Category Archives: Gratitude

Meeting A Woman On A Mission: Arianna Huffington

Two weeks ago, I shook hands with Arianna Huffington. I don’t get very excited about Hollywood stars, but meeting Arianna Huffington was another story.   Meeting her really did get me excited, especially after hearing what she had to say to the crowd at The Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto two weeks…

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Want to move from Dread to Enjoyment? Be inspired by this Story

Is there a part of your work, your home or your community life that you dread on a regular basis? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to shift out of the dread to something more positive… dare we even say, to shift from dread to enjoyment?   Yes, not only would it be wonderful, but it will also…

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Acts of Kindness Elevate Us – Inspiration From Paris

When was the last time you felt that open, warm or glowing feeling in your chest when you witnessed an act of kindness? Positive Psychologist Jonathan Haidt, author of The Happiness Hypothesis, calls this  “elevation” (p. 194). I had the privilege of enjoying and savouring that sensation of elevation a number of times on a…

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Becoming your own best friend (“OBF”)

At one time or another, many of us feel stuck in a rut, wanting to grow into our bigger, better selves, but not knowing how.  This can feel lonely, and scary too, since growing means changing, and changing tends to feel scary more often than not.   We might wonder: “Will people still like me?  Will…

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Appreciating the Power of Gratitude For Greater Happiness – Part 2

So you may have heard, if you read Part 1 (the previous post), that choosing to be grateful  is one of the most powerful ways to boost your happiness.  That’s why I am really dwelling on it here.   Before we dive in and learn more in Part 2, here’s a Burns Family March Break…

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Appreciating the Power of Gratitude for Greater Happiness (Part 1)

Did you know that practicing gratitude regularly is one of the most powerful ways to boost your well-being, especially your happiness?  Contrary to what you might think, happiness fuels success, not the other way around. A few weeks ago, I facilitated a lunch with Scala Network.    I have been enjoying getting to know Christina…

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What Are Your Keystone Habits?

Are you a creature of habit, of carefully crafted rituals and routines meant to help you function at your best? When those habits are not as achievable as usual, do you feel like a fish out of water, struggling to breathe? Does this situation often make you feel stuck and frustrated? I personally answer “yes”…

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Do you know how much of your happiness is actually within your control?

Scientific research has validated what you might have learned from experience or have heard from a wise elder: a large portion of our happiness is within our control and has little to do with our life circumstances.   Science is also showing why happiness should be an important goal for us. My wise grandmother, Mildred…

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Words from the Wise: Marriage and Parenting

Some of you may already have read my earlier post: DD is 100 Years Old Today! What’s her Secret?, about my maternal grandmother, Mildred Maclean (aka, to her grandchildren and many others, “DD”). I wrote it for her 100th birthday on March 8, 2011. She is now 102!   She is slowing down but is…

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Inspiration on the Bunny Hill

When I was a very little girl, age 3, my Dad, Dr. Wilson Rodger, taught me to downhill ski.   I had tiny red wooden skis and a bit of an attitude.   Lucky us: we had a wee but perfect hill for learning to ski a 10 minute ride away – the London Ski…

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