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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 …

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 …

  There is so much mindfulness meditation can teach us: how to be in touch with our thoughts and feelings; how our thoughts and feelings impact our bodies and actions; strategies to find greater focus and decrease anxiety and stress. Yet, one of the areas I’ve found to be the most beneficial has been the journey of learning along the way. This has not been a simple “open the book …

You’ve heard about all the benefits associated with mindfulness meditation. You want to be involved, establish a practice, and experience those benefits yourself: lowered stress and anxiety; improved emotional regulation; increases in the areas of attention span, focus, and executive functioning. These sound great, but when can you fit it in? Never. You don’t “fit” mindfulness into your schedule. Rather, you make the time, and take the time. You do …

The new year has arrived! It’s a perfect time to make a habit of the practices that will bring you the greatest amounts of happiness and contentment. Not sure what to try first? See if something from this list helps you get started: START MOVING–Develop a fitness routine that is reasonable and sustainable. Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing; this is your time! Make sure to include components …

A person who sets goals. An incredible work ethic. Laser-like focus. This is Brian Rigg. Brian Mark Rigg, a successful young man who eventually graduated from Yale and Cambridge, started off as a young boy who was such a behavioral and academic challenge that he was still not reading at eight years of age. That’s when he met the teacher who “lit his fire” and brought him, in that single …

Into the bank I go. It’s not a branch I visit very often; in fact, the last time was a month ago. I walked up to the cashier and recognized her; she recognized me, too, and we broke into happy banter about nothing in particular. I call a phone number to check on the progress of paperwork that has been going around in circles for more than two months. I …

  The calendar year is quickly coming to an end. Thanksgiving and Winter breaks are just around the corner; where did the time go? And what happened to all of the promises you had made to yourself, in earnest, about the strategies you would use to create greater balance between work and home? Or reducing the stress your family has been feeling around your children’s schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and their study …

I’ve typically felt the need to keep my problems to myself. There was so much happening in the lives of others, things that seemed more important, or, at least, seemed more like an emergency to them, and I felt I could just deal; I could handle it; I was going to be fine; whatever was going on with me would be resolved in some way. And when I did feel the …

When was the last time you really lost your temper? Not the “Gee, I’m kind of upset” kind of losing your temper, but the kind when you’re screaming, crying, ranting, or raving. The kind where you think back about what you said and how you acted and are embarrassed beyond words that you let your emotions get so out of control. How did your body feel inside? Was your heart …