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Tiny Self-Love Tips Based on a Poem by Charlie Chaplin

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In 1959, for his 70th birthday, silent film actor and philosopher Charlie Chaplin composed a poem to himself: an anthem of self-love that can help you transform your life. (The text in BOLD are Charlie’s words.  The rest are mine.) As I Began To Love Myself As I began to love myself I found that [...]

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Do You Change the Toilet Paper Roll?

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(It’s an odd subject, I know! But there are some spiritual lessons here, I promise!) It all started when I was a child. I was well cared for and loved by my parents. I had it pretty easy. I didn’t have chores per se, just the basic “kid” responsibilities: picking up my room, making by [...]

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3 Powerful and Proven Benefits of Meditation

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In my post 6 Steps to a Peaceful Meditation Practice (view here), I discussed how easy it is to start meditating. As previously mentioned, meditation is a practice and something I recommend that you strive to do daily in order to see results. I wanted to follow up on that piece with a few recent [...]

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3 Ways Exercise Helps Your Brain and Boosts Confidence

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3 Ways Exercise Helps Your Brain and Boosts Confidence Whatever your reasons for disliking exercise, it may be time to reframe your thinking from something you do for your physical appearance to something you do for your mental health. Advances in technology and medicine have allowed researchers to shift their primary focus away from the [...]

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Why you SHOULD cry over spilled milk (and everything else)

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In today’s culture we are encouraged to “suck it up” and push forward when something doesn’t go our way or if something emotional happens. This is especially true for the males in our society. However, there is strong evidence to suggest that letting yourself have a good cry has many benefits, including reducing inflammation, recovering [...]

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Taking the Work Out of Working Out

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Cornell University found that if you perceive exercise to be fun, you are more likely to eat less afterward. Whereas, if you perceive exercise to be work (as in, “I worked so hard, I deserve an extra helping!”) you are more likely to eat more afterward. So when you say to yourself “I should work [...]

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11 Ways To Feel Happier While Being In Service

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Everyone feels down from time to time, especially emotional eaters.  We may try to do some fun activities or take some quiet time to help ourselves feel better.  Unfortunately, sometimes we also binge.  As emotional eaters, we tend to go to food first when we feel down.  However, we can make healthier choices to bring [...]

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How Mindfulness Helps You Find Ease and Flow

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Life is busy. Most of us have become multi-taskers, rushing through tasks, always planning and thinking about the next thing. But focusing on the future diminishes the experience of the moment. While “getting something done today so you can relax tomorrow” sounds like a brilliant idea that fuels achievement, it causes you to rush through [...]

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How to End Nighttime Eating

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Seventy-five percent of emotional eaters surveyed said that evening (after work and later) is the hardest time to resist overeating. Sound familiar? Stress from the day, loneliness, boredom, and all kinds of uncomfortable emotions tend to bubble up once the workday is over and the brain isn’t as stimulated. That’s one of the reasons people [...]

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Three Life-Changing and Practical Self-Love Tips

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You’ve probably read those list blogs that offer 25 or 100 ways to love yourself more… and you’ve probably said to yourself, “I don’t have time.”  Who does?? Many of those tips are not practical. They’re out of touch with the reality of modern busy lifestyles. What does “do something new” really mean on a [...]