• Drowning in Negative Thoughts & Surrounded by Negative People? Here’s how to Rise Above.
    Having a hard time trying to combat negativity in your life? I think we all do at some point in our lives. Whether you are trying to deal with negative thoughts, or negative people, there are several challenges you’ll inevitably face. It isn’t easy eliminating negativity from your life; particularly if the negative behavior has …
  • The Smart and Spiritual Podcast™ – with Nicole Berryhill – Episode 8 – Think About What You’re Thinking About
    The Smart and Spiritual Podcast™ – with Nicole Berryhill – Where smart and spiritual come together to reveal truly good news.™ Episode 8 – Think About What You’re Thinking About We’re all aware of the statistics about bullying and how harmful bullying and intolerance can be. Bullying is painful and damaging to the person who …
  • How to Get Comfortable Receiving Praise
    Do you find it difficult or uncomfortable to accept praise or compliments? If so, you’re not alone. According to Tess Brigham, psychotherapist and certified life coach, low self-worth is a big reason why receiving a compliment can be challenging to accept and believe. If you suffer from impostor syndrome, you may internally think that you …
  • The Benefits of Focusing on Your Strengths
    Can you name your strengths, or just your weaknesses? According to Susan Surtel, a professional coach on StrengthsCanada.com, “two-thirds of adults are not aware of where their natural talents lie.” She goes on to say that, “people who are less successful are usually not aware of their natural abilities and often try to fix themselves.” …
  • Setting Reasonable Expectations
    According to CollinsDictionary.com, “a goal or target that is realistic is one which you can sensibly expect to achieve.” In order to know what a reasonable expectation is, let’s first discuss what an unreasonable expectation might look like. What Are Unreasonable Expectations? Unreasonable expectations might be thinking that if you work hard enough, someone may …
  • Strategies for Bouncing Back from Conflict
    Have you ever had to deal with conflict? If so, what was your initial reaction? There is no way to avoid conflict all the time, so learning how to deal with it in a healthy manner is an important life skill. Knowing how to manage conflict is a skill that can be helpful in professional …
  • Simple Ways to Stop Overthinking
    Overthinking can be a constant and chronic issue for many individuals. This vicious cycle can feel like mental acrobatics. And for the person who deals with impostor syndrome, overthinking seems to be part of their daily battle. Chronic overthinkers are plagued by second-guessing their decisions or imagining a horrible outcome. Replaying conversations or events over …
  • Ease Feelings of Impostor Syndrome with Meditation
    Impostor syndrome can go by many different names, such as “impostor phenomenon” or “fraud syndrome.” It is described as having an overwhelming feeling that you do not deserve the success you have earned. Some even say that they become fearful of being called out as a fraud after having been successful in an area of …
  • The Smart and Spiritual Podcast™ – with Nicole Berryhill – Episode 7 – What’s Been Heavy on my Mind Lately
    The Smart and Spiritual Podcast™ – with Nicole Berryhill – Where smart and spiritual come together to reveal truly good news.™  Episode 7 – What’s Been Heavy on my Mind Lately In this episode, Nicole shares a lot of personal information and where she has been lately. She also shares her personal take-aways from this …
  • Getting Back on Track When You’ve Lost Your Enthusiasm for Life
    Have you lost all enthusiasm for life? Did your “get up and go” get up and leave? If so, you certainly aren’t alone! Many people lose their enthusiasm for life somewhere along the way. Whether it is due to depression, or because you are stuck in a rut; losing your enthusiasm can suck. However, there …
  • How “Caring Less” Reduces Your Stress and Improves Health
    Living with stress can lead to poor health and is a large contributing factor in heart disease, asthma, obesity, gastrointestinal problems, and other physical health problems. In addition, stress increases your chance of experiencing depression, anxiety, and even Alzheimer’s disease – not to mention premature death. Training yourself to care less about the opinions of …
  • Do you feel guilty for having interests or hobbies of your own?
    The hustle culture surrounding us can sometimes make us feel guilty for having interests or hobbies of our own, especially if it takes us away from our career or our family. Sadly, this feeling of having to spread oneself “too thin” is true for both men and women. Many of us are at a loss …
  • Decision-Making: 9 Causes of Indecisiveness
    If you have trouble coming to final decisions, you may want to explore a few causes of your indecisiveness. Then, if you discover you’re doing these things, you can eliminate them and start making decisions much faster. Thinking Too Much – If you allow yourself unlimited time to make a choice, you may never make …
  • 3 Ways to Get Crystal Clear on Why You Care So Much
    One way to learn to stop caring so much about irrelevant issues and thoughts of others is to dig in deep and study yourself in a new way to get to the bottom of the reasons you care so much. Three helpful ways you can use to get clear on why you care so much …
  • Do You Suffer from Approval Addiction?
    Receiving validation from other people feels rather good, so good that some people develop an addiction to receiving that outside approval instead of being motivated intrinsically. If you can’t motivate yourself without someone else’s approval, out may suffer from an approval addiction. You’re Obsessed with Getting People to Express Interest in You You like being …
  • Is Your Own Negativity Affecting Your Friendships?
    You will find a lot of information online about how to eliminate negative friendships from your life. However, what if the source of negativity is coming from you? It isn’t always easy to recognize when you are being negative. Some people have no idea how their negativity is impacting others. So, if your friendships have …
  • Are Emotional Vampires Draining You Dry?
    Is your energy constantly being drained by emotional vampires? The people around us affect how we feel and view the world. There are plenty of reasons why some people may drain your energy more than others. You could be dealing with a narcissist, or someone who complains most of the time. If you have an …
  • Myth: My Best Years Are Behind Me!
    Are you worried your best years are now well and truly behind you? As we get older, it’s common to start to feel like life just isn’t as good as it used to be. When you were younger, you had more energy, passion, and enthusiasm. You focused on learning and achieving new things. Life was …
  • 5 Benefits of Morning Rituals
    If you are not a “morning person” you may recoil in horror at the idea of waking up even earlier to include morning rituals in your busy schedule. You do not have to wake up at 5 AM every day to benefit from introducing morning rituals into your life.If you drink a cup of coffee …
  • Common Obstacles to Healthy Self-Care
    When you are trying to practice self-love, you’re going to run into a few obstacles along the way. These can really derail your progress if you aren’t prepared. By being aware of the common obstacles, you can take steps to prevent them. So, let’s look at some of the most common obstacles people face when …
  • Improve Your Physical Health by Being Optimistic
    Being optimistic, of course, has mindset benefits, but did you know there are physical health benefits to being more optimistic? When you think of being optimistic, do you believe that some people are naturally born with it and others simply aren’t that lucky? The good news is that while, yes, some were born with a …
  • Improve Life with Hope, Optimism, and Positive Thinking
    Sustaining a healthy, happy lifestyle can seem like a juggling act at times. Maintaining the work, life balance is an art in and of itself. With the power of hope, optimism, and positive thinking, you can keep your balance and do so with ease. Hope, optimism, and positive thinking all sound the same, but there …
  • How Optimism Impacts Your Relationships
    There are several benefits to leading a life of optimism. Research shows those with more optimism bounce back more quickly when getting sick, are more resilient in life in general, sleep better and even live longer. While this is wonderful news for us as individuals, how does optimism impact our relationships? How Does Your Optimism …
  • Characteristics of an Optimist vs. a Pessimist
    The pessimist might say, “How dreary, it’s raining,” while the optimist might say, “Thank goodness for this rain; the plants and flowers need it.” Here are a few of the differences between an optimist and a pessimist: Optimist Traits Sees a problem as a challenge Has a “can-do” attitude Laughs and smiles frequently Has a …
  • Can a Pessimist Become an Optimist?
    While some individuals are born with sunny dispositions, others are more prone to negative outlooks. Many factors come into play: Childhood experiences Temperament Environment Economic status Genetic predisposition While these are all valid reasons as to why one person might be more positive and optimistic than another, there is one factor which may have the …
  • 5 Zen Principles that can Radically Change Your Life
    Today’s busy life constantly comes with heavy doses of stress, anxiety, and apprehension; all of which are not conducive to a healthy happy life. To cope, people often search for therapies and guidance on how to limit or eradicate these things from daily schedules. However, the answer may be much simpler than that. If anything, …
  • 5 Steps Toward Mastering Anxiety
    Mastering anxiety might not seem like an easy task, but it is possible. Whether it’s a matter of eliminating anxiety or simply managing your stress, you have the opportunity to put in place a plan to deal with everyday anxiety, and you can learn how to overcome anxiety.
  • Writing Down Thoughts Improves The Thinking Process
    Writing Down Thoughts Improves The Thinking Process – So much goes on around us every single day. Therefore it is hard for our mind to remember all of it. The thought process is very complex and indeed fascinating at the same time…
  • Can Aromatherapy Stimulate your Brain Activity?
    There are many different ways that people choose to stimulate their brain activity. One of them that seems to be getting a great deal of attention these days is called aromatherapy. This involves lighting candles or heating up oils with various types of scents on them. These scents will trigger a variety of reactions from the brain that are positive in nature. Not everyone is a follower of such methods though because they are skeptical about such capabilities. There are other people though that will tell you that aromatherapy has changed many things in their thinking process for the better.
  • What’s Wrong With Staying In Your Comfort Zone?
    Why do we stay in our comfort zone? Because our comfort zone is the stress-free zone we are used to. It’s what is familiar. It’s also the place where we are the most dissatisfied with our life. When we stay in our comfort zone, we are forcing ourselves to stay stagnant. We’re afraid to change for fear of what could happen. Our brains are trained to keep us safe so we stay in our comfort zone instead of facing the unknown.
  • Struggling to achieve your goals? Maybe your comfort zone is the reason.
    We all have high aspirations. However, it can be hard to turn those dreams and goals into a reality. The truth is many of us struggle to reach our goals. The reason frequently involves our apprehension about step out of our comfort zone. It’s true that nothing ever happens in our comfort zone. It’s the place that keeps us in the “someday” mode of pushing our goals to the side until
  • Fear: The #1 Thing Standing In Your Way Of True Happiness
    You’re dreaming of traveling to the beach, sitting on the sand watching the sun set. But instead of taking the steps to go, you feel fear. What if you’re needed at your job, by your family or any of your other obligations? What if the plane crashes? What if you get lost? What would happen if you let down your guard? What if…?
  • The Unknown: Where You Find Your True Self
    You’ve probably heard the saying by Roy T. Bennet, “You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone.” It’s true that during the times you step outside your element, you experience who you really are. It’s about facing our fears and doing …
  • Is Staying In Your Comfort Zone Holding You Back?
    We’ve heard a lot about getting out of our comfort zone. But have you ever thought about why you should? After all, our comfort zone is where we feel in control and safe. It’s where we can predict what will happen and how we will feel. There won’t be any surprises, that we can’t deal with.
  • Success Does Not Fuel Happiness
    It’s easy to simplify happiness and claim that it’s obvious that successful people are happy. However, if you really interviewed 100 successful people, you may be surprised that a large percentage of them are not as happy as you think they ought to be. The fact is, you can be a millionaire, have a
  • Happiness Can Improve Your Health
    Happiness is an important ingredient in a healthy life. Many studies indicate that happiness plays a major role in your health, whether it’s living a healthy lifestyle or reducing the amount of chronic pain – happiness is the solution to many health woes.
  • The Smart and Spiritual Podcast™ – with Nicole Berryhill – Episode 6 – Edification
    The Smart and Spiritual Podcast™ – with Nicole Berryhill – Where smart and spiritual come together to reveal truly good news.™ Episode 6, Edification, Word of the Week: Oikodomeo, Listener Question: How can I get my husband to stop belittling me and putting me down? Hey, great to meet you! My name is Nicole Berryhill. …
  • The Smart and Spiritual Podcast™ – with Nicole Berryhill – Episode 5 – Clear and Honest Communication
    The Smart and Spiritual Podcast™ – with Nicole Berryhill – Where smart and spiritual come together to reveal truly good news.™ Episode 5, Clear and Honest Communication, Word of the Week: Legó/Logos, Listener Question: How Can I Fix Broken Family Communications? Hey, great to meet you! My name is Nicole Berryhill. I serve people who …
  • Self-Sabotaging Thoughts That Hinder Happiness
    Most people go through times when they have trouble getting their thoughts to align with their intentions. When that happens, it can hinder your happiness. It can get in the way of your happiness because these types of thoughts are focusing on what’s wrong, what’s missing, or the negativity of the situation instead of the …
  • Why the World Has Become Less Kind
    It seems life has taken us to a place where we no longer value kindness as a trait.  In fact, kindness has been replaced with self-importance and wanting to stay impersonal. The question is why has the world become less kind? Is it that we no longer care about others? Do we believe kindness makes …
  • Happiness Is More Than Thinking Positive Thoughts
    While the dictionary defines happiness as “the state of being happy” which gives you very little information about the idea or feeling of, or state of happiness. Let’s look at some different things that happiness can be, but realize that in truth, happiness is in the mind of the beholder. Your Needs are Met – …
  • The Smart and Spiritual Podcast™ – with Nicole Berryhill – Episode 4 – The Necessity of Self-Care
    The Smart and Spiritual Podcast™ – with Nicole Berryhill – Where smart and spiritual come together to reveal truly good news.™ Episode 4, The Necessity of Self-Care, Word of the Week: Seautou, Listener Question: How Do I Make Self-Care a Priority? Hey, great to meet you! My name is Nicole Berryhill. I serve people who …
  • The Smart and Spiritual Podcast™ – with Nicole Berryhill – Episode 3 – Freedom in Forgiveness
    The Smart and Spiritual Podcast™ – with Nicole Berryhill – Where smart and spiritual come together to reveal truly good news.™ Episode 3 – Freedom in Forgiveness; Word of the Week: Aphesis; Listener Question: How Can I Forgive and Move On? —————————————- Hey, great to meet you! My name is Nicole Berryhill. I serve people …
  • The Smart and Spiritual Podcast™ – with Nicole Berryhill – Episode 2 – What Is Love?
    The Smart and Spiritual Podcast™ – with Nicole Berryhill – Where smart and spiritual come together to reveal truly good news.™ Episode 2 – What Is Love?; Word of the Week: Metanoia; Listener Question: Are You too Damaged to Love? How to Fix It —————————– Hey, great to meet you! My name is Nicole Berryhill. …

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