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A Tribute to My Dog Dexter

Last Friday morning we had to say goodbye to our dog Dexter and let him cross over the rainbow bridge. He has been my best little buddy for almost 13 years, always by my side through good times and bad. This dog has been such a gift and a blessing. He taught me how to […]

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This Increases Influence and Strengthens Relationships

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC Do you want to influence others? Do you want to strengthen your personal and professional relationships? Demonstrating empathy is one of the best ways to build connection and trust. It makes people feel cared about and understood. Empathy is the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and […]

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Are Biases Impairing Your Decision Making?

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC We like to think that our decisions are rational and unbiased. Unfortunately, our decisions are not free from bias due to the enormous amount of information that we face at any given moment. Because of this, our brains must develop mental shortcuts (assumptions or rules of thumb) based on […]

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How to Make Better Decisions

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC Every decision we make is based in emotion. We decide to do/not to do something to avoid negative outcomes/emotions (failure, ridicule, embarrassment, shame, etc.) or to experience positive outcomes/emotions (accomplishment, pride, joy, pleasure, connection, etc.). Because of this, it’s important to insert some rational thinking into our decision-making process, […]

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How to Instantly Shift Your Mood

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC If you are finding it difficult to remain positive, optimistic and happy during these challenging times, you are not alone. However, it is more important than ever not to succumb to the negativity and let it drag you down. Negativity affects our energy level, mood, and health. Scientific research […]

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A Better Way to Give Feedback

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC Giving feedback to others can be difficult and uncomfortable, especially if they haven’t asked for it. When done poorly, it can trigger the flight or flight response and damage relationships. However, there is a way to give feedback that is non-threatening and helps to build the relationship between the person […]

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Influence Others by Being a Better Listener

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC Do you want to be more influential? One of the best ways to build trust and influence others is to actively listen to them. It makes people feel respected and understood. It also makes them more open to what you have to say. You can’t influence anyone if they won’t […]

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Complaining (and Listening to it) is Shrinking Your Brain

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC Do you have people in your life who like to complain? Are you guilty of complaining? Most of us are. According to an article by Meghan Overdeep in Southern Living, “The average person complains between 15 and 30 times a day.” It goes on to say that “Research from […]

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Your Subconscious Mind Can Create Miracles

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC I often talk about the power of positivity and the subconscious mind, which helped me transform my life. This past month, I used my subconscious mind to create my own medical miracle. In early November, I had my annual mammogram. A week later my results showed an abnormality which […]

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How to Have a Happier Holiday Season

Written by Melissa Kessler, MA, PCC This has been a very tough year for most of us. Although it’s been extremely challenging, I hope that we can all find something to be grateful for. What we focus on expands, so place your focus on the goods things you have in your life rather than what […]

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