Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: How Your Body Image Could Be Harming You

Do you ever have thoughts like these? My life would be better if I looked better. I will never look as good as _____________. My _________ is/are so ugly. I am so fat. That scale/size can’t be right. I look disgusting; no one could ever love me. If you do, you’re not alone. In a seminal study from the 1990s, author and psychology professor Linda Smolek found that 80% of American women are dissatisfied with their appearance. Unfortunately, not much has changed since then. Body image is not just a… Read More >>

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It’s the Little Things

In life, the “little things” make all the difference. We like to pretend that at least the “big things” in life, like choosing a spouse or career or teaching our children, are the result of well-thought-out decisions, but it never works that way. Careers grow out of conversations over coffee or lunch. They happen because we need a job or because a friend has a friend in the business. Marriages grow out of casual flirtations at a party or because a friend set us up. The BIG stuff never starts… Read More >>

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Top 10 Things You Can Control

Life can get very stressful when we feel squeezed by circumstances. We need to take care of ourselves more than ever. The temptation is to move faster and work even harder, which is o.k., as long as you don’t fall into the trap of trying to control everything. Focusing your limited energy on what you can control will make life easier; minimizing frustration and preserving effort for the most important aspects of your life. While we cannot control the weather, death or another’s thoughts, much as we might like to,… Read More >>

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall:

How Your Body Image Could Be Harming You Do you ever have thoughts like these? My life would be better if I looked better. I will never look as good as _____________. My _________ is/are so ugly. I am so fat. That scale/size can’t be right. I look disgusting; no one could ever love me. If you do, you’re not alone. In a seminal study from the 1990s, author and psychology professor Linda Smolek found that 80% of American women are dissatisfied with their appearance. Unfortunately, not much has changed… Read More >>

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Top 10 Ways to Raise Your Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is not a gift bestowed by those outside of us or something that can be taken from us by others. It’s an inside job. Rather than wait passively for good self-esteem to happen, we need to take action. Daily or weekly is best. 1. Make a list. What’s good about you? What’s wonderful? Hang your list near your bed so that you see it when you awaken and when you go to sleep. 2. Forgive yourself. Acknowledge a mistake, but let go of self-recrimination. Recognize that you, too, are… Read More >>

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