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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Music moves me. It’s able to change my moods from feeling sad to happy, hopeless to hopeful, and totally lost to empowered and ready to set the world on fire. So, it’s little wonder that when I heard the song, You Will be Found, from the Dear Evan Hansen Broadway play, it was like a lightening bolt through my heart. You …

I love to do the New York Times crossword puzzle every morning. And I’m getting better at them…yeah, me! But one of the clues in today’s puzzle let me know that my personal and professional worlds are colliding. Actually, they already had; after all, I take myself with me wherever I go, but when the answer to a crossword puzzle clue is AMYGDALA…well, no further proof is necessary. AMYGDALA is …

How often are your conversations focused around the “good” stuff? Doing good deeds formally, or informally, with an organization? Going out of your way to help the less fortunate? Doing something toward your own self-care? Every so often news programs present a feature, or series, that highlight the positives. And that does bring attention to the activity. But, what if we went one step further and combined the desire to …

Happiness has become such a large part of today’s daily conversation that it actually has its own day. Like, literally. And internationally. The International Day of Happiness is scheduled for March 20 and there’s no time like the present to start planning. Organizations are making arrangements, thinking of a multitude of ways to spotlight the day and, at the same time, hoping that one day of happiness turns into many, …

What do thinking that you may be a fraud and practicing mindfulness have in common? More than one might imagine. Explanations first. The Imposter Syndrome, first identified in research by Drs. Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes in 1978, explains that many people, especially high achieving women, believe their successes have been the result of luck rather than merit. Those identified with this phenomenon often attribute their accomplishments to good fortune, …

Music has always touched me. If I’m feeling sad, I can listen to selections that will allow me to wallow in my misery, or move me from my grief back to feelings of happiness. And then there are the selections that I use for empowerment. These, I think, may be the most useful of all. Not just for me, but for many. Some songs remind me that I should never …

If you’re so mindful, why do you get upset? This is a question I often hear. Not because I’m always upset; there are many times that I feel calm…happy…relaxed…or just plain satisfied for this to be true. But, still, this is a question that seems to pop out of others’ mouths when I begin to show displeasure or agitation. This reaction to the emotional displays of those who practice mindfulness …

Media messages are often criticized. Especially when considering diverse groups of people such as women, older generations, people of color, those with disabilities, and people with alternative lifestyles, groups are often portrayed in a more stereotypical manner. Yet, sometimes it is possible to find messages that are deserving of positive attention. The movie, Bridesmaids, with Melissa McCarty as the groom’s sister, Megan, and Kristin Wiig as the bride’s long-time friend, …

As the year comes to a close with religious or family celebrations, now is a good time to take stock of the thoughts that continue to whirl through your mind. Are you thinking happy thoughts, or are all of those instances of upset on a constant loop? Do you have strategies in place that will help you reduce your times of frustration, anxiety, or memories of hurt feelings? This used …

Recently I was asked, as a former classroom teacher and principal, what I felt had made the greatest impact on the students with whom I interacted; my response came without hesitation: I let them know they mattered and that I cared. This might be one of the biggest gifts we can give to our students, friends, family and colleagues. In fact, this may be a life-changer when it comes to …