Self Improvement Category

Self-improvement is something we should all be working on. In this section are articles, commentary and advice to help make you (and your day) just a little better. Enjoy.

Turn the Tables on Negative Thoughts

Negative thoughts can undermine our happiness and damage our self-esteem. You know it and I know it. Destructive, negative thoughts can begin when you least expect them, and once negative thinking begins it can be particularly hard to stop it. Traditional advice on dealing with negative thinking is to "forget about it", to suppress those unwanted thoughts. Some people advocate to try and replace negative thoughts with positive ones, which is just an effort to … [Read more...]

How to Get Outstanding Job References

Outstanding references are crucial to the recruitment process. If an employer conditionally offers you a role, he or she may withdraw the offer if your references do not come up to scratch. It is vital, therefore, to make sure that you have outstanding references before you even apply for the job. Make sure that you always have the best possible references by following these simple tips. Choose your referees carefully The chances are that you there will be many … [Read more...]

How to Make a Great Impression in a Job Interview

These days there is more competition than ever for good jobs, so you have done really well to get to the interview stage. Job interviews can be nerve-wracking, but success is more likely if you prepare well and adopt a positive, confident frame of mind. Follow these top tips for job interview success. A recent article in Newsweekly magazine featured interviews with Human Resources executives and corporate recruiters. They said that more college graduates come unprepared … [Read more...]

Group Therapy: Pros and Cons

Group therapy became popular in the nineteen forties. It started out with enthusiastic support from most counselors in the field of psychology. Its popularity waned when long-term individual therapy came into style, but in the sixties, it regained popularity, particularly in the field of addiction. At that time—theoretically at least—patients had to reach the very bottom of the barrel of misery in their lives before they could begin the long climb back up … [Read more...]

Sometimes Knowing What You Really Want In Life Is The Challenge

We all get confused sometimes. One of the biggest confusions can be knowing what we really want from life. We can know what others may want us to want. We can think we know what is best to want. We can rationalize a life path and draw it up. But sometimes, we can feel a longing or disappointment about where we are in life. Maybe our true passions have changed. Maybe we have been lying to ourselves about what we want. But, as the saying goes, "The heart wants what … [Read more...]