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Disappointment

I Gave My Best But It Wasn't Enough -- And That's OK

Samantha Mayberry | Posted 06.17.2014 | Teen
Samantha Mayberry

It may seem as though this story doesn't have a happy ending, but I promise it does. I have gained more knowledge from the past two years than I ever could if I made the team. I learned that life isn't always fair. I also learned that each failure isn't final.

Thriving Through Forgiveness

Kathy Daniels | Posted 05.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathy Daniels

Forgiveness is exactly what needs to be done in order for you to grow emotionally, physically and spiritually. This is a major component of joyful living.

Are You Using Your Judgment or Just Being Judgmental?

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 06.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Life requires us to make assessments, literally hundreds of times a day. We assess risk level, costs, benefits, and appropriateness of behaviors in sp...

Expectations, Despair and Amazement

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 06.25.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

We never know the life we'll lead in advance, and the twists and turns of even the most predictable life-journey makes prophecy foolish. As Jewish tradition offers, "eyn navi be'iro - there's no prophet in their own city."

How to Conquer Disappointment and Show It Who's Boss!

Sarina Tomel | Posted 06.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Sarina Tomel

You can turn disappointment into a positive, life-changing experience with the potential to catapult you into a place in life you never even imagined.

When Your Relationship Is Rocky, Look Right at Your Expectations

Michael S. Broder, Ph.D. | Posted 05.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael S. Broder, Ph.D.

One of the best ways to think of a relationship on the rocks is to reflect on your expectations for your relationship. What are they? What is it that you really want from your partner? What could your partner do now that would -- from your point of view -- make the relationship work again?

Coping With Disappointment: The Rule of Sevens

Pam Didner | Posted 05.05.2014 | Parents
Pam Didner

My son has a rule of sevens to overcome sadness: seven hours, seven days and seven weeks. He allows himself to get sad or angry for a certain period of time. For him, it can be seven hours, seven days or seven weeks. When the time is up, he tells himself that he needs to move on and stops dwelling on situations that he can no longer change.

Thank You: The Antidote to Loneliness

Steven Crandell | Posted 04.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Steven Crandell

I lay in my bed and waited for sleep. Instead, the ancestors brought light. This is what they showed me: There is an antidote to loneliness, disco...

How I Broke My Son's Heart

Brent Almond | Posted 04.29.2014 | Parents
Brent Almond

He wasn't angry. He wasn't throwing a fit because he hadn't gotten his way. He was sad. Because of me.

Why Valentine's Day Is My Least Favorite Holiday

Tom Cramer | Posted 04.16.2014 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

Currently, I am single and relieved, but I'd like to start dating again. So if you're out there somewhere Doris (a generic name to indicate a future romance, devised by my college roommate), don't be surprised to receive a hand-drawn, plain Valentine's Day card -- in August.

Thinking About Getting Marriage Counseling?

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 03.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Five things to consider before getting professional help. "Marriage is a pit full of pitfalls devised by a devious deity for our conscious evolution"...

Holiday Meltdowns Are Not Inevitable: Here's One You and Your Children Can Escape

Susan Linn | Posted 02.17.2014 | Parents
Susan Linn

Days of anticipation and the flurry of opening presents can be overwhelming, especially for young children. Helping them manage their expectations will also help them, and you, avoid unpleasant meltdowns during what is supposed to be a fun and exciting experience.

Do Epic Sh*t

Toby Storie-Pugh | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Toby Storie-Pugh

I'm not fearful of not reaching Everest's summit. I have a possibly tongue-in-cheek theory that all motivations in life can be distilled down to fear. It is omnipresent, so you might as well be scared about something worthwhile.

Write What You Know

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

As a physician, forensic psychiatrist and novelist, it would be easy for me to write about medicine, psychiatry and courtrooms -- all of which have been, or are still, part of my life and experiences.

Think All The Good Men & Women Are Already Taken? Read This

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 12.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

But whether you live in Manhattan or in North Dakota, whether you're 19 or 90, whether you're a conservative or a liberal, whether you like country music or classical, there are people with whom it is possible to create true, lasting and loving partnerships.

Emotional Intimacy: It Doesn't Just Come Naturally

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 11.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

The less frustrated and disappointed we feel, the less likely it is that our attempts to create shared emotional closeness will be experienced as criticism by our partner, and consequently, the less likely it will be that they will respond defensively to us.

A Crisis of Faith

Rick McDaniel | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Rick McDaniel

What then are the root causes which are at the heart of a crisis of faith? We can see these in the lives of five great men of God in the Old Testament. Men who did some of the greatest exploits that have ever been done in the name of God.

Power, Bad Behavior and Who We Are

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Mark Rubinstein

Is it worrisome that our federal government is paralyzed in partisan deadlock? Have we so little expectation of officeholders that we view politics as simply a sideshow; and if we vote at all, do we pull the lever based on nothing more than name recognition?

For Better or Worse Until...

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 09.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

If you love each other you shouldn't fight, things will be consistently blissful forever, you never have to say you're sorry... about anything, you'll never be lonely again and about a thousand other things that will turn out to be untrue. The word for these beliefs is "illusions."

A Prayer to Turn Life's Disaster's Into Destiny

D.J. Wilson | Posted 09.15.2013 | Religion
D.J. Wilson

All around me the world as I have known it, is collapsing. Our dreams to make another difference in this world are in danger of becoming just another foolish person's whimsical thoughts.

Border Defense for Personal Development

Bradley Foster | Posted 09.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Bradley Foster

Takers can't take anything from us unless we give it to them. Having good boundaries is a balance of our needs and beliefs and what we can do to support the other person. We are authentic and genuine when we are in harmony with ourselves and the other's boundaries.

A Reminder That You're Capable Of Handling The Hard Stuff

Mike Robbins | Posted 09.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Mike Robbins

While I don't believe that we have to necessarily suffer and struggle in order to grow and evolve in life, one of the best things we can do when dealing with adversity or challenge is to look for the gifts and find the gold in the situation as much as possible.

Great Expectations = Great Disappointments

Bradley Foster | Posted 08.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Bradley Foster

There are two sides to expectations. We have to manage our own expectations and we have to be aware of others' expectations of us. Disappointment is a two-way street.

Making the A Team: The Rights and Privileges of Childhood

Emma Jenner | Posted 05.28.2013 | Parents
Emma Jenner

Somehow, over the last fifteen years, parents have increasingly embraced the idea that rules are for other people's children, and that bending them to make things easier in the short term is a good idea.

'You're Making Mama Sad' Is a Dirty, Dirty Lie

Sara Lind | Posted 05.01.2013 | Parents
Sara Lind

If I try to stop the tantrums by telling my daughter that she's making me unhappy, the not-so-subtle message is that I am not in control of my own happiness. And nothing could be more dangerous.