The Definition of Happiness

The nature of happiness, and how to obtain it, has been a debated topic for centuries.  The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy brings some clarity to opposing sides of this issue. From one perspective emphasis is placed on our psychological state. Here pleasure is an essential ingredient to our ...

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The Gift of Grace

I currently find myself on a journey that is leading me to dig deeper into the concept of grace. I thought I might invite you to walk with me for a few moments in hopes that you, too, might want to join me on this journey. I don’t have all the answers; I don’t even know all the questions. What I do ...

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Why is Curiosity Important?

Everyone has probably heard the familiar expression at one time or another, “Curiosity killed the cat.” This popular statement tends to incriminate the act of being curious as negative or potentially dangerous. Yet, the art of being curious is essential in the field of counseling/therapy. Being ...

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If You’re Happy, I’m Happy: Altruism Psychology

If you’re a fan at all of the show Friends, you might remember an episode called “The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS” where Joey claims that there is no such thing as a selfless good deed. He argues that if you do something for another person that makes you feel good, then it’s no longer selfless. ...

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Thinking Positively with Humility

In the world of counseling, countless theories, strategies, and skills have been developed and are continuing to be developed to help people reduce their stress and live more fully. Positive Psychology in particular has highlighted having a Positive Mindset and Positive Thinking as a way of ...

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