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Archive for December, 2011

Trouble With Apologies?

Scan the list below, courtesy of Ron Potter-Efron in the book “Stop The Anger Now” (New Harbinger), and see if you can identify some of the reasons you have trouble admitting your mistakes and apologizing. –I have trouble apologizing (or accepting an apology) because: –I hate to […]

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Five Regrets…

Five Regrets…

I came across this list, which is excerpted from the website Inspiration and Chai, by Bronnie Ware. I thought I would share it below, as it has some very powerful points. For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home […]

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Forgiveness…How It Can Be Good For You

Forgiveness…How It Can Be Good For You

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” (-Mahatma Ghandi) The word “forgiveness” means different things to different people. Forgiving ourselves or others is often hard to do because emotions such as fear, anger, and resentment get in the way. Once we do […]

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How To Be Assertive (Without Alienating Others)

How To Be Assertive (Without Alienating Others)

A very important life skill is the ability to ask for what you want or need. What I often see when working with my couples clients is either not speaking up or speaking too forcefully. Not stating our needs leaves us with a partner (friend, family member, or colleague) […]

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Choosing Happiness…

Choosing Happiness…

“Be glad of life…because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars.” (-Henry Van Dyke) Each year life offers us an endless number of opportunities to be happy…but we seldom see or accept more than […]

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Codependency and Detachment

“It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it’s not possible to find it elsewhere.” (Agnes Repplier) Finding a loving relationship is possible, don’t let anyone, including yourself, try to tell you otherwise. One of the most important parts of finding a healthy, loving relationship […]

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Every Day Matters…

Every Day Matters…

I often work with my therapy clients to help them understand that attitude is a choice. LIFE IS SHORT: We create our own world by the way in which we choose to see it. It’s important to remember that you can focus your time on fear, worry, problems […]

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