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Cathy Cassani Adams

About Cathy Cassani Adams

The Teacher Needs A Teacher

Cathy Cassani Adams

Early yesterday morning I taught my college students. We talked about how they need to take care of themselves so they can best utilize their skills. In the middle of the day I worked with elementary school students. We talked about how important it is for them to appreciate who they are and make themselves… Continue Reading →

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Believing In Santa

Cathy Cassani Adams

When I was 8 or 9 years old, I remember lying in bed on Christmas Eve thinking about Santa. The funny thing is I wasn’t really envisioning gifts or the way he would get in my house, I was just feeling so, so, good, and everything seemed magical. I always think about that when I… Continue Reading →

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It’s Time To Waste Some Time

Cathy Cassani Adams

Like the rest of the population, I get a rush when I complete tasks and work toward my goals. I have dreams and a vision, and I get excited to move forward and check things off the list. But I simultaneously believe in wasting time.  I actually don’t like that language very much – I… Continue Reading →

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Where Joy Really Comes From

Cathy Cassani Adams

I picked up my daughter from Kindergarten today and she said, “I just feel so like me today…I love feeling like me.” As we walked to the car she held my hand, skipped, and hummed. Today she wore hand-me-down clothes from her sisters, some barrettes she found under her bed, and some bright blue shoes…. Continue Reading →

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Want To Be Happy? Be Happy For Others!

Cathy Cassani Adams

It’s so common it has its own name: Schadenfreude – finding pleasure from the misfortunes of others. And although few will admit to it, it’s a very human experience.  If we see others fail, we feel better about ourselves. This is on full display in our obsession with the entertainment industry (build them up and… Continue Reading →

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Myths About Introverts

Cathy Cassani Adams

“Introvert” tends to bring up an image of a shy person in a corner, or an insecure person at home alone.  But over the years I have learned that introversion isn’t about shyness or insecurity, it’s about where and how you derive your energy. Extroverts tend to get their energy from outside stimulation, and introverts… Continue Reading →

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Needing Approval: The Childhood Wound That Keeps Showing Up!

Cathy Cassani Adams

When we were little, approval was essential for our survival. In our birth family we had to do and say what others deemed appropriate, and we needed approval so our basic needs would be met. Then socially we sought approval to create friendships. Peer relationships made us feel apart of something and connected us to… Continue Reading →

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She Chose Great, And So Do I!

Cathy Cassani Adams

Awhile back, I honestly can’t remember when, I decided to respond to this question, “How are you today?” With this answer: “Great!” Or if not great, maybe wonderful or something along those lines – it’s not even something I think about anymore, it’s become a habit. Is this always true you may ask? Well, here’s how I look… Continue Reading →

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Raising Emotionally Intelligent Boys: Why We Need To Let Our Sons Feel!

Cathy Cassani Adams

My oldest is entering 5th grade next fall, and to me, this is a life milestone, a teetering between childhood and preadolescence. 5th grade is an ideal time to focus on self-understanding, emotional expression, body image and stress reduction (basically everything that we adults are still working on). These discussions are essential as peers become… Continue Reading →

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What Is The Difference Between Happiness And Joy?

Cathy Cassani Adams

Happiness is a gift from a friend or a kiss from a child. Joy is feeling love for someone and noticing when someone loves us. Happiness is a day when things are going really well. Joy is finding a way to laugh when things get too scary, or smiling at someone on the street, even… Continue Reading →

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What Are You Sharing Today?

Cathy Cassani Adams

Does it feel easier to be negative sometimes? Or maybe more normal? It seems more socially acceptable to share all of our problems rather than our joys. Or maybe it feels more comfortable to talk about difficulty rather than awesomeness. Maybe it helps us fit in? Maybe it’s a habit? Not to say that it… Continue Reading →

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Why Do Risk Takers Take Risks?

Cathy Cassani Adams

My definition of risk taker may be different than yours. I don’t jump out of planes. I am not a world traveler. I don’t have any tattoos or piercings (beyond the basic holes in my ears), and for some reason, my wardrobe is filled with a lot of grey and black (I’m working on this… Continue Reading →

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