Bad Moods: When Everything is the Worst

Wow, do I get into bad moods sometimes. They can be really unpredictable. Things are going along pretty well. I may even feel really happy. And then I start getting a little tired. A little overstimulated. Something small happens. It triggers me. And then EVERYTHING IS THE WORST EVER. And it seems really out of … Continue reading Bad Moods: When Everything is the Worst

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Why You Can Trust Yourself (And if There Are Any Times You Can’t)

It is hard to learn to trust ourselves. When we are younger, we are taught to listen to various authority figures—parents, teachers, politicians, priests and pastors, etc.—and to trust their opinions about what we should think and how we should behave. Trusting Ourselves Can Be Hard And it is understandable that we are taught this. … Continue reading Why You Can Trust Yourself (And if There Are Any Times You Can’t)

Why Self-Love is Different from Shopping Trips and Pedicures

I believe the practice of authentic self-love is essential for our personal well-being, and I also believe it is often misunderstood. One common misconception of self-love is that it is the same as selfishness and narcissism. I have written more about why it is neither of these things here and here. Another common misconception about self-love … Continue reading Why Self-Love is Different from Shopping Trips and Pedicures

Can Political Correctness Go Too Far?

I absolutely believe in the power of love to solve our personal and political problems, and I am not ashamed to say this. I am actually in very good company in believing in the Power of Love. Folks as auspicious as MLK believed in the power of love to heal and transform our society into … Continue reading Can Political Correctness Go Too Far?

How to Treat People With Dignity (And Yourself, Too) Even When They Are Mean and Stupid

Here are two basic things I believe:  1) There are really mean, stupid, and horrible people in the world (maybe even a lot of them). 2) Every human being deserves to be treated with basic dignity. How can these two beliefs be reconciled? It is not easy. Perhaps the best place to start in answering … Continue reading How to Treat People With Dignity (And Yourself, Too) Even When They Are Mean and Stupid

When We Feel Like We are Not Good at Things: Ability, Stress, and Breakthroughs

“I’m not good at that.” I don’t know about you, but this is something I tell myself a lot. For instance, I often tell myself things like I’m not good at running. I’m not good at cleaning house.  I’m not good at push-ups I tell myself these things (and others like them) quite a bit, … Continue reading When We Feel Like We are Not Good at Things: Ability, Stress, and Breakthroughs

How Cultural Messages About Exercise Mess Us Up: Movement and Self-Love

I loved movement when I was little. I went to a really cool elementary school that had awesome gym classes in which we got to roller skate, do gymnastics, and play on unicycles and stilts. I loved climbing trees, running fast, riding my bike all over the place, and jumping on trampolines. I loved playing. … Continue reading How Cultural Messages About Exercise Mess Us Up: Movement and Self-Love