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2 Quick Stories that Will Change the Way You Show Up in Your Relationships

Compliment people. Sometimes you will say something really small and simple, but it will fit right into an empty space in someone’s heart. This morning, I shared two quick stories on Zoom with a small group of digital Think Better, Live Better conference attendees. “I appreciate the perspective, and the invitation to change how I show up in my relationships,”...

7 Difficult Things You Should Start Doing for the People Around You

We are all in this together, so always be kinder than necessary. What goes around comes around. No one has ever made themselves strong by showing how small someone else is. Everyone you meet is learning something, is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something. Know this. And be extra kind today. In other words, don’t just preach online....

An Open Letter to Those Who Want to Make a Bigger Difference Right Now

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” —Mahatma Gandhi This short article was inspired by an email we received this morning from a new course student: Dear Marc and Angel, I’m a single mom to two wonderful teenagers, and I’m also a (rather passionate) domestic violence attorney. Although I’ve been told I do a great job on both fronts, I wish...

Paths are Made by Walking, Not Waiting: One Lesson We Forget in Hard Times

We waste our time waiting for a path to appear. But it never does. Because we forget that paths are made by walking, not waiting. And we forget that there’s absolutely nothing about our present circumstances that prevents us from making progress again, one tiny step at a time. So, let’s cut to the chase today: What we truly need to do is often what...

1 Sign it’s Finally Time to Take a Step Forward Again (and How to Get Started)

If it entertains you now but will actually hurt you someday, it’s a distraction. Don’t settle. Don’t exchange what you need in the long run for what you kinda want at the moment. Study your habits. Determine where your time goes. Delete the toxic distractions. Taking small steps can make a big difference, especially in tough times, but there’s no...

How to Practice Letting Go (When You Catch Yourself Holding On)

If you worry too much about what might be, or what might have been, you will ignore and overlook what is. Remember this. Happiness is letting go of what you assume life is supposed to be like right now and sincerely appreciating it for everything it is. Over the past decade, as Angel and I have gradually worked with hundreds of our course students,...

3 Reasonable Responses to Steady Us When Life Feels Unstable

by Rachel Macy Stafford, author of Live Love Now Because I wrote a book called LIVE LOVE NOW, you might think I am going to tell you how you can live in a constant state of love and positivity now and forevermore. That is not the case, nor is it realistic. As we live life, we inevitably encounter distressing situations and tough periods which can bring...

1 Secret to Getting Through Tough Situations (and Truly Bad Days)

The sharpest weapon we have against anxiety, negativity and stress is our ability to choose one present thought over another. Recently, so much has been postponed, closed or canceled. But not everything. Love has not been postponed, closed or canceled. Hope has not been postponed, closed or canceled. Self-care has not been postponed, closed or...

3 Tough Things We Need to Do to Be Happy in Tough Times

You are not the same person you were a year ago, a month ago, or even yesterday. You are always growing… stronger! Sometimes life slams us in the gut, dealing us such a devastating blow it literally takes our breath away. A pandemic hits, a loved one gets ill, we lose a breadwinning job, someone we know dies, money gets tight, feelings of depression...

5 Painfully Obvious Truths We Tend to Forget in Hard Times

The truth does not cease to exist when it is forgotten. You know how you can read or hear something dozens of times in dozens of different ways before it finally sinks in? The little truths listed below fall firmly into that category — timeless life lessons that many of us likely learned years ago, and have been reminded of ever since, yet for whatever...

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