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How to Use Negative Emotions as Information

How to Use Negative Emotions as Information

Most of the time in life, we try to avoid or escape from negative emotions. This is really common in counseling. Most of the time, people seek counseling in order to “feel better.” On one hand, this makes a lot of sense to me. Anxiety feels bad. Depression feels bad....
Why It’s Important to Say Yes to Life

Why It’s Important to Say Yes to Life

One of my favorite books is called “Love Does” by Bob Goff. There was one particular story in the book that taught me an important lesson: Whenever possible, say yes to life. How Bob Became a Diplomat to Uganda Bob is a lawyer, and one day he received a...
What Can We Learn From Negative Emotions?

What Can We Learn From Negative Emotions?

Usually when people come to counseling, they are in emotional distress. If you are struggling, you might be in that place right now. Maybe you feel depressed, down, and sad. Or perhaps you feel anxious, uptight, and nervous. You want relief from the unpleasant...
Exploring Different Kinds of Unhappiness

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...
Holding Conflict

Holding Conflict

What do you do when you have two parts of yourself that are in conflict with each other? This happened to me the other day. I had a disagreement with a friend about an upcoming trip. There was part of me that recognized it wasn’t a big deal, and wanted to go with the...
It’s Okay to Be Sad

It’s Okay to Be Sad

The other day, I was aware of feeling really sad. Nothing terrible happened—some of my issues were getting triggered and I was dealing with that. I knew I wouldn’t feel that way forever, but for the day, I was feeling pretty down. I attended a group discussion that...
Do the Next Right Thing

Do the Next Right Thing

Sometimes life gets too difficult and overwhelming. Maybe you’re in one of those times right now. Everywhere you turn, life keeps piling stressful things on to your plate. You can’t seem to catch a break. Your to-do list is a mile long. When I get in a situation like...
Brian Williams and Having a Truth Policy

Brian Williams and Having a Truth Policy

NBC news anchor Brian Williams has recently come under fire for lying about his experiences in Iraq. He said he was in a helicopter that got shot down. The truth was that he was in a different helicopter. In an industry that depends on an unflinching commitment to...
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