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Self Esteem

7 Self-Defeating Things We Say To Ourselves

Erin Dullea | Posted 04.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Erin Dullea

Here's the dirty truth: We ascribe happiness to having achieved (fill-in-the-blank). And it's no wonder that we do. Media images tell us every damn day that we must look and act a certain way if we want to be happy. But you know what? It's crap. Really. You are enough. Right now. And so am I.

5 Things I No Longer Apologize For

August McLaughlin | Posted 04.20.2015 | Women
August McLaughlin

Whether we articulate it or not, feeling regretful for who we authentically are can hold us back in all sorts of ways.

Let's Stamp Out Stigma

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 04.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

To scapegoat and stigmatize people with psychological problems may discourage them from seeking treatment and result in a backlash including the occurrence of an increased incidence of violent episodes.

Are You Enough? (Hint: The Answer Is Yes)

Leisa Peterson | Posted 04.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Leisa Peterson

By uncovering your negative beliefs about yourself and your money, you can learn to let go of those limiting ideals and start moving toward the life you've always wanted. Whatever it is you desire, know this: You Are Enough.

The PSA About Beauty That You Need To See

Ali Lambert Voron | Posted 04.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Ali Lambert Voron

After baring my head and living my life as a bald woman for over two decades, I've realized that beauty cannot not be measured by others, and only you can choose fight or flight.

WATCH: Tapping into Creativity

Brad Yates | Posted 04.17.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Brad Yates

If I had a nickel for every time I've heard someone say, "I'm just not creative"...! Creativity is part of who we are -- but for too many of us it ha...

Dreams of Finding Love Can Come True

Monica Mandell, Ph.D. | Posted 04.16.2015 | Weddings
Monica Mandell, Ph.D.

In order to make oneself amenable to receiving the love of a new person, it is necessary to forgive any pain experienced in the past, thus opening up our hearts once again. Be realistic about past lovers, and don't let their legacy maintain too prominent a place in your thoughts.

You Don't Need to Lose Weight

Samantha Bennett | Posted 04.15.2015 | Women
Samantha Bennett

For me to spend ONE MINUTE obsessing about something as trivial as my weight is not just ridiculous, it's a bit obscene. In the way that having a bowling alley in a private home is a bit obscene. I was suddenly shocked at myself. That I would spend even one minute of this glorious life beating myself up seemed, at the very, very least, pitifully ungrateful.

Does This Make Me Look Fat? 3 Inanimate Objects Messed With My Self-Esteem

Lori Ferraro | Posted 04.15.2015 | Women
Lori Ferraro

I'm super aware of how mean I can be to myself a lot of the time and I'm constantly trying to battle the bully in my head that reared its head at a young age. I recognize that sometimes the things that can ruin my day by making me feel fat are so beyond ridiculous that I have to laugh at them.

How Constant Praise May Be Damaging Our Grandchildren

Donne Davis | Posted 04.15.2015 | 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.

Make Yourself Up to Please Your Inner Child

Annie Walton Doyle | Posted 04.14.2015 | Style
Annie Walton Doyle

Don't let your makeup application become automatic or routine. Remember why you like it, remember why it excites you.

10 Livable Truths for Success and Life Satisfaction

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

To experience happiness and that deep sense of well-being and satisfaction with who you are, what you are doing, and who you still desire to become you must contemplate daily on what it means to be authentic.

The Difference Between Happiness and Pleasure

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

As we learn to shift our intent from controlling and not being controlled, to becoming loving to ourselves and others, the heart opens and joy is the result. Deep and abiding happiness and joy are the natural result of operating from the spiritual values of caring, compassion and kindness.

5 Ways To Take Your Confidence Into Your Own Hands

ShimmerTeen | Posted 04.14.2015 | Teen
ShimmerTeen

The truth is that each of us can have a greater, stronger, longer-lasting effect on our self-esteem than the cultural influences -- negative or positive -- we encounter. How? True confidence actually grows from adopting various self-esteem-boosting habits over time.

40 Things I've Learned in 40 Years

Erica Diamond | Posted 04.13.2015 | Women
Erica Diamond

I've learned that being a "secretive" or "private" person, never sharing details about yourself or your life at the risk of looking vulnerable, weak or imperfect to others comes down to self-esteem (it generally means it's low) and can hold us back in life.

WATCH: Arguing for Limitations

Brad Yates | Posted 04.10.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Brad Yates

It has been written: "Argue for your limitations, and they are yours." We miss out on too much because of this, and the world misses out on too much o...

A Mindful Approach to How You Look

Andy Puddicombe | Posted 04.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Andy Puddicombe

When we sit to meditate and close our eyes we see that the mind is so much bigger than this body. True self-esteem is found in that expansive space, a gentle, quiet confidence that is ever-present.

12 Things Your Divorced Fairy Godmother Wants You To Know

Peggy Nolan | Posted 04.10.2015 | Divorce
Peggy Nolan

wish I could wash away your pain but I can't. What I can do is share 12 things I wish my fairy godmother had told me when I went through my divorce a lifetime ago in 2003.

Yoga Bodies: Rejecting Society's Idealized Images

V.K. Harber | Posted 04.10.2015 | Women
V.K. Harber

The more I taught and practiced, the more I realized that society's perception of the average yogi is not at all accurate. There are thousands of dedicated practitioners with bum knees and c-section scars and flabby arms and imperfect skin.

How an Old Friend Helped to Turn My Life's Mission Into a Reality

Ali Lambert Voron | Posted 04.09.2015 | Impact
Ali Lambert Voron

Fresh out of college and ready to take on the world, I relished the steady flow of madness that was Crew Cuts -- one of the top commercial editing hou...

What Nurtures Confident Entrepreneurs?

Markus Giesler | Posted 04.09.2015 | Business
Markus Giesler

I had a pretty ordinary childhood until I was 8. In the space of two years, it all fell apart. My parents divorced, four family members died, and to...

Why I Won't Be Mrs. Nice Guy Anymore

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 04.09.2015 | Women
Laura Lifshitz

There was never a day in which someone said to me, "You know Laura? You're really a bitch," and meant it. When speaking with love interests, this was ...

An Ode To The Shameless Self-Promoter

Julia Schemmer | Posted 04.10.2015 | Teen
Julia Schemmer

I don't know about you, but I get so excited when I see my friends living their dreams on Facebook or Twitter! By posting what you've been up to, you are involving your entire circle into the process of making your dream a reality.

Take the (Almost) Impossible Seven-Day Challenge

Anthony Meindl | Posted 04.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Anthony Meindl

when we create a problem in our mind and start freaking out, a light bulb also comes to you to show you how to fix the problem. Always. The no. 1 way to fix any problem is to act (not on stage, in your own life). But generally we default back into the rumination of our mind that got us stuck in the first place. So unless we make the effort, we stay in the problem.

Dear Parent, Don't Be an A** at the School Play

AK Turner | Posted 04.08.2015 | Parents
AK Turner

When your child is on stage, she's looking out at the audience and there is only one thing in the world that she wants at that moment, which is to make eye contact with you. She wants to see you, to catch your eye, to know that you see her. She wants to see you and smile at you and blush when you smile back.