Our evaluation mechanisms of our fellow human beings are gender hard coded. The infamous Heidi/Howard study remains a good example specifically of our leadership gender mindset. Heidi Roizen is a successful venture capitalist and a former entrepreneur. Her extensive business achievements were presented to study groups with her actual name and under the name Howard. ...more

How to Get Happy (for Real)

I have been thinking about joy and happiness for a while and how that relates to health.  Yes, HAPPINESS brings health and wellbeing!...more
Willybeach: I am glad we found each other! Somehow when things are difficult and you can still ...more

A Path to Patience

Potential agitation sources permeate our daily existence. There is the missing stuff, the spilled stuff, the broken stuff, the stuff in the way and the stuff we forgot.  There is bad traffic, poor weather, sick pets, slow internet speed, crowded stores and delayed appointments. And then of course there are our many interactions with other people, some of which are less than optimal.  ...more


Have you ever been expecting to find a sisterhood or at least a supporting bond among your female colleagues, only to find yourself treated like a contestant in the Hunger Games? Yes? Then you have likely encountered "blockers" and unfortunately your experience is not isolated. ...more

Why materialism is linked to depression

It's not really a shocker that materialism is tied to depression, is it? So when I ran across this article, "Materialistic people 'more likely to be depressed and unsatisfied'" I thought, this is news? there were some interesting take-aways:...more

Discovering Joy Inspite of Myself

I discovered  joy in the most unlikely place, in the midst of suffering. Years ago, living in poverty, united with a husband struggling with depression and surrounded by the clamour and demands of nine children, I was stretched to my limits of endurance. Lack of sleep was part of the reason that most of my inner walls of defense crumbled and hidden, inner demons tormented my dreams. I felt my emotional pain physically, as though a dagger had pierced my heart.It was easy to picture myself as a victim....more

What Helps you Calm Your Inner Storm? Enter and Get Published

This writing challenge is posted on ReadWave, a writing site and will have multiple winners! There are two prizes for this challenge:1) If you are one of the winners your story will be published on the Calming Your Inner Storm facebook page which has over 150, 000 fans.2) Your story will also be included in the Calming Your Inner Storm ebook which is coming out later this year.Terms and Conditions:...more

Are You Raising Happy Kids?

I discovered the site Happify a little over a year ago. If you have been a long time reader, you know I did my own Happiness Project after reading Gretchen Ruben's book of the same name. And while it is hard to quantify happiness, I do think my happiness project helped me to figure out what makes me happy and strive to be a happier person. Am I constantly walking around filled with joy? Well, no. But I honestly don't think I ever will be, because that's just not my personality. ...more

Happy is a Razor

The tiny box of razor blades was right where I knew it would be, buried on the second shelf of the linen closet, amidst hotel bottles of shampoo and bubble packs of cold medicine. It was on my walk that it came to me. All the Facebook postings about International Happiness Day had me thinking about a razor....more