From Irritation to Understanding: Harnessing the Pause-Notice-Choose Approach to Be Your Best Self

I was in another room when I heard my husband yelling from the kitchen, asking why I hadn’t taken out the garbage. I instantly felt annoyed and responded in an irritated tone, saying that I [...]

Letting Others Know It’s OK to Not Feel OK – Offering Validation Instead of Advice

This morning my daughter was headed off to a 10-hour shift at her retail job. She was tired and unenthusiastic. This was a new job so there was still the stress of trying to learn her role. She [...]

I Yelled “Get Out!” at My Little Daughter

When my daughter was in elementary school, I was fortunate to work from home. That meant I was able to meet her at the door to greet her, ask about her day, and if she wanted a snack. One day, I [...]

Are you good at following instructions? Or do you ignore what your emotions are telling you?

I never knew that my emotions were trying to tell me something! Especially my negative emotions. I just thought they were meant to make me feel bad. But Positive Psychology has taught me that [...]

He Told Everyone to Stop Complaining – A glimpse behind the curtain

I was training a department that was going through a lot of change. People were sharing how stressful it was and how hard it made their jobs. I noticed a gentleman in the back with his arms [...]

Do You Know When NOT to Encourage Others? The Difference Empathy Makes

Imagine your coworker comes back from a meeting and starts venting about how humiliated they were by another person’s response to their project update. Their frustration is boiling over as [...]