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Yearly Archives: 2015


One Can Help Many

Every November we acknowledge the special services our nation's 43 million family caregivers contribute to their loved ones and our country. Family caregivers are our unsung heroes, selflessly assuming the responsibility of overseeing the health and well being of a loved one when they are unable to care for themselves. Family caregivers come in all [...]

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A 6-Year-Old’s Guide to Leading a Happier Life

Out of the mouth of babesĀ the saying goes, and I have never seen a more profound example of this than through a recent segment on CBS's Sunday Morning show featuring an incredible 6-year-old boy named Jayden Hayes. Jayden lost his father when he was only four, and at six, his mom passed away in her [...]

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Use the Good Dishes!

When I was a kid, my mother was a wonderful homemaker. She was always there for her three children, she kept a fastidiously clean home, she was a terrific cook and despite her diminutive stature -- she was 5'2" and scarcely 100 pounds -- she managed to keep us all in line. My mom always [...]

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80 Minutes That Can Brighten Your Life

I have always been a proponent of periodic journaling as a tool to help reduce stress: "personal" journals, "gratitude" journals, "why I can't make a 4-foot putt" journals.... The idea behind journaling is that it helps you take a step back, gather and express your thoughts, reflect on your current circumstances and put things into [...]

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The Positive Power of Active Listening

Yesterday, after speaking with a friend about a personal matter, I later realized I could hardly recall any specifics from our conversation despite having initiated the chat. I was both bothered by and curious about how this could happen and whether it was truly a rare occurrence. After giving the matter some serious thought, I [...]

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The ‘In’ and ‘On’ of Family Caregiving

During a board meeting I recently attended for a young company, the two talented founders were discussing an interesting management observation. They described the difficulties that arise when leaders focus on working "IN" the business and lose sight of working "ON" the business. When you're focused on working IN the business, you're working your tail [...]

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Count Your Lucky Stars

I have been receiving emails and calls from family caregivers asking about all the recent stories they are seeing aboutĀ happiness. To summarize their comments, there is a feeling that if attaining happiness, even intermittently, sounds so damn easy, then why are they having so much trouble being happy? Fair question, especially if you consider what [...]

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