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21
Sep

Marcia Washington, an Australian musician and songwriter, received Best Female Artist and Breakthrough Artist awards in 2010. She is so popular in Australia that she is known mononymously as “Washington.” She sings and plays piano and guitar. She’s young, adorable, stylish, and living her passion. She is the envy of many. And yet what we […]

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14
Sep

When I learned about a woman in Miami who delivered her own baby during Hurricane Irma, I knew Floridians would endure. While first responders could not physically reach the woman in labor due to the torrential winds and rain, a doctor, a dispatcher, and paramedics coached her through her own labor via a conference call. […]

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07
Sep

Benjamin Franklin started every morning asking himself, “What good shall I do today?” And during Hurricane Harvey, we watched the Heroes of Houston put Franklin’s practice into action: 1. The Bakers Baked All Night When bakers at El Bolillo Bakery were trapped inside the bakery during the storm, they worked around the clock baking through 4,000 […]

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30
Aug

In the movie, Bridge of Spies, lawyer James Donovan represents convicted Soviet KGB spy Rudolf Abel during the Cold War. At his sentencing, Donovan asks Abel, “Are you worried?” Abel replies innocently, “Do you think that would help?” Of course not!  So then why do we worry? It’s our reaction to a perceived threat. And without […]

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24
Aug

Bearing Witness to the Eclipse for Stronger Relationships and Resilience – Bearing witness is a term often used in psychology to refer to processing and validating our experiences by sharing them with others. We bear witness to each other every day through social media, coffee breaks, ceremonies and rituals, and even working together on projects […]

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17
Aug

According to psychologist Martin Seligman, founder of positive psychology (the study of happiness and emotional health), there are 3 types of happy lives: Pleasant life Engaged life Meaningful life Pleasant life: we gain happiness from pleasures, such as money, cars, toys, hobbies, adventures, and vacations Engaged life: we gain happiness by creating social connections and […]

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10
Aug

“You just made me feel so important! Thank you for being interested in my life!” Jacqueline, my Uber driver, announced as she dropped me off at DFW airport. What did I do? Just asked her questions about her adventures as a Texan-from-Louisiana, an insatiable traveler, a wife, a mom, and an Uber driver. Sensing my […]

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02
Aug

I’ve been visiting Beaver Island my entire life. A small island in Lake Michigan accessible by ferry from Charlevoix (no, it’s not Mackinac). There’s one main road, no stop lights, and only one grocery store. And a lot of people who wave. Drivers wave to other drivers…and to pedestrians and to cyclists. And people wave […]

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28
Jul

My favorite book this year is Shoe Dog by Phil Knight, a memoir about how he launched Nike. It’s a must read – I loved it! In one story, Phil reflects on a moment in Tokyo with his mentor, Hayami, in which Phil complains, “We have so much opportunity, but we’re having a terrible time […]

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