Owning Your Actions In Adulthood

It's time to grow up! Learn how to leave the excuses behind, take responsibility for your life and embrace being an adult.

A month ago I witnessed Eric Thomas, “the hip-hop preacher,” make a profound statement to a room full of hopeful entrepreneurs (I’m paraphrasing here, but it went something like this): People who make excuses for their actions are acting like children, and those who own the decisions they’ve made and the outcomes of those decisions, […]

What are Your Family’s Core Values?

In the rush to get to work, school, and extracurricular events—and eat and sleep—families rarely take the time to talk about what matters most to them.

At a company, it’s important to have a mission. While workers will have unique responsibilities, they still cleave to core values. When you think about it, a family unit isn’t so different. It’s a group of people with their own talents and tasks who are each striving towards individual goals that also strengthen their bond. […]

Are You Being Gaslighted?

Learn how to recognize this tricky form of emotional abuse and take back your life.

Gaslighting. You’ve likely heard the term, but what is it, exactly, and how do you know if you’re a victim? Dr. Robin Stern, who coined the term over a decade ago, details this manipulative form of emotional abuse—as well as how to eliminate it from your life—in her book, The Gaslight Effect. In teaching you […]

5 Ways to Masterfully Raise a Strong-Willed Child

If you’re stuck in a cycle of push-react-push with a mini-tyrant, take heart and heed this advice.

Handling an alpha personality in the boardroom can be challenging, but it doesn’t hold a candle to parenting one at home. A strong-willed child is a beautiful thing—opinionated, independent, full of tenacity. Yet it’s those same exact qualities that can sap even the most devoted parent of their energy, enthusiasm, and patience. Before you free-fall […]

Joyful Communication

What would it be like to share only happiness with every text, email and word we spoke? The Buddhist practice of "Right Speech" offers some useful insight.

“I am committed to cultivating loving speech and deep listening in order to bring joy and happiness to others and relieve them of their suffering.” This beautiful intention is one of the Buddhist Mindfulness Trainings and refers to something the Buddha called “Right Speech” – communicating in an honest, kind and calm way. It is […]

Creating a Happy and Healthy Community

By engaging more in our neighborhoods, and making small changes, we can create a better place to call home.

It’s something we all long for—to live in a happy community, a place where we feel safe, peaceful, nurtured and healthy, and where we engage with others in a positive and uplifting way. When that isn’t our experience, many of us tend to isolate ourselves or relocate. But, what if instead we could create a […]

How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It

It’s a simple phrase: “We need to talk.” Why does it fill so many men with dread?

Imagine this scenario: a couple hits a rough spot in their marriage. “We need to talk about our relationship,” the woman tells her husband one morning. Does he look up from reading the paper, stride across the room, take her in his arms, and exclaim how thrilled he is at the opportunity to hash it […]

Demystifying the Differences Between the Female and Male Brains

How female and male brains develop differently and what that means for behavior.

Recently, I was with a dear friend and her three-year-old son, and we were discussing her little boy, who, though very sweet and well mannered, wasn’t attaching to me the way I wanted. “Well, boys never bond with me as much,” I said to my friend as I talked about the nearly instant bond I […]

4 Ways to Improve Any Relationship

Discover how fear gets in the way—and what you can do about it.

At a recent holiday party, I ponied up to the bar with two new acquaintances. Both single, both weary from it. “I’m a lazy dater!” one chuckled gleefully, realizing she had landed on the perfect way to explain her relationship status. “Me too,” the other agreed, with a reluctant sigh. Now married, I get it. […]

How to Spot a Sociopath and Avoid Getting Into a Relationship with One

Learn to recognize the remorseless with this simple tip from The Sociopath Next Door author, Martha Stout, Ph.D.

We all can recognize a sociopathic character in either a book, movie or television program. And the thought of encountering a person that displays these types of traits in our own lives is the stuff nightmares are made of. But with four percent of the population considered to be sociopathic, many of us will have […]
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