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5 Reasons People Have Low Self-Confidence

5 Reasons People Have Low Self-Confidence

Understanding the causes of low self-confidence is a first step in boosting it. The most important thing to know about low self-confidence is that it is not your fault. The factors that contribute to low self-confidence combine and interact differently for each person. Your genes, cultural background, childhood experiences, and other life circumstances all play a role. But don’t lose heart — although we can’t change the experiences in our past that shaped us, there is plenty we can do…

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10 Ideas to Help With Loneliness

10 Ideas to Help With Loneliness

Have you ever been lonely in a crowd? Have you ever been perfectly content all alone? Me too. And I have also suffered from loneliness. Loneliness is a complex mental and emotional phenomenon that has at its base a powerful emotion that has survival value for children. All of us have experienced some degree of abandonment, if only for a short time, and remember the painful and scary feeling that goes along with it. Whenever we are reminded of this…

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Fun Fact Friday

Fun Fact Friday

More than one-third of married couples in Canada sleep in separate bedrooms.  Having a low opinion of yourself is not modesty. It’s self-destruction.  People who eat fish at least once a week have thicker, stronger and more resilient brains. 71% of breakups happen because of mood swings. Every year, about 86,000 people are injured by tripping over their pets.    Ranch dressing (and many other foods) contain titanium dioxide to keep it white – Titanium dioxide is also used in…

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Fun Fact Friday

Fun Fact Friday

You can “rewire” your brain to be happy by simply recalling 3 things you’re grateful for every day for 21 days. Hardest question to answer: “Describe yourself?” People who are exposed to bright light early in the morning tend to be more alert throughout the day. The difference between caramel and butterscotch is butterscotch contains brown sugar instead of white. Toffee is butterscotch cooked longer. Most of the problems in your life are due to two reasons: you act without…

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Start Accepting Yourself, You’re Worth It

Start Accepting Yourself, You’re Worth It

Do you ever feel like you are simply never good enough? As a serial perfectionist, I’ve struggled for years with self-acceptance. On the one hand, never settling keeps me striving to continuously better myself. But, as many of you know too well, the thirst for self-improvement is nearly always companioned by a shadow of self-deprecation and self-loathing. There is nearly always that cruel inner voice behind every small triumph, whispering with critical malevolence, making you feel horrible in even the…

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How to Stop Being a Victim and Start Creating Your Life

How to Stop Being a Victim and Start Creating Your Life

“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die.  And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”  ~Eleanor Roosevelt “They” say things happen at the “right” time. For me hearing a presentation, live, by Jack Canfield, came at the perfect time. I was in San Diego, the traveling babysitter for my precious 5-month old granddaughter, while my daughter attended a nutrition conference. It was an all around win-win situation—a…

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The One False Belief Holding You Back

The One False Belief Holding You Back

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. This summer I was in one of those tourist traps that sell insipid signs like, “I’m on Lake Time” or “Love You More.”  They also had one I’ve never seen before, and it has stuck with me ever since. It said, “Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone.” Damn right. The one false belief holding you back is that you think that your past determines who you are. If…

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The Surprising Factor That Can Predict Long Life

The Surprising Factor That Can Predict Long Life

You’re only as old as you feel? Research says it’s true. Here’s why. As I get older, I find myself drawn to news reports and research findings that provide information about how long I might live. After all, this is a key piece of information that would help me plan the most strategic and successful retirement, even though I think that I do not really wish to know for sure how long I have left. Much advertising aimed at people…

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Why High School Stays With us Forever

Why High School Stays With us Forever

We believe in the free flow of information. We use a Creative Commons Attribution NoDerivatives licence, so you can republish our articles for free, online or in print. For better or worse, many of us never forget high school: the unrequited romantic crushes, chronic embarrassment, desperate struggles for popularity, sexual awakening, parental pressure and, above all else, competition – social, athletic, academic. There’s even an entire genre of entertainment that revolves around high school. “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Mean Girls,” “Heathers,”…

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Is It Self-Indulgent to be Self-Compassionate?

Is It Self-Indulgent to be Self-Compassionate?

Motivate yourself with love not fear Posted Apr 17, 2011     Kristin Neff Ph.D.    The Power of Self-Compassion When people ask me what I do and I tell them that I study self-compassion, they often get a hesitant expression on their face. I guess self-compassion is a good idea, they say, but can’t you be too self-compassionate? In fact, the number one reason people give for why they aren’t more self-compassionate is that they’re afraid if they’re too…

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