Love & Relationships

What It Means to Love: 9 Steps to a Strong Relationship – Happiness Article

“Be there. Be open. Be honest. Be kind. Be willing to listen, understand, accept, support, and forgive. This is what it means to love.” ~Lori Deschene They say your heart pounds when you’re in love. But the very idea of opening up and letting love in can bring on the wrong kind of palpitations. Saying yes to love… that’s like standing naked, bare naked, every inch of you on show. Completely vulnerable. Or so I thought. My Impregnable Force Field…

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What Hurts Us the Most in Unhealthy and Unloving Relationships – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

“Once we make our relationship choices in an adult way, a prospective partner who is unavailable, nonreciprocal, or not open to processing feelings and issues, becomes, by these very facts, unappealing. Once we love ourselves, people no longer look good to us unless they are good for us.” ~David Ricco One thing I particularly love is caring about someone and loving them. Being able to do so gives me a great sense of connection, satisfaction, and purpose. It’s fulfilling, life-enhancing,…

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Why I Want to Stop Judging and How This Opens My Heart – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

“The quicker you are in attaching verbal or mental labels to things, people, or situations, the more shallow and lifeless your reality becomes, and the more deadened you become to reality.” ~Eckhart Tolle Things are hard right now, aren’t they? When I first started writing this article about my goal to drop labels so I could live without judgment, I was thinking I didn’t want to judge people at the gym based on what their T-shirts said. Now I’m trying…

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We’re All in This Together, and That’s a Beautiful Thing – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

“Lessons in life will be repeated until they are learned.” ~Frank Sonnenberg Right now, I am living my life in lines. This is not code for something philosophically abstract or profound. I am literally living my life in lines.  Lines with approximately six feet between me and the woman in colorful exercise clothes; the man in Carhart jeans, hoodie, and baseball cap; and the young mother with her rosy-cheeked toddler bobbing up and down in a seat in the cart,…

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How to Be True to Yourself When Someone Violates a Boundary – Happiness Article

“This above all: to thine own self be true.” ~William Shakespeare Though I appeared pretty high-functioning and what you might call “normal” as a kid, I was a ball of self-doubt and insecurity from an early age. Overthinking, scrutinizing my actions, and generally worrying about what people thought came as naturally to me as breathing. Life felt like a great balancing act between who I thought I should be and who I actually was—and it was pretty exhausting. You can…

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Disconnected and Strong in the Face of COVID-19 – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

EDITOR’S NOTE: You can find a number of helpful coronavirus resources and all related Tiny Buddha articles here. “Distance sometimes lets you know who is worth keeping, and who is worth letting go.”~Lana Del Rey As COVID-19 started to change my life I found myself thinking about my family. My parents who I haven’t really spoken to much since 2007, and my sister. I wondered how they were doing and what they must have been feeling at that moment. Then…

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How Being in a Toxic Relationship Changed My Life for the Better – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars.  You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” ~C.S. Lewis My ex and I split up about five years ago. We had been married for seventeen years, and after that long, I figured we were home free, as far as lasting marriages go. Needless to say, when it happened, I was devastated. Over all those years of being a couple, I had lost a big part…

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Why You Should Love Your Imperfect Self – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line.” ~Lucille Ball If you were to ask me ten years ago what self-love meant, I would’ve probably said something general like “being happy.” But self-love goes way deeper than that; it involves accepting the past versions of yourself and your present challenges, while giving yourself credit for how far you’ve come. While we may have an idea of the “perfect person” we want to be, sometimes we are so hard on ourselves…

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How to Stop Agreeing to Things That Aren’t Good for You – Happiness Article

“Agreeing to things just to keep the peace is actually a trauma response. When you do this you’re disrespecting your boundaries.” ~DJ Love Light Two years ago, I moved from New England to the Pacific Northwest. It was time for a change, and though I was excited to begin a new chapter of my life, I was sorry to leave my old friends behind. The first year in my new home was hectic. I hopped from hostel to hostel on…

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Dealing with Online Hate: What to Do When People Are Mean – Happiness Article

“The less you respond to negative people, the more peaceful your life will become.” ~Unknown I work for a website that creates videos on lifestyle, fashion, food, travel, fitness, and more. Our channel has a massive following from all walks of life, and we receive a lot of love but also a bit of hate. Even though many people are involved in the production of a video (directors, videographers, editors), the comments, feedback, and of course the hate is usually…

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7 Signs Your Parents’ Love Was (and Is) Conditional – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

“The beauty of the truth; whether it is good or bad, it is liberating.” ~Paulo Coelho It’s around the time of your mother or father’s birthday. You browse through the card aisles of your local store getting more and more frustrated because you cannot relate to any of the cards you read. You eventually pick out the most generic birthday card you can find and think, “Okay, I’m off the hook until the next holiday.” Celebrations often bring up a…

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The Need to Be Seen and Why It Matters — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

One of the greatest human needs is the need to be SEEN, not for who we pretend to be, but for who we truly are underneath it all.  ~ Luminita D. Saviuc Today I’m thinking about how most of the time we pass by one another without looking into each other’s eyes and recognizing who we truly are. We walk around pretending the people around us are not people. And we pass by one another as if none of us…

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Why Don’t Psychics Have Perfect Lives? – Spiritual Article

The other day my sister and I were chatting and she mentioned that some of her friends just don’t understand the “psychic thing.” Their main question is, “If your sister is so psychic, why hasn’t she solved all her problems in life? Why isn’t she a millionaire? Why doesn’t she have perfect health? Why can’t she help you solve your problems and get what you want either?” This is a common question among skeptics and people who don’t understand how…

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5 Steps to Create a Love Revolution – Self Improvement Article

“All you need is Love.”“What the world needs now, is Love, Sweet Love.” At first glance, these words might seem like corny song lyrics, but upon further exploration, you may also find an innate truth. A truth that is “up” for your and my assessment so that we can hear the deeper call of recent world events. Albert Einstein told us long ago a wise truth: that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again…

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How to Let Go of People Who No Longer Need, or Want, to Be in Your Life — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

To let go of people who no longer need, or want to be in your life is to honor your Self and surrender to the natural flow of life. You let go of someone not because you no longer care; not because you no longer need and want them in your life. But because you understand that they will be happier someplace else. You will be happy someplace else. ~ Luminita D. Saviuc One of the hardest things in life…

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How I Found the Gift in My Pain and Let Go of Resentment – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

“Change is inevitable, growth is intentional.” ~Glenda Cloud How much time slips by when you’re living in the pain of resentment? Do you ever question if your bitterness has held you back from living your true destiny? Is blaming everyone else sabotaging your life and future? It’s only now that I can admit to the years I wasted pointing the finger at everyone else. It was easier for me to say it was their fault than accept responsibility for my…

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20 Life-Changing Tools, 95% Off—One Week, Starting Today – Happiness Article

First things first, happy 2020! It’s a new year, filled with promise and possibility. If last year was tough for you, it’s now in the rearview mirror. If it was full of blessings and opportunities, you’re likely excited to see what the new year might bring. And regardless of how 2019 panned out for you, odds are you have a goal or two (or more!) you’re hoping to achieve this year. Whatever you’re looking to accomplish, Tiny Buddha’s Best You,…

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9 Reminders to Love Yourself — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

“Beauty is when you can appreciate yourself. When you love yourself, that’s when you’re most beautiful.” ~ Zoe Kravitz Did you grow up in a household that hurt you and punished you as you grew up? Were your feelings tossed aside? Your confidence shattered? Your self-worth destroyed? Were you put down, beaten down with negativity and criticism and made fun of by the very people who were supposed to have loved you? Appreciate Yourself If you answered yes to any…

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The Boundaries That Helped Me Stop Being a Doormat – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

“Boundaries are a part of self-care. They are healthy, normal, and necessary.” ~Doreen Virtue I’m really nice. Too nice actually. I’ve even been something of a doormat in my life. But what can I say? I was trained that way. There weren’t a lot of boundaries in our home when I was growing up. Instead, my addict mom was either checked out, partying, or raising hell, so I became the adult in the room. I was at her service most…

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How My Fear of the Unknown Sabotages Relationships – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

“Let go of the need to control the outcome. Trust the process. Trust your intuition. Trust yourself.” ~Unknown I was talking with a friend one day at work, and we were discussing dating and the rejection that comes with that and the sense of failure and disappointment. We were talking about how we struggle to even get close to dating someone because we get in our own way, and our thoughts stop us from moving forward because we’re scared. We’re…

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How to Love an Addict (Who Doesn’t Love Themselves) – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

I grew up in a family of high-functioning addicts. We looked like the perfect family, but as we all know, looks can be deceiving. No one was addicted to drugs, so that obviously meant that we had no problems. Cigarettes, alcohol, food, and work don’t count, right? I have come to realize that what we are addicted to is nowhere near as important as the admission that we’re addicted to something. When we try to make ourselves feel better by…

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How to Break Unstable Relationship Patterns – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

“Being willing to accept responsibility for the situation you’re in is the first step to a more fulfilling love life.” ~Renée Suzanne Remember the haunting ballad “Foolish Games” by Jewel? Jewel wrote the song when she was sixteen. She kept a serious journal, and said in an interview that a verse in the song was “about a relationship that I was dramatically involved in on paper.” That pretty much sums up my first relationship, which was a dramatic pseudo-relationship in…

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How to Know If She’s The One – Personal Development Article

If you have a woman by your side that makes you smile when you look at her or even think about her, than it might be safe to say that you already found someone who makes you extremely happy and in love. If you’re constantly searching for sings on how to know if she’s the one for you, we’ve got you covered. We’ll go over the top 12 signs that will help you make the right decision. We’ll also help…

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6 Reasons Why Others Opinions of You Don’t Matter at All — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

“Other people’s opinions of you are just that – their own opinions. And even though you might think their opinions of you matter, they really don’t.” ~ Luminita D. Saviuc How many times did you allow others’ opinions of you to keep you from being the person you dream of being? How many times did you allow ‘their’ opinions of you to distract you from living your life your way? What other people think of is none of your business. And…

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Positive and Negative Relationship Traits of the 12 Zodiac Signs – – Self Improvement Article

“You are a typical Leo!”, “Well, you are certainly a real Scorpio.” You have probably heard people saying sentences like these, and you couldn’t help but wonder what is a typical Leo like, a Virgo, a Scorpio or any zodiac sign. Well, the zodiac signs of astrology have unique traits that people identify with. All signs of the zodiac have positive and negative traits, and it seems that people are most interested in them when it comes to love relationships.…

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A Practice for Developing Kindness Toward Yourself – Meditation Article

Valerie Mason-John, author of Detox Your Heart: Meditations for Emotional Healing, shares a meditation for cultivating a positive relationship with yourself, and, by extension, the world. Photo by Anh Phan. When we take positive action and respond creatively to our anger, we are taking good care of ourselves. Taking care of our hearts, minds, and bodies is taking positive action. Learning to be kind and loving toward ourselves is a challenge. It is also part of the lifelong practice of…

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Are You and Your Partner Compatible – Self Improvement Article

If two partners share a congenial or harmonious relationship, then they are said to be compatible. There are many factors that determine the relationship compatibility among partners. If you know them, you can work towards to become compatible partners. Here are some of the relationship compatibility factors in the form of questions that you need to ask yourself to help improve the relationship with your partner. ~ Ed. If you’re in a relationship then you may wonder if you’re compatible with…

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What Does It Mean to Cultivate Kindness? — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

In one of Aesop’s most well-known fables, the North Wind and the Sun argue over which one of them is the strongest. Seeing a traveler approach on the road, they agree on a challenge to settle the debate once and for all: Whichever one of them succeeds in making the traveler remove his coat is the strongest. What Does It Mean to Cultivate Kindness? The north wind went first. He blew and blew with all his might, but the traveler…

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5 Ways To Support a Friend Dealing With Losing a Loved One – – Self Improvement Article

Losing a loved one is something most of us will experience at some point in our lives. For those who have experienced it, you’ll know the anguish and heartache it brings. For those who haven’t, you can no doubt imagine the level of pain it would cause. But when the grief isn’t entirely your own, understanding how it feels and how to deal with it is a whole different ball game. From time to time, friends in your life will…

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10 Types of Toxic People You Should Stay Away From — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

Toxic people can poison your mind, heart, and life. And it is important to identify them so that you can protect yourself from their negativity, and if possible, to keep them from away from you. Removing Toxic People from Your Life Whether we realize this or not, the people we spend our time with play a huge role in the quality of our happiness, health, and well-being. And if we surround ourselves with all kind of toxic people, we risk…

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