21 Poems About Love and Pain That You Will So Relate To

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It’s a tough question even for poetry buffs: “What is the saddest love poem ever written?”

As you’ll see with the collection of painful love poems in this post, there are many contenders for that mark of distinction. 

If you’ve ever written a, you’ll find plenty here that resonates.

Even if you learn to let go of the people you love most, time doesn’t always ease the pain of losing them.  

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The Problem With Having Too Much Empathy For Others

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Is it possible to have too much empathy for others?

After all, empathy is a good thing, right?

How could there even be such a thing as an empathy disorder?

But, then again, even good things can be overdone.

  • Good food
  • Good coffee/wine
  • Oxygen
  • Fresh fruit
  • Enthusiasm

The DSM-V even classifies hyper-empathy as a characteristic of some personality disorders; having too much empathy for others causes undue suffering and distress and compromises your ability to function in your personal and professional life.

So, what are the signs of being overly empathetic?

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Treat Yourself Kindly With These 31 Self-Care Affirmations

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Most of us need reminders of how valuable it is to make time for self-care.

If you’re here, maybe you need those reminders daily – because someone or something else always needs your attention. 

Early on, the world trains us to put the urgent before the important.

And self-care is just not critical enough—until it is. 

If that sounds familiar, we’ve collected 31 self-care mantras to help you get back on track. 

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How To Soul Search: 7 Actions To Discover Your Higher Self

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You’ve probably heard some things about soul searching and getting in touch with your higher self.

But what does that even mean?

If you have a higher self, that must mean you have a lower self, too.

And it makes sense to get both parts of you working together as a team.

In order to do that, you have to know your whole self. And that means facing personal attributes you’d rather not think about.

Finding yourself generally starts at the bottom and often in the less socially acceptable parts of your personality. No one builds a house by starting on the roof.

There’s an order to these things for a reason.

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What Are The Differences Between Principles Vs. Values?

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What’s the difference between principles and values?

You hear both words thrown around a lot, but not everyone is clear about what either of them are and how they differ. 

Values and principles are both critical to our understanding of human behavior and its consequences. 

And while the two often get confused, they’re not the same.

So, how are they different?

And where do they come from? 

Read on to see why any of this matters. 

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How To Get Your Life Together

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Do you ever feel like your life is spiraling out of control — as though you’re running around in circles with no clue about what you’re supposed to be doing?

We’ve all been there at some point in our lives, and it’s an unsettling, painful place to be.

When you’re caught in this trap of confusion, it feels impossible to take the first step to extricate yourself.

But that’s the thing about life — it’s overwhelming and difficult, but at the same time it presents you with a unique opportunity to gain clarity as you grow and evolve.

If you’re feeling stuck and want to make some changes, these 25 strategies show you how to get your life together so you can feel confident and happy again.

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Self-Awareness: 30 Essential Actions For Living Authentically

What is self-awareness and how can it help you to live a more fulfilled life?

I believe self-awareness begins by living authentically.

You can’t pretend to be someone you’re not, live by rules that aren’t your own, or make choices reactively — without compromising your self-esteem and emotional health.

So how do you begin to live authentically?

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Are You An Old Soul? 12 Signs You Might Be One

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If you’ve earned a reputation for being “wise beyond your years,” you might be wondering what that actually means.

How wise should anyone be at your age, anyway?

But maybe you’ve also noticed you spend a lot of time alone. You don’t dislike people, but you like them better in small doses.

The good news? The feeling is often mutual.

Having an old soul isn’t the same as being tired of the world and of people in general.

But you are more conscious than most of the veil between your brief, earthly life and whatever lies beyond it.

But what else does it mean to have an old soul? And how do you know whether or not you have one?

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