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Everybody loves a good shot in the arm. Not the kind of shot you get from a doctor when you’re sick, but the kind of shot that gives you a burst of enthusiasm or a sense of renewal…a reminder of why you do what you do. That’s the kind of shot in the arm I received when attending Momentous Institute’s Changing the Odds Conference 2016. The list of speakers included …

It is not unusual for my company to be approached by different groups who wish to highlight specific areas of concern; until I was approached for this subject-matter I never agreed. In this case, Julia Merrill, a retired nurse who offers strategies to help veterans with PTSD, provides wonderful information. Thank you, Julia, for this much needed advice. And, thank you, to all of our armed services and community responders …

Another family weekend, but this time with my husband’s siblings and spouses: Lots of stories from years gone by Catching up on other family members and former high school friends Too much food This special time leads me to wonder: how many people don’t get together with siblings because of disagreements and stresses from over the years? When you’re growing up all siblings have the typical issues: Borrowing vs just …

According to an assessment I took as part of the Power of Self leadership training group, my top personal strength is LEARNER, meaning that I want to continuously learn new things and improve in all areas. Well, no surprise there! As a friend once said to me, “You are never without a goal or project. You are always working toward something!” It, then, is only to be expected that I …

I practice and teach mindfulness to teachers, children, and adults; it has brought numerous benefits to my daily experience and I’m happy sharing my knowledge and experiences with others. Over this summer, I’ve worked with multiple families, parents and their children, as they’ve learned mindfulness together. My question is this: If so many of these children attend public schools, and they do, why do so many public school systems seem …

After three days at the International Positive Education Festival, attendees could not help but to feel renewed. First, Angela Duckworth, founder and scientific director of the Character Lab, spoke about grit being a greater predictor of success and well-being than IQ (“talent counts; effort counts twice”). Later that day, Martin Seligman, known as the Father of Positive Psychology, spoke about the history of the movement and the research revealing its …

Turmoil seems to be all around us and we are left with a choice: Do we focus on the turmoil, or do we look for the positive possibilities? Sorrow, confusion, or fear can be felt when we hear of the attacks against any number of minority groups, be those attributed to race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation, and, quite frankly, even if those affronts are physically harmful to others, or …

Pop artist Meghan Trainor gives me hope. As a songwriter and singer, she has chosen to immerse herself with songs and lyrics that reflect a positive attitude, acceptance of oneself, and a spirit of hopefulness. Never do I associate her with a sense of hopelessness, or a willingness to accept the status quo, especially when she knows, almost instinctively, that we can expect more of ourselves and one another. We …

I have a confession to make. On a recent family trip, I became upset, and I started screaming. At my husband, at children, at grandchildren. I totally lost it! It was an incident of no self-control whatsoever. Now, I know this is not something one might expect from someone who has been practicing mindfulness for a number of years. The truth is, I had set aside my formal practice for …

Happiness. Such a common word that receives an extraordinary amount of attention. Abraham Lincoln said a person is as happy as he makes his mind up to be. Mathatma Ghandi believed that happiness was a result of thoughts, words, and actions all being in harmony. Each week day, Ellen Degeneres does her best to ensure each of her talk show episodes focus on the positive, making people smile, laugh, and …