There are some numbers I shy away from. Raise your hands if you occasionally lose your courage over scales, your inbox or the number of visitors on your blog. Anybody?

For some reason, I can muster up courage to give presentations, interview people I’ve never met, but scared as heck when it comes to numbers like these. It’s probably that 5 letter word that starts with g.

Guilt’s been plaguing me since I was 6 years old.

One hot summer day I was on a field trip when I finally found a water fountain. I was so excited. I didn’t care that the water was warm or that I had to stand on my tippy toes to get to it. But when one of the young teachers came up next to me, all I could think of was how guilty I felt that she touched my dirty sweaty hair. It didn’t matter that she was actually complimenting its softness or curliness or that to her it was lovely. In my mind, it was gross.

Yesterday, I was flipping through a magazine in a bookstore and came across an article in Self magazine with Zooey Deschanel on the cover. In the mag, she said, “A lot of people work out to be skinny. That’s so boring, and it seems like a depressing goal for a modern woman. I work out to be healthy and because I like it.” I know it’s a leap, but reading this made me realize how often we take ourselves too seriously. We work out to be skinny. We blog to get hits. We email others to feel validated. What happened to joy? What happened to doing something for the pure pleasure of it?

I hope as you read our top post this week you will do so not out of guilt, but completely for your perusing pleasure.

Don’t Tell Someone With PTSD to “Get Over It”

(Therapy Soup) – Speaking of memories, this post talks about how some memories particularly traumatic ones are embedded in our minds. Yet new research is showing that an unforgettable memory can be forgotten. But it’s not easy to do and this is a warning to folks not to force others to just “forget about it.”

How an Eating Disorder Article Got it Wrong

(Weightless) – Even reputable websites like WebMD mess up sometimes. Find out why Margarita is calling out the website for posting “the worst opening lines for an eating disorder article ever.”

Biological vs. Psychological Basis of Bipolar Disorder

(Bipolar Beat) – It’s important to understand bipolar disorder in terms of its biological and psychological factors. Wouldn’t you agree? That’s why this new report is so exciting.

Ready for a Challenge: Try Something New for 30 Days

(Adventures in Positive Psychology) – What could you do in 30 days? End a bad habit? Pick up a healthy new one? The possibilities are endless. Ready to try it?

Fear of Death: Philosophy from a Six Year Old

(Anxiety & OCD Exposed) – We laugh at the funny things kids say. Sometimes we even marvel at their uncanny wisdom. The latter explains this post.