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Yearly Archives: 2013

Be Comfortable in Your Own Skin

Somewhere along the road of your life someone has uttered these words to you: “Be good to yourself“.  “Take care of yourself”. “You have to love yourself before you can love anyone else”. And you probably nodded and kept right on going the same way you were. So what exactly are people trying to tell you? Well, they’re not talking…

Life in the Age of Dissing, Continued…

How we respond to life’s challenges says quite a bit about how we are as resilient human beings. If we take every slight, rude or unfriendly behavior as a slap against our personal integrity, chances are we might let that build up to a boiling point that won’t necessarily result in our best and tolerant response, or teach our children…

Running the Marathon of Your Life

We were intrigued by an article in the March 13th sports page of the LA Times about a 77 year-old man who is competing in this Sunday’s LA Marathon. Now that’s a lot of running no matter what your age is, after all a marathon is 26 and ½ miles. What makes the article about John Creel of Brea by…

Half-Full or Half-Empty?

A recent article in the LA. Times, Worriers Outlive Optimists in Survey, made us reflect upon how attitude affects how we see the world. This blog has consistently taken the position that what you see is what you think and therefore impacts the outcomes of your actions. What we found interesting about the German study the article is based on,…

Living in The Age of Dissing, Part 2

“We have a choice about how we behave, and that means we have the choice to opt for civility and grace.” —Dwight Curry Many a parent has cautioned their children to “mind your manners.”  But in the Age of Dissing, being civil can seem to be the exception instead of the norm. Civility means much more than being nice or…

Living in the Age of Dissing

We read in the newspapers or watch on the news about an argument that started over a trivial matter and escalated to tragic results, whether it’s someone with road rage to a simple look at a party interpreted to be disrespecting or “dissing”.  Welcome to the Age of Dissing where any perceived minor slight can lead to grave consequences.  We…

The Way We Talk to our Children

Those of us who have children understand that they hear far more than what we think they do.  It seems like when we tell them to do something we need them to do, they’re completely tone deaf.  But when we speak in a lower voice to another adult in another room about something we don’t want them to hear, lo…

It’s the Only One You’ve Got…

We think this label should be put on every newborn in the world. Notice there is no warranty, no guarantee, and no refund.  The options you have are infinite from your first breath to your last

Have a Very, Merry Unbirthday…

“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of childhood into maturity.” ~T.H. Huxley We’re all members of the same club, survivors of childhood.  For some it was a great time, for others so so and for yet others not so much.  So think back on the bright spots of your childhood and chances are birthday celebrations were some…

If Only…

Okay, we’ve all said it, “If only I (fill in the blank)” my life would be better, I’d be more fulfilled, etc. If only I had married her or him.  If only I had finished college.  If only I could lose those extra pounds. If only I could quit smoking.  And the list goes on. But you didn’t and here…

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