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All It Takes Is a Little…

For all the talk of the millennial generation's "self-esteem on steroids," it's startling how often one finds the opposite. More like self-esteem on Chiclets. Most live somewhere in the middle—which of course is a good…

Life Is Better When We…

Awhile back I sent an email called 10 Tips for Dealing With Difficult People. Four people unsubscribed! My Aunt Anne marked it "Spam." Well, not that email but an earlier one—and not on purpose. Good thing she's got a…

"No One Asked Me to Be a…

Enough years have passed that I can share this story. I have always found it poignant and hilarious—but now I know it also makes a couple of excellent points. It's about a husband and wife(nobody you know and no one in…

The Friends & Co-Workers…

With all due respect for Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I have never been all that big on talking to my clothes. But I did enjoy the book, and her phrase “spark joy” seems to apply at least…

When You've Got a Tough…

The tough decision you're facing does have an answer. The key is to put yourself in the best possible frame of mind/heart to receive it. Here are some tips I've found to be helpful. May they help you too. 9 Tips to Make…

21 Tips for a Happier…

In case you missed my lighthearted lesson in workplace conflict, I can sum it up in four words: Conflict can create breakthroughs. Once you've mastered that lesson, here's a refresher on how you can make a good workplace…

Lighthearted Lesson(s) in…

Have you ever had your boss tell you to do something—even something harmless —and something inside you resisted? The old me would have said, "Do it anyway. That's the part you get paid for." Until this happened. The…

The Unsung Benefits of…

If you've been around awhile, you know that getting older isn't always easy or fun. Yet you may also find getting older brings more than a few surprising gifts—in addition to the sheer gift of being alive. For example:…