Finding Inner Peace in a World Full of Contradictions and Confusion

April 09, 2021

Dr. Charles Raison said in an interview recently with The Sun magazine: “We’ve replaced a fictitious certainty with an honest confusion.” A statement has never felt truer.

 

Whatever certainty we may have thought we possessed has since blown away like an empty plastic bag in the wind. This past year has been unprecedented and challenging, with disruption felt to our core. The pandemic has taught us many lessons, and one shouts louder than most: we affect one another—profoundly. In times like these, emotional fitness, resiliency, empathy, and inner peace are priceless treasures.

Posted in Brain Fitness, Mindfulness and Perspective, Emotional Intelligence

Launch Yourself into an Amazing Life with Emotional Fitness

February 13, 2021

What will make this year one to remember…and treasure?

According to Pew Research Center, consistent polls show that spending time with our loved ones creates the most meaning in our lives. Is that true for you? 

Yet if anger, anxiety, and knee-jerk reactions dominate our emotional experience, they can profoundly detract from our ability to make meaningful connections with others, even those we deeply love.

Improving your emotional fitness will result in lasting improvements in your relationships and your life, both in 2021 and beyond—but where do you even start?

Posted in Emotional Intelligence

Need Some Space? Tips to Create Self-Care Spaces in Your Home

December 29, 2020

Some people, when designing their home, choose furniture and accessories by asking themselves questions in this order: 1) Is it beautiful?  2) Is it comfortable?  3) Would it help me create a space to improve the quality of my life?

While these questions are all reasonable, we suggest that you ask them in the opposite order. Instead of being caught up in creating a designer home that could grace the cover of Architectural Digest, why not take some time to analyze what type of space you need to live the best life possible?

Posted in Emotional Intelligence

How to Choose the Type of Empathy and Why it Matters

October 27, 2020

We have all had others come to us for support. Friends, family, and even colleagues trust each other by the nature of their relationships. Whether the relationship is personal or professional, a part of relationships is developing bonds through a connection that develops trust, closeness, and camaraderie. We lean on people to be there for us for life’s challenges and celebrate our joys and triumphs. What helps to create bonds in relationships is our ability to relate to and genuinely support others in a way that resonates with what they are experiencing.

Posted in Emotional Intelligence

Blame: A Lazy Response to Avoid Responsibility

September 26, 2020

We are all too familiar with the blame game. When we’re upset or exasperated in life, blaming our spouse, child, friend, or boss is an easy route to relief. You know the drill: “If you wouldn’t procrastinate fixing things around the house, then I wouldn’t nag.” Or if you weren’t so sensitive, we could discuss things calmer.” And sometimes a person moves to name-calling: “You’re so frustrating or selfish or hurtful or ….” In the moment, we feel a release of pent-up energy and uncomfortable emotions. But the thing is, I’ve never heard anyone say they enjoy being blamed or that they liked [...]

Posted in Emotional Intelligence & Fitness, Emotional Intelligence

Self-Care Is Foundational to a Healthy and Happy Life

August 18, 2020

Self-care has many definitions. Just as people are unique and have different preferences and desires, defining self-care for ourselves is also unique. Self-nurturance is about being aware of our own needs, paying attention to and actively choosing to nurture our needs consistently. It's vital to respond to our ever-changing lives, moment-by-moment, by caring for ourselves. Being our best in all aspects of mind, body, and spirit is crucial to our health and well-being.

Posted in Habits for Health, Emotional Intelligence

How to Create a Digital Vision Board

August 11, 2020

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, so many of us have been longing to go back to normal. However, what would be more helpful is examining which parts of “normal” are worth going back to.

Now is the perfect time to examine what parts of our lives are no longer serving us—and create a reality that supports our goals, visions, and dreams.

Posted in Brain Fitness, Mindfulness and Perspective, Emotional Intelligence

Why Is Mindfulness Important? And 3 Simple Practices

June 18, 2020

If you’re learning about mindfulness, perhaps you’re curious whether mindful living will improve the quality of your life. So why is mindfulness important, and does it make a difference? There still may be many misconceptions about mindfulness, such as it’s a Buddhist practice, or it requires sitting in a lotus position for hours. Regardless, it is becoming more widely accepted—and for good reason.

Posted in Brain Fitness, Mindfulness and Perspective, Emotional Intelligence

Searching for Inner Peace? 5 Ways to Love Yourself

June 13, 2020

If you’re looking for love outside yourself, you’ll be looking for a very long time. Feeling and experiencing love is dependent on how much we love and accept ourselves. And inner peace and a sense of well-being are by-products of the quality of your self-love.

So why do so many people wrestle with harsh, critical self-talk and self-loathing? And is it possible to achieve lasting inner peace, or is it only a pipe dream?

Posted in Emotional Intelligence

Men and Empathy—Are They a Lost Cause?

June 01, 2020

Empathy and Men vs. Women: A Common Scenario

Recently, a couple came in for a marriage coaching because they were stuck in a rut. Whenever she was upset about something, she would seek emotional support from him. Instead of empathy or even reflective listening, he would cut her off and suggest a bevy of ways to solve her problem. She would get more upset as a result because she didn’t feel understood. “Why can’t you just be there for me?” she’d ask.

In our session together, he explained that he felt like he would be validating her “unproductive” behavior (i.e., being emotional without [...]

Posted in Emotional Intelligence, How to Build Empathy

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