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Guest Post: One Simple Key to Thriving with Mental Illness

Please enjoy this guest post by my friend Brandon Appelhans. Brandon leads My Quiet Cave, an organization he cofounded to help fill the gap between the church and the world of mental health (at the end of this post, you can learn a little more about him and his work). Brandon lives with his own […]

How an Unsatisfying Life Leads to Spiritual Freedom

So if you’ve been paying attention to my writing this year, you know that I’ve been writing a lot about the topic of my newest book, Blessed Are the Unsatisfied: Finding Spiritual Freedom in an Imperfect World. I’ve been talking about various reasons that embracing our unsatisfied condition is the best way to live. But […]

It’s Time to Recapture the Lost Art of Growing through Discomfort

Four years ago, I learned how to swim. It wasn’t easy, but it was necessary. And it represented a personal breakthrough for me. After a lifetime of fear and telling myself I couldn’t do it, I decided to tackle this challenge because of an injured foot. I was hobbled by multiple stress fractures in my […]

Guest Post: The Miracle of Medication

I hope you’ll enjoy this guest post by Katie Dale. Katie is a mental health worker, a writer, and an advocate for people who live with mental illness (at the end of this post, you can learn a little more about her and her writing). She’s frank, open, and brave about sharing her experiences with […]

How Can I Be Content When I’m Unsatisfied?

On the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality inventory, my type is INFJ. Among other things, this means I struggle with idealistic perfectionism. Here’s a quote from 16 Personalities, describing INFJs like me: “INFJs are all but defined by their pursuit of ideals. While this is a wonderful quality in many ways, an ideal situation is not […]

When It Comes to Mental Illness, Watch Your Language

As a writer, an editor, and an advocate for people affected by mental illness, a few years back, I was deeply encouraged to learn of a new entry in the Associated Press Stylebook, offering guidelines on how to describe and characterize mental illness. As the definitive guide to using language in American journalism, the AP […]

How to Change Your Perspective

Whether or not you realize it, you have experienced the power of a change in perspective. Maybe it was as simple as climbing a mountain or climbing a tree, looking at the landscape below and seeing a broader view of where you have been. Maybe it was looking out an airplane window or watching the […]

Why Isn’t Happiness Enough?

Pleasure takes many forms—physical, mental, spiritual, emotional. We have many words for emotional pleasure, including elation, euphoria, delight, bliss, and good cheer. But perhaps the best overarching word for this category of emotion is happiness. And boy, do we place heavy expectations on the shoulders of happiness—far more than it can ever meet. After all, […]

We Can All Choose this Antidote to Loneliness

It turns out we hyper-connected people are very lonely. And the youngest adults–arguably the most connected through social media–are the loneliest among us. This may sound counter-intuitive, but it actually makes sense. Check out the video to hear a few thoughts on this–and on one thing we can do about it.

Your Expectations Can Hurt or Heal You

For years, as Denmark has consistently ranked among the happiest countries in the world, people have been speculating on the reasons behind this relatively high level of self-reported happiness. After all, this Scandinavian country doesn’t fit the image most people would form when asked to dream of the place where they might be happiest. Explanations […]

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