Creative Giving - The Gift of Appreciation

The holiday season is a time for giving, sharing, and celebrating.  It can bring much joy and also a lot of stress.  We get caught up in the activities of the season with gifts to buy, food to eat, and the challenges that can pop up in our relationships. One way to reduce stess is through appreication.  Try it, first for yourself and then others.  Then join us for our teleconference on Creative Giving, 

Tuesday, Dec 13, 9:00-10:00 AM, CDT, 760-569-9000, access code 308311#

So many times when we approach giving and receiving, we see ourselves as

The Best of 2009: Creating New Visions of Happiness

A group of us have joined a writing project on the best of 2009. It was organized by Daniel Scocco at For me, the greatest blessing was the financial crisis, letting us know there is more to happiness than money. With all of the challenges of the year, one of the biggest has been the confirmation that really makes us happy may be our bonding, our relationships with each other, our families and communities. Indeed, research has demonstrated that once basic needs our met, a continued emphasis on money may lead to anxiety and depression. Actually, releasing the emphasis on materialism can make you feel stronger and happier.

The Paradox of Women's Happiness

More and more women are awakening to their feminine power in evolving a better world. Over the last 40 years, women have achieved wider influence, better job prospects, and greater acknowledgment for their achievements.  And yet, recent studies reveal that women have gradually become less happy, less happy than men, and unlike men, grow sadder as they get older.  It shows up in stress.  According to the World Health Organization, depression is the second leading debilitating disease among women (Heart disease is #1). Depression clocks in at 10 in men and women take twice as many SSRI's.

Happiness: What Makes a Great Day?

When you are having a "Great and Wonder Day," what is it that truly makes it great? Reflect on It a moment.  Is it pampering yourself, hanging out with friends, eating chocolate? How about being outside, appreciating nature, sharing, and connecting with others and something bigger?  What about the obstacles?  Are they sources of frustration, or do you see them as challenges for you to use your strengths?

Happiness: Exploring, Being, and Doing

Happiness and joy can take more than one form.  Positive Psychologist, Martin Seligman, in his book, Authentic Happiness (2002) described three routes to happiness: Pleasure, engagement, and meaning. Pleasure, the path to happiness most frequently seen in the media, is no longer the primary focus of our attention. Today, we also seek to be productive and contribute to a purpose greater than ourselves. These three paths reflect three ways of relating to the world, exploring, doing, and being. They are a fundamental part of how we process information and develop sequentially with time as we mature.

Celebrating with Joy

We are celebrating the holidays and wishing "Joy to the World."  What is this Joy all about?  Joy is deeper than happiness.  Happiness often refers to a feeling of well-being, good cheer, merriment, pleasure, and satisfaction.

Celebrating Family Joy

Let's face it. Family are the people with whom we have to get along. We all are born into a family. It can great source of comfort and joy or it can a source of great stress.  Join us for tips on creating a joyful family experience.  We will be having a complementary Teleseminar on Friday, December 19 from 3-4:00 PM CST.  Join us by signing up in the box in the upper left corner and we will send you the link for the teleseminar.  You can join by phone or online in the comfort of your surroundings.

Family Happiness: Appreciating Age

Family and community gatherings often bring us together with people of different ages. This can be a challenge when we experience differences. Very young children get into everything, adults can be so engaged in their projects that they become overworked and stressed out, and the elderly tell stories about the past while we wonder how they apply to us.

The three main age periods, childhood, adulthood, and elderhood also bring significant contributions to our happiness. When we better appreciate the contributions of age, it is much easier to appreciate the differences.

Happiness: Is Prosperity the Key?

Is continual economic growth the key to wellbeing?  Blogger, Tony Wellington, in his post, Prosperity May Not Be Happiness Key, says No.  Indeed he suggests that negative events, such as the Great Depression, and even the 911 terrorist attack, DID NOT lead to a downturn in mood, but rather to an increased sense of well being. People had to unify and struggle together which gave their life meaning. We are happier, he says, when we unite around a sense of purpose.

Happiness: When More is Less

Often people participate in workshops for personal growth.  I attended a 3-Day seminar last weekend and was delighted to see that many of the speakers were concerned about the economy.  There were many opportunities social networking as well as for obtaining new information. 

As is common in American Society, I found myself facing the choice of choosing to purchase additional information and products or to be satisfied with applying the information I already have.  I chose the latter.  Actually, the social networking was of the greatest benefit to me.

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