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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,...
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...
The Work: How to Question Painful Thoughts

The Work: How to Question Painful Thoughts

One of the most important insights from psychology is that the events and situations in our lives do not directly lead to our emotions and reactions. Instead, the events and situations that happen in our lives are filtered through our thoughts, and these thoughts lead...
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...
The Emotion Shift

The Emotion Shift

Have you ever felt so much stress and anxiety that you became overwhelmed and couldn’t think straight? Maybe you had to give an important speech, or have a difficult conversation with a friend or colleague. If you asked a friend for advice about what to do, they may...
3 Ways to Deal with Disappointment

3 Ways to Deal with Disappointment

I was meeting up with a few friends the other day, and the conversation eventually got around to New Year’s Resolutions. The resolutions we had were pretty par for the course. One person wanted to work on his health in the coming year, and get his diet and exercise...
The Holiday Blues

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 I live in Texas), the leaves are changing, there’s a holiday party almost every night, and all my friends are...
Inside Out Emotions: We Need Them All

Inside Out Emotions: We Need Them All

The other day I went to see the movie ‘Inside Out.’ It’s a creative film that focuses on the life of Riley, an 11-year old girl. Her life is going pretty well until her family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco because of her father’s new job. Riley goes through...
Use Negative Emotions, Don’t Lose Them

Use Negative Emotions, Don’t Lose Them

I was feeling anxious the other day. There were a lot of things on my mind. I had several writing projects with due dates approaching. The lease for my apartment was up, and I had to figure out if I wanted to sign a new lease or move out. I was dealing with a couple...
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