Tag: Stress Management

8 Great Reasons to Get Back to Reading Books

I love books. I love getting lost in a good story . . . meeting characters I can identify with . . . living out adventures I may never have in real life. It’s hard for me to imagine that not everyone enjoys books the way I do, and that book reading is on the decline. While social media and internet surfing have us spending more overall time reading than we did 10 or 15 years ago, the reading is mostly shallow. As we hop from one post to the next, our brains are kept in a state of constant motion....

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Underpasses: Finding Moments of Peace in the Storm

I’ve never liked driving in the rain. I’ve always found it to be very stressful. Ever since the day I was driving home from high school and the driver ahead of me (also a teenager on her way home from school) suddenly stopped to make a sharp turn without signaling. I was following at a safe distance (one car length for each ten miles of speed—yes, I  paid attention in Driver Ed Class!), but when I applied the brakes, my car hydroplaned into the back of hers. For the first time in my young life...

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The Mysterious Power of Giving Thanks

About 9 years ago my husband and I began seriously talking about selling our house, quitting our jobs and leaving the life we knew, to make a move of 4,000 miles to spend more time with our mothers—while we still could. It was a scary proposition. There were so many uncertainties. Where would we live? Would we find meaningful work? Would we make new friends? How would we pare down our possessions and pack up and move the rest? How would we adjust to the hectic pace of the East Coast after so many...

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