Happiness

Compassion: As Beneficial to the Giver as to the Receiver


The current Dalai Lama says that compassionate concern for others’ welfare enhances your own well-being. Researchers at the University of Rochester set out to test this theory, and found some answers that surprised them. (No word on how the Dalai Lama responded. He’s unlikely to say ‘I told you so!’) The results of the study were recently published in the journal Emotion.

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Creativity

10 Ways to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing Again

“Creativity is God’s will for us and should be practiced like any other spiritual practice -- one day at a time.” - Julia Cameron
As a child, being creative is a natural part of everyday life. From drawing, finger painting and crafting in kindergarten to playing with toys, dressing up or just letting it all go at recess, our society gives kids full permission to be imaginative and express themselves. In many educational systems, creativity is considered an essential part of healthy childhood development.

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Publishers

5 Red Flags Your Relationship Is Toxic


Do NOT miss these signs.

When we’re in the thick of our day-to-day life with an *******, we don’t see the long-term negative impact our relationship has on our mood, self-esteem, self-confidence, values, goals and our other meaningful relationships. We can transform from a motivated, healthy, happy person into a miserable, sniveling wreck no one wants to be around without even knowing it’s happening.

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Grief and Loss

Why We Grieve So Intensely for Our Pets


Your own pet is never "just a dog."

My wife and I recently went through one of the more excruciatingly sorrowful experiences of our long married life: the death of a pet -- the euthanasia of our beloved dog, Murphy.

Losing a dog is hard enough; setting the time and date in advance and then counting down the hours that we had left with her was almost more than we could bear.

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