Category Archives: mental hygeine

Moment of Silence for Kids

    A MOMENT OF SILENCE PLEASE   Every now and then we deal with the issue of whether or not children should be allowed or even encouraged to pray in public schools. There was one alternative that I really … Continue reading

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Happiness Attitudes

HOW TO BE HAPPY   Most people want to be happy, or say they do anyway.  Trouble is, most people just lack the knack.  To be happy you have to maintain the right attitude—a willingness to be tickled by your … Continue reading

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On Knowing the Self

WHERE CONSCIOUS LIVING LEADS   In his mystical novel, Demian, Hermann Hesse observes, “…nothing in the world is more distasteful to a man than to take the path that leads to himself”.  According to a very nice lady who called … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Life

THE MEANING OF LIFE   People who follow one of the major religions don’t have to worry about finding the meaning of life.  It’s spelled out for them. The major religions all prescribe the same attitudes and behaviors: treating others … Continue reading

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Stressed Out? Try Surrender

SURRENDER:  THE KEY TO SERENITY   I meet a lot of people who have trouble with one of the most useful survival skills one can have: surrender.  It must be obvious why many Americans would have a hard time with … Continue reading

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Balancing Separateness and Togetherness in Marriage

SEPARATENESS AND TOGETHERNESS NEEDS   Two of the most important emotional needs of adults are the need to be an autonomous self in control of one’s own life and the need to be emotionally connected to another person.  Successful couples … Continue reading

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Your Ship on the Ocean of Life

AT HOME ON THE BOUNDING MAIN   Imagine yourself as a sailboat on the ocean of life.  You’re on a journey to the end of the ocean and you have to plot your course as best you can.  You don’t … Continue reading

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Source of Anxiety Within You

THE SOURCE OF YOUR ANXIETY IS YOU   We don’t handle discomfort the way we used to.  That’s one reason marriages fall apart so easily.  Pain and anxiety are part of life whether one is married or not.  If you’re … Continue reading

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Purposeful Living: Lessons from an Emperor

LESSONS IN PURPOSEFUL LIVING   Marcus Aurelius Antoninus was a Roman emperor of the second century A.D.  He was, by nature, a sensitive, generous, affectionate man and a student of Stoic philosophy. The last thing he wanted was to go … Continue reading

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Fostering a Healthy Self in Children

Parenting:  Feeding the Healthy Ego       We’ve all known folks who seem have too much ego.  They appear to feel entitled to do and have anything they want and lack the capacity for self-criticism.  They can be pretty obnoxious.  In … Continue reading

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