Strategies for Discovering How to Forgive

When someone has hurt you, letting go of your anger might be the last thing on your mind. But forgiveness can be quite beneficial. Here are some strategies for forgiving someone so you can move on.   Although forgiveness brings many benefits, particularly to the ‘forgiver,’ to forgive is not always easy. In fact, many people[…]

Overwhelmed by Suffering? Here’s How to Act Anyway

Confronted with images of immigrant children in cages, how can we get past overwhelm and work toward a solution?   A few days ago, a Facebook friend of mine posted a video of a Texas detention center housing apprehended migrants at the U.S. border. Inside massive enclosures made of chain-link fencing, children sat shoulder to[…]

Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Lessons from Mister Rogers That Can Help Americans Be Neighbors Again   The host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood taught kids critical emotional and social skills that are still relevant to adults today.   Fred McFeely Rogers was a shy, somewhat awkward, and sometimes bullied child growing up in the 1930s. After going to college for what[…]

How to Be Less Self-Centered When Using Technology

We can turn inward and focus on ourselves when we’re online—or we can turn outward and connect with others.
   Some researchers speculate that mental health issues are on the rise because of technologies that heighten our self-focus. Facebook is about expressing our opinions. Pinterest is about collecting things that we like. LinkedIn is about listing our accomplishments. And the list goes on and[…]

Eight Habits of Considerate People

Philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer once said, “Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax.” It’s true. Being kind and considerate softens people and makes them malleable to your way of thinking.   But I see another meaning there, too. I think he’s also saying that being considerate of others is an integral part of[…]

How to Give to Others without Burning Out

Research suggests that self-care can reduce stress and exhaustion—if we know how to practice it.   In our over-stressed world, many health care providers, social workers, and caregivers are suffering from slow yet painful burnout. Many of the rest of us, working long hours and raising families, seem to be approaching burnout, too. Sometimes we[…]