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 […]

Do You Know the Ingredients for Conflict?

Since conflict is unavoidable, it is important to develop strategies for understanding and managing conflict in your life. I like to think of conflict as a signal that something is trying to happen. For instance, you will notice conflict any time you are in a situation where there are different opinions and ideas. Conflict tends […]

What Do You Have to Manage To Be More Effective?

A new year is about to begin. After thinking about what went well for you in 2010, you need to think about your role in making that happen. Did you: Practice using new skills that you have learned? Develop healthy eating, exercise and sleep habits? Think more positively when you were feeling stressed? Remember to […]