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  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 …

Mindfulness meditation research has concluded that those who participate in a mindfulness program experience an increase in empathy for self and others. Is this really such a big deal? How does being empathetic, defined as the feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions, change or improve our lives? It may be a revelation for some people to consider that having empathy is so important in our …

The human brain is a true marvel. With its assistance, we can plan, learn, coordinate, analyze, and apply all the information we receive. At night, while we’re sleeping, our brains can cull information, deleting the non-essentials yet leaving the data we use most often and find more necessary. The brain is also given major responsibility in helping turn repeated behaviors into habits. This is wonderful when one thinks of the …

Is it just me, or does everyone try to find a “meaning” for why and how things happen? My parents both passed away on the 30th of the month; my dad in August, 2007, and my mom in December, 2011. I not only connected the number 30, but also the 7-11. (And I don’t even think I own that company’s stock!) When my dad passed, I was so sad to …

Summer vacation is behind us, school has begun, and you’re already experiencing the same negative patterns that plagued your family last year? It’s time to put a few new things in place: • Organize a home study space for each child. Make sure each area contains all supplies necessary for your children to be successful. No one needs to get up to look for pencils, rulers, or index cards when …

HOW MINDFULNESS TURNED NEGATIVITY AROUND As seen in Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susie-wolbe/how-mindfulness-turned-ne_b_5712687.html# I was lucky enough to lead a life without physical, substance, or mental abuse. I earned graduate degrees and was well employed. There should be no big problem to discuss, right? Wrong! An educator in a lovely marriage with, combined, five children who have produced seven grandchildren thus far, I’m still not too proud to admit that life’s challenges …