Words of Encouragemint

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Temptation vs. Responsibility

Taking responsibility in the face of temptation is difficult, but it's the right thing to do and being responsible actually makes it easier on us in the long run.

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Sand and Stones

This short story encourages us to make an active decision about what we choose to remember and what we choose to let go.

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Being Kind to Yourself

In our hectic world, it's important to take some time periodically to listen to our own needs and give ourselves some much deserved attention.

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Positive Peer Pressure

What would it be like if instead of knocking people down we built them up? What if instead of peer pressure coercing people to do something bad, we encouraged others to do something good?

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One Step at a Time

Change and progress won't happen overnight. But small steps taken over time really do add up.

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Finding Strength Through Adversity

Nobody wants to undergo hardships. But when these inevitable events happen we have an opportunity to grow stronger.

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It's Okay to be Yourself

Be who you are; whoever that may be. Let your natural gifts shine.

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Get Back up Again

We all face obstacles and giving up can feel enticing. But life is like a marathon and we need to keep pushing forward, just as those who lived through the Boston Marathon bombings had to do.

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Realistic New Years' Resolutions

Where did the tradition of making resolutions come from? The best resolutions are specific and detailed.

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Comparing Yourself to Others

If you insist on comparing yourself to others, be sure to consider that other person's entire life.

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Taking Time to Make Important Decisions

It's worth taking time to carefully consider important life decisions.

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What Makes a Family?

Families aren't just those that we have a biological connection to. Shared experiences and mutual support can make strangers into family.

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Don't Harp on the Negatives

Morrie Schwartz, subject of Tuesdays with Morrie, taught that we should express our emotions when we feel them, but then move on. Expressing yourself is healthy, but then you should move on.

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Maintaining Perspective

Consider the consequences of your actions, including the long-term consequences and it will help you to gain perspective over short-term stressful events.

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Your Future is Your Own to Write

No matter where you've been, no matter how old you are, you can still make your future what you want it to be.

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Feeling Self-Conscious?

We've all felt self-conscious and some people like bullies even cause others to feel self-conscious in an effort to take the attention of themselves.

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Stretched Too Thin

Helping other people is admirable, but don't neglect to take care of yourself.

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Is it Worth Arguing Over?

Not every fight or argument is worth having. They can be stressful and taxing, so choose your battles carefully and find ways to diffuse anger so that you can work through the issues more readily.

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Your Own Worst Critic

Does it feel like you're always beating yourself up? Why do we do this to ourselves, when other people actually like us more when we're imperfect?

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Love is Worth Working On

Love is worth working for. It's not always easy, but anything worth having is worth working on to make better.

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Trust the Path You're On

It may be hard to trust that you're on the right path, but sometimes we need to stop and smell the roses along the way.

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The Carrot, Egg, and Coffee

A short story that asks us how we respond to adversity

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A Job Well Done

A job well done is its own reward.

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Stop Feeling Sorry for Yourself

Life doesn't always seem fair, and feeling sorry for yourself can all too easily become a habit. But a little self-awareness can help to break that habit.

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The Farmer and the Donkey

Having the right perspective makes all the difference. This simple story reminds us of how what may at first seem like the end is actually just the beginning of a brighter tomorrow.

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Physical Suffering from Emotional Distress

Emotional angst can and does prevent literal, physical symptoms. Consider them a warning sign from your body to pay attention to your feelings.

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What's the Point in Complaining?

There will always be good days and bad days. It's up to you to decide how much time to give the good and how much time to spend on the bad.

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Keep Moving Forward

When setbacks happen, will you wallow endlessly or find a way to move forward?

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Count Your Blessings

In order to combat all the negativity in our world, we need to make an active effort to remember and spend time focusing on the positives.

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Treat Your Heart the way you Treat Your Brain

We work hard to keep our brains sharp. Don't our hearts and emotions deserve the same level of care?

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Frozen in Fear

Don't let fear and worry get the best of you. Do what you can and then try your best to move on.