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Happy International Women’s Day

March 8 has been established as International Women’s Day – celebrating the contributions women have made to society throughout history. Thousands of events across the world honored the accomplishments of women and encouraged gender parity. The theme this year is Be Bold for Change. In keeping with that dictum, we have, through the years, provided supportive direction for positive change. Whatever your challenges – working hard at a career where you keep hitting the glass ceiling, struggling to improve your marriage, exhausted by efforts to give your child the future … Continue reading

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Lessons from the Achuar Tribe

We all have a personal narrative, and listening to others’ stories helps us learn more about ourselves. My husband and I, our 4 adult children and 5 grandsons traveled to the basin of the Ecuadorian Amazon River where peace of mind is a natural commodity. It was a breath of fresh air to visit the indigenous Achuar people, as ecological mindfulness and family life are two of their top priorities. They number 6,000 and live on two million acres of ancestral territory, a remote area where they preserve their way … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Gratitude

Thanksgiving inspires us to express our gratitude for all we have been given. I’ve been grateful to have the opportunity to share my thoughts with you here on our blog for many years. Today, I hope you will click on some of my past Thanksgiving posts to read more about some practical tips to help you add to your holiday experience. Deciding to focus on giving thanks means a whole new mindset, championed by Positive Psychology and its founder, Dr. Marty Seligman. When you use these techniques to count your … Continue reading

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Healing family rifts

Is your family ready for the holidays? No I don’t mean whether you’ve got most of the shopping and cooking done. The bigger issue at this time of year is preparing for the inevitable tensions and conflicts that arise at family holiday gatherings. The typical pressures created by living together can become exacerbated by the high expectations of the season. And interactions can become particularly strained when you have a Millennial Boomerang Kid at home. Saturday Night Live played Adele’s song “Hello” to prevent a brawl at the table in … Continue reading

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