Adjustment Isn’t Always Easy

We will all have to make many adjustments in life- to new things (schools, houses, jobs, towns); to situations we didn’t expect (losing a loved one or them becoming sick, a divorce, loss of a job); or to common life transitions (marriage, becoming a parent, children leaving the house, retirement). Some of these are veryContinue reading “Adjustment Isn’t Always Easy”

Do just one thing…

I speak with people all of the time, frustrated with themselves for being unable to make a change, or unable to stick to anything to get the results they want.  Sure, life gets busy, or things happen, or our motivation waxes and wanes.  Or maybe the actions we need to take are too hard, it’sContinue reading “Do just one thing…”

Compassion: A Key to Happiness and Well-Being

I’m from the Philadelphia area, and this past weekend was the long-awaited Pope’s visit.  During and afterward I saw lots of articles, video, and commentary on compassion being at the center of Pope Francis’ messages. And this seems to be a big part of his appeal- among Catholics and non-Catholics alike.  This post is notContinue reading “Compassion: A Key to Happiness and Well-Being”

In a rut? …Then shake it up!

This is something I find myself saying to clients all of the time. Often, people report feeling depressed, anxious, holding themselves back, not accomplishing a goal, achieving some success only to give up, or otherwise just staying stuck in the same old patterns. They recognize it, but their efforts to change always seem to falter,Continue reading “In a rut? …Then shake it up!”

“The easiest thing to do is nothing”.

This is something I say to my clients all the time.  And it’s true.  Here are a few examples: Staying in a relationship you know is bad because it’s easier than leaving. Feeling overweight but not going to the gym- or improving your diet because it’s “too hard”. Not looking for a better job whenContinue reading ““The easiest thing to do is nothing”.”

“I’ll (blank)…as soon as I (blank).”

Complete the statement. How often do you find yourself saying (or thinking) that?  I included blanks because there are so many common examples. “I’ll play with you…as soon as I clean up the kitchen”… “I’ll do my work…as soon as I finish these episodes of Game of Thrones”… “I’ll go to bed…as soon as I finishContinue reading ““I’ll (blank)…as soon as I (blank).””

Don’t hate… compensate!

As a psychologist I work with a lot of people who want to make a change in their lives.  They want to be more outgoing, assertive, or confident…less depressed, anxious, or boring…and so on.  We could probably all benefit from making one change or another. I have found myself lately writing about making changes.  It’s myContinue reading “Don’t hate… compensate!”

Want to change? Then do the things you don’t want to do.

Every day we’re bombarded with messages that we should change- lose weight, eat better, save more money, and so on.  And most of us are perpetually trying to make some kind of change.  Not that we shouldn’t try to better ourselves, but we often fail because making the change isn’t something we really want toContinue reading “Want to change? Then do the things you don’t want to do.”

Making SMARTer New Year’s Resolutions (Repost)

I was thinking about what to write about New Year’s Resolutions this year, and I had a few different ideas, but I realized I’m just not crazy about the topic.  I do like the idea of resolutions, and of course I’m all for self-improvement, but I also know the reality is that most resolutions comeContinue reading “Making SMARTer New Year’s Resolutions (Repost)”

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