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Best of Our Blogs: May 12, 2015


I read once that you should never take anything for granted.

Yet if I’m anxious, depressed, ill, or going through a setback, gratitude for my state feels masochistic.

The phrase seems made for people with “normal” lives that don’t suffer from hardship, trauma or illness.

But appreciation doesn’t condone misery or suffering. It doesn’t take away the fact we’re going through a challenging time. It does the opposite. It reminds us there are things far greater than the problems of are lives.

Things like love, peace, stillness, hope, faith, strength, courage, and creativity to name a few.

It’s okay that we’re not perfect, 100% healthy, balanced all the time people. We’re not meant to be. We’re meant to make mistakes, fall down miserably, and in the worst of times, to get up and rise stronger, more vulnerable, and yet wiser. That’s what it means to be wonderfully and imperfectly human.

Let this week’s posts be a reminder of the many things you take for granted that have messily, yet beautifully created your life.

The INTJ Personality and Being Creative
(The Creative Mind) – Do you have anything in common with these famous INTJs? Discover the core of Introverted Intuitive Thinking Judging personalities and how it’s exhibited in their creativity.

Do Not Read This Unless You are a Mother
(Childhood Emotional Neglect) – Mother’s Day may be over, but there’s no real day off from guilt when you’re a mom. Here’s how to manage the often relentless and sometimes overwhelming feelings you have, which she calls the, “Doorknob Dilemma.”

Developing a Post-Trauma Identity-Who Am I Now?
(Healing Together for Couples) – How do you get back to normal after you’ve survived a traumatic event? Read three stories of people who adopted a new identify after trauma and you’ll discover hope even when you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.

(Bipolar Update) – One way to cope and manage your emotions that could help you live well with bipolar disorder is radical acceptance. Find out how this Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) technique can help you to stop reactive thoughts and behaviors and respond more mindfully.

Open Your Mind to Close-Mindedness
(360 of Mindful Living) – The next time you meet a closed-minded person and want to write them off, read this. It will give you a new perspective and perhaps even compassion for the people you often can’t relate to.

Best of Our Blogs: May 12, 2015

Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.

Brandi-Ann Uyemura is a freelance writer specializing in self-help, spirituality, psychology and small business articles. She has a BA in English from University of Oregon and a MA in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. She writes for various companies and publications and teaches stress management workshops. For more information, see her website

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Uyemura, B. (2018). Best of Our Blogs: May 12, 2015. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 29, 2020, from
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