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Couples and Arguing

Couples will have disagreements. The dictionary definition of the word “fight” is: to be involved in a battle or combat or to be aggressive. Conflict resolution needs to be focused on solutions rather than on trying to win or gain one-upmanship over a spouse. Here are some thoughts that can turn potential wounds into victory.

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Are you Over Stressed?

When we are anxious and have OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), our sympathetic nervous system stays activated. In this state, our bodies are on alert and go into survival mode. In order to lower our anxiety level, we need to cognitively work on changing our beliefs about that anxiety (usually with the help of a therapist) and implement some physiological exercises. The following simple relaxation techniques can activate the parasympathetic nervous system and will help you relax, lower blood pressure and lower pulse rate.

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How to age gracefully

What does it mean to grow old in today’s world? Aging affects everyone differently. However, the one thing we all have in common is that we cannot avoid it. How do we not just grow old, but grow old well?

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Creative Mind

Imagine! We are made in the image of God! It follows, then, that if we are made in the image of the Creative Architect of the entire universe that we must have inherited some of that capacity for creativity, right? — Yet, how many times have we said, “I’m just not creative!” What is wrong with this picture? Could it be that we all have the capacity for creativity but aren’t utilizing what’s been given to us? Or could it be that for some reason we’re unable to recognize our particular areas of God-given creativity?

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Teenage Perception

Sometimes the hardest problems aren’t found in a textbook. The most worrisome questions are not from a pop quiz. The harsh words, judgmental looks and hurtful rumors can be more overwhelming than any honors class, sporting competition or music recital. This article is to parents of teenage daughters…

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