While my body may not be perfect, I'm okay with it

As our group sat near our gate in the Sangster International Airport departure lounge, we tried not to attract any attention as our tears flowed. We were still unaware that people in Ottawa and Toronto were beginning to feel the shock waves that accompanied the news of Lauren's death. In …

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Do you have healthy body image?

I just wanted to make sure that, in my shock, I didn't say the wrong thing, or words that would be brought up in heated moments in the years to come. Goodness knows I have a long memory when it comes to things that have been said in the heat …

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It's not important that I look my best at all times

Of course, as I told her, we supported her in her marriage and respected the hard-working, loyal and soft-hearted man she had chosen. We made sure she and Phil had the wedding all four of us wanted her to have, and we did everything we could to show her new …

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We think bad thoughts about ourselves

How she and so many other Armed Forces wives in the same predicament didn't end up stuck in the bottom of a martini shaker is beyond me. But she knew that between parenting and her job as a registered nurse, she had no time for that kind of escape--or, really …

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We want to be someone else

And then, in that split second, I realized there would be no take two. Making matters worse, I knew we'd already failed to provide the Hollywood moment that was supposed to be our reaction when they'd announced two years earlier that they were engaged. I still shudder over that misstep …

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We feel inadequate

I will continue to love the Beatles for the rest of my days. I will play the Beatles for my children and their children and their children. The Beatles are a true legacy that needs to be recognized by more people today. If you wish to understand the psychological and …

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Laugh off our failures

Your every action elicits a reaction in others. Although we are all responsible solely for what we do in life, it would be unrealistic to deny that our actions influence others and vice versa. In other words, you don't cause others to act in a specific way (or they, you …

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Learn how to raise the self-worth of a child

In Pons's experiment, he worked with monkeys whose nerve fibers from the brain to one arm had been severed. In testing out the map of their brains, Pons discovered that when he touched the hand of the dead arm, there was no activity in the corresponding part of the brain …

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Parenting can seem easy on some days

Over the next five years Coltrane would bounce around from one band to another, each with its different style and repertoire of songs. This wandering existence suited him well--he felt as if he needed to internalize every conceivable style of music. But this also caused him some problems. When it …

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Take pride in our achievements.

Give yourself a day to feel bummed, then get yourself back out there. There is nothing wrong with meeting someone for drinks, but if you've started to feel like all your dates begin and end on a bar stool, it might be time to branch out. Practically any activity can …

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Understand why negative core beliefs are damaging

When you make out in the back of the taxi and text without hesitation and build up a little collection of nicknames and inside jokes for two. Maybe this will evolve into a long relationship, and maybe it won't, but the future trajectory of your relationship shouldn't be of too …

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Get enough sleep and eat well

Some have speculated that synesthesia represents a high degree of interconnectivity in the brain, which also plays a role in intelligence. Creative people do not simply think in words, but use all of their senses, their entire bodies in the process. They find sense cues that stimulate their thoughts on …

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Take the kids out for a family walk after dinner

And don't worry about getting hit on by guys: Most dating sites (our organisation included) won't show your profile to anyone other than the gender that you're interested in. It's a totally safe (and effective! Again, online dating shouldn't necessarily be the only way you meet women, but between dating …

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Unload groceries from the car in several trips

In business, the natural tendency is to look at what is already out there in the marketplace and to think of how we can make it better or cheaper. The real trick--the equivalent of seeing the negative cue--is to focus our attention on some need that is not currently being …

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Walk to any destination that is less than one mile away

In making this artifact public he realized several faults in its design and reformulated it. Although it led nowhere, particularly as the auto industry put all kinds of roadblocks before him, the Dymaxion car ended up influencing future designers, and caused many to question the single-minded approach people had to …

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They act independently and without shyness

It's the profile picture. So better open your tagged photos on Facebook and start looking for that killer shot. Obviously you want something flattering--a picture in which your hair looks great and you've managed to keep both eyes open and your outfit makes you look stylish and sexy. You also …

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They can handle both positive and negative emotions well

Being nonattached to your ideas is one of the most effective ways to circumvent others' fight-or-flight response, but it takes a level of maturity and esteem to handle others disagreeing with the ideas you present. The less attached you are to what you say, though, the more permission others feel …

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They feel comfortable making decisions

He spent the next few months immersing himself in the science of sound, which led to his first experiments on creating a phonograph that would record the human voice, using a very similar technology to the telegraph. This discovery shows us the essence of the creative mind. In such a …

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They get along with friends

The sixth breath you take is for all life in the known universe. Finally, the seventh breath is for all dimensions, including time (past, present, future), all multiverses, and all potential existence. Big thought? Of course. But imagine what might take place inside of you if you were to begin …

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They show compassion to people they don't know

We grow afraid of entertaining new ideas and the effort that this requires. To think more flexibly entails a risk--we could fail and be ridiculed. We prefer to live with familiar ideas and habits of thinking, but we pay a steep price for this: our minds go dead from the …

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