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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: How ACT Can Help You Solve Problems and Improve Your Life

I’ve been getting into a counseling approach called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT; pronounced as one word, not “eh-see-tee”). ACT has helped me to effectively deal with problems in my own life, so I thought I would give a brief primer on the approach to see if it can help …

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Exploring Different Kinds of Unhappiness

I don’t like to be unhappy. When I start to feel sad or frustrated, my tendency is to do something to make myself feel differently. I might try to avoid the thing that is causing my discomfort, or do something to distract myself. Sometimes these strategies to escape unhappiness can …

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Honor the Journey

I attended the Liturgists gathering last weekend in Denver, CO, which was hosted by Science Mike and Michael Gungor. It was a refreshing weekend for me spiritually—a mix of worship, listening, learning, discussion, and connecting with God. One of the most powerful aspects of the weekend for me was the …

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5 Steps to Change Your Thoughts

This post is Part 2 in a 4-part blog series on changing our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. (If you missed the previous post, you can find Part 1 here.) Sometimes we feel bad because we hold on to problematic thoughts or beliefs. We aren’t completely rational, and sometimes our thoughts …

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