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Reduce Stress: Avoid Family Conflicts During the Holiday Season

There’s something about family get-togethers that can turn even the most confident senior executives into quiet underachievers, and seemingly “rational” individuals into petty bickerers. If you’re stressing out about meeting with family over the holidays, sure that your excited anticipation will turn into disappointed reality, there are some ways you can prevent such disappointment from happening. The key is to discover the negative behavior patterns you’re repeating, and learn to create “new, productive familiars,” “Holiday hell can be avoided if we just stop repeating the familiar,” The senior executive who…

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Bring Romance To Your Valentine’s Day

“The word ‘romance,’ according to the dictionary, means excitement, adventure, and something extremely real. Romance should last a lifetime.” ~Billy Graham 1.      Plan ahead:  Don’t buy gifts or flowers at the last minute; make dinner reservations now, long lines are aggravating and tend to kill the mood you’re trying to create.  It also makes the evening feel more special when you can walk right in and go to your table. 2.      Always get a card, better yet, make one yourself.  If you buy a card, get a blank one and…

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Preventing Holiday Headaches With Your Family

25 Strategies For Preventing Holiday Headaches With Your Family The tension of a lifetime can emerge during a holiday visit with family.  There is something about family gatherings that can transform even the most confident man or woman into a helpless child, and usually thoughtful people into petty bickerers.  If you are stressing out about spending holidays with your family, here are some strategies that can keep you from getting sucked into family conflicts. 1.     Invite a friend or two to participate in family gatherings.  Behavior almost always improves in…

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Strategies For Managing The Holiday Stress

Happier Holidays By Mark Webb No matter how much you may look forward to the holiday season, it is difficult to get away from the fact that the holidays can be quite stressful.  If you wish to successfully manage holiday stress then you need to have a strategy.  Assuming that everything should go smoothly is setting you up to get overwhelmed.  Happier holidays do not happen by accident.  They are designed. Creating realistic expectations can be quite challenging because most of us want the memories to be perfect.  It becomes…

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Creating A Magical Relationship

The 10 Most Powerful Secrets for Creating A Magical Relationship That Will Last A Lifetime! ~ By Mark Webb Secret #1     Decide To Be Great! Great relationships do not just happen.  They are the result of bold decisions.  It took me years to realize why some relationships succeed while others fail.  Individual after individual cited. “I don’t know why she left me.  I was a good husband.” “I don’t know why he left me for another woman.  I was a good wife.” Eventually I realized that the difference…

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Put An End To Griping and Complaining

“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.”    ~ Benjamin Franklin The average person complains between 15 and 30 times a day.  Most of us are so conditioned to complain that we don’t even notice how much we gripe and complain about our lives.  We complain about things we cannot control such as weather and traffic.  We complain about our boss, our parents, our children, and anyone else who comes to mind.  The possibilities are endless. When you speak negatively about people, places or events and don’t…

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The Secrets To Better Listening

Two Ears and One Mouth  —  The Secrets To Better Listening by Mark Webb “Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.”  ~ Dr. Joyce Brothers  1)   Listening Improves Everything.  It makes people feel appreciated and respected.  It brings intimacy to relationships, self esteem to your children, and will save time and money in your career. 2)  Keep The Golden Rule In Mind.  Listen to others the way you’d want them to listen to you. “If speaking is silver, then listening is gold.”  ~ Turkish Proverb 3)  Give…

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Stop Procrastinating

“Procrastination is a crime that only leads to sorrow. I can stop it any time; in fact, I will…tomorrow.”      -Author unknown You will never make your dreams come true if you do not learn how to manage your tasks.  Procrastination brings temporary relief but relief with consequences. It helps to realize that procrastination is a habit. Habits can be broken. Here are some strategies to help you break this life wasting habit: 1) Get organized. Make a list of what needs to get done as well as things you…

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Now That The Kids Are Gone

20 Tips For Successful Transitions  –  When The Nest Becomes Empty By Mark Webb  “Adolescence is perhaps nature’s way of preparing parents to welcome the empty nest.”  ~ Karen Savage & Patricia Adams 1)       Reinitiate Old Friendships and/or Begin New Ones.  Get in touch with old fishing buddies.  Call up the ladies in your Sunday school class. Seek out those friends who had have were pushed to the back burner while you were juggling the load of active parenting and working full time. If you would be better off making…

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Tap Into The Power Of Your Enthusiasm

“Let us endeavor to live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”   ~ Mark Twain One of the best decisions I have ever made was to become enthusiastic.  My entire life changed for the better.  The same will be true for you as well. Common benefits experienced are: Increased energy Able to solve problems easier More productive Greater sense of confidence Better liked by others Happier Better health   Here are 8 Principles for Promoting Enthusiasm: 1.    Train yourself to wake up happy and…

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