The first month in the new year is often filled with reflections. We reflect on the past year. We reflect on what’s still to come. We reflect on the choices we made, good and bad, and wonder what we can do better for the coming year.

Do you feel the inner struggle with the past in one hand and your future on the other?

Reflections often bring both excitement for the new year and a mourning for what we haven’t yet achieved.

As we sink our toes into 2011, what will you wish for? What are your dreams?

Whether you want to create a more healthy work/life balance, be happier, or more compassionate, these posts will help you get there. It’s 5 posts to start the ending of 2010 and the beginning of 2011 right. Enjoy!

Does Work/Life Conflict Cause You Stress?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Understood – Raise your hand if you find work stressful. You may be one of the 76 percent of Americans who think so. Here are a few tips to help you with your resolution to improve your stressful work situation.

Compassion: An Increasing Global Movement

(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – This is the feel good post you’ve been waiting for! Want to turn over a new leaf in 2011? You might find your new calling in this list of mainstream work that’s been being done with compassion and self-compassion.

When a Person is Drowning is Not the Time to Teach Him to Swim

(Always Learning) – Your child may have come home with a disappointing grade, but now’s not the time for scolding and criticism. Read this to gain a different approach to handling disappointing behavior.

Toxic Criticism and Developing Creativity

(The Creative Mind) – Healthy critiques are a good thing. They can push towards excellence and help us to do better. But negative criticism can be destructive. And in this case, criticism is even worse when it turns into self-criticism. Read this post to see the negative consequences of self-criticism.

Generations of Depression: “Hey, Mom. I’m Finally Happy.”

(Depression On My Mind) – Come from a line of family members suffering from mental illness? You’ll be inspired when you read Christine’s true story of how she broke the chain of generations of depression.