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5 Ways to Nurture Your Valentine

This Valentine’s Day, commit to creating a heartfelt connection. Remember the chemistry when you were first in love? Depending on how we treat each other, these deep feelings can last a lifetime. Neural functions change when we’re more compassionate. And holding hands is enough to reduce stress. The possibilities for opening up our hearts are endless: Express gratitude. Compliments can ignite loving feelings if you’ve been taking each other for granted. When you notice a caring gesture or a job well done, mention it. You may be pleasantly surprised at … Continue reading

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Help Your Family Feel Safe

These are turbulent times, and the past few weeks have been unrelenting in their intensity. From political unrest and natural disasters to the senseless massacre in Las Vegas, we’ve seen how unpredictable life can be. At any time and any place – a local elementary school, political event, concert, sports competition, house of worship – communities have been at risk. Despite rekindled feelings of  vulnerability, we must defend against fear and anxiety. Grief can make way for greater awareness and healing. And this process begins with family. As our children become immersed … Continue reading

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Want Less Stress? Spend Time with Friends

Do you ever feel there aren’t enough hours in the day? According to a recent research study, participants who outsourced laundry, cleaning, yard work and other tedious chores reported greater life satisfaction. These results suggest that spending money on time saving services increases happiness by minimizing tension about limited free time. Interested? There’s no better way to relieve pressure than by spending quality time with friends. And as a plus, emotional support from friends helps you navigate work/family transitions and live a more satisfying life. Numerous studies indicate that social ties reduce … Continue reading

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Re-feathering Your Empty Nest

Today over 20 million young adults between 18 and 32 are more likely living with parents than independently. And the phenomenon of boomerang kids back in the nest is being called a favorable cultural shift. Yet it’s a challenge for some moms who are in the midst of spreading their own wings. If this sounds familiar, try these practical tips to help you navigate this transition: Increase optimism. A positive mindset doesn’t diminish the fact that you now have more responsibility and less freedom. But changing your perspective and how you … Continue reading

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