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Simple Steps, Real Change: Cure Hopelessness with Learned Optimism

By Monica Nelson This is the last in a series of small changes to make to your life that affect it in a big way. Hopelessness is one of the most insidious emotions. Like a wildfire set out to destroy all in its path, it paralyzes not only the sufferer but also anyone that person comes in contact with. It has always been a scourge that stifles human growth and happiness. Its effects are devastating. In 2010, there were 38,364 U.S. deaths resulting from suicide, a side effect of hopelessness and depression. All of us deal with depression and pessimism to some degree. So, even if your blues are not … Continue reading

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Creating Hope for a Full Life

By Monica Nelson Someone very close to me experienced a family tragedy that scarred him deeply. During this time of year, at the time of the event’s anniversary, he has a difficult time getting through his day. His outlook becomes black and despairing. He enters a hopeless state. Hopelessness can be described in many ways. Most often it refers to a feeling of inadequacy. Unable to do what needs to be done. A person feels lost, floating in time without purpose, optimism or motivation. Other ways to describe this state might be futility, despondency, or depression. Hope is a necessary ingredient to living a life of purpose. Without hope we … Continue reading

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The Power of Hope and Faith

By Monica Nelson I have had a rotten week. My family and I are dealing with a lot of stress. My husband is facing the loss of his job, my freelance business is slow to take off, and finances are overwhelming us right now. The pressures of the week became unbearable after my son was kicked out of boy scout camp. Let’s just say, I went into the bluest of funks that anyone could imagine. I hit a new bottom. I’m sure you have all been there. The circumstances of your life are different than mine, but everyone deals with their own individual lows at various times in life. While … Continue reading

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