I was invited to start a gratitude practice -- by someone I admire immensely, an unlikely pusher of positive psychology. I had resistance to the idea. To the very phrase, actually, and its ubiquity. Despite my squinty-eyed reaction, I agreed to participate in a daily gratitude experiment. Two days in, I was already feeling a shift … Continue reading Gratitude! The non-surgical drug-free brain-sculpting happiness-making cure-all! Try it, today, for free!
The Canada Day Spud Run is ten kilometres long but in my mind I covered several hundred. Our course marshal led us across the highway to the start and already my thoughts began roaming as they took me back to a few early mornings running various trails behind this same woman. As we rounded the corner at … Continue reading Spud Run Rambles
I subscribe to the Sketch Guy from the New York Times because these little thought nuggets give me pause. Also, because his tagline is "where the complex gets made simple" and I found that promise irresistible. Here is a recent offering from Carl Richards., author of The Behaviour Gap. Let's have a little chat about … Continue reading Carl Richards on how to change behaviour
(I ran into Tanya in the street the day before Mother's Day and we had a little vent about Hallmark holidays. She'd walked into a classroom where the kids were busy colouring for Mother's Day, and she personally knew that a lot of those students had pretty unHallmark relationships with their moms. Later, a friend … Continue reading Mother’s Day, Father’s Day: a plea to schools and daycares.
As a therapist, I occasionally get all caught up inside my head. No surprise there. My husband often has way better words for explaining things and one thing he talks about often, and I have stolen from his repertoire is the development of schtick. As we grow, mature, change and adapt we present ourselves to … Continue reading Mind your schtick
I'm writing this column on the toilet. I finished my business a few minutes ago but I'm on a writing roll and don't want to stop typing to pull up my pants. I have gotten into the habit of taking my device to the washroom with me because it might be the only chance I … Continue reading I wrote the first half of this week’s column on the toilet. There. I feel better for having told you that.