How Being Thankful Reduces Stress

Gratitude or thankfulness gets a lot of attention in happiness studies. If the word gratitude brings up ‘should-ness’ and nightmares of writing endless thank you notes when you were six years old (as it does for my husband), please substitute appreciation/acknowledgement or some other word! People who intentionally notice and appreciate good things

What’s Behind What You Say You Want?

Last Sunday I presented a workshop to the North Star Women Firefighters Association (and one male firefighter!) on “Authentic Living”.  Only about 3% of our nation’s firefighters are women, so as you can imagine, these were a special bunch.  Many of them are volunteer firefighters, so they can be very busy juggling other

Authenticity And Feeling At Home In The World

Many of those I coach are searching for an inner sense of home, of what they need to live well, of feeling comfortable inside their own lives.  In coaching terms, I call it a sense of authenticity. Authentic means “conforming to fact and therefore worthy of trust, reliance, or belief”.  What ways can

Life as Dance-My Philosophy

It’s in our DNA to move.  Babies ‘know’ this.  As soon as they can, they want to move, to crawl, to stand, to walk, and yes, to dance… Have you ever seen small children at an open air concert?  If they like the music, it’s almost impossible to prevent them from dancing! At