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The Happiness Connection

For whom the doorbell rings

Mar 31, 2019 / 11:00 am

A conversation this week left me wondering whether the doorbell will soon go the way of cassette tapes and typewriters. At a breakfast meeting, my table somehow...

Do you have enough?

Mar 24, 2019 / 11:00 am

What kind of attitude do you have about money? Do you have more than enough? Do you wish you had more? Or are you like baby bear, and have just the right...

View from the middle

Mar 17, 2019 / 11:00 am

Everything looks like a failure in the middle. – Kanter’s Law I stumbled upon this nugget of wisdom while I was searching for a topic for this...

Don't let life drown you

Mar 10, 2019 / 11:20 am

Just when I thought I had everything under control …… We are getting our house ready to go on the market. Anyone who has packed up a house, and...

A plea for help

Mar 3, 2019 / 11:13 am

Have you ever found yourself in a situation you can’t deal with by yourself? I’m sure you all have. How did you feel about asking for help? This is...

Date-night with yourself

Feb 24, 2019 / 11:00 am

I recently attended a beautiful, traditional wedding. The occasion was joyful. The setting was magnificent. Many things were worthy of remembering for how...

Live from the inside out

Feb 17, 2019 / 11:18 am

“If I get that new job, then I’ll be happy.” “Buying that sporty new car, will make me feel young again.” “A new partner is...

The pain of loneliness

Feb 10, 2019 / 11:00 am

I’m not sure if it is because of the time of year, but several people I’ve connected with this week told me they are lonely. Loneliness is a...

Mental cold-and-flu season

Feb 3, 2019 / 11:16 am

Even though the days are beginning to get lighter, it is still cold-and-flu season. A time when the number of people suffering from these afflictions is high. A...

Stigma of mental illness

Jan 27, 2019 / 11:00 am

Stigma is a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person. The roots of this word lie in Greek and Latin where it refers to a...

Be wary of fresh starts

Jan 20, 2019 / 1:18 pm

There is something inspiring about the prospect of a fresh start. I can remember times when the thought of moving to a new place or school was a welcome relief....

Alzheimer's: model for us all

Jan 13, 2019 / 11:00 am

I stumbled across an inspiring story this week, about an 81-year-old who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s about three years ago. Alzheimer’s is a...

Be SMART with your goals

Jan 6, 2019 / 11:00 am

It’s almost impossible to go into a new year without making some sort of pledge or resolution. This isn’t the only time you can examine your life...

Programmed for success

Dec 30, 2018 / 1:00 pm

I am not a fan of setting resolutions as the calendar flips from one year to the next. I suspect this is because New Year’s resolutions have become a...

Receiving is important too

Dec 23, 2018 / 11:00 am

I am writing this column with Christmas only a few days away. What do you think about when you consider the approach of Dec. 25? Wondering whether I’ve...

Should you stay or go?

Dec 16, 2018 / 11:00 am

When I arrived in England three weeks ago, hearing about Brexit every time I watched or read news seemed like a pleasant change from constantly hearing about...

Christmas connection

Dec 9, 2018 / 11:00 am

As I got onto the tube (subway/underground) in London this morning, I stood in front of two mature ladies who were involved in a very animated and friendly...

Key to freedom's door

Dec 2, 2018 / 11:00 am

Do you value freedom? Whether you answer yes or no may well depend on what freedom means to you? I love having the freedom to make my own decisions and follow...

Always end with a bang

Nov 25, 2018 / 11:00 am

Let’s talk colonoscopies! I’ll bet that isn’t the opening sentence you were expecting to see on a column called The Happiness Connection....

Insights on a zipline

Nov 18, 2018 / 11:00 am

“He pushed me.” That was a statement I heard frequently when I taught elementary school. It is something you tend to think of as an unwanted...

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