A Personal Journey Through Loss to Happiness

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new” – Socrates “Change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end” – Robin Sharma Almost a year ago I posted a blog entitled “This Too Will Change.”  After weeks of what seemed like constant... Read more »

Look Inside Others' Book Covers to Boost Happiness

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” ― William Shakespeare “Names and attributes must be accommodated to the essence of things, and not the essence to the names, since things come first and names afterwards.” ― Galileo Galilei Do you ever find yourself defining others... Read more »

For Better or Worse, This Too Will Pass

“If you’re going through hell, keep going!” – Winston Churchill “Thanks to impermanence, anything is possible”  – Thich Nhat Hanh Welcome to this blogger’s terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad couple of weeks. I have faced the passing of a dear relative, being tremendously let down by someone I thought I could forever count on, receiving... Read more »
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But He Started It….Revenge, Forgiveness and Happiness

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama A super PAC questions a candidate’s wife’s potential as a first lady, the candidate reacts with attacks on another candidate’s wife and fidelity, that candidate responds with further insults. Revenge ranting (often in response to... Read more »

Politics (other Controversies) and Hate - the Meerkat Effect

“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. “I hate and love. And why, perhaps you’ll ask.  I don’t know: but I feel, and I’m tormented.”        ― Catullus The full-swing of elections seems to have brought with... Read more »

Winter Doldrums? Say Goodbye to Your Inner Eeyore!

“Better keep yourself clean and bright. You are the window through which you must see the world.” – George Bernard Shaw “In presence, we see the beauty in what was previously unbeautiful.”- Gina Sharpe Are you falling into the winter doldrums? The holidays have passed, football season is over, the novelty of winter has turned... Read more »
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I Wish I Had a Life Like.....: The Dangers of Social Comparison

“Be Who You are, Everyone Else is Taken” – Oscar Wilde” Everyone believes that the main aim in life is to follow a plan. They never ask if that plan is theirs or if it was created by another person. They accumulate experiences, memories, things, other people’s ideas, and it is more than they can... Read more »

Can Happiness Survive Tragedy - Embracing Paris

“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.” ― Jonathan Safran Foer “Sometimes life knocks you on your ass… get up, get up, get up!!! Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.” ― Steve Maraboli Our world can be cruel, harbor evil and bring sadness... Read more »

Turn Down the Chatter, Turn Up Contentment

“I think and think and think, I‘ve thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it.” ― Jonathan Safran Foer I recently noticed a TV show which takes primarily trivial headlines and turns them into pseudo controversial discussions seeking right or wrong judgments by asking “what do you think?”  Clearly the... Read more »
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Why Money Cannot Buy Happiness....and What Can

“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” – Benjamin Franklin   Years ago I reached the “nirvana” point in my life. Married to a wonderful man, had the white picket fenced house, great jobs and the requisite 2.5 children (we rounded up to 3).  The perfect... Read more »