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Some people think of a gift as something one receives for a birthday, or anniversary. While I can agree that this is the case, I find I have begun to place additional value on the more standard occurrences that are included within my daily experiences, and I consider myself quite fortunate that they are there. I love looking at my back yard, and can barely contain my thanks for the …

We all do it, even though the it is different for each of us. Some people love to exercise, yet I will drive in circles, literally, trying to think of a reason not to show up for a yoga class until it’s so late I just couldn’t possibly go anyway. After all, I wouldn’t want to interrupt the serious exercise people! I know that overeating desserts and other sweets isn’t …

  Do these lines from songs stir up any memories for you? If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands. Or how about Pharrell’s Clap along if you feel that happiness is the truth. Until the late 1990s, very little had actually been researched about happiness. The focus was only on the negative; what was wrong with people and how to treat their problems. Addictions, Anger, Anxiety and …

Our emotions are always with us. Reacting to our thoughts, our encounters and everything around us, often our emotions seem to have a life of their own. When confronted with something we find unpleasant or unkind, we may politely smile, rant and rave, scream and cry, or simply walk away. As Zig Ziglar once said, It’s not what happens to you that matters. It’s how you respond to what happens …

See Jane run. From my early days of learning to read, Dick, Jane, and Spot always seemed to be up to something. Running here and there. Socializing. Problem solving. Saying Please and Thank you. Dick and Jane didn’t just teach us the words; they modeled how to behave in polite society. In today’s world, we find things are much the same and, yet, they are very different. Back in the …

Ahhhhh, summer break! School’s out for kids, educators might be able to take some time off from their jobs, or at least have a modified schedule without as many of the kids in the building, and lots of families will try to take some sort of vacation. Whether a stay-cation or a trip to some exotic location, give yourself the gift that keeps on giving: real time away from work. …

When I put my house in order, I discovered what I really waned to do. Marie Kondo’s book, the life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing, offers this quote as proof of a side benefit to cleaning up one’s home. After following the cleaning process of focusing by category, rather than simply going room-by-room, Kondo says she notices a surprising change to the clients’ outlooks …

How often have you thought that the gifts you bring to this world weren’t so special? That any number of people could have filled the space you hold? It’s a Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed reminded all of us that we each hold important places in this world of ours. Like rings spreading from a drop of water, the impact may lessen over time, but the effect …

The dictionary defines roadblock as a barrier or barricade on a road, especially one set up by the authorities to stop and examine traffic. While that may be accurate in the true sense of the word, it is also something imaginary that we set up ourselves. How many times have you told yourself “No, that’s probably not a good idea.” Or, “No, people might talk about that.” Or, even, “No, …

  UT Dallas’ Center for BrainHealth has lots of news for us to absorb. First: We start to see cognitive decline during the 40s because we accept mental slippage and boredom in our life and work. Rediscover and reflect on your passion to make sure it is integral to your brain activities. They have also told us: For people in their 50s, we tend to put our brain on automatic pilot …