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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”.
  • Be thankful. Consider w ...

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    • Emotional Health
    • Family
    • Love and Relationships
    • Stress and Anxiety

    Tags:

    • 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 Science of Marriage

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by Lilliane Farinazo, RMHC

What is the first thing that comes to mind when someone says “marriage” or “committed relationship”? Responses differ based on personal expectations or prior modeling. Although people may think that, “my marriage will be different”, they may also have unrealistic expectations that this goal will be effortless to achieve. Some discouraged couples may even ask, “Is this what marriage is all about?” or “Can I be married AND happy?”

 

In this era of perfectionism, comparisons, and the proverbial “grass is always greener on the other side”, many couples struggle to find relationship principles that are practical and scientifically proven. Setting priorities for finances, time-management, chores and child rearing are usually where couples begin to face their difficulties. As a matter of fact, research has shown that on average, couples wait a period of ...

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  • Marriage

Tags:

  • Intentional Listening
  • boundaries
  • counseling
  • emotional health
  • emotions
  • empowerment
  • influence for good
  • love
  • love and relationships
  • mental health
  • relationships
  • wellness

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