Let’s enjoy all the holidays this year and not stress out!
Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away and then the plethora of December holidays will descend upon us. Already the tireless bombardment from the retail industry has begun. For many people this all equals stress. Stress can ruin what should be a joyous occasion.
The office, church, friends, even your own family…no one is immune.
We often associate gossip as negative. If we are going to be politically correct, we would say that gossip is frowned upon. However, even social scientists are finding that it has some benefits to society. A Stanford study determined that gossip can actually deter selfishness and encourage cooperation. Who knew?
While these benefits are interesting news no one wants to be the topic of such gossip. Gossip has bad connotations. Gossip gone too far can turn into bullying and become a detriment to any environment. Gossip has a huge ICK factor.
However, there is a way to turn gossip upside down.
[I’ve discussed this topic before but it keeps popping up everywhere in conversation so I am addressing it again and expanding some different aspects of i.t]
People are looking for purpose in their lives. I hear many of them say that they wish to make a difference in the world. Many times they say it as if they can’t. Or that whatever they do has to be of epic proportions. Or as if it is something they aren’t ready for just quite yet.
Chances are if everyone took a look at who made a difference in their life, or looked at the people around them, those that have done the most good are not the people who are labeled heroes. They aren’t famous. They aren’t considered the movers and the shakers. They’re just an average Jane or Joe living their life and treating others as if they matter.Continue reading →
This week I had the unfortunate circumstances that required I write a eulogy for my father. I actually volunteered and even though it was something I wanted to do, it was hard and wrenching. It was also cathartic and healing.
Then once I wrote it I had to deliver it. That was no less wrenching or cathartic than writing it.
I thought it might be a good idea to share how I actually got it done without having a nervous breakdown. Maybe this advice could help someone in the future.Continue reading →
Being generous is the natural side effect of living a happy and fulfilled life. It is also the antidote for when we feel lost or blue. It can take our focus off ourselves and make us pay attention to the world around us. It serves both us and the receivers of our generosity. It is empowering.
Many times people equate giving with cash. If you have the means, then go ahead and share but what if you don’t? While monetary philanthropy is important, it is a narrow way to be generous. There are many other ways to share with others.
Back in March, I had what I would call a near death experience.
I think I can call it a near death experience even though I didn’t hover over my own body, my heart didn’t stop, and there was no white light or anyone from the other side.
I actually remember almost none of it and am going on the stories that were relayed to me. There was a life flight, a chest tube, and the card on the flowers that my daughter gave me that said, “Mom, thanks for not dying!” All this evidence points me to the conclusion that it was, indeed, a near death experience.Continue reading →
High school seniors all over the country are relieved. And rejoicing. And celebrating. We will join in the merriment. Then there will be those among us who will, without malice or awareness, put a damper on it. Simply with the words that come out of their mouths.
Everyone should think carefully before they speak.
Instant gratification is sexier than delayed gratification. It’s decadent, indulgent, and it’s dopamine releasing. That means we get a rush (cue James Brown). Sadly, instant gratification can be a smoke screen and hurdle keeping us from the things we want the most.
Delayed gratification is by far the most reliable road to success. Yet we have become accustomed to fast and easy. We all want the most with the least amount of effort and delayed gratification is none of that.
Let’s face it. Delayed gratification often feels like a sacrifice. Seriously, who doesn’t want to eat that ice cream, buy that bauble, sleep in later, avoid the hard work? Who wants to deny themselves? Who doesn’t want what they want when they want it?
Everyone can spot a huge romantic gesture. It has bells, whistles, applause. It is almost like a theatre show. It looks like a tux or a party dress.
Not everyone sees the small, even tiny, romantic acts and expressions that can total up to be far more important than those big gestures. It presents itself looking more like work boots and a bad hair day. Sometimes we have to train ourselves to notice these things.Continue reading →