You always have the Power to Change YOU

Do you have things or situations in your life that cause you to go, “ugh!”? I call them Tolerations — things you “put up with” in your life. Because they are often small and invisible, they create stress without your awareness; they drain your energy. Happiness Principle #6 reads: Tolerate Nothing. Continually identify and eliminate all the little “stuff” which …

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14 Life Lessons from a Trip to Italy

Immersion in a foreign culture refreshes the way I view the world. First, the “different-ness” of life in another country or region opens up new awareness; then, my newly expanded lens causes me to review habits and beliefs that were previously “invisible” to me. Through the lens of learning, I share with you my most powerful life lessons from my family’s recent trip to Italy:

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Think beyond what you believe

While some lament how the internet separates, this video shows us how we can be part of something far greater when the internet serves as a means to connect.
This made me smile, and I share it with you in that spirit. I challenge you to think beyond what you believe.

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I've Joined the Cult of Apple!

For years I’ve carried on a good-natured banter with my friends and relatives who belonged to what I called The Cult of Apple. They were far too satisfied with their computing experiences for me to believe it was real.  There had to be a catch, right? I was an Unbeliever. Someone gave me an old iPod Nano, with which I …

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Create Change One Tiny Step at a Time

A moment, take 1: I’m watching my four-month old grandson as he flails his hands about, trying so hard to get his fist into his mouth.  He fails 100% of the time.  He hits his cheek, his forehead, his ears. A moment, take 2: I’m swimming laps in the pool, lost in thought about my day.  I glance at the …

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There's Happiness Under the Snow!

After nearly 8 weeks, our perpetual crust of snow and ice is finally melting. As I walked the path to my office after lunch yesterday, I looked down and saw dozens of tiny crocus petals poking up thru the last thin crust of ice.  They are already an inch high. They made me smile!

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Never Underestimate the Power of Kindness

We don’t always recognize when we are being Kind to another person. Sometimes just offering a smile or a listening ear to someone who’s having a bad day feels so “easy” for us yet has a huge impact for the other. Perhaps the best strategy is to show up, always, with respect and a willingness to be of service.

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What’s Your Favorite Christmas FOOD Memory?

One of my favorite websites just ran a “Christmas Food Memory” contest and –Woohoo! — I received an honorable mention for my entry. It’s about dark chocolate, of course.  I thought I’d share with you & ask about YOUR favorite holiday food memory. Here’s my story: It was the fudge. Oh, god, how I waited for Christmas each year, because …

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