The Happiest Year:Happiness and Age (an Interview With My Extraordinary Neighbor)

Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been. -David Bowie What would you tell your younger self about happiness?  Or someone younger than you?  What advice or perspective have you sought out from someone older than you? I felt the warmth generating from my neighbor Anita as soon […]

The Happiest Year’s Month of Movement: What I Learned When I Quit “Working Out”

I think it’s safe to say our world’s current health crisis derailed many of our plans for the month of March, including my focus on how exercise influences happiness and mental health (safe to say, and I think we all know…it DOES, and positively). What I was able to continue focusing on throughout my own […]

Why “Gratitude Practice” Is Not Just an Obnoxious Instagram Buzzphrase

I know, I know, you’ve seen all of those social media posts on gratitude, the ones where people highlight the “little things in life” and with all the flowery language about how life gets tough but there’s really so much to be thankful for. And I know that around this time of year (Thanksgiving in […]

Very Much the Same, But Different: A Second Trip into Postpartum Mood Disorder

When you’ve already been through a postpartum mood disorder, it can feel a little premeditative to prepare to go through it with subsequent births. As if by entertaining the possibility of anxiety or depression symptoms popping up again will actually cause them to. Are there really symptoms there, or are you just ultra-alert to what […]

Mom Sub Plans

Dear Substitute Mom,   Thank you for covering for me today and WELCOME!!  By offering to cover my duties caring for a small child (i.e. the Client) and household for a day, you have volunteered for one of the most REWARDING jobs out there!  In fact, I guarantee you will be thoroughly exhausted by how […]