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People do not choose to manipulate because they care. Manipulation is only control masquerading as love. Its ability to look like affection can make this one of the most insidious forms of abuse. “Just because something isn’t a lie does not mean that it isn’t deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction,” wrote Criss Jami. Don’t allow your life to be hijacked by a manipulative sweet words. Hold...

by School Of Life on 27 November 2016

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope,” wrote Maya Angelou. Love is, indeed, a powerful thing. It seems able to overcome any obstacle. WHY, THEN, DO MARRIAGE SO OFTEN FALL APART? What is the most common cause of divorce? Money problems? Infidelity? Incompatibility? These are all big ones, but there is a problem more common and insidious than the three of these combined. It occurs, to some degree, in nearly every...

by School Of Life on 27 November 2016

We have many fears when it comes to the well-being of our children. Will they be safe? Will they be healthy? Will they fit in? All too often, we are focused on outside threats. We forget that the greatest danger to most human beings is internal. The most insidious threats to your child have little to do with a speeding car or a bully on the playground. Watch out for narcissistic personality Detecting narcissism, and other personality disorders, is difficult to do in children. Their brains and...

by School Of Life on 27 November 2016

Some emotional abuse break you down from the outside in. They leave visible bruises and inflict tangible wounds. The signs of violence are physical. You can see them with your eyes and touch them with your fingertips. OTHERS WILL CHOOSE TO DESTROY YOU FROM THE INSIDE OUT. It is easy to slip into denial and rationalization in a physically abusive relationship. It’s even easier when the scars can not be seen from the outside. Emotional abuse is insidious because it is easy to hide and even easier...

by School Of Life on 27 November 2016

You went to school and got good grades. You behaved yourself. You got into college. You graduated and got a job. You settled down. You bought a house and saved diligently for your retirement… DID YOU EVER STOP TO ASK YOURSELF WHY?. All too often, we get caught up in our short term goals in a way that blinds us to the big picture. The average American will spend nearly 100,000 hours at work over the course of their lifetime. For those who work beyond a nine to five schedule, it will be much more....

by School Of Life on 27 November 2016

“You are your own worst enemy. If you can learn to stop expecting impossible perfection, in yourself and others, you may find the happiness that has always eluded you.” Lisa Kleypas understood the power of looking inward to solve external problems. Often, when we struggle to find love, we look to the people with whom we have tried to make it work. It is natural to blame others for our pain and frustration. However, it is not productive. IS IT POSSIBLE THAT SOME OF YOUR OWN BEHAVIORS ARE STANDING...

by School Of Life on 27 November 2016

Self-care is not a selfish or frivolous thing. It is time we stopped looking at this practice as a luxury. If we are to be our best and most useful selves, caring for our souls is a necessity. A happy and healthy person can accomplish twice as much as one who is fighting burnout. HERE ARE 20 SMALL WAYS TO CARE FOR YOURSELF TODAY: 1. Forgive yourself for small mistakes. Treat yourself with the same compassion and kindness that you would a close friend. 2. Ask someone you look up to to be a personal...

by School Of Life on 27 November 2016

Think of an alpha male or alpha female. What sets them apart? Are the successful? Respected? Does leadership come naturally to them? Do they have a way of getting what they want? VERY FEW OF US NATURALLY TAKE ON THIS PERSONA. THE BETA PERSONALITY TRAITS REST IN OUR COMFORT ZONE. WE LET THE TRUE LEADERSHIP WORK FALL TO THE ALPHAS. IT ONLY SEEMS NATURAL. The problem with this is that great leadership draws from both mindsets. The most successful people in business are often beta personalities who...

by School Of Life on 27 November 2016

It’s hard to say how a child becomes a bully. Some learn by watching their parents. Some see it on television. Others experience bullying themselves at the hands of older children, or even unkind adults. They learn to use bullying as a way of building themselves up when they feel small. It gives them a sense of power when they are most vulnerable. No matter how vigorously we fight against this dynamic, it would seem that bullying is an unfortunate and unavoidable fact of life for our children. PREPARING...

by School Of Life on 26 November 2016

THERE ARE SOME PRETTY SURPRISING THINGS THAT CAUSE OUR SUDDEN BAD MOOD, AND SOMETIMES WE DON’T EVEN REALIZE IT’S HAPPENING. Sure, we go though ups and downs, good moods turn into bad ones and come back around on a daily basis. We ride the wave of emotions like an expert surfer, transitioning with ease through the highs and lows, and gently coasting along our journey. But have you ever thought about what might be triggering those low moments? Maybe your stuck behind the person with a million...

by School Of Life on 26 November 2016