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Your Life: Emotional baggage can tie you down

Charlotte Lankard: Emotional baggage lessens your quality of life and takes up so much space in your heart and your head that you have no room for anything new.
BY CHARLOTTE LANKARD Published: May 6, 2013

Dumping that baggage is the work of support groups and sometimes best friends, social workers and the medical community, mental health professionals and priests — all there to help lighten your load.

Lightening your load makes everything better. You will become more present to the people you love, more aware of the good in your days, rediscover happiness and lead a more balanced life.

Charlotte Lankard is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice. Email her at