Gratitude Revisited

As this is the week of Thanksgiving, it seems apropos to revisit the important topic of gratitude.  I believe that gratitude is one of the critical ingredients for happiness!  When we are grateful for what we have, we are better able to live in the moment and enjoy our lives. The Glass is Half Full! No matter how many troubles we have at a given point in time, we can always find aspects of our lives that we appreciate and enjoy.   This "glass half-full" type of attitude can help us to embrace … [Read more...]

Don’t Be a Debbie Downer!

Have you ever heard of the term, “Debbie Downer”?  This term, based upon a fictional “Saturday Night Live” character, refers to a person who is frequently negative and complaining, thus bringing down the mood of everyone around her.  Sadly, I have to admit that I can be this person at times, and since my name is Debbie, that makes it even worse! I don’t mean to complain a lot, but there are times when I catch myself spouting out all kinds of negativity.  At least I catch myself more often these … [Read more...]

Lack of Connection

About a month ago, my neighbor of 2.5 years was taken to the hospital in the middle of the afternoon.  He never returned… I since learned that he has terminal brain cancer and is living out his final days in a local hospital.  I had passed him in the hallway many times, but had only uttered a quick “hello” to him before continuing on my way.  I never took the time to get to know him, or vice versa. I don’t really know any of my neighbors. We pass each other on occasion, sometimes smiling, … [Read more...]

Missing Tile Syndrome

Today’s post focuses on a concept introduced by author Dennis Prager in his book, “Happiness is a Serious Problem.”  I highly recommend this book as a concise and extremely informative book on the often elusive subject of happiness.  Dennis presents a number of life-changing philosophies in his book, but one of the best is the concept of the “missing tile syndrome.” Imagine this Scenario… Imagine that you are in a dentist’s office having your teeth cleaned and are thus focused on the ceiling … [Read more...]