Too Much!

Too Much!

I suspect my optimism confounds my time management. Six months ago I was working on my plans for ’09, and scheduled a trip to Dubai for late January, and saw these lovely two weeks at the start of the month stretching out like virgin snow on a ski slope.  I...

Doing Good

My sister works in a highly competitive, political environment. She calls it the “hall of mirrors” because of the constantly shifting alliances and schemes of her colleagues. Soon after her employment, “Jill” discovered that the charming banter of her co-workers hid...
The New Optimists

The New Optimists

I have been thrilled to the very core by the inspiring words written recently on **Optimism** by two fantastic people. Optimist No 1 is Alex Steffen – World Changing Alex starts his important article in Good of 31 December by stressing the seriousness of the...

Christmas of My Father’s Memory

My grandfather, Rudy, was flying in from New York on Christmas Eve, and Hank (my stepdad) and I were at the airport to collect him.  As we waited I thought about how Rudy and Hank loved signing Christmas carols; Rudy would play on my mom’s (his daughter’s) big...

The Power of Focused Attention

Check out this excerpt from a recent David Brooks column: Most successful people also have a phenomenal ability to consciously focus their attention. We know from experiments with subjects as diverse as obsessive-compulsive disorder sufferers and Buddhist monks that...

Why?

This morning I had planned to get my yearly blood test at a lab 15 minutes from home. But I was resistant. My days away from the office are sacred and my routine is precious to me. I meditate, have breakfast, meditate some more and write. It is a peaceful, joyful...
The Power of Empathy

The Power of Empathy

A friend of mine recently got a new job. “Jodie” soon discovered that her boss, “Sandra,” was a pariah in the company—secretly despised by almost everyone. It was easy to see why. Sandra had an abrasive manner, she literally stomped down the halls, stared at her...
Finding Peace Amidst Holiday Stress

Finding Peace Amidst Holiday Stress

Finding Peace Amidst Holiday Stress – Tips for an “Emotionally Intelligent” Holiday   Paradoxically, holidays are extremely stressful.  Given all the bad news we’re facing in the economy, this year may be especially challenging. There are...

Emotions Resurgent

Maybe it’s me, but I am seeing more and more emphasis on moods and feelings in the popular press and the news.  So I thought it would be helpful to present a set of terms that are used by all of us, but in different ways. These definitions are based on those...
Loneliness

Loneliness

  Yesterday the BBC published their commissioned report  Changing UK which says that analysing the census data going back 30 years reveals the people in the UK are now much less rooted in their local neighbourhood. London was revealed as the ‘most lonely in...
Five Ways to Wellbeing

Five Ways to Wellbeing

Beautifully designed and conceptualised postcards available for download here from the New Economics Foundation who have made wellbeing a major research and practice strand. Their Well-being Manifesto for a Florishing Society is...
Adventures

Adventures

Left Kuala Lumpur today for Macao – then took the ferry to Hong Kong.  Am I in a James Bond movie or what??  Only this time the bad guy has an evil plot to create a world where people are cogs who shop instead of talk, and drown their loneliness in mindless TV...