This Driver Is Making Me Late and Frustrated! Is He My Teacher??

The other day I was making the hour drive from my hometown into the big city of Madison, WI. Most of it is a four-lane state highway so I can cruise right along. But this day there was road [...]

I Don’t Want to Hear About this Positivity Hocus Pocus!

10 Years Ago Let’s go back in time to about 10 years ago. I was working in my corporate job as a scientist in biotechnology. I had never heard of Positive Psychology, and I had little if [...]

What Causes Us the Most Negativity? And How Can We Build Our Immunity?

What causes us the most negativity? Based on anonymous surveys and feedback from clients, the answers I get almost always point to one major contributor – Other People! I hear about [...]

Probably the Most Important Contributor to our Wellbeing that Freaked Me Out

When I first started studying Positive Psychology, there was one significant happiness factor that freaked me out. It was repeated over and over and kept coming up as a main contributor to our [...]

Why Reading These Tips Won’t Make Your Life Better – Knowing & Doing Are Not the Same

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if you could spend more time feeling happy, optimistic, content, and grateful? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could spend less time feeling stressed, frustrated, discouraged, [...]

Can You Stay Calm When the Other Person Is Venting? Try Detached Involvement

My husband was going to drop our daughter off to meet a friend at the fair. But when they got there, he quickly learned that they hadn’t discussed any of the details of where they would meet. [...]

A Reflection on Purpose & Meaning

This week I’m honored to bring you a guest blog on purpose and meaning by Andrés Valencia, a certified professional coach. I met Andrés when I attended the World Happiness Summit in Miami earlier [...]

Sometimes the Best Antidote Is Shared Gratitude

Feeling stressed? Discouraged? Stuck? Gratitude is such a strong antidote to many negative emotions but only when we actually feel grateful. Sure, we can think about a list of things that are [...]

What If Someone Finished It for You? Appreciating Struggle in Our Achievements

Imagine you’re working hard on a project; maybe your painting, cooking, woodworking, crafting, gardening, etc. You’re busy creating something you’re excited about. You’re trying different [...]

I Had a Rough Day! Let Me Tell You All About It

When you get home from a rough day, do you ever vent or complain?  Maybe you had to deal with a difficult customer, or there was a frustrating meeting, or you just had too much to do. It’s normal [...]