Author: Caitlin O'Halloran

5 Ways to Express Gratitude

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It’s easy when things are going mostly well for us to get lost on the hedonic treadmill. As our lives improve, we continue to want more and more. But resist the temptation to try and keep up with the Joneses. All is not lost if you can’t get that designer handbag, that expensive gaming computer, or that brand new car. To combat the tendency to forget our blessings, here are five ways to express your […]

Overcoming Self Doubt

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When you start to doubt yourself, it can be very hard to know what the truth is. There may be times when you look at yourself in the mirror and think, “Why am I not good enough?”. Maybe you start to pick yourself apart, criticizing everything from the complexion of your skin to the shape of your thighs. Once you get going, the momentum of self doubt can feel unstoppable. There comes a point in […]

5 Ideas to Shake Up Your Coffee Routine

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You may have settled into your coffee routine. Perhaps you drink 1 cup of brewed coffee in the morning and get an iced latte once a week in the summers. Or maybe you’re the kind of coffee drinker that drinks only doppio espressos. Maybe you’ve been hearing about people going caffeine-free? While some people do not enjoy how they feel while caffeinated, there’s no need to feel guilty over your coffee consumption. A 2015 study […]

3 Rituals to Practice Mindfulness

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Defining Mindfulness Jon Kabat-Zinn, an author of several iconic books on mindfulness, defines mindfulness as “Paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” The Benefits of Mindfulness Practicing mindfulness has many benefits, including the reduction of stress and emotional reactivity. Being mindful is also a key skill in caring for yourself. If you are being mindful, you are not beating yourself up over mistakes you have made, or worrying […]

Celebrating with an Afternoon Tea

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One of my favorite things to do is to go to an Afternoon Tea. This past weekend, Tom and I celebrated our 3rd anniversary together at the Langham Hotel in Boston, MA. If you’re unfamiliar with Afternoon Tea, it’s an English tradition that started in the 1840’s when the Duchess of Bedford, Anna Maria Russell, invited her friends over for tea and food. These days, Afternoon Tea is a lovely meal that usually includes a […]

Why You Should Write With a Fountain Pen

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History of the Fountain Pen The first fountain pen was patented by┬áPetrache Poenaru in 1827. The metal nib of the pen allowed him to write for longer periods of time, without having to refill the ink. It was an improvement over the dip pen. You might think that something that was invented so long ago would have no relevance for people today. However, the fountain pen community is alive and thriving. Joining the Fountain Pen […]

A Simple Framework for Self Care

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If you look around your home and realize you have no clean dishes, the dog is in need of a good grooming, and the garbage is smelling ripe, you may be thinking, “Who has the time for self care?” But when you are taking care of yourself and feeling good, it becomes so much easier to do the things you need to do. All those chores won’t feel so overwhelming when you’ve taken the time […]