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5 Ways to Embrace the Season of Giving

5 Ways to Embrace the Season of Giving

The season which runs between Thanksgiving and Christmas goes by all sorts of names, depending on who you talk to, and you probably even have your own name for it as well! If you haven’t yet been able to truly embrace the “reason for the season,” as some call it, you might want to give it some serious thought.

Joining with others in giving back for the blessings that have been bestowed on you is a great way to make it joyful and memorable for you as well.

But just how do you do that? How do yo…

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Enjoy the Holidays Without the Stress

Enjoy the Holidays Without the Stress

The holidays are an interesting time. It can be a time of joy, excitement, and anticipation. It can also be stressful. Holiday get-togethers can be loud and crowded.

Add to that the fact that you still resent what Uncle Bill did last Christmas, and the possibility that your cousin might have Covid-19, and the holidays just got even more stressful.

Holidays can also be expensive! The cost of gifts, travel and extra food can really add up in a hurry.

Keep these tips in mind to help reduce holid…

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Grief: Coping with the Loss of a Loved One

Grief Coping with the Loss of a Loved One

If you live long enough, you’ll eventually have to deal with the death of a loved one. Everything that lives eventually dies, but just because death is natural doesn’t make it any easier to navigate.

Grief is a universal consequence of loss, but it is also a very individual experience.

Since everyone is likely to face this type of loss more than once in a lifetime, it’s worth the effort to understand the grief process and how to navigate it.

Grieve in your own way and at your own pace:

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Fall Home Cleaning Projects Provide Teachable Moments for Your Kids

Fall Home Cleaning Projects

As summer shifts into fall, the kids return to school and you settle in for whatever the season brings.

For many of us, this means tasks around the house. Including the children in home cleaning will provide you with plenty of opportunities for teachable moments.

Whether you plan to clean from floor to ceiling or just do a few little things, you can use some of your fall projects to educate your kids about a variety of topics.

Cleaning Out Drawers

One task that many parents face with disda…

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Put a Damper on Emotional Eating

Put a Damper on Emotional Eating

If you’re an emotional eater, you’re not alone. Food is the most common means of dealing with negative feelings. While the occasional bowl of ice cream won’t cause any harm, many people take it too far. Unhealthy foods can cause a myriad of health issues when consumed in large quantities.

Understand the factors that control emotional eating:

Develop pleasures other than food. Emotional eating is challenging to give up because it’s so pleasurable. Food can make us feel much better, at least in …

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Love Your Home: Creating Your Own Paradise

Love Your Home Creating Your Own Paradise

Do you have fantasies about where you’d like to live someday? Maybe it’s a beautiful little seaside town in the south of France or a logs home in the mountains of Denver. Fortunately, you can have a bit of your dream right now, where you live today, without uprooting your life!

Although it’s important to strive toward making your dreams a reality, you’ll live a happier existence in the meantime if you work to create your own paradise wherever you live.

Try some of these tips to ensure you’re l…

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Overcome Your Obsession with Being Perfect - 4 Strategies

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Perfectionists strive to be the best at everything they do, and this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Many perfectionists excel in their fields. But that doesn’t mean that this personality trait isn’t without its downsides. When a minor setback feels like a major personal failure, that’s when perfectionism becomes a burden.

Perfectionists may hold themselves or others to standards they know are unrealistic. If your perfectionism interferes with your ability to form or maintain relationships, ther…

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Improve Your Mood by Giving Thanks

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Do you realize how much you can improve your outlook on life by simply being grateful? This is what is called an “attitude of gratitude.” If you cultivate an “attitude of gratitude” you’ll actually bring even more joys into your life like a fulfilling career, pay raises, wealth, health, and stronger relationships. 

An attitude of gratitude is truly a magnet for prosperity and success. After all, much of life is about your attitude and your outlook on things. It’s been said that optimists may be…

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How to Make Time for What’s Important to You

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Many of us live the same day repeatedly. We get up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, watch TV, and go to bed. The next day is a re-run. We have other things we’d like to accomplish, but it seems that we run out of days before we have time to work on the more meaningful parts of life.

How much time do you spend on the most important aspects of your life – those activities that fulfill your life purpose? Has your life changed considerably in the last year? The last 10 years? At your current rat…

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How to Go from Stuck to Unstuck

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If you find yourself stuck, perhaps it's time to explore the reasons why. With some simple self-exploration, you can pinpoint the areas of your life that require change. It may require you to leave your comfort zone, but in the end, you'll likely find that it was all worth it!

Here are some ideas that can get you on your way to getting unstuck:

  1. Set Up Accountability. When you hold yourself accountable and keep a close eye on your goals, you'll be better able to identify when you're stuck in …

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