Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW is a relationship expert, grief counselor and the author of four self-help books including Shortcuts to Inner Peace: 70 Simple Paths to Everyday Serenity, Transcending Loss: Understanding the Lifelong Impact of Grief and How to Make it Meaningful as well as her latest book due out in August of 2012 "75 Habits for a Happy Marriage" co-authored with her husband, Daniel Arthur Bush, PhD

Over 30,000 people follow Ashley's daily posts on her three Facebook pages:

Grief Support: "Transcending Loss"
Relationship Support: "Shortcuts to Intimacy"
On Living Deeply: "Shortcuts to Inner Peace"

You can also follow Ashley on Twitter

Ashley Davis Bush has a private practice, Transitions and Loss Counseling, located in Southern, NH.

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Entries by Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW

8 maneiras de reduzir seu estresse sem sair da cadeira

(1) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 1:48 PM

Existem horas que são próprias para a ação, sem dúvida alguma. Por exemplo, quando você acorda às 3h da manhã e ouve água jorrando em algum lugar de sua casa.

Você acaba de voltar de suas férias de inverno em outro lugar. O frio foi tanto que a água...

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8 Ways to De-Stress Without Leaving Your Chair

(4) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 7:06 AM

There is definitely a time for action. Like when you wake up at 3 a.m. and hear water pouring out from somewhere in your house after you've just returned home from a winter vacation and it turns out that your frozen pipes are bursting (not that I'm speaking from actual...

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You Are NOT The Man I Married: Accepting Change In The One You Love

(12) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 9:42 AM

Sara was a gorgeous young woman. She was 33 years old, happily married, the mother of an adorable 4-year-old daughter, and... she was miserable. Why? Because she could no longer fit into her size 2 jeans.

She sat in my therapy office crying her eyes out because, without her consent,...

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'Til Death Do Us Not Part: 5 Ways to Stay Connected to Your Deceased Spouse

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 4:20 PM

Gazing lovingly into her groom's eyes, the beautiful bride repeated the pastor's words, "For richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, 'til death do us part." The audience around me sighed. I had to stifle a scream.

I wanted to chime in, "'Til death do us NOT...

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Healthy Grieving

(3) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 4:12 PM

Sarah sat in my office crying her eyes out. She had lost her husband 18 months ago and still missed him every day. She wrote in her journal and had attended two rounds of a support group. Still, she frequently felt overwhelmed by the intensity of her pain, and she...

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Is Your Marriage Leaking?

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 11:35 AM

Valentine's Day is almost here. Hearts and flowers are everywhere. But what if you and your loved one have drifted apart? What if you're not all that keen on your Valentine right now. It could be that your marriage is leaking.

Think of your marriage as a ball filled with...

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Holiday Magic: Savor the Moment as It Flies

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2013 | 11:57 PM

"I just want to freeze time," said my tearful friend. "My kids are so sweet and fun right now, but I know that it's all going to change." She sighed, "I feel like I'm missing these moments because I'm already mourning their end!"

I knew what she meant. My kids...

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5 Myths That Could Destroy Your Relationship

(61) Comments | Posted November 16, 2013 | 9:39 AM

We go to school for 12 years, some go on to college, and a few even go on to graduate school. With so much education, you'd think that we would learn a thing or two about relationships!

With a divorce rate of over 50 percent, it's obvious that we are...

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How To Have More Sex With Your Wife

(208) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 2:16 PM

You may envy the wild life of young, single men. You might imagine their escapades, that they sleep with a different woman every night. Maybe you remember sowing your own wild oats -- or regret that you didn't sow more while you had the chance.

But I have news for...

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Get Good at Change: Life Lesson 101

(2) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 5:34 PM

They say that two things are certain in this life: death and taxes. But there is another aspect to our reality that weaves inexorably through our lives, from our first breath to our last -- the certainty of change.

We are constantly and forever changing. From developmental changes (infant to...

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One Single Surprising Habit of Happy People

(8) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 12:26 PM

The single most frequent habit of happy people is gratitude. They notice it, feel it, express it, absorb it, and practice it. Gratitude is a stress reliever, a mood booster, and it gives the immune system a lift. (1) It offers these benefits of exercise plus

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Grief Intelligence: A Primer

(79) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 11:47 AM

For the past 25 years, I have worked with thousands of grievers. I have sat with widows and widowers, the young and the old. I have offered tissues to bereaved parents in their inconsolable grief. I have normalized, educated, listened to and championed those grievers who, through tremendous pain, still...

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Vacation Blues? 6 Tips to Ease the Before, During, and After

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 2:20 PM

"How was your vacation?" I asked my friend who had just returned from a beach holiday.

"Now I really need a vacation." she sighed. "It was exhausting to get ready, the kids fought while we were there, and now it's overwhelming to be home."

Yep. I've been there. When...

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Calling All Brides - 3 Daily Habits for Living 'Happily Ever After'

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 11:07 AM

The summer is a wonderful time to be a bride! The earth is alive with that same exuberant energy that fuels your special day. You've spent months making all the arrangements: the flowers, the cake, the dress, the photographer, the music, the food. And oh yes, you found the groom,...

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Griever's Gold: Cherished Memories

(10) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 8:27 AM

In the popular television series Once Upon a Time, Snow White is devastated that she cannot be with her true love, Prince Charming. The pain of facing life without him is so searing that she begs the village wizard for relief. He tells her that he can erase her pain...

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Shower Bliss: 6 Habits to Create Peace as You Start Your Day

(22) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 1:20 AM

Do you ever wake up in the morning grumpy, or even depressed? Do you have a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach as you start up the cycle of providing breakfast, organizing kids, rushing off to work, and facing a mile-long "to do" list?

The morning is a...

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How to Be Happier Every Day: 6 Simple Ways to Improve Your Mood

(60) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 8:00 AM

It may be a new year, but is it really a new you? Let's face it -- it's unlikely that you've suddenly acquired a new wardrobe, started a new career, found a new family, or overhauled your personality.

Do not despair. You don't need a life makeover to experience more...

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Cancer: An Uninvited Visitor, a Bearer of Gifts

(11) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 4:30 PM

In June of 2012, cancer came to call. Over the next six months, I watched my brave husband, Daniel, face surgery and then round after round of healing "poison," a witch's brew that would hopefully extend his life.

Earlier I wrote that I would invite his cancer to...

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Blue Christmas: 6 Ways for Grievers to Navigate the Holidays

(6) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 10:45 AM

Lights, music, festivities, and feasts all around -- but if you're grieving the loss of a loved one, it is anything but "the most wonderful time of the year." It's possible that you're feeling more irritable and shut down than Scrooge and the Grinch combined. While others seem to be...

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Recharge Your Relationship (and Family) at the Dinner Table: 6 Easy Habits

(6) Comments | Posted November 22, 2012 | 1:20 AM

If you're not feeling connected to your spouse after work, if family dinner in your house has disintegrated into a chaotic free-for-all, then it's time to make some changes to your evening meal routine.

True, there are many nights when conflicting kid and adult schedules make...

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