Category Archives: Grief

Raising Emotionally Intelligent Children Part 1: What Does Emotional Intelligence Mean?

Raising Emotionally Intelligent Children Part 1: What Does Emotional Intelligence Mean?

Children experience the same emotions as adults. They can feel everything from happiness to sadness to anger to nervousness to even stress. However unlike adults, many children do not understand how to effectively deal with the range of emotions they experience. Just like other life skills parents pass onto their children, it is also important…

What is the big deal about mindfulness?

What is the big deal about mindfulness?

It’s graced the pages of the Wall Street Journal. It’s taught in classes at Google. It’s even shown up in an episode of Parks and Recreation. But what exactly is mindfulness anyway? And why is it becoming such a big deal? According to one leading psychiatrist, mindfulness is simply the practice of “focusing our awareness.”…

Listening Well: Asking for Support [Without Receiving Unwanted Advice]

Listening Well: Asking for Support [Without Receiving Unwanted Advice]

Have you ever needed to sort through a problem or share a heavy emotional load with another person, but felt like there was no way to do that, without having to receive another set of opinions, perspectives, or advice that would probably just complicate the issue? So, then you just wind up rolling things over…

How to Cope When Losing Your BFF

How to Cope When Losing Your BFF

I believe most of us have heard BFF as a commonly used phrase to describe a very close friendship or “best friend forever.” Especially for women, close friendships often serve as a place of refuge or a layer of protection from difficulties in life. Research shows that BFF’s can increase one’s sense of belonging and…

Listening Well: An Experiment in Empathy

Listening Well: An Experiment in Empathy

“An empathic response is restrained, largely silent; following, not leading, it encourages the speaker to go deeper into his or her experience.” Empathy does not mean, as we often think, “worrying about, praising, cheering up, gushing, consoling, or even encouraging. It means understanding.” (Nichols, 2009, p. 84) There are so many important factors that contribute…

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