You Need This Japanese Word: Ikigai

Koh-nee-chee-wah, readers!  That’s Japanese for “Hello.” The English language is full of Japanese words, like emoji, tsunami, karaoke, haiku, koi, tofu and, of course, sushi. But my favorite Japanese word is ikigai, and that’s the topic of today’s blog. The English language doesn’t have a word for ikigai, but it roughly means, “your reason for…

We Are ALL Snowflakes!

Snowflakes exist in every generation, gender, and political party. You are one of them, and so am I. If you have found yourself offended, here are 3 tips…

Wearing My Birthday Suit at Work

I’ve learned that clothes can be stained and crotches can blow out from the end of the zipper to the top of the waistband. So now I just wear my birthday suit at work. And it’s paid off in a HUGE way!

Boosting My Humanity Quotient

Until moments ago, I thought I had coined the phrase Humanity Quotient. But apparently, the phrase is already in common use. Instead of rehashing what others have shared, I want to share my own personal lessons on how to increase my connection with the world around me. Meaningful Connection Begins with Intentional Disconnection All day…

3 Practices of Happy People

How do people become and stay happy—whether or not they have external trappings of what we might consider success? Here are three things happy people do differently…

One at a Time…Right Now

While running this morning, it dawned on me how much time I waste discouraged about yesterdays and worried about tomorrows. Am I the only one who does this?

Be the Light…

Karen asked herself, “What can I do today to create the kind of world that I want to live in?” Then she rescued a dog named Angel…

Quit Stalling: How to Stop Procrastinating

Call it procrastination or work-avoidance. We all have some form of it. I offer 5 TIPS as a former, world-class procrastinator on how to quit stalling and start getting things done NOW…

Thinking About Doing Vs. Doing

As a kid, I hated the very thought of taking a bath. I would stonewall and avoid getting into the tub for as long as I could. But I’ve since learned that thinking about doing something is way more exhausting than actually doing it.

Europeans Live Longer. Why?

Europeans smoke more, drink more, and consume more saturated fats. So it’s only fair that they live longer than Americans. WHAT?! What’s the real reason? I think they do these four things better than us…

Taking Your Dream Vacation

3 TIPS to taking a dream vacation. And in case this doesn’t jump out at you, the same tips apply to building happiness the other 50 weeks of the year.