5 Ways Self-Compassion Can Turn Your Life Around

Posted on January 25, 2016 in Personal Growth by Sandra Bienkowski

Self-compassion is an emotional tool that builds resilience and mental toughness. With practice, self-compassion can build up your inner strength and ward off depression and anxiety.

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Top 10 Books That Will Change Your Life in 2016

Posted on January 18, 2016 in Happiness by Sandra Bienkowski

These titles will make you reflect, say yes and choose joy in the year ahead. Our preview of 10 carefully selected books will help you craft a happier life filled with small moments of meaning and the occasional flash of triumph. Step out of your comfort zone and make 2016 a year to thrive.  Check out…

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7 Steps Back From Depression

Posted on January 11, 2016 in Personal Growth by Sandra Bienkowski

Try my emotional toolkit for life’s ups and downs. When I was in my 20s, I just wanted to stay in bed and cry. I had a journalism degree but worked as an administrative assistant and a waitress. A rough childhood with an alcoholic mother made me think I couldn’t do any better. I had an…

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5 Ways To Dig Yourself Out Of Depression

Posted on December 28, 2015 in Personal Growth by Sandra Bienkowski

I was in my early twenties, and I knew something was wrong with me. I was too uncomfortable with myself to even enjoy just one night alone. I worried something might happen that I couldn’t handle. So I spent a lot of time losing myself in T.V., food or dating bad men. I was afraid to…

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A Gift For You

Posted on December 23, 2015 in Social Media by Sandra Bienkowski

It’s almost Christmas Eve! I love the holidays. People are brighter and homes get twinkly lights. There’s more of a focus on what matters most, the people we love. Christmastime has a magical way of making us all feel a little more connected, and I love that! In the spirit of this joyful season, I want to…

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10 Happy Tips To Boost Your Wellbeing Today

Posted on December 21, 2015 in Happiness by Sandra Bienkowski

Use this list to kickstart your happiness, starting now. 1. Choose hope. Hope isn’t the same thing as optimism. Hope is believing the future will be better than the present, and working to make it so. Pick a goal you are excited about, and write down two things you can do to make it happen. 2….

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Working On Your Own Happiness Is Not Selfish

Posted on December 14, 2015 in Fulfillment, Happiness by Sandra Bienkowski

If you had the choice to spend the day with someone who exudes happiness or someone who has a martyr thing going, it wouldn’t be a tough decision, right? How about your super upbeat friend vs. your chronic complainer friend? Not a challenging choice there either. Spend time with someone who exudes positivity, and you…

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How to Survive the Holidays With Your Dysfunctional Family

Posted on December 7, 2015 in Happiness, Personal Growth by Sandra Bienkowski

While we all might desire the kind of holiday perfection we see in a TV movie or all over Pinterest, we will inevitably fall short. We live in the real world, after all, not in the movies or someone’s whitewashed home-crafting highlight reel. It can be even harder to make holiday magic when you know you…

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10 Ways To End Your Year Mentally Strong

Posted on November 30, 2015 in Personal Growth by Sandra Bienkowski

If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s this: Your life won’t work until you do. So much of what you want to accomplish with your health, fitness and personal goals all depends on the state of your mind. If you let your inner critic run wild, you trip up; we all do. In…

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9 Ways To Make the Most Out of Thanksgiving This Year

Posted on November 23, 2015 in Fulfillment, Fun, Gratitude, Happiness by Sandra Bienkowski

If you love Thanksgiving but your traditions are getting a little tired, we’ve got you covered. With a little creative planning, you can make this year’s Thanksgiving the most festive and fun-filled yet. 1. Plan ahead for the day you want It sounds simple, but your ideal holiday won’t materialize unless you make it happen. Maybe…

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