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The Happiness Connection

Surfing your emotions

Oct 14, 2018 / 11:00 am

I am a clinically depressed happiness maven. From this statement you can probably tell that emotions play a big part in my life. This does not make me unique....

Be a drama-free zone

Oct 7, 2018 / 11:00 am

Are you one of those people, who like me have declared an end to drama in your life? Drama is the cornerstone of many books, television shows, and movies. The...

Paper flowers for wedding

Sep 30, 2018 / 11:00 am

My newest hobby is weather-forecast watching. This involves a daily perusal of what the meteorologists predict the conditions will be like in the upcoming two...

Your brain lies to you

Sep 23, 2018 / 11:00 am

Listening to my husband recount an experience we both shared, used to be like lighting the fuse on a stick of dynamite. He would get all the details wrong until...

You choose to suffer

Sep 16, 2018 / 12:00 pm

“Only we humans worry about the future, regret the past, and blame ourselves for the present. We get frustrated when we can’t have what we want,...

Light a candle on Monday

Sep 9, 2018 / 11:00 am

Homicide rate – 1.68 per 100,000 Deaths resulting from motor vehicle crashes – 5.2 per 100,000 Suicide rate – 11.0 These are based on the...

Living with the H word

Sep 2, 2018 / 11:00 am

I have spent many hours over the past week updating the content on my website and reorganizing the pages. This task forced me to re-examine who I am and what I...

Life is a dance

Aug 26, 2018 / 11:00 am

As I sit at my computer watching couples walk up the hill outside my window, I can’t help but wonder how their lungs are feeling. Taking a daily walk with...

Do you complain, criticize?

Aug 19, 2018 / 11:00 am

My husband is a wonderful cook, but working together to create a meal is something we rarely do. We don’t follow the “you cook, and I’ll clean...

The marital two step

Aug 12, 2018 / 11:00 am

When you reach an impasse with your significant other, do you resolve the problem through compromise, or do you or your partner have to sacrifice what you want...

Successful-marriage secret

Aug 5, 2018 / 11:00 am

The topic of marriage has suddenly grown legs and taken on a life of its own in my life. I am no longer confined to simply living it and writing about it, I...

Change you, change world

Jul 29, 2018 / 11:00 am

“The only thing that is constant is change.” — Heraclitus I have been watching my parents deal with major changes over the past few years as...

Do you believe in marriage?

Jul 22, 2018 / 11:00 am

Do you believe you are suited to being in a long-term relationship? Do you believe your partner is has what it takes to be in a long-term relationship? Do you...

Welcome marital change

Jul 16, 2018 / 7:00 pm

I love people watching. Recently, I was at a family wedding and had the perfect opportunity to indulge in a little human observation. I hadn’t seen much...

Avoid energy vampires

Jul 8, 2018 / 11:00 am

My writing spot for this week is very different from the peace I enjoyed in St. James’ Park last week. I am in a totally different part of London, sitting...

Have a Plan B

Jul 1, 2018 / 11:00 am

As I write this, I am sitting on a bench in St. James’s Park in London, enjoying one of the most intense heat waves on record in Britain. I’m...

Marriage polishes you

Jun 24, 2018 / 11:00 am

Are you the same person you were when you got married? The answer to that may depend on which anniversary you are celebrating this year. If you are a newly wed,...

Don't be dead right

Jun 17, 2018 / 11:00 am

As I backed out of my driveway a few days ago, I could hear a car in the distance. We live on a corner and the engine I heard was coming up the road...

Marriage can keep you alive

Jun 10, 2018 / 11:00 am

The deaths of Kate Spade on Tuesday and Anthony Bourdain on Friday have refocused society’s attention on suicide. My first memory of being touched by...

Pulling marital weeds

Jun 3, 2018 / 11:00 am

When I first started writing this column, my greatest concern was whether I would be able to find enough new topics to write about. I no longer worry about...

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