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  • Did You Know That Joy Does Not Exist without Suffering? 

    Did You Know That Joy Does Not Exist without Suffering? 

    It can seem somehow unfair that we must experience suffering as part of the process of experiencing joy. In fact it seems like an oxymoron until you examine some of the logic behind it, which is what I am going to invite you to do as you read through this blog. In my last blog…

  • Did You Know We Can Actually Fear Experiencing Joy?

    Did You Know We Can Actually Fear Experiencing Joy?

    Sounds a little crazy, doesn’t it? However, in doing my research on this powerful concept, I came across some fascinating information and perspectives on what gets in the way of experiencing joy, especially the impact of fear that interferes with our joy. According to Brené Brown in her book Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful…

  • Have You Found the Secrets to Living a Life of Joy?

    Have You Found the Secrets to Living a Life of Joy?

    In last week’s blog I invited my readers to begin an exploration about some of the secrets of living a life of joy, starting with basic definitions. I think we all need to appreciate more about the core nature of joy. Again, I recommend that you notice your thoughts, feelings, sensations, images, beliefs and memories…

  • Have You Found the Secrets to Living a Life of Joy? What is Joy Anyway?

    Have You Found the Secrets to Living a Life of Joy? What is Joy Anyway?

    Recently a group of my friends and I discussed the book co-written by the Dali Llama and Bishop Desmond Tutu entitled The Book of Joy. We found it rich with principles of joy and some of the secrets to discovering it in life. Through reading this book, discussing it with friends and doing some of…

  • Have You Figured Out Why We Love? 

    Have You Figured Out Why We Love? 

    In the last three of my blogs, I invited my readers to explore some of the ways we can appreciate love, including the five love languages proposed by Chapman and Cambell. In this blog I will invite you to consider some very basic and important questions: Let’s start with some of the research and strong…

  • Appreciating Love Languages

    Appreciating Love Languages

    In my last two blogs I invited readers to explore some of the many principles and properties of love and how powerful giving and receiving love is for each of us.  We looked at the differences between conditional and unconditional love, how we need to fill our emotional tanks on a regular basis and the…

  • Appreciating the Power of Love, Part Two

    Appreciating the Power of Love, Part Two

    In last week’s blog I invited my readers to consider the dynamics, principles and properties of love, what neuroscience has discovered about the brain’s response to the love experience, and the acknowledgement that it can be helpful to differentiate between conditional and unconditional love.  In the book The Five Love Languages of Children: The Secret…

  • Appreciating the Power of Unconditional Love

    Appreciating the Power of Unconditional Love

    Love. The subject of songs, novels, poems, sermons. Love is what we humans need to survive and thrive in life. Consider the cruel experiment by Frederick II, Emperor of Germany. In 1211 in an attempt to discover the natural “language of God,” he wanted to find out what kind of speech children would have when…

  • The Impact of Good Affirming Skills

    The Impact of Good Affirming Skills

    Most of us frequently give and receive affirmations from people in our lives: family members, friends, colleagues, even people we exchange comments with when shopping. “How nice of you to let me go in front of you.”  “Good job!” “You make me so happy!” “I appreciate that you … shared your lunch with me/invited me…

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