How generosity can help your relationships

How generosity can help your relationships

When we think about generosity, we usually think about giving things, including money. Having a generous nature when it comes to objects is helpful in a relationship, but I’m thinking of a wider definition here. Yes, I want to be able to borrow your extra umbrella,...

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Boundaries are the key to healthy, loving relationships

Boundaries are the key to healthy, loving relationships

We like to think that love comes without limits. Yet I find myself wanting to write about boundaries as I think about love this month. Love comes with a strong sense of attachment and, humans that we are, attachment can lead over into one party wanting to control the...

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How to practice the three components of self-compassion

How to practice the three components of self-compassion

Kristin Neff does research and teaches on the topic of self-compassion. She has identified three components of self-compassion. First (she says), we need mindfulness. We need to develop that witnessing part of our minds that understands we are telling ourselves a...

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Increase your happiness with this simple gratitude practice

Increase your happiness with this simple gratitude practice

Gratitude practice increases your happiness partly because it calms your cortex – the part of your brain that thinks, perceives, and processes information and language. Neuroscientist Rick Hanson describes the structure of our brains using animal metaphors to help us...

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How to find gratitude in dark times

How to find gratitude in dark times

When everything in our lives is going the way we think it ought, we feel surrounded by blessings. It’s easy to feel grateful. In dark times, though, when our relationships are full of conflict, our bodies are failing, or the world around us is in an uproar, it’s hard...

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