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Convey a Heartfelt Message in Writing – 7 Tips to Touch Another with Emotion

By Monica Nelson With Valentine’s Day approaching, loving sentiments can be found on every greeting card rack. Words written by another are nice, but your own heartfelt message delivers an emotional shot to their heart and endears you to them in a special way. If you want to make a bold impact, follow these tips to convey a heartfelt message. 1. Get in touch with your feelings. Feelings are the language of the heart. To evoke emotion from another, you must know and understand your own. Go to a quiet place and clear your mind. Draw your awareness to your current state of mind. What are you feeling right now? … Continue reading

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Top 10 Qualities to Grow If You Want Indestructible Friendships

By Monica Nelson True friends are priceless. We all want and need friendships. Emerging science suggests that our brains and nervous system thrive from interactions created through friendship. And that our self-identity is derived from people we closely associate with. But we don’t need science to know that friends add zest and well-being to our lives. So here are my top ten qualities you will want to grow if you hope to create lasting and unbreakable friendships. 1. Love. You probably love your friend or that person would not be your friend. Having that love and showing it on a daily basis are two separate qualities. Love grows on its … Continue reading

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You Can Change Other People, But Not in the Way You Think You Can

By Monica Nelson We’ve all heard how you can not change another person – that if you cannot accept someone’s behavior, your only option is to no longer associate with them. This is important advice if the behavior you cannot accept is violent or otherwise threatening. But in everyday relationships where unacceptable behavior is hurtful but not threatening or simply annoying, you do possess the ability to change that person’s behavior. But it is not in the way you think you can. When people want to change another person’s behavior, they typically resort to nagging, manipulation, or controlling behavior of their own. This type of solution is not a solution. … Continue reading

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Top 10 Reasons to Practice Kindness and Love – A Countdown

By Monica Nelson We are not naturally kind. Nor are we naturally loving. It takes work and effort. Human nature typically runs on ego, and our egos are not instinctively kind and loving. They prefer to keep self interest above all else. But it is an undeniable fact that kindness and loving behavior are the cornerstones for greatness. If we were all kind and loving to one another, life would truly be a joyous event at every moment. It is the great paradox of human interaction. So to those who seek to rise above their own egoistic tendencies and seek after a more kind and loving nature, I offer this … Continue reading

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5 Levels of Talking — Ordered by the Amount of Love Each Shows

By Monica Nelson Humans require communication. We live with one another and derive our growth from interactions with each other. And that requires the ability to say what is on your mind, as well as to hear and understand what others have on their minds. It is a necessary function of our daily lives. But few of us realize that our speech, our communication with each other constitutes a tool through which we can also affect another person’s life in a positive or negative way. There are five ways in which we connect when we talk: 1. To Satisfy. This level is at the base of our interactions. It is the … Continue reading

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Paying a Higher Form of Compliment

By Monica Nelson Think about a time when you received a compliment that made you feel like walking on air. Knowing that someone else has recognized one of your shining characteristics and taken the effort to praise you for it is a great feeling. Giving another person a compliment is not only a social grace, it is a way to uplift and affirm them. Paying someone a compliment is a loving act. And something we should do more often for one another. So why not do it right? Superficial Compliments When we want to compliment someone, we often go with the first thing that comes into our minds. This usually … Continue reading

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Seven Forgiveness Rules Memorialized in Insightful Quotes

By Monica Nelson You can learn a great deal from leaders and thinkers who make their mark on society sharing their insights. Below are seven rules to remember in making forgiveness a priority in your life. Each is accompanied by a renowned quote to help solidify its relevance. Rule 1: Forgiving another is one of the hardest actions you can perform. Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were. –Cherie Carter-Scott The reason forgiveness is such a difficult act is because it forces us beyond our boundaries. It makes us look beyond ourselves and empathize, gain compassion and humility, and in so doing, strengthen … Continue reading

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If You Need an Excuse . . . The Power and Pain of Separation

By Monica Nelson Standing in the back of the crowded pavilion, the largest building for miles able to accommodate this size crowd, I watched as two darkly dressed, solemn-faced funeral workers shifted the coffin into place in front of otherwise inconspicuous back doors. Within seconds, the doors opened. The new widow flanked by two young men emerged slowly from the opening. The trio stepped up to the coffin and stared down into it. Though we were not close to the family, the youngest of the children is my son’s classmate. We wanted to show our support for them at a very difficult time. The standing-room only crowd forced us closer … Continue reading

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Don’t Wait for a Deathbed Realization – Live the Full Life Now

By Monica Nelson A couple years ago I received the call I had feared for years. My mother told me that my father was dying. He had been moved to a hospice the night before, but the doctors believed he would not stay long. His death was imminent. Could I come? As I packed up, ready to make the 500-mile trip to my childhood home, I contemplated what my father might be going through. What kind of end-of-life contemplation hovered in his consciousness? It was no coincidence that I was reading The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself, at that time. The book was spurring me on to evaluate my … Continue reading

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Finding the Way to Forgiveness

By Monica Nelson Several months ago I went through one of those life defining experiences that grab you by the nape of the neck and shake every part of you. The incident not only took me by surprise, but was one in which I felt I was unjustly accused. One of a handful of incidents from a long life that will always be marked painful. It left me feeling alone and isolated. Though the incident involved my entire family, it felt very personal. Like every friend in my town (other than my immediate family) had united against me. Only a few people were directly involved in the violation, the rest … Continue reading

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