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Photo of the Week: Happy Birthday, Dad!

Photo of the Week:  Chump Trump Challenge 

Here’s how we can fool those who are counting us out:

Photo of the Week: Vote! 

Video of the Week: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Photo of the Week: Bullying Awareness Month


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Developing Healthy Relationships- 6 Essential Tips for Attracting Healthy Relationships

by May Chew

Relationships are crucial in our lives. Healthy relationships take time to nurture and create. Here are 6 ingredients of healthy relationships that if nurtured well will bring joy and fulfilment. Live, connect and have fun with your relationships. Handle them well and they will reap huge rewards.

When a relationship ends we feel the pain. We are left to flounder on our own on how to fix the relationship, whether we should fix it, or how to recover from the relationship. Building healthy relationships from the beginning is essential to avoid pain of broken relationships. It’s about building the essential bridges that serve to salvage hurt minds, bodies and souls. It about reversing pain, neglect, and lack of understanding with love, commitment and caring.

Here are 6 ingredients for healthy relationships that we should strive to develop in every relationship, especially those close to us, our close friends, buddies, colleagues and even business relationships.

1. Acceptance, Empathy and Respect for the Other Person. Essentially, it is love. Love is much deeper than a feeling. Love is a commitment we make to people to always treat that person right and honorably. To understand and accept the other person as he is.

2. Fulfilling of needs. “You can have everything you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want out of life.” A healthy relationship helps meets needs. We serve – and get in return –without consciously and eagerly expecting, of course. It will come- mutually and naturally.

3.Open and honest communication. ” Communication is to relationships what breath is to life” The key to communicating is to be a good listener, have something good to say and express yourself well. Project warmth,, empathy and caring. By letting the other person know what we think and feel, it lets us connect with the other person. It enables us to make a connection. Both listening effectively and communicating what we feel is essential.

4.Stickiness- Patience and Loyalty. We are humans and humans make mistakes after all. And it takes time to change. Often, those who give up on relationships too early or because the other person isn’t perfect, often forget that their next friend, their next spouse or business partner, will not be perfect either! And those who have gone through major turmoil in their relationship and emerged with patience have emerged stronger after the crisis.

5. A Common Purpose. Working together, building together, failing and succeeding together – while pursuing a common purpose – that is what relationships are made of. ” To associate with other like minded people in small purposeful group is for the great majority of men a women a source of profound psychological satisfaction” Aldous Huxley Find people with whom you have common purposes with. In your current relationships, find a common purpose to look forward to. It will gel and create long lasting joy and benefits.

6. Fun. Fun brings enjoyment to the relationship. Often, this is forgotten or neglected in our family and spouses. Especially when we take the relationship for granted. We have to remember to consciously create fun situations and moments that we will remember with amusement and gratitude for a long time. Like family fun time and special moments together…

Having and developing all these takes time. But it is the most rewarding activity one can have. You’ll not regret and be ever so grateful you did at the end.

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Photo of the Week: Happy Labor Day! 

Bonding With Your Family

by Kim Valerio

The fun that you can bring your family will always be treasured. There are available activity which you can spend time with the whole family. Adventure places are now offering a complete package for the family to enjoy while on vacation. They have a lot of activities available that all ages can participate. These will really build good relationship to each member of the family. With this attitude you are already building your strong relation with them while enjoying. There are also different adventures for the parents.

The choices of the right things to do are also very important in planning in whatever type of vacation idea they will have. This will make sure that no one will feel uncomfortable while on vacation, every member of the family will try to enjoy each prepared activities. Participating in every activity is also important to make sure no one is bored. During spare time you can also have an opportunity to discuss interested things with the whole family, this is one way to open up stories that will give time to every member to listen and will also lead to a much better relationship. The variety of foods prepared will make this a much enjoyable time because everyone will really enjoy eating.

If there is one thing to consider why to have this plan with your family are the kids. The participation they will have will really mean a lot to every activity. The ability to react on every task you will give them will also show if they are really enjoying what they are doing. The encouragement you will show them is important to develop their skills and confidence.

Next are the teenagers, observed more with these ages because these are the one that really show different attitude while doing activities. How they react is very important. The way they treat each other will also show on how they respect toward each family member. Each parent is aware that children at this age must be guided accordingly, they start to become more aggressive on what they are doing and they can easy adapt influences that lead them in a miserable life if they are taken for granted. With a strong family tie there is less worries that this will happen, with the idea of spending time with the family will really make your relationship stronger. Enjoy the fun with the whole family while having this kind of activities.

Families who are having fun by treating each other is very important to make sure that you do not keep secrets that are not important. Spend time to relax and enjoy at least once a week. This will motivate each member of the family to be more open and learn how to share ideas. The best thing in this world to make anyone become a complete person is to have a family to enjoy every moment with.

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Video of the Week: Friendship

In recognition of Friendship Day on August 7th, I dedicate this video to my friends:

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Managing Emotions vs. Controlling Emotions

by Susan Dunn, MA, The EQ Coach


Managing Your Emotions – Being aware of your emotions and letting them happen. Understanding where they come from and what they mean. “Getting” the message they are sending. Knowing that you have a choice in how you respond to them.

Controlling Your Emotions – Shutting down when you’re feeling an emotion. Not letting it surface. Stuffing it down. Not getting the message it’s trying to give you. Faking it. Forcing yourself not to feel what you’re feeling. Denying what you’re feeling.


Being in touch with your emotions vs. Being out of touch with your emotions

Experiencing your emotions and deciding what you will do with this information vs. Shutting down the emotion, or reacting to it in a knee jerk fashion

Allowing all your emotions as valid sources of information vs. Being willing to allow only certain emotions you consider proper


Managing Your Emotions – As John James sat in the meeting, he realized his pulse was racing, his jaw was clamped, and his knee was bouncing up and down. When he examined the source, he realized that his manager was once again belittling the staff and claiming credit for what others had done and this was making him angry. He decided to quit pretending things were going to change, and to get his resume ready.

Controlling Your Emotions – Mary’s husband demeaned her again and then struck her in the face. She told herself he was a good man and couldn’t help doing that, and that it didn’t really hurt. She “knew” there was nothing she could do about it, so she ignored her blinding headache and cramping stomach, and went on about her housework.


When you manage your emotions, you can ‘get’ the important information they are bringing to you, and then decide whether to respond, and if so, how, when and where.


When you can manage your emotions and develop your emotional intelligence, your life will work better.


Pulling gently on the bit vs. Whipping the horse and using spurs

Driving the car vs. Riding the gas pedal and brake

Leading the elephant out of the living roomvand back where it belongs vs. Pretending the elephant in the living room isn’t there

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