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5 Tips: The Art of Listening

"Shhhhhhhhh! Listen!" When we hear these words, we tend to stop and listen. But what are we listening to, and how do other people know you are listening? Hearing someone and listening are two different concepts. We hear noises, whispers, loud bangs, shouting, yelling, background noise, white noise, and voices. Hearing is more of a biological ability, we don’t need to concentrate, our ears receive the noise, and our brains decipher it. Listening is quite [...]

5 Tips: The Art of Small Talk

So many people dread it: Small Talk. They believe it to be diffcult and that they are not good at it. We all engage in small talk more often than we realize. When we interact with the checkout clerk at the grocery store, with the mail carrier, the pizza delivery person, or a neighbor. All of these interactions are short, polite, and social. These short interactions are vitally important in the social dance of society. [...]

Exercise: Life Doesn’t Just Happen — You’re In Control

Do you feel that life is passing you by? Do you feel that you are only a bystander, while life makes choices for you? If so, you're not alone. Many people feel that life is happening to them, they are not making life happen. Unfortunately this is a common feeling many people experience. A friend of mine told me once that she felt like she was on an amusement park ride, and she had to [...]

Valentine’s Day: Celebrate Yourself!

It’s February. A wonderful month full of romance, roses, chocolate, and love! ...or is it? Not everyone enjoys February. It's cold, dreary, Winter just seems to keep on going — and many people actually find Valentine's Day to be pretty depressing. Everywhere you look, you can't help but see happy couples celebrating their love. If you don't have a significant other to celebrate with, or if you and your significant other are apart for one [...]

Exercise: Nice To Meet You!

We see ourselves in such a negative light sometimes. We can be so rude, disrespectful, and mean to ourselves. We assume that everyone who will meet us, knows us, or sees us; will not think highly of us. Why do we think this way of ourselves? We don’t think this way of others. Most times, when we meet someone, we use words like; “nice, kind, sweet, and friendly”. How can we see ourselves in a [...]

Exercise: How To Refocus On What You Want For Yourself

Does this sound familiar? Everyone always has an opinion on what you should or shouldn’t do. It’s easy to think that you should seek the opinion of a parent, a friend, or coworker, and assume they know the answer. You struggle to look to yourself for answers, when deep down, you know what you should do. Sometimes we want other people's permission to do things, their acceptance, or to avoid being criticized. If you recognize [...]

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