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How to Deal with the Holiday Blues

How to Deal with the Holiday Blues

The Christmas season is my favorite time of year. The fall school semester is winding down, there’s a bit of a chill in the air (although not too much since we live in Texas), the leaves are changing, there’s a holiday party almost every night, and all my friends are...
How to Be a Good Loser

How to Be a Good Loser

The other day, I was playing Dr. Mario with my wife Jenn. (We have one of those old 8-bit Nintendo game systems.) Unfortunately, I was doing poorly. After I lost, I was so grumpy that I threw my controller across the room in disgust. I’m a Bad Loser I’m not a very...
When Trouble Hits, Look for the Blessing in Disguise

When Trouble Hits, Look for the Blessing in Disguise

Research is clear that people who experience higher levels of gratitude also tend to be happier. But gratitude can be tough, especially when you’re struggling with difficulties or problems in your life. Look for the Blessing in Disguise One thing that has been helpful...
Stop Judging Your Circumstances as Good or Bad

Stop Judging Your Circumstances as Good or Bad

Many of us get in the habit of labeling and judging our circumstances as good or bad. This habit is incredibly natural to us. Being rich is good; being poor is bad. Having a family is good; being alone is bad. Winning is good; losing is bad. Being healthy is good;...
A Simple Intervention to Be More Assertive

A Simple Intervention to Be More Assertive

One thing I’m working on in my life right now is being more assertive. From the time I was a little kid, I struggled with assertiveness. I would feel nervous about putting my opinion or position out there, especially if it caused conflict with someone else. As I grew...
Why Problems are a Good Thing

Why Problems are a Good Thing

Most of the time, we think of problems in our lives as a bad thing. We want to remove or get rid of our problems. I think this is a natural tendency—problems can cause pain, stress, and anxiety. These can be unpleasant emotions, and it’s natural to want to get rid of...
Integration of the Shadow

Integration of the Shadow

This blog post is Part 3 in a 4-part blog series on Integrated Faith. (If you missed the first blog post, you can find it here.) In this blog series, I am taking a look at aspects of our spiritual lives that might be out of step or disconnected with the rest of our...
What Makes a Good Story?

What Makes a Good Story?

The other day, I was feeling stressed. I had a lot going on. First, there were some upcoming work talks I needed to prepare for, and I kept thinking about what I had to do. Second, I was working through some things with my girlfriend, which was necessary but...
Living Whole

Living Whole

This post is Part 3 in a 3-part blog series on good and bad. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.) In the previous two posts, I looked at how we often categorize things into two neat and separate categories of good and bad, but if we poke around under...
The Good in the Bad

The Good in the Bad

This post is Part 2 in a 3-part blog series on good and bad. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.) Last time I talked about how there can be some pretty big problems with the things we consider ‘good,’ especially if we put too much importance on those...
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