Does joy feel warm like the sun? Rough like a tree? Light like the leaves in the fall? Does it feel like the wind in your hair? Like sand or snow underfoot? Does it feel wet like paint? Soft like a furry friend?Read More
What does joy feel like in our bodies?Read More
What does joy sound like?
What does joy sound like to you?Read More
The challenge this month is to focus on and create time for things that bring us joy. As I was visiting with family this holiday season, …Read More
Life isn’t always joyful. But we do have a choice about where we put our focus and how we build our daily routines.Read More
It's the end of January. What goals do you have for yourself for 2019? How are your resolutions coming along? Do you need to hit a re-set button?
For inspiration, check out this Thai Life Insurance commercial.
For ideas on how to build positive habits, check out The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and In Business by Charles Duhigg.Read More
What adventures would you like to have in 2019? Let's make a plan together!Read More
If you could learn something new in 2019, what would it be and why?Read More
If you could redo anything in 2018, what would you choose and why? What would you like to do differently in 2019?Read More
What was your proudest moment of 2018? What are you hoping for 2019?Read More
The art of pretending. I thought that as adults the days of pretending were over. But we can use it as a way to dream about the future with our partner to hear them better.Read More
Making time to have intentional meaningful touch with our partner and children can be a great way to reduce stress. What rituals of touch do you use in your home?Read More
Understanding must precede advice. A simple strategy for better listening.Read More
Let’s make a plan to have regular stress reducing conversations with our partner and other significant friends or relatives.Read More
One way to reduce our stress is to find friends who are great listeners. Learn more about the stress reducing conversation this week at little-elf.org.Read More
What can we do this month to reduce our stress and enjoy the holidays more? Stay tuned for more!Read More
How can we make the gratitude of Thanksgiving last all year long? How about a gratitude journal?
- Get a journal. Any journal will do, as long as it is dedicated for this purpose.
- Pick a consistent time of day.
- Pick a length of time that you want to focus on gratitude each day. It can be as little as 2-3 minutes, or as long as you would like.
- Write as many things as you can be grateful for in that time. If you miss a day, start again tomorrow.
At Thanksgiving, many families take time to express gratitude during the meal. How about making this a daily ritual? How would your life change if gratitude were a part of family mealtimes?
This week, your mission if you choose to accept it is to use the Gottman Card Decks app to express appreciation for one another.
Instructions: "Build fondness and admiration by using these simple phrases as examples of things to thank your partner for. Or just scroll through and show your partner the screen if it's hard for you to express yourself out loud!"
I just can't enter the month of Thanksgiving without thinking about appreciation and gratitude. Your mission this week, if you choose to accept it, is to write someone a note of fondness, admiration, appreciation, and/or gratitude. For inspiration, consider this exercise.