Kindness: Just do it. Today.

st francis in the garden

Twenty-some years ago, when it was new, I found the statue a bit much, towering the way it did over the roof of the little rancher and overwhelming the postage-stamp sized lawn. I’d forgotten about St. Francis of the Tree Trunk until I drove by last spring en route to bunny Elphaba’s new vet. It lives […]

When Positivity Feels Negative

ball of light

Look on the bright side. It’s right there, one of the Essential Elements of Positive Navigation that I wrote about last time. If you’re thinking sequentially, it’s first. I was scribbling about positivity last night when I paused, just for a minute, to peek at Facebook. As one does while “writing.” First post, the local weather dude. Not talking about […]

Start Where You Are

I had big plans for the Summer Solstice. Clean the house from top to bottom. Stock the pantry with healthy food. Create an exercise plan and maybe even follow it this time. Launch new coaching programs and classes. Write more and publish on a regular schedule. It was like New Years, minus the dark and […]

Drainers & Energizers: How to Be Contagious for Good

Sailing Mom It was the kind of August afternoon I dreamed about all winter. Dazzling sky, blazing sun, light breeze, gently ebbing tide. Even the humidity had dropped. Paddling easily, I floated close to the docks and noticed a woman peering through a pair of binoculars. Wow, it’s a beautiful day. She clenched her teeth […]

Fall Planting, Spring Harvest – with Gratitude

gratitude for evening sunsets

I love evenings. Especially the kind that begin many hours after noon and involve daylight. I celebrated the first evening after springing ahead yesterday by taking time to savor the sunset, at the delightfully late hour of seven o’clock. And I got up early enough to complete and ship a project before seven this morning. […]

Shift, Seek and Savor to Boost the Joy this Holiday Season

shift, seek, savor

It doesn’t matter how, or even whether, you celebrate. The frenetic energy of the holiday season is palpable. Quick, name another month when you cram so much into your already busy schedule. Even if you avoid most of the frenzy, you’re probably surrounded by people who take busy to new levels of crazy all December […]

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Resilient Day

I thought it was the worst part of my day when the squirrel scratching on the porch roof made it difficult to concentrate on drafting the blog post about resiliency. Until the less-than-sweet odor confirmed it wasn’t a squirrel and it definitely was not on the roof. I caught wind of the skunk, under the […]

The Simple Path to Strengths-Based Well-Being: Do a Kindness

I was lost in the weekly after church dilemma – oatmeal raisin or white chocolate cranberry – when he sidled up beside me, linked his arm in mine and got so close, well, let’s just say we have different ideas about personal space. “Did you hear about the little girl who sang for the Pope […]

Spring Cleaning Your Habits

Parts of my region got so much snow yesterday there’s a campaign to arrest the groundhog that predicted an early end to winter for fraud. Regardless of the weather, I know spring is here: I have this overwhelming urge to start running again. It’s as predictable as the red, red robins bob-bob-bobbing outside. If it’s […]

Boost the Positive: Three Ways to Banish Hedonic Adaptation

Quick, think of something that would make you incredibly happy. Something so big – beyond your wildest dreams, even – that it couldn’t help but change your life. Or maybe something familiar that you look forward to for a long time, with great anticipation. When this thing happens, or arrives, it’s guaranteed to make you […]