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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8 Life-Altering Medical Breakthroughs on the Horizon

The next ten to twenty years will be an astounding time for medical breakthroughs.

Advancements are happening right now that will change the quality your life, probably extend your life, and definitely make the lives of your children healthier and longer than ever thought possible.

It sounds like the stuff of a science fiction novel, but these advancements are already underway and will be considered commonplace in the not-to-distant future.

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A Quick Guide to Paradoxical Intention

Welcome to the world of Paradoxical Intention, a wonderful technique pioneered by Victor Frankl who wrote a book called Man's Search for Meaning (a definite must-read).

For anyone unfamiliar with him or his work, Viktor Frankl was a psychologist who was a Holocaust survivor and was in the concentration camps during World War II.

He ultimately lived to the age of 92.

His book is an account of his experiences while imprisoned, and the discoveries he made about human nature when we are put through such extreme and dire conditions.

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Simplify Happiness: 50 Easy Actions for Joyful Living

Are you waiting for happiness? Do you think you will find it when you make a certain amount of money, or achieve something big, or maybe find the perfect relationship? Happiness is at hand right now. It's  right in front of you, but sometimes we miss it because we are so busy looking for it.

If you have attained some of those big things in life that you felt would bring you happiness, you might have found it — temporarily. Have you  noticed how once you get what you want, it's wonderful for a while? But then you want something else, something bigger or better. You grow bored with the new thing or accomplishment.

It takes a lot of hard work and stress and worry to secure your happiness goals. And then, after all that work, the happiness begins to dissipate.

What if you didn't have to work so hard for it? What if there were a simpler way to be happy?

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Awakening Your Sixth Sense

After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, people reported seeing animals fleeing to higher ground minutes before the tsunami arrived.

There was a popular news story in 2007 about a cat who lived in a nursing home and consistently jumped on a patient's bed within a couple of hours of the person's death.  Dogs often alert their owners before a health crisis occurs, like a heart attack or stroke.

It appears that animals have some kind of heightened sixth sense to subtle changes in the environment and to the people around them. They are tuned in to changes in smell and vibratory shifts. It's clear that some animals can sense human emotion and respond to it.

So do people have a sixth sense? I think we do — but not in a magical, woo woo way. I think there is science behind it.

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Want to be More Productive? Adopt These Three Strategies

I read a lot of blogs and magazines to get an idea of what interests readers out there so that I can address it in Live Bold and Bloom.

I really want to write about relevant personal growth topics that interest my readers, and it appears that productivity is one of those hot topics.

I've  read about it everywhere, and as you can see, I have a blog post category entirely devoted to the subject. People want to know more effective, resourceful and profitable ways of getting things done.

They want to know how to get more done in less time while making lots of money.

In our society, we certainly equate success with high achievement, long work hours, beautiful things and lots of money. Does that define success for you?

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