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Validate Yourself and Know Your Worth

It is very easy to fall into the trap of thinking your worth as a person also comes from what you do instead of who you are.  It is also easy to see your worth as being reflected off others instead of shining out from inside.  When you allow other people or outside situations to [...]

By |October 27th, 2018|Categories: Depression, Happiness, Whole Person Care|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Validate Yourself and Know Your Worth

Nothing is Etched in Stone

On my desk at The Center in Edmonds, Washington, is a beautiful, flat rock.  Carved into this rock that I use as a paperweight are the words, "Nothing is etched in stone."  I keep this motto in front of me as a reminder that God has given me an overwhelming sense of freedom to exercise [...]

By |August 28th, 2018|Categories: Happiness, Whole Person Care|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Nothing is Etched in Stone

Mothers and Their Bond with Children

Few would disagree that, on average, most moms tend to spend more minutes per day with children than do most dads.  Especially for young children, in most households, mothers are the primary caregivers as they engage in everyday business of living.  While the ratios have changed with the higher percentage of women in the work [...]

By |May 30th, 2018|Categories: Family Life, Happiness, Relationships|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Mothers and Their Bond with Children

Four Tips for Managing Your Anxiety

Anxieties often start in the mind and fast-forward to the body, resulting in rapid breathing, or hyperventilation. When you hyperventilate, you take in more oxygen than you need. Your ratio of oxygen to carbon dioxide gets unbalanced, resulting in increased heart rate, tingling in your extremities, and feeling light-headed. Paradoxically, when you hyperventilate, you can [...]

By |September 27th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Happiness, PTSD, Recovery|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Four Tips for Managing Your Anxiety

Finding Gratitude in Moments of Inconvenience

Susan walked in the door from work, looking forward to nothing more than putting her feet up and petting the dog. No sooner had she hung up her coat than her middle schooler entered the family room with a look of consternation and guilt on his face. What now? she thought, feeling her moment of [...]

By |August 20th, 2017|Categories: Family Life, Happiness, Relationships|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Finding Gratitude in Moments of Inconvenience

Teens: Why Do I Care What Other People Think?

I can just hear some of you insisting, “I don’t care what other people think!  I do whatever I want!”  There is a strong urge in adolescence to declare your independence and say you only care about your own opinion.  But be honest -- don’t you care what certain people think?  Most kids have a [...]

By |May 15th, 2017|Categories: Family Life, Happiness, Relationships|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Teens: Why Do I Care What Other People Think?

What the Media Tells Us About Love and Happiness

This is one of the Media's favorite paths to happiness.  If you can only find love, true love, you'll find happiness.  Of course, Media is also filled with the abject misery that falling in love can bring, as represented in big-screen films, newspaper stories, reality shows, magazine articles, and weekly sitcoms. Love and its promises [...]

By |April 21st, 2017|Categories: Happiness, Relationships|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on What the Media Tells Us About Love and Happiness

How is Your Career Impacting Your Happiness?

Even with so many people engaged in academic pursuit, there is still a sizable segment of the population who foregoes postsecondary education and instead jumps headfirst into the world of work.  After that giddy, heady feeling of success and affirmation with the first job offer, comes the stark reality for many that you actually have [...]

By |March 21st, 2017|Categories: Depression, Happiness, Relationships|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on How is Your Career Impacting Your Happiness?

Anxiety: Accept the Small Stuff

One of the mistaken beliefs surrounding anxiety is that everything that happens centers around you.  This mistaken belief can take on a life of its own when you are in anxiety overload.  You become a raw nerve, jumping at everything that happens around you and at everyone you come into contact with.  In such a [...]

By |May 10th, 2016|Categories: Anxiety, Happiness, PTSD, Recovery|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Anxiety: Accept the Small Stuff

The Quintessential Meaning of Intimacy

In one of the most moving books I’ve read, entitled Letters to an Unborn Child, David Ireland, disabled, confined to a wheelchair and terminally ill, wrote a series of letters to the unborn child he would never meet. While his wife was expecting, Ireland took the time to write letters to be read one day [...]

By |April 28th, 2016|Categories: Happiness, Relationships|Comments Off on The Quintessential Meaning of Intimacy