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The Ultimate Buzz

As many people were celebrating the New Year with sparkling champagne or some other way to get “a buzz on,” I was having a personal “buzz machine” implanted in my spine. No, I have not gotten into some New Age technological [...]

Life Choices: Optimism Vs. Pessimism

“To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words, but great deeds. To live in faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you.” Christian D. Larson Clearly, [...]

Are You A Born Optimist?

Even though sustained negativity is toxic and bad for your health, many people are still more intrinsically pessimistic than optimistic. Is this because they can’t help themselves? Are they born with a propensity towards one view over [...]

Happy New Year Every Day

Carla woke up on New Years day not feeling like she was going to have a good day. She didn’t want to start the New Year feeling badly because it might be an omen of things to come. What if we treated every new years day as just another [...]

Jettison The Negative People In Your Life

The other day I was asked to write a blurb for Peter Vajda’s new book, Becoming a Better You. Peter’s preface rocked me.  Check it out… In one of the first jobs I held after graduate school, my boss, John, took me aside and asked, “Why [...]

How To Find The Key To Your Happiness!

Could it be, that the key to happiness is to focus less on making moments last and more on making moments count? Just a few tips on finding  your keys to happiness because we all know that our keys go missing from time to time: Try not to [...]

Building Our Own Sandwiches

Once when I was in San Francisco with my sister and niece to eat out, we frequently chose Subway sandwiches. I had eaten there many times before but for some reason this one hunger trip to the restaurant was going to be different. As I watched [...]

Happiness Is A Seagull On The Beach

I remember when I was little and on the beach at a summer cottage, I was determined to catch one of the many seagulls that were poking about along the shoreline. To my mind, they were slow and seemingly unaware that I was just steps away from [...]

Look At The Bright Side Of Life – Even If You Don’t Want To!

Are you a positive person or one who prefers doom and gloom in life? There are some people who always look at the bright side, no matter what is going on. Others seem to dwell on all the things that could and may go wrong. Yes, things can go [...]

A Ray Of Sunshine

Stress fighter tip #2: Be thankful in stressful situations. ‘Duck, Karen! Someone just hit the computer screen. Oh that was you.’ One of the hardest things I had to learn when I dealt with my stress seizures was learning how to be thankful [...]

Controlling Our Worries

Stress fighter tip #1: don’t worry. Duh, Karen what a novel idea! How often we have heard, “Well, don’t worry about it”. For some reason we believe it’s our solemn sacred duty to worry about things. We think it will accomplish [...]

4 Reasons To Swap Regret Over Your Breakup For Excitement

If you’ve recently experienced a relationship breakup, regret is one of the many emotions you might be experiencing. But regret is usually just a form of temporary and needless pain. Here are a few perspectives to make the end of your relationship [...]

Deluded? Audacious? Not Necessarily Bad Things

The other day I saw the movie Before Midnight. If you like dialogue and character development movies, it’s a great flick.  It takes an unflinching look at relationships: the bad, the mundane and the good. Ethan Hawke is the male lead.  At [...]

The Secrets Of Top Students!

Why should I be a top student anyway? Success demands expectations but most importantly we must learn that success is not for everyone out there; when we become successful we must deliver and stand out and speak out and mark our place in the [...]

5 Ways To Deal With The Stress Of Life

Stress is a part of everyone’s life, whether the problems are financial, health, or relationship issues impacting yourself or a loved one. There is no escaping it, but there are things that you can do to manage it and keep yourself healthy. 1: [...]

Life Is Not Fair – Why Bother?

A client of mine asked an interesting question one day. She had been feeling ill and dealing with the question of what was wrong. She asked me, “What is the point of trying to eat healthy food, exercising regularly, and generally living a [...]

Some Times We Only Need Patient Witnessing

Sometimes, being patiently witnessed will heal our wounds. Sometimes, being quietly embraced will solve our difficulties. Being loved instead of labeled with a psychological diagnosis can be the quickest kind of therapy. What an honor it was [...]

Is Success Really That Hard?

I was at the gym and I overheard a conversation the other day- a negative conversation. From gas prices and the economy, to layoffs, this person was complaining about everything. This person defeated himself. The economy didn’t defeat him. [...]

3 Lists You Can Make To Boost Your Self-Confidence

No one is perfect. And we all have numerous characteristics that comprise our personalities and abilities. But for some, that nagging voice in your head that points out your flaws might be drowning out your ability to truly reflect on and appreciate [...]

It Is Time

The verdict was in. I was handed the key to my cure for my epileptic seizures and all I had to do was conquer the stress in my life. The doctors recommended a psychiatrist but because I was denied the surgery that could do the job quicker, [...]

Some Tips On How To Get Through A Disaster

I sometimes wonder what I would do if a man-made or natural disaster would strike. Here are some suggestions on how I would try to stay calm and focused during a disaster. The first thing I would do is take several deep breaths and try to keep [...]

A Battle! An Awakening! A Relationship! A Triumph!

Can a small choice change the course of our lives? I was speechless for minutes when I held the phone close to my ear and listened to Lauren Miller’s dramatic and powerful story. Believe me this event does not happen to me very often. I don’t [...]

Ready To Give Up Some Things & See Your Happiness Explode?

All of us seem to hang onto so many things that cause us pain, stress and much soul-searching. We need to let some things go – throw away old habits and allow ourselves to be truly happy. Ready to go? Give up your need to always be right.  [...]

Bullying? Round Two At Rutgers?

As Rutgers scrambled this spring in the midst of the player abuse scandal and the wake of the Mike Rice era, they have fallen further down the rabbit hole of controversy with the hiring of Julie Hermann as the new Rutgers Athletics Director. According [...]

The “5 Minute” And “10 Year Rule” To Easier Living

We all have found ourselves in very angering situations. These situations invariably always involve other people.  Be it a co-worker, family member, spouse, driver, store clerk, and the list can go on and on forever. The inconsiderate fool [...]

Career Success Lessons From An Impressionist Painter

Recently I saw a film about the later years of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, the great impressionist painter. It was a beautiful movie visually.  And, I found some life and career success advice in it. There is a scene in the film where Renoir tells [...]

5 Ways To Find Hope

In the movie Forest Gump, the main character is so wonderful because he always has a positive attitude. Many things happen to him in his journey but he never loses his positive outlook. He maintains his innocence throughout the story. Our world [...]

Put Worry to Work: 3 Steps To Be Worry Free

Something is not right, so you start to worry. You have heard rumors of downsizing at your job. Worry sets in. A relationship folds, you worry that you will not find another partner. The doctor calls and asks you to stop by her office, worry [...]

Lead With Optimism

Say no to pessimism. “No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.” –Helen Keller Optimism is a crucial attitude to develop as a leader. When [...]

What Optimists Do RIGHT

There is a common phrase, “Two LEFT feet.” Usually this phrase refers to an inability to dance or clumsiness. What it means to me is that sometimes things just don’t go RIGHT. Recently my friend, Nancy Weil, Founder of the Laugh Academy, [...]