Emotional Bully

15 Signs You May be an Emotional Bully … and what to do about it

Posted on Nov 25, 2012 under Character & Values , Heart

Are you an emotional bully? Perhaps you suspect you may be, but are not quite sure. We often go through life with blinders on, very aware of what others are doing, seeing “clearly” what motivates their behavior, while not clearly seeing our own. Instead, we justify and excuse in ourselves the very same behavior we would never tolerate in others. That being the all-too-frequent case, the following characteristics should provide insight into what may have largely been ignored until now.

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Gratitude

5 Fun-filled Ways to Put the Thanks Back in Thanksgiving

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 under Character & Values , Marriage and Family

This Thursday, we will celebrate Thanksgiving here in the United States. The very first nationwide proclamation of a day of Prayer and Thanksgiving was made by George Washington in 1789. Since then, Thanksgiving has morphed into a different kind of observance, one punctuated by football, turkey and day-after mega sales. Here are 5 ways to add fun and meaning to your holiday observances.

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Gratitude

25 Unusual Reasons to be Grateful

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 under Mind & Attitude

Gratitude, it turns out, is no small issue. It can be life-changing, radically altering the way we see and interpret life. Gratitude is the electricity that ignites happiness. It is the breeze that lifts it. It is the context that allows it. This post is my attempt at enlarging the list of things we are grateful for, at reducing what we habitually take for granted and thereby providing some lift and electricity to our happiness. So take a look below at some atypical, unconventional things on my gratitude list.

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Gratitude

Gratitude on Steroids (how to be insanely grateful everyday)

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 under Happiness , Mind & Attitude

Gratitude, like other attitudinal traits, takes practice. It requires consistent reprogramming of your brain until it becomes a natural, automatic response to life’s circumstances. It is at that point that gratitude ceases to be a thing practiced, and starts to be a natural expression of an inner condition of the soul.

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Scared

The 5 Scariest Words Ever Uttered (or how to kill a dream in cold blood)

Posted on Oct 29, 2012 under Mind & Attitude

I’ve collected 5 of the scariest words I know. These are words that are deadlier than they seem. Their poison infects the mind and turns the heart cold and fragile. So approach with caution and use sparingly. Remember, poison taken in small enough doses builds immunity to its lethal toxicity. But if taken in larger doses will kill you. So will these words.

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How Setting Goals Makes you a Better Person (even if you never set a goal to become one)

Posted on Oct 22, 2012 under Personal Development

Are you a goal-setting flunky? A New Years Resolution drop-out? Have you set goals time and time again only to summarily fail to reach them? All of them? Well, the good news is that you didn’t waist your time trying. You even likely improved your life, becoming a subtly better person, perhaps without even realizing it. The very act of setting and pursuing goals can actually make you a better human being. Click on in to see how!

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Happy People

The 7 Habits of Highly Happy People

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 under Happiness

Happiness is the natural result of habitually living and thinking in certain ways. As a matter of fact, happiness is something that is quite predictable for almost all people as we develop certain habits of thought, belief, action and character. Some people are unhappy. Others are mildly or moderately happy. Some are even pretty happy. The following, however, are those principles that produce highly happy people.

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Spiritual Intimacy

7 Steps to Spiritual Intimacy: how to repair your marriage by repairing its soul

Posted on Oct 7, 2012 under Faith & Spirituality , Marriage and Family

We are not merely physical. We are emotional and intellectual as well. We are also spiritual. As such, to neglect the spiritual side of our lives is to neglect a foundational part of who we are at the most fundamental level. To build relationships ignoring that vital part of our natures is to create a relationship that hobbles on one leg. Spiritual intimacy adds depth to our most cherished relationships.

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5 Signs Personal Development Blogs Are Hurting Your Personal Development

Posted on Sep 30, 2012 under Personal Development

Are you a Personal Development Junkie? Do you surf the web in search of your next high, the next blog with the newest twist or next fix to your personal development needs? There is a lot to choose from. Some are decent. Most fall somewhere below average. Some may be doing you more harm than good. Check out the 5 signs personal development blogs may be damaging your life.

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Stop Now!

The Virtue of Intolerance: 10 things you should never tolerate

Posted on Sep 23, 2012 under Mind & Attitude , Personal Development

Intolerance has a bad reputation. And with good reason too. Still, I’m not so sure it should be thrown out with the bathwater. The thing is I’m actually an advocate for having a good healthy dose of it. Surprised? Keep reading. I think you’ll agree with me. You see, the problem with intolerance is not so much the intolerance per se as much as what our intolerance is directed at.

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Superman

Awaken Your Inner Superhero: how to become the best you in the universe

Posted on Sep 17, 2012 under Character & Values , Identity

I’m convinced that each of us has a superhero waiting to be let loose no matter where we are or who we identify with at this particular moment in our lives. I believe you are a superhero, even if the hero part hasn’t been fully identified or coaxed from its inner lair. It’s our job to discover how to release the powers already there, dormant perhaps, but waiting to be discovered, developed and unleashed.

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moral happiness

Moral Happiness: what happiness looks like all grown up

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 under Character & Values , Happiness

There are times when the right thing to do is not the happy thing to do, at least not in the short-run. At such moments, a moral people have to decide what’s most important. More short-term happiness or more long-term decency? To protect the one at the expense of the other is a sacrifice with far reaching consequences.

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Words we Use

Why Changing Your Language Can Change Your Life

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 under Guest Post , Mind , Personal Development

Guest post by Tim Brownson of A Daring Adventure: Our self-talk can build and lift or it can trap, undermine and cripple. There are ways we can learn to change the very language we use to describe the obstacles we have to the life we dream of living. Try this simple change of language to experience a quantum change in your life. Self-talk matters. Come see why.

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Optimism

The Optimist Creed: Why Optimists are so Optimistic!

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 under Inspiration & Motivation , Mind & Attitude

Are you an optimist? Do you see silver linings and half-full cups? Optimism is an essential quality for happiness at its potential. The pessimists refrain that “I don’t think things will work out for me” is hardly the recipe for happiness, after all. But what are the basic beliefs of the optimist? Click on in to read my take on the Optimist Creed!

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Oscar Pistorius

You Were Born to be Extraordinary!

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 under Character & Values , Identity , Mind & Attitude

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live an extraordinary life? Well, extraordinary is as extraordinary does. An ordinary focus and commitment lacks the pulling power to lift you to the level of extraordinary. Extraordinary is extra-ordinary, after all. You just can’t reach it by virtue of ordinary effort. The “extra” is required. So begin to supercharge your life for an extraordinary impact of legendary proportions.

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Stressed

Removing Unnecessary Stress From Your Life

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 under Guest Post , Happiness

Guest post: While it’s not possible to live a 100 percent stress-free life, you can help reduce some of the day-to-day stress you experience – leading to a happier, healthier you. It doesn’t necessarily take a major life overhaul. Just a few small changes can lead to a major overall impact. Click on in to see how!

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Father and son

31 Lessons to Teach my Son before I Die

Posted on Aug 6, 2012 under Life , Marriage and Family

I was thinking the other day about the man I hope my son will one day be. I was imagining him with the qualities I hope he acquires. And then I wondered if I was adequately teaching him the traits I envisioned him having. Come on in and read the 31 lessons every mom and dad would do well to teach their children before they can no longer teach them.

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2012 Olympics: Celebrating Excellence

The Olympic Games are thrilling and compelling because they embody human excellence. They remind us of tha value of determination, dedication, will and stamina, refusing to allow life to get in the way of living it at its highest, pushing for what seems impossible, reaching amazing levels of human capacity. The passion and drive, hard work, sacrifice and blood sweat and tears in every step, every jump and even in every stumble, inspires us.

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Change

11 Steps and 11 Quotes to Radical Personal Change (A Tribute to Stephen R. Covey)

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 under Inspiration & Motivation , Personal Development

The reasons for change are endless: A new career. An old habit. A new one. Acquiring a skill. Overcoming a fear. Ending procrastination. Becoming happier. But no matter the reason or the kind, all change has a starting point. This post is a tribute to the late Dr. Stephen R. Covey. Change is made possible by understanding the principles undergirding change. Covey taught those principles.

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I Love Life

14 Reasons to Fall Madly in Love with Life, Part III (#9-14)

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 under Heart , Life , Personal Development

Life is an incomplete design. And we are the designers. We choose the colors, the pattern, the shape and size of the final product, a glorious finished work of amazingness. Granted, God gave us the materials and even some basic instructions to guide us, but we weave the pieces together to make of our lives what we will.

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