Brain Dump: The Joy Junkie Show

From time to time, certain things push through the noise of daily life and grab my attention. Right now, there's a new podcast that has landed squarely on the front of my cerebral cortex and I'm pretty excited about it. So I thought I'd share the love and pass it on to you. I think you're going to really like it. The Joy Junkie Show There's a new podcast that you should listen to if you want to be educated and entertained by someone who doesn't sugar-coat the truth. Amy E. Smith (a.k.a. The … [Read more...]

Stop Letting People Down

Ever feel like you can't seem to come through on your promises? Do people say that you're not dependable? Do you feel like everybody wants something but you just can't keep up with all the requests for help? When I was just out of high school, I went through a phase where I was constantly letting people down. I was making promises and not keeping them. I didn't do it on purpose, but it kept happening anyway. I had the best intentions every time I made a promise, but the reality was, I just … [Read more...]

A Little Mindfulness Goes A Long Way For Creating Special Moments

Did you know that, with a little awareness, you can make ordinary moments very special by being mindful and recognizing how priceless every moment is? It's true. By being fully present in any given moment, you can become fully immersed in events when they are important to you and this will help you appreciate them while you're experiencing them rather than waiting until they are memories to look back on. … [Read more...]

5 Essential Communication Skills For A Happier Marriage

Communication is vitally important because we're so dang bad at reading our partner's mind (until we've been married for many years, that is). The best marriages have a great deal of communication; the worst have little or none. But every aspect of a marriage requires communication in some form. When our emotions get fired up, we are quick to make assumptions based almost entirely on our own unrealistic thoughts about the situation. Most of the time, these assumptions are partially, if not … [Read more...]

How to Apologize

Say, "I'm sorry." That's it. You can reword it, or put more emphasis, such as by saying, "I apologize." or "I'm really sorry." But basically, that's how to say it. And if I say anything else, nothing more can really be added to that. Two words: "I'm", and "sorry". Say it, mean it, and live it. Okay, obviously, there's more to say about it than that. Not in the wording, of course, because you can say it in whatever way works for you. But the basic wording will essentially be the same. So what … [Read more...]

How To Say “No”

I was fresh out of high school and ready to take on life. The world seemed extra bright and teeming with people, places and things to do...too many things to do. I've always tried to be a dependable person, but I learned that when people can count on you, they're more likely to ask for favors. While I enjoy helping people when they're in need, this can also become a burden, if not handled thoughtfully. Knowing that I was someone people turned to when they didn't feel they had anyone else they … [Read more...]

Walking a Mile in Someone Else’s Shoes – A Lesson in Empathy and Patience

CHAPTER ONE:  Years ago, I worked at a catering company pulling orders for the people who drove snack-filled catering trucks around to local businesses. Every day, I would draw order sheets from a wire tray, fill the orders and put them aside to be collected by the driver. Since some drivers were very nit-picky, our rule was to always draw the top order sheet-no digging in the stack for a friendlier driver; you get who you get. Chuck was a big guy, strong, and kind of quiet, most of the time. … [Read more...]

The Surest Way to Improve Your Intimate Relationships

Everyone wants great relationships. In fact, if you're having trouble in a relationship, you're more likely to be unsatisfied with your life, even if everything else is going wonderfully. If you've struggled with finding Mr. Right, or the girl of your dreams, you may be focused on the wrong things. So what, then, are the right things to focus on? As much as I would love to give you a long list of what I think you need to focus on in order to have a better relationship with that special man or … [Read more...]