“Other People Matter”- Chris Peterson March 20th was The International Day of Happiness. In celebration, throughout the month of March, I received emails sharing ways to increase my happiness. What struck me was that none of the emails suggested buying a pair of expensive shoes or a box of chocolates. Instead, the focus, and rightly so, was on what Positive Psychologist, Chris Peterson, meant by saying, “Other People Matter.” By making other people matter, happiness in the truest and deepest sense of the word is achieved. When I think about what truly makes me “happy” and gives life meaning, it [...]
I recently saw the movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you are in the 1 percent of people who haven’t seen the movie, I highly recommend you see it, and DON’T READ FURTHER because serious spoilers will be revealed in this blog. However, for those of you who have seen it, I was wondering if you gave any thought to R2D2’s miraculous awakening? R2D2 is seen in a coma-like state midway throughout the movie, presumably because he misses his master, Luke Skywalker. So the question is, why did R2D2 wake up and, more importantly, how was he able to [...]
DECEMBER BLOG- Creating Lasting Changes Without Using a Magic Wand – New Year’s Resolutions that Stick!
It’s that time again when people start thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. The real question is how can you make effective and long lasting resolutions? Often I see children and adults who desire change, but when faced with making this change, they fall back into old habits. On a personal level, I have experienced “wanting” to change, but not being able to do so. But about three years ago, I made a change in my life that in the past I struggled with. Specifically, in the past I had tried to lose weight, but I just couldn’t. However, this time, [...]
Great News! If you missed my Be a Beacon: Lighthouse Parenting for All – October’s Flash Webinar presented by EOT, it is now available on Expert Online Training's website. https://www.expertonlinetraining.com/blog/be-a-beacon-lighthouse-parenting-for-all-octobers-flash-webinar/ Helicopters, snowplows, and free-rangers are out. Lighthouse parenting is in! October’s flash webinar from Expert Online Training, hosted by psychologist and parenting expert, Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman, will explore the benefits of a parenting style that consistently provides light and direction. Parents and directors alike will benefit from this frank discussion about reliable adult leadership that promotes growth without snuffing out creativity. Discover what it takes to: 1. be a lighthouse [...]
In my previous blogs, I spoke about making and keeping positive habits, improving self-control, and increasing grit and resilience. For this month’s blog, I will be focusing on three key strategies that I have found incredibly helpful. The three strategies have in common that they 1) cool hot, immediate, and impulsive thinking 2) activate more long-term and thoughtful thinking, and 3) ultimately, allow you to be the person you truly want to be. 1. Make an Advantage Card I first heard the idea of an “Advantage Card” when I attended Dr. Judith Beck’s Workshop on Cognitive Behavioral Strategies for Weight [...]
[contentblock id=car-quote quote=”A righteous man knows the soul of his animal.” author=”Proverbs 12:10″] Judaism has always recognized the link between the way we treat animals and the way a person treats human beings. In the Bible, those who care for animals are often the heroes. For example, Moses and King David, heroes in the bible, were shepherds. In addition, several commandments demonstrate concern for the physical and psychological suffering of animals. For example, we are not permitted to kill an animal in the same day as its young (Lev: 22:28), and we are specifically commanded to send away a mother [...]