About the Author


Debbie Gutfreund

Debbie Gutfreund is a marriage and family therapist and a writer. She received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and her MA in Family Therapy from the University of North Texas. In her free time, Debbie is a marathon runner and an avid swimmer. She currently lives with her husband and children in Boca Raton, Florida.


The Three Main Passover Symbols: Pesach, Matzah and Maror

The powerful gifts of gratitude, hope and grit.

Running Away from Egypt

How to leave your narrow place and transform your life.

Being Curious About People

4 tips on how to learn from every person.

Live Out of the Box

How to see life’s immense possibilities within the world and within ourselves.

For This Moment

Like Queen Esther, we can channel our pain towards greatness.

Seven Habits for Happiness

Simple, practical tips to increase your happiness today.

Amazing Ideas for Parenting Teens

Love them like you are running out of time, because you are.

Five Habits of Happy People

We can train our minds to be positive just like we can train our bodies to be in shape. Here’s how.

4 Defining Moments of Parenting

Treasuring the gift of our children.

Henry Worsley & Risking It All

The British explorer died attempting to cross the Antarctic unaided. Was it worth it?

Infographic: Grow like the Trees

6 lessons in honor of Tu B’Shvat, the birthday of the trees.

Facing Life’s Big Questions

My daughters are asking questions that Google can’t answer.

7 Ways to Build Your Teens’ Confidence

How you can help your children believe in themselves.

Seven Ways to Turn Goals into Action

Most people abandon their resolutions. Here’s how to ensure you keep them.

Infographic: 5 Expectations to Give Up to be Happy

Life circumstances don’t make us happy. It’s how we view what happens to us that makes us happy.

Living in Israel: Six Lessons

Where the heart of the Jewish people lies, nothing is mundane.

8 Ways to Turn Darkness into Light

This Hanukkah choose to create your own miracles.

Six Ways to Be Patient with Our Children

Parenting is exasperating. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

8 Ways to be More Thankful

This Thanksgiving take the gratitude challenge.

7 Reasons I am Grateful to Be a Jew

Why I am grateful to be a Jew today.

No More Monday Blues

Transform your weekdays with the gifts of Shabbat.

The Spiritual Bystander Effect

The Jewish people needs your prayers.

8 Ways to Bring Inspiration into Each Day

The holidays are over. Here’s how to hold onto the light.

Finding Shelter in a Transient World

Six points to think about as you sit in your sukkah.

Ten Ways to Get Up After We Fall

How to keep trying even when we feel stuck.

5 Things to Do During Your First Year of Marriage

How to work on building your marriage every single day.

But I Haven’t Changed All Year!

4 common thoughts that block change before Rosh Hashanah.

8 Ways to Jumpstart Change

Great quotes to inspire personal transformation.

7 Ways to Worry Less

Don’t worry, be happy. 7 great quotes with photos.

Courage & Faith: Tibor Rubin’s Heroism

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

Infographic: Never Give Up

8 motivating quotes to fire up your day.

Infographic: 8 Ways to Be a Better Parent

Because every parent can use a quick reminder.

Eight Things Women Say and What They Really Mean

A user-friendly guide for men who sometimes have no idea what their wife is really saying.

Six Lessons My Father Taught Me

Life changing values to share with your kids.

Infographic: Seven Warning Signs of Toxic Relationships

If these warning signs sound familiar, distance yourself as much as possible.

Ten Things I Wish I Knew at My Graduation

Print and post on your fridge and read regularly.

Sharing the Gift of Torah

Shavuot reminds me why I’m grateful for having the Torah in my life.

Infographic: Seven Ways to Build Confidence

Never give up hope in yourself and in what you can achieve.

Finding Patience

We were newly married, just moved to Israel and everything was going wrong.

Six Common Mistakes about Change

How to succeed in changing a habit.

Infographic: Six Jewish Strategies for Spiritual Growth

A daily regimen for building your spiritual muscles.

6 Passover Lessons to Impart to Your Children

A letter to my children for the Seder.

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