Category Archives: Well-Being/Happiness

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 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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A Growth Mindset: Why We All Need One

Do you ever feel so tired and frustrated that you are just in survival mode, getting from one day to the next, or even one hour to the next?  When I have felt like this I feel really closed, like I can’t take anything else on. I feel almost brittle – very tight and inflexible….

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Are You Exhausted from Giving? Inspiration from “Give and Take” by Adam Grant

give and take

Do you ever feel exhausted from giving so much to others without considering yourself enough in the equation? If so, you are not alone and this post is really for you. It contains good news! It doesn’t have to be an “either/or” thing – give to others or give to yourself. In fact, a hybrid of…

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Wise words in “Stompa”

Have you ever heard  a song over and over again and enjoyed it at a surface level, and then, for some reason, at some point, you  decide to stop long enough to really listen to it?  That’s what happened to me with Stompa, by Serena Ryder.   On a steamy July morning this summer,  I was listening to…

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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?

Hosta at Blue Sea

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 Maclean…

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