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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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How To Solve Internal and External Problems

As human beings, we are designed to solve problems. Often our biggest breakthroughs in life and work come from being successful in solving our big problems. However, the flip side is also true. Our most painful experiences come from experiencing failure in solving our most difficult and intractable problems. The …

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When Struggling, Shift From Negative to Realistic

Nowadays, people are really focused on thinking positively. We’re encouraged to practice gratitude, be optimistic, and shift our negative thinking to positive thinking. We are told that if you just think positively, positive things will happen to you. Ignore the negative; focus on the positive. The Problem with Positive Thinking …

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How To Be Less Anxious-Part 3: 5 Tips

This post is Part 3 in a 3-part blog series on how to be less anxious. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.) Anxiety is About Fear  In the first two posts, I talked about two big ideas when thinking about anxiety. First, anxiety is about …

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Thoughts, Prayers, AND Gun Control

Following the tragic shooting in Las Vegas, many people shared that their thoughts and prayers were with the victims of the shooting and their families. On one hand, I believe thoughts and prayers are important. I know that when I’m going through a difficult time, it helps to know that …

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