What it Really Means When Someone is “Spoiled” – It’s Not What Most People Think

By Rachel Puryear One not-very-nice thing we sometimes hear some people say about others is that someone is “spoiled”. It’s a condescending remark. It’s also usually rooted in jealousy and resentment. Most often, that’s all that’s behind it – just sour grapes. Often it’s said by someone who, themselves, doesn’t even recognize their own goodContinue reading “What it Really Means When Someone is “Spoiled” – It’s Not What Most People Think”

Things We Need to Stop Telling Gifted, Talented, Highly Intelligent Children

By Rachel Puryear If you were a highly intelligent, sensitive, and curious child; then chances are, you also had/and still have: An introverted and gentle temperament, a strong innate sense of justice (that many others won’t grasp), and you love (and need) down time to let your mind wander and think. You probably appreciate theContinue reading “Things We Need to Stop Telling Gifted, Talented, Highly Intelligent Children”

Spirituality Has Essential Lessons, But None of Them Are Absolutes

By Rachel Puryear Regardless of your own spiritual inclinations, there are a few general teachings that most people recognize as belonging to a variety of traditions – and some of these values are adopted by many believers and non-believers alike, as wise principles for living a more compassionate and meaningful life. Some of these valuesContinue reading “Spirituality Has Essential Lessons, But None of Them Are Absolutes”

What is Emotional Generosity, and Why Does it Matter for Relationships?

By Rachel Puryear We all appreciate it when others are generous with us. There are many kinds of generosity that we appreciate in others – including generosity of time, money, and efforts on behalf of people and various causes. However, there’s another kind of generosity that’s just as critical for healthy relationships and caring forContinue reading “What is Emotional Generosity, and Why Does it Matter for Relationships?”

Some Friendships Weren’t Meant to Last for Life – That Doesn’t Mean They Aren’t Still Worthwhile

By Rachel Puryear There’s an old saying: “Some people come into your life for a reason. Others come in for a season. A few last for a lifetime.” There’s a lot of truth to this, whether or not you attach any spiritual significance to it. So, what does it mean, exactly; and how can itContinue reading “Some Friendships Weren’t Meant to Last for Life – That Doesn’t Mean They Aren’t Still Worthwhile”

A Hospice Doctor Opens Up About End-of-Life Experiences

By Rachel Puryear Death is a part of life. It’s one thing that unites us all. It’s also something people don’t talk about much, considering how impactful, and how universal death and dying are. Having asked many people about the subject of death, I have heard and read many stories from regular people about theirContinue reading “A Hospice Doctor Opens Up About End-of-Life Experiences”

Seeing the Good in People Doesn’t Mean You Should Ignore Red Flags

By Rachel Puryear Throughout life, we are encouraged to see the best in other people. Looking at people’s better sides is lauded as reflecting maturity and compassion. And certainly, we all want ourselves to be viewed through a forgiving lens. Indeed, there is maturity and compassion in our efforts to appreciate the good qualities ofContinue reading “Seeing the Good in People Doesn’t Mean You Should Ignore Red Flags”

In Relationships, Hard Truths Are Better Than Broken Promises

By Rachel Puryear In healthy relationships, we all want to make our significant others and good friends and loved ones feel good and be happy with us. Sometimes, though, the need for uncomfortable honesty can be at odds with that. Hence the popularity of white lies, or even partial truths. In a courtroom, there’s aContinue reading “In Relationships, Hard Truths Are Better Than Broken Promises”

Enlightened Self-Interest: Where You and Others All Win

By Rachel Puryear If you are at all an empathic person, you are familiar with the ongoing dilemma in life of balancing your own needs and interests against the needs and interests of others. You have wondered exactly where the line is between drawing boundaries and being assertive on the one hand, versus being kindContinue reading “Enlightened Self-Interest: Where You and Others All Win”

The Ugly Truth About People Who Ghost

By Rachel Puryear It’s an awful feeling. Someone you care about is there one moment, and then, *poof*, gone the next. You try to reach out and see what happened, but they don’t call or text back. Hours of waiting turn into days, days turn into weeks, weeks turn into the long run. They justContinue reading “The Ugly Truth About People Who Ghost”