When Gratitude Backfires: How Depression And Gratitude Relate

Everywhere you go these days, you see reminders to be grateful. Oprah started it long ago, or that’s when I remember hearing it for the first time. She had couples keeping gratitude lists — things they were grateful for about one another. It’s a good...

How To Make A Difference For Others, And For You

The past couple of weeks have been full of emotion. I grieved as I watched people I love saying goodbye to their husband and father, and also my friend. I have prayed along with others as another friend had surgery and begins coping with treatment for life-threatening...

When The Holidays Bring The Memory Of Loss

December 17th, 2007.  The day my mom died. I can remember where I was standing when my brothers called me. 9:23 am — in my kitchen, in front of the stove. It was odd hearing from Spencer that morning. His halting, but loving voice came over the line....

How Is Terror In The World Affecting You?

You may have awakened in the night last night, crying out. You may feel hyper-focused on your surroundings. You may be more worried than normal about your kids. You may feel a knot in your throat. If you have a family member overseas, you may need to hear from them...

What Do I Do If Someone I Love Commits Suicide?

The pain feels unbearable. Someone you love chose to end their life. Maybe they left you a note, maybe they didn’t. Maybe you knew they were in agony, struggling with inner demons or with harsh realities of severe physical or mental illness. Maybe you...