Prosperity

Most of us think of prosperity as the type of success that comes from having a lot of money. The Middle English/old French root word, prosperus, simply means “doing well.”  The Latin word also means “fortunate,” and the word prosperity does have a certain element of good luck. Some people connect prosperity to happiness, andContinue reading “Prosperity”

Be Happy, Be Happy Now

What is your idea of success? If the purpose of life is to achieve happiness why don’t we make it our practice so that we are guaranteed to attain this? Success is generally measured by the outcome of our efforts, but may I suggest we also measure success by our input.  By doing this, asContinue reading “Be Happy, Be Happy Now”

The Search For Happiness

What makes us happy? Most people have a belief that if we just do the right thing, happiness will follow.  In addition, most of us believe that additional happiness will be doled out to us just because we’ve earned it.  Most researchers believe, however, that happiness is not a reward, it is a consequence ofContinue reading “The Search For Happiness”

Feeling Gratitude on Thanksgiving

The preparation for Thanksgiving has felt so strange.  Most of us have had our traditions altered if not totally casted aside for this holiday.  There is still a reason to feel gratitude on Thanksgiving. “Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely youContinue reading “Feeling Gratitude on Thanksgiving”

Creativity – Our Super-power For Mental Health

How do you help yourself when feelings of depression, loneliness, or sorrow occupy your mind? During this time of Covid-19, it is imperative that we address these thoughts to maintain our healthy lifestyle. For me, I have found that being creative has helped ward off these feelings.  I have used paint-by-number, adult coloring books, sewing,Continue reading “Creativity – Our Super-power For Mental Health”

The Gift of Giving

This is not exactly the “Season of Giving” yet but I have been very inspired by the generosity I have seen lately.  These difficult times have brought out the best in some people and it has me thinking of the “giving” that occurs on both sides of a gift. Giving to others is really aContinue reading “The Gift of Giving”

The Elusive Pursuit of Happiness

I don’t think that I am overstating when I say that every human being is on a pursuit of finding happiness in his/her life.  The number of songs, poems, and movies on this topic justifies this statement.  The difference lies in what each person considers happiness and how each go about attaining this goal.  TheContinue reading “The Elusive Pursuit of Happiness”

Grit – I Don’t Mean Sand in Your Bathing Suit

The word grit has a few definitions, one being small particles of sand.  Another version is the item for breakfast that I learned about when visiting the south.  I wasn’t a fan at first until I had homemade grits – they were delicious! The grit I am thinking about today is the courage and resolveContinue reading “Grit – I Don’t Mean Sand in Your Bathing Suit”

The Power of Lists

I am a self-proclaimed obsessive list-maker.  I love making lists of just about anything I need to accomplish.  I have made lists for: Grocery shopping To-do’s for work Things to do on my days off Stores to hit on trips to the mall Things to remember to do for myself Things to bring on vacationContinue reading “The Power of Lists”

When Life Gives You Lemons

Each of us knows that life is a series of ups and downs.  The only thing that we can always count on is change.  Just when things are smoothly moving along, usually something will happen to shake us up a little (or a lot). My father was a man of incredible integrity, dedication, and love. Continue reading “When Life Gives You Lemons”