Does It Feel Like Things Never Go Your Way? Look for the Small Miracles

How often do we think things like, Why does this always happen to me? Why do things never go my way? This is normal and automatic. It’s easy to notice when things don’t go the way we want. But [...]

Want More Self-Confidence? Start with a Little Self-Compassion

Sheryl and her husband Dave were on a family vacation in Mexico. When Dave didn’t show up for dinner with friends, Sheryl rushed to the hotel’s fitness center to find him. To her horror, she [...]

Does Positivity Make You Unmotivated and Complacent?

When I first learned of Positive Psychology and this entire science of how we can become more positive, I remember wondering how it might impact a person’s motivation to get ahead. After all, if [...]

Being Thankful this Season: Are You Doing Gratitude Wrong?

The holidays and the upcoming New Year make this a great time to reflect and be thankful for all we have. The spirit of Thanksgiving is a perfect example. Yet, it can be easy to get caught up in [...]

I Hate Winter! How Can I Stay Bright and Cheery When It’s Dark and Cold?

I have to be honest. This time of year can be difficult for me. And I’ve been hearing from a number of other people that the same is true for them. There are long stretches of darkness as the [...]

The Powerful Formula for Staying Calm – Driving Gives Us Plenty of Opportunities to Practice

If we’re willing to put in a little effort for more happiness and less stress, life gives us plenty of opportunities to practice. A very powerful formula that I’ve been learning and using is [...]

Choosing Happiness during a Crowded and Grumpy Bus Ride

I’m delighted to share this excerpt from an article by Ginny Sassaman and her company, Happiness Paradigm. I had both my suitcase and my cup of coffee with me when I sank into the bus seat. [...]

Four Things I Wish I’d Known Years Ago. Life-Changing Insights from Positive Psychology

1. Getting stuck in negative thoughts is normal. Let’s be honest. Work can be hard! There can be too much to do, making us feel overwhelmed and stressed. Sometimes there are issues with other [...]

If you don’t have anything good to say – Spontaneous Trait Transference

When you’re talking about other people, do you tend to expound on their good traits, or do you find yourself venting about the things that bug you? “You can tell more about a person by what they [...]