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Positive Psychology: A New Approach to Becoming Your Best Self
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes — Life’s journey often feels like a relentless pursuit of happiness and fulfillment, yet so many of us find ourselves caught in cycles of negativity and self-doubt. Positive psychology offers a different lens—a refr
Best Self Magazine4 min read
The Surprising Benefits Of Practicing Kindness And How To Make It A Habit
Estimated reading time: 6 minutes — The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention. Kindness is not only good for others, it’s good for your own wellbeing. When you help others out of genuine concern for them, your levels of
Best Self Magazine5 min read
Reclaiming Freedom: Rising From The Ashes Of Trauma, Neglect And Abuse
Estimated reading time: 8 minutes — I grew up in a home where at best I was unwanted, at worst, the scapegoat for the family’s woes. The trauma began early, at age four, after being taken from my loving aunt who raised me when my mother, her sister
Best Self Magazine3 min read
Breaking Up with Balance: Busting the Work-Life Myth for Women
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes — Anytime I’m on a panel or speaking or in session with my highly ambitious, successful female coaching clients there comes a point when we talk about balance. On panels and in workshops, I’m always asked, how do yo
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Stories of Resilience: A Novel Reflects Our Complex Relationships and Wounding
Estimated reading time: 11 minutes — After stopping to smell my twentieth flower, I took a deep breath and headed to the mossy spot I knew Josh liked. I found him lying with his arm over his eyes, his distressed pose. I sat down next to him, my stom
Best Self Magazine4 min read
When a Pregnancy Follows a Loss
Estimated reading time: 6 minutes — She was a beautiful baby, with long black eyelashes and big dark lips. I will never know the sound of her coo or the color of her eyes. They never opened. My first child was born dead. Stillborn. She moved and gre
Best Self Magazine9 min read
Becoming Buddhist: A Calling for Personal Growth
Estimated reading time: 13 minutes — [This essay includes excerpts from This Fresh Existence: Heart Teachings from Bhikkhuni Dhammananda (Windhorse Publications, April, 2024)] I have always been a spiritual seeker. At age four, I asked my brother, w
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How Cancer Helped Me Let Go of Fear and Make Deep Connections
Estimated reading time: 10 minutes — I am a two-time breast cancer survivor, but my story is not really about cancer and its trials. It’s about how cancer taught me that humor, nature, exercise and relationships with both family and “found family” h
Best Self Magazine4 min read
The Fundamental Principles of Allowance and How It Can Serve You
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes — Allowance is a tool which can quite literally change all aspects of life including relationships, finances, career and more. Although allowance is a powerful and pragmatic way of improving one’s life, it is not so
Best Self Magazine3 min read
How I Overcame Test Anxiety and Actionable Strategies High School Students Can Use to Ace Standardized Exams
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes My journey from an average SAT scorer to achieving a perfect score and eventually founding Prep Expert has been both challenging and enlightening. Along this path, one of the most significant hurdles I faced was tes
Best Self Magazine4 min read
Love and Heartache: An Unfathomable Separation of Mother and Child
Estimated reading time: 6 minutes — 1970 in pre-Choice America. The lonely only child of a high-ranking naval officer and a socially ambitious mother, after our eighth move in thirteen years, I longed for a normal adolescence — to have lasting frien
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Navigating Grief with Ayurvedic Principles: A Q&A with Sweta Vikram
Estimated reading time: 9 minutes — In this Q&A, Bill Miles, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Best Self Magazine, puts forth questions for Dr. Sweta Vikram, inspired by her new book, The Loss that Binds Us: 108 Tips on Coping with Grief and Loss.
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How Connecting with Ancestors Can Help Heal Intergenerational Trauma
Estimated reading time: 6 minutes — Many people think of trauma solely as an incident that happened to us or someone else that is intense, violent, or life-threatening; however, trauma can also be a suffering from emotional or psychological pain tha
Best Self Magazine7 min read
How I Left: Reflections on My Journey into Marriage…and Out
Estimated reading time: 10 minutes — My grandmother was fourteen when a man in her Southern Italian village asked to marry her. He was twenty-eight, a stranger to Gramma. She said, No! But her mother told her, “Marry him. He’ll take you to America.”
Best Self Magazine5 min read
Chasing Happy: 3 Steps to Life-Long Transformation
Estimated reading time: 7 minutes — It started with a simple question: “Mommy, can I give you a goal this year?” At the time I was working long stressful hours leading a large client relationship for an advertising agency while balancing having two
Best Self Magazine3 min read
The Fahlo Effect: Combining Fashion, Technology, and Conservation to Protect Endangered Species
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes — It’s an unfortunate reality that our planet’s biodiversity is under threat, with numerous species facing the risk of extinction. The state of endangered species today is a complex tapestry of challenges, opportuni
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Life Beyond: A Q&A with Intuitive Medium Susan Grau
Estimated reading time: 13 minutes — At Best Self, we’re always questioning: How can we live more fully? Are we living with purpose? Is there meaning to our journey beyond our physical existence? So when we learned of Susan Grau’s work as an intuiti
Best Self Magazine3 min read
Internal Balance and the Power Inside You
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes — Most of us strive to be happy loving people. Our tendency to look outside ourselves to find acceptance, safety, love, and completion can misdirect our energies, and have us searching for the pathway to meaning in
Best Self Magazine3 min read
Fighting War with Silence
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes — In Hyderabad, India, from December 29, 2023 to January 13, 2024, a historic and unprecedented event unfolded. Ten thousand people from across the globe participated in an experiment to create peace in the world th
Best Self Magazine5 min read
Balancing Act: What I Learned from Letting Go of a Lifetime of Accumulated Possessions
Estimated reading time: 7 minutes — When my wife passed away in 2017, I needed to downsize from a house to an apartment. I was too overwhelmed by grief and the complications of life to think clearly about much of anything. So I filled three storage
Best Self Magazine6 min read
Creating Your Chosen Family
— Although the tinsel, the fairy lights, and the fa-la-la of the holiday season are meant to uplift, December is actually a tough time for many people. One survey found that more than half of Americans in 2022 felt sad and lonely during the holidays,
Best Self Magazine3 min read
An Invitation to Peace
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes — We live in a world where war coverage is live, social media keyboard warriors are loud and fierce, and racism and “anti-thisism” and “anti-thatism” ring loudly in our ears. Every day, we are bombarded with negativ
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Success & Unworthiness: A Lifelong Struggle with Low Self-Confidence
Estimated reading time: 8 minutes — I have thought a lot about how I went from low self-esteem at age 15 to…well, low self-esteem at age 78. This admittedly does not make the kind of narrative arc that publishers respond to. But however little progr
Best Self Magazine4 min read
Nurturing Self-Care in Kids: Activities for Resetting, Refreshing, and Preparing
Estimated reading time: 6 minutes — In today’s fast-paced world, the concept of self-care is often touted as essential for adults. However, what many might overlook is the importance of this practice for the younger generation. Just as we, as adults
Best Self Magazine4 min read
Creating A Culture Of Mental Health And Wellbeing Within The Workplace
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes — Mental health and wellbeing in the work environment is being discussed around the world in new ways. In these turbulent times, many people suffer from depression and anxiety, which makes the conversation of mental
Best Self Magazine3 min read
Surviving Purity Culture: Moving Beyond the Cloud of Shame and Guilt Toward Liberation
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes — A dark cloud of shame hovered over me for many years. As thunder roared and rain poured down, I imagined God was angry with me. He threw things in Heaven and cried for everything I did wrong. Because I lost my vir
Best Self Magazine5 min read
Loving Life Now: A Survival Guide for Aging…and Actually Enjoying It
Estimated reading time: 7 minutes — The other day a friendly person at the store said, “Hello there, young man.” He was just being friendly, but I thanked him and said what I believe to be true: I am getting old. Online, all the time, I see comments
Best Self Magazine3 min read
Creating a Harmonious World Through a Coherence of Consciousness
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes — The disastrous climactic conditions prevailing on earth are signs of Nature’s distress. These effects have been caused mainly by human activities such as harmful decisions and selfish aims. The worldwide shifts in
Best Self Magazine5 min read
Navigating Uncertainty And Embracing Change With The Wisdom Of The I Ching
Estimated reading time: 7 minutes — Change is one of the most challenging aspects of life — whether it’s moving, losing a job, ending a relationship, coping with illness, or facing the loss of a loved one. Most of us have a really hard time with it.
Best Self Magazine4 min read
What’s Your Superpower? (Need a Little Inspiration? Ask a Child)
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes — Walking along the ocean’s edge on a cool, sunny morning, I saw the sweetest thing. A little girl, about four years old, in a ruffly pink swimsuit with a matching pink bucket and shovel, was drawing on the sand. Sh
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