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I used to berate myself any time I perceived myself as being less than perfect: I’d stub my toe and say, “You are such a klutz!” I’d try on an outfit at the store and think, ”No way I could wear that!” How we speak to and about ourselves Speaking these thoughts to myself, I soon learned that these were examples of the negative thinking that are typical patterns for …

Stories have been a part of our lives from the beginning of time. Told from one generation to the next, whether as part of an oral history or written text, they have had an impact and, sometimes, changed our perspectives and our lives. Yet, at some point, those stories changed. We switched from telling stories so others would know the history of our people, and they simply became tales we …

The human brain is a true marvel. With its assistance, we can plan, learn, coordinate, analyze, and apply all the information we receive. At night, while we’re sleeping, our brains can cull information, deleting the non-essentials yet leaving the data we use most often and find more necessary. The brain is also given major responsibility in helping turn repeated behaviors into habits. This is wonderful when one thinks of the …