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The Happiness Connection

Ditch distorted body view

Jul 25, 2021 / 11:00 am

What do you see when you look in a mirror? Do you appreciate the face that stares back at you, or do you find fault with it? How about when you look at your...

'Bad' feelings are OK, too

Jul 18, 2021 / 11:00 am

Enough is enough! I’ve been a good sport. I’ve remained optimistic through a broken ankle, COVID, more COVID, still more COVID, and a heat wave. Now...

When it's too hard to watch

Jul 11, 2021 / 11:00 am

I enjoy watching a wide variety of sports, as long as I have a vested interest in who wins. I guess you could say I’m a fan rather than a sports...

Success is being happy

Jul 4, 2021 / 11:00 am

I’ve recently discovered an amazing sense of freedom. It’s come with the conscious decision to stop needing to be successful. This is a radically...

A new lockdown

Jun 27, 2021 / 11:00 am

This heatwave has caused me to make some changes in my usual routine. I get up, feed my dog, and then set out for our main walk of the day. I want to protect...

Speak my language

Jun 20, 2021 / 11:00 am

One of the greatest skills you can ever learn is the art of communication. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have the world’s biggest vocabulary....

The uniqueness of you

Jun 13, 2021 / 11:00 am

Anomaly: something that deviates from what is standard, normal, or expected. — Oxford Dictionaries Last week, someone suggested I am an anomaly. She was...

The gift of sadness

Jun 6, 2021 / 11:00 am

Does your life feel, blah? Mine does. I’m craving travel and excitement. I never thought this pandemic would go on for so long. Life feels stale. I had...

Limited by positive beliefs

May 30, 2021 / 11:00 am

What do you believe about yourself? You may immediately think about your good qualities, or perhaps your mind defaults to your less-desirable traits. It...

What seeds do you plant?

May 23, 2021 / 11:00 am

Perhaps because I was in England when I first began to garden, I place my perennials close to each other. This dense planting is typical of traditional English...

Who's in control? You? Life?

May 16, 2021 / 11:34 am

Is life happening to you, or is life happening for you? There’s an important distinction between these two phrases, although only one word has been...

You're not a bad mom

May 9, 2021 / 11:00 am

Not everyone likes the term fur baby. I’m not sure why. For many people, their pets are like children. They love them fiercely and want to give them a...

Don't drink the poison

May 2, 2021 / 11:19 am

During the last 30 years, I’ve painted the walls of many rooms. The best results come when I take the time to fill holes and cracks, sand uneven sections,...

Are you happy?

Apr 25, 2021 / 11:00 am

I’m not asking whether life could be worse, or if you’re grateful for what you’ve got. I want you to think about whether you’re happy....

Find peace in exhaustion

Apr 18, 2021 / 11:00 am

I’m exhausted and puzzled. After these all-consuming few months with my parents, I’m giving myself three weeks of down time to recuperate. I’m...

Enjoy what is

Apr 11, 2021 / 11:00 am

Everyone’s life is full of ups and downs. Optimists try to focus on the ups and remind themselves that the downs have a purpose and won’t last...

Don't lose faith

Apr 4, 2021 / 11:00 am

Recently, I was reminded yet again of how other people’s reactions to things you say and do, often have absolutely nothing to do with you. I try to find...

Death dues

Mar 28, 2021 / 11:00 am

I love this time of year. I look closely at my garden every morning to see what new buds are forming. I enjoy watching everything spring back to life. This...

Dealing with death

Mar 7, 2021 / 11:00 am

The topic that’s top of mind for me this week is death. My dad has lived for almost 93 years. He’s had adventures, challenges, and amazing...

Are you ready for the shot?

Feb 28, 2021 / 11:00 am

The hopes of many have been focused on a COVID-19 vaccine for a year now. Finally, the reality of receiving an inoculation is getting closer and closer. How do...

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