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Man sitting on a balcony and contemplating his self-awareness.

How Unexpected Events Give You The Opportunity To Increase Self-Awareness

By Dr. Karen Finn / April 9, 2021

When the unexpected comes knocking (and it always will), how do you greet it? As an anxiety-inducing uh-oh that needs to be circumvented or eradicated altogether? Or as an opportunity to increase self-awareness and problem-solving skills? This whole concept of self-awareness may conjure up images of escaping to Walden Pond with an Oprah’s Book Club…

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How To Create A Happy And Healthy Life For Yourself

By Dr. Karen Finn / March 25, 2021

It seems like such a given of an aspiration, doesn’t it — the simple desire for a happy and healthy life?  And yet, guilds of writers, philosophers, and Buddha wannabes expound on how to achieve it. For all our modern advances and easy-access knowledge, we humans still go about trying to reinvent the wheel. Or…

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How To Be Able To Look Back And Say, “My Life Got Better After Divorce

By Dr. Karen Finn / March 11, 2021

The process of divorce — the lead-up, the decision, the legal circus — is often more about getting out of unhappiness than stepping into happiness. Being able to say, “My life got better after divorce” may be a long time coming. But holding onto that vision can fuel your healing and progress. If you’re the…

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Wondering “Why Is My Marriage Unhappy?” Here’s What You Need To Do

By Dr. Karen Finn / February 14, 2021

How did we end up here? Why is my marriage unhappy? We had such big dreams when we got married, and now we just exist.  Crossing the threshold into married life is often a bigger leap than couples are prepared for. You’ve been there. You remember the bliss, the take-the-world-by-storm dream of all life’s possibilities.…

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Woman looking up while standing in a forest and contemplating her self-awareness.

How Can Self-Awareness Be Developed?

By Dr. Karen Finn / January 29, 2021

There are destinations we never reach, though we persevere on the journey. And there are books that are never finished, though the author continues to outline and edit. But what about the self – that perpetual, cradle-to-coffin quest that remains ever elusive? Can we consciously “build” on it? And, if so, how can self-awareness be…

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6 Easy Ways To Better Enjoy Your Life And Be Happy

By Dr. Karen Finn / January 17, 2021

The effort to get ahead, enjoy your life, and be happy can, at times, feel like being trapped on a destinationless hamster wheel. When it comes to that simple quest, we’re all pretty much the same. And yet, for all those years of self-help books and Oprah-in-the-afternoons, happiness can still seem frustratingly elusive. The Dalai…

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5 Reasons Being Self-Aware Is A Practice & Not A Destination

By Dr. Karen Finn / January 10, 2021

Funny thing about self-awareness. You need a certain amount of awareness in order to pursue it. A little chicken-and-egg quest for your best self…and a cyclical reminder that being self-aware is a practice, not a destination. Self-awareness is a component of emotional intelligence. And, like the intelligence we associate with academics, there is no end…

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Notepad with one of the best life-after-divorce quotes: What is coming, is better than what’s gone.

7 Uplifting Life-After-Divorce Quotes

By Dr. Karen Finn / December 17, 2020

Sometimes there’s no way to put your feelings into words. Divorce can cast a pretty long shadow over your vision for the future and leave you feeling hopeless. That’s when it’s time to turn to the authors, the poets, and the been-there-survived-it veterans of loss for some uplifting life-after-divorce quotes. While cleverly crafted proverbs can’t…

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Woman holding her husband’s arm and contemplating the keys for fixing an unhappy marriage.

9 Keys For Fixing An Unhappy Marriage

By Dr. Karen Finn / December 14, 2020

You may have no idea how you got here. But one day you woke up and realized that you haven’t been happy in your marriage for a long time. And now you have to decide between fixing an unhappy marriage or ending it. Hopefully you’re not ready to throw in the towel. But your disappointment…

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28 Tips For A Happy Life

By Dr. Karen Finn / November 12, 2020

Smiling is a great place to start. It’s both amazing and sad the number of people who spend the majority of their days feeling depressed, anxious, and generally unhappy. And, yet the majority of them can feel differently. I know this is the case because I used to be one of them. I used to…

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Woman sitting on her sofa using her remote to select a life-after-divorce movie to watch.

6 Cathartic And Inspiring Life-After-Divorce Movies

By Dr. Karen Finn / October 21, 2020

It’s time to break out the popcorn (and maybe a box of tissues). Sometimes you have to take therapy into your own hands – and to the movies. You may not be able to part ways with your shrink just yet, but you also may need a mini-reprieve from the format. That’s where those classic…

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Unsmiling woman dressed in white who is unhappy with her marriage and depressed.

What To Do If You’re Unhappy With Your Marriage & Depressed

By Dr. Karen Finn / October 12, 2020

It’s time for a reality check. You walk down the aisle expecting eternal bliss, even though you know better. You eventually settle into more realistic expectations, learning as you go that happiness evolves and deepens in meaning with life’s challenges. But sometimes there is a harsh reality check: You’re unhappy with marriage and depressed.  You…

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