Start Every Day Happy in 2018

It can be hard to start every day happy.  Some days we wake up anxious about the challenges we'll face, and other days we oversleep and feel like we've failed at something before we even walk out the door. I'm not a huge fan of New Year Resolutions per se, but the New Year does... Continue Reading →

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“An integrated approach to workplace mental health seeks to simultaneously prevent work-related harm, to promote the positive aspects of work, and to manage mental illness as it manifests in the workplace.”

Readers, writers and industry professionals unite to fund cancer treatment.

Kerri O'Donnell

Everyone loves when rock-stars donate their time and skills to help people out, right?

Best-selling author (and generous mentor), Mark Dawson, is one such rock-star, donating all proceeds from his current novella to fund his friend’s breast cancer treatment.

All his professional team (editors, designers, formatters, etc) worked on it for free. Writers and readers around the world are also uniting to spread the word – and I’m proud to be part of such a group.

PLEASE SHARE.  #fightforphoenix 

And if you’d like a copy, click below. My Kindle pre-order was just $2.39 AUD.

Emma has been battling with cancer for five years, and funds raised will provide access to an experimental drug that is showing great promise.

More information about Emma and the novella project is at http://www.fightforphoenix.com.  

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Mom: All Attitude

I think a lot about my mother, and what an excellent role-model she is, in her humble and unassuming way. She is the epitome of resilience, taking whatever life throws at her and turning it into good – always for the greater good of others.

After the deaths of her husbands (yes, two of them), she worked so hard to make sure we never felt poor or neglected in any way. And her generosity was always extraordinary, even though we never measured anything in terms of cash or material possessions:

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Whatever little she earned throughout her life has always been used to make our lives easier in some way or another, but the thing she made sure she had and shared abundantly, was her time.  She has always had time for us.

Even now, at 70 years old, she is full-time carer of her own mother, and any days that she is relieved are spent caring for grandchildren or visiting her 99 year old former mother-in-law to ensure she has company at the nursing home.

My mother is a Good Person. The best I can be, as a person, is more like her.

Nancy Roman‘s beautiful description of her own mother reminds me of why I always choose a single scoop of icecream.

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When people talk about “Attitude.” they are usually referring to a bad one.

I know what that means. I was told often enough that I had a “Bad Attitude.” Usually by a boss because I showed a lack of tolerance for a stupid decision. But that was early in my career, and it was quite true. But I learned. I learned that I couldn’t make every decision for my company, and even decisions that I disagreed with may actually work out. And I learned that my co-workers were mostly just like me, trying to pay their bills and make it through the week. So I kept my bad attitude for big stuff – immoral or unfair behavior – both at work and in my personal life. Which meant that, overwhelmingly, my attitude was tolerant and happy. My attitude was kind.

And so I became my mother.

I cannot be more…

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You Wouldn’t Know by Looking at Me

It takes a lot of courage and patience to articulate truth when wider society is so adept at, and chronically intent upon, "criticizing, finding fault as if there were a reward for it" (Zig Ziglar). Robin was invited to share the following work with Resilience 101 because it is an eloquent and deeply personal expression of the... Continue Reading →

Physical Recovery from Emotional Trauma

A review by Dr Kerri O'Donnell. The importance of movement to discharge of stress is very clear, but I was very interested to read Dr Bessel van der Kolk's description of its importance as a first step to recovery for people with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  At the beginning of an interview with Krista Tippett... Continue Reading →

Nervous about Public Speaking?

  by Dr Kerri O'Donnell The difference between excitement and nervousness is that excitement is knowing what to expect and nervousness is not knowing what to expect.   Many people dread public speaking. The secret to overcoming this is to prepare for the worst.  Then, when you are prepared, you are free to achieve your best.  That's... Continue Reading →

For Every Child & Every Parent

by Bert Fulks ...I still recall my first time drinking beer at a friend’s house in junior high school—I hated it, but I felt cornered.  As an adult, that now seems silly, but it was my reality at the time.  “Peer pressure” was a frivolous term for an often silent, but very real thing; and... Continue Reading →

Your happiness depends on it.

Thriving Under Pressure

Most people fight against what brings them despair instead of openly receiving what brings them joy.

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Shift your focus. Change your life.

Consciously receive (accept) the good that already exists in your life.

Your health. Your freedom. Your Vision. Your voice.

Accepting what is does not lower the bar.

Quite the opposite.

Acceptance opens your eyes to all the favour that exists in your life. 

Your relationships. Your home. Your creativity. This moment.

And it’s that good feeling that motivates you to strive for more of what’s right for you.

Instead of fighting against what’s wrong for you.

Begin by accepting what is.

Moment by moment.

Your happiness depends on it.

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 Applying this Post in Everyday Life

  1. The 3 to 1 positivity to negativity ratio is one way of applying this post in your everyday life.
  2. Specifically, each time you criticize something about yourself (or any…

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