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…

First World Problems: The 4 Emotions of a Power Outage

Did you know that on any given day in America that a tornado, flood, fire, freak accident, hurricane, ice storm, or sinkhole knocks out the power to thousands of people? Even more disturbing, did you know that 1/4 of the Earth doesn’t know the annoyance or bitterness of losing power, because they’ve never had power or running water?

Comparison Kills Contentment

This morning, I saw a fit-looking man as I headed into the barbell area at the gym, and I subtly checked out how much weight he was using for his workout. God help me, and I know what I’m about to say sounds stupid and superficial, but I felt a little superior when I saw that I was lifting much more than this fit-looking young man –That is until I saw the guy behind him, a guy who could not have weighed more than 130 pounds fully dressed and wet, and that skinny, scrawny kid, who appeared to be all hair and bones, was out-lifting me. Do you know what happened to my contentment level at that moment? PFFFFFT!

The Perspective on SWOOSH!

In 1971, a graphic design student at Portland State University named Carolyn Davidson met then-accounting teacher/entrepreneur Phil Knight who asked Davidson to do some freelance design work for his company, Blue Ribbon Sports. That same year, Knight introduced a new soccer cleat called the Nike. Knight challenged Davidson to design a logo for the shoe,…

Fantasy vs. Reality

I’ve never been a fan of superheroes. Even as a kid, the concept of a superhero—or a super villain, for that matter—struck me as implausible and super silly. I mean, who could believe that stuff? I knew that I was far from invincible, as were the rest of the people in my life. What good…

Teaching Children Contentment…

When my daughter was five, she wanted a cat. By the time she was six, she wanted two cats. Her 7th year brought–guess what?–she had the desire for yet another cat. At the time, I thought it was cute that all her heart needed for happiness were a few rodents defecating in a box in…

The Cost of Comparison

I have a problem that I’m too embarrassed to talk about, even with my doctor. I have a condition known as IIS (aka, Inexpensive Import Syndrome), which is similar to its cousin, LMS (Little Man Syndrome). IIS causes the sensation of inferiority whenever I’m in the presence of a superior automobile, and it happens most…

Uncomfortable Yet Content

The other day, my kids were complaining about how hot it is in the house. They’re right. It IS hot. I’m pretty sure I saw a fly on my window drop to the floor, suffering from heat exhaustion. And my cats keep lying spread eagle in front of the box fan which not only cools…