5 Characteristics of Emotional Intelligence

5 Characteristics Emotional Intelligence The balance and depth of emotions is critical to leading a happy and healthy life. In fact, we propose—along with many others—that your emotional intelligence, or EI, is as important, if not more, than your IQ. A person’s EI is defined as the ability to identify, use, understand, and mana...

8 Ways to Reduce Stress & Anxiety

8 Ways to Reduce Stress & Anxiety Anxiety is your body's natural response to stress. Under conditions of extreme stress when we feel our life is threatened, our body naturally activates the "fight-or-flight" response. Your success in managing the biological trigger of stress depends on your ability to understand your own emot...

10 Tips for Improving your Immune System Plus Bonus DIY Recipes.

Would you like 10 Tips for Improving your Immune System along with DIY recipes for protection against environmental threats? Then this blog post is for you! Learn the best way to ADD ESSENTIAL OILS to your Wellness Lifestyle. Remember the foundation of your health are these four things! EAT RIGHT EXERCISE REST AND STRESS MANAGEMENT...

The Four Stages of a Relationship

We’ve covered how important self love is, but we can’t help but move onto the next important topic of love, relationships. You may be in a relationship right now, you may not, or you may have just gotten out of one. Regardless of your “status” this blog is for you. This blog is for the worrierers, the romantics, the wall builders, and...

3 Elements of Intention and Self-Motivation Plus Life Hacks for Success in 2020

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." Several years ago, I enjoyed watching the American medalist Michael Phelps compete in the Olympic Games in Beijing. His world-record-breaking performances have been motivating, to say the least! What enthusiasm!? Michael Phelps made his dreams come true and ...

Easy Tips and Tricks to Avoid Stress During the Holiday

Looking for ways to avoid stress and increase joy this holiday season? If so, perhaps including meditation on your to-do list over the next few weeks may just do the trick! 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...

Letting Go of Guilt

And the Grinch with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling: how could it be so? “It came without ribbons! It came without tags! “It came without packages, boxes or bags!” And he puzzled three hours till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! “Maybe Christmas,” he...

On any given day, more than 440,000 children live in foster care in the United States. The children in foster care spend an average of two years in care and rarely remain in the same home during that time. Sadly, some of the homes they are placed in provide an environment that is no better than the environment from which they were removed. Jam...

How to Recognize Abuse in a Relationship

In a 1938 stage play written by Patrick Hamilton, a husband mysteriously disappears each evening. When his wife grows anxious about his behavior and questions him about it, he brushes it off and claims she doesn’t know what she’s talking about. And then he reminds her of several other ways in which she’s been acting crazy lately...

Three Strategies for Turning a Challenge into a Triumph

In two recent episodes of the Emotions Mentor® podcast , I had the privilege of talking with individuals who once found themselves in the mires of addiction but have done the hard work to crawl up from rock bottom and turn their lives around. Today both women take others like them under their wings and walk them through the addictio...

Six Scientifically Proven Benefits of Practicing Gratitude

British philosopher, writer, and literary critic GK Chesterton wrote: “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder” (from A Short History of England , 59). In 1917, when Chesterton first published these words, there was no scientific research to back up his ideas. A litt...

Postpartum Depression

Each year, more women will experience postpartum depression than there are new cases of tuberculosis, leukemia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinsons’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and epilepsy combined—for both men and women. That means a little more than 1 in 7 women will suffer from postpartum depression. In lower socio-economic ar...

How to Recognize Depression and Anxiety in Teens

Suicide rates in the United States over the past 15 years have skyrocketed, making suicide a growing epidemic in our country. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that a suicide occurs in the United States once every 12 minutes. And the Centers for Disease Control reports that in children and young adults ages 10 to 2...

7 Ways to Make Your Home a Haven for Youth

Five years ago, the American Psychological Association (APA) published the results of an intensive survey on the youth of America and the pressures they face. The results were somewhat surprising—and quite troubling: Today’s youth report stress levels higher than those experienced by adults. Norman B. Anderson, PhD and CEO of the ...

Helping Men Reach Optimal Mental Health

One of the more common tropes in television and movies is that of the man lost on a country road, stubbornly refusing to look at a map or ask any passersby for directions back to the interstate. We all laugh at the character’s expense, many of the women knowingly nodding their heads, some of the men getting just a little defensive. These ficti...

Nine Things Not to Say to Someone Who Is Grieving

Death is often referred to as life’s great equalizer. And, it’s true, we all die eventually. But the manner in which a person grieves the loss of a loved one is varied, complex, and unique to that individual. Grief is multi-layered and full of many other emotions, such as anger, guilt, and abandonment. Because ...

12 Ways to Boost Emotional Intelligence

Very often in life, we look at a person who has made it through a difficult time—the death of a loved one, abuse, a natural disaster, a horrific accident—and applaud that person’s ability to persevere by using words like brave and courageous and fearless to describe them. Sometimes these words are, indeed, true descriptors of th...

Ten Tools for Getting Through the Dog Days of Summer—or Life

This week marks the beginning of that stretch of year often referred to as the Dog Days of Summer. In ancient times, the Greeks noted that this period of time (July 12 to August 20 on our current calendar) followed the appearance of the star Sirius—often called the Dog Star. It was a time associated with drought, heat, mad dogs, bad luck, malaise, lethargy, ...

Identifying and Healing Negative Family Patterns

The late American screenwriter Frank Howard Clark once said, “Habit is something you can do without thinking, which is why most of us have so many of them.” And where are most of these habits developed? In our families of origin. Many patterns of behavior learned in the home thrive for generations simply because no one in the family realiz...

Facing Addiction Head On

Addiction is a tough word—one that no one wants associated with themselves or with a loved one. In reality, however, addiction touches nearly all of us in some way or another. Consider these statistics for the year 2017: • 19.7 million American adults battled a substance abuse disorder • Nearly 74 percent of those adults also s...