Well-being

November 4, 2019

Tips for Learning New Things No Matter How Old We Are

Learning new things is good for our emotional and physiological health.  Novel experiences stimulates the release of the chemical dopamine, and causes the brain to build connections among neurons. This is important as we age, for we can replace and activate some connections that we lose over time. The brain […]
November 4, 2019

Be and Ally and Speak Up for What is Right

Amanda and I wrote The Kindness Advantage, in part to help families positively address the increase in disrespectful and bullying behavior. Bullying can be physical or emotional and can occur at any stage of our life.   Too many of us choose to do nothing when they see or hear […]
October 2, 2019

Lessons Learned by Observing Olive Trees

Recently I visited Greece and was mesmerized by the amazing shapes and the knots formed over time in the olive trees. People have been cultivating olive trees for thousands of years BCE. As I walked through (and travelled beside) multiple groves I saw them as a metaphor for parenting and […]
September 24, 2019

Tips for Turning to Nature to Nurture Ourselves

Spending mindful time in nature is beneficial for our body and soul. We spend our time increasingly indoors, especially if we live in urban areas.  Yet, we are meant to be connected to the natural world, taking in nature through our senses. Seek opportunities to take time out, slow down, […]
July 30, 2019

Creating Your Own Healing Sanctuary

When we face an illness, surgery, or a lengthy recovery period, we facilitate the healing process by creating a healing sanctuary for ourselves.  A peaceful environment that gives us the opportunity to experience a state of peace and tranquility will promote essential self healing.   This gives us an opportunity […]
June 28, 2019

Tips for Carrying On when Things Don’t Go as Planned

Regardless of how much planning we do, sometimes our plan gets sidetracked. Something or someone interferes.  We may be working toward a particular goal and find obstacles that move the goalpost further away.  As an old adage reminds us: Man Plans, and God Laughs. When plans don’t go our way, […]
May 31, 2019

Tips to Aid our Sleep

Lately, I am hearing more and more about people not being able to sleep well, sleep through the night, get to sleep, stay asleep, or get back to sleep.  Adequate sleep has been linked to healthier brain function, (cognition, memory, learning, and concentration), immune function, restoration of damaged tissue, flushing […]
May 31, 2019

Comfort Zones

Virtually every day, I get some reminder about how much better it would be for me (and others) if I were to venture outside of my comfort zone. There are countless articles on the benefits to our health, attitude, and personal growth, and this offers motivation to take action. Take […]
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 […]