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Sara Debbie Gutfreund

Sara Debbie Gutfreund received her BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania and her MA in Family Therapy from the University of North Texas. She has taught parenting classes and self-development seminars and provided adolescent counseling. She writes extensively for many online publications and in published anthologies of Jewish women's writing. She and her husband spent 14 wonderful years raising their five children in Israel, and now live in Blue Ridge Estates in Waterbury, Connecticut, where Sara Debbie enjoys skiing and running in her free time.

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Six ways to feel gratitude every day. Try them; they really work!


Five Ways to Improve Your Emotional Fitness

Five Ways to Improve Your Emotional Fitness

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Practical tips on how to transform your emotions and live a happier life.


Six Steps to Facing Your Fears

Six Steps to Facing Your Fears

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Because the only way to create a life of growth and significance is by taking risks.


Seven Ways to Make Your Thoughts More Empowering

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How to bring more positivity and optimism into your day.


Ten Ways to Improve Your Marriage without Your Spouse Even Knowing

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Change your relationship by changing yourself.


The 6 High Performance Habits that Make People Extraordinary

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All successful people share six common, consistent habits regardless of their area of expertise. Everyone can emulate them.


A Shelter of Belonging: How the Sukkah Can Connect Us to Each Other

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Open to the stars, we are able to see beyond the walls that divide.


The Five Ways We Mess Up an Apology

The Five Ways We Mess Up an Apology

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How to ask for forgiveness the right way.


8 Things I’m Letting Go before Rosh Hashanah

8 Things I’m Letting Go before Rosh Hashanah

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Because we can’t start anew until we stop what we’re doing.


Spiritual Deficiency Syndrome and What You Can Do About It

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Take this important annual spiritual checkup before Rosh Hashanah.


Make Your Bed: Change Your Life and Maybe the World

Make Your Bed: Change Your Life and Maybe the...

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9 lessons from Admiral McRaven’s best-selling book.


Taylor Swift’s New Song as a Jewish Guide to Forgiveness

Taylor Swift’s New Song as a Jewish Guide to...

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Look what you made me do and three other common obstacles to forgiveness.


4 Ways to Control Your Emotions

4 Ways to Control Your Emotions

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Our feelings do not need to define us or dictate our actions.


Elul and the Solar Eclipse: Removing the Blocks to Find Meaning

Elul and the Solar Eclipse: Removing the Blocks to...

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Three steps to embrace the ever-present meaning in our lives.


How My Parents’ Divorce Impacted My Marriage

How My Parents’ Divorce Impacted My Marriage

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My difficult childhood is making my marriage stronger.


Sheryl Sandberg, Tisha B’Av & How to Transform Loss into Resilience

Sheryl Sandberg, Tisha B’Av & How to Transform...

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Keeping the memory of a loved one alive.


Ten Signs You’re Ready for Marriage

Ten Signs You’re Ready for Marriage

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It has far less to do with age than it does with being emotionally ready for a lifelong commitment.


My 30-Day No Complaining Challenge

My 30-Day No Complaining Challenge

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It was way harder than I thought. Here are my three main lessons.


Overcoming Loss through Reconnection

Overcoming Loss through Reconnection

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Now is the time to feel a relentless responsibility to create meaning in our lives and reconnect to what really matters.


Seven Daily Habits of Success

Seven Daily Habits of Success

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Change your routine, change your life.


How to Become a Better Learner

How to Become a Better Learner

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Jim Kwik’s transformative ideas to increase your brain power.


Four Priceless Gifts for Father’s Day

Four Priceless Gifts for Father’s Day

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An open letter to my dad.


13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

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The necessary habits for attaining success.


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Delayed by the Nazis, Harold Katz is the first person to read from the Torah Scroll he has dedicated.


Learning to Receive

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Sometimes it takes more courage to receive than to give.


Dear Guilt: A Mother’s Day Letter Every Mother Needs to Read

Dear Guilt: A Mother’s Day Letter Every Mother...

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Ever since my first child was born you’ve been undermining my confidence. Enough is enough.


Embracing Change in Marriage

Embracing Change in Marriage

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How my husband and I learned to stop being scared of change in our relationship.


Falling in Love with Israel

Falling in Love with Israel

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4 personal reasons why I’m grateful for Israel.


An Open Letter to Israeli Soldiers

An Open Letter to Israeli Soldiers

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My heartfelt tribute to the dedicated and brave soldiers who defend our people.


Seven Things to be Grateful for at the Seder

Seven Things to be Grateful for at the Seder

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Especially the handprint on the fridge.


The One Thing We Need to Be Happier

The One Thing We Need to Be Happier

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And the three myths that prevent us from attaining it.


My Epic Run in the Blizzard of 2017

My Epic Run in the Blizzard of 2017

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Because every moment is a chance to grow.


The Five Second Rule for Spiritual Transformation

The Five Second Rule for Spiritual Transformation

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It only takes five seconds to change your life.


Queen Esther: Five Lessons in Personal Transformation

Queen Esther: Five Lessons in Personal...

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Queen Esther shows us how to overcome our obstacles and move forward, despite our fears.


How to Connect Better with Your Children

How to Connect Better with Your Children

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Ask yourself these six questions.


Seven Common Myths about Marriage

Seven Common Myths about Marriage

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These unrealistic expectations can wreak havoc in your marriage.


Marshall’s Mid-Life Crisis

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Top five lessons from a quora post that went viral.


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Warren Buffett’s Gems of Wisdom

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Want to know what’s in Warren Buffet’s daily planner?


Super Bowl 2017: Meet the Two Jewish Owners

Super Bowl 2017: Meet the Two Jewish Owners

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They both know the importance of being a mensch on and off the field.


Steven Spielberg’s Jewish Roots

Steven Spielberg’s Jewish Roots

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“Because I am proud of being Jewish, I am worried by the growing anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in the world.”


Knocked Out by the Flu

Knocked Out by the Flu

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Unable to get up from my bed I was forced to face the uncomfortable truth: I am not in control.


The Power of Gazing at the Stars

The Power of Gazing at the Stars

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In a miff? Sometimes all you have to do is look up.


Appreciating the Gift of Being Jewish

Appreciating the Gift of Being Jewish

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Four questions to ask yourself.


Jewish Grit and Hanukkah

Jewish Grit and Hanukkah

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The incredible power of adding one consistent light at a time.


Mindset: Ten Transformative Quotes on Teaching Children to Grow

Mindset: Ten Transformative Quotes on Teaching...

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How to instill real confidence and embrace failure as part of the learning process.


Seeing Beyond Our Fears

Seeing Beyond Our Fears

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When Isaac Lidsky went blind, he faced down his fears and created a new vision for his life.


Awesome Jars: A Transformational Tool for your Family

Awesome Jars: A Transformational Tool for your...

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Instilling the art of acknowledging the good into your home.


Six Questions to Empower Yourself

Six Questions to Empower Yourself

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A tool to help you stop blaming and take personal responsibility for your life.


10 Quotes on Cultivating Gratitude

10 Quotes on Cultivating Gratitude

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Just for today I am going to recognize the light instead of the dark, the love instead of the hate.


18 Lessons I’ve Learned Training for the NYC Marathon

18 Lessons I’ve Learned Training for the NYC...

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My grueling workouts have shown me how to surpass my internal limitations.