Finding Happiness

Many of us spend our adult lives searching for happiness without ever feeling like we’ve found it. This fleeting state of being can feel so out of reach, we wonder how to obtain a firm grasp on it. Happiness can be defined as, “The experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense…

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Calling All Bookworms: Spring Edition

Birds are singing, bees are buzzing, temperatures are rising, and book stacks (or is it daffodils?) are blooming. Spring is here! I’ve been soaking up books like sun rays, developing intimate connections with characters brought to life by authors’ imaginations. This season’s reads are as compelling as they are captivating and as timely as they…

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Serenity Amid the Salt

Imagine yourself relaxing in a cozy spa-like setting. You close your eyes as gentle music plays softly in your ears and comforting aromas linger in the background. If this scene sounds like your average nail salon, day spa or therapist’s office, think again. The scents that infuse the space around you are not those of…

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Emily’s Affirmations: A Valentine’s Day Gift to Yourself

The invitation from a friend was simple: take a picture each day of something that brings you joy. The intention was harder: bring a little light into a year of profound tumult and isolation. In the summer of 2020, I, like many was starting to feel the unraveling of time—my calendar no longer punctuated by social…

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Learning to Stand Again

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. Maya Angelou There come times in our lives when we all must learn to stand again. While it’s natural to experience these periods as sudden awakenings or out of the blue disruptions, I believe…

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Where Fear Meets Hope: Stories from Here and There

From where I sit, in a space that has long been a source of both comfort and yearning and now borders on claustrophobic, the reality of my day-to-day experience is one at which I can only marvel. No two days are exactly the same, and yet, the passing weeks seem more indistinguishable from one another…

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Share Your Coping Skills

As we navigate this continued period of increased stress, fear, and uncertainty, I’d like to invite you to share some of the coping skills and resources you’re relying on to bring a little extra light, joy, or laughter to your days. How are you taking care of yourself? What have you found most helpful? I…

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What Story Will You Tell?

It’s Monday, a day often dreaded, that many of us would be heading to the office or ushering the kids out the door after a weekend of playdates, errands, and Sunday brunch with friends. Instead, you might find yourself having to adjust your routine and settle into a new normal. As we contend with school…

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An Insider’s Guide to Self-Compassion

Compassion is, by definition, relational. Compassion literally means ‘to suffer with,’ which implies a basic mutuality in the experience of suffering. The emotion of compassion springs from the recognition that the human experience is imperfect. Kristin Neff Self-compassion gets a lot of buzz, and for good reason. Pioneered by Dr. Kristin Neff, an Associate Professor…

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