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I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. 28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. – 2 Corinthians 11:27-28 I wish someone would have helped…
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It was 6:32 AM and I was on my way to work, thanking God for my husband. This is not a rare thing, I thank God for my husband often, but the words I spoke were probably ones that are not heard often. I thank Him for giving me MY husband, even though He could’ve…
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What is productivity? Some productivity definitions pro·duc·tiv·i·ty /ˌprōˌdəkˈtivədē,ˌprädəkˈtivədē/ At its core, productivity is simply a way to measure efficiency. In an economic context, productivity is how to measure the output that comes from units of input. Farming makes for a good example: 1 acre of land that produces 10 pumpkins? That’s not very productive. But […]
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A common thread in my couples therapy practice with those who struggle to make change is a strong negativity bias.  The needle on the “Geiger counter” of their relationship is bouncing up and down in the red.  In the worst cases, they are hostile, adversarial, mistrusting and believe they are experts on each other, convinced that they “know” exactly how the other feels.  And it’s not good.
“He doesn’t even like me.”
“She has one foot out of the marriage.”
“He wishes he would have married ___.”
“She is only staying in the marriage because of our child.”
In psychology-speak, a “negativity bias” refers to the neuroscience of feeling threatened.  Rick Hanson, PhD explains below:
“In your brain, there are separate (though interacting) systems for negative and positive stimuli.  Negative stimuli produce more neural activity than do equally intense (e.g., loud, bright) positive ones. They are also perceived more easily and quickly. For example, people in studies can identify angry faces faster than happy ones; even if they are shown these images so quickly (just a tenth of a second or so) that they cannot have any conscious recognition of them, the ancient fight-or-flight limbic system of the brain will still get activated by the angry

Hurricane season has just begun, and already we’ve seen devastation in the United States from Hurricane Harvey and now the rapidly approaching Hurricane Irma. For many of us, we will never know the pain of losing everything we have, of leaving your home and preparing to never going back again. For those in Hurricane Harvey’s […]
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Have you ever been watching television and the commercials that air are filled with advertisements for prescription drugs? High cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis – it seems that every ailment has a myriad of medications just waiting to be your cure-all. Though after you hear the litany of potential side effects they rattle off at […]
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