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Posts from ‘February, 2014’

Alienation & Estrangement

You’ve all heard about the Empty Nest Syndrome, when children go off to college to embark on their exciting adventure away from you. The empty, dismal feeling of having to fill your days with things other than daily parenting could be depressing and lonely, for some. But the weekly phone calls mean the world to you, knowing that the kids are doing well and are happy. However, what happens when your grown children are living their lives and you’re not part of it? For whatever reason (an argument, geographic distance, in-law difficulties, etc), you are now left out of their lives, and feeling a huge void and/or loss.… CONTINUE READING

Be Yourself

The greatest gift you can give to yourself, your family, friends and acquaintances, is to be yourself. You are a unique individual, who has strengths and weaknesses, personality traits that characterize you, experiences that have challenged you, and talents that celebrate you.

You never want to diminish or underplay your gifts or overemphasize your imperfections. It is not helpful to others when you underestimate your own capabilities or be someone else on their behalf. Therefore, ask yourself the following questions:

1. Do you get caught up doing the “right” thing because of someone else’s expectations?

2. Are you intentionally hiding special qualities about yourself so you won’t stand out?… CONTINUE READING

Can Baby Boomers Be Happy?

Norman Vincent Peale once said, “Our happiness depends on the habit of mind we cultivate. So practice happy thinking every day. Cultivate the merry heart, develop the happiness habit, and life will become a continual feast.” amy_surprise-11

How true. Then why does a recent survey from Pew Research on Demographic Trends state that of all the generations, baby boomers are considered the unhappiest and most discontent? Could it be because our work and personal responsibilities cause us too much stress? Or that we feel strapped, tired and just bummed out? Probably, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn to enjoy ourselves and be happy through all the trials and tribulations we experience.… CONTINUE READING