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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 precious keepsakes long after the material things have faded or disappeared.In my book,  Color Your Life Happy: Create Your Unique Path and Claim the Joy You Deserve," (now available on Amazon)  at the end of each chapter I share what I call happiness flashbacks.  Here is one of them.HAPPINESS FLASHBACK: Christmas Gifts I bought Christmas gifts and toys … [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…]

Do More of What You Enjoy

Enjoying the typical tourist shot in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa

It’s inevitable that as we get older, we will attend more funerals. There’s nothing that reminds us of our own mortality like watching our friends and contemporaries succumb to illnesses or die of … [Continue reading…]