The Science of Giving

Want to feel happier and calmer while also helping to make the world a better place? Research tells us that the simple act of giving to others can have profound mental and physical benefits, changing your brain activity and triggering positive emotions. When you spread kindness to your community through gifts, charitable donations, random acts […]

No Longer Alone

“I don’t have anyone in my life to talk to, spend time with, have a relationship with. No real friends, just a couple acquaintances and a family I hardly speak to. I’m usually lonely. . . . It almost physically hurts. . . . That’s the only way I can describe it. I watch my […]

Why Kindness Is Good for You

When you help others, they benefit from your kindness. But did you know that it also makes you happier and healthier? It may sound a bit selfish to look at how being kind to others is beneficial to you personally, but the research surrounding kindness is so fascinating that we can’t ignore it. Kindness is […]

Digital Detox

I have a confession to make. I’m addicted. Yes, you read that right.  Let me explain.  I don’t smoke, do drugs, or drink alcohol. Neither do I use opioids or painkillers. My addiction isn’t to any kind of substance that I ingest. My addiction is to a little three-inch by six-inch oblong-shaped box made of […]

Do Politics Make You Angry?

Anger triggers a fight or flight response that floods the body with stress hormones, including cortisol and adrenaline. Your heart rate and blood pressure increase, and you experience a surge of blood sugar. When you’re in an argument, this stress response reduces your ability to discuss a situation rationally. It also reduces your short-term memory. […]

The of Spiritual Simplicity

When Ron’s wife died from cancer at the young age of 37, it forever changed him. A driven, corporate executive, Ron decided to rethink his priorities and live more simply. So he quit his job and became a consultant who was paid on an hourly basis. That eliminated his 70-hour workweeks and provided him with […]

Friendship for Grownups

In childhood you could just ask another kid, “Do you want to be my friend?” As an adult, friendship is a little more complicated than that. Fortunately, there are simple things you can do to move from acquaintances to friends. If I were flipping through a magazine and saw the title of this article, I’d […]

5 Lessons We Can Learn From Children

“Please use your inside voice.” “Eat your broccoli.” “It’s time to go to bed.” “Wear your jacket.” As a parent, you’ve probably said these kinds of statements hundreds of times to your child. Adults are always telling kids how to behave. But there are times when kids do things better than we grown-ups do. Here […]

When Should I Apologize?

Bill and his wife were high school sweethearts when he went off to college. They kept in touch by telephone but one day had a disagreement. Abruptly he announced, over the phone, that they were through. However, the breakup left him feeling so badly that a short time later he hitchhiked 300 miles back home […]

Complicated Compassion

You probably know and love someone who is currently making bad decisions. You want to help, but you worry that your help enables them to continue making bad decisions. Whether they’re struggling with addiction, lack of motivation, criminal behavior, or other poor choices, how can you show them love and support in a way that will set them free?