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How to Use Your Positive Memories To Boost Mental Health and Prevent Depression

When you think back on your life throughout your day, are you more likely to revisit “positive memories” or “negative memories?” According to a new study published in Nature Human Behavior, recalling positive memories may play an important role in managing stress, preventing depressive symptoms, and boosting our mental health overall. Researchers set up an experiment where participants were shown either a “positive” or “negative” word on a screen, and were then asked to recall a specific autobiographical memory from…

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How I killed my ‘I’m not ready’ syndrome overnight

This story happened some years ago. Back then I wasn’t very happy with my life – chasing deadlines, tired and stressed, living from Friday to Friday; enjoying the occasional breaks when I could sleep longer than 6 hours, read book at home rather than during morning commute and of course dream about all that I was going to do with my life… one day… …when I had more time …when I was less tired …when I had more money …when…

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Why a Pet Can Be Incredibly Helpful For Social Anxiety, Loneliness, or Depression

Too anxious to make new friends at the moment? Feeling lonely living by yourself? Just need a boost in your mental health in general? Maybe a nice loyal pet is exactly what you need right now. While I certainly don’t think a pet can replace human relationships, they can be a very valuable companion for someone who suffers from social anxiety, loneliness, or depression. A relationship with an animal can often feel just as valuable as a relationship with a…

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One Gratitude Ritual that Will Change Your Perspective (When You Can’t Can’t Anything Else)

by Karl Staib, author of Bring Gratitude “Start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart.” The summer before my dad died I remember going on a beautiful nature hike with him.  Although he didn’t complain one bit, my dad must have been drained from his MDS (bone cancer) coursing through his body.  Unbeknownst to any of us at the time, that undiagnosed, terminal cancer was killing off his white blood cells as we hiked One step forward…

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10 Truths that Will Change the Way You See Yourself Today

I sat at the kitchen table staring at her through tear-filled eyes.  “I feel crazy,” I said.  “I don’t know what’s wrong with me!” “Why do you feel crazy?” she asked. “Because I’m neurotic and self-conscious and ashamed, and so much more all at once,” I said.  “I feel like I’m just not good enough for anything or anyone anymore…” “And you don’t think everyone feels like this at times?” she asked. “Not like this,” I replied under my breath.…

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Sorry, You‘re Not Special And You Need To Read This — Wolkify

At the time of writing, there are 7.6 billion people on Earth. About 360,000 humans are born every day. And the population will only rise. It has been estimated that by the year 2100, the population will grow to 11.2 billion people. You are one of the billion people living on this planet right now. Even more people have come before you and will come after you. Out of all these people, you think you’re special? Let me tell you…

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5 Transformative Reasons to Start Writing a Journal NOW! – *Positive Provocations*

“Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.”~ Ralph Waldo Emerson As this glorious December begins and we are all in introspective modes cause of the end of the year approaching rapidly…I’m thinking about Essence. I’m thinking about that Essence that is revealed when we have…

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10 Hard Things to Remember When You Feel Like Giving Up

Once upon a time, a young man and woman met, gazed into each other’s eyes, kissed, and knew for certain that they were supposed to be together forever.  In the subsequent days, weeks and months everything fell into place just as they had anticipated.  He was perfect in her eyes, and she was perfect in his. Oh, it’s the majestic harmony of young love!  When two souls who barely know each other believe they know everything that they must know…

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Stretch (Not Stress) Yourself In The New Year! – The Zen Mama’s Blog

“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.”~Anonymous A few years ago we were in Mexico. We looked at the map and saw a great hike we could take to a delicious restaurant. What we didn’t know is that we were about to go out of our comfort zone and stretch ourselves! We climbed rocks and hillsides with ropes while following our 20-year-old son. We ended up at our goal…a beautiful tropical…

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One Thing You Need to Stop Doing to Yourself

An Epiphany Imagine for a moment the year is 2000 B.C. and you’re a fisherman living along the coast of what is now Southern Europe.  Like any other morning, you’re fishing when suddenly a powerful burst of energy enters your body.  It creates a tingling sensation in your fingertips, a flutter in your heart and warmth in your belly.  You know it’s not anxiety or a heart attack because it feels comforting and fulfilling. You put your fishing pole down…

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5 “Notes to Self” About the Precious Little Time You Have Left

A Good Girl (Who Didn’t Make It) Alyssa was my best friend.  She was a talented musician, a graceful gymnast, a brilliant writer, and a deeply passionate human being.  She cared about people.  Love bled from every facet of her being.  When she spoke, her eyes were as sincere as her words.  And she always wanted to understand what was wrong so she could strive to make it better. But Alyssa woke up one day during her senior year in…

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My Best Psychology and Self Improvement Articles From 2018

As we approach the upcoming new year, it’s always a great time to take a step back and reflect on what we’ve learned and experienced over the past twelve months. First, let me ask you an important question: “Are you better or worse than you were exactly one year ago today? Or about the same?” I sincerely hope it was a good and productive year for you; but even if it wasn’t, keep in mind this is just one chapter…

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One question you should to ask yourself to take back control over your money

When Cedric and I decided to leave London, we came across the big question – what the hell are we going to do with all our stuff? Furniture was easy; it stayed in the flat. The problems began when we started to empty those cupboards and drawers. It was like opening Pandora box. The piles and piles of stuff we forgot we even had. Looking at dozens of bags filled with things we decided to give away, sell or throw…

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How Small People Create Massive, Life-Changing Results

Repression This morning, as I was relaxing at the water’s edge of Miami Beach, I couldn’t help but eavesdrop on a conversation four teenage kids were having on the beach blankets next to me.  They were talking about making a positive difference in the world.  And it went something like this… “It’s impossible to make a difference unless you’re a huge corporation or someone with lots of money and power,” one of them said. “Yeah man,” another replied.  “My mom…

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Learning to Experience Life as a Gift — Purpose Fairy

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”~ Eleanor Roosevelt When I was in my 20’s, I found a TED video called “Why do we do what we do” by Tony Robbins and it made me realize that it was a question that I’ve been asking myself subconsciously all my life. Why was I destroying my life in the ways I was doing…

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Meditation Makes You Less Reactive to Negative Feedback in Life

Meditation is one of the most scientifically-supported “mental tools” for improving your mental health, well-being, and overall happiness. A new study published in the Journal of Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience has now added another piece of the puzzle for why meditation can be so beneficial for you. Researchers conducted an experiment with 3 groups of people: experienced meditators, novice meditators, and non-meditators. They had all participants perform a task where they were trained to pair certain images with a…

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