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Jan 252017
 

Flagstaff ArboretumPeople Love Working with Extraverts, Until the Going Gets Tough
New research shows that the extrovert advantage has its limits. Extroverts are at an advantage in business. But when there are conflicts and disagreements, people tend to resent their style of handling it. Introverts, however, tend to navigate the storms more smoothly because of their unique strengths.

9 Ways To Differentiate Real Friends And Toxic Friends
Everyone has had a toxic friend in some degree at one time or another. They can gaslight you and make you think that they’re the only one who has your back, when the opposite is true. This is a very simple infographic that illustrates the differences between these real and toxic friends.

5 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Mindset in 20 Minutes
These tried and true tips will help you take on the day with confidence. You’ll be able to reset your attitude, become more positive and have a more productive day. You’ll notice a tremendous difference within just a couple of weeks.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Dec 082016
 

Rainbow at SnowbowlThese 2 Hidden Habits Will Hinder Your Success!
The extent of success is the ratio of good and bad habits you have in life. Your habits create your destiny. Some habits will undermine your success, confidence and happiness, and be so insidious that you don’t even recognize them. This article tackles 2 basic ones that are major offenders and what to do about them.

5 Things Psychopaths Say To Make You Feel Crazy
Most psychopaths are nonviolent and fit into the normal population. They just have no conscience and will prey on people to get what they want, using charm and manipulation. And one of their tools is to make you doubt yourself so they can control you. Here are some of the ways they attack and destabilize you.

A neuroscience researcher reveals 4 rituals that will make you happier
Are you depressed, stressed or upset? There are specific, proven solutions that can help you that are based on neuroscience. Believe it or not, feeling guilty or worried actually can make you feel better, even though it’s not helpful. This article suggests more constructive things to do that will be much better for you.

Giving Thanks for a Nail in a Tire

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Nov 292016
 

Road to SuccessIn the U.S., we just had our Thanksgiving holiday. As the name suggests, it’s a time for us to be thankful for our blessings. And just in time for it, I had an experience that brought forth a lot of gratitude. I discovered I had a nail in the sidewall of my tire. So why should I be thankful for that? Well, everything worked together to ensure I didn’t have a flat tire from it.

Apparently, I’d driven 200 miles with it in my tire, and it didn’t go flat while I was on the lonely stretch of highway between Phoenix and N. Arizona. My husband discovered my tire pressure was very low during his monthly car fluid and tire check, postponed from the week before. Unfortunately, the nail was in the sidewall. The tire couldn’t be fixed and I needed a new one.

Since it was getting close to my needing to get 4 new tires, I went ahead, got a quote for all of them and ordered them. It turned out they were going to cost considerably less than I expected. When I had them installed, the garage had instituted a new system, which charged me a lot more than the quote. But because I’d gotten the quote with the old system, they honored it.

I had a lot to be grateful for. The timing of everything worked to my advantage. I didn’t get a flat, it was discovered the day before I was heading down to Phoenix again, and because I bought them now, I saved money on the tires.

Even when you have something challenging happen, you can find something good in it if you look. What blessing can you find in your current challenge?

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Sep 132016
 

Grand Canyon Sunset - East of Yaki PointPsychologists Reveal One Of The Best Ways To Boost Your Mood
Research has found that altruism or being kind can improve your mood better than doing things for yourself. There are other benefits to these acts, as well. Read the article for a deeper understanding of how focusing beyond yourself is better for you mentally and physically.

10 Surprising Facts About Rejection
Research finds that rejection affects more than just your feelings. It also impacts your reason, intelligence, brain and more. This article has some interesting facts about how rejection and how it can be eased.

Frequent Complaining Can Badly Affect Your Brain, Here’s Why
Are you stuck in a cycle of negativity? If so, you’ve trained your brain to keep you there. But there is a way you can get out of it. This article goes into how and why you get stuck, and what to do to change it.

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Sep 072016
 

Sparks of InsightScience Explains How Writing Down Tiny Achievements Every Day Changes Our Brains
Recent research shows that when you feel like you make progress, then you’re more likely to be creative, productive and increase your confidence. And it’s not just progress on goals, but small events that happen every day. Discover how to become more aware of your progress and how it affects you.

What to Do When You Are Your Own Worst Critic
There is something in your human nature that makes you very self-critical of yourself. It’s one of the greatest challenges you need to overcome to be successful. This article shares three techniques to quiet your inner critic down.

Self-Criticism or Self-Compassion?
Researchers say that the inner critic doesn’t really help you and can be destructive. Neuroscientists suggest that it affects the brain in negative ways. Learn three ways to be more positive about yourself so you can increase your motivation and resilience.

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Aug 242016
 

Sunset at Hopi Point at Grand CanyonStopping ‘Should’ Shaming — Ending the Self-Imposed Guilt Game
Unless you are already aware of the damage it causes, you probably say “should” at least a few times a day. When you say this word, it indicates that you aren’t doing what you would benefit from, or you’re not committed to a decision. This brings on guilt and self-reproach, which don’t help the situation. Here are 3 steps to take to stop “shoulding” on yourself and feeling better.

Science Says Silence Is Much More Important To Our Brains Than We Think
Research is finding that silence can actually help your brain in many different ways. It can grow more brain cells and improve your memory and learning. Silence helps your brain to process and integrate information. Of course, it also relieves stress and tension. Read this article to find other ways that silence helps your brain.

10 Must Watch Ted Talks on Positive Emotions
Barbara Fredrickson, the developer of Broaden and Build Theory, introduced the idea that the more positive emotions we experience sends us into an upward spiral where happiness and well being dwell. Her research into the dynamics and benefits of positive emotions focuses primarily on the 10 most common positive emotions. This article focuses on TED talks which offer some insight into these different positive emotions.

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Jul 152016
 

Kendrick Mountain from Snowbowl10 Things You Need To Stop Doing If You Want To Be Successful
What does success mean to you? No matter what that is, there are going to be bumps in the road. But you have the ability to overcome them, no matter what they are. Here are a few of the most common blocks and how to handle them.

How to Plan Your Week for Maximum Impact
How can you keep your attention on the important things and avoid distractions? This article describes a handy way of doing that. It’s a technique that can keep you focused, increase your focus and decrease your stress.

30 Red Flags of Manipulative People
When you’re dealing with a toxic person, whether you’re aware of it or not, you have to recognize their behaviors. But you also have to monitor your reactions, because they’ll give you warning before you’ll consciously notice the manipulative actions of the other person. This article is geared to romantic relationships, but it also can describe acquantances and friends.

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Apr 282016
 

Sunset Crater plant A Stanford scientist says a simple psychological shift can make you more successful
If you’re kind to yourself, you have a chance to grow and learn from challenging experiences. There’s a growing body of research suggesting that your relationship with yourself is just as important as your relationships with others when it comes to getting ahead professionally. Learn 3 components and 4 strategies that will help you improve your relationship with yourself.

The Problem Is Not The Problem
The problem is the way we look at problems, not the challenge itself. Rather than resisting the problem, our best reaction is to become aware of how we are thinking, and then change our mind about it. When you do this, you can then find the opportunity hiding in the challenge.

Saying these 2 words can help you be more successful
If you’re working towards a goal or change a habit, it can be hard not to fall back into the old rut. However, how you frame your words can be helpful. It shifts the way you view the temptation. Learn what those 2 powerful words are.

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Apr 062016
 

Prescott, AZ - Watson Lake and Granite DellsThe simple way to boost health you may have overlooked
Happiness and small acts of gratitude are helping communities create innovative public health solutions, according to U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD. He noted that happiness comes from a sense of “long-term emotional well-being that comes from fulfillment, purpose, connectedness and love.” Happy people are healthier people. Learn how people can actually “create happiness” through various exercises and lifestyle choices.

How Safe is Hypnosis?
Recent news has people talking about the practice and its safety and effectiveness. Unfortunately, this has perpetuated some of the myths about hypnosis. Hypnosis is really self-hypnosis, whether a person is led into it or leads themselves. It’s a safe process that we use every day and it’s helpful in many situations.

How to Train Your Brain for High Performance
Everybody sees the world through the lenses of three sets of beliefs. Using questions to harness your three mindsets can channel all three levels so you can perform at a higher level. Check out the worksheet of questions so you can be more effective in your personal and professional lives.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Feb 162016
 

Flagstaff ArboretumHow to Cope with Intense Emotions
A powerful way to diffuse difficult, tense and stressful situations is to take a neutral or objective position to it. This article gives 2 simple ways to detach from viewing negative situations and shifting into being calmer and more resourceful.

10 Little Things You Can Do To Feel Happier Instantly
A lot of people see happiness as a destination, but according to the author, happiness is really a by-product of engaging in meaningful and fulfilling projects and activities. The 10 suggestions to help you feel happier range from being present, being nice to others to being nice to yourself. These small actions will make a huge impact in your life.

Changing Lens: How To Shift Your Focus On Strengths vs. Weaknesses
When trying to grow, change, and improve do you focus on fixing your weaknesses or nurturing your strengths? This article addresses ways of motivating yourself to improve. It discusses the how to focus on your strengths and also on how to avoid motivating yourself through negative means (criticism versus encouragement).

~ Linda-Ann Stewart