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Increase Gratitude to Improve Happiness

With Thanksgiving around the corner, let’s talk about gratitude. Gratitude means being thankful and ready to show appreciation. It’s about acknowledging the good and the gifts we have received in life. Being grateful means giving thought and expressing appreciation for specific items, circumstances, situations, relationships, and personal qualities/characteristics that you are happy to have in

Create a Positive Inner Dialogue

We tend to be our own worst critics and our inner dialogue can be cruel and self-deprecating. This kind of thought process leads to myths about your own character and capabilities. A cruel inner dialogue often leads to feeling like you can’t achieve something or don’t deserve to. This will keep you from even trying;

Improve Self-Esteem and Confidence By Building Mastery

Building Mastery is a DBT skills that helps improve self-esteem and confidence. When you feel competent and better about yourself, it is easier and less stressful to go through life. Many times, when someone lacks self-esteem and confidence, it keeps them from actually trying. The mindset is things like “I don’t deserve that,” “I’m not

How to Overcome Perfectionism

Perfectionism is defined as the desire for everything to be done perfectly and the inability to accept anything less than that. The problem is that this is not a realistic, sustainable outlook on things. Perfectionism paralyzes you and can keep you from getting anything done. It makes it impossible to be satisfied with the outcome

Find Happiness Through Loving Kindness

Loving kindness is a DBT skill that helps reduce suffering and increase happiness. In short, it is a meditative practice where you repeat specific words and phrases to foster feelings of compassion and love. Essentially it is the opposite of negativity and judgement. You send loving kindness to  yourself and others. In a way, it

Build a Positive Mindset

  The power of a positive mindset can change your life for the better. A positive mindset means an optimistic outlook on life, more positive thought patterns, and an overall attitude of happiness and seeing the bright side. This is important because the way we think greatly impacts what we get in life. People often

How to Stop Ruminating Thoughts

Ruminating thoughts are when our minds repeatedly focus on the same thing over and over. In other words, our thoughts become obsessive over some specific situation, event, person, etc. The thoughts seem to take over in a way that makes it hard to figure out how to stop them.   What Causes Ruminating Thoughts? Generally,

The Comparison Trap: Impact on Self-Esteem

  Let's start with defining what the comparison trap is. It's the tendency to evaluate oneself in relation to others. People often spend a lot of time comparing to others. Common comparisons are looks/ attractiveness, friends (both quantity and quality), personality, success, etc. When we fall into the comparison trap, we generally just end up


How much of your time is spent dealing with anxiety and worry over something in the future? How many times have you not tried something because you figured it wouldn’t work out? I bet many people answered both of these questions with “a lot.” This is a common struggle for people because fear, anxiety and worry

How To Build Your Confidence by Doing Things That Make You Smile

Life is filled with ups and downs and can sometimes throw us curveballs. This can lead to feelings of self-doubt and shake one's confidence. The downs might seem never-ending and can be very difficult to navigate through. This can have such a lasting effect, that even when things improve, one still struggles with their confidence.