Think of all the people in the world who settle for less because they don’t believe it’s possible to have a better life. Or all the people who assume they have reached their limit because further growth seems too difficult. Frankly, it’s hard to clearly see our potential, because it’s always ahead of our present consciousness and development.

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When life doesn’t go your way, how do you respond? Do you develop a negative attitude and cynical outlook? Do you become absorbed in all the problems and misfortune you are experiencing? This is a default way of dealing with obstacles for many people. I have my fair share of bouts with negativity and pessimism and always have to remind myself that I have a choice in the way I respond.

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When we look at the grand accomplishments of other people it may feel like we will never be capable of achieving the same thing. This is partly because our present lifestyle may be so much different than the other highly accomplished person. It is difficult to imagine living life in their shoes.

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Depression is one of the most prominent mental diseases known to us today, yet there are still many misconceptions about it. There are some who believe that depression doesn’t really exist – they think that anyone who ‘acts’ depressed should just pull themselves together and get on with their lives. There are also some who treat depression seriously – so seriously that they constantly control their environment to avoid anything that may make them feel depressed, even in the slightest way. And in between these two extremes, there are many stances on a topic that has divided not just common opinion, but professional opinion too. So what can we establish about depression? What is there that we know, that we can agree on as fact?

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Fear is a reaction to something that you believe to be true. You don’t have a feeling about anything unless you have a belief or a definition about the situation or experience that you are having. It’s the reaction to your definition or belief that you “bought into” that causes your fears in the first place.

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As Valentine’s Day approaches it offers a wonderful opportunity to enliven and blossom your relationship. It’s a time to reevaluate and review how you’re living up to being a life partner. Are you doing your part to make the relationship fulfilling, meaningful, and lasting? Even if you’re not currently in a relationship, these tips can still provide you an understanding about how to deepen and grow future relationships.

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