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“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” ─Dalai Lama

Life is exciting, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t stressful. We’re bound to run into difficulties and sure to get caught in storms. And when we do, we appreciate the extended arm of a friend, offering help. Whatever form it takes, their kindness and generosity is like the sun breaking through a bank of black clouds....

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Unhappiness Is Caused by Things within Your Control

  When I made that declaration at a party last week, everyone was surprised and responded with statements of disbelief: “What are you talking about? Are you saying that we’re responsible for the negative behaviour others direct at us? “ Many people believe that the events and circumstances they experience are what cause their emotions and...

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Four Fallacies or Biases to Beware of

NOTE: Because of the length of this article, you may want to read and think about just one fallacy (bias) per day for the next four days. 1. The Clustering Illusion How much of what is going on around us do we understand? Surprisingly little. If not completely blind, our vision is obscured by the cobwebs...

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Facing fear of cancer

“Cancer affects all of us, whether you’re a daughter,  mother, sister, friend, coworker, doctor, or patient.” –Jennifer Aniston “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” (–Franklin D. Roosevelt) Cancer runs in Linda’s family (not her real name) and she tested positive for the BRCA (BReast CAncer) 2 gene, indicating that she...

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Beliefs Are Not Always Facts

When I made this statement to friend of mine, he was surprised. “Honestly,” he said, “I don’t know what you’re talking about. Are you saying that beliefs are not real or true, or….what?” “Just relax-I’ll explain everything in detail,” was my quick answer. Let me first clarify what a belief is. According to the simple Google...

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Where Is God When We Are Struggling??

It’s a question that we all ask when we are hurting, when we are struggling, when we are frustrated by life’s challenges. Where is God when we are going through our trials that never seem to end? Where is God when we confront our heartaches? Where is God when all we know is defeat and misery?...

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Miscommunicating and Making Assumptions

Isn’t life a series of interactions with others? That being so, it makes getting along with people of primary importance. After all, if our interactions are pleasant, we’ll have a happy life, but if they are filled with conflict, rancor, and resentment we’ll be unhappy. Why do so many people struggle with getting along with others?...

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Thoughts about Our Thoughts and Our Subconscious

Imagine rummaging through the attic and coming across an old, wooden chest. Not recognizing it, you pry open the heavy lid. After clouds of dust scatter, you peer into the chest. You’re puzzled by what you see: seeds. Thousands and thousands of seeds of every imaginable type. Some smaller than a grain of sand, others larger...

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Are the Effects of Excitement and Stress Similar?

Have you ever asked yourself this question: Does my body respond to stress the same way it responds to excitement or to happiness? Here’s your chance to learn a bit more about this subject. Let’s begin with some facts about stress: There is good stress, otherwise known as eustress (http://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/eustress)… …and there is bad stress, otherwise...