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I think the older you get, the easier it is to fall into the trap of indifference.

That sunset? You’ve seen it a million times before.

The rainbow? The one in Hawaii was so much better.

Those buildings? Pales in comparison to those in Europe.

The more we experience the harder it becomes to bend in the wind, to open our eyes to what’s new instead of holding tight to what we think we already know.

But it’s not just about the things we see. Sometimes we take life itself for granted. We believe that we know everything. We think there are more limitations in our lives than exist. By the time we stop believing in Santa Claus, we have stopped believing in miracles and the possibilities within ourselves.

I think that we can grow younger as we physically grow older by learning how to be open to the unknown again. Part of this is being grateful for what we have. It’s learning to see the miracles in ordinary experiences. It’s exploring the things we thought we knew, discovering our strengths, and not taking everything we read as our truth.

Sometimes we just need to be reminded of that.

This week’s top posts are bite-sized pieces of wisdom on everything from gratitude to loving ourselves. It’s a great read to prepare us for the upcoming holiday and a great lesson in possibility.

When Anxiety Becomes Panic

(Anxiety & OCD Exposed) – What is anxiety and how can it lead to a panic disorder? Read this and you’ll not only understand why normal anxiety turns into a full-fledged disorder, but also what’s going on in your body when it does.

Put the Wind in Your Sails by Using Your Strengths

(Adventures in Positive Psychology) – Doing things that revolve around your strengths can re-energize, reawaken and help you rediscover your passion for life. It’s an exciting way to begin 2012! Find out what your strengths are here and begin incorporating them in your daily life.

The Dangerous Mixed Messages In Women’s Magazines

(Weightless) – You may take for granted how powerful women’s magazines are. But Margarita doesn’t. She confronts one of the editors of a popular health magazine and unravels the dangerous truth behind her words.

What NOT to Buy Your Friend with Depression

(Depression On My Mind) – If your mind is on holiday gifts and you’re shopping for something with depression, start with this. It’s a list of gift ideas you may want to avoid putting on your Christmas list this year.

Holiday Gratitude – Top 5 Things I’m Grateful For

(ADHD from A to Zoë) – You may not have everything you want in life and what you do have is far from perfect. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have anything to be grateful for. Zoë reminds us of the simple things that can bring us joy no matter what our circumstance.

 


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    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 12 Dec 2011
    Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.

APA Reference
Uyemura, B. (2011). Best of Our Blogs: December 13, 2011. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 23, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2011/12/13/best-of-our-blogs-december-13-2011/

 

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