Acceptance does not mean we must agree with the opinions of others or the challenging circumstances in our lives. Rather, Acceptance is defined as a state of non-struggle.

Many see surrender as a form of giving-up and/or giving-in: this couldn’t be further from the truth. By observing our emotions without the clutter of stress caused by non-acceptance, we open ourselves to the nuances of our unfolding lives. With this awareness, more data can be absorbed and considered. We can then make more informed choices and better decisions when faced with challenging events.

Because many use struggle as a war call for weaponing-up, stress breeds tension and competitiveness, which then can unleash prejudices, assumptions, and irrationality that further complicates matters.

However, aided with a relaxed perspective about the events in our lives, we can select responses that consider our point of view, as well as the points of view of others. This complete equation creates better cooperation that nurtures happier relationships and a more satisfying resolve.

Acceptance can be a useful tool in remedying even the toughest of life dilemmas. Struggle is optional!

Here are a series of articles to help you struggle less by accepting more.

Psychology Blog: The Facets of Self-Love

One of the most significant things a person can do in life is to shower themselves with nonjudgmental and unconditional self-love. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done as many people struggle with this notion. So, why is it so easy to...

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Hunting for a Happier Holiday Through Acceptance

It’s holiday Open Season! All grown up and no longer toeing-the-line of our parent’s agendas, obligations, and expectations, we have the locked-and-loaded license to see-who-we-wish and do-what-we-like. Sure, Hallmark-tinged moments remain desirous, but we now have free-reign to rein-them-in or...

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Beat the Heat: Effective Tips for Avoiding Anger

Summer is in full swing: We are out-and-about, going places. We are doing things and “mixing it up” with friends, family, and absolute strangers. Maintaining cooperative spirits while juggling vocations and vacations can be challenging. Navigating summer’s crowded sidewalks...

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Success means knowing the difference between who we are and what we do

On most mornings, thoughts of work, errands, and chores stir me awake: To Do lists snap me from my slumber and toward a full day's worth of duties and tasks. My mind "goes there" out of habit and a...

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Can I Trust You with Your Own Opinion?

It's a matter of trust: All of us, at some point, have 1). adopted popular trends 2). joined the opinion bandwagon 3). mimicked the behavior of someone we perceived as better than us as a way to feel "cool." Usually,...

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The Facets of Self-Love

Self-love isn't Selfish One of the most significant things a person can do in life is to shower themselves with nonjudgmental and unconditional self-love. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done as many people struggle with this notion. So, why...

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Telling the Truth About Lying

As lying becomes commonplace in Social Media, a clear conversation is needed about how lying affects our emotional wellbeing. Bending experiences into Instagrammed smiles or exaggerated Facebook passages, many skew personal data. As a result, we've become a culture of false...

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Acceptance as a Path to Freedom

Acceptance as a Path to Freedom Many have known the unconditional acceptance of Joey Sweetboy - the Therapeutic Assistive Animal that for years teamed with me at The Mental Gym. What you may not have realized is my rough beginnings with...

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Sensibility: The Word According to Harper Lee (and others…).

The sensible word according to Harper Lee Because my mother's family has, for generations, resided in Alabama, I grew up absorbing a sensibility that was deeply Southern. A sensibility many were introduced to during their formative years while shaking hands with...

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Learning to let life flow through you

Learning to let life flow through you Go with the Flow Close your eyes, kick off your shoes, and roll your pant-legs knee-high as you imagine walking along a pristine beach. Observe the rhythm of the surf: how the tide pushes...

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