How to unleash your potential and be happy & successful: self-improvement tips and strategies for brain power, spiritual growth, and personal development

6 Eye-Opening Life Lessons to Bring into the New Year

There are a few life lessons you should consider before making your list of New Year's resolutions. I recently took a poll on my Instagram asking my followers: What’s something you learned about yourself during the pandemic? I was surprised by how vast the responses were: "Sometimes, healing happens organically…

What Is Intellectualization? 4 Signs You Rely Too Much on It

Have you noticed how people react differently to stressful situations? Some are calm and rational, whereas others are anxious and emotional. Intellectualization could explain the difference.  What Is Intellectualization?  Intellectualization is a defense mechanism whereby a person views a stressful situation intellectually. They deal with the stress using cold, hard…

What Is Spiritual Bypassing? 7 Signs You’ve Fallen into This Trap

The basic idea of spiritual bypassing revolves around not facing problems, and instead, searching for enlightenment first. I think we have it backward. During the decades of trauma I endured, I experienced many things, not just the trauma. I realized, at some point, that I was living in denial, I…

How to Practice Gratitude Meditation When Everything Goes Wrong

Gratitude meditation is a different form of utilizing mindfulness. It’s about being thankful in so many ways for so many things in life. Before you can ever understand how to practice this form of meditation, you must first appreciate gratitude itself. Gratitude, in a nutshell, is thankfulness, but in the…

How to Not Be Awkward with Someone You Just Met: 4 Practical Tips

Learning how to not be awkward is a critical social skill, which most of us learn as children. This applies to any number of situations: Starting school or kindergarten. Meeting new relatives. Making friends at the play park. However, we don't all have the same personalities. If you are overly…