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Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D. is a licensed psychotherapist in S. California, with over 30 years experience in counseling individuals and couples and author of 13 books in 17 languages, including It Ends With You: Grow Up and Out of Dysfunction (New Page); How to Be a Couple and Still Be Free (New Page); The Unofficial Guide to Dating Again (Wiley) and The Real 13th Step: Discovering Self-Confidence, Self-Reliance and Independence Beyond the Twelve Step Programs (New Page); Money, Sex and Kids: Stop Fighting About the Three Things That Can Ruin Your Marriage, The Commuter Marriage, and her newest, Lovestyles: How to Celebrate Your Differences.

She publishes "Happiness Tips from Tina", an e-mail newsletter, and the "Dr. Romance Blog." Online, she is "Dr. Romance" with columns at, and Yahoo Personals, as well as a Redbook Love Network expert. Dr. Tessina guests frequently on radio, and such TV shows as "Oprah", "Larry King Live" and ABC News. She tweets @tinatessina and is on Facebook at and 

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Today’s Brilliance from Tina Tessina

America's founding fathers were wise to embed the "A pursuit of happiness" in the DNA of the country - in the Preamble to the Constitution. It was a profoundly new idea that changed the world. Clients tell me, "I want to be happy!" and I show them how thoughts affect mood. How you relate to yourself can lift or dampen your spirits. Happy people have an easier life, bounce back from problems, and generate love. Research demonstrates we are hard wired to focus on problems, which creates physically and emotionally damaging stress. As we learn to focus on gratitude, the…

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