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. . . .Show me more . . .
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. . . .Show me more . . .
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. . . .Show me more . . .
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,. . . .Show me more . . .
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. . . .Show me more . . .
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. . . .Show me more . . .
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. . . .Show me more . . .
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. . . .Show me more . . .
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. . . .Show me more . . .
Positive psychology makes people happier. Martin Seligman He should know. He wrote the book on it. For well over a decade, Seligman has overseen and synthesized hundreds of academic studies about positive psychology, all while teaching dozens of researchers and practitioners in the academic discipline he essentially founded. He wanted. . . .Show me more . . .