Maccs Beat Snickers

Using Music to Boost Your Mental Health

Middle school through high school is when we mentally embed most of our favorite songs.  By your mid-30’s you only add about 5-10% of new music.  That helps explain why Motown, disco, and Michael Jackson get me moving, yet rap and hip-hop never got on to my playlist.
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Conversations:  Millennial Jackson Kerchis on Happiness

Conversations make me come alive.  Not the conversations I tend to have with myself all day long, but the conversations I get to engage in with all the interesting people I am meeting in my evolving work focus this year. One such conversation took place thanks to Jackson Kerchis taking the initiative and reaching out...
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Dawn Sutherland

Paycheck or Passion: Is There a Generational Divide?

Paycheck or Passion is such a fun topic for me.  I have written and spoken about the elusive paycheck, passion, and happiness debate many times over the years.  Currently, I am having fun watching how different generations are embracing the issue with newfound post-pandemic fervor. Imagine this.  You are a parent.  Your twenty-one-year-old child advises...
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The Gift of Happiness

How much happiness  do you derive from your friendships? How much does the gift of friendship cost?  What about all your other life relationships? I am not looking for a dollar figure since I doubt there is one anyone of us could agree upon.  I am speaking about the true value you place in your...
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Fremantle beach

Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy

Periodically I like to pause and reassess if what I am writing matters to you the reader.   I ask myself is there something I could or should be doing differently, is there information they would prefer to have within my area of expertise, do they want more or less information?
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error messages

To Err is Human

“To err is human, to forgive divine.” Alexander Pope Okay, so it is time for me to admit I am wrong — again.  You may remember a few months back when I admitted that I had bought into the concept that success required hard work, struggle, and hardship.  I admitted I was wrong.  Success is...
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Adulting Meets Aging

Whoever said “you can’t teach and old dog new tricks,” lied! Recently, this old dog learned a new trick in the word, adulting. Adulting (v): to do grown up things and hold responsibilities such as, a 9-5 job (heaven forbid), a mortgage/rent (think AirBnB ownership), a car payment, or anything else that makes one think...
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Spotlight on Happiness

by Andrea Goeglein The Spotlight Activity is my focus for this week to create more happiness in my life.  I am participating in a Positive Psychology research project led by Sonja Lyubomirsky at UC Riverside.  The goal is to notice when I am doing something I do not want to continue doing, and shift to...
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The A's of Infinite Action

Accept Giving Gives

By Andrea Goeglein When you give, you receive.  That is a teaching within many spiritual traditions, and a grounded learning within Positive Psychology.  When studying individuals and how satisfied they are with their lives, it has been found that those who give to organizations or others in need, report greater overall satisfaction with their lives....
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Comparison Kills

Comparison kills your spirit.  Comparison kills your motivation.  Comparison kills your ability to be creative. Dr. Success Challenge:  Reflect back through your day and focus specifically on your thoughts.  Do you remember having any thoughts where you compared yourself (negatively or positively) to another person?  Be honest.  Think about the woman who walked by who...
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