About the Author


Debbie Gutfreund

Debbie Gutfreund holds a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania and a MA in Family Therapy from the University of North Texas. She currently lives in Connecticut with her husband and children.


Genius Is Born and 6 Other Lies about Learning

Jim Kwik's 7 common lies that limit our ability to learn and reach our potential.

Five Ways to Build Your Gratitude Muscles

This has never been more important than it is now when so much seems to be going wrong in the world and in our lives.

6 Questions to Empower Yourself

Feeling stuck? Here's your way out.

Fractured Families: Forgiveness and Healing

Family rifts are extremely painful. Reconciling is a real possibility.

Yes to Life In Spite of Everything: Viktor Frankl’s Re-Discovered Manuscript

Four crucial ideas from this poignant masterpiece of writing.

3 Ways Covid-19 Changed My Life

I don’t know how or when the pandemic will end, but I know that the miracle of life is now.

Running Uphill

Sometimes running uphill is the only way to see the view.

My Thoughts of Life and Death on Yom HaShoah

Coronavirus has me thinking a lot about death. And life.

Courage and Faith: Tibor Rubin's Incredible Heroism

An anti-Semitic sergeant couldn’t stop a Holocaust survivor who heroically served in the US Army from getting his Medal of Honor.

Five Habits of Happy People

How to train your mind to be positive.

8 Things I Wish I Knew at My Graduation

Practical wisdom for life, whether you’re just graduating or not.

Freedom: Seven Empowering Beliefs

Set yourself free this Passover.

Four Primary Excuses that Hold Us Back

You have more time and talent than you think!

Hanukkah and Jewish Grit

Spiritual victories are built on consistent, daily efforts that bear witness to our commitment and faith.

Sukkot: Living Under the Stars

Kyle Maynard’s courage to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, despite having no hands or feet, encapsulates the mindset of the sukkah.

Thanksgiving Should Not Be Only Once a Year

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

Five Ways to Improve Your Emotional Fitness

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

Six Steps to Facing Your Fears

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

Seven Ways to Make Your Thoughts More Empowering

How to bring more positivity and optimism into your day.

The 6 High Performance Habits that Make People Extraordinary

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

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

The Five Ways We Mess Up an Apology

How to ask for forgiveness the right way.

8 Things I’m Letting Go before Rosh Hashanah

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

Spiritual Deficiency Syndrome and What You Can Do About It

Take this important annual spiritual checkup before Rosh Hashanah.

Make Your Bed: Change Your Life and Maybe the World

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

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

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

4 Ways to Control Your Emotions

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

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

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

How My Parents’ Divorce Impacted My Marriage

My difficult childhood is making my marriage stronger.

Ten Signs You’re Ready for Marriage

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

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

Overcoming Loss through Reconnection

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

Change your routine, change your life.

How to Become a Better Learner

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

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

The necessary habits for attaining success.

Bar Mitzvah of an 89-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor

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

Learning to Receive

Sometimes it takes more courage to receive than to give.

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

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

Embracing Change in Marriage

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

Falling in Love with Israel

4 personal reasons why I’m grateful for Israel.

An Open Letter to Israeli Soldiers

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

Seven Things to be Grateful for at the Seder

Especially the handprint on the fridge.

The One Thing We Need to Be Happier

And the three myths that prevent us from attaining it.

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