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Emotional Health and Well-Being

Times of Conflict Make or Break Relationships

It’s how we behave during times of conflict that ultimately determines the quality of our relationships.

To like, love, and even to adore are effortless when all is good.

But how well do we listen with deep intent to understand when there is disagreement?

How capable are we of considering our shortcomings and how we might have contributed to any conflict at hand?

If we can’t offer heartfelt empathy, and we refuse to take responsibility for our contributions to hurt feelings, the fracture only grows wider. Read more about Times of Conflict Make or Break Relationships

 

Anger is a Secondary Emotion

Last week, I shared a strategy for overcoming emotional wounds and being able to authentically forgive someone who we feel has wronged us. In a nutshell, the strategy is to shift our focus to things we wish to be forgiven for.

I was moved and inspired to receive a few hundred messages from people who had wonderful insight to share. Here is a portion of one of these messages that really hit me as being true and helpful to remember when we are at the receiving end of a person's anger: Read more about Anger is a Secondary Emotion

 

Children Don't Do As You Say - They Do As You Do

Many thanks to Jay Shetty for this powerful message. If you wish to skip directly to Jay's passage, it begins just after the 2-minute mark. Read more about Children Don't Do As You Say - They Do As You Do

 

Lori Harder on the Value of Hitting Rock Bottom

There are many valuable insights on conscious living within this interview. If your time is limited, I encourage you to click on the video timeline to about the 40:40 mark where Lori shares her thoughts on gossip.

Many thanks to Lori and Tom. May we all embrace our rock bottom moments. Read more about Lori Harder on the Value of Hitting Rock Bottom

 

Love Liberates

I am deeply grateful to have Maya Angelou to turn to whenever I need an injection of all that is good in life. Morning and night, even if I don't have much else to meditate on, I remember this from Maya:

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Thank you for all that you gave us, Maya. Thank you. Read more about Love Liberates

 

Appearances Matter

Originally posted in July of 2014 after the passing of my friend, Dr. John. Updated on August 28, 2018.

When I moved to the suburbs of Chicago shortly after my 20th birthday to begin graduate school, as much as I needed to learn about human physiology and clinical sciences, I was in even greater need of general life guidance. Having been raised by ultra conservative immigrant parents, I had more than a few things to learn about how to understand and interact with people.

I had the great fortune of having as a classmate a fellow named John who was 47 years old and excited to begin a second career. He had done well as a real estate appraiser and property flipper on the east coast, and though he never boasted of his wealth, I knew that John had earned enough to be retired, and was pursuing a career as a health care provider because he had restored his own health with alternative therapies and wanted to share his passion for natural healing with others. Read more about Appearances Matter

 

Bookends

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In trailing my 76-year old father and 13-year old son as they walked side by side during a recent outing, I couldn't help but feel the brevity of it all. Read more about Bookends

 

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