“Everyone who got where he is has had to begin where he was.” – Robert Louis Stevenson The beginning of a new calendar year stirs up a variety of optimistic and pessimistic thoughts and emotions about making meaningful lifestyle changes for many people. Nostalgic reflections about your identity, goals, and ambitions from years passed may…

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“Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.” – Kahlil Gibran Sometimes it is easier to notice what’s going “wrong” in your life, rather than what’s going “right.” Events in life sometimes come in waves of ups and downs, hopefully with a great deal of calmness and stability in…

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“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” – Carl Jung How do you know when you are truly leading an authentic life? Many people experience a subjective sense of authenticity in life when their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are all in harmony. There is often a sense of internal distress…

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“Reflect on your present blessings, on which every man has many, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” – Charles Dickens As humans, we are wired to hold onto and remember things that are negative rather than things that are positive. The ability to remember unpleasant information positively impacts our ability…

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“The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven.” – John Milton How do we know when we are happy? We spend an enormous amount of time and energy trying to surround ourselves with people, material goods, and activities that we believe will make us feel…

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“My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy.” – William Shakespeare Everyone wants to experience true happiness.  People go about their personal quests for happiness in very different ways. Some people chase after happiness by attempting to acquire as many luxurious possessions as possible, hoping that one day they obtain the ultimate…

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“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward What is the meaning of gratitude to you?  How do you know when you are experiencing a sense of gratitude and what are the benefits of expressing it openly?  Almost all of us have felt a…

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“Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered – either by themselves or by others.” – Mark Twain People with healthy levels of self-esteem are able to appreciate themselves fully for who they truly are.  There is a calm sense of accurately perceiving strengths and weaknesses without feeling a sense of hubris or self-deprecation.  It is…

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