The Happiness Connection

Are you emotionally secure?

Sep 20, 2020 / 11:00 am

What makes you feel safe? Common answers include: A dependable income Money in the bank A committed life-partner A secure home Close family and friends...

Change story, change life

Sep 13, 2020 / 11:48 am

Humans are designed to relate to stories. It’s one of the quickest ways to illustrate a point or capture someone’s attention. Before it was common...

Life is changing again

Sep 6, 2020 / 11:00 am

Just as we’re getting used to social distancing and living with a pandemic, life is getting ready to change again. Schools will be back in session soon,...

How's your energy?

Aug 30, 2020 / 11:00 am

Do you have days when you feel worn out, anxious, or grumpy? I’m having one of those days today. Strangely enough, I’m usually surprised when these...

Don't ride the drama train

Aug 23, 2020 / 11:00 am

I think it’s fair to say that this past week has been challenging. My already full plate was given a few extra helpings of work and frustration. I kept...

Believing in miracles

Aug 16, 2020 / 10:00 am

Do you believe in miracles? I do. I like the definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. It defines a miracle as: “Something very...

Take the 66-day challenge

Aug 9, 2020 / 11:00 am

Last August, I started a month of challenges. I decided to confront some old beliefs to see if they were still true or just habits. They included thinking my...

Going to the source

Aug 2, 2020 / 11:00 am

As a columnist, I regularly receive emails from readers. Sometimes, they are complimentary. Sometimes, the person just wants to share their own experiences....

Interruptions are a gift

Jul 26, 2020 / 11:00 am

When I taught Microsoft Outlook courses, I advised my students to check their email only at specific times. If it wasn’t one of those times, they should...

Let inner GPS guide you

Jul 19, 2020 / 11:00 am

Limit your egg intake to two a week. Eat all the eggs you want. Tans are healthy. Stay out of the sun. Children are meant to be seen and not heard. Encourage...

Are you infected by worry?

Jul 12, 2020 / 11:00 am

We live in worrisome times – if you are a worrier. I suppose that if you’re prone to worrying, life is always worrisome. What’s the opposite...

Are you happy about that?

Jul 5, 2020 / 11:00 am

We aren’t as happy as we used to be. The eighth edition of the 2020 World Happiness Report, a comprehensive study of global happiness, has been published....

Is the risk too great?

Jun 28, 2020 / 1:00 pm

Friends are meeting up. You know that although things may start out with appropriate social distancing, those gaps are likely to shrink when the wine begins to...

Making amends with ends

Jun 21, 2020 / 11:00 am

I have just finished writing in my journal for today. My book only has a few empty pages left. It is almost time to start a new one. This situation brings with...

Summer solstice: season of change, nature, and new beginnings

Jun 14, 2020 / 11:00 am

I notice time in bags of dog kibble. It is a strange situation, but that is the reality of my life in 2020. I am taken by surprise every time I notice the bag...

A lesson in showing support

Jun 7, 2020 / 11:00 am

The death of George Floyd has set an already unsettled world, spinning. Vast numbers of people are standing up and saying, enough is enough. Systemic...

Knowing vs. believing

May 31, 2020 / 11:00 am

I have been an Oprah Winfrey fan for many decades. Among the things I love is the title of her column in O Magazine; What I Know for Sure. When I feel stuck or...

From being nimble to letting go, here are 5 strategies for change

May 24, 2020 / 11:00 am

I’ve been talking about the importance of embracing change for a long time. I even gave my TEDx talk on why humans resist change. Humans have outdated...

You have the power to choose your level of happiness

May 17, 2020 / 11:00 am

As soon as I finish writing this, I will be setting off to wheel multiple barrows of crushed rock, from one end of my gated community to the other. This is not...

Don't hide your brokenness

May 10, 2020 / 11:00 am

Can you remember a time when you or someone else broke an ornament or some pottery that you really loved? Last Christmas I knocked a piece of my German village...