Three Essential Oils I Never Leave the House Without

Whether I’m just running a few errands, spending the day at the office, or out and about with my kids, I always have some essential oils on hand. When it comes to treating stomachaches, head tension , skin irritations, or just plain old fatigue, there’s no better treatment than all-natural, safe, and effective essential oils. These highly concen...

5 Essentials to Getting a Good Nights Rest

Getting enough sleep is critical to maintaining health. Quality and quantity (7 to 8 hours a night) sleep improves memory, mood, productivity, and immunity, among other things. Sometimes, however, it’s difficult to get that quantity and quality of sleep. Stress, busyness, insomnia, frequent waking can all get in the way. Fortunately, there are many thi...

How to Create Joy in your Life

Joy is not simply a feeling of happiness. It is the presence of peace and contentment that has the power to sustain us even when our lives are challenging and stressful. Joy is something you create by intentionally doing things that bring pleasure, peace, or purpose to our lives. Here are 15 things—some simple, some more elaborate—you can do to c...

Effective Goal Making for the New Year

Effective Goal Making for the New Year Famed motivational speaker and writer Zig Ziglar said, “A goal properly set is halfway reached.” As the New Year starts and you contemplate making goals for the coming weeks and months, consider these tactics for properly setting goals: 1. Be specific. The more specific the goal, the simpler it i...

Five Ways to Think More Positively

A common aphorism says that “things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.” Of course, saying this is a lot easier than making it so in our own lives . . . especially when things don’t seem to be going our way. Psychologists who study behavior and thought patterns have found that up to 80 percent of our mental chatt...

Getting Past Groundhog Day

The movie Groundhog Day depicts the life of a man, played by actor Bill Murray, who wakes up to re- experience the same day over and over again. At first, he's frustrated that every day he wakes up and has exactly the same experiences at exactly the same time. Eventually, however, he perfects this day, learning lessons from his experiences that enable him to...

The 5 Skills of Emotionally Intelligent People

Did you know that you have an Emotional IQ? It is your level of intelligence and ability to identify, use, understand, and manage emotion. Here's why it's so important-- it is now proven to be a better predictor of future success than traditional methods like the GPA, IQ, and standardized test scores. For this reason, this week I have chosen to focus on Emot...

Freedom Of Choice

"Freedom of choice is more to be treasured than any possession earth can give" -David O. McKay With our freedom of choice comes tremendous power-- and how we use that power determines our destiny. As we are free to choose for ourselves our thoughts, actions, character traits, dreams, circumstances, and more; we are likewise accountable...

Master Meditation with these Tips

Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. Originally, it was a method used by those who desired a spiritual and intuitive connection. These days, people around the world turn to meditation for relaxation and stress management. It's an inexpensive and simple solution that often brings profound and long-lasting results. Not only does meditatio...

6 Ways to Heal Suffering Lives and Relationships

We all have regrets about the past. Maybe we wished we'd handled a relationship differently, or better? It can be overwhelming to become conscious of the damage that some mistakes have caused. Rather than transform painful choices, relationships blocks, and unhappy lives (which seems to be an obvious solution), many choose to ignore the reality of what they'...

Are you Motivated to Succeed?

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." -Ralph Waldo Emerson I thoroughly enjoyed watching the American medalist Michael Phelps compete in the Olympic Games in Beijing. His world-record-breaking performances were motivating, to say the least! What enthusiasm!? Michael Phelps made his dreams come true and he's inspired the wo...

Emotional Dangers Beneath the Surface

While on vacation in Mexico years ago, our family toured a swamp near the ocean that was said to house a 25-foot crocodile. A young, small Mexican man was our guide. With enthusiasm, he walked my family (and a few others) onto a wooden ramp that sat a foot or so above the muddy water and had a railing made of logs. Walking forward I kept my eyes out in the d...

Reach Out and Serve

Did you know that giving service to others is a basic human need—as important to our development as obtaining food and shelter? Today, psychologists emphasize this fact, reminding us that offering community service is a major factor in determining not only the happiness of individuals, but the success of families and nations. With all the ...

Building Success Through Trust

"A man who doesn't trust himself can never really trust anyone else," says Cardinal De Retz. No matter the dream, establishing strong and trusting relationships--with others and ourselves--is a fundamental part of creating dreams. Why? Because relationships are all that matter. And ultimately, our relationship with ourselves determines t...

Working and Playing Balance

One morning when my kids were home from school for summer vacation I found them in front of the TV eating popcorn and Starburst candy, tossing wrappers on the floor and lazily kicking back. Like the nun in the children's cartoon, Madeline, I raised my finger and said, "Something is not right!" Though we all like to sleep in, lay aro...

The Price of Pride

A few years ago, I caught portions of a television show about the life of C. S. Lewis, the much-admired and universally respected author of the nineteenth century. I learned from the hour-long documentary that Lewis believed the father of all sins is pride. This thought left me pondering the price of pride and how it affects our relationships, our emotional ...

Having Fun

Many adults don't know how to have fun and consequently, they don't allow themselves time to enjoy life. I must say, I've been one of them! As adults, we often get caught up in the demands of work, family, church or community service, and accomplishing all those extra goals and tasks we've set for ourselves. While thumbing through a magazine, I ...

The Invisible Line of Love

In, "The Story of My Life," by Helen Keller, we learn how Helen came to understand the meaning of love. On one occasion, Anne Sullivan, her teacher, spelled into Helen's hand, "I love Helen." Not knowing what that meant, Helen asked, "What is love?" Miss Sullivan tried to explain but her attempts were unsuccessful. A...