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Why is Life so Hard? Making Adversity an Ally

By Monica Nelson There is a popular saying that has been around about a century: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Easy enough to say, but neglectful of the recipe. In this article, I hope to give you my version of how to make lemonade of your life’s challenges. We all face hardship of some kind throughout our lives, experiencing it in different degrees and in different circumstances. How we respond to that misfortune is not only a measure of our character, it is the means through which we define ourselves. It is how we grow in strength and temperament. Going through challenges is something to be thankful for. … Continue reading

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Why Strengthening Your Emotional Life Should Rank as One of the Most Important Goals of Your Life

By Monica Nelson On a recent trip into town, I approached a T-turn in the left-hand lane. I noted the recently replaced sign that showed the rules for the turn had changed. The sign previously indicated that a driver could make both a left- and a right-hand turn from the right-hand lane. The new sign stated that the right-hand lane now permitted a right-hand turn only, leaving the left-hand lane the only legal lane from which a left-hand turn could be made. After the light changed, I made my left-hand turn simultaneously merging into the far right. That’s when an angry horn sounded and I jumped. The woman in the … Continue reading

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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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