Resource Hub : Personal Development

wiseMomentAs part of a WISE Group, participants complete exercises and writing assignments that are shared when they meet. We have posted some of our most insightful examples in hopes you will find inspiration.

Why Intimacy Is The Secret Key To Health

Why Intimacy Is The Secret Key To Health.pdf-1When we talk about intimacy, most people immediately think of intimacy in a romantic way. There is, however, another kind of intimacy, which is one of the greatest ways we humans have available to us to access ourselves.In this fast-paced world, most people are always focused on getting to the next thing, missing the moment, which creates anxiety and leaves us with a feeling of discontent.Imagine what life would be like if we made a point to have more intimate experiences in our lives.


"I Need a Do-Over!" 5 Ways to Fix Relationship Missteps

golf ballAn important part of finding a healthy weight is speaking up for yourself in a way that strikes a balance between being a doormat and being aggressive.  Whether it’s a romantic, family or work relationship, we’ve all know what it’s like to wish we’d handled a situation more assertively.  But you can have a “do-over”!

Written by Meg Selig, author of Changepower! 37 Secrets to Habit Change Success, and our very own Clare Lord, Founder & Executive Director of WISE Philosophy, “I Need a Do-over!” 5 Ways to Fix Relationship Missteps offers insight into how we can recover from day-to-day relationship blunders. 

Gong! 8 Simple Ways to Wake Up and Become Enlightened

How to wake up"In her new book, How to Wake Up, author Toni Bernhard helps us see that moments of awakening can be a daily experience for all of us, starting now.

Reading her book, I understood for the first time that the words “awakening” and “enlightenment” refer to freedom from our self-caused psychological suffering.

We can attain this freedom by deliberately choosing to cultivate self-compassion, kindness, appreciative joy, and wisdom."

12 Tips for Recovering from Emotional Pain

purpose fairy girl thumbnailHave you noticed how afraid we all are of feeling any emotional pain? And how we would do anything in our power to avoid it? Nobody wants it. We all try to get rid of it. We all try to hide and run away from it, and the irony is that the more we try to reject and resist it, the more intense it gets and the longer it stays with us.
We all have our ups and downs. We all experience emotional pain from time to time. But that doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with us. It doesn’t mean we’re ‘broken’ or ‘defective’. On the contrary. It only shows that we are human. That we have feelings and emotions.

I Like This Picture of My Cellulite

"the first thing I thought of when I saw this picture was how HAPPY I look: I'm jubilant, radiant, fresh home from my first year of college and ready to celebrate with my hometown best friend. And I should've stopped there. It could have been enough to admire the photograph, to rejoice in the photographer's ability to capture the joy and carefree art of two friends catching up after a year apart. It should have been."

"But instead, I let my subconscious take over. I let that little voice in the back of my head tell me that I wasn't good enough. I wasn't enough... or rather I was TOO much..."

12 Things Happy People Do Differently

Happy lady"No new flashy car or leather jacket needed -- just simple, scientifically-grounded wisdom for long-term happiness. These are all things you can start implementing today -- with or without a career change -- so I hope you pick one thing and commit to rocking it."

12 Things Happy People Do Differently

"No new flashy car or leather jacket needed -- just simple, scientifically-grounded wisdom for long-term happiness. These are all things you can start implementing today -- with or without a career change -- so I hope you pick one thing and commit to rocking it."

Beating yourself up over excessive holiday eating isn't helpful

Navigating your way to a healthy weight is not an easy task, but it starts from within! Losing weight isn’t the key to happiness, but being happy is an integral part of achieving a healthy weight. So rather than setting yourself up for failure with another diet, trying changing your negative innerdialogue to self-compassion and kindness!

In her newest article featured in the Montreal Gazette, Clare explains how the negative voice in our head contributes to compulsive eating and how changing your inner-dialogue can help you get a grasp on good health.

5 Instant Messages From Your Friend Annoyance

5 Instant Messages From Your Friend Annoyance.pdf-1Sometimes we’re tempted to deal with our feelings of annoyance by discounting them—“Oh, I shouldn’t feel so annoyed at such a little thing.” And sometimes a little perspective does hold annoyance at bay. But your feelings of annoyance might be trying to tell you something:

1. You need to set a limit                                  4. You are feeling resentful or angry                                

2. You need to protect your time                      5. You are suffering from perfectionism

3. You need to envision a better way to do something     


What's the First Step Toward Reducing Needless Anxiety?

first step needless anxietyMother Nature wants you to be anxious. Although that doesn’t seem like such a loving wish for a mother, Mother Nature is interested in your survival. So she made sure you would pay attention to anxious feelings to protect you from fearsome things—like lions or tigers or bears or, maybe worst of all, an aggressive homo sapiens...

Fear of Failure

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Have you ever been so afraid of failing at something that you decided not to try it at all? Or has a fear of failure meant that, subconsciously, you undermined your own efforts to avoid the possibility of a larger failure?

Live As If...

Most of us treat our cell phones (or cars or bicycles) better than we treat our bodies. We protect our phones in spiffy cases (mine is polka dot), keep them away from the sun, bodies of water and the ledges of tall buildings...

Things I Know to be True

1. Being accountable to yourself is the hardest thing.

2. All the praying, wishing and dreaming in the world will not make something happen unless you act upon it.

3. Being an adult means that no one is going to clean up your messes...