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The origin of stress

“The truth is that stress doesn’t come from your boss, your kids, your spouse, traffic jams, health challenges, or other circumstances. It comes from your thoughts about your circumstances.” ~Andrew Bernstein

Change your thoughts, change your life. Not so long ago, that concept was the catchphrase of New Age authors, pop psychologists, and motivational speakers. Today, the rest of us would agree that we alone are responsible for most of our stress and anxiety. We all face health crises, job changes, losses, and road blocks. How we view them — and how we view ourselves — has a direct impact on our well-being. Do we see ourselves as capable and worthy of meeting challenges? Or powerless and victimized? We can choose how to reframe and meet every challenge we encounter in the school of life. ~CL

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Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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