Archive for the ‘Maggie’s Mantra and Buda’s Tale’ Category

HAHAHA…LAUGHTER AND A GOOD SENSE OF HUMOR CAN IMPROVE YOUR LIFE Laughing at yourself can improve your outlook on life, your mood, and even your relationships. We know that humor in general brightens the moment and lightens the mood, even if it is short lived. Research shows that people who are able to laugh at

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 If you were a fly on the wall in my house this weekend you would have heard lots of laughter and teasing.  And, don’t be fooled…that isn’t because we are a problem and stress free household.  We, like every other family, experience our share of stress and disappointments, giving us plenty of opportunity to debate,

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GAIN A FRESH PERSPECTIVE & MAKE YOUR RESOLUTIONS STICK As an optimistic person, I believe that people are inherently good and well intentioned. Maybe that is one of the reasons I love this time of year…everyone is putting their best foot forward, creating resolutions with healthier habits in mind, and hoping to create a better

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Just so you know, it happens to all of us.  It absolutely amazes me how easily it is to lose your way when you’re back in the midst of your family of origin.  They eventually spill your old secrets to your kids, spouse or partner, leaving you feeling like a pile of mashed potatoes.  All

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Yesterday I posted on ICC’s FB page a quote by Bernice J Reagon, “Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.”  After delving a little deeper (thanks for the FB comments/thoughts), it occurs to me that further discussion is in order. In the words of one

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What is your wish for today?  My wish was for a genie to bleep me into the middle of the day where I had accomplished most of my to-do list.  Because, frankly, I just wasn’t feeling it today.  It was a slow starting morning, and I wasn’t feeling too excited about everything I had on that to-do

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The holidays are filled with love and joy, right?  Ok, sure.  But for most of us, that love and joy is accompanied by a lot more stress and a lot less sleep.  So I’ve been thinking, what is causing those sleepless nights and frustrating days?  Here are a few reasons that come to my mind. Scheduling in

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Is Monday consistently your worst day of the week?  Do you dread Mondays so much that you have the Sunday Blues?  Do you feel anxious and stressed waiting for Monday morning?  Do you keep hitting the snooze button?  If you answered yes to any of these,  chances are your Monday Mantra  sounds something like Miserable Monday, and it’s undermining

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Nov 13

Just Breathe

Have you ever noticed how shallow and quick your breathing becomes when you are upset or stressed?  That is a common physical response in the human body when it is under duress.  Fortunately, simply paying attention to your breathing pattern and pausing to take a few deep breaths can immediately produce results.  Breathing fully and

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Have you noticed the buzz gratitude is generating lately? And no, I don’t mean just because it is November and Thanksgiving is around the corner.  In fact, the link between gratitude and happiness has been gaining legs for years since the positive psychology theory hit mainstream psychology around 2000. Gratitude,  defined as a feeling or an emotion an

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