How to Be Happy: Lessons From Kindergarten

Most of us go to school for at least 13 years. That’s a long time. We learn math and spelling, chemistry and biology. Some of what I learned I use everyday, and honestly a lot of it I can’t remember ever...

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Strength and Vulnerability

I think we can all agree that strength is an admirable quality and something to strive for. But what is strength? 

Is strength when someone is at the top professionally?

Is strength when someone never loses an argument?

Is strength when...

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What to Do When You've Fallen Off the Horse

I didn’t literally fall off a horse, but it felt similar in a way. I have a few tools up my sleeve to handle stressors when they inevitably come my way. But the other day, I didn’t use any of them. I got in an argument...

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How to Help Others Calm Down

Some of you know Milo, our dog.  He's a big, handsome but goofy German Shepherd/Elkhound cross.  He gets pretty excited to walk with me in the mornings. Sometimes, especially when he spots a squirrel, he gets a bit too excited, until I...

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Taming Wild Emotions

 Have you ever lost control of your emotions? I’ll bet you have.  We all have.

    I remember a time that this happened to me - really, really badly. While working with my dad one hot summer day, he started...

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Big Stress and Small Stress: It's All the Same

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My house really needs to be vacuumed! The dust bunnies in the corners are looking very healthy, growing rapidly. But where is the time? Yard work, harvest, putting away food, running a business. With so much demanding of my time, I can’t get...

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10 Things You NEED to Know About Stress

There are about 100 ways to look at stress. 99 of them are wrong. And if you are looking at stress wrong, you're never going to get it right. If you ever want to eliminate stress, pay attention because we've got the 10 things you need to know...

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The Science of the Heart

Did you know:

  • Your heart is the most powerful organ in your body, even more powerful than your brain. Your heart began to beat before your brain was even formed and even now your heart is capable of beating without being told to do so by the...
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Seeing Is Believing: Measuring Stress Reduction

There are so many “stress-less” methods and techniques out there it’s hard to keep up. There’s breathing, meditation, and exercise. There’s super-foods, vitamins, and minerals. There’s this gizmo and that...

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This Is Why You Do Stupid Things

I went through an interview process to get into Physical Therapy. My very first interview at 18 years old. Only 50 people were accepted per year into this program at the University of Manitoba and I had no backup plan for the year if I was not...

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