Category: Love and Relationships

10 Practical Strategies to Have “Happy Holidays”

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by Monica Snyder, LMFT 

“Happy Holidays!” greet your friends, colleagues and even strangers while you are out and about. What does that conjure up for you? Some of us have high expectations for sparkling lights, presents, meaningful remembrances and happy times with families. Others of us, though, also anticipate stressful schedules, dread for unhappy gatherings or reminders of loss.

How can you actually plan to have happy holidays? Here are 10 practical ways to increase your chances of being happy this season.

  • Focus on God. God Himself commanded us in the Bible to celebrate feasts to rest from our daily chores, to focus on what He has done for us, and to teach our children to do the same. Focusing on God helps us keep a right perspective on the “reason for the season”.
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    • Family
    • Love and Relationships
    • Stress and Anxiety

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    • emotional health
    • emotions
    • empowerment
    • holidays
    • love
    • love and relationships
    • parenting
    • relationships
    • wellness

Transformational Loss

by Vicki Gray, LCSW

Loss is universal.  It happens to everyone.  Anytime someone or something significant is no longer available to us, the natural response is pain.  The more significant the loss, the more intense the pain.  Grieving the death of a loved one is arguable the most challenging type of loss to experience – but any loss can cause grief, including:

Divorce or relationship endings                                            

Loss of a cherished dream

Familial estrangement                                                            &nb ...

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  • Emotional Health
  • Family
  • Loss and Resiliency
  • Love and Relationships
  • Marriage
  • Parenting
  • Stress and Anxiety

Tags:

  • counseling
  • emotional health
  • emotions
  • empowerment
  • love
  • love and relationships
  • mental health
  • overcoming anxiety
  • relationships
  • resiliency
  • wellness

The More Excellent Way

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by Tova Kreps, LCSW President and Co-Founder

This week, I was given a Bible that was owned by Ms. A. Wetherell Johnson, a famous missionary, Bible teacher and founder of Bible Study Fellowship. I was privileged to know her in her later years, as she spent a great deal of time in my parents’ home. The Bible I received was the one she had with her during the years she was a missionary in China where spent 3 years in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. Attached to the inside cover of her Bible was an address to China Inland Missionaries, written in 1933. It said, “Faithfulness is exercised in small things, and the kingdom of God comes not through seeking a wide sphere of influence, but by being scrupulous in a small one.”

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