I sometimes wonder if the TV and the internet has made it more difficult for people to feel whole and worthy just by the virtue of being alive. I think about this every time I check my Facebook page, scroll through Twitter or surf the web for new blogs. Because people don’t usually share their recovery stories, their triumph over coping with depression, or their ability to manage their illness (except for maybe on our page), what you see is continuous feeds of all the good, seemingly perfect things going on in other people’s lives.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with that. But I think it’s equally important to recognize the seemingly less glamorous stories going on in the world-like how you’ve learned ways to deal with your grief, feel good about your body or gain confidence from managing your emotions. These are worthy accomplishments! And I hope you realize that. I hope you know that you don’t need to be successful at your career, create the perfect family, invent something new, have thousands of followers on Twitter, or wear a swimsuit like a supermodel to feel like you deserve love. Those external things that make everyone else look perfect are just distractions. They take us away from what matters most.

This short blog contains important posts on ways to help you do that — to remind you that the most important thing we can do is love ourselves and each other. You’ll see that in Margarita’s popular post on the dangers of weight-loss commercials and in Dr. Goldstein’s post on bringing mindfulness to help kids in school. May the messages they bring stay with you as you go on with your day and keep you cognizant of what’s truly important in life. Have a great weekend!

Why Weight-Loss & Diet Commercials Are Dangerous

(Weightless) – There’s been a surge of weight-loss and diet commercials lately and in response, Margarita powerfully tackles the potentially damaging effects of each one.

Bringing Mindfulness to Schools: An Interview with Co-Founder Megan Cowan

(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – You’ve probably heard about the benefits of mindfulness in adults. But how about with children? In this post, Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. interviews Megan Cowan, Co-founder and Executive Director of Mindful Schools on the positive impact mindfulness can have on kids.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety and Returning to the Scene of the Crime

(Angst in Anxiety) – Individuals who have a history of trauma may be more likely to put themselves in equally dangerous situations. This tendency is called, “repetition compulsion” and is explained in greater detail here.

When Bad Things Happen to Sensitive People

(The Emotionally Sensitive Person) – Normal, every day stress can be extraordinarily difficult to manage for those who are emotionally sensitive. This post describes the common responses to daily stressors and the steps you can take to address them.

Grieving as a Path to Connection and Meaning: A New Perspective

(Healing Together for Couples) – How do you go on after the death of a loved one and also find meaning in their loss? It may seem like an impossible venture, but as you’ll read in this post, it can be done.