discourse. “Go Set a Watchman,” a fictional novel by Harper Lee and her unexpected, controversial first draft of her famous novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” shows how someone can positively deal with “negative” emotions …


5 Everyday Hacks to Boost Mindfulness

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Mindfulness takes practice, but derailing your day’s schedule is unnecessary. Follow these five simple ways to boost mindfulness, doing what you were planning to do anyway.   Do a mindless, everyday activity with awareness.   Pick an activity that you would normally do on autopilot — driving to work, making a smoothie, dressing yourself — and instead of going through …

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The Top Mindfulness Myths: Debunked

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To benefit from this effective-if-used-properly tool, we need to first understand what mindfulness isn’t. I hear misconception after misconception from my patients that it’s become clear: most people misunderstand mindfulness.   Mindfulness is largely misunderstood because the media, lifestyle magazines, spiritual gurus and mental health experts rarely explain what it is and how to do it. They throw out the …

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Mindfulness 101: Making Sense of the New Lifestyle “It” Word

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Mindfulness is the latest lifestyle “it” word. Everyone is talking about it but few people really know what it is. I hear misconceptions from clients and patients all the time. Unfortunately, if you don’t know what mindfulness is or how to use it, you won’t be able to unlock the many proven benefits. Here’s a helpful take on mindfulness and …

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How Millennials are Going to Save the World

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Isn’t it funny how each generation blames the next for the deterioration of society? It has always been this way — it’s so predictable, in fact, that I’m surprised we haven’t overcome it. In today’s age, Millennials are taking the brunt of the grief. But why? Instead of beating them up, we probably owe Millennials gratitude since they’ll be left …

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How to Love Like a Millennial

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The Millennial Generation is more open minded and accepting than any known to date. In fact, you might say they are the most loving generation. The way they relate to and communicate with other people is inspiring. Here are just five unique ways they do it.   They Don’t Let Differences Make or Break Friendships Millennials seem to be less …

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5 Millennial Bad Habits You Should Adopt ASAP

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Millennials are do-nothing, entitled complainers who need instant gratification and endless praise. Or are they? Let’s flip the script: Millennials are selective, efficiency-loving truth tellers who strive for successful careers and relationships. Now, what’s wrong with that? Nothing. It may be time to stop complaining (hello, Kettle?) and start wondering what “bad habits” to adopt from the up-and-coming generation.   …