17 Good Karma Mother’s Day Gifts

“No gift to your mother can ever equal her gift to you – life.” ~Anonymous

Once you become a parent, you view Mother’s Day a bit differently than you did when you were just the giver of the gifts. As a parent, you consider all of the gifts you gave your own mom and wonder if they really reflected the way you felt about her.

When you become a parent, your view about real gifts, gifts from the heart, suddenly changes.

You know what’s truly important and meaningful — what creates good karma for the giver and the receiver.

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100 Ways To Show Your Love To Him


“Oh, men don’t notice what they got. Oh, women think of that a lot A thousand ways to please your man (oh-ho). Not even one requires a plan.” ~from the song “You Only Live Once” by The Strokes

OK ladies, now it’s your turn to show your love to that wonderful guy. There might be a thousand ways to please your man that don’t require a plan.

But in the light of day, thoughtful and loving planning will help your relationship flourish and bloom. An amazing relationship doesn’t just happen. It needs your full attention.

If you are passive about tending to the garden of your love with your guy, weeds are going to grow in the form of bitterness, boredom, and resentment.

Have a plan – take the time to understand what your beloved needs and wants. Know what makes him happy and work to create more of that in your life.

Today and every day after, come up with a plan. Have your gardening tools handy and your watering can full.

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The 4 Essential Ingredients For Healthy Relationships

woman and man talking dinner relationship questions to ask

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” ~Carl Jung

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Char Elle En

I once heard an hilarious quip on Saturday Night Live that said:
“I want to save the world for my children, but not for my children’s children,
because I don’t think children should be having sex.”

Sometimes when I’m working with couples, whether they’re married, in a committed long-term relationship, heterosexual, gay, lesbian, or whatever, I feel like I’m working with children.

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Embrace Your Inner Adult

“A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

When I am coaching a client, often one of the most profound leaps they make is recognizing the personal power that accompanies adult decisions, outlooks, and behaviors.

Sometimes a person is so entrenched in reactive behaviors, old hurts, and learned perceptions that they don’t realize they are trapped in a stage of childhood that limits their personal growth and relationships.

Much has been made of the concept of embracing one’s inner child.

In this context, I’m referring to the therapeutic work (usually offered by mental health professionals) to help clients heal the emotional wounds and coping mechanisms that arise from adverse childhood experiences.

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A Simple Guide to Making New Friends

Our old friends are like comfortable blue jeans. They are worn in, reliable, non-binding, cozy, patched in places, but still a perfect fit. We’ve had them so long, they are like second skin.

Old friendships are worth tending, nurturing and growing because these are the people who love us and see the best in us in spite of our flaws.

Over the course of a lifetime, you may have a handful of really deep and intimate friendships.

Sometimes these few friendships are enough. They are so comfortable that the idea of making new friends seems unnecessary — and even a little intimidating. But what happens if you move to a new city you?

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5 Rules for Relationship Peace

This is a guest post by Hugh DeBurgh

Dear Friend,

It was an ugly scene.

She had just thrown something at the wall.  I could tell from the sound that it did some damage.  For a second I imagined that sound being my head.  And I wondered how we had gotten to this point.

It was a stupid argument.  I don’t even remember what started it.  And I had no idea how to end it.

Sound familiar?

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25 Mind Shifts Toward a Bold and Glorious Life

Try this little exercise for a moment. Think about your current life painted by a particular color.

The color reflects the tone and tenor of your days and moods.

So what color is your life? Is it a neutral shade, maybe tan or grey?

Or is it bold and vibrant like royal blue or bright yellow?

When we were babies and small children, I think we all had brilliantly hued lives. The world was one exciting new moment after another.

Everything was an adventure, a treasure, or something to be explored. We had occasional bumps in the road.

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How To Be A Grown-Up

At what age do you become a grown-up? Is it 18? 21? Maybe it’s when we get our first real job or get married and start raising a family. Those milestones certainly mark reaching adulthood. But do they mean we’ve grown up?

I’ve seen plenty of adults who behave like children.

I mean full-on with heading-spinning, foot stomping temper tantrums. Remember John McEnroe flinging his tennis racket and screaming at the line judge? His behavior was more entertaining than the tennis match. It was like watching a car wreck. But we didn’t respect him.

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