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Optimism is a confidence that future events will turn out well. It is a hopefulness that good things are ahead. There are many benefits of optimism...

The Big Benefits of Optimism: OMEGAS

Recently, Psych Bytes introduced a new series for young adults to help them live happier lives. Using the acronym “OMEGAS,” Dr. Dave Verhaagen provides a practical six-part plan to increase your sense of happiness...
One way to make the holiday season more positive is with an attitude of gratitude. An attitude of gratitude transitions perfectly appreciating...video

Make the Holiday Season More Positive with an Attitude of Gratitude

Make the Holiday Season More Positive with an Attitude of GratitudeOne way to make the holiday season more positive is with an attitude of gratitude. Some ways to...
Research tells us that using our money for shared experiences, rather than things, will bring a lot more meaningfulness and joy into a person's life.video

Give the Gift of Shared Experiences This Holiday Season

Give the Gift of Shared Experiences This Holiday Season I see a lot of clients over the holidays that have conflicting feelings about the holidays.Often times, they find gift giving to be shallow and insignificant....
Some ways to make the gift giving experience more pleasurable this holiday season is by focusing on gift appreciation this holiday season.video

Focus on Gift Appreciation This Holiday Season

Focus on Gift Appreciation This Holiday Season Some ways to make the gift giving experience more pleasurable this holiday season is by focusing on appreciation.Do this by prepping kids ahead of time and talking about...
How should you feel during the holidays? The better question is, “how do you feel during the holidays?" Use these self-care tips for the holiday season!

Self-Care Tips for the Holiday Season

Emotions do not exist in a vacuum. They are influenced by our thoughts and our behaviors. As we contemplate healthy living during the holidays, the following tips and tools are designed to enhance our...
The holiday season is a time for family members to enjoy each other's company, yet some struggle to look past conflict and drama. Using relational tips, you can improve your holiday season!

Relational Tips, Tricks, and Tools for the Holiday Season

Ideally, the holidays are like the inspirational Hallmark holiday films where everybody pitches in, works together, and family members enjoy each other’s company.Realistically, for some families, the holidays are closer to reality television, where...
When you love an addict, focusing on yourself can seem counter-intuitive, even selfish. After all, you aren’t the addict. However, using boundaries helps you love yourself.

When You Love an Addict, Boundaries Help You Love Yourself

The following is the third and final article of a three-part series exploring how substance abuse and addiction can sabotage healthy, stable relationships. Today’s topic, boundaries.I have found that it is very easy to...
It can be difficult to fight off the winter blues, also known as seasonal affective disorder. If you're experiencing seasonal depression try these 3 tips!

3 Tips to Fight Off the Winter Blues

Fall Has Arrived, Folks! The extreme heat of the summer sun has shifted to a gentle warmth with cooler temperatures. The change in weather is enjoyable for many, but for some, the gradual decrease in...
Days that are associated with celebration and joy can amplify the pain of loss. If you're experiencing grief during the holidays, try practicing self-care.

Coping with Heartbreak, Loss, and Grief During the Holidays

Any day of the year can bring reminders of loss. We each carry around important dates unique to our relationships, along with places, things, and shared experiences that point to memories of life before...