A Modern-Day Fable for the Emotionally Wounded

I’m going to tell you a story. There once was a woman named Naivete who was very, very kind. In fact, she was so kind that she repeatedly found herself in situations that were dangerous to her, either emotionally or physically. After many, many years of mistreatment, Naivete decided that she wanted to get to…

How Having a Broken Heart or Being Angry Can Kill You

Working in hospitals, it is common to see that when one spouse passes away, the surviving spouse goes downhill rapidly and often dies shortly thereafter. Obviously, this isn’t always the case, but anyone who has worked in a hospital for a while can tell you that it’s not uncommon. This doesn’t always occur with spouses,…

Happy Thoughts Lead to a Healthy Heart

There is a strong link between optimism, hope, and overall satisfaction with life and a lower risk of heart disease and stroke. In fact, people with the highest levels of optimism have twice the likelihood of having ideal heart health compared to their more pessimistic peers. Research has shown that individuals who are the most…

Are You an HSP (Highly Sensitive Person)?

Can you imagine how overwhelming a simple shopping trip would be to someone who is overstimulated by sounds, smells, and other environmental conditions? The bright lights, the crowds of people talking to one another and into their cell phones (and yelling at their kids and fighting with their spouses), the sounds of shopping carts being…

The Goal of Contentment

During the Holiday season, the pressure is on to be happy, happy, happy at all times. I personally prefer the word “content” to “happy”, and feel that it better describes how we should strive to feel on Thanksgiving Day and throughout the season. Although these words are used interchangeably and it might seem to be…