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As a teacher, I was once asked to choose a student who was not my favorite; the challenge was to focus on that student for the next month. Every time I saw him, I was to offer some type of greeting that included a reference to anything the student found interesting. Suggested topics included pets, sports or other extracurriculars, a vacation, a special interest, or something positive where you witnessed …

When I first married and experienced “in-law” reality, it was an adjustment, I will readily admit. Who were these people asking questions and giving opinions that I was not used to anyone asking or telling except my parents? And, of course, it soon hit me that this was…normal. As my husband’s parents, they were only asking and telling me things they were entirely used to asking and telling their son. …

Every day hundreds of people, if not more, find themselves floundering; their habitual attitudes, reactions, behaviors, and thoughts get in their own way, and people are typically not even aware that they are helping to create or exacerbate the problems they are experiencing. Often, people place blame for what isn’t going well in their lives on other individuals, circumstances they consider to be beyond their own control, or just plain …

  We all live fast-paced lives and, sometimes, that leads us to a frantic existence, running from one task to another without giving ourselves time to think. We may take care of agenda items that float to the top of our “must do” lists, but are the tasks occupying that spot on the list really the most important? Have you ever taken the time to evaluate the real importance of …

So much to do, and so little time to do it. That’s a saying that held true for many of my life experiences until I decided to replace it with a new one: Begin with the end in mind! Knowing where I’m headed is always helpful. I knew this when I drove a car; I cannot begin to imagine why I didn’t apply the lesson to other parts of my …

The Science of Happiness, a UC Berkley edX distance learning opportunity in which approximately 100,000 people around the world are currently enrolled, enables those in the class to learn about scientific research focusing on topics such as generosity, forgiveness, compassion, and mindfulness. One of the videos presented as a part of the class involved Dr. Philip Zimbardo and the nonprofit organization he founded, The Heroic Imagination Project, that teaches people how …

Who could have possibly imagined that the 1923 song Who’s Sorry Now would one day name the topic of a behavioral and emotional element that has been the subject of extensive research? Forgiveness…something that we all struggle with at one time or another. Someone does something, or says something. You are hurt beyond words. Embarrassed. Sometimes we want revenge; other times we just want to crawl under a rock and never …

You’re successful in your business. You’re held in high regard by others as intelligent, capable, and a force with whom to be reckoned. Yet, in the middle of the night or during the day, the thought comes to you: What if they realize I’m a fake? What if they realize I’m not that (you fill in the blank…smart, talented, capable, witty, whatever). You are one of the many people who …

  Walk into any kindergarten or 1st grade classroom at the beginning of the school year, and you will, at some point, hear teachers telling students, ” I am here to help you. If you have a problem, ask me. I will always help you.” It felt good; even now, I know it felt good to hear those words and know someone was always going to be there who I …

We lead busy lives; there’s no doubt about it. And it doesn’t matter if you’re a student in the lower grades, college or grad school, or already out in the workforce. Regardless, we all have multiple due dates, various obligations tied to family, friends, and organizations, and also need time to take care of ourselves. In addition, we all seem to have those last minute events that pop up when …