Accepting Resistance: Exercise for the Brain

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Writings on Mindfulness With K. Neal Hughes, M.A. LSPE NCC The buzzword in neuroscience has been “neuroplasticity” for about 40 years. This simply means that the brain is able to change itself. That brain functions can change with new information and practice, especially practice, is no longer simply an interesting idea. Some studies even indicate […]

“When Your Past Calls, don’t Answer. It has Nothing New to Say.”

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Writings on Mindfulness With K. Neal Hughes, M.A. LSPE NCC Our pasts haunt us, especially those of us who tend to experience depression. It is the nature of the brain to remember. It is also the nature of the brain to predict so there are those of us just as haunted in the present by […]

The Neurological Effects of Mindfulness

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Writings on Mindfulness With K. Neal Hughes, M.A. LSPE NCC There is a science to all of this, and in the absence of science there really is nothing to any of it. How would lasting changes occur in anyone unless neurology was involved? It is my contention that unless spiritual practice touches neurology then no […]

Don’t Let Summer Get the Best of You — 3 Ways to Take Control of Your Life

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3 Tips for Taking Control of Your Life this Summer It’s summertime again! You’ve been waiting since Labor Day for the warm rays of the hot summer sun to come back. It’s time for swimming pools, beach vacations, and backyard cookouts. But don’t lose sight of what’s most important. Here are 3 ways to take […]

A Counselor’s 4 Tips For Surviving Eternal Life

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Your Guide to Living Forever A number of recent research studies suggest that scientists are getting closer to extending human life, or eliminating aging altogether. Most recently, a study (using mice) suggested that transfusions of young blood could prevent aging. This begs the question; how will you handle eternal life once it becomes a scientific reality? […]

All I Really Need to Know I Learned … in the 12 Weeks of Summer!

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12 Action Steps for a Renewed Perspective Hard to believe, but the summer months are fast approaching. Whether you’re a recent graduate, maybe taking summer school classes, looking for a summer job, or perhaps anticipating having some vacation time, your thoughts are likely turning to questions about how you might spend the long twelve weeks […]

A Journey to Mindfulness

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Starve Ego, Feed the Soul Challenge Day 21: Fessing up to Being Flaky I’m typically a very dependable person. But unfortunately, not so much today when it came to paying at the end of my hair appointment! It slipped my mind that the hair stylist only takes checks or cash. I didn’t have a check […]

5 Ways to Get Your Friends Off The Couch

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Everyone deserves a little relaxation time built into their day. There is, however, a difference between relaxing and being flat out lazy. So what’s the solution to cure this chronic laziness that seems to have hit each of us at some point? Here are a few suggestions to get your friends (and you) off the couch:

Is Excitement The Best Way to Defeat Stress and Anxiety?

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What makes a person excited? How is it that excitement is one of the most effective tools against stress, anxiety and public speaking? Here is our full guide to the science and psychology behind one of our mind’s most powerful resources — enthusiasm — and how you can actually utilize it.

The Mystery and Energy Behind Every Touch

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Do you and your loved ones need to keep in touch? We don’t like to be touched. You’ve probably heard the term “personal space” and “bubble” being thrown around by friends and strangers. At the same time, we’re all obsessed with the energy of touch, even if we don’t realize it. Affection, for one thing, […]

What Makes a Person Creative?

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Are you someone who struggles to create and be creative? For some, creativity and artistic expression seems like something that…well other people are good at. And yet most of us feel an urge to create and express ourselves. So why is this so difficult? Note that creativity is not something a child struggles with. At […]

The 22 Most Popular Resolutions and 22 Ways to Break Them

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What are your resolutions? Every year, we torture ourselves by making New Year’s Resolutions that we don’t keep. So our staff at Thriveworks thought it would be more productive to list out the most popular resolutions we all take part in and how we most often (creatively) break them. 1. Read more books this year! […]

Who Else Wants to Survive The Holidays? 2 Tips You Need to Know

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Tis the Season. Turkeys and Holly, family and friends, Chaos and Loudness continues; no ends. Excitement and running and joy and play, Can make for an OVERWHELMING day! I realize I will not be getting a prize anytime soon for my poetry writing skills! It’s just a fun way to introduce the dichotomy of the […]

3 Habits That Are Making You Lonely

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Here are a few habits that might be making you lonely. Do you have trouble making and keeping friends? Almost everyone gets lonely once in a while. Even the most social people you know get lonely, even if they don’t wear it on their sleeves. That being said, one of the main causes of loneliness […]

4 Things You Need To Know About Aging in Place

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What does “Aging in Place” mean for you and your loved ones? All of my grandparents are aging in place. In fact, most senior citizens older than the retirement age do this. It’s nothing new, and as our population grows, it will become even more common. So what is “aging in place,” and why is […]

Beware of the “Me-Monster!”

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What’s a “Me-Monster,” and how can I be sure that I am not one? Good questions!  If you got the impression that being a Me-Monster is an unfavorable thing, you’re off to a good start. You may not recognize “Me-Monsters” at first glance, but you certainly know them when they speak. From the moment a […]

Surviving the Holidays After Divorce

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When we think about the holidays, most of us are expecting a time of fun, family, and traditions we hold dear. Unfortunately, this can also be a time that is dreaded for the first time by people who have recently ended their marriage. For some, this will be the first holiday season without their spouse, […]

Finding Happiness: How to Become Happier in Life

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“Life, liberty, and the pursuit of . . . ” For many of us, happiness is an ever-illusive dream. Especially in today’s world. Life these days is full of stress. Uncertainty. Deadlines. Worry. Budgeting. It’s easy to get caught up in the rat race of life, somehow thinking that happiness comes with having it all. […]

4 Reasons Why Smiling Should Be a Relentless Habit

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Facts about smiling that will turn you into a grinning enthusiast. You’ve probably heard the old cliche, “it takes more muscles to frown than smile!” And a lot of us have trouble accepting that point. Still, there are plenty of other reasons why this upbeat gesture is pretty much the best one out there. Below […]

Why You Should Create Something Today

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Invention is the sincerest form of self-actualization. A quick way to gaining satisfaction in pretty much anything is to create something. A mentality that is growing more prevalent these days is to share something amazing and likeable…and then leave it at that. Sure, you may lend a cheeky opinion to the photo or article you […]

8 Ways to Make Your Relationship Thrive

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My least favorite part of a relationship is the very beginning. Although the early stages are new and exciting, they’re also difficult to navigate due to the intangible barriers we either face or put up ourselves. I prefer that stage in the relationship when I am first becoming comfortable around a person, and we are […]