Imagining the Future Helps Couples Resolve Present Arguments More Easily

A new study published in the journal  Social Psychological and Personality Science found that thinking about the future helps couples focus on their feelings and reasoning strategies. “When romantic partners argue over things like finances, jealousy, or other interpersonal issues, they tend to employ their current feelings as fuel for a heated argument. By envisioning their relationship in the future, people can shift the focus away from their current feelings and mitigate conflicts,” said re … [Read more...]

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Releasing Resentment: 5 Steps to Overcoming Bitterness and Increasing your Peace

No one wants to be bitter.  It sneaks up on us.  Bitterness is unforgiveness fermented.    The more we hold onto past hurts the more we become drunk on our pain and the experience can rob us of the joy we can find in anything. Bitterness occurs when we feel someone has taken something from us that we are powerless to get back.  We hold on to the hurt in an attempt to remind ourselves and others of the injustice we’ve experienced in the hopes that someone will save us and restore what … [Read more...]

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4 Steps to Changing Your Life

My latest for OSV's Daily Take Whether or not you’ve made any New Year’s resolutions, this is a natural time to reflect on the changes we might like to make in our lives. Unfortunately, a lot of efforts to change are driven by self-recrimination. We try to shame ourselves into the changes we’d like to make. “What’s wrong with me? Why can’t I just do this already?” The Role of Guilt in Change Guilt can play a part in the change process, but there is a difference between guilt as a loving corre … [Read more...]

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A New Year Resolution: Stop Shaming Yourself

Four steps to graceful change in the new year. Whether or not you've made any New Year's Resolutions, this is a natural time to reflect on the changes we might like to make in our lives.Unfortunately, a lot of efforts to change are driven by self-recrimination.  We try to shame ourselves into the changes we'd like to make.  "What's wrong with me?"   "What can't I just do this already?"The Role of GuiltGuilt can play a part in the change process but there is a difference b … [Read more...]

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5 Steps To More Joyful Living

Today on More2Life Radio, Lisa and I revealed what our Catholic faith and the latest studies from positive psychology have to teach us about living more joyfully.Does God Want Us to Be Happy?A lot of Christians question whether God wants us to be be happy.  I've even heard people say, "God doesn't want us to be happy.  He wants us to be holy."  But as I argue in Broken Gods:  Hope, Healing, and the Seven Longings of the Human Heart, the two are far from mutually exclusive.   To be holy is … [Read more...]

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Good Without God? (Part 1 in My Patheos Head-to-Head Debate with John Mark Reynolds of Eidos Blog.)

This article is Part 1 in my Patheos Head to Head Debate with John Mark Reynolds of Eidos blog. The question: is a deity necessary for morality?"Is a deity necessary for morality?"  At the risk of sounding Clintonesque, it really depends on how you define "morality."  Even so, the answer is by and large, "no."  To explain, I want to first look at why many Christians struggle with the idea that one can be moral without God but then I'll reveal why it's possible--at least to a reasonable ex … [Read more...]

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Green With Envy: 3 Steps to Rediscovering Your Worth in Christ

 The following is adapted from my newest book, Broken Gods:  Hope, Healing, and the Seven Longings of the Human Heart"Human personhood must be respected with a reverence that is religious. When we deal with each other, we should do so with the sense of awe that arises in the  presence of something holy and sacred. For that is what human beings are: we are created in the image of God."     ~USCCB,  Economic Justice for AllThe Source of our DignityDo you have any idea of what y … [Read more...]

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7 Ways to Free Yourself From Guilt

FaithStreet.com published an article on overcoming guilt and learning to forgive ourselves which is taken from my latest book, Broken Gods: Hope, Healing and the Seven Longings of the Human Heart which is available in stores as of today!   I hope you enjoy the article.It’s practically impossible to underestimate our capacity for making the same mistakes over and over again. We commit the same sins. Repeat the same patterns. Fall down in the same place. We often respond to this tendency with g … [Read more...]

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