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Whether writing for Self Avenue leads to an ultimate dream of being blessed to write for a living, I feel blessed to have found a niche if this does not happen. It is wonderful to belong to a community of writers interested in personal growth.I feel I am one of the lucky ones - I have found writing to be a passion that is inevitably joyful for me. www.facebook.com/jussiecatwriter
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Self-worth is our underlying belief about our value as a person, the opinion we have of oursel...
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**COPING WITH WORRIES** It is a normal and understandable part of being human to worry
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Many of us, at some time in our lives, recognise the value of overhauling certain habits that no...
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An addiction is a compulsive urge to engage in a behaviour – from using substances, to engaging...
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In the past few years, we are increasingly hearing more about the benefits of 'mindfulness'
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You can be fully present and enjoy beauty, such as a sunset
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Enjoy the simple things - I haven't decorated a Christmas tree since I was a child, but I plan to ...
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I have admittedly written articles with the subject matter being how to enhance levels of ‘happi...
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There are some things in life that I don’t think I ever ‘feel like’ doing – they’re never fun, s...
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There are many tasks we may encounter in life that fall under the category of “Difficult but Wor...
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I am writing this article from personal experience
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%%Carefully considered **personal** values are the foundation to a life with no regrets
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Motivation or the mental eagerness or readiness to engage in a particular behaviour, can certain...
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IF I COULD HAVE MY FIRST FORTY YEARS AGAIN… I have heard of many people writing reflectively an...
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There are some tasks in life that are more pleasant or easier than others
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We’ve been told it countless times – whether it be our doctors or other health care professsio...
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It’s not often that I read a book that I find resonates with me so strongly at an intellectual a...
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As human beings, who need other people, a part of this can be fear of rejection or fear of disap...
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Intutively, it seems to make sense that a global construct of “IQ” or “intelligence” does not do...
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As writers, we probably have all had the experience of the frustrating and often depressing “Wri...
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We are somewhat conditioned to have the belief that to enjoy ourselves, and to experience pleasu...
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Sometimes, it can be all too easy to veer of track, to go on a tangent, and forget to come back ...
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We all possess a sense of humour to some degree
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I always find sticking to resolutions particularly difficult
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It seems just ‘common-sense’ to not approach life, manifest in our behaviour and decisions in ...
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I acknowledge and respect that some people choose to have particular spiritual beliefs and oth...
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Each of us is (sometimes painfully) aware of the different emotions that accompany “things that ...
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“Self-confidence”, in a nutshell is basically a way of saying that you believe in yourself
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Most of us have heard anecdotally, or through Current Affairs programs or news reports the posit...
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Often times, when we have a goal we’ve set our hearts on achieving, it can be hard to be patient...
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Often, I have mental ideas of how events will or should turn out
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Sometimes it can be hard to feel appreciated
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I have often contemplated the question, “Why is it that we have to wait for the afterlife to hav...
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I have often contemplated the question, “Why is it that we have to wait for the afterlife to hav...
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The “Happiness Trap Pocketbook” (the abridged version of “The Happiness Trap”) recognises that t...
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Many people carry with them**%% misconceptions%%** about painful or negative emotions
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Imagine you are in the top part of the boat
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Defusion, or ‘unhooking’ yourself from unhelpful thoughts and feelings can be challenging, part...
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How many times do we take the thoughts inside our heads as being the literal truth of reality? F...
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Part 3 of my journey discusses the principles of Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)
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Part 1 of my journey improving my life with Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) explored the 4 m...
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I have been a "self-help" junkie most of my life
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There are times when we are faced with a difficult health challenge, that we feel we are getting...
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It isn’t hard to imagine how enjoying, relaxing and pleasurable it would be to escape to your fa...
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I have an unfortunate habit of complicating matters that are best kept simple
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In a little more than six months time, I shall be turning forty
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Fear can be a natural response to a perceived or real threat
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Setbacks are a part of life – at least I don’t know of anyone whose life always runs smoothly
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Many people, faced with a task that they would like to or need to do feel they lack the motivati...
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Whether it’s sticking to a new health or exercise regimen, quitting smoking, having a healthier ...
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I have always had a greater fondness for junk food rather than healthy food, like probably the m...
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I have very recently posted a similar article exhorting the benefits of Zumba
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Patience is a virtue that I’ve never seemed lucky enough to possess…However, there seems to come...
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When people have told me about various exercise activities they participate in I feel a subtle e...
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Just for today, I will decide to live in the present, neither Rueing the past, nor Planning...
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I don’t know if others have had this experience, but sometimes, when I deviate from the pathway ...
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It seems that life is a series of lessons
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Sometimes, I must admit, I am uncomfortable with my emotions
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Have you ever felt tired, or know objectively it is getting so late that common sense would dict...
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Not that long ago, I remember writing an article about “Being in control of Your life”
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Our current obsession in the Western world of the pursuit of happiness may set us up for short-t...
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Feeling empowered is about having a sense of personal power
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Plans are a necessary step on the road to achieving a goal
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I have always enjoyed communicating through the written word
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For me, faith in a Higher Power has always been an integral part of my life
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I believe it is quite natural for human beings to seek approval
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With the onset of the hotter and more humid weather typical of the Summer months of South-East Q...
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Many people place themselves in the boat of having “an addictive personality” or “compulsive ten...
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We indubitably live in one of the world’s most privileged countries
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With Christmas just around the corner, many kinds of emotions are elicited
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To have confidence is to “be sure” (Collins Essential Dictionary and Thesaurus)
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In our society, there are increasingly greater demands being placed on our attention than there ...
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It’s can be uncomfortable at best, and heart-wrenching at worse: fights with friends
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We all have recognised and appreciated the value of friendships in our lives – whether they be o...
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As human beings, one of the characteristics that we all share, albeit to different degrees and i...
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Lately, because I have been feeling a little low, I have withdrawn from what I find to be usuall...
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I think I am a “Winter Person” – I love the fact that, for example, even in the middle of the da...
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Most of us have heard of the concept of “Mindfulness” – focussing your attention or your senses,...
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One fear that people almost universally can relate to is loss of a loved one
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The well-known saying “Patience is a virtue” is not just a meaningless platitude
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Many readers probably have heard that the subconscious mind is an extremely powerful determinant...
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This morning, I had Zumba class ( a relatively high intensity workout) which, when I do attend I...
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I admit I am often in the habit of “taking things personally”
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I believe it is quite natural for human beings to seek approval
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Happiness, Peace, Sadness, Anger, Fear: as humans we will experience these feelings to varying i...
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We all probably have these kind of people in our lives: controllers
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Have you had the experience of either not being able to sleep at all, or waking from slumber pre...
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It is interesting to know that, only in the Western World is “depression” is a seriously taken d...
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Sometimes I’m completely puzzled by what triggers my mood to change throughout the course of any...
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Some people seem to adjust quite well to unexpected changes in their lives
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Many of us our driven by goals
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Staying motivated can be difficult, sometimes
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Have you ever had the experience that you have thought you have behaved in an appropriate and fa...
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We all have goals, aims in life we want to achieve
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When I was given one of the now in vogue adult colouring-in books for my birthday recently, at f...
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For some people, myself included, it is a lot easier sometimes to say “I can’t” than “I can”
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In less than a month I will be 39
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I am hardly an expert, but the more I write, the more I become in touch with what might constit...
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When the idea of pampering ourselves comes to mind, we may ask ourselves “Do I have time to do s...
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At one time, many people followed not only just one career path, but this was a singular job, un...
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The hunt for meaning and purpose, an explanation for why we suffer, r why people can behave so h...
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Ideally, time spent with one’s family is something to look forward to, and, if were anything lik...
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Whether we are quiet people who cherish a few close friends in our lives, or more outgoing with ...
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Right from when we were children, we were told that it was naughty and wrong to lie
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To a greater or lesser degree, we are surrounded by nature
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Today’s world is almost indisputably more fast-paced and has more jobs, both at work and home th...
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I don’t know about others, but for me saving money is an inherently difficult achievement
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Body image issues unfortunately are still an issue today, that cause countless girls, women, boy...
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Many people I know in life are enviably organised, and self-disciplined
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I have not actually surveyed people I know regarding their weather preferences
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52 Ways to Beat the Blues
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So many people adore dogs – their loyalty, affection and enthusiasm for life make all breeds lov...
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If you’re afraid of rejection causing you to shy away from people to avoid dealing with the pain...
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Common in workaholics and perfectionists, is a tendency to keep working when the mind and body a...
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Many people enjoy reading; however in the middle of our busy lives, it can feel self-indulgent t...
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For those of us who are writers (by ‘writer’ I mean anyone who enjoys writing), we probably can ...
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Guilt is an uncomfortable feeling coming from real or perceived wrongs we feel responsible for, ...
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There are times in our lives where waiting for a particular piece of news, whether positive or n...
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Many of us have habits that we would like to remove from our behaviour repertoire, because they ...
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The old tale of “The tortoise and the hare” that was related to many of us in childhood contain...
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I used to think a contribution meant I needed to do a fancy degree, and earn a lot of money
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In our daily, ritualised schedules, duties and routine as well as our personal past-times we ch...
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The idea of a “Gratitude Journal” has been put forth many times on selfavenue
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We all experience sadness from time to time
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When we have done something that was against our values and core beliefs, later self-reflection ...
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We all have goals we would like to achieve
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Most people, at some time in their lives worry what others think about them, and desire approval...
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Taking life’s challenges at your own pace and remembering that life is not a race or a competiti...
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Adolescent bullying can be the time where young people are most vulnerable to the effects of oth...
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Addiction is a taboo, but though unspoken, ravages and wrecks countless of lives
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Strangely enough the quest for happiness can in itself, make us unhappy
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Being social creatures, it is naturally and absolutely normal to desire the approval of importan...
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Some people become more anxious, and are more prone to workaholism, and hand-in-hand, not taking...
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Many of us have some aspect of our lives that we would like to change – hopefully it is for your...
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Some people are told they “feel too much”
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Here are the ten top reasons for having a pet: 1
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Whether it be - Smoking - Drinking Alcohol - Gambling - Online game addiction - Prescriptio...
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Personal criticism is never easy to take
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When I was in Primary School, I am told, for I don’t personally remember that I was quite anxiou...
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Change can present as a difficult situation for people to varying degrees
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One of life’s challenges that is thrown our way from time to time is the difficult emotions asso...
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There is a rather commonly used quotation: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I ca...
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Society is becoming aware and accepting, toward the fact that, either suffering the condition of...
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There is no doubt that technology such as the internet, mobile phone and skype have rendered ...
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Today, I have been busy doing something that I usually avoid, and yes, that I have many times ...
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Anger is an emotion that we’d rather avoid
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I have spent most of my life either thinking about the past or worrying about the future
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The majority of us become stressed from time to time
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I have spent most of my life, like many others, pursuing the feeling: "I am good enough
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There are countless books out there regarding grief, in the context of death
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January the 1st has long been touted as the perfect day to start positive new habits, and discar...
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Recently, I made the decision to change my mobile phone number
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Pets can teach us so much – they are actually better at helping us learn life’s lessons than rea...
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Summer is coming upon us rapidly – whether we love this weather, or hate it! Here are ten top t...
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It is so very easy to tumble off the horse
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At some point or another, many of us make ‘resolutions’
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Each of us has goals in life that are aligned with our individual value systems
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As I become older, a lesson that I have been learning is that it is important to maintain a heal...
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I have not used the phenomena of Facebook obsessively like I used to for quite some time
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Like many people, I never particularly enjoyed exercise that much
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If your parents held no expectations of you as a child, nor now, to a lesser degree, that you’re...
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I feel compelled to share the amazing and invaluable insights that I have gleaned from Benjamin ...
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Having the flu is no fun
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One way to describe my thinking is that I am easily distracted – so much so that I have at one ...
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I recently invested in a digital camera
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I am a rather late bloomer, not having left home until the age of 22
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I think I have underestimated the importance of actually trying to exert some influence over the...
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With life often rushing by so that that time seems almost blurred with how fast the days seem to...
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As I approach the age of 40, I am determined to let the maxim “Carpe Diem” or as translated from...
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I feel proud of myself today
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If we are going to a job interview, or meeting someone for the first date, we desire to create a...
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Upon re-reading Elaine Aron’s “The Highly Sensitive Person”, which I have also reviewed in Self ...
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Subtle differences in the %%way%% that we say things to people can make a difference
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I'd like to share a my thoughts about recovery from feelings of helplesness and depression that ...
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I admit that one of my faults is that I am a rather proud person
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Sometimes when unexpected events come into our life, we seem to be thrown “off-guard” by them
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This may sound mundane, but non-negotiable values to need to include maintaining your health in ...
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When I recently got discharged from hospital after an episode of severe depression, for some tim...
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Ostracism, in social psychology, means to exclude or to reject somebody
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Co-dependency occurs when two people in a relationship see the relationship as more important to...
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After reading Elaine Aron’s book the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), I not only understood myself...
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I feel a shamed lack of mortification as I confess this, but I cannot cook
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Since I have learned not to take things so personally, my mood and life have improved
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The term ‘boundary’ when used in a psychological sense refers to the barrier between what people...
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Anger is a valid, real and most importantly a perfectly acceptable emotion to experience
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%% It's been a while, but I completed half of my first Zumba class - and I'm proud of myself%% %...
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I often start my day driven by some primary urge to complete some tasks
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%%Excited by my first Zumba class tomorrow - first lesson in self-growth? Not to overdo it %% %%...
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%% Robots have made our lives economical, but at what cost?%% %%Image courtesy of Wikipedia%% ...
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It has only been recently that I have been merging from the road of thinking that a person’s non...
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One of my two favourite movies is The Neverending Story
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I just finished reading “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak
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%% I don't know about other women, but I love the relaxed atmosphere of what I call Garage Sale The...
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Out of all the feelings I hate the most, at the top of the list would be invalidation
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%%Suzie loves me and gives me purpose - Justine Lovitt%% “Getting back on the horse” when thing...
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%% I know my creator loves me, and will care for me and 'my baby'%% %% Image courtesy of dreams...
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At the end of each day, I am always faced with the continual question “Am I there yet?” This con...
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Patience is not an attribute that I possess a lot of
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Recently I've been giving myself permission to listen to my body, and it’s thanking me for it
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## I wasn't diagnosed until 25 that I had ADHD, but I want to let people know that treatment is lif...
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%%Giving and Taking - Friendships need both in balance%% %% Image courtesy of imagemajesty at fr...
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%% Becoming self-aware can lead to more self-directed behaviour, giving you more control over your ...
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%% Keep working proactively - and success will be unavoidable %% %% Image courtesy of Stuart Mil...
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%%There's only one you and at the end of your life, don't you want to say it was yours %% %%Imag...
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%% Mum thinks I am still going to uni
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Over the time Self Avenue has blossomed with amazing articles about just about every subject tha...
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%% Aargh, the keys could be anywhere
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I remember I used to do Cross-Country at School
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Having stopped university, questioned my values and therefore have undergone a huge change in ha...
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This year started like any other for me
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According to Collin’s Dictionary, to affirm means to **1
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It will consume you
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Send a random text
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A pot really does boil faster when you stop waiting
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Conflict may not be able to be avoided but harm-minimisation is possible
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Even stretching can release endorphins! Image courtesy of stockimages at dreamstime
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Which shade of lipstick? A creative way to bring pleasure to your day
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She is my best friend
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%%Should I say meow or keep to myself?%% I’ve always considered myself a rather shy person
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%%Who is a hundred percent good, or a hundred percent bad? Black-and-White thinking is not only un...
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Even though it is now mid-way through February, my goals for 2014 (aka resolutions) have been sl...
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When we give a compliment to someone, we are recognising, respecting and essentially liking a po...
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I wonder why one of our favourite invitations or goodbye salutations is “We must catch up for...
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You know those days when you are “on a roll
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%% I may be an adult, but it still means a lot to me if you remember my birthday
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%% Assertiveness is essentially honesty - with oneself and with others %% “Assertiveness” is a...
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Out of all the flowers in existence, I believe that it would be the sunflower that has the most ...
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I have just decided to start riding my bike again, and as I am cycling along the pathway that I ...
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%% My cat can't sleep - it must have anxiety problems! %% Jumping to the wrong conclusion, reg...
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%%Paralysis Analysis - yes, you can think too much!%% Human beings have evolved to be pro...
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Ten years ago, I don’t think I would have ever realised how much my mother means to me
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The Serenity Prayer states %%To the God or Goddesses of our own understanding, Give us the coura...
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%%Are you really with me? Listening is the key to really connect to others
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%%Possible is a word for ground you are just about to break!%% At one time or another, we ar...
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Decisions can seem overwhelming, but they needn't be Making decisions isn’t always an easy p...
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The effect our surroundings have on our state of mind can be significant
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%%You have work to do, but you feel sooo sleepy - what to do?%% %%Image courtesy of Yanlev at drea...
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Life can be overwhelming enough, without putting unnecessary pressure on ourselves to attain a ...
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You can't change the past
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%%Overcoming bad habits: breaking the chain that binds you
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If we were to start eating one particular food and nothing else, we would risk the consequences ...
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I am the first one to admit that at the end of the day, when I am all curled up on the sofa watc...
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The mind can be compared to an iceberg, with the portion that lies visible above the sea being o...
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According to the Australian Pocket Oxford Dictionary, confidence has been defined as 1
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You don’t have to be studying to reap the benefits of finding out how you personally learn best...
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Stay Inspired, and Enthusiasm will follow naturally
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Step forward with purpose so your journey is a meaningful one
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It is what it is: now follow your values Image courtesy of dreamstime
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The Dalai Lama embodies someone who has perfected the art of mindfulness, the ability to be pre...
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The impact of bullying can be devastating: low self-esteem, learning problems and even suicide...
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Dancing: exercise and have fun at the same time! We are all familiar with the benefits of exerc...
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Authenticity not only is necessary for true life satisfaction but also having integrity: What you s...
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Out of all the New Years Resolutions one could make, I believe that Health must be a priority
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Taking a step into the unknown is vital to our growth and development
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When we begin to write in a journal, knowledge of our true self is found at a much deeper level ...
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I have heard that no two snow flakes are the same
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Be proud of yourself - praise yourself and you will find yourself becoming the person you want to b...
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At first, I felt hesitant to even admit that I suffer depression on this hub
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When we let go of having any requirements for happiness, it may appear without you realising i...
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When we laugh, we forget that there’s only so many things that need to be taken that seriously, ...
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Yesterday, I embarked on what I thought would be a relatively straightforward procedure: install...
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There are days when everything seems too much, and you really don't feel like taking the dog for...
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It's incredible the number of people who automatically apologise for things that they have in no...
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Only very recently, I've discovered the boundary that separates and distinguishes happiness from con...
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