Self Care Is Not For You

You’ve probably heard it before: Are you practicing self-care? Are you actively seeking out routines for your everyday life that will lower your stress levels? Daily self-care routines can include journaling, meditation, naps, reading a fun book, soaking your feet in epsom salts, drinking a cup of tea alone, aromatherapy — the list can go[…]

There IS Hope For Change!

Today, Eric and I had the opportunity to listen to world-renowned author, speaker, researcher and therapist Dr. Daniel Seigel speak. I was thrilled; I’ve been influenced by his work since grad school and, for the last couple of years, been continually shaped by his research in the field of interpersonal neurobiology. In his session today, Dr.[…]

Protecting The Good Times

Welcome to Summer! It’s finally here: the season of good times, relaxing days, warm memories. The season of enjoying the outdoors, of picnics and wine tasting, of long drives through the country and watching the sunset so much later than before. Summer is perhaps my favorite season! My only problem? It simply flies by too[…]

The Happiness Chart

Last week, we talked about whether or not happiness is a choice. Can we choose to be happy, after all? Well, when I discovered this chart by colleague Paul Smith, it seemed like the perfect follow up. Below are practical, every day things we all have the power to do to increase our level of joy,[…]

Is Happiness A Choice?

The cold, hard fact is: Yes. Your happiness is actually your choice. I read a book by this title years ago, and often remind my clients of it. But when they hear me say it, they often look at me like I’m crazy — or insensitive. I admit, it doesn’t often feel like the most compassionate[…]

Can You Change Your Character?

This week I’ve read two books that have proven to be pretty interrelated: Working with Emotional Intellegence by Daniel Goleman and Integrity by Henry Cloud. Both of these books are excellent reads for anyone who wants to build on their effectiveness in any relationship — and really, every aspect of life! One fascinating point Goleman makes is[…]