Relationships

April 30, 2019

Celebrating Memories of Cherished Friends and Family

Not long ago I lost a friend. And then another. And then…another. Still shaken by these losses, I was informed that a cousin had died. It was quite a five-day streak. The impact of this news left me so full of fear that I would receive more news of a […]
April 1, 2019

Tips about Apologies

A close friend told me about an experience she had after she worked up the courage to ask someone for an apology for something he had done that had been disrespectful and painful. The event happened years before. She tried to talk to him about it soon after, but he […]
April 1, 2019

Sparkle and Glitter

“Nana, can we do manicures?” asked my six-year-old granddaughter. “Sure,” I replied, “but I’m not sure I have the color you like.” I’ve used the same color (which many would argue is a non-color) for the last 30 years, even as various shades of blue, black, grey, purple, pink, red, […]
March 4, 2019

Tips about The Value of Kindness at Work

“Getting paid” is the fulfillment of an employee/employer contract. The employee works; the employer pays. For some that is enough. However, we know that saying “thank you” or “great job” to someone is important. Recognition by a supervisor or a peer has a positive impact on both the person extending […]
March 4, 2019

Acknowledging the Kindness of Others

What happens when we acknowledge another’s kindness? What happens when we contemplate those acts or experiences for which we feel grateful?   We feel good!   We experience benefits to our health when we write a letter of gratitude to someone who helped us in our life.   Delivering that letter […]
January 3, 2019

Tips for Practicing Kindness and Compassion with People Whose Choices Disturb You.

  There are some situations that cause affective changes, resulting in our change of mood. We may experience sadness, disappointment, depression, anger, anxiety, threat, and/or impatience.  When we analyze how we feel, we realize our emotional downswings are directly related to someone we love:  a relative, or a close friend. […]
November 1, 2018

Tips for Participating in a Letter-Writing Campaign to Others

Many people have been placed in detention centers or tent cities, feeling alone and isolated. Various organizations are engaged with nonprofits that focus on the well being of detainees and partner to write monthly letters. This idea has its roots in letter writing efforts to people in the military as […]
November 1, 2018

Friendships

I had a conversation with women, many of whom are recent transplants to a new town. We shared what it’s like and what it takes to make friendships when you are new to a community. I realized how valuable it would be to open up this topic in this forum. […]
September 27, 2018

Tips for Raising Resilient Kids

We can help our children along successful life paths by encouraging their achievement from a sense of purpose rather than a sense of obligation or a fear of disappointment.  We can emphasize their unique talents and promise. Ideally, we want them to feel good about their authentic selves as they […]
September 27, 2018

Things Evolve

  Allow things to evolve.  As many of you know (and thank you for your support during this process), my niece and I recently finished writing a book. It is a book about kindness. It did not start out to be a book about kindness. It evolved into a book […]