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Coping with Loss and Grief during the Holiday Season

Holidays are filled with joy, right? Sometimes they can be just the opposite, especially if you have lost a loved one.You may want to join in festivities, but if you don’t that is fine. Set boundaries by listening to yourself and your readiness. Be kind to yourself and understand that whatever you are feeling is […]

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Thankfulness: How Gratitude Can Help Your Health

Gratitude is more than a buzzword. It’s a habit and practice that may actually change your perception of well-being. Are you feeling overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic, all the changes it has brought to your life and everything you need to worry about to stay safe? Or do you sometimes feel like you just can’t […]

The History Behind 4 Popular Thanksgiving Traditions

One of my favorite things about the Thanksgiving season is gathering with friends and family for a potluck and learning more about each other’s favorite seasonal traditions, from Thanksgiving menu must-haves and front-yard pigskin games, to volunteer work at soup kitchens and participation in local Turkey Trot runs. And that got me thinking…what are the […]

How to Make Gratitude a Daily Habit

It’s easy to focus on what we want rather than what we have. But when we shift our awareness to the present moment, we begin finding moments of gratitude in everyday life. We tend to talk about gratitude as a way of expressing thanks—thanks for a meal, an event, or an act of kindness. Following the lead […]

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How Your Self-talk Can Help You Cope With Stress

Talking to yourself like you’re someone else can help you shift your perspective and regulate your emotions. By Ethan Kross In 2012, a 14-year-old Pakistani girl received one of the most frightening messages imaginable: a terrorist group was plotting to kill her. Her name was Malala Yousafzai, and two years later, after recovering from a gunshot […]

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