Tag: influence for good

The Path to Success Includes Failure

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By Tova J. Kreps, LCSW, President & Co-Founder of Wellspring

It’s a new year, a time for new beginnings… again!!!! As I prepare to teach this month on the radio and in our upcoming seminar about Healthy Habits, I am working on my own habits in order to try to “practice what I preach. I can’t help but be struck by the fact that I have tried to start some of these same habits for decades. I find myself tempted to focus on my failures and to give up before I even get started. But not this time! One of the major changes I have made in my own recent habit-forming efforts is to give myself permission to fail. Let me share with you six key points about how and why to use failure as your teacher instead of your accuser.

 

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    • Healthy Habits

    Tags:

    • anxiety
    • counseling
    • emotional health
    • emotions
    • empowerment
    • influence for good
    • mental health
    • power
    • 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

The Resilient Family

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by Guillermo Cancio-Bello

Resilient Families are families that have a network of support from both within their system as well as from the broader community, are able to adapt under stress, they are relatively stable and intact, are able to remain thoughtful and manage their emotional reactivity, and each member is able to see themselves as a separate individual as well as one who is deeply connected to and has an influence upon every other member in the family.

The resilience of a family is tested when it is faced with the chronic illness of a single member. Chronic illness can be defined as long-term physical, emotional, or behavioral disability that severely undermines functioning. It can be irreversible, degenerative and progressive.
Not only must an individual and family deal with the actual symptoms of the illness, but they must also manage the ensuing, and inevitable, emotional effect. Regardless ...

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  • Family

Tags:

  • empowerment
  • influence for good
  • love
  • mental health
  • relationships
  • resiliency
  • wellness

Power is a Good Thing

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by Tova Kreps, LCSW

Power is the ability to act, to choose and to influence the world around us. It is one of our basic human needs. We start seeking power from infancy. A baby cries to get his mother to respond and feed him. The two year old tests her ability to do it her own way. The teenager wants the power of choice. The adult needs to know that he can act and influence. The loss of power is helplessness, one of the key components of trauma and a cause of depression.

We use our power for good when we create, make wise choices, or influence circumstances for the betterment of others. Our powerful strength should be used to protect and defend, to save, and to build. When we love proactively, we can powerfully influence others to feel good, to love back, and to thrive. When we listen well (click here for information on my ...

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  • Domestic Violence

Tags:

  • Intentional Listening
  • domestic violence
  • influence for good
  • power
  • powerlessness

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