May 29, 2019

As Love Your Body’s tenure comes to an end, we want to leave you with a compilation of feel-good advice, some of which we have shared previously on this blog. These bits of insight are like buckets full of sunshine in my and Lisa Berry’s lives. Lisa and I share them, or variations of them, with each other any time we are having a hard time. We find they infuse the situations we a...

March 23, 2019

Few things lift my spirit as much as sunshine and fresh, vibrant scents. Whether it’s the crisp smell of early morning air or that of a freshly cut orange, nothing lifts me up quite as powerfully as fragrance. And so, I try to incorporate uplifting scents as much as possible into my daily life.

My response to scent is not unique. Scent molecules are processed by the olfactory bulb...

March 2, 2019

We have all heard many, many times that one of the keys to respectful, satisfying relationships is boundaries. To have boundaries means to have clear guidelines on what behavior is permissible from the people in our lives so that our interactions with them remain respectful and constructive. Yet, while having boundaries is a common suggestion, it takes many of us a while to figur...

February 1, 2019

Conventional “wisdom” maintains that it’s important to vent in order to keep ourselves from emotionally exploding at a later point. What if I were to tell you that maybe, for greater happiness and clarity of mind, it’s better to just put it in the vault and forget about it?

Let me explain where this is coming from. Back in January, I shared with you what I consider to be one of th...

December 29, 2018

“Change your thoughts, change your life.” Wayne Dyer

“Man can alter his life by altering his thinking.” William James

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” Buddha

I could fill pages and pages of quotes from wise men and women on the power of our thoughts, but you get the picture. Most likely, you...

October 24, 2018

Over 10 years ago, I received one of the best pieces of wisdom I have ever gotten. An incredibly wise soul said that a powerful way to increase harmony with others is to treat them as we would treat individuals we want to impress. How would we act if the person we most admire on earth appeared at our doorstep? What respect, kindness and and courtesy would we show them? What if we...

September 15, 2018

I recently saw a girl wearing a tank top that said: “be relentless in the pursuit of your happiness.” It immediately got me thinking about what it means to be a happiness warrior, and how the concept changes and evolves with age.

As a teenager and through my early 30s, pursuing happiness meant making dreams come true. I thought about what made me happy, what I was passionate about...

August 31, 2018

The kids are back in school and the usual routine is in full swing! Now that the “vacation” has started for so many of us, we can hopefully make more time to read.

I could wax poetic about the benefits of reading novels and back them up with scientific studies (improved vocabulary, emotional intelligence and writing skills, reduced stress). But I will keep it simple. I am often as...

August 17, 2018

There are many things about aging that aren’t altogether fun. To me, the worst one is the way time seems to be speeding up. I remember thinking a day was a lifetime. Now, a month feels as short as a week, and a week as fast as a day. Looking on the bright side, however, there are a few things I adore about getting older. At the top of my list: deep, supportive, joyous friendships...

June 20, 2018

There is a scene in the movie Moana that I believe depicts the truth about human beings and is the key to having better relationships.

[Spoiler alert!]

In the scene, Te Ka, a lava monster, is getting ready to destroy Moana. Moana sees the monster is missing its heart. Instead of retreating, she asks the ocean to part so that Te Ka can walk towards her. As the water moves aside to r...

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