3 Ways to Amp Up Happiness

The happiness movement is in full gear with piles of positive psychology research and even a happy magazine (“Like” Live Happy magazine on Facebook for daily tips to amp up your smile). Most of us already sense how we can get happy but now research backs what our gut’s been telling us. Live Happy tips: Vitamin D. Before the skin…

Feeling joy: living intentionally to re-wire your brain

As it turns out, we humans adapt pretty well to feeling awful or to living the less dire but equally joyless neutral and numb existence. Kids, relationships, jobs, falling finances and health vie for every inch of our energy. For some, crippling pain or depression or anxiety or loneliness overshadows sensations of joy, stifling an existence that is designed for…

Separation of church and state, including Satan’s coloring books

  Separation of church and state, including Satan’s coloring books Personally, I don’t care if a religious or pagan or atheist group distributes materials at public schools.  If my daughter’s old enough to decide what does or doesn’t sit well in her soul, she ‘s old enough to take it all in. But I do care on behalf of others,…

Good girls don’t get the corner office

Image: Wikipedia “Teach your daughters to resolve conflicts, take risks, tout their strengths and “check your good girl at the door,” writes Rachel Simmons in her book, The Curse of the Good Girl. Gender stereotypes start young. Instead of taking risks and honing their leadership skills young women unwittingly sabotage their success by questioning their abilities and diminishing their potential, explains Leslie…

Vicious closet cyber bully converts

Image credit Warning: A small part of this post below is deeply disturbing, but if you hang on the emotional investment pays off. Converted bully: Hey Lindy, I don’t know why or even when I started trolling you. It wasn’t because of your stance on rape jokes. I don’t find them funny either. I think my anger towards you stems from your happiness…

Your original perfection

All of us it seems, have two voices in our head. Sometimes all we hear is the critical nudge who insists we’re never enough, that we find a new job or new relationship or lose weight or parent better or volunteer more, that we make more homemade or wipe away more piles of dust. It doesn’t matter how this voice…

Trash TV: When kids catch you in the act

The other night my daughter looked over me lying on the couch. “What are you watching?” she asked. I guess I fell asleep in front of some movie called “House Bunny.” I need to be more careful when I watch trash. My daughter is of the age (nearly 17) when she sees herself as my morality judge and jury. Once your…

Whores-de-vores

Have you ever butchered a word?  I mean just bloodied the poor thing? I took French for 7 years and I still can’t pronounce sommelier, the wine expert at restaurants.  I’ve asked. I’ve sounded it out. I can’t do it. I give up.  There’s been plenty of non-foreign words I’ve mangled but I can’t remember. I’ve blocked them out. My…

Impolite Conversations: Talking about hard issues without cringing or screaming.

  Can’t WAIT to read this book! “Here’s a thought: it is truly difficult to have a conversation without really listening to the person we are talking to. Not only do we no longer listen but, we thanks to a new technological innovations, we don’t have to. Instead we enjoy making our points so much that we only listen long…

Jesus and Jello. Why I liked my religious buffet growing up.

Image credit: Wikipedia   Excerpted from my essay “Jesus and Jello” I was raised with a la carte religion, a buffet line of a little bit here, a little bit there, mostly Methodist with a dash of Presbyterian. From time to time my mother brought my sister and I to our local church’s Sunday school or services while my father…

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