4 Simple Steps for Curing Fun Avoidance

Are you starting to recognize that you may be indulging in the “fun avoidance” I described in last week’s post? Does it seem like too much work to deliberately create some fun when being glum is so much easier? If so, consider that almost nobody gets enough fun, relaxation and uplifting activity these days, given […]

Why You May Actually Be AVOIDING Having FUN

It may sound crazy, but all too often people are literally afraid of feeling happy. These individuals certainly didn’t start out that way – in fact, some of them were the happiest children of all. Think about how children approach life: constantly in search of more fun, play and adventure. So what happens to them later […]

The Importance of Enjoying REAL Relaxation

In a world full of hard work and serious challenges, and even sometimes terribly upsetting events over which we have no control, it is absolutely imperative that you be sure to take time out for FUN! That’s why this month my focus is on “Relaxation and Enjoyment” – after all, it’s August and by definition […]

Cat Videos, Science and Self-Care

You know what it’s impossible to do when you’re laughing? Feel stressed, worried, angry or unhappy. There’s a reason someone invented the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine.” Whoever that was realized that laughter is literally an antidote to stress, misery, hostility, and dwelling on anything depressing. Thanks to scientists who’ve decided to test such […]

Where to Find Inspiration When Life REALLY Throws You a Curve

You know the feeling – something upsetting happens and suddenly it’s all you can think about. . As your anger, anxiety, fear or distress rises, you temporarily lose your ability to think calmly and rationally. . In the worst cases, you take action while in that state of “incoherence” (where your thoughts are not necessarily aligned with your […]

The ABCs of Celebrating Your Daily Wins

“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson If you find that you keep “forgetting” to recognize your accomplishments and congratulate yourself for them, here’s an easy-to-remember technique you can use. Just as when you were a child and everything you were learning was new, you’re […]

Celebrate Your Successes to Create More Successes

Want to start an unstoppable wave of success in your life? Here’s how! First: Keep Celebrating The People In Your Life I’ve been describing in recent articles how we are all givers and receivers in every transaction. I want to make sure now that you know this includes every conversation, even those that don’t involve […]

One More Thing About Giving Yourself Credit…and Receiving Compliments

Are you constantly worried about being too egotistical? Maybe you don’t think of yourself that way, but here are some clues so you can check in with yourself: Do you deflect a compliment so someone else won’t feel badly for not getting the same attention? . Do you downplay recognition of some talent or accomplishment […]

Why Is Giving Ourselves Credit Such A Challenge?

All too often people who’ve accomplished some achievement feel the glow of success, but do not discuss it or share their excitement in the moment.  They’ve been taught that talking about their own success, or good deeds, or a job well done, is egotistical and self-serving. This is a real problem for anyone looking to […]

What We Say Really Does Matter

Once you figure out what it is you really, truly want (and I gave you some suggestions in my last article, designed to help you sort out fact from fiction in that regard), now it’s time to make sure you’re not secretly pushing it away. We all have subtle – and not-so-subtle – ways that […]