Taking life one day at a time Seven Things to Think about Change and Challenges

“Ain’t you thinkin’ what it gonna be like when we get there?  Ain’t you scared it won’t be nice like we thought?” “No,” she said quickly.  “No, I ain’t.  You can’t do that.  I can’t do that.  It’s too much – livin’ too many lives.  Up ahead they’s a thousan’ lives we might live, but when it comes, it’ll be on’y one.” John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath There are a thousand different lives ahead of us, and we never know which path will be ours.  We turn the corner and – Surprise! – it’s something great, or a complete blindside.  We just don’t know, and worrying about the future takes the joy out of today! That doesn’t mean that…

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Taking life one day at a time Seven Things to Think about Change and Challenges

“Ain’t you thinkin’ what it gonna be like when we get there?  Ain’t you scared it won’t be nice like we thought?” “No,” she said quickly.  “No, I ain’t.  You can’t do that.  I can’t do that.  It’s too much – livin’ too many lives.  Up ahead they’s a thousan’ lives we might live, but when it comes, it’ll be on’y one.” John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath   There are a thousand different lives ahead of us, and we never know which path will be ours.  We turn the corner and – Surprise! – it’s something great, or a complete blindside.  We just don’t know, and worrying about the future takes the joy out of today! That doesn’t mean…

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Being happier by being sad or mad

If we want to BE HAPPY, we have to feel pain. You’re probably thinking, “WHAT?  But pain isn’t happy or fun.  Pain, quite frankly, is painful.  And we need to avoid it all costs if we want to be happy, right?” Nope. Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. So how does that play out right now? Let’s be honest.  COVID-19 is making life pretty hard for all of us – and talking about living in happiness seems completely inappropriate. Loss, sadness, and fear seem to be all around us.  New routines and responsibilities are compounded by greater restrictions.  Our homes are getting smaller by the minute. So how can we be happy? It’s simple – by giving ourselves permission to be…

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Being Happier during COVID

It seems like COVID-19 is consuming us and having an impact on our happiness.  But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s what the science tells us. 50% of our happiness “set point” comes from our genetics, childhood experiences, challenges, etc. 10% of our happiness is related to our life circumstances 40% of our happiness is all about MINDSET – and is completely in our control. Let me repeat that… only 10% is about circumstances.  COVID-19, working from home, social isolation only impacts 10% of our happiness.  We control the 40% of our own happiness. So here’s my offer…  I want to help those of you who are struggling with kids at home, job changes, isolation, having to go…

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