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9 Daily Habits That Can Boost Happiness

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9 Daily Habits That Can Boost Happiness

Are you struggling to find joy in your everyday life? If so, you’re not alone. Many people have a difficult time achieving happiness. Yet, it’s critical for our health and well-being—happiness can reduce stress, lower our blood pressure, improve our cardiovascular health, strengthen our immune systems, and help us sleep better. Some studies show that being happy can even make...[ read more ]

How to Support a Loved One With OCD

Has one of your friends or family members been diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)? Below, I explain what OCD is, and also offer tips for what you can do to support your loved one as they deal with this condition.What Is OCD?Obsessive-compulsive disorder causes someone to have recurring, unwanted thoughts and urges (obsessions) and/or perform repetitive actions (compulsions), often to...[ read more ]

The Problem With Perfectionism: How to Embrace Imperfection

Perfectionism—the tendency to demand flawlessness from yourself or others—can often be a positive quality. Perfectionists tend to be highly motivated and ambitious, and thanks to their close attention to detail and willingness to work long hours, they often excel at school and in the workplace.However, perfectionism also has a downside. In some cases, perfectionists can be overly critical, taking an...[ read more ]

Coping With Grief After Losing a Loved One

Have you recently lost a spouse, partner, child, parent, sibling, extended family member, friend, or pet? Grief after losing a loved one (also known as “bereavement”) can be one of the most challenging experiences that a person can go through. To help you get through this difficult time, we’ve compiled the following tips for coping with the loss of someone...[ read more ]

Managing Anxiety in the Workplace

Anxiety can affect every aspect of our lives, including our employment. And if workplace anxiety isn’t properly managed, it has the potential to impact our careers negatively.For example, if a promotion would require you to interact more with clients, give more presentations, or take more business trips—and you feel stressed at the prospect of having to take on those tasks—you...[ read more ]

Understanding Intermittent Explosive Disorder: Symptoms & Causes

Intermittent explosive disorder (IED) is a type of impulse control disorder that causes someone to frequently experience impulsive angry outbursts that are disproportionate to the event or situation that triggered them. For example, when someone with this condition becomes frustrated—even about something relatively minor—they may throw a tantrum, argue, damage property, instigate a physical fight, or act aggressively. Below, we...[ read more ]

Debunking 3 Myths About Introverts

Are you an introvert? People with this personality type tend to feel more comfortable focusing on their inner thoughts and feelings rather than what’s going on around them, and they often feel re-energized after spending time on their own.Society often paints introverts as being shy, submissive individuals, but is this really true? Below, we debunk three common myths about introverts.Myth...[ read more ]

The Link Between Social Media & Infidelity

Social media offers several benefits. It can help us feel more connected to our loved ones, introduce us to like-minded individuals with similar interests, keep us updated on news and current events, and inspire us to try new things, to name a few.Unfortunately, social media can also make it easier for people to cheat on their significant others. Here are...[ read more ]

Debunking 3 Common Myths About PTSD

When someone lives through a traumatic event, they may begin experiencing symptoms such as anxiety, flashbacks, and nightmares. If these symptoms worsen, interfere with the person’s daily routine, or persist for an extended period (months or years), it’s referred to as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This mental health condition is quite common—according to statistics published by the National Center for...[ read more ]

5 Realistic New Year’s Resolutions

Do you find yourself setting New Year’s resolutions each year, only to forget about them months, weeks, or even days later? If so, you’re not alone. According to statistics published by Forbes, the average resolution lasts only 3.74 months. So many people abandon their resolutions that January 17 has been declared by many sources as “Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day.”If...[ read more ]