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A Flawed Life: How It Just Might Make You Happier

Christy Matta, M.A. | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Christy Matta, M.A.

Unfortunately, the pursuit of perfection doesn't make us happier or ease stress. A perfect body doesn't solve your emotional problems, a shiny new car doesn't mean you're any more likely to be taken seriously at work and a meticulously kept house can't keep you from financial issues.

11 Signs You Need To Change Course

Christy Matta, M.A. | Posted 09.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Christy Matta, M.A.

It is possible to change how you communicate with others. You may have habitual ways of interacting, but like driving or playing the piano, communicating is a skill that can be practiced and learned.

8 Facts About Anger

Christy Matta, M.A. | Posted 08.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Christy Matta, M.A.

When left unattended, strong emotions can lead to destructive behaviors. Attending to times that you feel hurt, belittled, let down, disrespected, insulted or threatened is key to dealing with the anger that often comes from those experiences.

How To Take Control Of Stress At Work

Christy Matta, M.A. | Posted 08.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Christy Matta, M.A.

Job demands can certainly cause stress. But your own reaction to those demands can have a significant impact on the intensity of stress you experience.

Words to Say When You Need to Stand Up for Yourself

Christy Matta, M.A. | Posted 07.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Christy Matta, M.A.

We all smooth over the truth and bend in our standards from time to time in order to reduce conflict and make relationships work. But when pleasing others becomes a habit you may find yourself resentful, which ultimately damages your relationships.

Best Overlooked Strategy To Help You Stay Motivated

Christy Matta, M.A. | Posted 07.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Christy Matta, M.A.

What we too frequently overlook, when we try to make changes, is what is happening around us that either boosts motivation or contributes to slipping back into the status quo.

Taming Your Stress Response

Christy Matta, M.A. | Posted 06.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Christy Matta, M.A.

If you've ever been threatened and felt that rush of strength and energy that made you more physically capable than you have been at other times, then you've experienced the body's stress response.

Quick Tips For Handling A Stressful Work Day

Christy Matta, M.A. | Posted 05.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Christy Matta, M.A.

Finding healthy ways to manage your work stress each day can keep you going and make it less likely that you'll develop unhealthy habits.