While working on a project tentatively titled Five Fallacies About Work-Life Balance, I discovered a simple, powerful way to up your joy quotient in every domain of your life. It comes from Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall’s new book, Nine Lies About Work. Instead of thinking of work and life. . . .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 . . .
As a kid, I dreaded few things more than practicing scales and fingers exercises for my piano lessons. OK, maybe going to the dentist and changing for swim class in that steamy yet clammy locker room, but, let me tell you, just the word Hanon still makes me shudder. I didn’t. . . .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 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 . . .
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 . . .
If I could manifest the perfect beach day, it would look like last Saturday here in the little trailer park in the pine woods “down the shore.” Low eighties. Light sea breeze. Sun bright. Clouds puffy. Humidity low. Instead of spending it sunbathing, I got hot, sweaty and dirty erasing. . . .Show me more . . .
Three generations, decked out in red, white and blue, lawn chairs at the curb in the same spot since the flag only had 48 stars. The parade’s been the same since the grandparents were newlyweds, the parents were toddlers and the kids scrambling for candy tossed from the floats weren’t. . . .Show me more . . .
Have you made your New Years resolutions yet? Or does that question make you want to shout something about how it’s too early for resolutions, dag-nabbit, what with all of that peppermint bark still calling you from inside the kitchen cupboard? It does seem like people start talking about resolutions. . . .Show me more . . .