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What I Learned After 6 Months of Mindful Eating

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I transformed a fancy Prosecco Bellini candle into two chocolate donuts. Magic? Nope. I smelled the best candle at my hair salon last summer. It was a $27 Prosecco Bellini candle from Voluspa. It smelled like a sparkling peach Bellini cocktail. I really wanted it, but I reminded myself I was on a budget, and I went on my merry way.  I stopped at a grocery store to pick up a few things on the way home. I found myself standing in front of the pastry case. It was a uncharacteristic move. Donuts are usually reserved for a special weekend...

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Want to be happier? Eliminating 14 Extreme Words Changed My Life

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Should. Have to. Need. Must. How often do you say these words? I said them a lot. I have to do yoga today. I should work until at least 5 PM. I need to get my hair cut. I also said them to others. Mostly my husband. “You should work on taxes for the business.” “We have to get that project done this weekend.” I learned about Communication Extreme Words or Communication Swear Words in therapy. These words intensify the situation unnecessarily. They add a sense of urgency and duty. Here’s the list of Extreme Words: I instantly knew which...

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