money happiness

If Money Can’t Buy Happiness, What’s the Secret?

So, life hasn’t improved or even changed much for you since you followed all, some, or most of the steps indicated in The Secret CD and website  Perhaps you prayed yourself hoarse for happiness and that didn’t work, either. Your salary, whatever it might amount to, isn’t making even a dent in your smile. Ready […]

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20 Questions to Get to Know People

Small talk tends to bore people. It’s a series of superficial comments that tend to make participants lose interest in the conversation. When you’re ready to make an impact, skip the weather, “What’s up?” and other excitement-killing questions. Try these thought-provoking comments and questions instead, and get to know the person responding to them: At […]

climate change depression

How to Prevent Depression about Climate Change

Rush Limbaugh says one thing about climate change and you might say another, but the important thing is this: You need to calm down before you and any of your Save the Planet efforts become ineffective. Neighbors, radio hosts, politicians, and anybody you want to persuade about the problem won’t be convinced of much if […]

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Why it’s Not Smart to Blog about Personal Issues

Blogging, what some people might call “blabbing” or “gossiping” about personal concerns online is a problematic issue from social and legal points of view. Online accessibility tempts far too many people to abandon or to abuse the meaning of “privacy” and “private matters,” including their own and someone else’s. Let’s look at the problem to […]

holiday stress

How to Survive Holiday Season Stress-free

The Jewish Festival of Lights is over but some Americans are still wondering if you’re supposed to spell it Hanuka, Hanukah, Chanuka, Chanukah, or even if you need to spell it with two “n’s.”  They also want to know if it’s some sort of “in” thing to know about why “h’s” go at the end […]

fear of crowds

How to Deal with Enochlophobia, a Fear of Crowds

Empaths and other highly sensitive personality types tend to avoid crowds because the experience leaves them feeling emotionally, perhaps physically drained. Such people are so attuned to the emotions of other people that they experience a form of sensory overload with many people in close vicinity. Or, they simply prefer not to deal with the […]

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Stimulation to Ease Depression

Depression is everything that the word implies: a long-lasting sense of unhappiness and hopelessness. Descriptive terms for the problem include despair, despondency, and sadness. Anger and a sense of loss might be involved, too. The overall miserable mindset is not a matter of willpower. Telling someone to “Snap out of it,” or to “Get over […]

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Thought-Provoking Definitions and Synonyms for Wisdom

Civil War veteran, journalist and humorist Ambrose Bierce once penned that “Wit is the salt with which the American humorist spoils his intellectual cookery by leaving it out.” The cleverness of the remark might escape some people until they rework the phrase “leaving it out” as refraining from making a witty or wise comment. Suddenly […]

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Why Should You Resist Guilt Tripping?

There’s one simple answer to the question, “Why Should You Resist Guilt Tripping?” and it goes like this: “Because guilt-tripping is entrapment, a manipulative effort to control the guilt-tripped person.” Despite the simple answer, it is difficult to live up to the reality check. That requires insight, courage, and resolve. The support of people you […]

hoarder

Some Do’s and Don’ts of How to help a Hoarder

Hoarding is a behavior that mystifies some people, including hoarders themselves. It can be a problem all its own, or part of a larger psychological picture. In either case, it’s a malfunction of coping efforts. The range of hoarding efforts goes from mild to severe. You might learn of the severity of hoarding whenever you […]