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I was twiddling my thumbs. Having resigned from my position as principal in a private school a number of years ago, I thought I’d have enough to keep myself as busy as I wanted to be. I was certified to teach language therapy to students with dyslexia or other reading issues, I taught mindfulness to children, parents, and adults to help them learn to reduce stress and anxiety, I was …

Developing key social connections is of greater importance than ever previously realized. In addition, there is a tie between social connection and resilience.  While we do need time alone, that solitude is given meaning by the social connections we possess. What exactly does this mean? The impact of losing social connections Think about the latest pop stars. They worked toward a goal of becoming more successful, and, when they reach …

Do you ever wonder what those people are talking about when they tell you that you need to be kind to yourself? Like, what is that? Dr. Kristin Neff has authored several books and research studies relating to the practice of self-compassion and tells us that it’s much more important than one might imagine. What compassion is Neff’s definition of compassion is the sympathetic consciousness of other’s distress, and includes …

Stress has proven to have a huge impact on the body and how it impacts the aging process. Yet, people can practice strategies to reduce the impact of stress, and even repair the damage previously done by prior stressful situations. Dr Elisa Epel has done quite a bit of research on the topic and she shares her knowledge through speaking engagements and books she has written. Dr. Epel mentions retreats …

When was the last time you told a person how much he meant to you? How he helped you during your lifetime? And offered examples of what he said or did that made such an impact? Researchers Seligman, Steen, Park and Peterson tested five different exercises in 2005 and found that writing, in letter format, that for which you are grateful, and delivering that letter to the person to whom …

Have you ever taken the time to reflect on how busy you are, and compare that to how you value the tasks you are doing each day? I remember telling my mom, years ago: “I’m involved in all sorts of activities each and every day; I’m always busy! But, truth be told, the only things of VALUE I do involve my children…and that only happens when they’re out of school!” …

Self-compassion is a topic that is neither given enough time nor energy. It’s so easy to lose patience with yourself during times of stress and frustration, failing to offer either the tolerance or compassion both deserved and required. Yet, this is a prime example of exactly what we need. We tend to tell ourselves that we’re not enough. Not smart enough, popular enough, or in possession of whatever else we …

When was the last time you said thank you to the people who made a difference in your life? And, do you realize just how many people have offered assistance along the way? Do you realize that teamwork is what made the difference for you? There is no “I” in TEAM Shawn Achor’s book, Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness, and Well-Being, spends quite …

Happiness seems to be a BIG topic these days: The Greater Good Science Center offers an on-line course called The Science of Happiness that examines scientifically proven strategies to improve personal levels of happiness. Since the program launched in 2014, this FREE class has had more than 450,000 people enroll who have benefited from the information. Yale University offers a class called Psy157, Psychology, and the Good Life. In less …

High performance psychologist Michael Gervais has much to say about what it takes to achieve mastery in your area. Working with mindset and mindfulness, Gervais says that it’s all about your level of awareness; I would say the truth of this statement is not to be underestimated. Establishing a habit of mindfulness Teaching mindfulness, there are many early learners who cannot begin to imagine the improvement their lives will see …