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 It’s that time of year,  Valentine’s Day, when your mind is stimulated by hearts and flowers, pink and red colors, love letters and notions of “I love you.” The air feels lighter and warm fuzzy feelings abound. What an intriguing concept—one day of the year, labeled “Valentine’s Day,” can bring these feelings of happiness, love and connectedness simply because it’s been labeled the day of love. What if we could consistently experience the feeling of love and happiness every day of the year? Lucky for us, there are foods that can create happiness and a positive mood through their naturally occurring compounds (or phytonutrients) that stimulate happy receptors in our bodies and minds.

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You made it to our final post about creating boundaries in your life! Just by reading each post, you've shown you are open to change, and ready to receive happiness. Let's dig into the last topic of discussion, "I am enough".  This may not sound like it has anything to do with setting boundaries, but let me tell you why it does.  It actually may be the most important step in this entire blog series.  This is because you have to be secure enough with yourself to stop seeking validation and reassurance from others when it comes to creating boundaries. ...

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Have you been working on taking responsibility for your happiness?  Awesome job!  Let's chat about Part 7, "I have the right to express my needs honestly". So let's say through all this self work you've been putting in, you realize you have a need that is vital to your journey.  This could look like a desire to volunteer or give back in some way, a physical release like sports or exercise, an endorphin rush like skydiving or rock climbing, seeking beauty in nature through hiking or camping, or just carving out more time for fun like dancing or more social...

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Hey you!  Thanks for sticking with us for Part 6 of our blog series about boundaries, I am responsible for my own happiness! When I was younger, I had a really bad habit of thinking my happiness was wrapped up in my friends, my boyfriend, or my success in sports and school. If something went wrong, it was because my boyfriend was a jerk, my coach was an idiot,  and my teacher hated me. Nothing was ever my fault- it was everyone else's problem. It wasn't until I went through a real crisis, (not just typical teenage/young adult drama) that...

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When people disagree with you, do you get angry?  Frustrated?  Flustered? Me too!  Let's get into Part 4 of our blog series, "Nobody has to Agree with Me" and see if we can help each other think though this one. I think we can all agree, some of the best moments of personal growth can come from the realization that we were wrong.  It teaches us how to deal with conflict, our own character flaws, and how to eat some humble pie.  We are all human and can connect to each other a little deeper after finding our way through...

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