5 Love Languages: How To Build Loving Relationships In Just 4 Steps


By: Anna Agoncillo
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One of the common reasons why two people break up is because one takes the other for granted. Naturally born as social beings, we all have a need to be loved and feel loved. Once your partner does not fill our "emotional tank" you may feel ignored, lonely, and upset. This is why it is important to communicate through each others language of love.

Dr. Gary Chapman, the renowned author of the "5 Love Languages", highlights that there are 5 ways that we can communicate love namely: through words of affirmation, receiving gifts, quality time, acts of service, or physical touch

ASK ANNA #4: Saying Sorry Too Much

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SAYING SORRY TOO MUCH
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Mr. Krabs asks…

I always say sorry even though I didn't do anything wrong. To the person I bump, to the sales lady if I'm asking for another size I didn't see. I made it an expression. Am i too insecure? Help me anna!

Anna says...

Yes! Your constant need to say sorry may be rooted from different things such as low self-esteem, higher sense of guilt, overly strict parents, inferiority complex from childhood, or internal locus of control. 

It is certainly good to say sorry…if it is necessary. However, if there is no valid reason to be sorry then it may affect your everyday relationships. For instance, in business, your clients need to feel that you have good judgement. But, constantly apologizing doesn't send that message. 

Art Appreciation Boosts Stroke Recovery Physically And Psychologically


By: Anna Agoncillo
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Art therapy that fosters creativity can help several of mental and physical conditions such as anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), cancer, and stroke. Truly, expressive art benefits people with serious disorders. 

Art therapy has been proven to be successful in ways that are different from the traditional therapies. 

Three years ago, a study found that stroke survivors who enjoyed painting, music, and theater had better recovery than patients who did not. 

Psychology, Love, And Advice: How To Survive A Long Distance Relationship


By: Anna Agoncillo
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As Rumi once said, “Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love".

Be bold enough to follow what your heart speaks, even if what you really love is thousands of miles away. Speaking from experience, a long distance relationship (LDR) may be hard at first but you will have to conquer the obstacles together.

Both of you shall be willing to give up your time and effort to keep the relationship alive. If you survive the distance…your relationship can survive anything.

1. LDRs ARE MORE COMMON THAN YOU THINK

You are not alone. A study by Cornell University showed that between a quarter and a half of college students are currently in a long distance relationship. Surely, being in a LDR while in your 20s will help you find yourself without being defined by anybody else. 

If you are new to the scene and you feel uneasy…get the support you need from your family, friends, or online forums. LDRs are present in all walks of life so do not fret.

Psychology, Children, And Art: 5 Benefits of Art Therapy on Children

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 By: Anna Agoncillo


What is Art Therapy?

According to American Art Therapy Association (2014): "Art therapy is a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages." 
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Art therapy has been proven to improve the well being of individuals by using various mediums such as painting, sculpting, singing, and drawing. Art therapy is especially beneficial for children since they are naturally more imaginative, artistic, and creative. They can express their feelings more through art than through words. 

In that note here are 5 Benefits of Art Therapy on Children and a bonus recommendation of a Paint-By-Numbers Kit by Paintastic Art Craft that your Children will enjoy. 

1. PROMOTES SELF-EXPRESSION WITH LITTLE TO NO BOUNDS

Art therapy is a one of a kind therapy that can be used in counseling or diagnosis because of its creative nature that has little to no bounds. It allows the children to manifest their own feelings and emotions that they might have repressed.

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