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INTRODUCING THE WHEEL OF LIFE

No matter how accomplished or happy we are, we all have areas of our life that could use some improvement – and in most cases, different amounts of improvement. Think about your health, for instance. Are you in a peak state of health, feeling energetic and full of vitality? If so, congratulations! But now move on to another area: personal …

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WORDS MATTER: “YOU” VS. “I”

“You are such a slob. You just expect me to clean up after you.” “You are always working. Work is more important to you than your family.” “You are so frivolous. You just think money grows on trees.” Sound familiar? Arguments about housework, priorities and money are nothing new. In fact, for many couples, they are weekly challenges. But that …

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WHY WE ALL NEED PAIN

There isn’t much in the world that is more painful than a broken heart. And most will say that there’s no salve but time to take that pain away. But why are we so quick to speed through and even negate the pain? Why do we distract ourselves from feeling emotions that can actually help us find more closure on …

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KEEPING THE SPARK ALIVE

Long distance never works.” “The seven year itch is real.” “Children always kill romance.” “You can’t have love and a successful career. You have to choose.” Chances are you’ve heard at least one of these statements, or a variation on the theme. One of the most common myths about long-term relationships is that passion is only for the beginning of …

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LOVE IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Technology has changed the way we experience love, intimacy and connection. How often do we text instead of talk, Skype instead of meet face-to-face, or use emoticons instead of actually articulating our feelings? And what impact does it have on our relationships? According to seasoned relationship counselor Gary Chapman, there are 5 basic love languages — words of affirmation, acts …

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THE HOLIDAY THRIVE GUIDE

The holiday season is teeming with decadent desserts, rich beverages and joyful festivities that disrupt even the most disciplined diet. And with colder weather and darker nights, the challenge of working out on a consistent basis becomes even more daunting. That’s why we’ve compiled an arsenal of tips and tactics that will help you beat the winter workout rut, detect …

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YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO SAY “NO”

No” — it’s a small word that packs a lot of power. It carries with it an invisible force that can make it feel like an overly oppressive, or even a dirty word. It’s no wonder so many people are uncomfortable saying it. But the truth is, when you say “no,” you’re not saying “I hate you,” and you’re not …

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3 WAYS TO RECONNECT WITH YOURSELF

It’s easier than ever to get lost in the day-to-day activities and stresses of the external world. Work, relationships, errands — our focus is almost always on anything and anyone but ourselves. And for so many of us, it’s a constant effort to please others or be who we think we have to be in order to get the love, …

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PEER ELEVATION

Ever hear the saying, “You are who your friends are”? You might have heard it from your parents in grade school, when groups started to form around different personalities and interests. Cliques start to form, often centered around similar expectations and behaviors — watching the same television shows and movies, forming similar habits, and even speaking and dressing like each …

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THE POWER OF TOUCH

WHAT IS THE POWER OF TOUCH? Newborns that are given nurturing touch grow faster and have more improved mental and motor skill development. Children raised with more physical interaction tended to be less aggressive and violent. Partners who cuddle have been shown to have lower stress levels and blood pressure and improved immune function. Elderly people who receive the soothing, …

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