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  • Realizing That Actions Do Speak Louder Than Words

    Feb 17, 2020
    It can be difficult to change the actions of others even after trying to tell that other person repeatedly that what they're doing or saying is personally troubling to you. It can happen with our kids, our spouses, or other close relatives. Often the problem is that the words simply aren't being heard. What that can mean is that it may be time to take action instead.
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  • Put Nature To Work Fighting Your Stress

    Feb 10, 2020
    Stress is very much a part of our modern world. Whether it's the pressures of family responsibilities, personal obligations or the requirements of our jobs, there are ample opportunities for most of us to feel stressed and anxious a great deal of the time. To handle such stress successfully it sometimes helps to be able to escape from it, to put whatever is bothering us, out of our thoughts, even if for just a little bit. And nature can help us do just that.
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  • For Our Children, Risk Is Okay—Danger Is Not

    Feb 3, 2020
    It is often difficult for parents to accept that sometimes it's a good thing for their children to take risks. That doesn't mean that a child ought to constantly be putting themselves in danger -- that's never a good thing. But it does mean that our kids need to stretch their boundaries at times and try things that they may possibly fail at, but that help them build the confidence and character they need to mature successfully.
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  • Winter Weather Isn't An Excuse For Winter Inactivity

    Jan 27, 2020
    Cold weather hits and for many of us that means forgetting all about our promises to ourselves to stay more active. Instead we huddle up in our warm house and ignore the way our weight starts increasing, or the fact that we really don't feel as good as when we're staying active. No, cooler temperatures are not an excuse to become a sloth.
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  • It's Time To Salvage Those New Year's Resolutions

    Jan 20, 2020
    This is about the time of the new year when too many of us give up on those New Year's resolutions that we made just a few weeks before. We shouldn't. In most cases our decisions to change certain things were probably a good idea. The problem, many times, is that we've gone about it wrong. Now is a great time to take a new approach and reach the results we desire.
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  • Brain Fitness Can Help Fight Memory Loss

    Jan 13, 2020
    Most of us, as we get older, are likely to find that our memory doesn't seem to work as well as it once did. That can be a bit scary at times, but it usually is a sign of nothing more than the fact that we're aging and it seems to be a natural part of that aging process. However, recent research appears to show that there are ways we can be more proactive in keeping our brain fit and actively engaged, and fighting memory loss.
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  • Helping Your Child Feel Better With A Lot Of Love

    Jan 6, 2020
    This time of the year most families are going to be faced with one or more children who are suffering from a cold, flu or other minor illness. While the family doctor is the one to turn to for medical advice in such situations, it's also important to remember caring parents are an important ingredient in helping that child feel better.
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  • Why New Year's Resolutions Can Be A Bad Idea

    Dec 30, 2019
    Yes, almost all of us make New Year's Resolutions, and yes, most of us fail at successfully meeting the goals we set for ourselves. It doesn't have to be. While it can be a good thing to wish to see improvements in your life and habits, it's only good if you structure and approach the changes you desire in the right way.
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  • Opening Communications With An Aging Parent

    Dec 23, 2019
    The fact that more of us are living longer lives presents a growing problem for many families. As loved ones age they sometimes lose the ability to continue to live alone or to adequately managed the daily demands of life. Even beginning the conversation about major lifestyle changes with an aging parent or relative can be a difficult thing, but an essential one in many cases.
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  • Holiday Depression Is A Common Problem

    Dec 16, 2019
    While the holiday season is a happy time for most people, it can also be a season that brings on feelings of deep sadness for a variety of reasons. It's a season that presents an endless supply of happy holiday images and a variety of expensive gifts to purchase. But when that magical lifestyle isn't within reach for most of us it can result in very real, and sometimes serious, feelings of depression.
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