Category: Happiness

How to Have Heated Dinner Discussions Without Burning the House Down

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If you find yourself in a tense debate with family members this holiday season, try this

(Note to reader: This is the third and final article of our 3-part holiday video series on How to Thrive, Not Just Survive, the Holidays: Managing Family Mess and Stress During the Holiday Season. To read Part One, click here. To read Part Two, click here.)

When you hear or read the words “family holiday dinner,” do you feel knots in your stomach?

Do you want to run for the hills? If so, you’re not alone, and chances are, some of your OWN family members may feel exactly the same way! (more…)

7 Holiday Tips for Grandparents Who Don’t Agree With Their Child’s Parenting Decisions

How to prevent family drama and handle your role as a grandparent with style and grace

(Note to reader: This is Part Two of my 3-part holiday series called How to Thrive, Not Just Survive, the Holidays: Managing Family Mess and Stress During the Holiday Season. You can read Part One here.)

The holiday season can be a wonderful opportunity to be present and relax with your family. Maybe you’re looking forward to it.

Or maybe you’re dreading the overwhelm and family drama that has a tendency to come up, especially in families with three or more generations. (more…)

How to Prepare for the Holidays as an Empty Nester – Without Turning Into a Grinch

3 ways to make sure your loved ones want to keep coming back to visit you, year after year 

Welcome to Part One of my 3-part holiday series called How to Thrive, Not Just Survive, the Holidays: Managing Family Mess and Stress During the Holiday Season. Make sure to read all the way to the bottom to find out what’s coming next week. Enjoy!)

If you’re an empty nester, you’ve probably ridden the holiday season emotional roller coaster a few times too many. One minute, you’re elated to spend time with the kids and grandkids… The next, you’re stressing yourself out, frantically trying to get everything prepared and “just right.”

Setting high expectations for yourself is great, however, when you beat yourself up for not always meeting those expectations, things can start going sideways. Then, any progress you’ve made on creating a wonderful visit can slow down considerably. Or worse, everything could come to a screeching halt when feelings get hurt and any hiccup in planning ends in disaster! (more…)

What Einstein’s Theory of Happiness Can Teach Us About Success

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Can a “Calm and Modest Life” Really Be the Answer?

In 1922, Albert Einstein travelled to Japan for six weeks, where he stayed at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.

As he was preparing his speech to accept the Nobel Prize in physics, a bellman came to deliver a message for him. Einstein was short on change, so rather than giving the bellman a tip, he gave him a note, and told the bellman that his note would someday probably be more valuable to him than any change he could give. (more…)

Three Family Thanksgiving Traditions Worth Sharing

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Three Meaningful Ways To Give Thanks This Holiday Season, From My Family To Yours

It’s that wonderful time of year again! A time when we gather together with family and friends to share a meal, reconnect with loved ones, celebrate and most importantly, give thanks. Yes, it’s Thanksgiving! (more…)

Is Your “Thermostatic Setting” Preventing You From Experiencing All of the Freedom, Success & Happy Relationships You Desire?

Here’s How I Almost Compromised My Own Happy Relationship…

…and One Simple Shift to Allow for Much More Joy in Life.

There’s a “thermostatic setting” within each of us that governs how much good, fun, love and life we allow ourselves to experience and enjoy.

In order to change our thermostatic setting, let’s first take a look at what a thermostat is. (more…)

Am I Being Ungrateful By Wanting More From Life?

Instead Of Letting “Either, Or” Thinking Hold You Back In Life, Here’s How To Shift Into “Yes, And” Thinking So That You Can Accelerate Toward Your Dreams

After investing the last 40 years studying and mentoring others in transformational principles, I’ve been asked more than a few times…

“Mary, does wanting more abundance, freedom and flow in my life make me ungrateful for what I have now? Should I just be happy with what I’ve got, since it’s more than others in some parts of the world have?” (more…)