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Cheerfulness is Contagious

As we enter the holiday season, most of us will be spending time with family.  Sometimes it can be challenging to be around family.  Because of that, I wanted to share a story that I learned about Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Ginsberg was asked by a reporter about some of the best advice Read More

The Power of Words

Magicians use the magic word ‘abracadabra’ as they perform their tricks.  I learned recently, thanks to a TedX talk by Andrew Bennett, the origin of the word is Aramaic, and it means what I speak is what I create. Words have power to create or destroy.  This is an invitation to pay attention to the Read More

Here and Now

The Final Countdown is a movie released in 1980.  It is about a modern-day aircraft carrier passing through a time warp to somewhere in the Pacific Ocean on December 6, 1941.  The USS Nimitz is in a position to destroy the entire Japanese fleet headed toward Pearl Harbor and change the course of history.   The Read More

Be Kind.

In my last post, I talked about focusing on the positive and paying attention to the present moment. One way to stay positive is in your actions.  Take time each day to build others up to look for ways to be kind to someone.  Look for ways to do someone a favor. It is easy Read More

Focus on the Positive

You are probably familiar with the Japanese proverb Fall down seven times, stand up eight.  In other words, continue to try.  Too many people give up when success doesn’t come quickly enough.  In her book, Your Journey to Greatness Through Routine, author Michelle Steffes says, “Imagine your success journey as a train. Unless you begin Read More

Take a Breath!

Take a breath! Breathing is an excellent stress relief technique.  Breathing is an automatic process; however, we rarely use our full lung capacity.  When is the last time you took a purposeful breath? Breathing is just one of those things we don’t think about, and for good reason! If we had to remember to breathe, Read More

A Laugh a Day Will Keep the Doctor Away

A laugh a day will keep the doctor away.  Yes, I know this is a modification of the old saying “an apple a day…” Laughter, though, has many health benefits! It relaxes the whole body, boosts the immune system, protects the heart, burns calories, and helps you live longer. Laughter also plays a key part Read More

Attitude is Everything

With only a few days left in the year, our thoughts turn to what can we can do differently in the next year to improve. However irritating you may find the phrase ‘attitude is everything’, it is SO important to remember if you’re determined to cultivate more positive emotions and experiences in your life. The way we perceive Read More

The Science Behind Gratitude

In my blog post on November 1, you were invited to participate in a gratitude challenge. I know many of you started, and I hope you all finished the challenge and feel better as a result.  Neuroscientists have discovered that practicing gratitude releases the happiness hormone called oxytocin. Oxytocin is nicknamed the “happiness hormone” because Read More