Monthly Archives: November 2012

7 Tips for Instilling Gratitude in Your Children

Published on LearnVest on 11/28/12

As a parent, it can be awfully tempting to spoil your kids, especially around the holidays. And while it’s okay to regale them with gifts every so often, it’s essential that they learn to appreciate what they have. With that in mind, here are some tips from YourTango Experts about how to teach your kids the importance of gratitude:

Read more at http://www.learnvest.com/2012/11/7-tips-for-instilling-gratitude-in-your-children/

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7 Ways To Teach Your Kids The Importance Of Gratitude

Published on YourTango on 11/21/12

Do your children know the importance of gratitude?

As a parent, it can be awfully tempting to spoil your kids, especially around the holidays. And while it’s okay to regale them with gifts every so often, it’s essential that they learn to appreciate what they have. With that in mind, here are some tips from YourTango Experts about how to teach your kids the importance of gratitude:

Read more at http://www.yourtango.com/experts/yourtango-experts/how-teach-your-kids-importance-gratitude

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Light In Our Lives: 5 Lessons from Diwali

Published on YourTango on 11/13/12

The Diwali Festival of Lights shines into our lives with ideas for better living and relationships

Diwali is an unusual religious celebration in that it is a festival for Sikhs, Hindus, Jains and some Buddhists.  Each of these religions has their own particular take on the festival.  This holiday is characterized as the festival of lights.  The light is to welcome and guide the richness and wealth into their lives for the new time that will come.  The light is also part of closing out old books, including traits such as anger, hate and jealosy. So what can we learn from Diwali?

Read more at http://www.yourtango.com/experts/the-rev-christopher-smith/light-our-lives-5-lessons-diwali-expert

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FUEL Shortage: 4 Relationship Areas Often Underestimated

Published on YourTango on 11/9/12

The shortage of fuel after Hurricane Sandy parallels fuel for relationships often taken advantage of

In recent weeks, Hurricane Sandy has affected many dimensions of life in the greater New York area.  Among this has been a shortage of fuel which has not been seen since the 1970s.  Those who drive in the area are suddenly becoming acutely aware of how much they take for granted that they can fill up their vehicle with gas as rationing is now being implemented in both New Jersey and New York restricting when area residents can even attempt to buy gas.  Just as fuel has become something that we take for granted, there are also elements that fuel our relationships that we also take for granted.  What are some of these aspects?

Read more at http://www.yourtango.com/experts/the-rev-christopher-smith/fuel-shortage-4-relationship-areas-often-underestimated-expert

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7 Ways A Crisis Increases Stress and How To Fight Them

Published on YourTango on 11/9/12

When a crisis occurs, stress goes up. Learn to identify this and fight the negative effect.

There are many types of crises that can enter our life.  These can benatural disastersproblems in our relationships, facing life changes,discovering significant health issues, or any of many other things.  Some crises are very intense and concentrated while others occur over a longer period of time.  The effects of some crises are relatively easy to address (such asrunning out of time every day) while others will require years to address (such as a major hurricane).  In any case, it is important to recognize the stress that is being caused by the crisis and to respond to that stress in a way that can help you to keep some sense of internal peaceas you face the crisis.  Here are seven ways that the crisis can be increasing your stress and what you might do for each of them:

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Maintaining Confidence During Sandy’s Aftermath

Published on YourTango on 11/9/12

My interconnected response to Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy is one of the disasters I have lived through in my life. During Sandy, I was living and working in New York City. I am thankful that others have challenged me to be introspective and think about what I have experienced and what can be learned from these experiences. Some of the lessons learned (and how they can be applied to other areas of our lives) are in other articles I have written. What I want to share with you are a few vignettes from within the storm and its aftermath.

Read more at http://www.yourtango.com/experts/the-rev-christopher-smith/relating-yourself-my-interconnected-response-sandy-exper

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Published on YourTango on 11/9/12

Natural disasters help highlight relationships and interconnectedness in today’s world

Our world has become connected in ways that a couple of decades ago could only have barely been imagined.  Often this is taken primarily as a matter of technology, a matter of ease of getting information, a matter of the speed of effects being felt in distant places.  Hurricane Sandy and its impact in the Northeast along with all the calls that were made beyond the storm show that our connected world has also created new patterns of relationships.

The work of a marriage and family therapist is often about problems that exist in significant relationships and ways to build strength into relationships.  The relationships that arise from living in a connected world are very different and can even exist between people who do not even know each other.  Communications I have been involved in about the storm show how these relationships have their own way of having an impact on us.

Read more at http://www.yourtango.com/experts/the-rev-christopher-smith/calls-beyond-storm-living-connected-world-expert

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