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What are your thoughts as you witness another school year coming to a close? Has the year been everything you’d hope it could be? What changes would you consider? Ideas to improve school culture To ensure that the school atmosphere is one that encourages not only academic success, but also stresses social-emotional growth, consider the positive results that such an emphasis would create. Having an attitude of perseverance and grit …

You’ve reached the point where you can admit you have a problem — and that you want to get better. There have been too many blackouts, fights, lost money, and really bad decisions. You are finally ready to come clean. But there’s a reason they call this an addiction, not a hobby. Getting past substance abuse can be very difficult. There are physical addictions, psychological addictions, friends as enablers, and …

Some days I’m just tired. I can’t seem to find the energy to exercise, cook, chat, or tackle any of the zillion and one things I could, or should, be accomplishing. But, rather than forcing myself out of my funk, which is sometimes necessary, I might decide to just go with the feeling…and have a personal meditation retreat day. Whether indoors or out, I can meditate for extended periods of …

Shawn Achor, a well-known Harvard lecturer, happiness researcher, and TedX speaker, says we’ve got it all wrong. Typically, the world seems to hold as true the notion that our reality shapes us; what we’ve achieved or have determines our levels of happiness. But, according to Achor, this isn’t true. Rather than our reality shaping us, it’s the lens through which we view our reality that really has an impact on …

I get it. I, too, would love to spare my children adversity, unpleasantness, or failure of any kind. (And, mind you, this statement is coming from a woman whose children are all adults, some with children of their own!) Yet, when I stop and really give these feelings adequate time and contemplation, I must accept the fact that, were I to follow through on these urges, it would be to …

Have you ever experienced one of those things that was just kizmet? It was just meant to be? Walking back to my car after attending a speaking event, I encountered a woman who, as often happens to me, was searching for her car. Hmmm, now where was it that I parked???? I must admit, my first thought upon encountering another female in a fairly dark parking garage was “Thank goodness; …

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Music moves me. It’s able to change my moods from feeling sad to happy, hopeless to hopeful, and totally lost to empowered and ready to set the world on fire. So, it’s little wonder that when I heard the song, You Will be Found, from the Dear Evan Hansen Broadway play, it was like a lightening bolt through my heart. You …

I’m not very good with small talk. I remember watching someone at work who always seemed to be chatting up a storm with anyone and everyone, hoping I’d learn a few tips that I could use myself. Strategies to make it easier to engage myself in conversation with others. And, then, at other times, I find myself able to talk away, with no hesitation involved! What makes some situations so …

I love to do the New York Times crossword puzzle every morning. And I’m getting better at them…yeah, me! But one of the clues in today’s puzzle let me know that my personal and professional worlds are colliding. Actually, they already had; after all, I take myself with me wherever I go, but when the answer to a crossword puzzle clue is AMYGDALA…well, no further proof is necessary. AMYGDALA is …

How often are your conversations focused around the “good” stuff? Doing good deeds formally, or informally, with an organization? Going out of your way to help the less fortunate? Doing something toward your own self-care? Every so often news programs present a feature, or series, that highlight the positives. And that does bring attention to the activity. But, what if we went one step further and combined the desire to …