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What does your Christmas tree say about you?

Christmas tree decorating

It wasn't until I read a post by another blogger about her less-than-perfect Christmas tree, that I began to reflect on my own tree story.My mother and father always put up our tree on Christmas Eve while my two sisters and I were asleep. You see the first room of our house was my mother's beauty shop until she finished her last customer on Christmas Eve. When we awoke on Christmas morning the tree would be up, decorated and have presents all around it. My parents must have been up all night creating this transformation and assembling toys. … [Continue reading…]

Holiday Memories Can Boost Happiness Year-Round [Excerpt from Color Your Life Happy]

Ada and cabbage patch doll

 When we think back to holiday memories, even ones that were frustrating at the time, we can boost our happiness year-round. Our memories soften and sweeten over the years and sometimes become … [Continue reading…]

Treat Your Body Like a Temple for Increased Happiness


Treat your body like a temple, not a dumpster, and you can increase your happiness.Scientists have discovered that about half of our happiness is based on factors we can't control, like genetics and … [Continue reading…]

How to Harmonize Family and Work [An excerpt from Color Your Life Happy, 2nd ed.]


You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.—Desmond TutuWhen I see parents pushing a baby in a stroller, I often wonder if they realize what a precious life they have … [Continue reading…]

Simplify Your Life, Increase Your Happiness [Excerpt from Color Your Life Happy, 2nd ed.]

pumpkins at dodge's farm stand--New Boston, NH

Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. —Henry David ThoreauIn the movies of my childhood … [Continue reading…]