Positive Perspective: Repelling the Dark Side!

“Ignorance is bliss,” is something my mom said more than once. I used to laugh whenever she referred to this old saying, thinking how could anyone NOT want to know what was going on around them? My curiosity would be killing me! Well, I’m not laughing now. Information...

Laughter: Developing a Positive Attitude Takes Time

  I don’t regret it! I have no regrets about making people think about the important stuff. A new book is percolating inside my head, and in an effort to do some research, I asked folks to think about things they don’t usually take the time to do. Some seemed...

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 vs. Things

It’s especially satisfying to make a grumpy face smile ear to ear, this time of year. I know this feeling well because my secret challenge when confronted by someone who looks like they’re having a really bad day is always to elicit some trace of a smile. And it’s...

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...

Stress and Sunflowers — Opposites

Ten feet tall and rising. Every morning for two months we’ve watched the evolution of these magical plants, from 1/2” seeds to the monsters you see here. I can practically see these giant sun faces move from one inch to the next. Let’s see — from a 1/2” inch seed to...

Humor Lightens the Load

“Look me up in the Yellow Pages… under Fool” is what we say around here  to admit our mistakes. The first time my husband said this, we laughed our silly heads off. And over the umpteen years of marriage, this simple phrase has nipped many a conflict in the...

People vs Things. People Win!

One sure way to comfort yourself is to comfort someone else. The joy of “making someone’s day” is priceless. Especially satisfying if you can make a grumpy face smile ear to ear. I know this feeling well because my secret challenge when confronted by someone who looks...

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...