I remember the first time I ever felt in control of my life. I was about 8 or 9 years old at the time and had a reoccurring nightmare about two kids chasing me down the street. When I told my dad about it he said, “You know you can control your dreams right?”

He told me all I had to do was visualize what I wanted to happen in the dream before I went to sleep. Because I had the kind of faith in magic and pure wonder that only occurs in childhood, I wholeheartedly believed him. The next morning I woke up with a smile on my face. In my dream, the two kids that were chasing me finally caught up. But in their hands were melting ice-cream cones they had been trying to give me.

That dream was years ago, but I will never forget it.

More than teaching me how to control my dreams, it taught me how to control my life. When scared or anxious about the unknown, I often remember that my perspective can change the outcome. Sometimes being open to seemingly scary experiences can help us receive the ice-creams in our own life.

We’re wrapping up another week with our top posts. Hope you enjoy them and your weekend!

How Positive Writing Can Increase Life-Satisfaction

(Adventures in Positive Psychology) – Another way to gain a greater sense of control over your life is through writing. This top post provides a wealth of information to help you heal and gain a deeper sense of satisfaction, happiness and optimism in your life through positive writing.

A Summertime Compassion Training Opportunity

(360° of Mindful Living) – I love this post. One because I hate bugs (especially cockroaches) and two because it provides a new perspective and an unexpected opportunity to practice compassion on the things I hate most. Read it and you’ll see what I mean.

The 7 Vital Types of Self-Care

(Weightless) – Self-care is more than bubble baths and manicures. Really? Really. Here Margarita lists several ways you can begin to care for yourself in every area of your life.

Men and the Danger of Hidden Depression

(Healing Together for Couples) – Men exhibit depression in different ways than women. Because of that reason, depression in men can be much more dangerous and deadly. Get the facts here.

Five Ways Parents Can Fight Facebook Depression

(Therapy Soup) – There’s a lot of debate about whether Facebook depression is real or not. Regardless of what you call it, depression does exist and is important to address with your children. This post lists five ways you can help them manage their time on social media and be cognizant of its potential negative impact.