Category Archives: Happiness


Crying For All the Right Reasons

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My dog is an adorable seventy-five pound Goldendoodle named Ginger. She's full of energy and love and my family adores her. Ginger cries every single day. Not because she's sad […]



Freedom to Choose

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One of my favorite books is Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. It's a must read. Frankl posits the concept that between a stimulus in our environment and our response […]



Herman Munster and the Fear Factor

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As I’ve written about previously, I’ve spent a number of years nursing a painful back injury. When I first hurt myself, the pain was so intense and horrible that I […]



Keep Feeling and Keep Breathing

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A few months ago, I resumed a yoga practice that I’m just now starting to enjoy. Yoga is hard, yet it is also life affirming and growth producing. Some days […]



The Women’s Happiness Equality Challenge

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“If my kids are happy, I’m happy.” “If my partner is happy, I’m happy.” “If my boss is happy, I’m happy.” Etc. These are the words that I hear from […]



I’ve Been Me For A Long Time

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Recently, I was talking to a client about how much trouble she was having with making permanent changes in her life and she said, “I’ve been me for a long […]



Table for One

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Ten years ago, I was invited to New York to lead a training class for the American Management Association. I had three school-aged children at that time and I’d been […]



When Your Team Loses

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It’s a few weeks after the monumental World Series win by the Chicago Cubs. I’m a lifelong Chicagoan who has lived through year after year of Cubbies losing. It was […]



Some Thanksgiving Musings on Doing Gratitude

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What if we are doing this gratitude thing all wrong? Here’s how I hear people doing gratitude: “It’s too bad your basement flooded, but you should just be grateful that […]



Owning Your Life – Joy’s Story

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Recently my friend, Joy, told me this story. Joy was working sixty plus hours a week doing work that she loved, but not getting paid what she deserved and certainly […]