Baby Boomers Face Midlife Challenge

“They believed their good luck would never end.” They are turning 50 – “midlife” – and are shocked to discover that there are limits to life’s possibilities.  They are the Baby Boomers. The Baby Boomers represent the largest generation in U.S. history, accounting for almost 78 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964.  They have […]

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Colors Influence Mood

Scientists have studied the effect of color on our mood, health and way of thinking for many years. Our preference of one color over another may have something to do with the way color makes us feel. Light is absorbed by the eye and converted into another form of energy, which enables us to see […]

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Choose Your Perceptions Carefully

“Since we each paint our own perception of reality, we must be careful in selecting the colors we use from the palette.” Much has been written about the idea that everything we experience in life is merely a perception of reality…or, more specifically, it is our OWN perception of reality. For example, if you and […]

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What Do You Want Most?

By: Augusta F. Kantra, MS, LPC “Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” Since reading this quote a few days ago I’ve continued to think about it quite a bit.  Originally, I liked it because I thought it was clever, but the more I thought about it, the more […]

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Happiness: What's On YOUR List?

In a study conducted by Diener and Fujita (1995), the availability of “material” resources was 9 times less important to happiness than was the availability of “personal” resources such as family and friends. Imagine for a moment that today was your last day on Earth.  Now, make a list of all the things that you […]

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Escape The Grip Of Worry

It’s not uncommon to experience a number of difficult situations everyday…little aches and pains, slights made to you by others, mistakes you make (and get called on), upsetting news, etc.  It’s also not uncommon to become lost in some of these problems, giving them so much power over you that it’s almost as if they […]

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Our Basic Human Pleasures: Food, Sex and Giving

By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF Published: January 16, 2010 (NY Times Article) Want to be happier in 2010? Then try this simple experiment, inspired by recent scholarship in psychology and neurology. Which person would you rather be: Richard is an ambitious 36-year-old white commodities trader in Florida. He’s healthy and drop-dead handsome, lives alone in a […]

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What Happy People Know

You don’t need a degree in psychology to know when you’re off-track, but sometimes it creeps up on you. It can seem like you wake up one day and realize that things are not right. These are a few of the signs: You don’t want to get out of bed. You have a hard time […]

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