Thank You For Your Criticism!

A few months ago, one reader gave a wonderfully scathing review of the 35+ page Kindle report introducing a core concept of problem solving ELF style Super Solutions 101: First Steps Of A Surprisingly Simple System For Solving Problems In Your Personal And Professional Life (Kindle Edition.) Now, I thank you for your criticism Sandy, you…

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What Are Emotions?

“What Are Emotions? About.com Psychology.” N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Dec. 2013. “An emotion is a complex psychological state that involves three distinct components: a subjective experience, a physiological response, and a behavioral or expressive response.” Hockenbury & Hockenbury, 2007 In addition to understanding exactly what emotions are, researchers have also tried to identify and classify…

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The Paradox of Practical Spirituality

Universals and Specifics So where are all these Universals? We see them everywhere and yet we never really do “see” them. Of course we see beauty, we notice goodness, we feel love. And it is all these intangibles that we often allow to gather ever so lovingly under the banner of spirituality. But aren’t we…

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The 2 Minute Power-Up

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy’s simple yet clear message is this: Our bodies change our minds. Our minds change our behavior. Our behavior changes our outcomes. While many of us have known for years how our body language affects others, Amy set out to look scientifically at how our body language can affect how we see and…

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What To Do When You Feel Stressed or Anxious

If you Googled “what to do when you feel stressed or anxious” perhaps you got here via some of the sites that go over the reasons why you feel that way. So you are probably already caught up on that. Then again, I suspect you really do know why you are agitated. So for that…

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Ellen Langer on Managing Stress

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A Chaplain Reflects

  This life-changing program remains the best investment of time and money I have ever made Chaplain Marilyn is a board certified chaplain living and working in California’s central valley. She holds a B.A. in Comparative Religions from Ohio State University and an M.A. in Divinity Studies from United Theological Seminary, after which she completed…

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How Americans Cope With Stress

The ways in which Americans cope with stress are not that surprising even though the numbers may be. Probably each of uses one or other of many of these at one time or another. I just added the study* percentages for each: 82% watch TV, read or listen to music to get our our “minds off”…

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The 15-Second “Personal Crisis Response Plan”

It has occurred to me for some time now how fascinating it is that we, as a society, are so concerned about having the latest technologies for gadgets and gizmos (OK, and tools and business equipment) so we can “get the most out of life.” Meanwhile, we make no use of some of the most…

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Stress Relief: The Tangible and Intangible

Do an Amazon search for “stress relief” — where people have their credit cards out ready to “get some,” and you will find what is being sold tends to be pills and potions—tangibles. Now dig a little further and you may end up on the Mayo Clinic, for example, to find they recommend the intangibles…

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