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3 Ways to Turn Off Your Autopilot

3 Ways to Turn Off Your Autopilot

A lot of times in my life, I’m on autopilot. I’m so used to a routine, I go through the motions without even thinking about it. The conscious part of my brain is turned off, and my autopilot is online. I’m going through life, but I’m not aware or mindful of what I’m...
Self-Care: What is It? How Do We Do It?

Self-Care: What is It? How Do We Do It?

If you take a look at the self-help or psychology section at your local bookstore (or on Amazon), you will find a lot of books on self-care. As psychologists, we talk a lot about self-care with our clients and students. But what is self-care? And more importantly, how...
How To Solve Internal and External Problems

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...
5 Ways to Get Back on The Polar Express of Life

5 Ways to Get Back on The Polar Express of Life

I take the train to work. It takes about 90 minutes each way, so it’s a long commute. I remember one day as I got off the train, I passed by a mother and her young daughter getting on the train. The mother smiled at me and asked, “Was it fun?” She must have noticed...
Being Present Reduces Fear

Being Present Reduces Fear

I’m getting married in a couple months, and as part of our premarital counseling, our counselor assigned us a book to read, called Saying What’s Real: 7 Keys to Authentic Communication and Relationship Success by Susan Campbell. One of the key points in the book is...
6 Lessons from the Tree

6 Lessons from the Tree

I recently took a vacation to Tennessee to visit the Smokey Mountains. It was a beautiful part of the country—I highly recommend it. While I was there, I was reminded of an artist who wrote down 6 life lessons we could learn from the tree: Stand tall and proud. God...
Self-Compassion

Self-Compassion

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with psychologist Kristin Neff, who is an expert on self-compassion. I had read a little bit about self-compassion, but I was excited to get some more information from the expert. What is self-compassion? How does it...
Lose Weight by Eating Slowly

Lose Weight by Eating Slowly

This post is about a simple intervention that can help you lose weight and improve your health, without any major changes in your diet or exercise habits. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s important to eat healthy. And it’s a good idea to move and get sweaty every day. But...
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