Using the Power of Art for a Better Day

“Good morning, Ladies!” These 3 words—whispered or merely in my head— is what begins my day on a positive note. And some mornings I need some help in that direction. Bad moods linger longer than I want sometimes, and I often have trouble shaking a really bad dream....

The Case for Smiling: Do It More!

A smile says, “Welcome.” A smile says, “You matter.” Moods can shift dramatically with this simple gesture — both for the smiler AND the smilee. I know this for sure because when I see someone smiling at me, my face automatically smiles back. And I feel more relaxed....

My Mood and Hers Changed On a Dime

Once in a while, something unexpected happens that lifts my spirits sky high, and the effect lingers. Last week I ordered my “usual” at our favorite Mexican restaurant. I’m stuck right now on Chicken Verde Enchiladas with black beans. This little place is our favorite...

People, Check Out Your Default Face!

They can’t all be mad! All those faces I see behind the wheel, or walking in and out of stores, or gripping carts as they navigate grocery aisles. There has to be more joyful souls out there than it appears. There just has to.    People watching is my...

Bad Mood Reversed. Stress Averted!

Have you ever had a bad day? When you couldn’t smile if your life depended on it? Then something happened to turn your mind around? What a miracle machine our minds are. My brain worked this magic recently and I’m grateful. Yesterday — from beginning to end — the...

DIY Stress Therapy: Music

I have a secret. It’s been forever stashed in the I-hate-housework category, but it’s confession time. Yesterday I forced myself to clean the floors for the first time in a month and actually enjoyed it. Impossible you say? Nay nay, I say. Turns out that playing music...

Judging, Pointless.

My morning walk in this new neighborhood has turned into a little fantasy walk lately. If I’m out before 8:00, lots of cars are heading out to work. Several head out on bicycles. What I notice is how serious all those faces are and that gets me fantasizing about their...

Dancing Stress Away

I can’t help it, I just have to talk about my own passion once in a while: dancing. I feel it’s my duty to infected you with the bug to boogie. Anything remotely danceable hooks my feet into action. I’ve tried the alone kind —tap, jazz, and belly — but my heart is in...

Permission to Feel Good

Yesterday I got good news. My next book has been accepted and will be out in the spring. So why wasn’t I jumping for joy, whooping and hollering, or weeping in relief? ‘Cuz I should’ve been. It’s puzzling since I’ve been waiting to hear for quite a long time and had...

Begin the Day With Music – 9/07

If you have a schedule to keep, it’s natural to get up and get going as quick as you can. All you can think about is getting out the door. But setting the tone for the day is important because it steers your brain into a certain mindset. Here’s an idea that’ll take 1...