The best "life-changing" books to give as gifts

My friend Tiffany asked this question to the interwebs:

"What is the best book you ever received as a gift or bought for yourself? Not a beach read, but one of those page turners that changed and/or improved your life."

And the interwebs responded, and I thought I'd slurp them all up and deliver this comprehensive list of life-changing books to give as gifts. I'll go first…

How full-time RV-ing is helping me learn to be flexible

I am a type A person. On good days, these traits make me organized and on top of things. On bad days, they make me controlling and unable to cope well with change. Usually, that means planning my life in a way that it is more-or-less predictable. In part, hitting the road was part of a plan to gently push myself towards being okay with the unfamiliar. Here's how full-time RV-ing has helped me learn to be flexible…

The 3 tricks to staying positive in a negative world

It's so easy to be discontent with our bodies, our possessions, our lives; stepping back and realizing exactly how many amazing positives there are in each and every one of our lives is a huge step toward having a healthy mind and a happy life.

Here's how I do it…

How I faced my fear of the dentist: If it works for me (and cats) it can work for you

I'm not just afraid of the dentist. More accurately, I have a "shut down completely, cry when I even THINK about going, prescription drugs are not enough to calm me, once made a dentist too upset to continue working on my mouth, trauma response-level" fear of the dentist. Until this past year, I hadn't been to the dentist in almost 10 years!

I was recently talking to a friend, who also has a fear of the dentist, and she asked how I conquered my fear and went to the dentist, not once but THREE times this past year. My answer was that I did NOT conquer my fear, but I did do this…

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Locate and log your joy: How tracking positivity can help with depression

From therapy I learned how powerful positive self-talk and mantras can be, but only if they are a constant part of your self-care routine. I already kept a journal to help let go of my haphazard thoughts, so I decided to add a few sentences each day to document the positive parts of my day. Ultimately, finding the positive in every day wasn't as easy as I had anticipated, but I pushed through and gained both a powerful new perspective on my life and some solid coping mechanisms that I could put into place…