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Is your inner voice a cheerleader or a bully?

If you wanted to buoy the spirits of a dejected kiddo, would you enlist the assistance of a) a bully or b) a cheerleader? It’s likely you’d go with the latter; abuse and torment never improved anyone’s life….


There’s nothing wrong with being fat. Or skinny. Or anything in between.

This week, a woman almost broke the internet when she declared “I’m much happier being fat.” In our society, such a thing is hardly allowable. FAT IS BAD. FAT IS UNHEALTHY. FAT IS DANGEROUS. So we’re…

-I've had some wins. And been knocked (1)

I get knocked down, but I get up again.

Sometimes I think overcoming depression is about one skill: the ability to keep getting up after being knocked down. And pushed over. And stepped on. It’s about picking yourself up off the floor over and over…

There is always an even-happier thought

5 things to do when you’re down.

Being happy doesn’t mean you’ve got a smile plastered on your face 24/7. Even the queen of cheer, Leslie Knope, has her rough patches. Down days are part of life, period. Even after kicking depression…

“If you want to be a doormat you have to

You can’t please everyone and it’s so important to stop trying.

Hello, my name is Hannah, and I’m a people pleaser. If you’d asked me a couple of years ago, it’s likely I would have scoffed in denial at such a notion. “I do what I want,”…


Letting things happen instead of making things happen.

In the rule book that governs our culture, action is always deemed better than inaction. Inaction equals laziness and indifference and worthlessness. Inaction is what couch potatoes do. Or so we’re ld to believe. Go-getters, on the other hand…


Letting go of ‘not good enough’

Not good enough is a nightmare. It’s a burden, an albatross — masochism at its worst. And like an intractable illness, it tends to hang around indefinitely. I know all about this disease known as not…

“Embrace your imperfections.Fancy your

Dear universe, thanks for the lessons learned in 2014.

As it so happens, I’m not a huge fan of New Year’s resolutions. I used to be. I used to spend every December 31st typing out a seemingly endless list of things I needed to…


Cheers to a family Christmas, however yours may look.

If there’s one thing I know, it’s that “family” comes in an infinite number of variations: every size, shape, species and incarnation. Large, small, by blood, by friendship, by proximity, by interest. In my opinion, the only…


Christmas movies ranked: my definitive list.

Christmas movies are kind of my thing. Actually, CHRISTMAS is kind of my thing. I’m like Clark Griswold (minus the crazy) meets Buddy the Elf meets Scrooge’s nephew Fred. Holy crap do I love Christmas….