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How to Wake Up Without Hitting the Snooze Button

How to Wake Up Without Hitting the Snooze Button

I used to have a bad habit of hitting the snooze button on my alarm clock. For 20-30 minutes in the morning, I would toss and turn in bed, getting interrupted every 5 minutes by my alarm. It wasn’t a great way to wake up. Interrupted Sleep I heard a perspective about...
Keep Your Priorities Front, Center, and Simple

Keep Your Priorities Front, Center, and Simple

The other day, a colleague asked me if I would be willing to take the lead on part of a research project he was organizing. I felt conflicted. It seemed like a cool project, and it would probably result in a strong publication. On the other hand, the project wasn’t...
Be On the Lookout for People in Need

Be On the Lookout for People in Need

The other day, I was spending a lot of time on my iPhone—checking email, posting on social media, and reading articles on ESPN. There’s nothing wrong with those activities per se, but they are all self-focused. When I’m on my iPhone, I’m not engaged with others or...
Struggling with Depression? 4 Ways to Get Help

Struggling with Depression? 4 Ways to Get Help

Depression can be one of the most painful experiences we can have as human beings. I have sat across from clients who couldn’t muster up the energy to get out of bed in the morning, thought they were worthless, and considered ending their lives. I haven’t personally...
How to Cope with Death: 5 Suggestions

How to Cope with Death: 5 Suggestions

My grandmother died last week. It wasn’t tragic or surprising. She was quite old, and her health had been declining for several years. Still, though, I felt sad about her death. There’s a finality about death that can be overwhelming. No more eating Chinese food,...
5 Steps to Better Sleep

5 Steps to Better Sleep

The other night, I was struggling to fall asleep. I don’t know about you, but I get really frustrated when I can’t fall asleep. I know I’m tired, and I know I need my sleep. But for some reason, I’m tossing and turning in bed, restless. I look at the alarm clock and...
How to Help Without Enabling: 5 Key Steps

How to Help Without Enabling: 5 Key Steps

A common dilemma in life is how to help without enabling. Here’s what I mean: It’s natural to want to help others who are in need. We all need help sometimes, and it’s important to use our time, money, and resources to help people who are struggling. Also, if you...
Why It’s Important to Show Our Scars

Why It’s Important to Show Our Scars

None of us gets through life unscathed. We all experience pain, struggle, and difficulty. Some of us go through more, and some go through less. But pain and struggle are universal to the human experience. There are parts of us that are broken, dinged, and scratched...
4 Keys to Comforting Others in Trouble

4 Keys to Comforting Others in Trouble

As a counselor, one of my favorite Bible verses is 2 Corinthians 1:3-4. Here’s what it says: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort...
Humility, Growth, and Physical Health

Humility, Growth, and Physical Health

This post is Part 7 in a 12-part blog series on humility and growth. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.) In the next few posts, I will explore how the model of humility and growth can be applied in a few key areas of life. In this first post, I will...
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