Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda…

A recent survey examined regret and in what areas Americans regret the most. The top five regrets are: ROMANCE 18.1% FAMILY 15.9% EDUCATION 13.1% CAREER 12.2% FINANCE 9.9% I am not surprised by the variety of regret, but I am concerned about the amount of regret people are experiencing. Many people spend time thinking about […]

Can Trying to Be Happy Make You Unhappy?

Can the pursuit of happiness actually be detrimental? New research reveals that it might. Firstly, though we have to answer the age-old question, what is happiness? Do we measure it as short-term, instant gratification or a long-term outlook? Most of us look at the short-term rather than long-term fulfillment. We always look at what we […]

Forecasting the New Year

Surprisingly, or perhaps not so, certain days and months are going to be better for you this year than others.  Some researchers have been able to predict which days are going to be good, and which not so much, for you this year; when you should be aware of a potential break up and when […]

Fighting the Post-Holiday Blues

Happy New Year!I got to be on The Early Show this morning with the new anchor team (who are GREAT, btw) talking about how to fight the post-holiday funk.  It was wonderful to start the new year with the new crew! WHY DO PEOPLE GET THE HOLIDAY BLUES? The post holiday blues are an extension […]

Committing to your resolutions

I enjoyed meeting Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, and participating in a segment with her this morning about strategies to really accomplish the goals you set for 2011, and ways to ensure you get past February with your resolutions. A couple of quick tips:Make a list of the things you want to address […]

Small Changes, Big Results

The Early Show is doing a short series on small changes that you can make in your life that will result in positive changes for your well-being.  The segment focuses on mental health, physical health and dietary changes you can make to start the year off right.  I was on this morning talking about the […]

The “Perfect” Christmas

We all aim to make have the “perfect” holiday.  It should look perfect; people should act perfectly; everything should go perfectly.  We are bombarded with information to help us create perfection. Maybe, though, it is perfect if it is just “good enough.” Perfect is tough to achieve, and we create so much stress in trying […]

Making, and KEEPING, your resolutions

It’s that time of year again, when we identify the things we would like to do consistently for the upcoming year.  More than half of us will not get to February with our resolutions, when we will quit, forget or find something more important on which to focus. Keeping resolutions is not about willpower, despite […]

How young is too young?

Everyone is talking about Abby Sunderland and her failed attempt to circumnavigate the globe on a solo sailing mission.  Was it too young? Was she trained enough? Were her parents exploiting the adventure to get notoriety, fame and money? The answer is maybe to all of these questions.  Certainly, there is a lot to worry […]

Tips for happiness….

It’s hard to be happy all the time…even people that you know that appear happy all the time, probably aren’t. There are lots of factors that contribute to happiness: genetic, life circumstances and then personal choices. Believe it or not, our choices account for up to 40% of our happiness! That’s a pretty significant percentage, […]