Blog | Kamini Wood, Certified Life Coach

Joy vs. Happiness

Although we often think that joy and happiness fall under the same category, these emotions are very different. Yes, both joy and happiness describe our feelings of satisfaction, contentment, and pleasure. However, these feelings are triggered by different reasons and differ in their nature. Happiness is externally based and tied to our experiences. Our happiness depends […]

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5 Ways to Help Your Teen Build a Healthy Brain

Although children’s brains reach about 90-95% of adult size by the time they are six, their brain development is far from over. A teenager’s brain still intensively transforms before it starts functioning as an adult brain. In other words, your teen’s brain is still under construction, which strongly influences their thinking, behavior, and emotional reactions. […]

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Are you an Enabler? Understanding Enabling Behavior

Enabling behavior, simply put, keeps a person from dealing with the negative consequences of their actions. While it is natural to care for and help someone you love, be mindful of the fine line between being supportive of a loved one and enabling their behaviors. Differently from supporting and helping, enabling means allowing the enabled […]

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Stress Reduction

As a force that calls for action and keeps us going, stress is not necessarily a bad thing. However, persistent stress doesn’t allow your body to recover after the “flight-or-fight” response and it can seriously damage your health. So, yes, stress is important but left uncontrolled it can deeply hurt us and, paradoxically, obstruct our […]

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Got ANTs?

ANTs – Automated Negative Thoughts Thousands of thoughts cross our minds each day. And the large proportion of these thoughts are negative, random thoughts that pop up out of nowhere. They tend to flood our mind and make any situation seem worse than it actually is. These unintentional thoughts are known as ANTs or automatic negative […]

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Why Self-Compassion is Important for Teens?

Self-compassion means giving yourself the same care, love, and kindness you would give to a loved one. Dr. Kristin Neff, pioneering self-compassion researcher argues that “self-compassion is a more effective motivator than self-criticism because its driving force is love, not fear.” Research shows that self-compassion has many benefits to our mental health and that approving […]

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Common Humanity vs. Isolation

How many times have you comforted a loved one who has made a mistake saying “Come on, you’re only human.” One of the key elements of self-compassion is the awareness of our common humanity. The mere fact that we are human beings means that we are imperfect and mortal. The emotion of compassion is interactive […]

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