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I’ve been your faithful Beliefnet editor and Inspiration blogger for more than a year now. Whenever people ask me what I do, I tell them that I write about how to be happy. Almost immediately, their next question is, “So […]

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“I should be a better mother.” “I should be in that corner office.” “I shouldn’t feel this way. It’s wrong.” The deadly “should’s” of life… They place little bars of expectation over our heads — telling us what we need […]

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Nobody, but nobody Can make it out here alone. ~ Maya Angelou I’m not entirely sure how I got to be so independent. I come from a fairly involved family, and my upbringing was monitored and supported by my parents […]

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I wrote about a vow to stop complaining last week and it’s interesting how much it’s made me mindful of my speech. I found myself projecting negativity when I really didn’t need to and definitely didn’t want to. Yuck! I’m […]

The following is from Michele Rosenthal, author of Before the World Intruded: Conquering the Past and Creating the Future. Enjoy! There was a time in my life I didn’t believe I’d ever feel joy again. A horrible illness had befallen […]

What centers you? What’s the one activity that brings you back to yourself? I have a few. I love to pray. I love to run. Even the thought of a Sunday afternoon at my favorite coffeehouse with a book calms […]

“Fear is a friend who’s misunderstood.” John Mayer, “The Heart of Life” I wrote against fear last week, and I firmly believe that it is among the most troublesome mental predators that we deal with. That said, fear can serve […]

“There is nothing to fear but fear itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt In this new year of simplicity, I am confronted by an old, pesky foe: fear. When I peel back the layers of what I believe about myself, I’m discovering […]

It’s tough when you feel like you’re stuck. Whether it’s in traffic, an elevator or just in a rut, it’s no fun. In fact, it can be downright stifling. It’s especially difficult when you’re trying to get out. I have […]

Today’s guest blog comes from Dr. Karl Pillemer, author of 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans. Enjoy! A perennial question is: What makes us happy? Indeed, there’s so much interest in this topic that […]