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In this podcast interview, Heidi asked me to share my top 3 tips for developing happiness and joy, and I couldn’t help but over-deliver and share 5 simple, fun ways to get happier TODAY. We demonstrated what it would feel like to fill out one of the prompts in my mood-boosting journal, and Heidi said, […]

Below is a quote from an attendee of my corporate wellbeing workshop, “Increasing happiness, resilience, and success.” This. This is one reason I love what I do! “The easiest and at the same time most inspirational and useful session I’ve ever attended.” I led 6 sessions for an organization’s management team, and being able to […]

4 steps to a meaningful thank you note

Tip 6 from the 10-week Fall Joy List is, “Do one kind thing for someone else that takes fewer than 10 minutes.” Here are 4 steps to a meaningful thank you note.

“I will be kind to myself by [Fill in the blank].”  Ideas: Saying no to something I don’t want to do. Taking a nap. Taking a bath. Going for a walk.  That’s your idea for week 5 of the 10-week Fall Joy List. (In case you missed last week’s “30-second fall meditation” I recorded a soothing video […]

Hello and happy fall! I have been HEADS-DOWN creating a digital version of my signature wellbeing program “Next Level You: happier, more resilient, confident, and calm” the past few weeks, and I’m excited to share it with you all soon. Traditionally I’ve run this program live, where I’m teaching for 2 hours a week for […]

It’s week 4 of the 10-week Fall Joy List, and today’s prompt falls in the “so, so, ridiculously-easy” designation. It takes all of 30 seconds. Ready for it? 1. Sit or lay in a comfortable position and close your eyes. 2. Take a deep breath in and out, and think about the smell of a freshly-baked […]

It’s week 3 of the 10-week Fall Joy List, and today’s prompt is “Make a fall treat. Whether it’s making candy apples or s’mores, carving a pumpkin, or assembling a craft with glue, choose something to create.” Want to know how this helps? Check out this excerpt from the Greater Good Science Center article titled, […]

Wellbeing energy prompt: what is something simple and joyful you can do to give yourself a boost of energy today? Here are some ideas.

Woman thinking

✨ If you could go back in time and tell your 17-year-old self one thing, what would it be?✨ If your 80-year-old self came to visit you today, what do you think they would tell present-day you?

Do you have a fall bucket list? You’ve probably seen them around; they’re filled with things like: go apple-picking, visit a pumpkin patch and corn maze, jump in a pile of leaves, and drink hot apple cider or a pumpkin spice latte. While I’m a huge fan of things like this (September to December is […]