book cover: The Gratitude Project
Book reviews

Book Review: The Gratitude Project

The Gratitude Project, edited by Jeremy Adam Smith et al., is a project of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley in California. It includes chapters by a number of different authors on various aspects of gratitude. I liked that the book took a realistic approach to what gratitude can and can not do.… Continue reading Book Review: The Gratitude Project

Awareness days, seasonal, and holidays

A Valentine’s Day Love Letter

Valentine's Day is ridiculously commercialized, and it comes with a mix of obligations for the attached and hints of inadequacy for the unattached.  However, setting all of that aside, it's also an opportunity to convey affection and appreciation for the people that matter.  So, in that spirit, here's a quick Valentine's Day message to my… Continue reading A Valentine’s Day Love Letter

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Awareness days, seasonal, and holidays, Mental Health

Merry Christmas – Especially If It’s Kinda Blue

Today I'm spending at home alone, just like most other days.  I haven't decorated, and I won't be having anything Christmasy for dinner. It's one of those times when I miss caring.  It's not so much Christmas itself that I miss, and it's not something that would go away if I just put a tree… Continue reading Merry Christmas – Especially If It’s Kinda Blue

Collect moments not things

International Day of Happiness

I've seen a few people mention online that it's the International Day of Happiness.  I was a bit skeptical, so I took a look at the website,  This year's theme is "Happier Together, focusing on what we have in common, rather than what divides us."  They have a Ten Keys to Happier Living guidebook,… Continue reading International Day of Happiness