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Great Fundraising Video for Breast Cancer

Since laughter, joy and smiling are truly the best medicines, here is a delightful video that is helping raise funds for breast cancer awareness.

This video was directed and choreographed in Portland last week as a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness. When the video gets 1 million hits, Medline will be making a huge contribution to the hospital, as well as offering free mammograms for the community.

Please check it out. It’s an easy and great way to donate to a wonderful cause, and who hasn’t been touched by breast cancer?     Pink Glove Dance

Becoming Human and Belonging to the Human Race

Human Belonging Is Found Through Mutual Dependency.

People come to my office with symptoms of depression, anxiety, loneliness and relationship problems.  Getting to know them I discover that in almost all cases they feel some level of disconnection from other people.

They don’t feel like they belong.

As I work to help them, creating community is a large part of their “cure.” Jean Vanier in his book Becoming Human says: We do not discover who we are, we do not reach true humanness. in a solitary state; we discover it through mutual dependency, in weakness, in learning through belonging.

Last week I

The Big 5 Personality Traits for Happiness

Enjoying your life and avoiding or getting over depression is dependent on the “big 5 personality traits” according to UCLA researchers. These five traits are:

  1. a lack of excessive nervousness (neuroticism)
  2. the ability to be sociable and connect with other people (extroversion)
  3. the ability to cooperate with and get along with others pleasantly (agreeableness)
  4. the ability to be mindful and aware of others needs without care-taking them (conscientiousness)
  5. the ability to be open and speak about how you feel without shame or embarrassment (openness)

Depressed and anxious people typically have a deficit in one or more of the big 5. Until this study came

How Psychotherapy Works — The Art of Counseling

Psychotherapy helps people heal and grow on three levels…

…the body, the mind and the spirit or soul. Effective psychotherapy is holistic. It includes all aspects of the client’s life: family, friends, personal growth, and relationships; working to bring the whole person into balance. This requires working with body, mind and spirit.

Healing and growth for the body…

…is both emotional and physical healing. Emotions are body-based. You feel your emotions in your body, you express them through your body and communicate feelings to others through your body. When traumatic life events causes suppression of emotions your ability to life a joyous, compassionate