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Eating My Words on Praise?

Susan Fowler | Posted 06.13.2016 | Business
Susan Fowler

I have been on my soapbox for years warning you to stop saying the words: "I'm proud of you." Do I need to eat my words? Last week I delivered my fir...

In The Pursuit Of All That Is Good

Catherine Nagle | Posted 06.02.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Catherine Nagle

Despite all of the noise going on before the Democratic and Republican conventions, if we listen inside and search for the good thoughts of your particular choice candidate who speaks to your heart, we'll all find the way to the right choice for president. That inner guidance will show the way.

To Reduce Kids' Anxiety, Stop Telling Them How Great They Are

Roni Cohen-Sandler, Ph.D. | Posted 04.19.2016 | Parents
Roni Cohen-Sandler, Ph.D.

This advice may be counterintuitive. The self-esteem movement indoctrinated us with the idea that complimenting kids -- essentially, telling them how ...

How to Give Your Child the Attention He Really Needs

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 03.03.2016 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

How often do you hear parents complain, "He just needs attention." It's said like it's a negative comment about a bad kid who wants too much. But what...

What's Communication Got to Do With... Lasting Love?

Mark Baer | Posted 02.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Baer

Try and assess the ratio of positive to negative comments you make to each other. Chances are, you may need to make some adjustments in that regard, if you value your significant other and hope to celebrate many more love and romance-filled Valentine's Days together.

7 Pieces Of Parenting Advice You Really Should Ignore

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.20.2016 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Do you get advice that doesn't feel right to you, even when going against it feels counterintuitive because you've heard it so often?

Give Kids a Break! Don't Make Them Choose Between Naughty or Nice

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 12.11.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Do you think we over do it when we challenge or even threaten our kids to be bad or good or naughty or nice for Santa? Santa's a good guy. We give h...

Criticism: The Thing We Hate the Most Makes Us the Strongest

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 11.13.2015 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

The truth is, we don't really take criticism well. Usually when someone gives us a critique, even if we know it to be true, we tend to meet that critique with anger or fear. We not only don't like hearing criticism; it has a profound effect on our psyche.

The Right Way to Praise a Child

Maureen Anderson | Posted 10.22.2015 | Parents
Maureen Anderson

You can't hand children self esteem by telling them they're great. When you tell them they're brilliant or talented, it stunts them. They worry about doing something difficult that might expose them as not brilliant.

Living Out Loud

Dawn Gluskin | Posted 10.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Dawn Gluskin

How can you practice seeing more of the positive qualities in others and live out loud by sharing authentically with them? I encourage you to join us in "living out loud" by going out of your way to share five simple positive truths each day.

Should We Pay Kids for Grades? Yes or No?

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.21.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Parents who reward effort, not grades, in my experience, seem to trust their kids more and treat them with more respect. This, in turn, leads to parents and kids enjoying learning as part of their family's values.

Jonathan Jackson on Converting to Orthodox Christianity

Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D. | Posted 09.18.2015 | Religion
Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D.

We became instant friends because we had so much in common: we both love God and Jesus Christ, work in film and television, he's also an author, love music -- he performs and I listen, and we both recently converted to Christian Orthodoxy and love Church.

Kindness Can Open Hearts and Unexpected Opportunities

Kare Anderson | Posted 09.17.2015 | Impact
Kare Anderson

Sunny Summer is past. The upcoming holidays are times of great loving and loneliness and we often don't know who is experiencing which. For many it is a bit of both. For us all this can be a prime time for kindness, sometimes simply by sharing what we have.

The Power of Praise

Karen Ann Kennedy | Posted 06.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Karen Ann Kennedy

The best way to get what you want in your life is to give that very thing to others. If you want more love, give more love; if you want more friendship, give more friendship; and yes, if you want more praise, give more praise.

Are the Compliments We Are Giving Actually Making a Positive Impact?

Maria Mara | Posted 06.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Maria Mara

It might sound like a lot of work to just give a compliment, and yet if we are coming from a place where we want more meaningful connections with people we might have to challenge some or our "givens" -- this might include complimenting in a completely novel way.

Sharing Faith: How I Found Healing at a Funeral

Barb Abramson | Posted 06.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Barb Abramson

Despite the celebration of life, there is still a family in mourning, missing a wonderful man, husband and father who impacted others in a positive way, as so many shared that day. I know their church community as well as friends and colleagues will rally around them.

How Constant Praise May Be Damaging Our Grandchildren

Donne Davis | Posted 06.15.2015 | Fifty
Donne Davis

Over the past three generations, theories about self-esteem have dramatically changed. Now the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction and it turns out my grandparents may have been on to something. There is mounting evidence that constant praise may be damaging our grandchildren.

President Barack Obama Earns High Praise For His Powerful Selma Speech

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 03.08.2015 | Black Voices

President Barack Obama delivered a speech on Saturday honoring the 50th anniversary of the historic march in Selma, Alabama, which many are describing...

The Year of Speaking Kindly

Kindness Blog | Posted 02.15.2015 | Good News
Kindness Blog

Would you like to increase harmony in your life, cut the potential for conflict and hurting other people? If yes, then this challenge might be for you...

10 Ways to Show People They Matter and Why It's Important

Debbie Gisonni | Posted 01.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Debbie Gisonni

I realized how important is for every one of us to feel like we matter -- that we're valued for what we do or say. We spend oodles of time worshiping people in the media whom we've never met, but often go about our daily lives without acknowledging the people we see every day.

Praise the Lord or Praise the Person?

Myisha Cherry | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion
Myisha Cherry

The next time you leave your door unlocked and no one breaks in, the next time someone buys you a gift, or the next time someone does something nice for you, I'm not telling you not to thank God (if thanking God is what you do), I'm simply suggesting that people are also worthy of praise.

The Benefits of TA-DA! -- Part II

Amanda Gore | Posted 11.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Amanda Gore

In fact, LOOK, ACTIVELY look for opportunities to see people doing something that would as a child have been followed with a "TA-DA!" -- at work AND at home. And then acknowledge them.

Why Some Kids Try Harder and Some Kids Give Up

Tracy Cutchlow | Posted 12.16.2015 | Parents
Tracy Cutchlow

Kids with a fixed mindset believe that you are stuck with however much intelligence you're born with. When they fail, these kids feel trapped. They start thinking they must not be as talented or smart as everyone's been telling them. They avoid challenges, fearful that they won't look smart.

Since You've Been Gone

S. Isabelle Harounian | Posted 10.22.2014 | Women
S. Isabelle Harounian

until our eyes meet again, dearest mother, until I am where you are -- above, beyond and over the clouds -- until then, know your heart beats in mine.

Stop Saying, 'You're So Smart!' 3 Better Ways to Praise Kids

Renee Jain | Posted 07.06.2014 | Parents
Renee Jain

Here's the thing: Kids develop immunity to praise. They require higher and higher doses of it to be satiated. And as soon as parents and teachers remove the dangling carrot, children can lose interest in their activity.