We were made to thrive.

Unless someone is going through a major life tragedy, I rarely, if ever, lean in and listen to someone’s day-to-day hassles.

Instead, I choose to give energy to their strengths not their struggles. To their light not their shadows. To their purpose not their pain.


Because I know deep down in my heart that each challenge makes us stronger, each failure makes us wiser, and each daily stressor reminds us that we are alive!

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  1. Excellent advice.. and by doing so you are contributing to their positive energies.. I meant to say I visited a few days ago and meant to come back, but got caught up watching your excellent video.. Loved it and the way you interacted with everyone..
    Wishing you a wonderful Sunday and a thriving week .. 🙂

  2. Awesome words Andrea and it is refreshing for us to know you are practicing this in your everyday walk. We are designed to overcome but sometimes we need that person like you to point us in the right direction.

  3. Wonderful and simple way of sharing with others how to be there for someone struggling without sinking ourselves. Thank you, for these words.

      1. Wow. You’re the one of the first people I’ve had contact with to mention HSPs. There is only one other person who understands the energetic aspect and that type of sensitivity. Both of us tend to keep that part of ourselves kinda hidden. One reason I started this blog is to raise awareness of that so people like us don’t have to feel so isolated, ashamed, or crazy.

        1. I soooooo get it! It takes time and a whole lot of self-compassion. But there is no doubt that you are well on your way to seeing your sensitivity as a strength not as a source of shame. Having a good friend who is also an HSP helps tremendously. I honour your gifts Danni. And what better way to showcase them than with your beautiful blog. 💫

          I also wrote a post on the Highly Sensitive People (HSP): https://drandreadinardo.com/2017/05/17/are-you-a-highly-sensitive-person/

  4. Yes! I think that as the listener, I can have a lot of responsibility of how the conversation goes. Its usually best to not let someone get too bogged down in negative feelings! Hope you’re doing well Dr. Andrea :))

    1. “As the listener, I can have a lot of responsibility of how the conversation goes.” Well said Jess! Conversations are a 2-way street. So if you don’t like what you’re hearing – change the rhythm. Body positioning, humour, eye contact, uplifting words, and good vibes can shift a conversation from “Woe is me” to “Wow is me!” in the blink of an eye. And if not…. we always have the option to walk away… 💃💃

  5. Hello Dr Dinardo,
    I love your thoughts and quote in this post to ‘accentuate the positives’. It’s a message well worth us all spreading through our daily attitude to life…
    Thank you for another lovely reminder,
    Di 💐💕

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