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…

Before & After Shots…

My teenage daughter just reached a new milestone of happiness that had previously approached such heights only when her Language Arts teacher got sick on test day. Of course the circumstance that brought her such joy can be understood by anyone who’s had his or her mouth in a cast for an extended period of…

Turn Around (Part II)…

Yesterday I shared a few thoughts about changing behaviors using four simple steps: Recognize why you want to/need to make a change. Acknowledge the consequences of not changing. Accept help for making change occur. Don’t set yourself up to step backwards. Today I want to add a final one: Help others find their way. Okay,…

Calling People of Compassion…

Not long ago, whenever a coworker, friend, neighbor or family member came to me when they were doing some fund-raising activity, I opened up my checkbook. I ended up with a freezer full of cookies from the Girl Scouts and popcorn from the Boy Scouts. And I have a t-shirt collection from the March of…

The Gift That Keeps On Giving…

Longfellow wrote, Into each life a little rain must fall. When rain falls into your life, what do you do? Do you complain and change nothing? Or do you learn what you can, purposing to thrive and survive? And once you come out the other side, do you look back with passion and compassion to…

Don’t Wait to Rewind!

Have you ever been in a situation when you wish you could hit rewind? Maybe it’s something you said, or something you did that you’d love to retract. Or perhaps you wish you had responded in a different way to what someone else said or did. Last Friday, I was speaking to a group of…