I Keep Cheating on My Spouse

If you have repeatedly cheated, or are the partner of a cheater and can’t seem to forgive or break off the unhealthy relationship, Dr. Phil has advice. Look at the statistics. The chance of a successful relationship born of infidelity is not even one in 100. A marriage that starts in infidelity has no foundation.Continue reading “I Keep Cheating on My Spouse”

Two Traps to Avoid: “If Only” and “What If?”

In each season of my life, I’ve found myself falling into two mental traps which are not helpful. One is the “If only” syndrome, and the other is the “What if?” syndrome. Here’s how “If only” might express itself: “If only I had a husband.” “If only I had more money.” “If only my husbandContinue reading “Two Traps to Avoid: “If Only” and “What If?””

What should I do if I think my grandchild is suicidal?

QUESTION How should we handle concerns we have that our teenage grandson may be suicidal? Many teens are moody — we understand that — but he seems to have more “downs” than “ups,” and we think he could be seriously depressed. While spending the weekend at our house, he actually told us that his lifeContinue reading “What should I do if I think my grandchild is suicidal?”

Don’t Give Away Your Power

Karen and Steve stood in the hallway, complaining about their manager’s latest top-down decision. “He’s unfair.” “Micromanaging.” “Never listens to us.” Gina met me for lunch, complaining about her relationship—the same things she’s been complaining about for years: “He never does anything around the house.” “Never listens.” “Doesn’t care about me.” Then it hit me.Continue reading “Don’t Give Away Your Power”

Why Words Can Hurt at Least as Much as Sticks and Stones

Just as the digital age has ushered in new ways of enhancing human connection, it’s also opened up the scope and range of social rejection. Unfriend—as in, un-Facebook friend—was the word of the year in 2009, joining its older cohort “cyberbully,” amid the advent of the text breakup or the Facebook status change as waysContinue reading “Why Words Can Hurt at Least as Much as Sticks and Stones”

4 Things You Can Do This Week to Be a Happier Person

There’s more to leading a healthy lifestyle than following an eating and exercise plan. Finding happiness in your everyday life can also make a positive impact on your overall health. According to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, happiness has a positive effect in lowering cortisol levels, the stress hormoneContinue reading “4 Things You Can Do This Week to Be a Happier Person”

Less Stress….More Happy!

Feeling frazzled? You’re not alone. More than half of Americans suffer from moderate to high stress levels. With stress being linked to chronic health problems like diabetes, heart disease and obesity, we need concrete advice on how to take the pressure off. Try these simple stress management tips to help you slow down, gain aContinue reading “Less Stress….More Happy!”

Five Decisions That Can Make You Happier

Recent happiness studies indicate that popularity, influence, and money do not make people happiest – even as our culture suggests otherwise. Autonomy, life purpose, and relationships are found at the top of the list. In her new book, “The Happiness Choice: The Five Decisions that Take You From Where You Are to Where You WantContinue reading “Five Decisions That Can Make You Happier”

Being Happy With Yourself

Many of us are passionate, capable of feeling deeply, and in love with our partners… yet do not have the same feelings towards ourselves. Have you ever had that feeling when you are totally and utterly in love with somebody and want to be with them all the time?  You cannot stop thinking about them,Continue reading “Being Happy With Yourself”