What You Need to Know Going Through a Life Transition

Times of transition happen throughout our lives. It can happen whenever change occurs. However, change and transition are not the same. Change is situational and external. Transition is internal. It is the psychological process you go through to come to terms with the new situation. You may be in a time of transition in your […]

Are Harsh Retirement Realities Making You Stuck?

Recently the Chicago Tribune had an article on its front page about retirement with the subtitle: “Harsh realities of busted system have boomers stuck in the workforce.” While I am well aware of the many challenges for Boomers thinking about rertirement (many of my clients are Boomers), I was shocked by the use of the […]

How Do You Respond to Tragedy?

  This isn’t the post I thought I would write today. However, with the horrific theater rampage less than 48 hours ago, I feel compelled to comment about tragedies since they often happen when we least expect them. Let me begin by saying I am thinking of two types of tragedies: those caused by nature […]

Coping with Record Breaking High Temperatures

As of this last week,It is official. Illinois is in a drought. Of course, most people knew that weeks ago just by looking outside your window. There’s views of brown grass everywhere, yellow and brown leaves on trees, or brown leaves falling off of trees. Vegetables and fruits are not maturing, and flowers are certainly […]

Need to Be Resilient? What the Top 10 Positive Emotions Can Do for You

Unfortunately, there are many more negative emotions than positive ones. When you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, it can be even difficult to think of much that is positive. However, there is value in being able to move from a negative mindset to a positive one. This is especially true  when you need to be more resilient. […]

Resilience: 7 Steps Get You There

Resilience is about building mental and emotional toughness, something we all need in our world today. It is necessary in both our personal and professional life. All relationships require resilience if they are going to be maintained, especially when there is a serious health problem for you or a family member. For that matter, can […]

Can Positive Feedback Be Dangerous?

Everyone likes positive feedback. It is known that it is helpful in building self-esteem and contributes to success. In fact, schools and parents have been doing a good job giving more positive feedback since the push in the seventies and eighties to build self-esteem. Scores have jumped significantly for children in the last 30 years. […]