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How To Be Real: Be Present to Life’s Sweetness

I have a bad habit of knitting my brow when I am lost in thought.   One day, a few years ago, I was sitting and watching my son playing Legos in the living room.  I was gazing absently at his play, but my mind was lost in some tangled problem I was trying to […]

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How to Be Aware: Take note of what goes right

“So, how was your day?” It’s a question my husband James and I have asked of one another every evening for seventeen years.  I am sure it is a question that’s asked millions of times every day.  Spouses and partners ask one another as they cook their evening meals.  Friends check in with each other.  […]

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How To Be Transformative: Turn your troubles into treasure

Our troubles are like compost.  From all outward appearances, they’re unsightly and smelly.  We’d like to shove them away into a dark place where we’ll never have to look at them again.  But just as compost will yield rich soil if we are willing to let it be — if we are willing to care […]

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How To Be Celebratory: The release of our new video, “Sticky Notes”

I saw this video in my head long before it made it’s premier on YouTube.  The actors. The expressions. The movements. I knew just how it would unfold.  Just how it would be paced. I wanted to make a short film that would illustrate what it means to have a “To Be List.”  And with […]

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How To Be Realistic: Don’t just see the big picture. See the small picture, too.

Sometimes when we lose perspective, we are encouraged by friends and family to look at the “big picture”.  And of course there are times when we really need to “zoom out” and see that the problems we are having — problems that appear to be so enormous and threatening — are in the larger scheme […]

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How To Be Content: Be happy just where you are!

I think we must live in the bed and breakfast capitol of the world. Honestly, though I can’t verify it, I believe there are more bed and breakfasts per capita in our city than any other in the country.  Or maybe it just appears that way to me because there are B & B’s three, […]

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How To Be Happy: The Magical Lego of Happiness

When our sons were younger, they would often sprawl on the floor for hours playing Legos. In the huge bucket that sat between the two of them, there were thousands of Legos of every shape, color, and size imaginable. One day, when the boys were about 4 and 6, I peeked into their room to […]

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How To Be Grateful: Play “The Gratitude Game”!

Head funk.  Ugh. We all get it.  That nasty swirl of negative, obsessive thoughts. It’s like looking at the world through dense smog. It’s oppressive, unhealthy, and can make your inner world feel downright uninhabitable. Fortunately though, there’s a cure.  And that cure is gratitude.  And even more good fortune: we can touch the energy […]

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How To Be Playful: Try this easy “To Be List” Game!

As any teacher of young children will attest to, the fastest way to teach is through play.  It’s fun.  It’s motivating.  And when the game is over children are amazed that they have grown in knowledge and skill.  Surprise! You thought you were just having fun, but it turns out you were learning! Well, the […]

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How To Be Happy: Want happiness? What are you waiting for?

At our home we have at least two bookshelves full of children’s picture books.  Our children have outgrown them, but I have a hard time letting them go.  I’m not a pack rat.  I just love children’s books.  They’ve got amazing illustrations and besides that, children’s book authors have a remarkable way of distilling deep […]

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