Your neighbor loves football games, high school reunions, and family gatherings.  What do they have in common?  A desire to be connected with others.  We are social creatures wanting to feel close with family, friends, and our community.  As with many people, your neighbor keeps quite busy engaging in one event after another, hoping to…

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Self-compassion is one of the more difficult Thriving Tools to develop. We are wired to be hard on ourselves. We push our self to achieve and excel to be the best. This ramps up in kindergarten now. When young children leave their parents lap and enter kindergarten, which is the new first grade, they are…

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There are many ways we say NO to life. Can you remember a time you received a gift and said, “Oh you shouldn’t have”. Perhaps you were at a party and avoided talking to someone you found interesting. Maybe you had an urge to learn a new skill but dismissed the idea. We are faced…

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During childhood, our sense of self is based on real life stories around our name, skin color, religion, the country we are from, and gender.  These stories can have a negative impact on us.  For example, a young black girl is teased for her name and discriminated against for the color of her skin.  She…

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Did you ever see a dog run after a squirrel, miss it, and run back to you wagging its tail?  The dog is enthralled with the chase regardless of whether it catches the squirrel.  The dog never comes back with it’s tail between the legs feeling shame and sadness because it wasn’t good enough.  We…

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